What is Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry is comprehensive oral care that combines science and art to optimally improve dental health, aesthetics and function. Many procedures can be undertaken to improve your smile. In a study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry researchers found that 90% of patients agree that an attractive smile is an important asset. Having a smile you love can increase your confidence and boost your self-image. Our Dental practice offers a full spectrum of modern cosmetic and aesthetic dental procedures and processes to help you achieve the smile you will love. Please take the time to explore our website to help you discover what procedures may be suitable for you.
Teeth that have been heavily restored, badly broken or worn down, fractured, traumatized or root filled can require a tooth crown. At Riverside Dental we take great care in the preparation of your tooth for a crown using the latest electric motor hand pieces, diamond coated tipped burs and sensational strong anaesthetics, as well as enhanced magnification including the latest Seiler Evolution XR6 Dental microscope. Tooth crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure by completely surrounding the remaining tooth and will improve your smile. A dental crown is available in different materials from aesthetically pleasing ‘all porcelain’ crowns to all gold crowns. At Riverside Dental we will help to make the decision of which crown will best suit your situation.
The procedure for a crown to be placed onto a tooth usually requires two visits. First appointment Dr. Patrick will remove any disease or decay from the tooth ensure that the foundation is strong and then shape the tooth ready for an impression or mould to be taken. A temporary crown made of plastic is constructed and placed over the tooth until the next visit. The moulds are then dispatched to the dental technician whom constructs the crown to fit precisely to the mould. We use a number of different technicians depending on different factors this can be discussed in more detail at your initial tooth crown consultation.
At the second visit the temporary crown is removed and the final crown is tried in and checked for its fit, and how it looks and feels to you the patient. Minor adjustments are made and once the patient has accepted the feel and the look of the crown it is cemented into place.
Dental crowns have lifetime of approximately 7-10 years with some lasting a lot longer. At Riverside Dental we offer 5 years warranty on some of our crowns so you have the peace of mind that we stand by what we produce. Details are available on this site.
Options for replacing a missing tooth
Few things have greater impact on dental health and appearance than loss of a tooth. When teeth are lost the remaining teeth can drift out of position, cause a change in the bite, develop decay or gum disease and have a higher risk of fracture. We offer options for replacement of missing teeth these being a Denture, Dental Bridge, Dental Implant or leave the gap.
Dentures are removable appliances that can be used to replace one tooth or a full set of teeth. Generally they are constructed out of a type of plastic called acrylic. Plastic teeth are set into pink acrylic to mimic a tooth and gum and are a cost effective option for the replacement of missing teeth. Dentures can also be made out of metal with acrylic teeth and gum attached. These are more widely approved and accepted by patients as they are not as bulky. Over time they do become looser as the gum shrinks and the denture can wear away.
The teeth either side of where the tooth was removed can be used for anchorage of a fixed bridge. The teeth either side of the gap are prepared for crowns and the false tooth is constructed by the technician to attach to the two crowns. These types of restorations were extremely popular before the invention and general use of the dental implant. They still have their place in modern dentistry today but are less favoured due to the loss of tooth structure caused by the crown preparation on the teeth either side of the gap. They tend to have a lifetime of approx 5-10 years though this can depend on a number of different factors.
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