Your smile is the first thing people notice when they meet you. A brighter smile is beautiful – it can help you feel better about yourself and make a memorable impression.
There is no recognised specialty in Cosmetic Dentistry but smile- and aesthetic reconstruction is part of the Prosthodontists training. Prosthodontists are the dental specialists who long ago determined what constitutes a pleasing smile. Teeth Whitening, reshaping natural teeth, bonding of tooth-coloured material to teeth and porcelain veneers are procedures commonly used to modify a smile.
Your exact desires and expectations are essential to achieve the best possible treatment option and result. Crowns, Bridges and Veneers are prepared in conjunction with the laboratory technicians to analyse the shade, shape and size.
- Tooth Whitening
If your teeth have become discoloured, teeth whitening can restore your smile’s original brilliance.
Veneers are thin porcelain facings that attach to the front of teeth to improve the overall appearance of teeth, and may solve many minor aesthetic problems by modifying the shape and colour of teeth. Veneers are used to correct worn, chipped, misaligned, stained or otherwise discoloured teeth.
A dental crown encases a needy tooth with a custom-designed material. We offer conventional metal based ceramic crowns as well as non-metal based, all-ceramic crowns (zirconia and full porcelain crowns) that are customized to your mouth.
Crowns may be used to protect a cracked tooth, restore a tooth with excessive decay, or replace a pre-existing crown. Crowns are indicated for teeth with very large fillings, teeth that have had a root canal, fractured teeth and misshapen and/or discoloured teeth.
- Inlays / Onlays
Inlays and onlays can be used to replace large fillings and fractured teeth. These have the advantages of reducing the amount of tooth that has to be cut away, retaining the inherent strength of the tooth. They are made from porcelain and are bonded in place to ensure a good and lasting fit and appearance. Where decay has removed a substantial amount of tooth, yet the tooth does not require a crown, an inlay can provide an excellent long-term restoration.
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth. A bridge can either be tooth-supported (most common) or implant-supported and is often used as a replacement for a removable partial denture. Bridges are used to:
• Improve appearance, function, speech and chewing efficiency,
• Prevent adjacent teeth from drifting and tilting, and the opposing tooth from growing into the space, causing problems with the bite,
• Prevent food impaction which can result in gum disease and future tooth loss.
- A Convential Bridge
There are several types of fixed (cannot be removed) bridges. These include conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges, and resin bonded bridges. When a tooth or teeth are missing, they can be restored by placing crowns on the teeth next to the gap onto which false teeth are fixed. A bridge is cemented in place and cannot be removed by the patient. It should be looked after like natural teeth and the hygienist will demonstrate the use of floss to enable you to look after it correctly.
- Implant Supported Bridge
There are always many alternatives to restore a missing tooth or teeth. Implants are frequently used as an alternative to bridges to avoid tooth preparation. The advantages and disadvantages of the different options are explained to our patients as part of the treatment planning process. Dental implants can support more than one tooth unit. In this case, the bridge is either cemented or screwed to the implants below. The number of implants needed to support the bridge depends on many factors.