Oral hygiene includes but is not limited to brushing and flossing. Many tools are available for you to achieve optimal oral hygiene. iDental Surgery staff are highly trained in instructing you to have a healthy mouth. Together with your dentist you can work towards having a healthy smile.
Tooth Coloured Restorations
iDental Surgery takes tooth coloured restorations seriously.
Several materials can be used to restore your teeth. These include composite resin, glass ionomer materials, all-ceramic inlays, onlays or crowns and metal-porcelain crowns. Different restorative options may be more suitable for particular restorations. Factors such as the amount of tooth structure remaining, the size of the restoration required, previous restorations, teeth missing, tooth position and gum health are all considered when choosing an appropriate restorative material.
The restoration material composite resin is used for fillings and is available in several shades (colours). The shade is individually selected to suit your teeth.
Several different composite resins are readily available and used for the appropriate site in the mouth. Teeth in aesthetic areas visible when smiling can be restored with composites that give a very natural result.
Sometimes resins may only be an intermediate solution to restoring your smile as other materials are stronger and could last longer.
Composite or Porcelain veneers and crowns can be bonded to the surface of teeth to hide discolouration, change tooth colour, shape and position. Invisalign or tooth alignment used together with tooth coloured restorations can greatly enhance your smile if it is appropriate for you.
If you would like to find out more, ask your treating dentist at iDental Surgery.
Root Canal Therapy
Have you ever noticed a bad smell from your mouth? It may not just be bad breath (halitosis)!
A tooth may require root canal treatment when a tooth is discoloured (a sign of trauma and possibly necrotic pulp) and when tooth decay cannot simply be removed and the tooth be restored with a filling. Several tests may be done on the tooth to determine whether the cause of tooth pain is the pulp. The pulp chamber is where nerves and blood vessels live. It can become necrotic, infected or exposed, causing you pain and discomfort.
Root canal treatment is an endodontic procedure that replaces the tooth’s damaged or infected and inflamed pulp with a filling. Several appointments are usually necessary to disinfect, shape and fill the canal. Digital x-rays are also taken for this procedure. A porcelain crown may be necessary to protect the crown of the treated tooth and keep it structurally strong.
Just remember that sinusitis or sinus infection can also cause sudden tooth pain!
Removable partial and full dentures/ plates are important for replacing missing teeth for aesthetics and/ or function. The tooth shade (colour) and shape are chosen to suit your mouth. Several appointments are needed to ensure a well-fitting denture is made for you. Temporary immediate dentures are also available for aesthetic regions where a tooth has been extracted so that you do not have to stop smiling.
Custom mouthguards are carefully made to suit your sporting needs. They can be coloured or clear and labeled with your name.
Visit the ADA’s (Australian Dental Association) website www.mouthguardawareness.info for more information about mouthguards.
Occlusal Splint Therapy
Bruxism (grinding) is caused by many factors such as stress. Not all bruxers are aware of grinding but tooth wear can be a clear sign that someone grinds. Occlusal splints may be helpful in protecting the teeth from being worn down.