Chipped, broken, stained and misaligned teeth? Dental veneers might be the answer...

Most of us suffer from imperfections on our teeth such as chipped, cracked, stained, and crooked teeth. At one-point dental veneers were only for movie stars. Now it is available to all.

Dental veneers are the same as natural teeth in form and function. Porcelain veneers try to replicate the look and feel of our natural teeth. You can bite and chew your food as normal and they wont ever fall out. Porcelain veneers can last a lifetime if you brush and floss regularly (2x a day).

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What are dental veneers?

Veneers are thin layers of composite or porcelain that are placed over the tooth’s surface. Porcelain veneers is the best option of the two as they look natural like your real teeth.

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What can dental Veneers fix?

If your natural tooth or teeth are not severely decayed or missing, then dental veneers or crowns can be a good long-term option. Dental veneers are the only treatment available that can physically change  the shape, size and colour of your teeth.

The following are common conditions that can benefit from dental veneers:

  • Broken teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Discoloured teeth
  • Undesirably large or small teeth for example, correcting a gummy smile

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The veneer process takes just 2-3 visits and can be completed in about 2 weeks or less. This is a much shorter time frame than some other dental treatments like orthodontics which could take up to 2 years.

Charmaine visited Silver Oaks Dental Clinic for a full smile makeover. She had previously decayed teeth, tooth loss, teeth protrusion and some of her teeth had the old amalgam fillings. Her heart health was at risk due to the state of her teeth. 

Dr Huson's solution for Charmaine's teeth included dental crowns and dental veneers. Dr Huson first gave Charmaine a thorough evaluation during the first consultation, including a:

• comprehensive dental exam, and a 3D scan was taken.
• treatment plan: Dr Huson had a look at her teeth and jawbone and gave Charmaine a treatment plan based on how many teeth needed to be repaired and the condition of her jawbone. 

A quote was then given to Charmaine and explained in detail what the treatment entailed. Digital Smile Design and the latest technology was used to craft Charmaine's smile and simulations offered to her to show her what her potential teeth could look like. Click here to learn more about Digital Smile Design : http://www.silveroaksdentalclinic.co.za/index.php/dental-treatments/digital-dentistry

Charmaine's second appointment was the crown preparations. Ten days later the final crowns were fitted.

It was such a pleasure to work with Charmaine - she was a delightful lady who enjoyed telling us a new joke at every visit ! This kept us in stitches as we tried to concentrate on our work..

At the end of all the work was a very happy patient who could not stop smiling from ear to ear!

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The pic above is of Charmaine who had a smile makeover done by Dr Roy Richard Huson @silveroaksdentalclinic

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What Happens If Your Missing Tooth Is Not Replaced?

You are not alone if you have a missing tooth or teeth. Almost half the population in the USA have missing teeth. By the age of 50 the average American adult has lost 12 permanent teeth according to Harvard Medical School. Tooth loss tends to become more common in middle age.

Missing teeth can make you look older, less attractive and increase health issues such as diabetes, cancers, and heart disease.

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What problems can missing teeth cause?

Appearance – It is very embarrassing to have missing teeth. It impacts your self-confidence and overall quality of life.

Crooked teeth – When a gap is left open due to your missing tooth the surrounding teeth tend to shift because that missing tooth is no longer keeping the others intact. Teeth can then become crooked or new gaps can appear. Besides a crooked smile a missing tooth can also cause bite problems and joint pain in the long run.

Gum disease and decay – When your teeth shift and become crooked you might not be able to brush and floss all around your teeth properly due to the gaps and crooked teeth. Your surrounding teeth are more likely to decay which could lead to further tooth loss.

Bone loss – One of the biggest loses a missing tooth that is not replaced will give you is bone loss. Making you look years older. Your teeth also support your jaw by stimulating bone growth. When one or more teeth are absent this will cause the jaw to shrink and change its shape and appearance.

Suffer to bite and chew food - you will find it much harder to bite and chew your food once you have missing teeth which will cause you to avoid certain foods. This will have an impact on your nutritional requirements.

Speech problems – If you have front teeth that are missing it could affect the way you speak and make it hard to pronounce certain words. This can impact your social life and communication to your friends and loved ones.

What are the options to replace a missing tooth?

The options are:

  • Dentures
  • Bridges
  • Dental Implants

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Dentures and bridges usually replace the crown of your tooth and not the root. If the root of your tooth does not stimulate the bone in your jaw it will lead to a shrinking jaw overtime. Only dental implants can stop your jaw from shrinking as the artificial root (the implant) is still able to stimulate your jawbone. Making you look years younger and more attractive.

What happens if I do not replace a missing tooth with dental implants and use dentures instead?

Dentures need to be removed to be cleaned and dentures need to be changed every 5 years due to the changes in the gum shape from bone loss. Dental implants on the other hand act as natural teeth and are fitted permanently like your natural teeth. You can bite and chew your good as normal and have lovely sparkling teeth that can last a lifetime. 

