Restorative


Fillings

Fillings are done when a tooth has a decay or has been broken one way to fix it is to do a filling. Fillings involve taking away the decayed part of the tooth and preparing the tooth for the filling. Then the filling material is placed and can be either a tooth coloured filling, some of which also release fluoride or an amalgam filling with is a silver metallic material which is stronger than the other coloured filling but not as pleasing aesthetically. Dr Steven Du takes great care to ensure the filling resembles the way a natural tooth should look also trying to get a flawless colour match for the patient. Dr Steven Du also ensures the filling feels right and is not too high compared to the other teeth.



Crowns

Crowns, also known as caps, are commonly used to restore badly damaged teeth. A crown covers a large part of the tooth and mimics the shape, size and colour of a natural looking tooth and the surrounding teeth. A crown can make a huge improvement to your biting function and the appearance of your smile.

Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can be used to:

  • Reinforce cracked teeth and teeth with deep cavities;
  • Protect teeth that have been filled by root canal treatment;
  • Provide extra support for bridges;
  • Prevent sensitive teeth or heavily restored teeth from needing root canal treatment; and
  • Cover poorly shaped or discoloured teeth.

CrownCrowns are made of metal, porcelain, or newer more tooth-looking restorative materials. Many crowns use a combination of these materials to achieve the right balance of good strength and aesthetics. We have ensured that the continuing education of our staffs keeps abreast of the latest improvements in the selection and the application of these modern materials.

Crowns are custom-made and fitted to each tooth to enhance your bite and smile. To prepare a tooth for a crown, the tooth is reshaped so that the crown can fit snugly over it. An accurate impression of the prepared teeth and gums is critical to ensure an accurate fit. This is one of many stages that we take all possible care and steps to get perfectly right, before the impression is finally sent to our experienced dental laboratory for the crown fabrication.

A provisional crown is fitted over the prepared tooth until a permanent crown is made. On the next visit, we remove the provisional crown and permanently fix the crown onto the tooth.


The main drawback with crowns, being over $1,000, is its immediate cost compared to general fillings. This expense is due to the crown-making process using more costly materials and taking a greater deal of clinical and laboratory time to make, than is involved with general fillings. This process ensures that our experienced Dental Technicians have the right amount of time to carefully fabricate the crown; and that they can use the state-of-art materials and equipment to achieve the optimal aesthetic result. Any cost-cutting involved with crowns can lead to a badly fitting crown and substantially reduce many few years of its potential use.

A great looking and snug-fitting crown will provide many years of enjoyment compared to any other type of filling in that: The crown achieves exceptionally better aesthetic results. The crown’s material is exceptionally smooth and resistant to staining and the formation of bacteria colonising plaque.

For optimal results, we use a digital spectrophotometer and intra-oral cameras to precisely record the colour of your teeth and better communicate this information to our dental laboratory staff.


Porcelain Veneers

If you have chipped, cracked, misaligned or discoloured front teeth, then porcelain veneers may be for you. Veneers are a fantastic way to improve your smile and protect the underlying teeth. Many of our patients enjoy the benefits of veneers and wish that they had chosen this treatment sooner!

Porcelain veneers are thin shell-like pieces of porcelain that are carefully crafted, by a Dental Technician, to fit perfectly over the front surfaces of your teeth. These are bonded into place to mask the underlying concerns.

During the preparation you will be involved in the design of your veneer/s, we will explain the process in detail and you will be aware of the outcome to expect.


Porcelain Veneers


The procedure itself involves:

  • The preparation of your underlying tooth structure
  • Upper and lower impressions or moulds of your teeth
  • Shade selection using a digital spectrophotometer and intra-oral camera
  • Placement of a temporary veneer

After approximately 2 weeks, your veneer will be ready for placement. During this appointment we will:

  • Remove the temporary veneer
  • Clean the underlying tooth surface, then etch this surface
  • Clean and etch the veneer
  • Permanently bond the veneer to your tooth

Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and onlays are an alternative and durable long-term solution for the restoration of back teeth with minor to moderate decay. An inlay is similar to a traditional amalgam filling in that it is placed within the cusps of the chewing surface of your back teeth, where as an onlay is used to restore a larger surface area and may cover one or more tooth cusps.



Several attributes have led to the increased use of inlays and onlays. They are a more conservative option than a full crown, which is utilised when minimal tooth structure remains. Inlays and onlays are not only functional, but because they are crafted from porcelain, they are very natural looking.


Bridges

Bridges or dental bridges are a popular and efficient solution for replacing one or several missing teeth. Bridges are held in place by crowns secured to teeth called “abutment teeth”, on either side of the space.

Similar to the crown-making procedure, receiving a bridge will usually require two appointment visits. While your permanent bridge is being made, a provisional bridge is placed over the "abutment" teeth, which have been carefully reshaped so that they appear the same size as your surrounding natural teeth when your crown and bridge is placed.

Bridges prevent adjacent and opposing teeth from moving out of alignment. Misaligned or tipped teeth can encourage the accumulation of bacteria-filled plaque and food-impaction, leading to bad breath, poor oral hygiene and long term loss of the remaining teeth. Having a bridge placed will revive your smile and return your mouth back to its full function and optimal health.


Implants

Implants are the most successful form of dental treatment available for the replacement of missing teeth. It offers you teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. Loose and uncomfortable dentures can now be replaced with something that is permanent and feels like part of you.

Implants are medical-grade titanium screws placed into the jawbone, as a substitute for a missing tooth root following extraction. They are allowed to integrate naturally with the bone (a process called osseointegration) before a crown, bridge or fixed denture is fitted to replace one or more missing teeth, thus eliminating the need for uncomfortable or ill-fitting dentures.

Dental implant inserted into jaw bone

Implants may be needed for a variety of reasons including trauma, decay or gum disease. Missing teeth can cause the lips and face to collapse, giving a premature aged appearance, as the bony structure that was once supporting a tooth or teeth has deteriorated.

We can offer you dental implants as a treatment option to:

  • Give you a fixed solution to missing teeth
  • Mimic your natural teeth in appearance, feel and function
  • Restore your bite by stopping the remaining teeth on either side of the space from moving and rotating, which often makes it difficult to chew food efficiently
  • Improve the appearance of your smile
  • Help retain bone structure and thus reduce the appearance of premature ageing and wrinkles.

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