everyday General dentistry
A wide rage of restorative treatments
As dentists we believe prevention is always better than cure and will always encourage and help you to look after your teeth. If we do identify a problem then we will use the best technique to restore your tooth. At Synergy Dental & Implant Centre we offer a wide rage of restorative treatments including white fillings, solutions for teeth grinding and dental crowns.
White fillings and bonding
A small chip to a tooth near the back of your mouth can often be repaired with a tooth-coloured filling, which makes it largely unnoticeable.
If you have a small chip on your front teeth, your dentist may recommend dental bonding. Using a tooth-coloured composite, this will repair your tooth and will be matched in colour as closely as possible to your natural teeth. This procedure can also commonly be done in a single visit.
Root canal treatment
Root canal treatment is needed when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected through tooth decay or damaged by an injury to your mouth. o save teeth great care is taken to painlessly clean and fill infected tooth canals The treatment overall should feel no different to having an ordinary filling placed.
Crowns & bridges
Chipped or fractured teeth, broken down fillings, or teeth that are malformed or discoloured are all conditions which can affect your smile. A crown is a cap that is used in order to help restore or hold together a tooth that has been chipped or damaged.
A crown is recommended for a number of reasons:
To restore fractured teeth
To protect weak teeth from fracturing
To repair a tooth when there is not enough original tooth remaining
To conceal badly shaped or discoloured teeth
To protect teeth from fracturing following root canal treatment
To disguise extensive damage caused by decay
To attach a bridge
To cover a dental implant.
Natural looking porcelain attached to a durable metal shell is the most common construction used to create a crown because of its strength.
Same Day Crowns
Historically, having a crown fitted has sometimes been less than ideal for clients due to a number of reasons; some patients find the traditional process of taking impressions a little uncomfortable and the impression materials can cause a gagging reaction occasionally, the couple of weeks it then takes dental laboratory technicians to make the finished crown and lastly, this process requires a 2nd appointment for the crown to be fitted.
However, with our investment in digital dental technology, here at Synergy Dental and Implant Centre we can offer “same day crowns” thanks to a wonderful piece of dental equipment called a Planmeca PlanMill. This ingenious device can complete the procedure to the same high quality (if not better) than original crowns. Instead of an impression, we take the equivalent quickly and easily using a special scanner called a Planmeca Emerald. This creates a special three-dimensional image of the new crown which is reviewed and edited by the dentist and then uploaded into the Planmeca PlanMill. The crown is then milled and finished in approximately 30 minutes so you don’t even need to leave the Practice - we’ll look after you with a cup of tea while you wait! Your new crown is then cemented and fitted on the same day.
Three of the many benefits of Same Day Crowns:
Waiting time is significantly reduced, It’s only one appointment, so you can have the crown fitted on the same day as your preparation.
You don’t have to have a temporary filling or a temporary crown while you are waiting for your new crown to be milled.
If you require an injection to have your teeth numbed you’ll only need one injection as we can get everything sorted in a single appointment.
Wisdom teeth extractions
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth that grow at the back of the mouth and usually appear between the ages of 16 and 24 years. Some people do not have wisdom teeth.
On occasions wisdom teeth can be painful and cause recurring infections, especially if there is not enough room for them in the mouth. It is sometimes necessary to have them removed.
Teeth and smoking
Smoking has a major effect on the likelihood of developing many diseases including heart disease and cancer.
In the mouth, smoking causes staining of the teeth and bad breath, and increases the damage caused by gum disease. In the long term, it can also lead to throat or mouth cancer.
Quitting a smoking habit is always much more difficult than not starting in the first place. Smokers should seriously consider giving it up.
Jaw aches and migranes
The way your teeth meet when your top and bottom jaws close down on top of each other is known as your 'bite'. If your teeth don't fit together properly, you could have a 'bad bite', which can cause problems with your teeth, gums, the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) and the muscles in your face.
This misalignment, often referred to as TMJ disorder, can also cause some people to clench the jaw and grind their teeth at night. This can lead to facial pain, headaches, discomfort and clicking when biting or chewing, migraines as well as neck and shoulder pain, and even back pain.
If you recognise any of these symptoms or suffer with these on a daily basis, you will need to see a dentist to treat your problems or to refer you to a specialist if necessary.
Sports mouthguards are custom-made rubber coverings worn over your teeth to protect them from damage in contact and ball-based sports. They cushion the teeth and gums and help to avoid chipped and broken teeth.
Being hit in the mouth can lead to serious damage to your teeth, including broken and lost teeth, while contact sports can also lead to damaged, broken or dislocated jaws.
Sports mouthguards provide cushioning to protect against such injuries. Professional sportspeople can often be seen wearing mouthguards for this reason.
Sportsguards should be worn by adults and children. Children's mouthguards will need regular replacement as their teeth and jaws grow. You should check regularly that your child's mouthguard still fits and see your dentist for a replacement if it has become loose or tight-fitting.
Adults will also need to replace their mouthguards periodically due to wear and tear.