Dentistry Safaris

Dentistry Holidays 

At the end of October we had a splendid time with one of our most jovial patients - Nedson, from the United States.
Nedson managed to kill two birds with one stone as the adage goes - get his dental treatment done and have an amazing holiday in sunny South Africa. Dental treatment is usually less than half the price in South Africa whilst NOT compromising on quality at Silver Oaks.
We saw a massive influx from international patients this year who are realizing the value of coming out here to get their dental treatment done.

The office staff members took sometime off to show Nedson around the city and make him feel as comfortable as possible. Here are a few tantalizing pictures from his safari vacation and some happy moments with the office staff.
Nedson was amazed at how much bigger the Giraffe are in real life. He was clearly blown away by South Africa's wildlife. How lucky we are to live in such a beautiful country.

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Nedson Dumbo final

 Our December case of the month was Nedson's makeover. When we originally saw Nedson he couldn't chew properly and was embarrassed to smile. We did a full smile makeover to improve his confidence and quality of life.

Nedson had a bite that was severely worn down with mismatched teeth. We placed 8 Dental Implants to replace his 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. Nedson's case was a very complex one. 

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

Dr Huson has placed in excess 600 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.

 Dental Tourism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top cosmetic dentistry at incredibly competitive prices

What do you get when you combine the best of world-class dentistry with one of the most unforgettable tourism destinations in the world, at a fraction of the cost due to a favourable exchange rate? Unbeatable, quality-of-life enhancing overseas dental packages.

Why choose Silver Oaks for your overseas dental packages?

Not only are we situated in South Africa, one of the top medical tourism centres in the world, but we ourselves have partnered with game lodges and safaris to bring you deluxe overseas dental packages. As highly skilled surgeons committed to continuous skill refinement and research, we are so confident in the end result that our work comes with a money back guarantee. Thanks to a favourable exchange rate, medical tourists to South Africa in general can expect to pay a third of the price for overseas dental packages here, compared to treatments in the UK or US.

We house the best of world-class equipment in our dental suites, so that it’s less time in the chair and more time taking in that sea or bushveld air. There is no language barrier at our practice or in the country in general, as English is widely spoken and a mother tongue to many people. Along with the rest of South Africa, we frequently welcome guests from Australia, the UK, Australia, Africa, Europe and just about everywhere. A good percentage of patients had never considered overseas dental packages, until realising that they could afford the best treatments in the world in modern dental and cosmopolitan surroundings at a very affordable rate.

We have a range of payment options that may suit your pocket and mitigate against forking out a one-off outlay, and medical financing is also available. Many of our local patients go this route to cover what medical aid does not. Speak to us about our overseas dental packages to see what your options are.

porcelain veneers in South Africa

Porcelain veneers in South Africa


Veneers are ‘teeth’ made we make to emulate each patient’s natural teeth. If you’re looking for for porcelain veneers in South Africa, we’d love to be your dental service provider. Veneers look real and are for you if you have chipped, cracked, crooked or damaged teeth, or if you’re looking to close a gap between your teeth. Sometimes, teeth also do not respond properly to teeth whitening procedures. You could consider fitting veneers instead.

We have a superb track record of fitting porcelain veneers in South Africa. We use a dental glue to apply the new layer of tooth to the front and back of your original teeth. The result is life-like tooth exteriors or veneers that enhance your smile in a way that’s not forced or artificial.
What we’ll establish in your consultation
As with all cosmetic dentistry procedures, we’ll begin with a consultation. Tell us what exactly is bugging you so we can be sure veneers are the correct and best option. The better we understand your desired outcomes, the better we can align expectations to actual results at the end of the day.

It is not all that useful to want to emulate a certain celebrity’s smile. Each person’s mouth is different. We also have to make sure that your underlying tooth is healthy and capable of having thin layers of porcelain bonded to it.

During this consultation for your porcelain veneers in South Africa, we’ll begin with a smile analysis. From this, we can map the steps we’d like to follow in fitting your veneers. Then we’ll proceed to do cosmetic imaging, so we can project your new smile onto you. In other words, we can show you what you’ll look like with your new smile before you actually proceed.


How porcelain veneers are made
Several thin ceramic layers are compressed and compiled which replace your original tooth enamel. Before we can apply your veneer, we need to remove a thin layer of your tooth enamel. This is so it fits on your tooth exactly without protruding and irritating your gumline. Not placing an exact fit will also affect tooth function.

When fitting your porcelain veneers in South Africa, we use an industry best bond. This bond is critical to ensure your veneer stays in place. We’ll place light-sensitive resin between your original tooth and the veneer, and then harden it with a UV curing light.

It is important to remember that veneers are not reversible. They can be adjusted and new ones can be fitted, but you can never quite return to your original tooth.


No-prep veneers
When you come to us for your porcelain veneers in South Africa, it may be that you’re looking for minimal preparation veneers. As always, we will assess whether this is a viable option for you before proceeding. Many people are tempted to go the no-prep route by default, but we always have to consider the long-term effect of any treatment on our patient. This is especially true of medical tourist patients, who may not be able to return to us specifically for interval check-ups.

With no-prep veneers, we don’t have to remove as much enamel from the front of your teeth. This means that veneers can often be fitted quicker and with less ‘down’ time.


Maintaining your veneers
Veneer after-care is important. Brush and floss them as you would your natural teeth. We suggest using a toothpaste that is not gritty or too abrasive chemically.

