TREATMENTS - a brief description
An informed patient is a fantastic patient. I would like our patients to become little experts on the treatments we're providing to them. In an age where information is displayed all over the internet it can actually become confusing to understand certain concepts. I will try to resume my thoughts on some of the most popular treatments here.
Composite is a great material. It can look absolutely beautiful and it has allowed dentists to avoid invasive cavities. A composite filling is usually done in one session and that's why we often call it direct restoration. It sometimes has a bad reputation because the technique it requires is much more complex than with amalgam
Veneers are very thin layers of porcelain (as thin as 0.3mm) which when bonded to the teeth can restore their original anatomy and colour. We can also use them when we want o change the shape of the teeth for some reason, as ii happens with naturally small teeth. It's a fantastic option for those whose teeth have suffered from READ MORE
Some type of wear is established at the necks of the teeth. This usually happens together with gum recession. The factors behind this problem is not fully understood yet, however there is a strong prevalence within patients who seem to suffer from bruxism. Once the roots become exposed to the oral environment, they also beco-
The mock is a simulation of the outcome before the treatment starts. With no compromise and without touching the patient's teeth, one can see a very realistic simulation of the potential treatment.
Onlays Inlays or Overlays are more or less the same thing - a restoration done indirectly (often in a dental lab) with the purpose of restoring the missing part of the tooth. It is the ideal option for larger cavities as it overcomes the limitations that direct fillings present. The materials we currently use are ceramic, composite or
Sometimes even the most conservative dentist cannot avoid extracting teeth. But it's good to live in an era where we can actually replace them with something which effectively will feel like having a tooth. Implants are not hassle free and the industry has been passing a message they will last forever. In reality there are several
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why do we need study models/wax ups?
Often the patients come to us with poorly restored teeth and years, if not decades, of incorrect bites. Their questions often are "how are you going to improve this?", "how much it will cost" and "how long it will take". It'd be imprudent to provide an answer before studying the case thoroughly. After the first consultation, if the patient would READ MORE