As we get older, so does our smile. From tooth damage and decay to old or missing fillings and even missing teeth, there can come a time when some major work is required. Crowns and bridges are used to bring back not just the brigher, better look of old, but also help maintain the alignment of your bite. While a crown is used on a single tooth to restore its original look, feel and function, a bridge is a permanent replacement for one or more teeth, made to the exact colour, shape and size to suit the space.
Procedures for both crowns and bridges involve two visits. The first will cover preparation and cleaning, and in the second the fitting will be completed.
Dentures allow people who have either lost or need to replace their natural teeth to enjoy the functionality, feeling and confidence of a fully restored smile. Full dentures are a replacement for all of the teeth on the top or bottom jaw, and a partial denture is used where natural teeth remain.
As an experienced and skilled dentist, Dr. Caplash will create a well-designed and fitted denture that allows you to live fully, to eat in comfort and to speak clearly without any discomfort.
Dentures need to be realigned after several years due to natural changes in the shape of the mouth as well as the wear and tear of everyday use. An ill-fitting denture should be replaced immediately as it can damage the gums and cause further discomfort and health issues.
The denture process is usually made up of five stages:
Braces are effective, long-term solutions for misaligned, crooked or overcrowded teeth, improving your smile over a set period by gently moving them into the correct position. Today, they’re a common procedure for adults and children alike, and improve more than the look of your smile, but help create better oral health while reducing problems such as headaches and gum disease.
There are a range of modern brace systems available, including clear and nearly clear braces as well as the more common metal versions.The treatment period for braces can be as little as three months, but is more commonly between six months and one year.
Dental implants and mini implants look and feel as good as the real thing - giving confidence to your smile and functioning in just the same way as natural teeth. Every implant is personalized to follow the same shape and contours as the original.
A small titanium post is positioned in the jawbone, providing a strong and lasting foundation for the new tooth implant. Dental implants not only restore the look and feel of a natural smile, but also prevent bone deterioration, which can occur around missing teeth.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are an affordable and less invasive form of long-term and transitional treatment. Mini implants are approximately half the size of regular implants, and no incision into the gum is required, removing the need for a recovery period. The most frequent purpose of mini implants is to install full dentures.
Implant Surgery Process
Implant surgery usually requires a local anaesthetic, but other types of sedation are available according to the situation and patient preference. The procedure itself is normally a ‘staged surgery’, involving between one and three stages, with three being the most common.
More commonly called gum disease, periodontal disease infects the gums around the teeth and is a major cause of tooth loss for adults. Most people won’t realise they’re suffering from gum disease because the early stages are usually pain free – all the more reason to make sure you receive regular check-ups.
A build-up of plaque on the teeth creates small pockets or gaps between the gum and tooth, leading to one of two stages:
Gingivitis (red, swollen or bleeding gums), which can be easily treated by your dentist
Periodontitis (damage to gums and bone, loosening teeth), which requires immediate treatment that may include removal of the tooth.
Common causes of gum disease: