Teeth whitening is the most common cosmetic dental procedure sought by people primarily to remove the accumulated stains on the teeth. These stains can be removed quickly, safely and with minimal discomfort utilizing In-Office whitening systems or custom home trays. Your dentist or dental Hygienist will be able to determine which treatment or combination of treatments is the best for you after a thorough examination.
Teeth Whitening has proven to be a safe and effective way of achieving a more youthful and healthy looking smile. The safety and effectiveness of this procedure is directly related to the dosage given, the frequency and duration of treatment, the concentration and type of the material used, and the type of tray or system utilized.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials intended to cover the front (facial) part of the teeth for improved appearance. Thinkness of these veneers varies between 0.1-0.3 mm and you can imagine that these porcelain veneers prepared for each people uniquely and seems like contact lenses of tooth.
Veneers are routinely used to fix:
- Smile makeover
- Discolored teeth that can be caused by root canal treatment; stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes; like the presence of large resin fillings.
- Teeth that are worn down
- Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth (for example, have craters or bulges in them)
- Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)
Tooth preparation is minimal and confined to the enamel structure. The veneer is bonded to the tooth structure with tooth-colored resin cement.
As alternative to the usual silver/mercury fillings, we offer tooth-colored fillings for a more natural look. Porcelain inlays and composite resins create fillings that are not only more attractive, but also add strength to the weakened teeth. These restorations are also quite durable and long-lasting thanks to improved bonding technologies.
White fillings are not always appropriate for teeth with large cavities. An alternative would be to place porcelain restorations such as inlays or crowns.
Aesthetic inlays / onlays are the common preference now over traditional amalgam filling. Many people are choosing to replace their fillings with natural-colored inlays and onlays for aesthetic reasons.
An inlay or onlay is a type of material which is placed inside or over the surface of a decayed or damaged tooth and are seen as a good alternative to a crown. Placed to cover the top surface of the tooth, they are made from a variety of materials which resembles the natural color of your own teeth to make it more visually attractive.
The main benefit is that they fit in very well with the rest of your teeth. The material used is ‘tooth colored’ and has a realistic appearance, which is good news from a cosmetic point of view.
This procedure is often part of an overall ‘smile makeover, in which various procedures are performed to enhance the appearance of teeth and provide a huge confidence boost.
There is no risk of the inlays and onlays becoming discolored over time. They are also easy to clean as part of a daily dental routine and provide extra support for a tooth.
A crown or a bridge is a cap that is placed over a tooth and held in place by dental adhesive or dental cement to treat problems of decay, fractured teeth and malocclusion, as well as to protect teeth which have undergone root canal treatment or large fillings. They can also be used to change tooth color and shape.
- Gives protection for badly decayed or fractured teeth
- As a permanent restoration for teeth with large fillings
To correct minor problems in natural teeth like spacing, irregular shape or severe is-coloration
A normal process for a full crown restoration needs 2-3 appointments. Although the majority of crowning treatments are completed in two visits, there is sometimes a need for a third visit, to ensure that it is properly fit.
On the first visit, the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the tooth so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that no discomfort is experienced. Next, a mold will be taken of that tooth and of the surrounding teeth to be sent to the lab for the crown fitting. A temporary crown will be placed until the permanent one is ready.
The second visit sees the placement of the final restoration and the permanent crown will be fitted comfortably into the mouth. Every effort will be made to ensure that the new tooth feels exactly like one of your natural teeth before going to the final step, which is to cement the crown into your mouth.
A bridge (also known as a fixed partial denture) is planned when one or more teeth are missing and there are healthy teeth on both sides of the open space.
Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) is a tooth-colored bridge with high strength. Unlike an all-ceramic bridge, the metal core of the PFM makes it stronger. Tooth-colored porcelain of the highest quality is baked on the outside of the metal core. But because there is metal under the porcelain, it blocks natural tooth translucency and is not as pretty (aesthetically) as an all-ceramic bridge.
An all-ceramic bridge (or porcelain with ceramic substrate) is the most aesthetically pleasing among all the bridges. There is no metal, so translucency is usually excellent (depending on the type of materials used for the all-ceramic bridge). These bridges are usually indicated on front teeth or teeth that are highly visible. We use only the best materials (a combination of beauty, biocompatibility, and strength) for our all-ceramic bridges.