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Above is a recent patient that came in to get dental implants at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic in Durban, South Africa.

When we originally saw Toy she couldn't chew her food properly and was embarrassed to smile. Her jawbone was shrinking due to the loss of teeth over the years and wearing dentures. We did a full smile makeover to improve her confidence and quality of life which made her look years younger. 

Toy had previously worn dentures that did not suite her face structure, age and colour of her skin. The dentures were loose fitting as her jaw bone changed shape over the years due to the loss of bone. Initially we did bone grafting to replace missing bone and then we placed Dental Implants to replace her missing teeth. In order to place the implants, we had to do a thorough examination as to the amount of healthy bone available. We had to also assess risk factors and make use of 3-D scans in order to evaluate the situation ensuring optimal success. Every Dental Implant case is unique. Toy's case was a very complex one. 

By re-adjusting her bite, Toy is now able to chew properly and smile more confidently. Dr Huson skillfully implemented the completion of the total procedure which included Toy wearing temporary crowns in order to assess the look and feel of her teeth first. Once Toy was totally satisfied with her new look the final crowns were placed. 

Toy looked many years younger just by adding dental implants. You might ask how is this possible?

Missing teeth will result to sunken cheeks, which can make you look years older than your actual age. While you can’t necessarily see it, when you have gaps in between your teeth as a result of extraction, your jawbone will begin to shrink.

As a result, your cheeks will sag, and creases will form on your face. Dentures may fill in the gaps in your teeth, but they don’t actually address your shrinking jawbone. The only way to arrest the movement is through dental implants.

Dr Huson has placed in excess 1000 Dental Implants and has worked under celebrity dentist Dr Joe Oliver in the Harley Street region of London. You are guaranteed work that is of the highest quality. Dental Implants are an ideal, long term solution to replacing missing or damaged teeth. Unlike dentures you will be able to chew and bite your food with ease. The procedure can last a lifetime and there is no need for their removal in order to have your teeth cleaned. 

Prices for dental implants start at R10 000 per tooth and can go up to R22 000 per tooth 

Call us to book your appointment today on 031 202 6584 

 

Dental Implants For Repairing The Smile After Tooth Loss

Tooth Replacement Options 

The following are three methods to tooth replacement:

Dental Implants
Bridges
Dentures

The most desirable option is Dental Implants.

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What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental Implant is a titanium "screw" which is used to replace the root of a tooth. This enables the dentist to anchor a crown, bridge, or denture in the mouth in the absence of a tooth / teeth.

This has proven to be incredibly useful as patients now have the option of having a fixed prosthesis to replace missing or damaged teeth. This means no longer having to remove your teeth to clean and maintain them. Dental implants when properly done are the closest replacement to natural teeth you can get.

Once successfully integrated with the surrounding bone, implants have a long‐term potential as natural teeth, if properly taken care of.

Dental Implants can be the most natural way to replace missing teeth. Careful examination and planning must be done prior to any treatment. X‐rays and CBCT scans will be needed to see if you have good enough quality and quantity of bone in the area required to place implants. 

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Dental Implants can be added on patients as old as ninety years. What often happens when there are missing teeth is that the jawbone begins to shrink. This is common with denture wearers, and the ridge (which is important for holding the denture) gradually disappears, making wearing a denture so much harder.

Who are ideal candidates for Dental Implants?

Patients who have one or more missing teeth and who have sufficient bone are eligible for dental implants. If you do not have sufficient bone due to having missing teeth for several years, then you will need to undergo a bone graft which is a quick and easy procedure. You are welcome to talk to your Dr for the best possible options.

Why Should You Get Your Dental Implants Done with Silver Oaks Dental Clinic?

  • We offer the highest quality in dentistry - all our implants are internationally recognized and used all over the world. You know you are getting the highest quality in Dental Implants
  • Expert skills – Dr Huson trained under world renowned celebrity dentist Dr Joe Oliver in the Harley Street Region of London. He has placed in excess 500 Implants – all with excellent results
  • We offer a lifetime guarantee on our implants
  • We perform the treatment from start to finish
  • We offer the latest technology – we have an onsite lab and the latest software to perfect your smile.

Why would you want to go anywhere else?

Dental implants start from R10 000 per tooth and can go up to R22 000 per tooth depending on the manufacturer.

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COVID - 19 has no fighting chance at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic

Hope you are all well and healthy as we enter mid-winter. Temperatures are plummeting into the minus and it doesn’t feel like the year has even started with everything that is going on in the world right now.I am sure just like us, you are all getting used to the new norm and way of living.

One of the many things most of us have been putting off till after the lockdown is dental appointments. We understand your fears of having to remove your mask and open your mouth outside of your home.

The question is, what if it’s an emergency or a broken tooth, pain, discomfort or an upcoming dental implant appointment?

The good news is that we are now fully operational.  Our team’s constant sterilization efforts assures that you are completely safe in our environment.

