Porcelain veneers are often an ideal way to correct aesthetic imperfections and defects in teeth that have not sustained major structural damage. Where others have failed, Veneers succeed! Veneers are used to conceal chipped, worn, stained, or misaligned teeth, giving you a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells (as thin as a contact lens!) constructed out of porcelain to match your teeth. They are then permanently bonded to the front surfaces of your dentition. During the initial porcelain veneers appointment, the tooth is prepared by filing off a thin layer of tooth enamel (approximately 0.3-0.7mm), this is done to create room for the veneer. Then, the dentist makes a precise impression of the patient’s tooth, which he sends to a state-of-the-art dental laboratory where a customized veneer is generated using the mold. During the second appointment, the dentist bonds the veneer to the tooth and adjusts the veneer so that it looks and feels completely natural.
Lumineers and Prep-less Veneers are quite similar to veneers, except that they are thinner and completely prep-less! Almost No tooth structure is removed during the procedure at all, an impression is taken of your teeth and they are fabricated to fit right on top of your teeth without the need for tooth structure removal.
If your smile is blemished by minor imperfections, porcelain veneers or lumineers may offer the subtle aesthetics you have been longing for!
Dental implants are a permanent, lifelong resolution to a space left by single or numerous absent teeth. In addition to offering aesthetic remunerations, dental implants enhance eating proficiency, improve speech, and abolish common glitches accompanying with traditional replacement techniques and dentures. The progression of installing dental implants is amply more elaborate than other restoration measures that efficiently resolve the aesthetic and functional difficulties caused by missing teeth. However, dental implants ultimately provide patients with a durable restoration which not only preserves jawbone integrity, but also leaves the essential assembly of adjacent teeth intact, as opposes to fixed dental bridges.
Initially, a thorough analysis of bone density and available structures is required. An oral examination along with specific x-rays are ordered to ensure proper case selection. To begin the restoration process, the dentist surgically inserts an anchor into the jawbone below the gum line,nearly at the bone level, which allows the bone to grow around the anchor”osseointegration”. A post attached to the anchor protrudes from the gums, onto which a crown is later placed. When the procedure is complete, the patient will have a fully functional replacement tooth that is virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Porcelain crowns are endorsed for the purpose of resolving smile imperfections and the refurbishment of the fundamental integrity of a rigorously damaged, decayed, or cracked tooth / teeth. A crown is a porcelain cap intended to shelter the entire tooth. In addition to its aesthetic rewards, a crown can meritoriously reinforce the tooth and reconstitute the tooth’s original silhouette.
Porcelain crowns are accomplished within a few easy appointments. The procedure unfolds as follows; an apt amount of the tooth structure is removed (1-2 mm only) to make room for the crown. An imprint is made of the now reduced tooth and sent to a state-of-the-art dental laboratory. A provisional crown is placed onto the tooth while the patient awaits their permanent crown. Within a week or two, the patient returns, and the temporary crown is substituted for the permanent one. Before the crown is cemented into place, it is attuned to ensure that the bite aligns correctly and that the crown provides a natural feel.
Dental bridges efficiently fill gaps left by missing teeth, improve the jaws and tooth integrity, speech and protect patients from gum disease and bite issues. A dental bridge is comprised of more than one crown attached together, which are placed over the teeth adjacent to the open space. Just like crowns, they can be composed of porcelain, zirconium or even silver and gold. The dental bridge is fixed into place and cannot fall out or be removed by hand. They are identical in size, shape, colour and contour to the patient’s natural teeth.
Dental bridges demand a stern pledge to apt oral hygiene. If the patient does not stringently adhere to post-operative guidelines, difficulties may ascend as a consequence of bacteria and food build-up.
Crowns & Bridges
CAD/CAM is a state-of-the-art machine which designs, mills and grinds zirconium or porcelain crowns, bridges, or veneers into perfection. This machine is of limited availability, however, we offer the option of making your crowns or bridges by CAD/CAM.
