Rebuilding a tooth is the best way to protect it from further breakdown

Why is my tooth broken?

When our adult teeth first come through, they are generally strong and healthy (except for some rare genetic conditions). Usually if a tooth has broken it is due to a gradual weakening over time. This weakening can often be put down to a cavity inside the tooth, an old filling, or a developing crack. In this weakened state the tooth is susceptible to breakdown and one day decides it has enough, when it breaks.

Should I have my broken tooth fixed?

A broken tooth is often difficult to clean, sharp, and uncomfortable. As the inside of the tooth is exposed, a toothache may develop which may make the treatment more complicated and expensive. If you are in need of immediate attention, give us a ring and we’ll do all we can on the day to stop the pain.

Treatment Options

The three options available for restoring your broken tooth are as follows:

Ceramic (Porcelain) Crown

• These are used when you have lost over 60% of your tooth structure. This means that the tooth has lost most of its strength and requires to be totally rebuilt. A ceramic crown covers the whole tooth like a helmet, protecting it from further breakdown.

Ceramic (Porcelain) Filling

• These are used when your broken tooth has lost about 40 to 60% of its structure. Ceramic is much stronger than the tooth-coloured plastic fillings as it is handmade in a laboratory. Some advantages of dental porcelain include better aesthetics with an exact shade match to your natural tooth colour, stain resistance, and greater longevity.

Tooth-Coloured Filling

These are generally done when your broken tooth has lost less than 40% of its structure. Our tooth-coloured fillings are made directly in the mouth from a dental composite. These fillings are not only used to restore a broken tooth but are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile, changing the colour or shape of the teeth.

Toothache

A toothache can range from mild sensitivity through to unbearable pain.

Oftentimes a toothache indicates a more widespread problem in the mouth that will need to be addressed, else the problem may get worse making treatment more complicated and expensive.

Our priority is always to get you out of pain as soon as possible. If you are in need of immediate attention, give us a ring and we’ll do all we can to see you on the same day. If you are unsure whether you require urgent care, our highly trained team members can guide you on the best course of action.

Usually it is best to start with some over the counter pain relief to manage the pain temporarily until we can treat the cause of the pain.

If you are able to take note of the nature of the pain, location, and any triggers, that will help us more quickly arrive at a diagnosis and solution. When you attend as an emergency patient for a toothache we will perform a comprehensive examination, often with the aid of xrays, and discuss all of the options with you.

Why does my tooth hurt?

Most commonly teeth develop pain due to:

  • Tooth Decay (cavities)
  • Cracks and Fractures
  • Infection or Abscess

Treatment Options

Depending on the problem, treating your tooth pain may involve:

  • Root Canal Treatment – If your tooth’s nerve is infected or beyond repair then it may require root canal treatment. This is where we remove the painful nerve and place a root filling in its place to stop bacteria from re-entering. This strengthens the tooth and returns it back to health. You can expect your toothache to fade away immediately.
  • Tooth-Coloured Fillings – If your pain was caused by a cavity and the nerve is still intact, then a filling may be required. This is where the hole inside the tooth is cleaned and the tooth restored back to its original shape with a tooth-coloured filling material.
  • Porcelain Crown – If your tooth is severely compromised then it may require a cap/crown to be rebuilt. Old fashioned caps / crowns often appeared dark and black around the gum line. However, modern crowns are made from a beautiful porcelain ceramic which appears so natural in can be hard to spot the difference!

Does it hurt?

At Studio Smiles we take pride in our emphasis on pain-free dentistry. Naturally, certain dental procedures may involve some discomfort. However, by using the latest techniques and technologies we can keep you as comfortable as possible. For those fearful of treatment, we offer oral conscious sedation and IV sedation too – which means you can wake up to the smile of your dreams without feeling a thing!

Sensitive Teeth

Teeth which are sensitive can be a sign of a deeper problem.

For many, having sensitive teeth stops them from enjoying their favourite food or beverage, but it does not have to be this way! While yes, it can be normal to experience sensitivity on occasion, if this happens on a regular basis, then it’s likely that there may be something going on…

Healthy teeth rarely experience sensitivity as they are protected by a thick outer layer called the enamel, which helps insulate them (think of it like a jacket). Now imagine walking outside in winter without a jacket on – you’ll get cold very quickly!

Why are my teeth sensitive?

The most common causes of sensitive teeth include:

  • Gum Recession – When gums recede or shrink, they expose the root surface of the tooth which lacks a protective enamel coating, leaving your teeth exposed!
  • Worn Teeth – This is where the outer protective layer (enamel) is worn away dueto grinding, excessive brushing, or acid erosion
  • Tooth Decay (Cavities) – In its early stages, tooth decay is generally painless. However, larger cavities begin to aggravate the nerve inside a tooth which can make it sensitive to hot, cold, or sweet.

