Having a confident smile makes a world of a difference. At Good Health Dentistry Lindfield we offer a range of Cosmetic Dentistry Services to keep your smile at its best.
This is a very effective procedure to make the teeth look brighter and cleaner especially the older we become. There are many techniques offered to the public through heavy advertising.
My experience and scientific information indicate that the cheapest and most effective method is by the home use of custom made trays with the use of a dentist prescribed gel. I do not use light or “laser” treatment as they always need home treatment to follow up and is often very sensitive and therefore there is no long- term gain and the cost is extortionate. Usually after 2 weeks of daily or night time use of the home trays the colour is lightened by about 3 shades, which is very significant.
If there is one area of holistic dentistry which is most misunderstood it is in this subject. Popular media and advertising by dentists is full of quackery . As dentists, it is our duty to be as scientific or to show good reason by experience that a procedure should be recommended. To this date there is no evidence that removing old amalgams treats such ailments as chronic fatigue syndromes and the like. Besides Viral infections, the main causes are related to the jaw joint.
All dental amalgam restorations, also commonly referred to as silver fillings, contain approximately 50% mercury,1 and reports and research are consistent that these fillings emit mercury vapors.
Scientific research demonstrates that dental mercury amalgam exposes dental professionals, dental staff, dental patients, and fetuses to releases of mercury vapor, mercury-containing particulate, and/or other forms of mercury contamination.
Furthermore, mercury vapor is known to be released from dental mercury amalgam fillings at higher rates during brushing, cleaning, clenching of teeth, chewing and mercury is also known to be released during the placement, replacement, and removal of dental mercury amalgam fillings. Essentially, an unsafe amalgam removal process releases mercury vapor and particles that can be harmful to the patient, the dentist, the dental staff, and the environment.
Utilizing the most up-to-date science and research, has developed extensive safety recommendations for removal of existing dental mercury amalgam fillings, including detailed protective measures that are to be utilized for the procedure. The innovative recommendations build upon traditional safe amalgam removal techniques such as the use of masks, water irrigation, and high volume suction by supplementing these conventional strategies with a number of additional protective measures, the need for which have only recently been identified in scientific research.
Modern veneer technology now allows for minimal preparation of the tooth, which means that very little tooth is removed and the veneer is very thin removing that bulky look so common with veneers. Veneers should be done in pairs at least as matching to one tooth is almost impossible. This is a very effective treatment for worn down or broken front teeth. If the wear is due to grinding, then some protection needs to be worn at night to prevent fracture. This is usually just a thin shim.
Where a tooth is missing between 2 teeth a porcelain bridge can be made. It must be remembered that this involves cutting the teeth either side. The alternative is a titanium screw placed in the bone (IMPLANT) , and a crown fixed on top. The placement of the screw is very important and therefore I always refer this stage of treatment to a specialist and we complete the crowns ourselves as designing to crowns with balanced forces is our expertise.
Both of these situations can be treated with crowns, bridges and veneers. But the crooked teeth, especially, may be better treated by creating bone to make them straight with Adult Holistic orthodontics. This will achieve a much better aesthetic result in the teeth and the face. The teeth may then require restoration with crowns or veneers if badly broken or worn.
At Good Health Dentistry, our aim is to offer a relaxing and personal dental experience. Offering our patients a range of cutting-edge techniques and treatments including Teeth Whitening, TMJ Treatment, Cosmetic Braces, Holistic Orthodontics and Sleep Apnoea Treatment.