Here at Carina Plaza Dental we are able to offer restorative dentistry, giving patients the opportunity to restore their smile and functionality with custom-made crowns and bridges.
Why are restorative procedures important?
- Replacing/restoring teeth helps you maintain good oral hygeine, and can prevent oral disease and plaque build up
- Filling empty gaps helps keep teeth in correct alignment
- Missing teeth can affect functionality, health, and looks – crowns and bridges help to fix all of these elements
Constructing a crown requires two appointments. The first appointment involves preparing the existing tooth to receive the crown. Impressions of the tooth are taken and sent to dental technicians where the final crown is created. A temporary crown is placed on the prepared tooth until the second appointment. As you may imagine, this appointment is quiet long – ranging from 90 minutes to 120 minutes in duration.
During the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed, and replaced by the new custom-made crown. It is then adjusted and cemented into place. This usually takes our dentists between 30 and 45 minutes to complete.
Dental crowns can be made from a range of materials, including porcelain, gold, and alloys, or a combination of these. Porcelain is the most popular choice for crowns as they can be sculpted to closely match your natural dental aesthetics, whilst still providing strength and resilience.
A dental bridge covers or “bridges” the gap between the missing tooth. It is made up of two crowns for teeth on either side of the gap – with a false tooth inbetween. Bridges may be suitable for you if you have multiple teeth that need work.
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Frequently Asked Questions
We recommend 6 monthly visits to help maintain your teeth and prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Regular preventative and maintenance examinations allows us to diagnose any dental conditions that may arise, and when picked up early enough means that treatment is much simpler and less costly.
To ensure your teeth and gums are as healthy as possible, we recommend regular check ups, along with flossing and brushing twice daily. Limiting the use of mouthrinses, sugary foods, and tobacco products will contribute to maintenance of good oral hygiene.
The purpose of these appointments is to prevent any dental conditions and maintain the health of your teeth. We assess your medical history and discuss any problems or concerns that you may have with your dental health. Next we assess your teeth, gums and all areas of the mouth to ensure they are healthy. A thorough scale and clean will be done, followed by fluoride treatment. X-rays may also be taken at your initial visit with us, which are then updated every two years after that.
If you are having problems or concerns with your teeth, please call the practice and leave a message with your name and contact details, and our friendly staff will return your call the following business day. We can provide our patients with same day appointments for all tooth related emergencies. In the meantime, it is important to try and avoid the area as much as possible, including eating or drinking any hot or cold items as they may make your symptoms worse.
Here at Carina Plaza Dental, we support a variety of health funds, and are also preferred providers for BUPA and HCF. For your convenience, we have HICAPS terminals to make instant claims. We simply swipe your health fund card, authorise the claim and the gap can then be paid either by cash, card, or cheque.