3D Conebeam scan
“Once a technology of the future, we now have it available here on site”
Digital radiographic imaging has become the standard in today’s dental practices. The most important new imaging technology to emerge in the dental industry during the past decade is Cone Beam 3D Reconstruction imaging. Once a technology of the future, we now have it available here on site in our practice. Cone Beam 3D provides us with a three dimensional reconstruction of the face and jaws. This form of imaging is invaluable as a diagnostic and treatment planning tool in planning implant treatment, scanning for pathology, in visualising of all the important structures of the jaws and for many other indications.
It is best described as an ultralow dose CAT scan of the head and neck.
“Strong, beautiful teeth, custom designed using high quality ceramic”
Ceramic crowns or inlays are recommended when a tooth requires a restoration that not only fills a cavity but also is needed to support the remaining tooth structure. The ceramic restoration is custom designed using state of the art Cerec CAD/CAM technology to perfectly match your tooth. This means that Cerec inlays and crowns, using Emax ceramic blocks are able to be completed in a single visit. Emax ceramic blocks are metal free and are three times the strength of commonly used ceramic. We eliminate the need for impressions, temporary crowns and follow up appointments. We also hand shade, glaze and crystallize your ceramic restoration in a porcelain oven. This added feature gives your tooth the look and feel of a natural tooth and increases its strength three fold.
Crowns encase the entire prepared tooth and are commonly used on teeth that have been heavily restored in the past. The crown replaces the very outer enamel surface of a tooth to provide the remainder of the tooth with the strength to remain functional long term. Crowns can also be used on anterior teeth that have been heavily restored or misshapen to achieve a more desirable cosmetic appearance.
Inlays are used when a tooth requires a long term restoration to support and strengthen the remaining tooth structure, whilst leaving as much healthy tooth as possible. The inlay is bonded to the tooth, whereas a typical restoration merely fills the cavity space, leaving the tooth susceptible to further breakage and damage. Ceramic inlays are commonly used to replace old amalgam fillings in back teeth that break down over time or if a large portion of the tooth has been broken.
“Dental Implants provide an opportunity for you to take back your smile”
Dental implants are artificial roots made from biocompatible materials that serve as a replacement for missing teeth. Titanium is currently the most suitable implant material. With proper care and good oral hygiene your implant can actually last a lifetime. Once the required fusion of the bone has been achieved the ceramic crown can be fixed to the implant to feel and function like natural teeth. Multiple implants can be used to successfully replace missing teeth.
After a thorough examination of your medical and dental history we can advise you on whether dental implants are the right solution for you. The main deciding factor is that the jaw is mature and that there is sufficient good, healthy bone to permit placement. In some cases it is possible for the bone to be built up; bone grafting can be an option if the amount of bone is inadequate. It is essential that the gum and bone area are free from inflammation (periodontitis) and that any decay in the remaining natural teeth is treated.
The colour, shape and contour of the replacement ceramic teeth placed on the implants are customised and adapted to match that of your natural teeth. Maintaining natural bone is a significant factor with implant placement. Following extractions dental implants prevent further shrinkage of the jawbone and stimulate bone growth.
At Park Terrace Dental implants are placed under local anaesthesia with careful preparation and execution, the treatment concludes with after care instructions given and a follow up appointment scheduled to review the implant prior to the final stage. Once this integration phase has been successfully concluded, the final placement tooth can be attached.
“Our goal is to ensure you leave our treatment room satisfied and comfortable with beautiful, functional teeth and a renewed quality of life”
“Minor Oral surgery performed at Park Terrace Dental is done so under local anaesthetic”
Most Oral Surgery procedures are fairly minor in nature. These are all carried out in our rooms under local anaesthetic, sometimes in conjunction with oral sedation.
Wisdom tooth extraction-
Some dentists aren’t able to remove wisdom teeth. Dr Chung is more than happy to be able to provide this service for his patients and patients of other clinics at times. Our highly advanced 3D Cone Beam XRay unit allows precise visualisation of all important structures ahead of time. On the odd occasion if the procedure is likely to be difficult and require a general anaesthetic a referral to an Oral Surgeon will be arranged.
Osseous graft placement-
Build up of the jaw to accept an implant is sometimes necessary. In the main this is done at the time of implant placement, but occasionally it is necessary to do this as a separate procedure prior to implant surgery.
Traditionally implants were placed during a general anaesthetic in hospital. Modern computer guided precision placement has allowed us to greatly reduce the time we need and the impact on our patients when placing implants. Currently we allow 10 to 15 minutes to place an implant. The surgery is a very gentle procedure as the area it is placed into has to be handled very delicately. We phone all our patients the day after and to date it has been extremely rare for anyone to have experienced any real discomfort.
“Treatment planning takes in to consideration your individual dental needs”
Whether your dental treatment is considered straight forward or complex we strive to provide you with an accurate treatment plan which outlines the treatment required and the estimated costs involved. Our printed treatment plans are valid for 6 months and subject to change should a different course of treatment be undertaken. It is important to discuss all the options available to you and with your informed consent we can then move forward to complete your treatment. In more complex cases it may be necessary to have more than one treatment planning appointment to consider all the options following your initial exam / consult and possibly radiographs and scans.
Wisdom TeethWisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt through the gums and are also called ‘third molars’. Wisdom teeth generally push through the gums when people are in their late teens or early twenties. Most people will have four wisdom teeth however it is not unusual for people to have less or even none at all.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed however in a large number of people wisdom teeth should be removed as they can cause other dental complications such as infections of the gum, decay and tooth resorption.
Wisdom teeth may need to be removed for several different reasons and if they do need to be removed it is best to get them removed earlier rather than later to prevent further problems.
Possible reasons for the removal of wisdom teeth:
Impacted wisdom teeth can cause decay in the adjacent teeth.
The wisdom teeth are impacted, pushing on the teeth in front
The wisdom teeth have caused infection in the adjacent gum tissue.
Wisdom teeth can either be removed in our rooms using local anaesthetic or under a general anaesthetic by an Oral Surgeon. During a consultation the level of surgical difficulty, tooth impaction and your personal preference, will be assessed to determine which options of removal and anaesthesia will be best used in your particular circumstance. If you have any questions or concerns about treatment these can be addressed at your consultation.