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GENERAL dentistry

Dentistry involves the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide variety of conditions, disorders, and diseases, affecting the teeth, gums, and maxillofacial (associated with the jaw and face) region of the body. General dentists provide services related to the general maintenance of oral hygiene and tooth health.

Ideally, dentistry is preventative. It is recommended that you visit your dentist regularly (at least once every six months) to ensure proper oral hygiene and functionality. Regular checkups and oral health maintenance prevent the development of serious dental problems that can require costly treatment

 

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Other Services

Computerized cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry makes it possible to create veneers, crowns and inlays in just one dental appointment.
Every person deserves to have a magnificent and healthy smile.

CEREC CROWNS

Computer generated CEREC crowns, and inlays (CAD/CAM technology) Crowns and inlays (porcelain filling) can be placed in a single visit to the dental office.

Tooth decay and old-fashioned silver fillings, are replaced by removing the decay and/or silver fillings, taking a digital image of the good remaining tooth. The porcelain crown or inlay gets designed on the computer. A milling unit then manufactures the full porcelain crown or inlay within 10 to 15 minutes. The porcelain is then cemented and polished to perfection. Our aim is to restore your tooth to its original natural looking shape, form, function, colour and size, the way nature intended it to be.

CEREC VENEERS

Computer generated CEREC veneers (CAD/CAM technology)

Veneers are ultra thin porcelain laminates that cover the front teeth. If you have antibiotic induced stained (tetracycline stains), chipped or mildly skew teeth, then you are a perfect candidate for porcelain veneers. Veneers make it possible to transform an ordinary-looking smile to a perfect whiter smile.

REMOVAL OF AMALGAM FILLINGS

Amalgam/Silver fillings may be removed for several reasons including:

  • Chipped fillings and/or broken tooth structure adjacent to the amalgam filling

  • Tooth decay underneath filling

  • Health reasons

  • Aesthetic appearance

(INSTANT) ORTHODONTICS

Maligned teeth may be straightened instantly (in certain cases) with the aid of Cerec Computer generated crowns. This gives us the advantage to change the shape, colour and form of the original tooth. This is done in one single appointment.

DENTAL IMPLANTS

Dental implants (method of replacement missing teeth)

If you have dentures you can now kiss them goodbye and replace them with permanent teeth. Dental implants are definitely the method of choice when it comes to replacing missing teeth. We make use of our unique 3D Galileos CT scanner, made by Sirona Dental Systems in Germany, for the implant placement, where we can view your jaw X-ray in a complete 3 dimensional manner within 10 minutes. This ultimate diagnostic tool makes the implant placements extremely safe and effective. Full upper and lower dentures can also be replaced by dental implant technology, even if you have worn your dentures for a very long time.

GUM CONTOURING & WHITENING

Gum Contouring:

The shape of the gum around your teeth is as important to the aesthetic appearance of your smile, as the teeth are. Gums should follow the teeth harmoniously. Too much gum around the teeth could give the impression of “small” looking teeth. This is the classic “gummy” smile look. The second case where gum sculpting/reshaping may be of great value is where the teeth are out of place in the arch. In conjunction with veneers or crowns, “instant” orthodontics can be done, which means the teeth and gum appear to be straightened. Gum contouring is done by laser in our practice, which means the results are instantaneous, and in most cases crowns or veneers may be done in same dental appointment. This is a relative small procedure with huge aesthetic benefits to a smile when indicated.

Gum bleaching – Gum Depigmentation:
The most common cause of darker pigments in the gums is genetics. Excess melanin can build up in the gums, making them look brown or black instead of pink.  The extra pigment does not indicate any disease or dysfunction. Patients seek treatment because of an aesthetic preference for pink gums that show their teeth better.

DENTAL REHABILITATION & GRINDING

Solutions for grinding:
If you suffer from an aching jaw in the morning, or frequent headaches, you most probably have an occlusal imbalance of your teeth (i.e. grinding problem). This can be assessed and rectified using either a bite plate or we can realign your bite, using the CEREC 3 Dimensional system.

In severe cases of grinding or wearing down the enamel prematurely, a dental rehabilitation or reconstruction is of great value. Prolonged grinding enamel and dentin loss may cause joint problems in the jaw, pain, headaches and toothache. A full Cerec computerized dental reconstruction is usually done in a single appointment. This means no temporary crowns or embarrassing moments where the temporaries might fall out. Time is of the essence for all people and this too is a great benefit.
In this appointment, we restore the anatomy of the teeth to the correct height and function, whilst adjusting the colour to the desired shade.

Other indications for rehabilitation:
In some cases where most of the teeth has tooth decay, a dental rehabilitation is indicated to restore health, function and aesthetics of all the teeth in a single appointment.

DECAY / BROKEN TEETH

Teeth with decay or broken teeth can be fixed with Cerec CAD/CAM porcelain crowns or veneers in one appointment.

ROOT CANAL THERAPY

Root canal treatment of a tooth may be necessary in several instances, for example: if a tooth is heavy decayed, if an abscess is present or following trauma involving the teeth.

  • The process involves removing the nerve and blood vessels within the root of the tooth(the whole tooth and root stays intact). The canal in the root will then be cleaned and shaped in order to be filled and restored permanently.

  • A root canal treatment may need one to three appointments depending on the severity of the symptoms and the amount of canals present(varies from 1 to 4)./

BITEPLATES

Comfortable protection for your teeth and joints.

DENTURES

An old-school, yet reliable alternative for missing teeth.

EXTRACTIONS

Care needs to be taken when extracting a tooth with the eye on placing a implant either the same day or a while after.

COMPOSITE FILLINGS

Composites / “white” fillings, are used in some instances where a small piece of tooth have been lost or used as a small filling as a alternative to a ceramic filling.

PAEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

When visiting the dentist, children don’t know what to expect and the thought of dental work can extremely scary. We aim to make your child’s dental experience as pleasant as possible. It is important for children (and parents) to get proper education in brushing and flossing to ensure healthy teeth and reduce chances of pain, abscesses and early loss off teeth. Our children’s dentist will take the utmost care of your child.

Paediatric services:

  • Toddlers’ oral examinations – it is advisable to bring your child before there is something wrong, just to get used to the dental set-up.

  • Preventative care – cleaning, fluoride, sealant on molar teeth.

  • Assessment for orthodontic treatment

  • Fillings and extractions

  • Care for traumatic dental injuries

  • Treatment under general anesthesia

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Dr. Nadia Erasmus

General & Paediatric Dentist

Dr. Erasmus takes care of the whole family’s dental needs, from young to old. She does our Paediatric dentistry, root canal treatments, dentures, composite fillings and ceramic fillings.