Cavities, broken teeth, gum recession or disease and missing teeth can happen to anyone at any time. While checkups, cleanings and daily brushing and flossing go a long way toward maintaining optimal oral health, our mouths endure significant temperature fluctuations, an onslaught from 600 types of bacteria, and crushing pressure every day. Even people with the most diligent oral healthcare routine may, at some point, need restorative dentistry.
Crown and Bridgework
If you have one or more missing teeth in a row, crown and bridgework can rekindle your smile’s appearance and comfort. Missing teeth aren’t just aesthetically unappealing, they negatively impact your smile’s function. Existing teeth may drift out of position and cause problems with jaw joint function and bite alignment.
A bridge contains one or more restorative teeth to fill a gap in your smile. Our designs customise bridgework that looks natural and delivers optimal performance. Before attaching your bridge, we’ll crown the teeth on either side of the gap. This fortifies the “anchor” teeth for optimal stability.
Aesthetic Teeth Replacement
We’re pleased to offer our patients a variety of options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. Depending on your specific goals and needs, we may recommend a fixed bridge, a partial or full denture or an implant-supported crown. As the closest prosthetic to nature’s design, dental implants offer unparalleled comfort, function and support.
We hold our restorative dental designs to the highest standards. Whether you’re receiving crowns, fillings, a bridge or implant-supported prosthetic, you can expect results that uphold our high standards for quality, longevity and beauty.
Dental braces (also known as orthodontic braces, or braces) are devices used in orthodontics that align and straighten teeth and help to position them with regard to a person’s bite, while also working to improve dental health.They are often used to correct underbites, as well as malocclusions, overbites, cross bites, open bites, deep bites, crooked teeth, and various other flaws of the teeth and jaw. Braces can be either cosmetic or structural. The application of braces moves the teeth as a result of force and pressure on the teeth. There are four basic elements that are needed in order to help move the teeth. In the case of traditional metal or wire braces, one uses brackets, bonding material, arch wire, and ligature elastic, also called an “O-ring” to help align the teeth. The teeth move when the arch wire puts pressure on the brackets and teeth. Sometimes springs or rubber bands are used to put more force in a specific direction.
Braces have constant pressure, which over time, move teeth into their proper positions. Occasionally adults may need to wear headgear to keep certain teeth from moving. When braces put pressure on one’s teeth, the periodontal membrane stretches on one side and is compressed on the other. This movement needs to be done slowly otherwise the patient risks of losing his or her teeth. This is why braces are commonly worn for approximately two and a half years and adjustments are only made every three or four weeks.
Cosmetic Fillings and Porcelain Crowns
We understand our patients desire to maintain an attractive smile. We prefer to place white fillings and crowns when they are durable and lasting. The location of a cavity or crack in a tooth must be factored in when choosing the best restorative material. In most cases though, the teeth that shows in your smile can be repaired with composite resin: tooth-coloured fillings or white, custom – shaded porcelain crowns.
Do you have an important interview coming up? Maybe a reunion or a wedding is in your future. Perhaps you want to freshen your appearance to improve your self-image. With professional teeth whitening in Oyster dental care, you’ll look your best!
Our whitening system works to eliminate stains and discolouration from tobacco, foods, beverages, and some medications. A specially formulated bleaching gel penetrates the uppermost layers of teeth without altering natural tooth structure. Within two weeks, stains disappear, leaving behind a bright, brilliant smile.
They are thin tooth coloured shells designed to cover the front surface of your teeth to improve your appearance. They are made from porcelain or resin-composite materials and are permanently bonded to your teeth. The upper front are most commonly applied veneers. People may get one veneer in case of a broken or chipped tooth. They play a great role in improving your smile, especially if your teeth are chipped, malformed or discoloured.
These are healthy teeth, gums and bone. The instrument is a periodontal probe and in healthy gum it should only go 1-3mm (marks) into the gum. Regular checkups with professional cleanings will help keep you in good gum health.
These are teeth, gums and bone that have gingivitis-the early stage of gum disease. Notice the gum is red and puffy, and there is plaque and tartar building up around the gum. There is no bone loss, yet. The probe measures 3-5 mm into the space between the teeth and gum. Gingivitis can be reversed with proper treatment.
This is periodontitis, the plaque and calculus spreads down the root infecting the bone and the ligament holding the tooth into the jaw. This causes the gums and bone to recede away from the tooth. The space between the tooth and the gum measures more than 5 mm and traps food and more plaque under the gum. With proper treatment you can prevent further damage.
This is advanced gum disease. The infection has destroyed most of the bone around the tooth. The plaque and tartar has covered the tooth well below the gum and on the roots. The gums recede even further, the teeth become loose and can shift causing your bite to change. The pocket between the tooth and the gum is more than 8 mm. You are at great risk of losing your teeth.
Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
- Do your gums bleed when you brush, floss or use a toothpick?
- Are your gums red, swollen and painful?
- Do you have pus coming from between your gums and teeth if you push on your gums?
- Are your gums pulling away from your teeth?
- Has there been a change in the way your teeth come together when you bite or chew on food?
- Do your teeth look longer because of receding gums?
- Are your teeth loose?
- Do you have bad breath?
If you wear a partial denture does it still fit the same?
If any of these statements are true then you may have a problem with your gums.You should visit your dentist and get an evaluation and schedule an appointment. You may need more than just a routine cleaning for your teeth to get your gums healthy again.
A thorough evaluation of your gums and your overall dental health includes a comprehensive examination, a complete set of x-rays, and periodontal probing.If there is bone loss and deep pocketing you may need non-surgical periodontal or surgical periodontal care.
Are you embarrassed to smile because of missing teeth? Many people mistakenly believe that a missing tooth is merely a cosmetic problem. But losing a tooth, whether to injury or dental disease, can create serious problems for your oral health. Shifting and rotating of neighbouring teeth, gum disease, jawbone atrophy, and additional tooth loss can all occur within just a few years. Replacing a tooth, or teeth, with dental implants can restore your oral health.
How do Dental Implants work?
During a short oral surgery, a small titanium post is placed in the jaw, just below the gum. As the implant heals, the bone fuses with the post creating a solid foundation, just like a tooth root. We will then attach a handcrafted dental crown atop the post to complete the implant. It looks like a natural tooth, feels like a natural tooth, and functions like a natural tooth restoring confidence to your smile.
Implant-retained dentures for maximum comfort
If you experience the pain of slipping dentures or endure the embarrassment of clicks and noises when you speak, talk to us about implant-retained dentures. Using a few dental implants, your denture will simply snap onto the posts for a perfectly stable fit. Implant-retained dentures stay comfortably in place, eliminating the discomfort of sliding and allowing you to enjoy life with a secure smile.