Porcelain Veneers are akin to false fingernails, they actually cover the front surface of the tooth. The veneers are made from a strong and very durable ceramic (porcelain), that a dental technician builds up to match the shape and colour requirements of the patient.
We use porcelain as it is a hard wearing and a non-porous material. A shade can be created to match the surrounding teeth or improve the overall colour of teeth. Porcelain veneers are often used in cosmetic situations where the front teeth are heavily broken down and/or filled.
The porcelain veneers not only improve the physical look of the teeth, but can also improve the strength of the teeth. The ceramic used is bonded to the underlying tooth structure. The bonding is literally super-gluing the ceramic to the tooth and the glue forms a medium between tooth and ceramic which adds strength both to the teeth but also to the porcelain veneer.
In preparation, a very thin amount of tooth structure is removed. Impressions are then taken, which are sent to a professional lab technician to make the porcelain veneer. At the second appointment, the veneer is tried in and, if perfect in shade and fit, it is bonded to the tooth surface. Porcelain Veneers enables the dentist to reshape, rebuild, straighten and modify teeth, without the need for orthodontics. If well maintained, they will last for many years.
Dental Crowns (sometimes referred to as Dental Caps) are single unit covers that are placed over heavily broken down, filled or root treated teeth. They look and feel just like real teeth. A crown literally wraps around the tooth just like a hat wraps around a head, thus strengthening the underlying tooth structure by holding it all together.
In certain situations, it is more preferable to crown front teeth rather than place porcelain veneers to achieve a desired cosmetic result.
For example, Dental Crowns can be used to cosmetically enhance the appearance of a tooth, as they are able to cover colour irregularities.
Crowns are made in a dental laboratory buy a Technician who uses moulds of the patient’s teeth taken by the Dentist.
Dental Crowns can be made from a variety of different materials, depending on the tooth involved, its position in the mouth, and sometimes on the preferences of the patient. These materials include zirconia and porcelain, porcelain bonded to metal (this combines the strength of metal with the natural appearance of tooth coloured porcelain), or even gold alloy.
Bridges are used to fill gaps permanently where teeth have been lost. I explain dental bridges as being just like a bridge across a river.
There are two poles either side of a hanging structure. The poles are the teeth either side of the gap, which are crowned, and the hanging structure is the false tooth.
Depending on the size of the gap, Bridges are a very successful fixed (meaning not removable like dentures) restoration. The idea is that the gap is filled with a structure that is indiscernible form the other teeth surrounding the structure.
In certain circumstances, implants are a better alternative to Bridges. This may be because the gap is too wide. Or the teeth either side of the gap are considered to be virgin teeth, and to crown them would compromise the good condition of the natural tooth structure.
Dental Implants are described as a titanium screw which is placed into the bone in the space of the missing tooth. The screw then bonds to the surrounding bone acting like a normal tooth root. After a healing period, a crown is then custom made and screwed onto the dental implant. This process takes between 3-6 months from start to finish.
Cosmetic Injectables Cairns
A smile is not just about beautiful teeth
Dental surgeons have thorough knowledge about the relationship between your mouth, teeth, lips, skin, facial bones and muscles, which enables dentists to create an aesthetically pleasing smile and facial appearance. As we age, our skin tone, texture of the skin and pigmentation changes due to environmental and lifestyle factors that can contribute to flattened, dull attributes. Dentists are experts of your head and neck region, thus they would be the natural candidate to best rejuvenate and sculpt your features to create the smile you have always wanted.
Have you noticed prominent forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, thinning lips, a ‘gummy smile’, flattened and dull skin and/or creases around the mouth, nose and chin?
Our genetic make-up plays a key role in determining our features. However, there are a few environmental factors that can be impacting our skin and accelerating the appearance of ageing. In Cairns, we are fortunate to have year-long sunshine, which is a blessing and a curse. Sun exposure not only is harmful to our skin, but also causes skin ageing. Please ensure that you are taking adequate preventive measures to block out the negative effects of the sun. Additionally, smoking also contributes to fine lines, wrinkles, stained teeth and affects overall health.
Australasian Academy of Dento-Facial Aesthetics (AADFA) provides specialist training in the field of facial cosmetic injectables and dermal fillers. Cairns Precision Dental Group is approved for the use of cosmetic injectables and dermal fillers. Dr. Hasi Thambugala and Dr. Darren Gertsch are both AADFA trained dental surgeons who can provide optimal facial and oral enhancements. Cosmetic injectables can help you achieve your goal towards wrinkle and line relaxation and putting your best face forward.
What to Expect During Your Visit
Upon your arrival, our warm and attentive administration team will welcome you in our comfortable patient lounge. With ample free parking, you will have time to fill out a Patient Medical History Form if you have not done so already. Then one of our lovely dentists will work with you to understand your goals and perform a thorough history of previous dental and cosmetic procedures. We also take digital photographs from various angles and will discuss the procedure with you. Using a specially designed pen similar to an eyebrow make-up pencil, your dentist will map out and mark the areas you wish to sculpt. Many cosmetic procedures do not require numbing (a.k.a. local anaesthetic) prior to the cosmetic injectables, but some procedures work best with local anaesthetic to maximise your comfort.
Dento-facial cosmetic treatments are safe and often take minutes to administer with minimal downtime and recovery time. Results are usually noticeable almost immediately for dental fillers and within just a few days for line and wrinkle relaxation treatments. The results may vary between individuals, but one of our trained dentists would be to determine if you are a candidate for facial cosmetic injectables and dermal fillers.
Cairns Precision Dental Group offers cosmetic injectables at competitive fees. Cosmetic injectables can help enhance your look and boost your confidence in a minimally invasive way. We offer a safe clinical environment and we know what works best with your smile.
Contact one of our lovely team members on (07) 4054 2203 or firstname.lastname@example.org today to make an appointment.