- Periodontal root debridement/deep cleaning under local anesthesia
- Pit and fissure sealants (to prevent or arrest the development of dental caries)
- Teeth bleaching (whitening)
- Nutrition counselling
- Customized oral hygiene instructions (brushing, flossing techniques, etc.)
- Fluoride application
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
All dependent on one’s individual situation; based on this, the periodontist will draw up a plan for implants that is most suited to you.
Replacing a Single Tooth This is quite simple, as you only need to replace that one tooth with one implant and crown.
Replacing Several Teeth Slightly more complicated, if you have to replace several teeth you will need to consider implant-supported bridgesdental-implants.
Replacing All of Your Teeth You may opt for an implant-supported full bridge or full denture in the event where you have to replace all your teeth.
Sinus AugmentationThere are a number of factors to look out for when carrying out a surgery as delicate as dental implants. For one thing you need plenty of bone to work with which can prove to be an issue especially in the upper back jaw area not only due to its inadequate bone mass, also its closeness to the sinus. There are surgeries that can be undertaken such as sinus augmentation which is focused on raising the sinus floor while also building up bone in preparation for dental implants.
Ridge Modification There could be situations where irregularities either in the upper or lower jaw can leave you with insufficient bone for the purpose of incorporating dental implants. For those who suffer from such conditions, this solution involves lifting the gum away from the ridge exposing any defects. Where less bone is detected, your periodontist will fill in the shortcoming with either real bone or bone substitute in aid of building up the ridge. Not only will this improve appearance as has been seen in the past, it will also elevate your eligibility for implants in the future.
Rigorous dental hygiene practices consisting of both at-home care as well as visits to your dental clinic are mandatory for optimal oral health. Both your natural teeth as well as implants need to be treated in the same way. Of course regular brushing and flossing are great ways to keep your implants clean and plaque-free.
Post-treatment, the best care plan will be drawn up for you by your periodontist to follow with your help. Remember you follow-up with visits that will help you observe your implant, teeth and gums to ensure they are healthy.
In the event that the pulp becomes inflamed or infected because of either deep decay or repeated dental procedures on the tooth, endodontics treatment has to be performed. If left untreated, pulp inflammation can result in abscess (infection).
To understand this procedure, it helps to know about the anatomy of the tooth. A soft tissue known as the pulp is found under the white enamel and a hard layer that is our dentin. It contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue that help in the root growth of your tooth during development.
The pulp becomes unnecessary once the tooth is fully developed as the tooth is nourished by the surrounding tissue.
During a root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, and then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is filled for protection and then crowned. After restoration, the tooth will continue to function normally.
Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had a root canal treatment can last as long as other natural teeth; often for a complete lifetime.
Our clinic offers more oral surgery services other than just removal of teeth. Implant placements, bone grafting and impacted wisdom tooth removal are also performed by our highly trained dentists.
To maintain maximum patient comfort and safety, most oral surgery procedures are performed in our clinics, as office-based surgery is often the most efficient and cost effective way to do them. For complicated procedures, however, we have the capability of treating patients in a hospital environment.
Periodontal disease are most often caused by poor oral hygiene, dental plaque, smoking, genetic factors, stress, diet, age and illness. It is an ongoing bacterial infection in the gums and bone around your teeth that can lead to an inflammation under the gums. If left untreated, the inflammation can destroy the bone around your teeth resulting in tooth loss.
The main symptoms are red or swollen gums; bleeding when brushing; aching, itchy, sore or tender gums; Receding gums (teeth beginning to look longer); pus between your teeth and gums when you press down on the gums; and bad breath. Unfortunately most of the periodontal diseases are painless so people cant realize that they have or not.
Any changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite; any change in the fitting of partial dentures; loose, separating or protruding teeth; spaces between teeth, are also symptoms of periodontal disease.
Approximately 80% of the people suffer from periodontal disease and about 97% of those with moderate to severe periodontitis are not being treated. Theses disturbing statistics need to be addressed.
Periodontal gum diseases can start as a result of insufficient brushing and flossing. The plaque build-up and tartar can eventually affect the surrounding bone and teeth tissues. When the fiber that binds the tooth and bone together is destroyed, it opens up spaces between the gum and the tooth.
