Dentures are often thought of as something that look like teeth and will help you eat a little better, but there’s a lot more to them.
Senior clinical dental technician Thomas Gu of the Merivale Denture Clinic says dentures are precision oral prosthesis. They restore lost function of the mouth and teeth and also influence the way a person’s face looks. Tom specialises in complex treatments including implant supported prosthesis, cosmetic and customised dentures.
“Dentures are prosthetics for your mouth and their fit is an exacting science. The perfect denture is paramount not only for looks but for your overall health and quality of life.”
Merivale Denture Clinic only uses the highest quality materials, tools and equipment in conjunction with leading edge science and technology such as 3D printing, digital scanners and the latest CAD/CAM software.
With more than a decade of experience that’s ranged from working in private practice to leading the Oral Prosthetic Department at the dentistry school at the University of Otago, you can have complete confidence in Tom’s specialist skills and in depth knowledge.
Feel good about your smile again and give Merivale Denture Clinic a call to meet Tom for an obligation-free first consultation, 03 355 4704 or visit www.merivaledentureclinic.co.nz.
You may have had a filling, or a crown, or a veneer, or even a root canal done. You take care of your teeth, see a hygienist and have regular check-ups. You’re on the right track for dental health. But just what is in these products? Dentistry on Merivale chooses a healthy alternative to traditional metals.
Evidence shows filling materials of nearly any type can very slowly break down in the mouth over time, releasing minute amounts of the filling/restorative material/cement into the mouth and hence into the body.
So material should be as biocompatible as possible to avoid any toxicity or sensitivity. Most composites (typically used for tooth-coloured fillings these days) contain chemicals such as BPA, TEGDMA, HEMA, phthalates and, sometimes, even titanium dioxide, all or any of which many people try to avoid.
Amalgam contains about 50 percent mercury by weight, along with silver and other metals.
Even many cements used to fix crowns to teeth can contain some of these chemicals.
Biologic dentistry is a practice which uses materials as safe for the body as possible, while still allowing for excellent
Dentistry on Merivale shares this approach, and sources its materials from manufacturers like Saremco in Switzerland.
Its restorative system is reported to be the only one, currently, where every component is HEMA and TEGDMA free, and is even designed to resist
Why not choose the healthier alternative, as Dentistry on Merivale has?
There’s a somewhat erroneous train of thought out there around the subject of dentures as to maintenance and cleaning, with some people believing that once their dentures are fitted, they can more or less forget about them. Ryan Carlton of Dentures Plus cautions against
this casual attitude.
“Just because it’s dentures, it doesn’t mean they can be neglected. Dentures can harbour bacteria and build up plaque and tartar much the same as real teeth,” he says.
Ryan recommends that those with a complete set of dentures have a check-up every one to two years, while those with partial dentures have a yearly check-up.
Another thing to be aware of as regards to denture oral health is any unusual lesions or abnormalities presenting in the mouth.
“If oral cancer is discovered, for example, the earlier it’s detected, the better,” says Ryan.
Dentures Plus offers a cleaning service that treats dentures with the Australian made Caldent, a denture cleaning product that’s only available at denture clinics, and which Ryan attests “makes dentures look really good!”
For a daily cleaning regime, products such as brushes, baths and soaking solutions can be ordered online from Dentures Plus, ensuring all denture wearers have complete confidence that their smile is little short of fabulous.
Call (03) 385 5517 or visit the website below to make an appointment.
Dentistry is one of the very few medical professions where a foreign material is placed in a patient’s body and then left there permanently for years, if not decades. Add to this the fact that the environment in which this happens is routinely subject to extremes of abrasion, temperature, acidity, bacteria, enzymes and all the other nuances of the oral environment.
Recent evidence has now shown that nearly all composite materials (“white fillings”, as well as many crown cements) contain and potentially release into the body phthalates such as Bisphenol-A (BPA), as well as titanium dioxide, HEMA and TEGDMA. Which some studies have shown may cause toxicity.
At Dentistry on Merivale they search the world for dental materials that are as non-toxic as possible, while still allowing full restoration of the dentition.
Early last year Dr David Walsh was introduced to a holistic composite and bonding system out of Switzerland called Saremco, which is entirely free of HEMA, TEGDMA, BPAs and titanium dioxide.
At the time it was not available in New Zealand, so Dr Walsh imported it himself for a clinical trial. Upon finding it an excellent system, he established Bioholistic New Zealand Ltd to import it as a source for the New Zealand dental profession at large.
Saremco is available for purchase by the profession at bioholistic.co.nz. Dr Walsh provides this information simply for the awareness of holistically-minded clients who may be facing some dental work and who are looking for the healthiest option.
Think of all the people you’ve met in your life who you remember for their shy, closed mouth smile. Perhaps they had crooked, misshapen teeth and were embarrassed to smile for the camera. Bad teeth can really knock confidence.
But at Bradley Wood Dentists, patients can now access a new technology called Fastbraces, a wire and bracket treatment that straightens teeth much sooner than standard issue braces.
In some cases, patients have completed their orthodontic care in as little as 20 weeks.
Not everyone will achieve that, but it’s very common for Fastbraces treatments to be completed in 6 to 8 months.