The most common causes of sensitive teeth include:

Depending on the cause of your sensitivity the treatment may involve:

  • Topical Desensitization – If your sensitivity is caused by gum recession, then applying a desensitizing agent to the expose root surface can help make them more comfortable.
  • Gum Graft – If your gum recession is severe, then one option is to replace the missing gum tissue with a gum graft.
  • Tooth-Coloured Fillings – If your sensitivity was caused by a cavity and the nerve is still intact, then a filling may be required. This is where the hole inside the tooth is cleaned and the tooth restored back to its original shape with a tooth-coloured filling material.
  • Porcelain Crown – If your tooth is severely compromised then it may require a cap/crown to be rebuilt. Old fashioned caps / crowns often appeared dark and black around the gum line. However, modern crowns are made from a beautiful porcelain ceramic which appears so natural in can be hard to spot the difference!

Misaligned and Crooked Teeth

Straighter teeth are better teeth.

If you have crooked or crowded teeth then you may be uncomfortable with your smile. Misaligned teeth can be difficult to keep clean, causing them to stain and discolor much more quickly.

Why is it important to correct crooked teeth?

Straightening your teeth has many advantages, the main one being achieving a beautiful smile that you can be proud of. Leaving crooked teeth untreated may cause functional problems including:

  • Gum Disease and Tooth Decay – due to the difficulty cleaning and flossing crowded teeth
  • Jaw Misalignment – Bite issues may develop if the teeth have difficulty coming together
  • Reduced Chewing – Eating certain foods may be challenging depending on the misalignment

Treatment Options

There are many ways to treat misaligned and crooked teeth, but every case is unique! We always begin by carefully analysing your smile and discussing your goals to create a personalised plan. This includes a 3D smile design with photos and videos to help you picture what the final result will look like. From there, treatment may involve:

  • Invisalign – If you are happy with the size and shape of your teeth, then Invisalign is the best way to straighten them without having to live with the “metal” look of traditional braces. This involves a series of clear trays made with 3D technology to guide your teeth into their new position.
  • Porcelain (Ceramic) Veneers – Using thin and ultra-strong porcelain shells which bond directly over your teeth, we are able to straighten them, while also improving their colour, shape, and size.

 

How long will it take?

  • Invisalign – The duration of treatment depends on the amount of tooth movement required, though generally the teeth are straightened in 6 to 12 months.
  • Porcelain (Ceramic) Veneers – The result is straight teeth in 2-4 weeks.

Does it hurt?

At Studio Smiles we take pride in our emphasis on pain-free dentistry.

During Invisalign treatment there may be a feeling of pressure and tightness when changing aligners every two weeks, however this is generally very mild and temporary.

With Porcelain (Ceramic) Veneers we use the latest techniques and technologies to keep you as comfortable as possible. For those fearful of treatment, we offer oral conscious sedation and IV sedation too – which means you can wake up to the smile of your dreams without feeling a thing!

Spaces and Gaps Between Teeth

Gappy teeth can be frustrating. We are here to help.

Apart from being of cosmetic concern, wide gaps between teeth can cause issues with food trapping, increasing your risk of tooth decay (cavitied), gum problems, and functional bite issues. Often there can be a large central gap, called a diastema, which divides the smile.

Gapping is caused by a disproportion in the between the size of the teeth and the jaw. Treatment involves closing the spaces, either by moving the teeth closer together, or by building out the teeth to allow them to better fill the existing space.

Treatment Options

There are many ways to treat spaces and gaps between teeth because every case is unique! We always begin by carefully analysing your smile and discussing your goals to create a personalised plan. This includes a 3D smile design with photos and videos to help you picture the final result before deciding on the best option for yourself. From there, treatment may involve:

  • Invisalign – If you are happy with the size, shape, and colour of your teeth, then Invisalign is the best way to close the gaps without having to live with the “metal” look of traditional braces. This involves a series of clear trays made with 3D technology to guide your teeth into their new position.
  • Porcelain (Ceramic) Veneers – Using thin and ultra-strong porcelain shells which bond directly over your teeth, we are able to make them larger, filling in all the spaces while also improving their colour and shape.

Does it hurt?

At Studio Smiles we take pride in our emphasis on pain-free dentistry.

During Invisalign treatment there may be a feeling of pressure and tightness when changing aligners every two weeks, however this is generally very mild and temporary.

With Porcelain (Ceramic) Veneers we use the latest techniques and technologies to keep you as comfortable as possible. For those fearful of treatment, we offer oral conscious sedation and IV sedation too – which means you can wake up to the smile of your dreams without feeling a thing!

How long will it take?

