General Dentistry

Inlays, Onlays & Crowns

When large amounts of tooth structure have been lost (for example, more than 40 per cent), we may suggest an inlay or an onlay. If substantial amounts of tooth structure are lost, we may recommend a crown. Typically, these restorations are ceramic. Compared to resin composite, ceramic is stronger, more natural-looking and resistant to staining. Ceramic restorations (inlay, onlay or crown) are traditionally custom-made in a laboratory after a detailed impression of the prepared tooth is taken.

A temporary filling material covers the tooth until the second visit, where the ceramic restoration is bonded to the tooth's surface. It often takes about two weeks for the ceramic restoration to be made in the laboratory and sent to our surgery.

At The Dental Co., we offer CAD-CAM (Computer Assisted Design and Computer Assisted Manufacturing) technology. CAD-CAM technology allows us to take a 3D digital model of your tooth after it's been prepared. A computer-driven robot then mills and shapes a ceramic block into your restoration.

What is a dental restoration?

A dental restoration can be either a filling, an inlay/onlay or a crown. The type of restoration depends on the amount of tooth structure lost. They are used to repair teeth and restore structure, strength and appearance when a tooth has been damaged due to decay, trauma or wear. The Dental Co. is an amalgam-free practice. We use the most advanced tooth-coloured materials to restore function and ensure a natural, seamless appearance.

Full Mouth Rehabilitation

At The Dental Co., we offer comprehensive dental rehabilitation for those experiencing functional issues with broken down or worn teeth and gum disease. We have a range of options available and an experienced group of dental professionals working together to help you achieve a bright and healthy smile.

Orthodontics

Orthodontics is dentistry that focuses on diagnosing, preventing and treating dental and facial irregularities (malocclusion). At The Dental Co., we offer a range of orthodontics to help correct teeth and jaws that are not in their ideal positions.

The benefits of orthodontics are not just cosmetic. As well as helping to change the appearance and alignment of your teeth, moving teeth to their ideal spots makes cleaning easier, gum disease less likely, and that's not to underestimate the mechanical advantages either.

Here at the Dental Co. we offer Invisalign treatment. Invisalign progresses through a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are replaced almost every two weeks for the next set of aligners. Each aligner is manufactured specifically for your teeth and your teeth only. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move—little by little, week by week—until they have straightened to the final position prescribed by your dental provider.

The team at The Dental Co. can assess your eligibility for orthodontics by taking a series of diagnostic measures that include: a comprehensive dental exam, a series of local and general x-rays, replicas and photos. Collecting this information enables us to determine the best course of orthodontics for you and provide you with relevant information, such as the duration and costs involved. We offer several payment options for orthodontic treatments.

Sports Mouthguards, Splints and Sleep Appliances

Appliances

The Dental Co. offers a complete range of Sports Mouth Guards, Night Splints and Sleep Apnoea appliances. Our clinicians can discuss your options and recommend the relevant appliance for your specific situation.

Sports Mouthguards

We appreciate that physical activity and team sports are a positive and fun part of everyday life. But, trauma occurring in sport is one of the leading causes of broken/compromised teeth.

The Dental Co. team want to make sure your smile is taken care of on and off the field. A mouthguard is a great way to help ensure you're best protected against any unavoidable accidents. We offer form-fitting, custom made mouthguards, personalised especially for you. The materials used to make these mouth guards have a longer life span and are more durable than the generic mouthguards purchased from the chemist.

Prepare for the season properly and invest in the safety and longevity of your teeth.

Sleep Apnoea

Sleep Apnoea is a sleep disorder characterised by shallow and infrequent breathing or complete pauses in breathing during sleep. These episodes are called apnoea and can last any-where from several seconds to several minutes. In conjunction with a Sleep Physician, the Dental Co. offers appliances that aim to reduce apnoea episodes, helping you achieve a more peaceful and satisfactory night's sleep.

Using this device will gently adjust the forward movement of your jaw, opening up your airway to help you breathe easily and sleep restfully.

Splint/ Night Guard

Clenching or grinding is the act of gnashing your teeth together, often whilst sleeping. When the teeth are in contact too much, and with too much force, it can lead to a loss of enamel, the tooth's protective outer layer. Continual clenching and grinding can cause irreversible damage to the tooth, as well as causing muscle stiffness in the jaw, and in some cases, headaches.

The Dental Co. offers several options to stop potential damage in its tracks and help maintain the integrity of your teeth. A splint, or night guard, is an acrylic device worn at night to protect your teeth and muscles from the grinding habit. Splints help preserve your teeth and can eliminate future problems that might occur as a result of constant wear and tear.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth refer to the third molar or the last tooth in each quadrant of the mouth. These teeth typically appear between 16 and 25 years of age.

However, there is often insufficient space for the teeth to fully emerge in the gum line, causing them to become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can refer to the teeth either not appearing at all and remaining submerged under the gum line or only partially appearing.

Impacted wisdom teeth can become problematic. Brushing and flossing these areas is often difficult. In some cases, this can cause an infection of the surrounding gum or decay of the adjacent teeth.

The Dental Co. can assess the state of your wisdom teeth with an OPG scan (a full mouth x-ray). If straightforward, we can even arrange removal on-site. Referral to a specialist oral surgeon can be arranged for complicated or significantly impacted wisdom teeth.

Tooth-Coloured Fillings

There are various types of restorative treatments offered at The Dental Company. The most common treatment is a Direct Resin Restoration, more commonly known as a filling. It is possible to restore small to medium-sized areas of damage with a resin composite filling that bonds directly to your tooth. Resin composite is a material made from plastic and fine glass particles. However, resin composite is not ideal for larger restoration areas as it can chip, wear or stain over time and, therefore, may not last as long as other restorative options.

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