Dentures are a cost effective option to replace missing teeth. Whether you need to replace a single tooth or many teeth, a denture can be custom made to suit your needs. There are different ways a denture can be made, and should be discussed with the prosthetist.
Root Canal Treatment
When decay in a tooth is extensive and involves the pulp (nerve), a root canal treatment is required in order to keep the tooth. Root canal treatment is performed under local anaesthesia and is therefore pain-free. The procedure involves the removal of the infected pulp, cleaning and treatment of the canal/s and filling of the canal/s with a root filling. Following root canal treatment, it is recommended that the tooth is restored with a permanent crown to prevent it from breaking down.
Crowns and Bridges
Heavily filled teeth, worn down teeth, cracked teeth and root canal treated teeth are best restored with a crown to provide support and prevent further breakdown. A missing tooth can be replaced with a bridge, a “false” tooth supported by crowns on neighbouring teeth. Crowns and bridges are generally made from ceramic in a shade that matches your natural teeth.
Teeth that are chipped, stained, misaligned or with gaps can be covered with veneers, shells of tooth coloured porcelain, to improve the appearance.
Modern technology has enabled the replacement of missing teeth with dental implants rather than traditional dentures or bridges. Implants are proving to be safe and successful means of securing teeth into the jaw. Implants can also be used to secure dentures in patients that have difficulties keeping traditional dentures in place.
Regular consumption of certain foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine, as well as smoking, can discolour teeth making them appear dark and aged. Professional whitening products can be used to reverse these changes in a safe and effective way. The procedure can be performed in one appointment, or a take home kit can be provided for you to perform the procedure yourself at home.