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Smiles

The team at Healy Dental are happy to discuss all the options available regarding cosmetic dentistry. We can help you achieve a great smile.

Hygienist

A Dental Hygienist is a registered dental health professional who has graduated from an accredited school of Dental Hygiene. They work together with the dentist in providing the optimum level of care in the maintenance of your oral health.

The primary role of a Dental Hygienist is in preventative oral health and non-surgical treatment of periodontal diseases. This can include, but is not limited to, a full review of the patient's medical and dental history, the taking of x-rays, clinical oral examination and periodontal assessment. Common procedures performed by the hygienist include the scaling and root planing of teeth, fissure sealants, oral hygiene instruction and care and administration of fluoride.

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Veneers

Veneers are thin, custom made 'shells' that are permanently bonded to the front of your anterior teeth. They can be used cosmetically to improve broken, chipped or stained teeth and are generally made of porcelain. Veneers are used to improve the overall appearance of your teeth, not only the colour but also the shape.

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Crowns

Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit over your teeth. They can be used for heavily restored or decayed teeth to protect the remaining tooth structure and they can also be used cosmetically to improve the appearance of your teeth. They are often constructed in porcelain that is matched to the existing colour of your teeth with a gold or metal core for strength. Sometimes at the back of your mouth where strength is vital a gold crown can be contructed.

For more information on crowns please contact our dental office.

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Bridges

A bridge is used where there is a tooth missing in the mouth. The teeth either side of the gap are prepared as per a crown then a series of impressions are taken and sent to the lab for the dental technician to construct the unit. A plastic temporary bridge is constructed in surgery and cemented until the permanent unit is completed at the laboratory - this generally takes about 2 weeks. Like crowns, porcelain is used to match the colour of your teeth with a gold or metal core for strength.

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Implants

Implants are used to replace a missing tooth in the mouth where either crowns or bridges aren't a suitable option. They are an excellent way of replacing a tooth as other teeth aren't involved or compromised in the procedure.

The implant is made from titanium metal and is secured in place until such time as it fuses to the bone. A referral to a specialist is necessary for this first surgery stage of an implant and it is left in position for a few months until fusing occurs -this period of time may vary from patient o patient. Often a temporary plastic denture or tooth is placed until the healing process is complete.

The rest of the process is similar to having a crown constructed.

The advantages of implants are they are a long lasting, fixed alternative to a removable denture, the construction process is less invasive to adjacent teeth as in bridges and aesthetically they can improve the overall cosmetic look of your teeth.

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