This typically involves filling. Several materials can be used in this process to restore your teeth in order to correct and improve your bite. Our orthodontist Dr Abu-Shaban will give you advice on the filling type that best suits your case. That depends on factors like the size of the filling and whether it’s visible in the mouth.
Direct same day placement fillings include composite resin, amalgam (silver filling) and glass ionomer. Indirect fillings which require more than one appointment include porcelain, gold and other metal inlays.
Crown and Bridge
Crowns are caps or coverings for the entire tooth. They’re recommended to protect your teeth by preventing future fractures in root canal treated teeth or highly restored teeth. They can also be used to mask a discoloured or deeply stained tooth. Usually, they’re constructed from porcelain, metal or a combination of both. The colour or shade of the crown is to match that of your natural teeth as much as possible. Our staff will advise you on the most appropriate options.
Meanwhile, a bridge is a combination of several crowns used to replace a missing tooth or more, but without the use of an implant or denture. It’s basically a tooth holding another to replace the missing part.
Veneers are porcelain facings that are glued to the surface of your teeth, making them look nicer. It’s a cosmetic procedure that can fix several issues such as stained teeth, crooked teeth and worn teeth. Also, it can improve the overall shape of your teeth.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
Wisdom teeth usually erupt between the ages of 18 and 24. In most cases, they will emerge in the wrong position or they may not emerge at all due to lack of space in the jaw. This can lead to several problems such as:
- Infected gums
- Trauma to the cheek
- Interference with the occlusion or bite
- Caries in neighbouring otherwise healthy teeth
It is therefore recommended that you have your wisdom teeth removed. Our staff will advise you on which extraction procedure best fits your case.
Do your gums bleed when you brush? Do they appear red and swollen? If so, then chances are you’re suffering from gingivitis, the official term for gum inflammation. This usually is the first step in the ladder of periodontal disease. If gingivitis continues and progresses, then the next stage is periodontitis. This disease usually affects the surrounding tissues around teeth, including bone. And when bone is affected, you become vulnerable to tooth mobility and eventually the loss of some or all dentition.
Dr Gus Abu-Shaban regularly performs periodontal scans during routine check-ups. These check-ups will ensure that any problem is detected as early as possible before severe damage is done.
Snoring is caused by a vibration of the pharynx which lies behind the tongue. This act increases when someone is sleeping, as the tissue relaxes and therefore generates a noise while vibrating. Snoring can be a problem for your partner, especially if you snore loudly and repeatedly. But it may also be linked to a more serious condition called sleep obstructive apnoea, which can lead to strokes, heart attacks or even sudden death.
Treatment involves constructing an antisnoring device. It functions by advancing the jaw bone so as to stop the tongue from falling back and causing the snoring.
Treatment for Grinding
Grinding, much like consuming a lot of sugar and carbonated drinks, can cause tooth wear. The underlying tissue in your teeth can be weakened or depleted the more often they grind or masticate against one another. There are people who have this as habit while sleeping or even when they’re awake.
There’s also abrasion, which is the mechanical loss of tooth tissue due to means other than tooth to tooth grinding. It’s commonly caused by incorrect way of brushing teeth, leading to the formation of saucer-shaped cavity near the gum margin. In turn, your teeth become more sensitive to hot or cold food and drinks.
To treat those conditions, it often starts from a dense fluoride paste application. There might be some filling done, or also in several cases, root canal therapy. So if you suffer from a grinding problem that you’re not in complete control of, seek help and consult a dentist immediately. Remember that lost tooth tissue is irreplaceable so try to preserve as much of it as possible.
Sports Dentistry (Mouthguards)
Sports accidents are the most common reason for dental injury. But unfortunately, only 36% of kids aged 5 to 17 actually wear a mouthguard during competitive games. Injuries in these games can lead to a very long and complicated dental treatment or worse, loss of teeth.
A custom-fitted mouthguard helps to absorb and spread the impact of a blow to your face that otherwise can cause damage to your teeth, gums or lips. If you’re concerned about the price for it, bear in mind that the cost of fixing damaged teeth far exceeds that of making a mouthguard.
Here at Dentaservice, we ensure that we use the most up-to-date technology in the dental industry. Along with this comes digital radiology, which uses less radiation than a typical x-ray. This ensures that our patients aren’t overexposed to radiation.
Digital radiology takes only a few seconds to develop a film that can be emailed or printed out quickly. The image will appear on the computer screen to assist us in better explaining to our patients their conditions.
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