We might take a little longer than usual to get through a normal day with all the Covid 19 protocols in place. Our aim is to keep you as safe as possible while you are here.

The virus mainly travels through your mouth and nose so mouth rinsing with an effective solution is very important. When you come in to see the doctors, we require you to rinse your mouth with a special mouth rinse that contains iodine. Please inform us if you are allergic to iodine and we will give you an alternative.

We all know this virus weakens our immune systems and with a weakened immunity we are more susceptible to gum diseases and gingivitis. Now may be a good time to visit the hygienist for a cleaning.While staying indoors was fun for some, it also proved to be very difficult for many. If you had been affected negatively by this COVID – 19 pandemic our thoughts are with every single one of you during this trying time.We will take care of all your dental needs safely so there is one less thing for you to worry about.

Click on the link to view our new fogging system: https://youtu.be/Xzq5kLPhDko

COVID - 19 has no fighting chance at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic! 

We are using a special fogging system as part of our promise to keep you safe in this environment. This ensures that every nook and cranny is Covid-free! 

We have added a little humor to this months newsletter just to demonstrate how awesome the fogging system is. We had enormous fun doing this and stretched our dancing skills to the limit!

We use a special solution in the machine to sterilize the air and this reaches every part of our rooms and equipment. This is done daily so that we can start the next day disease free!

This is just one of the many protocols we use to ensure we are doing what we can to #stopthespread.

Click here to learn more about Coronavirus tips: https://www.silveroaksdentalclinic.co.za/index.php/blog/145-life-saving-oral-hygiene-tips-during-covid-19

 

How To Fix The Gaps Between Your Teeth

How to fix the gap in your teeth

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If the gaps between your teeth are making you feel self-conscious then you might want to try and find ways to fix them. Some procedures are cost effective and less time consuming. We discuss them in this article. 
 
Before we get into the details it is important to understand what causes the gaps between your teeth. 
 
Gapped teeth which are also called Diastemas are one of the most common dental issues and can result from several issues. 
 
Disproportionality sized teeth - gaps occur when your teeth are smaller than the size of your jawbone.
Oversized tissue between your front teeth called the Labial Frenum prevents your gap from closing. The tissue gets in between your front teeth and prevents your teeth from fusing together.
Thumb sucking – the sucking motion can force your teeth forward creating a gap. 
Gum disease – Gapped teeth can also be caused by gum disease. The infection can cause gums and soft tissues supporting your teeth to become damaged.
 
How to fix the gap between your teeth?
 
You will need a thorough analysis by your dentist. He/she will need to take an x-ray and analyse your teeth. Your dentist will then come up with the best solution according to your individual needs.
 
The three options that are available in order to fix the gap between your teeth are, orthodontic braces, dental veneers and dental implants. 
 
Orthodontic braces might be an option depending on the size of the gap. Many people do not like the look of metal braces and the fact that you must wear them for 2-3 years.
 
There are two other options that you can discuss with your dentist that is a great alternative to metal braces. 
 
Dental veneers are usually the best option. It is a quick procedure usually 2-3 appointments. 
Dental veneers are thin, tooth coloured shells that are attached to the front surface of the teeth to improve the appearance. Porcelain veneers are usually the best quality as they look and feel just like your natural teeth.
 
If you have exceptionally large gaps, then dental implants could be another option. Chat to your dentist and he will be able to offer the best advice.
 
A recent patient at Silver Oaks Dental wanted to fix the gaps between her teeth. Her main complaint was that she had gaps, chips and some worn down teeth. They were also stained and discolored.
 
Her front teeth had a gap in between and made her very shy to smile. She came to us with the hope that Dr Huson could help her regain that confidence she had almost lost growing up.
 
Veneers came to be the best option to fix Keshia’s smile. Not only did veneers close her gaps but it also straightened and whitened her teeth in  few easy steps! Porcelain veneers are resistant to staining and mainly used by Dr Huson because of its high durability.
 
After a hygienist’s cleaning, we made bleaching trays for her upper and lower jaw to whiten it to her desired shade. She wore this for 14 days at home and came in for an hour laser to enhance and brighten her teeth before we started with the designing.
 
We thoroughly examined her mouth and face and to determine the right fit size and shape of her veneers. We used Digital Smile Designing (DSD) technology and photographs to design the perfect smile for her.  Computer imaging and photographic technology will allow you to visualise your smile before it is even finished! 
 
We made four upper veneers which closed the gaps instantly. She came in to try on her veneers first so that her friends and family could approve and for her to feel and experience the look before we do the finals.
 
Once she was happy with it, she came in to cement the finals. Her smile is straight without any gaps, brighter and all the chips and cracks restored.
 
It did not take Kershia long to get used to her new smile because she instantly loved it! She is incredibly happy with the outcome of her veneers. She feels more confident with her fuller teeth and her friends and family love her new look.
 
We are very thankful we had the opportunity to make a difference in Kershia’s life.
 

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