  • Invisalign – The duration of treatment depends on the amount of tooth movement required, though generally the teeth are straightened in 6 to 12 months.
  • Porcelain (Ceramic) Veneers – The result is straight teeth in 2-4 weeks.

Discoloured Teeth

Color is one of the key elements to a beautiful smile.

Tooth discolouration is a result of the accumulation of stain on the inside or outside of your teeth. This what makes our teeth become dull and yellow over time. This is why the younger we are, the whiter our teeth tend to be. The good news is, at Studio Smiles we can reverse this discoloration with teeth whitening treatment.

Causes of Yellow Teeth

Some of the common reasons your teeth may be yellowing include:

  • Drinking tea, coffee, and red wine
  • Dark colored foods and condiments e.g. Soy sauce, balsamic vinegar
  • Sugary foods and drinks causing dark-coloured cavities
  • Smoking
  • Genetic conditions
  • Internal tooth damage

Treatment Options

Teeth whitening can remove years of stains from your teeth, giving you a younger and fresher smile. At Studio Smiles we only use the latest whitening products from trusted brands such as Phillips Zoom! and Opalescence. This means every time you have your teeth whitened, you can feel confident you are getting the best result. There are two options for teeth whitening, and the best way to decide is with our free Teeth Whitening and Cosmetic Dentistry consultations. This is the ideal time to ask any questions you may have and to discuss your smile goals.

  • In-Chair Whitening – Teeth whitening consultation, followed by a 1-hour appointment. Sit back, relax, and enjoy some Netflix while we whiten your teeth for you. A protective barrier is applied to your gums along with a specially formulated gel which will whiten your teeth up to 8 shades lighter.
  • Take-Home Whitening – Teeth whitening consultation, followed by impressions for custom whitening trays delivered the next day. Whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home for 1 hour a night, up to 2 weeks.

Does it hurt?

Absolutely not! We only use very gentle teeth-friendly whitening products, which means very few experience sensitivities. Some mild tingling is normal and can feel unusual, however it subsides as soon as the gel is removed. Pain-free professional teeth whitening.

How can I keep my teeth white?

The million-dollar question… A comprehensive home-care routine is your best protection against stain build up and teeth yellowing. Your oral hygiene routine should start with brushing for two minutes twice a day, and end with flossing between each tooth before bed. We also recommend changing your diet to minimize stain-causing foods and drinks. Or, at the very least, rinsing your mouth at with water after having these foods and drinks.

Missing Teeth

Replace your missing teeth with advanced technology for a natural and functional result.

At Studio Smiles we see many patients with missing teeth and offer a number of options to replace missing teeth to match your needs and desires.

Why should missing teeth be replaced?

  • Function – missing teeth can cause the adjacent teeth to move and crowd
  • Aesthetics – it is common for missing teeth to be associated with an ‘aged’ appearance as the more teeth we lose, the more our lips and cheeks tend to sink in or hollow
  • Bite – your bite may be changing as the other teeth have to take more load, creating stress on the rest of your teeth

Treatment Options

Every situation is unique. To understand your condition and needs we will need to conduct a comprehensive assessment. During this consultation we will work together to understand your needs and give you all the information you need to decide what is best for yourself.

Options include:

  • Dental Implants or All on 4 – Dental implants are prosthetic teeth replacements which look and function like your natural teeth. They are fixed in place, permanently restoring your mouth. Using a 3D digitally guided approach we are able to plan the dental implant procedure with the utmost precision and least discomfort.
  • Porcelain Bridge – Porcelain dental bridges are another way missing teeth can be replaced. This involves preparing the adjacent teeth to support a false tooth in between them.
  • Dentures – Once upon a time, dentures were the only way missing teeth could be replaced, and they have been around for hundreds of years before bridges or implants became available. Dentures can be a good removable choice for some patients. They are often more budget-friendly, and by using the best quality dental laboratories, we are able to create a life-like result that restores function and aesthetics. However, as dentures are removable, they have the tendence to move around while eating and speaking, which some patients find difficult to tolerate.

 

Treatment Length

  • Dental Implants or All On 4 – varies between 3 days to 6 months
  • Porcelain Bridge – 2 weeks from start to finish
  • Dentures – 4 weeks from start to finish

Does it hurt?

At Studio Smiles we take pride in our emphasis on pain-free dentistry. Naturally, certain dental procedures may involve some discomfort. However, by using the latest techniques and technologies we can keep you as comfortable as possible.

Our dental implants are placed with a 3D guided pin-hole approach (where possible) which means quicker healing and very little post-operative pain.

For those fearful of treatment, we offer oral conscious sedation and IV sedation too – which means you can wake up to the smile of your dreams without feeling a thing!

Worn Teeth

Stop your teeth wearing further.

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