Composite is a material used to covers the tooth after decay is removed, restoring the tooth to its original shape. The materials we use are composite resins, a mixture of plastic combined with silicon dioxide. Composite is the preferred material, owing to its durability, the ability to restore tooth functionality and a perfect aesthetic result. The most effective way of preventing dental decay is to ensure regular dental consultations with the highly skilled Favero dental team.
Very few people have perfect teeth, the majority of the population have many amalgam fillings which are not made to last a lifetime. As the filling's margins begin to wear away, bacteria enters causing decay.
Unfortunately, defective old leaky fillings do not cause any pain or sensitivity until the tooth becomes symptomatic or fractures. The tooth will then require radical intervention, such as root canal treatment to restore the tooth.
Prevention is the key here and by diligently attending periodic examinations with your dentist, old restorations and failing fillings will be identified through digital X-Ray in good time to treat easily.
Internal bleaching is a procedure for teeth which are stained as a result of previous treatment for root canal issues. Old or badly treated teeth or root canals can also become discoloured as a result of trauma.
Following a correctly administered root canal treatment, the choice is available to have the internal structure bleached, restoring the tooth's original colour. Depending on the degree of discolouration will determine the number of sessions required to achieve the desired result.
Or root canal treatment becomes necessary when the pulp (nerve) is affected after a deep cavity or an infection or fracture. Teeth usually have between 1 and 4 canals and depending on the difficulty of the procedure the treatment could last from 45 minutes up to 2 hours.
The correct treatment is essential and will affect the lifetime of the tooth.
Periodontal disease, also called "Periodontitis", is a chronic degenerative disease of the tissues (gum, bone, ligament) surrounding the tooth.
This condition requires removal and control of the disease and deep cleansing treatments to remove stubborn, chronic bacterial infection. Strict attention to oral hygiene and attendance to periodic appointments is essential. In over70% of cases a nonsurgical treatment regimen can be achieved.
Diagnosis and Evaluation
Step 1: Assessment
An accurate assessment and diagnosis of the dental problem and the level of damage caused by the disease will be performed. In order to make his assessment the dentist will use a Parodontogram, through which the severity of the periodontal disease can be measured.
A tailored periodontal treatment plan will be created and discussed with the patient.
Step 2: Treatment - Non Surgical
Diseased or damaged teeth will, wherever possible be managed non surgically.
Teeth that are unable to be salvaged will be extracted painlessly. The remaining viable teeth will undergo specialised disinfecting treatments to promote healing.
In order to maximise the effectiveness of the treatment, patients will be given preventative dental healthcare counselling. The first follow up appointment for re-assessment will be made in 4- 6 weeks.
Step 3: Re-assessment & Surgical Treatment
At the follow up appointment further evaluation will be made of the level of healing and remaining disease.
In the more severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to regenerate lost tissues, and halt progression of the disease if still active.
Step 4: Future Maintenance:
It is essential all clients attend diligently to their individual maintenance plan, created and tailored by the dentist to the clients individual requirements.
Periodic appointments will be booked for assessment and cleaning. The standard is 2 visits a year but may be higher for complex cases.
The goal of any dentist is to restore and keep the teeth viable, extraction is not undertaken lightly, if the tooth can be saved it will be.
In cases when a tooth has sustained excessive damage an extraction procedure will need to be performed to ensure the neighbouring teeth are not affected.
In addition to the removal of badly damaged or decayed teeth, tooth extractions are performed in preparation for orthodontic procedures; a tooth or several teeth may need to be removed to provide adequate space for others to grow correctly.
Tooth extractions may also be performed when primary teeth do not fall out on their own, preventing the permanent teeth from growing in a healthy and normal manner. A tooth extraction will also be needed in cases of wisdom teeth that have been impacted or become infected.
A local anaesthetic will usually be needed prior to a tooth extraction procedure, to ensure that the patient will not feel any pain or discomfort. Simple tooth extractions are undertaken quite easily and painlessly. On occasion a surgical tooth extraction will be required, also painless but the client returns home with sutures in the gum following the procedure.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
Wisdom teeth can become impacted when they do not grow in the correct manner.
An impacted wisdom tooth will be very difficult to clean, which is the reason why impacted teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay and other dental problems. A wisdom tooth extraction is also performed when the neighbouring teeth are being compressed, causing pain and discomfort.
Tooth Grinding & Tooth Wear
Tooth grinding (Bruxism)is surprisingly common and often happens when a person is frustrated, or troubled. To some, grinding or clenching is such a normal daily occurrence that they are unaware of the adverse consequences on their dental health that is can cause.
Excessive teeth grinding causes premature wearing tooth damage and pain.
Tooth grinding can also occur at night and lead to problems concerning the TMJ (Jaw) joint.
With the amazing technology available to dental specialists there are many trouble free options available for those faced with having dentures fitted. Cosmetic dental prosthetics replace form and function of the mouth from missing teeth, allowing the client to smile, eat, and speak with confidence, which in turn regains a quality of life and improved self esteem.