This machine’s superior accuracy renders restorations of high esthetic value as well as unprecedented accuracy as it utilizes optical imaging along with a micro-millimeter accurate milling machine. CAD/CAM applications do not stop at crowns, bridges and veneers, it is also used to fabricate inlays, onlays and overlays, in fact, it is the best way to fabricate restorations out of porcelain or zirconium. For superior esthetics, durability, functionality and more, ask your dentist about The CAD/CAM Option now!
Endodontic treatment is a procedure required when the tooth’s supplying nerve has been damaged. This can happen for many reasons among which are deep cavities reaching the pulp (nerve) chamber and trauma to the teeth. The main aim of this procedure is to eliminate the dead nerve tissue, remove the invading microbial flora (bacteria) and prevent bacterial recurrence in the future.
In the past, such “nerve dead” teeth were extracted, now, endodontic treatment is the one of choice as it not only preserves the tooth, but also increases its life-span.
Each tooth may contain one or several roots, within which are small canals in which the nerve supplying the tooth travels. The aim of root canal therapy is the cleaning, shaping, decontamination and filling of these small canals. This is done by the insertion of very small “files” – a needle shaped dental instrument- into these canals. These files are used to clean and shape. The canals are flushed with specific solutions to decontaminate them, then, they are filled with an inert material called Gutta Percha along with a sealant that acts as a cement; filling in microscopic spaces and attaching the Gutta Percha firmly to the interior of the canal.
As unnerving as that may sound, this procedure is typically painless if done properly and if the tooth was not priorly severly infected.
After endodontic treatment, the tooth is usually brittle, thus, requiring protective coverage in the form of a dental crown. This is strongly recommended to increase the longevity of the tooth. Depending on the degree of damage present in the tooth, it may also require a post and core filling.
Root Canal Treatment
Clear aligners are a revolutionary product offered in orthodontic dentistry to look good while perfecting your smile. It is a clear alternative to conventional metal braces. We use a series of clear plastic aligners to straighten your teeth and align your bite without the need for the unpopular appearance of a metal mouth. It is a solution for a wide range of mal-alignments including crowding, uneven spacing, overbites and underbites. The clear, removable Invisalign® trays are customized to fit snugly over the patient’s teeth. The trays are worn all the time except when eating, brushing or flossing.
It is essential for the patients to visit the dental office as little as once a month to substitute their current trays for new ones. After a predetermined period of time during which the progressive alignment trays are worn, patients will have a renovated, magnificent, perfectly aligned smile to show off!
An impression of your teeth is taken by the dentist and is sent to the lab for proper analysis and manufacturing of the aligner. This is a low maintenance, easy, productive and effective process by which you can look good while perfecting your teeth!
If you desire straight teeth but do not want the numerous inconveniences associated with traditional braces clear aligners are the way to go!
Lumineers are Designed to Deliver a Beautiful Result with a Simple, Painless Process you can have the smile you’ve always wanted in less time and with far more comfort than you ever imagined. Lumineers are digitally designed to be ultra-thin (about as thin as a contact lens), so they can be applied seamlessly over your teeth to deliver a natural looking smile. That’s why Lumineers is the #1 patient-requested veneer system in the world.
Dental fillings are materials used to restore a decayed tooth. Over the years there have been many different types of filling materials, the most commonly used nowadays are; resins (composite), glass ionomer (ketac) or amalgam, all of which provide ultimate durability and functionality.
Resins or composites are tooth coloured, non-metallic fillings, after all the decay has been removed it is used to restore your teeth to their original anatomy. The colour (or as we call it; shade) is selected carefully from a wide variety to perfectly match your tooth colour. When restored, your teeth look like nothing ever happened! These fillings not only provide aesthetics but, now, provide maximal strength properties, rendering you a superiorly aesthetic as well as durable filling!
Glass Ionomer ot Ketac is also a tooth coloured, non-metallic filling. It is usually used as a core (for badly destructed teeth) were bulk is required. It provides immense surface adhesion to the tooth structure.
