Teeth bonding is a cosmetic procedure that is fairly simple and inexpensive and can be performed in a single visit. With a more aesthetic material known as composite resin, our dentist will close gaps between front teeth (diastema) or alter faulty metal fillings. The composite resin is sculpted to the desired shape and blue light is “hardened” or “cured”. Then the reconstruction is polished and your fresh smile is ready now.
Crowns and Bridges
What is a crown?
A crown is a cap that covers and protects the entire tooth, while protecting the tooth and shielding it from further damage, returning the tooth to its original form.
If the tooth is badly broken, a standard filling can not be strong enough to chew.
The tooth had previously undergone root canal treatment.
To enhance the appearance and/or contour of a discoloured, mis-shaped or out-of-alignment tooth
The tooth is under intense chewing force, has broken, or needs wear and tear protection
Your dentist will perform a thorough examination and diagnosis to evaluate if a crown is needed. The tooth is shaved to make room for the crown and the crown moulds are taken to be custom made in a dental laboratory.
When the crown is ready, the tooth is firmly cemented.
Bridge is a special dental reconstruction to replace lost teeth with crowns on neighbouring teeth. The teeth on the side of the missing area are trimmed and the bridge is permanently cemented to restore the missing teeth. Compared to other ways of replacing missing teeth, the bridge is substantially more convenient than a denture and cheaper than a dental implant.
It is necessary to keep the gums around the crown or bridge clean, so proper brushing and flossing is key. Be cautious to be using the crown or bridge to bite extremely hard objects such as bones or crabs, otherwise there is a chance of chipping the porcelain section. Often, take daily check-ups every 6 months for a dentist to check the crown or bridge.
Dentures are detachable, artificial teeth appliances. They are made of plastic (acrylic) or a combination of plastic and metal (chromium cobalt). Alternatively, you can also request for flexible dentures that are softer than traditional plastics. The innovation of a biocompatible flexible material helps dentures to respond to the continuous movement and versatility of the mouth.
There are two types of dentures:
Partial dentures: if you have lost some of your teeth
Complete/Full dentures: if you have lost either all your upper or lower teeth
There are THREE stages to getting your dentures fixed
The duration between each visit is approximately one week to allow ample time for the dental laboratory to process the visit. In certain cases, if possible, you might have to go back to the clinic to change your new denture.
Dentures should be carefully removed after a meal in order to wash away any food particles that stick to the surfaces before they are worn again. This helps reduce any bacterial contact with the teeth and gums. Before bedtime, dentures should also be extracted and thoroughly cleaned with soap and water and placed inside a tub of water at room temperature. Avoid changing the surfaces or metal sections of the dentures yourself, as it can distort the shape and make the denture unfit for your mouth. Seek for a dentist’s help to adjust your dentures.