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Dental Bridges literally “bridge” the gap created by one or more missing teeth. They are made up of two crowns, one on each tooth on either side of the gap.

The two anchoring teeth are called abutments. The false tooth in between in called a pontic.
Similarity to Dental Crowns, several types of materials are often used in the fabrication process.

Bruxism is the habit of excessive teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

Normally, your teeth should only touch briefly when swallowing or chewing. If your teeth are in contact too often or too forcefully, it tends to wear down the tooth enamel.

What is a Bruxism Splint?

A bruxism, or occlusal splint is a removable appliance which is carefully moulded to fit your jaw and tooth line.

The device is worn at night to reduce the amount of grinding pressure. It offers relief for the muscles of the jaw and protection of the teeth from premature wear and breakage.


Dental Crown

Aside from strengthening a damaged tooth, a Dental Crown can be used to improve the appearance, shape and alignment of the tooth. Dental Crowns when cemented into place, a Dental Crown fully encases the entire visible portion of the tooth that lies above the gum. There are several types of Dental Crowns that can be used; these include ceramic, porcelain, resin, and stainless steel.

A Crown can also be placed on an implant helping to provide a tooth-like shape and structure which assists in function.

Crown Types

  • Zirconia / Milled Crown
  • Metals such as Gold Alloy, Other alloys such as Palladium, Nickel or Chromium
  • Porcelain – fused to metal
  • Permanent & Temporary Crowns
  • All Resin, All Ceramic or All Porcelain

When you visit for your routine check-up, we examine your oral health and the surfaces of your teeth. A filling is usually recommended if any cavities are found.

Don’t worry! The area to be filled is first gently and carefully numbed – you won’t feel anything.

Fillings present a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay or a cavity, back to its original shape. When performing a dental filling, the decayed area of the tooth is removed, cleaned, then filled with a unique material that your dentist will shape to the natural form of the original tooth.

If decay has affected the nerve, your dentist may recommend a root canal to remove any damaged tissue, then fill the hole with one of the four filling materials. In most cases, porcelain or composite fillings are typically recommended. Gold fillings are a favourite, although most people want fillings that will match the natural colour of their teeth.

Fillings work by blocking the area where bacteria enters into teeth and helps to prevent cavities and decay later in life. Materials used for fillings usually are porcelain, gold, composite resin, or amalgam. The most suitable type of filling for you is determined by several factors including reactions to the different material, the shape of the tooth, the extent of repair required, and exactly where the filling is needed will be determining criteria as to which material is used with your filling.


How long does a dental restoration using fillings take?

The filling procedure takes typically less than an hour. The actual procedure takes around 20 minutes however we always allow extra time to enable any anaesthetic to take effect and for you to become comfortable.

How long do Dental Fillings last?

According to a study by Forss (2001), amalgam dental fillings have an average lifespan of twelve years, and composite fillings have an average lifespan of five years.

Fillings can sometimes become loose and fall out. Although not usually an emergency, it can cause pain as exposed tooth tissue is often sensitive to pressure, airflow or hot and cold temperatures. Often, a filling or crown may come loose because decay has developed underneath it.

Which materials are used in Dental Fillings?

A composite filling is the most common material used and matches the colour of your natural teeth. The composite filling material is mixed then placed directly in the cavity, where it hardens. Composite fillings last several years, however, aren’t recommended for large cavities, or areas prone to chipping.

Porcelain fillings are very common and produced in our lab. The porcelain material will be matched to your teeth then bonded to the affected tooth. Porcelain fillings are made to match the natural colour of your teeth and are resistant to any staining. The costs for porcelain fillings can be as much as gold fillings.

We make Gold fillings in our laboratory and are then bonded into place by your dentist. The gold material fits well with your gums and often remains for life. Gold is considered to be the longest lasting filling, although it is the highest cost option and will require several appointments before the filling will be complete.

Silver fillings are less expensive than gold materials and are quite resistant to wear. With their darker colour, silver fillings are more noticeable and so not recommended for visible areas at the front of your mouth.

Need more than a filling?

A Dental crown may be a suitable option if there’s not enough remaining tooth left to support a filling.

Links to further information:

Australian Dental Association: Your Dental Health

Wikipedia: Dental restoration

The preferred method of tooth replacement is the dental implant. In short, dental implants are a substitute for tooth roots, and form a stable foundation for permanent replacement of teeth.

They also act as a support for full and partial dentures, since the implants integrate with the bone to act as an anchor for the replacement teeth.

Dental implants can also help preserve the bone by providing stimulation that was previously provided by the natural tooth root system. This helps to maintain the integrity of your facial structure.

Dental implants are the closest possible replacement for natural teeth, and the best way to restore your natural smile. The cost of these implants has become very affordable.

When it comes to protecting your mouth, a custom made mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age and for whatever contact or non contact sport you are involved in.

A mouthguard helps cushion a blow to the face minimising the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue face or jaw. They cover the upper teeth as they take the brunt of trauma because they stick out more.

Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay we will try to fix it with a filling crown or other treatment. Sometimes there is too much damage and the tooth will need to be extracted.

A root canal is a dental procedure that is used to remove diseased tissue from the interior of enamel. The slim channels beneath the pulp chamber in the inner part of the teeth are hollowed out and wiped clean, and the roots are filed with flexible nickel titanium files.

A tooth is made from three main components: a hard protecting shell known as enamel, a softer and sensitive centre layer known as ‘dentin’ and a smooth tissue inner layer referred to as dental pulp.
Dental pulp consists of nerve tissue, lymph tissue and blood vessels, and is taken into consideration to be the important part of oral health.
If dental pulp is traumatised, the tooth starts to die and root canal therapy is often required so that you can avoid infection and save you from tooth loss.

Root Canal Therapy is a dental procedure that replaces a tooth’s damaged or infected pulp with a filling. The pulp consists of specialised dental cells, blood vessels, tissue fibres and some nerve fibres located in the hollow space in the central part of the tooth. The vast majority of people who undergo root canal therapy can expect a functional tooth after the treatment.

Following a good oral hygiene routine is an important part of staying healthy. You can make sure of this by: Cleaning teeth both morning and night, remembering to floss and rinse your mouth with a non alcoholic mouthwash Maintain a healthy diet (no sugary snacks) Drink plenty of water Visit dentist regularly (every 6 months) – Just like your car needs a service!!