Plateau Dental Care

Crowns, veneers, bridgework and implants

Teeth can be damaged by all sorts of things—age, poor oral hygiene, grinding (also called bruxism) or an emergency where part or all of the tooth is broken off.

Crowns

When a tooth needs to be restored we use a Crown, which is placed over the broken tooth to fix its shape, size or strength.

Veneers and bridgework

A simple and very effective way to correct a chipped, discoloured or misshaped tooth is with a porcelain veneer. A veneer can enhance your smile, and as long as your teeth are already strong, it will resist most forces placed on it by a normal diet.

Porcelain Veneers are thin, tooth-coloured porcelain shells that are custom made to bond to the front surface of your teeth. They are excellent for front teeth and ideal for improving shape, length, size and tooth colour.

When you have missing or broken teeth, there are a variety of traditional methods to repair them. The method your dentist chooses will be based on a number of different factors, including the health of your gums and the degree of damage to the tooth.

Your dentist will talk you through all your options when you visit. Another possibility you may end up with may be a Bridge, which is an artificial tooth attached to a couple of crowns (which sit over the natural tooth) on either side.

If this treatment is for you, a temporary Bridge will be fitted with two temporary Crowns on your first visit, to be replaced with the permanent Bridge and Crowns at your subsequent visit.

Implants

Dental implants are a safe, comfortable and very effective replacement for missing teeth. They look and feel like your natural teeth, and can last for 20 years to life.

They’re a great alternative to dentures, as the implant will effectively be like your own teeth.

If you want to get dental implants, talk to one of our dentists about the process and what to expect.

Dental implants do require surgery. During the procedure, an implant is surgically inserted into your jawbone, which will be the anchor for a replacement tooth. Over time the jawbone will attach itself to the implant, enabling replacement teeth to be permanently fastened into place.

Crowns, a bridge, or stabilised denture may then be attached to the implant. Since these must be carefully constructed to match the opposing tooth and ensure a correct bite, several impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab which will construct the prosthetics.

For more information on any of these procedures or to request a consultation, drop in to our dental surgery in Alstonville or click here to email us.