RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY

AT REFRESH DENTAL SPA WE WANT YOU TO HAVE THE CONFIDENCE TO LET YOUR SMILE SHINE. WE OFFER A RANGE OF RESTORATIVE TREATMENTS THAT WILL HAVE YOU SHOWING OFF YOUR SMILE IN NO TIME.

Feeling self-conscious about your smile can have a significant impact on your self-esteem and can affect the way others see you. Investing in treatments that allow you to smile without thinking and project the best version of yourself, is an investment for life. 

The term restorative dentistry covers several dental treatments our experienced team can provide that result in more natural-looking solutions for a flawless smile. 

Our range of restorative treatments include:

 

Crowns & Bridges

Crowns

At Refresh Dental Spa, we use porcelain crowns to provide a permanent solution to severely damaged, decayed, weakened or aesthetically displeasing teeth.

These problems can be caused by a range of reasons, including:

  • Large fillings
  • Ageing (including chips and cracks)
  • Worn enamel and tooth structure (due to grinding/bruxism)
  • Misaligned Bite
  • Poor Oral Hygiene
  • Discolouration
  • Root Canal Therapy

A Crown (or a cap) is a tooth-like covering placed over an existing tooth. The prosthetic fixture will help to strengthen, protect and improve the appearance of a damaged tooth. 

At Refresh Dental Spa we use advanced procedures so you don’t have to wait two weeks for your crown.

Bridges

A bridge is a device secured to surrounding teeth by crowns, which is used to replace one or more missing teeth. 

This treatment restores lost teeth, supports remaining teeth and helps keep teeth in proper position and alignment.

A bridge treatment is ideal for patients who:

  • Are missing one tooth with two existing teeth next to the missing tooth hole
  • Do not wish to receive a dental implant
  • Have one or more missing teeth in the one area of the mouth

It is important to note that bridges are only available if there are some surrounding natural teeth. If you do not have existing teeth next to the void left by a missing tooth, then a dental implant may be used to support the bridge, or may be the best replacement option.

We may recommend a dental implant-supported bridge if you have multiple missing teeth in the one area.

Crown and Bridge Construction

To create a crown or bridge specifically for your teeth, a mould or cast will be taken to ensure the perfect fit.

This involves using a special dental putty which is pressed against your teeth to create the mould. The mould is then sent to a laboratory to create your prosthetic restorations. This process ensures your custom restorations fit seamlessly with your natural teeth. If your bridge is replacing a missing tooth, a realistic prosthetic tooth will be created.

After your crown or bridge is made, you will visit your dentist at Refresh Dental Spa to have it secured. This will involve the use of a special bonding material to ensure your restoration will last for as long as possible.

If you think you may require a crown or a bridge, please speak to one of our staff who can provide you with more information.

Implant Crowns

DENTAL IMPLANTS ARE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT IN MODERN DENTISTRY.

They have revolutionised the way dentists treat tooth loss – as they can integrate fully into the jawbone, creating a permanent, solid foundation for prosthetic teeth.

Why replace missing teeth?

Most people consider replacing missing teeth because of the way their mouth or smile looks. But aside from aesthetic reasons, missing teeth can cause future problems such as:

  • Degeneration of jawbone density
  • Gum problems
  • Existing teeth to migrate

benefits of dental implants

Dental Implants mimic the performance of natural teeth better than any other treatment. Implants can dramatically improve your ability to eat and speak and retain the integrity of the entire jawbone and surrounding teeth. Best of all, dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss.

How Dental Implants Work

Titanium posts are inserted into the jawbone in the exact position where teeth are missing. Over time the bone integrates with the implant, creating a solid, permanent foundation. This process is known as osseointegration.  Connectors are then attached to these implants, which emerge from the gum tissue and create a support for prosthetic teeth.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE PROCEDURE

Titanium implants are surgically placed into the jawbone by an accredited implant surgeon and then left for about three months to allow the bone to fuse to the implant.

Once the implants are integrated into the jawbone, the surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a tiny healing collar. Your Refresh Dental Spa dentist will then take an impression.

The next step is for connectors, or abutment posts, to be attached to the implants. Replacement teeth can now be connected to abutment posts, providing a strong permanent prosthetic tooth that performs like natural teeth

Fillings/Inlays/Onlays

REPLACEMENT OF AMALGAM FILLINGS

Amalgam is a strong, durable filling material traditionally used to restore decayed teeth or cavities. You will recognise this as unsightly silver fillings. 

Despite its strength, amalgam fillings are made of an alloy that contains 50% mercury. These fillings leak small amounts of mercury vapour when you chew, as well as place added pressure on your teeth.

If you have existing amalgam fillings you are worried about, we can replace these with our modern composite filling material.

AT REFRESH DENTAL SPA, WE USE A 100% SAFE COMPOSITE FILLING MATERIAL

Our composite filling material contains zero mercury and, unlike metallic amalgam fillings, it is the same colour as your natural tooth. 

This filling material can create a stronger bond with the natural tooth, and, as a highly-malleable product, we can retain more of your natural tooth structure.  

Unlike its metallic counterpart, our composite fillings do not expand or contract with temperature changes when you have hot or cold foods. This eliminates further fracturing the filled tooth or the filling becoming loose and lost.

We use composite material in both restorative and cosmetic procedures.

