There are several types, and which one we recommend depends on where it will go in your mouth, your bite and also the aesthetic and functional considerations.
A bridge will keep teeth from drifting into the space created by a missing tooth, helping preserve normal function and a normal bite for the jaw joint. In the most common type of bridge, crowns are applied to the two teeth on either side of a gap (where teeth have been removed). This involves joining three crowns, including a crown to fill the gap.
A bridge is suitable in areas where teeth on either side of the gap have been filled and would benefit from restoration with crowns. If the teeth beside the gap don’t have fillings, it might be better to explore options such as implants. This avoids having to cut otherwise-perfect teeth.
Invisalign™ uses 3D computer imaging technology to show you the complete treatment plan, from the initial position to the final desired position before treatment even starts.
As soon as you are happy with the computer simulation, a series of custom-moulded ‘aligners’ are produced. The clear, removable aligners gradually straighten teeth, positioning them into a wonderful new smile.
As well as being almost invisible, they’re removable. So you can eat and drink whatever you like during your treatment. You’ll also be able to brush and floss as normal.
Invisalign™, like everything, is not always right for everyone. The aligners work extremely well for a vast majority of patients, both adolescents and adults. Invisalign™ suits people whose teeth are crowded or have spaces between them, and those whose teeth may have shifted after having worn braces in their youth.
The convenience and ease of Invisalign™ have made it the choice of over half a million people. You can live your normal lifestyle and still end up with an incredible smile, thanks to the comfort, convenience and virtual invisibility Invisalign™ provides during treatment.
Be as active as you like! And of course you can remove your aligners for special occasions.
The science of NMD is based on the understanding that your jaw needs to be in its most relaxed position at rest. Your National Dental Care dentist will weigh up the complex relationship between your teeth, jaw joints and muscles. NMD principles will then be applied to rebuild your bite, giving you healthy muscles and joints as well as a beautiful smile.
NMD begins by relaxing the muscles around the jaw, using a Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation (TENS) device. This is an ultra-low frequency unit that deprograms and relaxes muscles, allowing us to correct and re-align your bite. A K7 machine is then used to find your optimal jaw position. This very sensitive measuring tool uses electromyography, sonography and jaw tracking scans to record your muscle tension and listen to your jaw joint, while at rest and while functioning.
Other restorative techniques are then used to restore your teeth; they can include Implants, Empress CEREC and Invisalign™.
We also offer aesthetic services including teeth whitening and veneers. We provide custom-made individual bleaching trays, so you can achieve that beautiful smile by whitening your teeth at home.
You may decide that you would also like a clean performed on the day of your check up. The dentist or the hygienist will then perform a thorough removal of plaque and stain from your teeth. If you suffer from more advanced gum disease or have a lot of build up on your teeth, this visit may not be enough to remove all the build up, but it’s a great start towards improving your oral health. You may need to return for an additional visit to complete your cleaning appointment.
- Excessive tiredness eg, inability to stay awake while reading or watching television
- Waking without feeling refreshed
- Morning headache
- Snoring, usually loud, habitual, and bothersome to others, is found in almost all patients with OSA. However, not all snorers suffer from OSA.
- Pauses in breathing that often interrupt the snoring and end with a snort
- Gasping and choking sensations that intermittently arouse the sufferer from sleep
- Restless sleep (insomnia), with people often complaining of frequent arousal and tossing/turning during the night
- Weight loss (via meal replacement programs, drugs or surgery)
- Giving up smoking
- Avoiding alcohol and sedative medications, particularly before sleep
- If symptoms are worse in one position eg, when lying flat on your back, avoiding this position may help Many patients with OSA will require further treatment.
- Oral appliances, worn at night. They pull the jaw forward and are designed to prevent the collapse of the upper airway during sleep. They can be used for mild and moderate disease.
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) via nasal mask. This is a machine that blows air through a mask into your mouth and nose during sleep. The pressure of the air keeps the throat open, preventing the airway from collapsing. It is the most effective treatment for OSA, reducing daytime sleepiness and improving sleep quality. However, some people find the mask or feeling of pressure difficult to tolerate.
- Surgical treatment is rarely used. Several procedures have been trialled, including uvulopatatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), which is designed to remove some of the soft tissues of the throat that collapse the airway during sleep. However, while UPPP may reduce snoring, it is often ineffective at treating true obstructive sleep apnoea.
In chair teeth whitening uses a strong active ingredient, which can only legally be prescribed and applied in the dental practice. This type of whitening can only be applied for an hour at a time and if multiple visits are required, they must be at least one week apart. While this whitening process may result in a dramatic change in brightness, it also causes more sensitivity and temporary tooth dehydration.
One visit may not be sufficient to get your teeth to the brightest shade they can be. Because this treatment is done in surgery, there is a higher cost associated with the treatment. Take home whitening is gentler, has a mild active ingredient and is safe to use without constant professional supervision. However, some professional supervision is still advised as all whitening can cause side effects like tooth sensitivity and even chemical burns.
It is important to follow instructions from your dentist, therapist and hygienist regarding the safest application of your home whitening kits. You should also check in with your NDC dental team regularly to ensure you are on track for the best results. Take home whitening is also very economical: once you have been issued your custom made home kit and starter gel, you will only need to top up your whitening once per year and the gel can be supplied at minimal cost by your National Dental Care dental practice during your preventative care visits.
- Ringing or congestion in the ears
- Loose teeth
- Worn, chipped or cracked teeth and fillings
- Pain and sensitivity in the teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Clenching or grinding of the teeth
- Fractures at the gum line
- Pain or clicking and popping in the jaw joint
- Difficulty swallowing
- Numbness or tingling in the arms and fingers
- Limited opening of the mouth
- Loss of chewing efficiency
- Arthritis, injury and dislocation of the joint, which can be due to an improperly-aligned bite or joint hyper-mobility (looseness of the jaw).
- Jaw clenching and teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) can put significant stress on the jaw muscles. People who clench their teeth during the day and grind their teeth while asleep will often suffer from muscle pain and tightness, as well as damage to the teeth.
- Poor posture (eg, holding your head forward while looking at your computer screen) can also strain the muscles of your jaw, face and neck. The onset of TMD can be gradual or sudden.
- protect the area where the tooth has been removed and avoid touching it with your tongue or hands
- avoid hot drinks or hot food for 24 hours, as this may cause the wound to bleed
- avoid rinsing your mouth and swishing water or mouthwash for 24 hours as this may dislodge the blood clot in the tooth socket and cause further complications
- if you experience bleeding, apply gentle pressure on the site with a clean gauze pack
- do not smoke for 2-3 days after the procedure and avoid drinking alcohol as this can cause serious complications and delay healing