We can provide you with the following specialist dental services as we have the knowledge, experience and state of the art equipment.
A dental implant is a small titanium fixture that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The implant is placed in the bone of the upper or lower jaw and allowed to bond with the bone and serve as an anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth. Implants can also be used to help retain dentures. Implant supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. Dental implants are a proven restorative option with a long clinical history. Dental implants preserve the integrity of the facial structure and reduce the inconvenience associated with tooth loss.*
This involves removing the pulp (called the nerve) from within the tooth and then sealing the cavity. The pulp lies in the tooth centre within a thin canal extending from the crown of the tooth through to the tip of the root.
Root canal treatment may be required when the tooth becomes painful, tender to bite on, is particularly sensitive to heat and cold, or may have an obvious large cavity, which extends into the nerve of the tooth, or suddenly becomes dark in colour. Sometimes the pulp of the tooth will die without causing any noticeable pain. Other times the face may become swollen.
1. Under a local anaesthic, the remains of the nerve are cleaned through a small hole in the crown of the tooth.
2. Thin files are used, together with cleaning solutions and medications are placed inside the canal.
3. X –rays are taken, to help diagnose the necessary treatment, determine the length of the tooth and monitor treatment.
4. Finally a sealant is placed and bonded in the canal.
Upon completion of root canal treatment a final covering must be placed on the crown of the tooth. This is necessary because all root filled teeth become more fragile, brittle and normally darken. You may choose either a porcelain or gold crown for your tooth. The crown fits around and protects the tooth from splitting. A white composite filling may be used but you run a very high risk of tooth fracture in the future. Often a titanium or zirconium post is placed inside the tooth to reinforce the tooth.*
Wisdom teeth normally erupt between the ages of 18 to 24 years of age. It is common for wisdom teeth to be impacted; meaning there is no space for them to erupt.
Wisdom teeth need to be removed if any of the following problems are occurring:
1. Infection – When an impacted wisdom tooth starts to push through the gums, an infection can start around the top of the tooth. Infection and inflammation, swollen red gums can cause pain, swelling and jaw stiffness
2. Crowding – A wisdom tooth may push nearby teeth out of their correct position and may cause crowding of the front teeth.
3. Cysts – Sacks of fluid called cysts can form around the tooth. The cysts can destroy bone, weaken the jaw and cause damage to other teeth and gums.
4. Damage to nearby molars – An impacted wisdom tooth may keep pushing against the molars next to it. This often leads to serious damage to both teeth.*
Periodontal disease is a chronic and serious infection that affects the gums and bone that support your teeth. Gingivitis is an early sign of gum disease, you may notice swelling or bleeding gums, this is caused by the bacteria in plaque; a white sticky substance that constantly forms on your teeth and if it is not removed can lead to periodontitis and tooth loss.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.