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General Dentistry covers the basic or more commonly known treatments such as fillings and extractions. On this page we will also talk about 'Children's Dentistry' as it is such an important topic.

 

Dental Distinction offer 2 types of fillings - the regular composite material as well as porcelain fillings known as 'inlays'.

 

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 WHITE FILLINGS

 

Dental Distinction specializes in the removal of amalgam fillings and replacing them with a biocompatible composite material. 

 

This clinic holds the view that there are no shortfalls of white fillings over dental amalgam. Technically, they are harder to place for the dentist; however that is no comparison to the affects amalgam have on not only your oral health and wellbeing, but on your body overall.

 

The benefits of white fillings over dental amalgam are:

  • Better biocompatible. No toxic heavy metals.
  • Better physical compatibility with natural tooth structure. Amalgam fillings are more rigid and more likely to cause tooth fracture in the long run as they wedge the tooth that surrounds them.
  • Less cutting required. White fillings are bonded. Hence they do not need additional “retentive cutting” to hold them in place as is the case with dental amalgam.
  • Better aesthetics.

 

There are three (3) types of white fillings...

Composite fillings:

A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.

 

This is an immediate treatment (one visit) and more economical. Some controversy surrounds the chemistry of some of these composites and the BPA (Bisphenol A) content, even though total consensus is till to be reached.

 

There are alternative white fillings which do not contain this BPA such as GIC (Glass Ionomer Cement). However, GC is less durable. Research in the field is likely to make available new and even safer materials in the future.

 

 

Composite inlays and Porcelain inlays:

An Inlay is usually an indirect restoration (filling) consisting of a solid substance (as gold or porcelain) fitted to a cavity in a tooth and cemented into place.

 

Inlays are a two-step procedure where the filling is pre-fabricated by a ceramist. Porcelain inlays have the added advantage that they do not contain BPA and can last better due to their better strength as they are a furnaced material. They are also more stain resistant.

 

However, Inlays are more expensive. For example a composite direct filling may cost $250.00. The same can cost $750.00 as a porcelain inlay as the additional work in the laboratory incurs the added cost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXTRACTIONS

Although permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons whytooth extraction may be needed. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired. Other reasons include:

 

A crowded mouth: Sometimes teeth are extracted to prepare the mouth for orthodontic treatment. The goal of orthodontics is to properly align the teeth, which may not be possible if your teeth are too big for your mouth. Likewise, if a tooth cannot break through the gum (erupt) because there is not room in the mouth for it, an extraction may be the solution.

 

Infection: If tooth decay or damage extends to the pulp -- the center of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels -- bacteria in the mouth can enter the pulp, leading to infection. Often this can be corrected with root canal therapy (RCT), but if the infection is so severe that antibiotics or RCT do not cure it, extraction may be needed to prevent the spread of infection.

 

Periodontal (Gum) Disease: If periodontal disease - an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth - have caused loosening of the teeth, it may be necessary to the pull the tooth or teeth.

 

We understand that having a tooth removed can be a difficult and painful decision to make. We want to make this experience as stress-free as possible, with our team explaining clearly what your treatment will involve and how best to care for your extraction. You may also wish to discuss the solutions appropriate to you for replacing the extracted tooth to restore the function and appearance of your smile.

 

 

 

 

CHILDREN'S DENTISTRY

One of the most common questions asked by parents, is when should they bring their child to the dentist for their first check up. The short answer is "First visit by second birthday." The idea of such early dental visits is still surprising to many new parents. However, studies have shown that the younger children, are getting more and more cavities.

 

To prevent early childhood cavities, parents first have to find out their child's risk of developing cavities. They also need to learn how to manage diet and hygiene to prevent problems occurring.

 

Cavities aren't all that parents need to learn about their child's dental health. The first dental visit lets parents discuss with us:
✔ How to care for an infant's or toddler's mouth in regards to brushing and flossing
✔ Oral habits, including finger and thumb sucking
✔ Ways to prevent accidents that could damage the face and teeth
✔ Teething and milestones of development
✔ The link between diet and oral health.

 

Throughout a child’s life, it is important to ensure we are monitoring the development of their jaws and bite, along with their teeth and gums. This allows us to discuss with you any additional treatments that may be necessary to allow correct function for speech and growth. We want your children to have the best dental health possible.

 

The oral health of your children is extremely important to us, and we truly love meeting new faces here at Dental Distinction. We have a special rewards program for the kids to help them change their fear of the dentist to a more happy and fun experience.

 

 

 

 

OZONE

Used to eliminate the bacteria that cause dental decay, ozone treatment can ensure early decay is stopped or the complete removal of decay is achieved before your restoration is placed.

 

Ozone has been used as an oxidising agent for the past 40 years and its effectiveness has been well documented. It is extremely effective in reducing the amount of bacteria and viruses present in water and air.

 

This technology uses the direct application of ozone to the tooth surface so you can be confident in knowing that even the very smallest amount of decay has been removed.