We need a follow-up consultation with you after the procedure - come back to us after a few days on your leisure break. We need to see how your mouth is handing the new ‘intruder’ and may recommend a night guard if, for example, we feel that you are biting your teeth.

Make sure to return to your own dentist to properly look after the veneers. They should preferably be polished with a special paste so they remain in premium pearly white condition.

Best Dental Implants Abroad

South Africa is highly rated as a world-class cosmetic tourism destination, and not for trifling reason either: sun, surf or safari, you’ll find the best of it here, in superbly priced packages. The favourable rand-dollar exchange for foreigners has meant that the upward trajectory in inbound tourism to this beautiful country has only intensified. Throw in pioneering medical practices – the world’s first heart transplant, for example − and it’s little wonder the country is renowned for its highly calibrated medical treatments, too.

Things are no different at our Silver Oaks dental clinic, we are at the forefront of medically advanced designer dentistry. One particular area of specialisation for us is dental implants. As local leaders in this field, you’ve landed on the right page if you’re looking for the best dental implants abroad. 

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are, in effect, ‘replacement’ teeth and the next best thing to the teeth you were born with. The process emulates that of a real tooth, unlike dentures or bridges which are artificially held in place.

A Dental Implant Vs A Dental Bridge

Which is right for you?

To replace lost teeth you have the option of adding a dental implant or a dental bridge. Which option will work for you more? A dental implant VS a dental bridge? This article discusses this question. 

Please note: the best person to offer advice on these options is your dentist. He will take an x-ray and analyse your teeth then give you a treatment solution. His advice supersedes this article. 

The pic below shows a dental implant vs a dental bridge 

Bridge vs dental implant

The best solution will depend on your dentist's analysis and the patients budget and time constraints. 

Below are pictures of patients that got dental implants done at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic

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The patient above had dental implants placed at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic.

To replace lost teeth you have the option of adding a dental implant or a dental bridge. Before dental implants most people used a bridge to replace lost or missing teeth.

These days it is easier to replace your teeth with a dental implant.

Firstly, you need to file down adjacent teeth if you need a bridge whereas with a dental implant you don't need to do that.

Advantages and disadvantages of a dental implant vs a dental bridge

The cost of dental implants are more expensive in the short term but in the long term it works out cheaper.

Depending on your budget it might be more viable in the short term to get some of your teeth done with dental implants and if a number of teeth on one side needs to be filled then a bridge might be a better option.

Dental Implants are a better option if you have individual or missing teeth.

If you have big gaps on either side then it might be better to add a dental bridge.

A dental bridge might be a more destructive option. In other words the adjacent teeth need to be prepared by removing most of the enamel in order to fabricate the bridge.

The advantages and disadvantages of both procedures should be discussed with your dentist. As he will first need to analyse your teeth and then suggest a treatment option with you.

Your ability to keep your mouth clean will be better with a dental implant. You can brush and floss as normal with an implant as it acts as a natural tooth.

Dental Bridges are a little more complicated as it is cemented or 'fixed in the mouth' which involves at least three crowns connected together to fill the space of the missing tooth. That design creates challenges so you will have to brush meticulously.

Dental Implants are more durable than bridges.

Dental Implants can last a lifetime whereas dental bridges last around +- 10 years.

With regards to the aesthetics both options provide amazing aesthetics.

When could a dental bridge be a more viable option?

If you already have crowns on either side than adding a 3 unit bridge might be more viable as this would result in no surgery and all three teeth would match

When neighbouring teeth have large fillings or structural damage then you will need crowns in the future so a dental bridge might be a better option in this case.
When you have periodontal disease or when a bone graft is not possible due to a defect than a bridge might be an option.

 

Dental Veneers before and after on a patient from New Zealand

Dental Veneers Before and After

Our patient Miles came to our offices to perfect his smile before leaving to New Zealand. 

Miles was embarrassed to smile and since he had a limited time in South Africa, Dr Huson had to find a quick fix solution. Porcelain veneers are ideal for patients who have discoloured, uneven, irregularly shaped, worn down, chipped, gaps and misaligned teeth.We had lengthened Miles's teeth and straightened the four front teeth with dental veneers. He also completed the teeth whitening treatment to brighten the appearance of all of his teeth thereby creating a more consistent natural colour throughout. 

We use the highest quality in Porcelain veneers and prefer Emax veneers above Lumineers and composite veneers as the look and feel is more realistic and aesthetically pleasing. We also find that they last a very long time over 25 years to a lifetime if they are properly cleaned and maintained with regular cleanings at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic and checkup’s with the Dr Roy Richard Huson.

The benefit with veneers is that it whitens and straightens your teeth quickly and pain free. You only need three appointments. Miles had looked through some pictures from the internet to see what look he would prefer and after discussing various options with Dr Huson went for something that made the appearance of his smile more apparent and face structure more prominent. 

Our efficient lab technician Costa designed custom made temporary veneers which Miles wore to see if he liked them. When Miles was happy with the temporary ones we replicated that into the final permanent version. Miles came back for another appointment where we fitted and cemented the veneers using a resin cement. His teeth were prepared using custom made templates which ensured the minimal amount of tooth loss. Miles was very happy with the results and the transformation was dramatic and immediate. That is the huge benefit of Veneers in that it is quick and cost effective and doesn't require months of adjustment appointments. The entire process took 3 visits. 

Dr Huson has placed in excess 1000 Veneers 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. Whether you have gaps, overcrowded, deep stained or misshapen teeth, Dental Veneers can be an excellent and conservative way of correcting your smile
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Miles Ridl Before and After Picture

 

 

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