• Tooth-coloured restorations

    Tooth-coloured restorations

    These days, fixing a cavity doesn’t mean compromising your smile. With tooth-coloured restorations, you and your dentist are the only ones who’ll know you have a filling.

    Cameron&Co uses both porcelain onlays and inlays and composite restorations to produce fillings that are hard-wearing and virtually invisible. 

    Porcelain onlays and inlays

    • Of the numerous dental restoration materials available today, porcelain is the most durable and aesthetically perfect.
    • Porcelain onlays and inlays are typically used for larger or more complex restorations. They’re ideal for situations where appearance or performance is critical, such as the more visible or harder working teeth. 
    • And they’re a great looking, long lasting alternative to big amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings that have fractured or leaked can be replaced with porcelain, effectively rebuilding and restoring your tooth to its original condition.
    • Porcelain restoration procedures are completed over two visits. The first involves the preparation of the teeth to be restored. An impression is taken of the prepared teeth, and their colour is recorded for matching. 
    • Next, the porcelain onlay or inlay is fabricated in the dental laboratory to your precise specifications. It’s then fitted and bonded at your second visit – a quick and easy procedure. 
    • Porcelain restorations are very hard-wearing and virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.

    Composite restorations

    • Being the same colour as your teeth, composite restorations certainly look a lot better than the old silver amalgam fillings. But the benefits of composite aren’t all on the surface.
    • Unlike amalgam, a composite restoration actually binds the tooth structure. This means less preparation is required to secure the filling. 
    • The plastic-like composite material is simply inserted into the prepared tooth, in much the same way as amalgam. And, like an amalgam filling, the straightforward procedure is completed in one visit.
    • The end result is a more resilient restoration and a stronger tooth. Not to mention a clear, white smile when you laugh.
    • In many situations, porcelain and composite offer numerous benefits – both cosmetic and functional – over the old silver amalgam fillings. Your dentist can explain, and advise on which procedure is best suited to you.
  • Root canal therapy

    Rest assured, modern dentistry has made this much-maligned procedure a simple and painless process. Each year in Australia, many thousands of smiles and bites are saved by root canal therapy.

    Root canal therapy – or endodontic treatment – is the treatment of teeth that have nerve damage. This may be due to decay, disease or injury. Root canal therapy is less involved, less expensive and less traumatic than extraction and replacement. And it preserves the natural tooth. 

    Procedure

    • Root canal therapy is typically completed over one to two appointments. 
    • Initially, an X-ray is taken and a local anaesthetic administered. An opening is drilled through the crown of the tooth, exposing the nerve and dental pulp. The infected or damaged nerve is removed, then the root canal is cleaned out, enlarged and shaped. 
    • Though this may sound somewhat gruesome, today’s highly specialised endodontic technology has minimised the discomfort and the time you need to spend in the chair. And the potential relief the procedure offers will give you and your problem tooth a new lease on life. 
    • An interim sedative dressing is placed in the tooth between visits. The root canal and pulp chamber are filled with a warm, natural rubber compound. An antibacterial agent may also be inserted to prevent reinfection. Finally, the tooth is sealed. 
    • Additional X-rays are taken throughout the procedure. Your dentist will show you these and explain the treatment as it progresses. 

    Further treatment

    • A tooth that has undergone root canal therapy may not be as strong as before – this is particularly the case for the back teeth. 
    • The tooth may therefore require a reinforced restoration, such as a crown. Your dentist will discuss this with you.
  • Crowns

    A crown is a dental restoration procedure that rebuilds a tooth, increasing its life and enhancing its function, durability and appearance. Crowning is a common procedure for teeth that are heavily filled, discoloured or have had root canal therapy.

    A crown can be made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to gold, depending on the situation and cosmetic considerations. Two appointments are generally required.

    Procedure

    • At the first appointment, any existing filling in the tooth is removed or reduced.
    • The tooth is then reshaped to support the fitting of a crown. An impression is taken of the tooth, and a cast is made for preparing the crown.
    • A temporary crown is fitted to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is being prepared. This generally takes around two weeks. 
    • The crown is fabricated to fit the reshaped tooth precisely. Tooth colour and shape are carefully matched.
    • At the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is “tried on for size”. If the fit, colour and shape are all perfect, the crown will be cemented in using state-of-the-art bonding materials. 

    Maintenance
    Caring for your new crown is just as important as caring for the rest of your smile. And you care for your crown in exactly the same way as your natural teeth – with regular brushing, flossing and maintenance visits with your dentist and hygienist.

  • Bridges

    A bridge is a procedure for permanently replacing a missing tooth. The results in both appearance and performance are excellent.

    A bridge procedure involves the fabrication of a porcelain prosthesis, custom-made to perfectly replace the original tooth. 

    To secure your new tooth, the teeth either side are prepared as if for crowns. The new tooth – as part of a three unit bridge comprising two supporting crowns – is then bonded to the adjacent prepared teeth. This procedure is completed over two visits.

    A bridge is a permanent, convenient and functional alternative to a partial denture. The procedure may also provide an alternative to a dental implant.

  • Dental implants

    A dental implant is a highly effective procedure for permanently replacing a missing tooth. The dental implant is indistinguishable from your natural teeth, and even stronger and more durable.

    The procedure involves putting an implant into the gum and attaching a customised porcelain prosthetic tooth – perfectly matched in shape and colour. The procedure is usually completed over several visits. New techniques and treatments have reduced the number of visits to just two. 

    A dental implant is an excellent alternative to partial dentures and bridges. Like your original tooth, your dental implant is part of you. You’ll never have to worry about it coming loose.

    A dental implant is also the perfect solution for keeping a full lower denture in its place. 

    Though the procedure may sound somewhat scary, it is, in reality, quite conservative and straight forward. Your dentist will explain the dental implant procedure fully for you.