Good oral hygiene is important, not only for looks, but for general health as well. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more. Regular check ups and cleanings can prevent these problems as well as provide you with good oral hygiene.
Bonding is a treatment that can be used to repair teeth that are decayed, chipped, fractured or discoloured or to reduce gaps between teeth.
For this procedure, composite resin, a type of plastic mixed with glass particles which match the color of your teeth are used. Several layers of resin are applied to each tooth. Each layer is hardened under an ultraviolet light and shaped and polished so the finished tooth looks natural and smooth.
Bonding can also be used to build up older teeth to make them appear younger. Bonding is an option for people of all ages, including children, as the resin can be replaced as teeth grow.
Veneers are strong, thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the teeth. They are used to repair chipped, decayed or stained teeth and may help in closing gaps between teeth.
With a bit of contouring, veneers may also correct slightly crowded or overlapping teeth. If your teeth have discoloured with age, a veneer may improve their appearance.
Veneers can also be used for cosmetic reasons instead of crowns, which are more often used for badly damaged or decayed teeth. The tooth enamel needs to be ground down slightly in order to accommodate the veneer.
A dental implant is made by surgically inserting one or more small metal posts beneath the gum into the jawbone. In a few months, when the implants are fused to the surrounding bone, the artificial tooth or teeth are then attached and the missing tooth or teeth are restored.
A fixed bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. It is called a “bridge” because it covers a gap, and the bridge is supported by teeth or implants on one or both sides of that gap. The supporting teeth or implants are sometimes called abutments. In this procedure, each abutment is prepared to receive full crowns or caps. When completed, the bridge is cemented into position over the supporting abutments.
A removable denture is a single appliance that replaces several lost teeth. The denture is held in place by clasping some of the remaining teeth - or by suction where none of the natural teeth are left.
A pair of custom- made precision tray is made for each patient. The process involves controlled application of agent which allows for more control over the whitening process and patient can decide when to stop. It generally provides
deeper and longer results than retail products.
Nitrous oxide is one of the safest anesthetics available. It is especially useful for fearful patients as well as young children. The effect of nitrous oxide is often remarkable. A patient that was anxious before treatment will become relaxed and calm.
Dentistry for Children
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