Amalagam is a metallic bulk system filling used in specific cases. It is silver in colour and is not very aesthetic, but has its specific mandates.
Scaling and polishing is basically the process of removing calculus and other hard debris from the tooth surface. It is recommended that scaling and polishing is done once every 6 months at least to ensure proper periodontal health. Calculus is a hard, calcified substance that accumulates on teeth regardless of tooth brushing efficiency. Once formed, calculus can only be removed by a dental professional, tooth brushing will not remove it. However, proper tooth brushing can decrease the quantity and frequency by which calculus is formed. Calculus causes gum inflammation, loss of bone support, among many others. As opposes public myth, removal of calculus does not remove a layer from the tooth, in fact none of the gum therapies do so.
we cater a highly qualified team of surgical experts, along with state of the art equipment and techniques to ensure you the utopia of surgical care. We offer an array of dental surgeries; starting with impaction removals, through oral biopsies, all the way to cyst and tumor removal and follow-up care. Regardless of the procedure required, we guarantee it will be performed with the utmost care, be completely pain-free and all-round efficient.
For milky (or deciduous) teeth, Glass Ionomer (or Ketac) fillings are our option of largest favor. Their fluoride releasing properties and extremely high bond to the tooth structure renders them our fillings of choice with the youngsters. However, situations would arise where other types of fillings would be required
When decay reaches the pulp (nerve tissue) of a milky tooth, pulpotomies are in order. The dentist opens up the tooth to reach the chamber portion (not the canals) and places a medicament that relieves the inflammation and sanitizes the chamber. By doing this, we avoid extracting the tooth prior to its schedules normal shedding time. This way, the tooth acts as a natural space-maintainer and crowding or misalignment is avoided as much as possible.
Pulpectomies are basically root canals for children; where the tooth is opened and the entirety of the nerve system is removed (the chamber and the canals). A medicative root canal dressing is then applied and the tooth is conserved till it sheds normally. This procedure is performed in cases where the nerve tissue was severely infected.
Amalgam is the silver tooth-filling which was used a long time ago and still is being used till this day. It is composed of a combination of elements, the most important of which is mercury. Recent studies have showed that the presence of mercury in the oral cavity is unhealthy and can prove to be dangerous on the long-term. With the neo-movement of metal-free health and the proven clinical findings of the harms of mercury on the long term, amalgam has been thrown out as a filling option for many dentists, and replaced with the more healthy tooth colored fillings. For these reasons, a majority of people are opting for its removal and consequent replacement with the clinically proven safe tooth colored fillings.
Although such choices are healthy and fruitful aesthetically, amalgam removal is no joke. During its removal, mercury and silver fumes arise from the degrading filling which may prove less than healthy for both the patient and the dentist. Therefore, it should be removed with utmost caution and under very meticulous conditions. At Helio Dental, we make sure that every procedure of the SAFE AMALGAM REMOVAL follows the highest of safety international codes, hence, during amalgam removal specialized equipment is used to guarantee minimal-to-no mercury exposure. special equipment and devices are used to eradicate the mercury fumes and draw them away safely from the mouth and airway. Specific isolation are also required for this procedure to ensure complete and safe removal of the entire filling material.
After amalgam is completely removed, the cavity is adequately cleaned, finished and then filled with an exceedingly safe, durable and highly aesthetic, tooth colored filling which carries no medical concerns.
Nightguards are indicated for people who grind their teeth either during sleep (bruxism) or while awake (clenching). These are comprised of a ultra-soft, soft, medium or hard clear acrylic or rubber made to fit the teeth perfectly either on the upper or lower jaw. An impression is taken of your teeth, and 48 hours later your nightguard is delivered, simple as that! No preparations, no anaesthesia, no pain, no hassle of any kind! It serves the purpose of isolating the teeth from whichever grinding forces they are faced with by creating a barrier between the two arches. It is completely transparent so you can wear it all day and everywhere. With regular use, patients have reported less headaches (which result from the grinding), healthier teeth and overall satisfaction.