Dental bridges are commonly used to fill gaps created by one or more missing teeth. Generally, dental crowns are attached to the teeth either side of the gap, where the crowns are joined by a false tooth (or multiple teeth) in between, forming a bridge between the crowns.
Bridge surfaces are typically constructed from porcelain, whilst the underlying supporting structure can be made of platinum, nickel, gold or chromium alloys (to provide strength).
We use Invisalign Australia to provide "aligners" (near invisible braces) to the general public. The aligners are similar to the moulds used in teeth whitening, except they are designed to provide pressure on the teeth that need straightening. Invisalign is appropriate for many people, but often cannot be used in situations where a person's teeth are severely crowned or unaligned.
We can use multiple types of sedation when a patient is anxious or nervous about a dental appointment. These include mild sedation, such as self-administered inhalation or tablets, more marked sedation methods like nitrous oxide (also known as "laughing gas"), and sleep dentistry, which is administered by a trained sedationist in the dental chair.
In certain situations where teeth are damaged, a dental crown (or "cap") is needed. Generally, this occurs when:
- A large portion of a tooth requires filling
- Certain types of trauma or damage to a tooth has occurred
- Root canal treatment is performed
- Aesthetic reasons, like cosmetic alteration, particularly of visible teeth
- Prevention of teeth at risk of breaking and needing to be extracted (removed).
General dentistry is concerned with general oral health related issues, such as pain in teeth and gums and care of the mouth over the long term. Our general approach is to get patients out of pain and then address other oral health needs, like fillings, root canal treatment, hygiene therapy (scaling and cleaning) and more.