In severe cases of periodontal gum diseases, surgery will be required once the gum tissue shrinks or becomes damaged. Guided tissue regeneration (GTR) is a dental surgical procedure which enables bone and tissue re-growth in the impacted area. This surgical process allows the re-growth of tissue and bone around the affected tooth or, in the case of tooth loss, the invasive surgical procedure increases the bone capacity for dental implantation.
The success of the guided tissue regeneration is heavily dependent on the maintenance of good oral practices, oral hygiene and proper nutrition of the patients.
Scaling and root planning are one of the most common and effective means of treating periodontal gum diseases wherein the dentist, periodontist or dental hygienist clean between the gums and teeth, down to the roots.
Scaling involves the removal of accumulated calculus that is attached to the tooth surfaces, as well as the areas below the gum lines along the roots, which are hard-to- reach areas when brushing and flossing. The dentists utilize ultrasonic instruments such as tiny vibrant which breaks the tartar, removing stains and plaque.
Root planning is a procedure to smoothen the root surfaces to avoid bacterial growth after scaling.
Ridge augmentation is done when a sunken spot or concave appears in your gum line after an extraction. Apart from not being aesthetically good, it can also jeopardize the appearance of a possible implant, bridge or any other prosthetic procedure that goes over the area. Another option is to insert grafting material under the gum to fill this depression and build up an area of bone so that dental implant can be placed.
In cases where the teeth are quite small compared to the gum tissue, aesthetic crown lengthening and gingival contouring can be done to avoid having a “gummy” smile. Uneven gum line, on the other hand, can be corrected by lowering the gum line and the bone just beneath it to change the appearance of your smile and make your teeth appear longer.
“Gingival (gum) contouring” is the process of re-contouring the gums only
“Crown lengthening” refers to re-contouring both the gums and supporting bone.
Root coverage is done to protect the exposed tooth roots due to receding gum lines. When the gum tissue that protects the delicate roots of your teeth are lost, it will be prone to high sensitivity, tooth decay, root canals, discoloration and actual jawbone loss, which can all lead to tooth loss. Also, longer looking teeth and exposed tooth roots give an “old” appearance to your smile.
The procedure called Soft Tissue Grafting replaces the missing gum tissue and protects your teeth.
For this reason, soft tissue grafting can add a new youthful appearance to your smile and may be recommended even for back teeth. There are several techniques for this kind of procedure and the graft material may be obtained in different ways. Consult your periodontist to find out which kind of therapy fits your dental needs.
A gummy smile, known medically as “excessive gingival display,” can be a source of embarrassment to patients. Often, a gummy smile stems from a lip line that is unnaturally high and/or overdevelopment of the upper jaw. With each smile, the height of the top lip can rise to reveal too much gum tissue.
While many cases of gummy smiles can be addressed by correcting the position of teeth, by crown lengthening or by gum lifts, some smiles are actually affected by the position of the upper lip rather than tooth or gum shape. For patients with excessive gum tissue display due to high upper lip position, lip repositioning is the best option. Simply repositioning the height of the lip with a safe and proven corrective surgery, Gummy Tuck™, can produce a more comfortable and relaxed smile.
Simply put, lip repositioning is the lowering of the upper lip. Lip repositioning is a brief surgical procedure that restricts the top lip and positions the lip to reduce the amount of exposed gum tissue.
During this procedure, a small strip of tissue is removed from the inside of the upper lip and the exposed area is sutured into a new, lower position. The procedure generally takes about 30-45 minutes but the results are immediate – a beautiful, confident smile.
Lip repositioning exposes a consistent, proportional amount of teeth and gums.
Recovery is very fast. Only local anesthesia is used and because the repositioning takes place inside the mouth, there is no external scarring.
After lip repositioning, we often see our patients smile confidently for the first time. Our patients claim to have boosts in confidence not only in their appearance, but also in their relationships and communication.
Invisalign® is an orthodontic device that straightens teeth and addresses other dental problems with clear plastic aligners. It allows you to wear virtually invisible braces to get the orthodontic treatment you need without the embarrassment of traditional braces.
When you think of orthodontics you might envision a teenager with a mouthful of metal. The latest advances in orthodontics have made that image a thing of the past. Braces come in a variety of materials and are used increasingly by adults to correct problems with spacing and to address temporomandibular disorders (TMD).