Through innovative dental techniques, we can use this material to restore teeth that have become decayed, but also change the colour of teeth or reshape uneven teeth. These cosmetic restorations enhance a natural-looking, beautiful smile.

The longevity of your composite restoration will depend on your oral care routine. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day will ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy and your filling lasts for many years.

Inlays/Onlays

Inlays and Onlays are similar to fillings, although they require restoring a larger tooth area. 

An inlay is used for the restoration of back teeth and is placed in the indented surface to repair a tooth with minor decay or a small fracture. 

An onlay is used to repair a tooth with more extensive decay or a larger filling and covers one of several tooth cusps.

Many patients choose to replace existing fillings with either an inlay or onlay to recapture their perfect smile.

Inlays and Onlays are created with precision in a dental laboratory from high-grade porcelain. They are a more conservative treatment than a full crown and need less natural tooth structure to be removed during preparation.

Dentures

A DENTURE IS A REMOVABLE DENTAL DEVICE USED TO REPLACE MISSING TEETH AND THE SURROUNDING ORAL TISSUE.

Dentures resemble natural teeth and can enhance both the function and aesthetic appearance of your smile by replacing missing teeth. 

Refresh Dental Spa specialises in two kinds of dentures: complete and partial dentures. 

Complete dentures are used when all of a patient’s teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.

What are dentures?

Dentures consist of replacement prosthetic teeth attached to a gum coloured plastic base, which is held in place by a metal frame. Dentures are a highly-viable treatment option for those with a few remaining natural teeth, as the denture prevents these teeth from changing position.

Will my smile still look natural?

To create your custom dentures, we consider your specific jaw size, the colour and shape of your existing teeth and any other individual needs. 

Your dentures will be made in an advanced laboratory using the highest-quality porcelain materials for a realistic appearance and fully-functional smile. 

Your dentist at Refresh Dental Spa will walk you through how to insert your dentures and secure them so you can enjoy every day with a beautiful smile.

Why should I replace my missing teeth?

The teeth and jawbone support each other to maintain the shape and position your teeth. When some are missing, the natural shifting of teeth can occur, which can lead to a weak jaw and unwanted gaps.

That is why it’s essential to replace missing teeth and fill any void within the mouth.

You may experience a slight adjustment period when you first use dentures

It can take a small amount of time to get used to your dentures. Some normal adjustments include:

  • Feelings of discomfort while the oral muscles learn to keep the dentures in place
  • Minor soreness and irritation experienced in the mouth
  • Increased production of saliva
  • Difficulty adjusting to eating with dentures
  • Impaired speech when pronouncing certain words

If you experience difficulty eating with your new dentures, we recommend starting by eating small pieces of soft food and avoiding chewing gum or using toothpicks until you are completely comfortable wearing your new dentures. 

You will eventually get used to your dentures and feel confident when speaking, chewing and smiling.

Our helpful team can answer any of your questions about how to regain a beautiful smile.

Our restorative dental procedures are tailored to your individual needs, to not only improve the look of your smile but to also improve your oral function. Before we begin any procedure, we will talk you through the details and expected outcomes so you can make an informed decision about your treatment.

Same-Day Crowns

Like many industries, dentistry (especially cosmetic dentistry) has been the recipient of countless digital inspired innovations over the past few years or even decades. At Refresh Dental Spa/Nick Sheptooha Dental Practice, we are especially excited about our recent addition of Same-Day Crowns machine to our arsenal.

What is it?

The Same-Day Crowns system is a device that utilises Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and 3D imaging technology to create a perfect scan of your teeth and mill a restoration in a single sitting. Previous methods often required multiple visits that spanned weeks, the use of uncomfortable, less-than-pleasant-tasting impression material and the resulting dental impressions were subject to varying degrees of human error.

How does it work?

Several components work together to allow the Same-Day Crowns machine to produce its amazing results:

  • The camera and computer capture and store detailed photographs that we use to compile exact 3D images of the tooth or teeth.
  • We are able to view the tooth at various orientations through the system’s CAD software allowing us to design a custom restoration based on the tooth’s exact dimensions.
  • With Computer Assisted Milling, the Same-Day Crowns machine mills the restoration itself from a solid ceramic block with absolute precision in just minutes.

How can it help you?

Our Same-Day Crowns machine can rapidly produce veneers, inlays, onlays and dental crowns to improve the look of (or give further protection to) decayed/damaged teeth. They can also be used as the finishing touch on other dental procedures or in some cases to enhance a smile with minor cosmetic imperfections.

Some key advantages of the system are:

  • The accuracy of the automated milling which results in a perfect fit with no adjustments necessary.
  • The process is much more comfortable for clients who gag easily while impressions are being made.
  • The speed of the process eliminates the need for temporary restoration measures.
  • The ceramic crowns, inlays and onlays produced by the Same-Day Crowns machine are easy to colour-match with your own teeth for a natural-looking smile.
  • Same-day dental restorations have been found to have a high level of durability, lasting close to 30 years in some studies.

If you’re interested in getting dental restoration done, feel free to reach out and ask the teams at Refresh Dental Spa and Nick Sheptooha Dental Practice! As fantastic as our machine is, there are still some cases where other forms of restoration may be the better choice (for instance, due to the tooth’s location) and that’s something we can discuss in a consultation. We’re committed to finding the best restoration solution for your individual needs.

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