Inlays and onlays are restorations that are fitted to a cavity in a tooth and bonded in place. In SmileBay we use porcelain inlays and onlays made from durable material that will perfectly match the color of your natural teeth.
For larger cavities, inlays and onlays are stronger and more durable compared to a regular filling. They may also be used to restore a broken tooth, replace an existing large filling or when the damage is not severe enough to require a crown.
Inlays and Onlays
What to expect?
Because the procedure is conservative, our team will only remove as little tooth structure as possible to restore the tooth. The area is numbed by a local anaesthetic before being removed by a drill.
After the decay has been removed a mould of the tooth is taken and sent to the dental lab. The permanent restoration involves the cleaning of the tooth to prepare for the new inlay or onlay. The inlay or onlay will be placed to ensure a correct fit before it is bonded to the tooth. It is then permanently attached to the tooth and polished for appearance.
Crowns and Bridges
Another way to replace lost teeth is through a crown, which is a single unit 'cap' covering the damaged tooth. Dental crowns can be used to restore a badly damaged tooth to its original appearance and physical integrity. It is typically needed for tooth with large decay, root canal treated, cracked or even to improve cosmetic appearances of a tooth.
Crowns are indirectly fabricated from different materials including full metal alloy, porcelain fused to metal crown, full porcelain Emax or Zirconium crown. The Zirconia crown exhibits superior durability and versatility and is used as implant restoration.
Dental bridges, on the other hand consist of one or multiple crowns spanning the gap between remaining teeth. A typical dental bridge consists of a filler tooth (also called a "pontic") that is attached to two surrounding crowns. Once complete, this dental bridge structure is bonded to the teeth adjoining the gap. Gaps can cause chewing problems. Even with one tooth missing, other teeth may slowly shift out of place. This will change the way your teeth fit together.
Dental bridges can be made from metal, porcelain or a combination of both materials which can last for approximately 10-20 years with great care. When porcelain material is used, we match it with your natural tooth’s colour so it's barely noticeable as a bridge.
What to expect?
During the first visit, careful attention will be placed on preparing the teeth to help the dental ceramist create a crown or bridge that has an easy path of insertion. An impression will be taken of the teeth.
After a week's time, the bridge or crown is ready for a try-in, and it's function, comfort and aesthetics will be assessed. If all is well, a permanent resin component will be applied to the bridge and placed over the teeth. Any excess cement will carefully be removed and you will be instructed on how to properly clean and floss underneath your bridge.
Dentures are appliances worn to replace lost or missing teeth. A partial denture fills in the spaces created by lost or missing teeth and could be attached to your other natural teeth with metal clasps. A complete or full denture is one which replaces all of the natural teeth on either the upper or lower jaws. This provides support for your cheeks and is able to even prevent premature wrinkles around the lips and corners of the mouth. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person appear older and reduce their ability to eat and speak.
Introducing ThermoSens dentures, also known as flexible dentures are suitable for full and partial denture wearers. It is made of Thermo Plastic material and is monomer and acrylic free as no liquid chemicals are added during the process; making it suitable for patients prone to allergic reactions or other sensitivity problems.
ThermoSens dentures are more aesthetically pleasing, comfortable to wear and durable. With various tooth colour options and clear clasps, the denture blends in perfectly, giving a more life-like appearance. ThermoSens colour holds up to even the harshest liquids and food the mouth can endure ensuring minimal discolouration over time, whether a patient is a heavy coffee or tea drinker, a smoker or enjoys acidic drinks.
The thermoplastic base will ensure that, if dropped, the impact is absorbed rather than disbursed, thus avoiding a fracture or separation, making the denture exceptionally strong and virtually unbreakable. It also has a less than 1% volume shrinkage rate, its rigid body allows a thinner denture; making it lightweight and extremely comfortable.
What to expect?
Our team will take a mould of your natural teeth and gums to make sure that your dentures will fit comfortably once you’re ready to wear them. Moulds can be a little uncomfortable, but it’s better to know for certain that your dentures are going to fit well in your mouth.
You’ll then go through a fitting process. There is a possibility that when your set comes in, a little bit of adjustment is needed. Our team will help alter it to make it more comfortable for you. You’ll likely need future adjustments as your mouth changes, but dentures can last you quite a long time if you take very good care of them.
Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment)
Sometimes your tooth might get infected as a result from decay or injury. Root canal treatment (also called RCT or endodontic) can save your natural tooth and prevent dental extractions. The centre of your tooth is the pulp, which consists of blood and nerve supply. If the pulp get infected through decay or injury, RCT is needed to eliminate the diseased pulp.
Our team is committed to delivering the highest quality of root canal treatment while embracing the full complement of latest technology. With the innovation of rotary endodontic system, root canal treatment can be performed with improved efficiency and predictable outcome. We have an in-house 3D Cone Beam CT scan and digital X-ray machine providing sharp, contrasted images with the lowest radiation exposure for accurate diagnoses and precise measurement of the root canal system.
We also use the Apex Locator to measure root canal precisely and to minimise the amount of X-ray taken. In SmileBay, your safety is our top priority. We use rubber dam during endodontic procedures, thus, a physical barrier is created to protect you from the endodontic instruments. A germ-free environment is our top priority and with rubber dams in place, bacteria will be kept out of the root canals, increasing the likelihood of success.
What to expect?
2 or more visits
The tooth will be numbed with local anaesthetic, an opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber. The root canal system is then cleaned mechanically and chemically by our dentist, followed by an application of intracanal medication inside the canal. The treatment is completed filling up the root canal.
The tooth is checked and assessed in the later visit, and will be permanently filled or covered with a ceramic or metal crown once all is well.