Crown and Bridge

Crown and Bridge are artificial cap for the covering on your teeth. It can be made in natural tooth colour (from porcelain or bell glass) or in metallic colour (from gold alloys). They are specifically shaped by dental technician and dentist for the restoration and protection for a badly damaged or root canal treated tooth.

A crown or bridge may be recommended to a patient for the following reasons:
  • To restore a damaged tooth and protect the remaining structure following decay removal.
  • To reduce the impaction and protect a tooth which has been weakened by restorations, decay or cracks.
  • To improve a smile, by filling spaces, altering shapes and improving colour.


DB, WINS, and ACC

Adolescent/High School Students Oral Health Services
Our dentists provide FREE dental treatment and advice for adolescents aged 13 to 18 years. Just call one of our branches to make an appointment for a free dental check up. Check out Ministry of Health website For more information.

WINZ Emergency Dental Treatment
People that meet the necessary criteria may be suitable to receive a Special Needs Grant from Work and Income for the cost of Emergency dental treatment. Call into any one of branches where one of our dentists can prepare a WINZ quote FREE of charge.

ACC Dental Injury
Everyone in New Zealand is eligible to receive injury cover through ACC. In the case of dental injury caused by an accident, a sporting injury or as a result of dental treatment, ACC may be able to help towards your treatment costs. It is easy to file a claim, simply come into one of our branches where one of our dentists can assess the injury and help you fill out the necessary paperwork.


Teeth Whitening

In-office whitening

The Zoom! Chairside System is one of the fastest ways to whiten. The procedure begins with the preparation stage followed by three 15 minutes sessions of bleaching. The hydrogen peroxide gel accompanied with the Zoom! Light is the perfect combination in achieving an excellent result in just an hour!  To watch the procedure step-by-step, simply follow this link http://www.zoomnow.com/about.php

*Cleaning is recommended prior to the Zoom! Whitening session.

Take-home whitening

The custom-tray whitening system can be done in the comfort of your own home, whilst sleeping! After taking impressions of your teeth, we can supply you with a whitening kit to take home. This kit consists of customized trays and bleaching gel which will achieve a bright white smile in just 5 to 8 days. Thereafter, this kit can be used once a month to boost and maintain that new shade.

*Cleaning is recommended prior to using the Custom-tray system.


Denture

Denture is the removable replacement for your missing teeth. It is custom-made by dental technician from the impressions taken of your mouth. You dentist will need to check or treat the gum and remaining teeth to ensure they are ready for denture.

There are several types of the base for partial or full denture: acrylic, valplast, and metal. Your dentist and dental technician can help you to determine a suitable denture for your needs.

The acrylic denture has a flesh-coloured plastic base and it fits over the gum. It is usually built reasonably thick and is shaped to accommodate the gum and tongue, The partial denture may have added clasps or clips for fitting around your remaining teeth.

Cast metal dentures or metal frameworks are casting from chrome which is rigid and thin. It has different fitting system from acrylic denture; the metal plate is cast to fit and attached to the teeth so it reduces the force resting over the gum and the appearance is less bulky.

Valplast denture is another option for getting a denture. It is unbreakable and flexible nylon base. It usually made for partial denture so it is much comfortable than acrylic denture when fitting over the gum.

The process of making a suitable denture for a patient requires the cooperation among the patient, dentist and dental technician. Your dentist or dental technician will assist you with impression, choosing the colour and shape of your teeth, assessing the bite and adjusting the denture base for ensuring your teeth are functional.

A denture could provide natural looking but can never feel exactly the same as having your own natural teeth. It takes a while for patient to get used to wearing a denture in terms of speaking and eating. Your dentist and dental technician can provide you the necessary denture adjustment and techniques of using your denture. However, to ensure proper chewing and prevent jaw problem, your denture will still need to be cleaned, relined, rebased or remade when necessary.

Fissure Sealants

Fissure sealant is a light coating which is applied to these surfaces of teeth to produce a protection on enamel from bacteria that cause decay. Teeth often have areas that they are too difficult to clean so gradually collect plaque and bacteria. Usually the molar teeth are the case of needing sealants, especially at a younger age.


Fillings

Filling for a tooth is to restore the damaged tooth. There are two types of filling material that would be commonly used by dentist – Amalgam alloy and Composite resin. It is important to discuss with the dentist to determine which filling material is most appropriate for your teeth restoration.

