Below are some of the treatments we offer here at Grace Dental Care.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy (RCT) is a procedure commonly used to control pain. Provided the circumstances allow, it offers an alternative to extraction and will 'save' the tooth. RCT is recommended when the nerve within a tooth has become infected, as a result of an inflamed nerve going untreated. This can happen through extensive or prolonged decay, trauma to the tooth, or injury occurring around the mouth.
Another option to fill a gap left by a missing tooth is an implant. This is a procedure which we would highly recommend to patients whose situation would enable them to undergo, as it results in an artificial tooth which closely represents that of a natural tooth. An implant comprises of a metal root which is surgically placed in the jawbone, and a crown which is attached using an abutment.
Unfortunately not all traumatised teeth can be saved. When a tooth requires an extraction, or our patient has already had teeth removed in the past, we would possibly suggest a bridge be created. There are numerous reasons we would encourage a patient to fill the gap rather than just leaving it. These include: maintaining a natural, functional and stable bite; preventing the surrounding teeth from moving into the gap area; and ensuring an aesthetically pleasing and confident smile.
Teeth can endure a high amount of stress, though there are some situations where their longevity can’t be extended any further, such as:
- When a tooth has been chipped or broken during an accident,
- There is little tooth structure remaining after a large filling, or
- Root canal therapy has been performed.
Quite often we see patients who have no problems with their teeth in the way of shape or function, however they are discoloured or stained. This can be quite unappealing and is somewhat inevitable with age and lifestyle factors. Individual diet and social habits impact significantly on the colour of teeth; including caffeine, red wine, tea, tobacco, and even some medications.
Composite veneers are a more cost effective, versatile, and less invasive alternative to porcelain veneers. They serve the same purpose, though instead of a cover being attached, the tooth is reconstructed through a build up of composite filling material. As well as serving aesthetic and functional purposes to the same degree as porcelain veneers, composite veneers are much more flexible and versatile because they can be repaired, altered or re-done at any time.
If it's a Hollywood smile that you seek, porcelain veneers are the solution. These are tooth-coloured 'covers' for the front teeth which are made of porcelain and colour matched according to either your natural teeth, or the colour which you desire. Porcelain veneers are attached to the surface of the prepared tooth after the dentist has reduced the original thickness. Porcelain veneers represent a 'fake fingernail' in the way of functionality and aesthetic appeal.
Cosmetic dentistry accumulates huge demand and exists not only for aesthetic purposes, but also functionally. A 'perfect smile' is now achievable and affordable, as we don't consider it a luxury but a deserving and necessary part of life.
Restorations, or fillings, are one of our most frequently applied treatments. Thanks to the development and technological advances of the modern dental age, restorative dentistry is quick, painless and aesthetically pleasing. No longer is it necessary to use unsightly amalgam (mercury) fillings.
Preventative dentistry is YOUR key to a positive and treatment-free dental experience!
At Grace Dental Care we place high emphasis on the importance of preventive care, as it is the primary factor in ensuring supreme oral health and achieving treatment-free dentistry. We believe that oral care not only benefits your teeth and gums, but your general health and well-being. A healthy smile also builds the foundations of high self-esteem and inner confidence.