Amalgam is mercury blend material which is in silver colour. The metal components provide harder and durable filling with less expensive cost. Amalgam is useful on molar tooth restorations as benefiting the chewing function while the metal appearance would be less concerned. The amalgam filling procedure is simpler but sometimes requires more tooth removal for cavity preparation.

Composite filling material is commonly used for most teeth restorations. It’s the combination of artificial porcelain in plastic resin which can provide a colour closer to tooth colour and a better bonding to the cavity surface. The composite filling procedure is more complicated but less tooth removal for cavity preparation. Composite filling material may not be the option in situations where the damage is too larger and remaining tooth is not healthy.


Root Canal Treatment (RCT)

If the dental decay has gone too deep and then causes inflammation of the dental pulp, you may experience toothache or tooth abscess. In this case, it’s likely that a Root Canal Treatment is needed for saving the diseased tooth.

The dentist will start RCT after a thorough check of the tooth and surrounding tissue. To control the pain and inflammation, the dentist will extract the pulp, dress the medication in the canals and then seal with temporary filling. It usually needs a week time to allow the medication to work in the canals.

On your next visit, the dentist could further clean and shape the affected roots with dental files. Again the tooth is then temporary filled with medication dressed in canals. This treatment may continue for more than one visit until the root canals are infection free.

Once the root canals are cleaned and infection free, it’s ready to proceed with the root canal filling down to the tip with permanent filling. If the size of the restoration is large, a crown may be suggested to protect the filling and tooth structure in the near future.

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Gum Disease Treatment

Gum disease treatment is the supportive treatment for removing the plaque and calculus from root surface below the gumline. Plaque bacteria and calculus (tartar) can constantly build up around the necks of your teeth in sulcus so regular dental cleaning (scale and polishing) is recommended to prevent the bacterial infection of the gums.

Gum disease is the infection from gum tissue. It begins from gingival sulcus inflammation (Gingivitis) as tooth brushing won’t be able to reach into the sulcus.

Gingivitis is painless so many people could ignore it and then the untreated problem turns into periodontal disease as the infected gums begins to recede because of bone resorption and the tooth loosens. If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, further surgical gum disease treatment may be suggested by dentist.

Do you have any of the following symptoms?
  • Bad breath
  • Bleeding gum on brushing
  • Red or swollen gum
  • Receding gum
  • Teeth are loose

If so, it’s likely that you need to make an appointment with your dentist for scale and polishing or gum disease treatment (subgingival scaling or surgical interactions ) for you teeth.


Orthodontics (braces)

Orthodontics is a long-term treatment for straightening crooked teeth while adjusting the teeth bite. It provides the solution for abnormal teeth-jaws relation (malocclusion). The orthodontic treatment is result in a healthier bite function, better access to dental cleaning and physical appearance.

A course of the orthodontics treatment could take up to 1.5 years or more for its completion, moreover, your ongoing home care of the braces is essential to the result of the treatment. Our dentists have a strong interests in Orthodontics and will be able to design a suitable plan and proper care for your individual needs.

 


Dental Products

Interdental brushes

Interdental brushes are designed for cleaning between teeth and around dental appliances. They can easily remove the plaque and debris from where a regular toothbrush cannot reach.

GC Tooth Mousse

GC is one of the leading manufactures of dental products in the world. GC Tooth Mousse is another great preventive invention for oral care.

It is milk based and sugar free paste, it contains special ingredient of Recaldent® CPP-ACP (Caesin Phosphopeptide – Amorphous Calcium Phosphate), regular application helps remineralisation, which allows prevention from dental decay and makes teeth stronger. It’s easy to use and leaving great taste.

From years of researches, GC tooth Mousse provides a wide range of benefits to patients of all ages. It’s also recommended to use after dental cleaning, whitening, and orthodontic treatments. Ask your dentist to provide you individual instructions and advice or visit GC website for more information.

GC Tooth Mousse is available in 4 delicious flavours: Strawberry, Melon, Mint and Tutti Frutti.

PEOPLE WITH MILK PROTEIN ALLERGIES SHOULD NOT USE GC TOOTH MOUSSE

Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gel

for whitening treatment at home

Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gel can give your teeth an on-going protection from decay while providing an effective result for your whitening at home.

Ask your dentist today for having a shining and healthy smile.

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