Another benefit of Fastbraces is that far fewer extractions are involved, and the Fastbraces system corrects interrupted or incomplete eruptions.
Fastbraces technology allows for gentle movement of the roots of the teeth towards their final position from the onset of treatment, achieving root parallelism at the beginning stages, thus completing treatment from three months to around a year.
The advantages of Fastbraces treatments are:
• Shorter time having braces on
• Often cheaper than conventional braces
• Fixes teeth that are chipped or worn down due to wear
Should you decide for a Fastbraces treatment, Bradley Wood Dentists recommend you call us and book a free no obligation consultation on 033557890.
Your concerns can then be discussed, and you will be given an idea on how long your treatment will take, and how much it may cost to have that beautiful smile.
At one Christchurch dental clinic, dentistry has evolved to a technology-driven art from. Metropol catches up with trailblazing holistic dentist Dr David Kao from Christchurch Boutique Dental about his craft.
WHAT IS HOLISTIC DENTISTRY?
“Holistic dentistry is how I describe our philosophy. It’s a balanced approach, we consider the whole form and function of a client’s teeth, jaw and face to inform what we do.
“Not only do we apply our knowledge of the medical science behind dentistry, but we use cutting-edge technology and our specialist expertise so our work not only improves oral health, but it gives clients a precise and natural cosmetic result, too.”
TELL US ABOUT YOUR USE OF A MICROSCOPE IN YOUR WORK.
“We use cutting-edge microscopic technology to deliver design-guided, natural results. The microscope allows us to create results 20 times more precise than the naked human eye can register, whether that’s sealing a root canal, perfecting a crown, bridge or veneer, or grafting tissue.
“We also use digital photo and video scanning and modelling technology for everything from modelling tooth implants to cosmetic smile design.”
WHAT KIND OF TREATMENTS DO BOUTIQUE DENTAL DO?
“We know the connection between facial aesthetics and dentistry performance is important. So, as well as a full range of dental procedures – fillings, crowns, bridges, periodontal, root canals, gum and oral surgery, and implants – we also offer cosmetic dentistry including Invisalign, digital smile design, teeth whitening, veneers, dermal fillers and Botox.”
Find Christchurch Boutique Dental at 105 Wainui Street, Riccarton Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm. Phone (03) 925 9929. www.boutiquedental.co.nz
We have finally moved into Level 2 and we think that is something worth smiling about. Make sure that smile is your finest, by visiting the team at Merivale Denture Clinic.
The clinic offers top-of-the-line services and “Combines the best of both worlds with the latest and most advanced technology with traditional methods of artistry, to produce custom dentures unique to each individual client. These are functional yet aesthetically pleasing,” Senior Clinician, Thomas Gu says.
And it always helps to have a friendly face and welcoming smile like Tom’s in the clinic, which is supported by more than 15 years of experience at the University of Otago’s Faculty of Dentistry and private practices.
Merivale Denture Clinic is excited to announce they now have the latest state-of-the-art technology with an E4 digital scanner, Asiga 3D printer and world renowned 3shape computer aided design software to design intra oral prosthesis with computer aided accuracy.
What a great way to ensure that every client is getting the best service and product on the market.
To book a complimentary, obligation-free consultation, phone 03 355 4704.
It’s an all too common misapprehension that those with dentures have an easier time of it than those with natural teeth. This is because they look just as good as natural teeth and because they generally last around five to ten years. This leads to a “wear ‘em and forget about ‘em” belief around dentures that, however good it sounds, is not the reality.
Just like natural teeth, dentures come with problems too and these can only be picked up by maintaining regular denture check-ups.
Dentures Plus owner Ryan Carlton recommends at least every two years, but if there are natural teeth as well, then every year.
A regular denture problem can be ill-fitting dentures, which can cause soreness and ulcers, and make eating difficult.
Visual checks for possible oral cancers and other abnormalities are also carried out in check-ups.
As with natural teeth, the cleaner the denture is, the easier it is to maintain oral health.
Dentures need to be cleaned daily with a denture toothpaste and brush to help reduce bacteria in the mouth, as well as to tackle stains, plaque and tartar that can accumulate on dentures.
Caldent Denture Cleaner can effectively remove years of stains and built up plaque and tartar deposits.
It’s very popular with Dentures Plus clientele, with beneficial results showing in a few days, Dentures Plus are highly experienced dental professionals committed to providing the best quality service in dentures maintenance and oral health.
Find Dentures Plus at 396 Innes Road, phone 03 385 5517.
What is your choice? In what areas do you place value? What is important to you? Do you think about the future? What will your life look like in 10-15 years? Will your health be a priority? What are the chances that you will regret the decisions you make now when the future comes? Will you be discouraged that you did not do more to prevent ill health?
According to Jiljane Delaney from Simply Smiles, oral health is vital for general health.
“What you do about it today and where you spend your money and time are likely predictors of your future,” she says.
“We are told that the way we look is important. Our smile says a lot, but I have seen how getting older and having oral hygiene problems can be devastating to our health.
“Life is too short to mess around with health!”
Jiljane’s top three tips to be proactive and preventive in oral hygiene:
Find a coach for your dental health
Consider what you put into your mouth and body
Get your teeth and gums into shape
As part of its core values, the team at Simply Smiles coaches patients to better long-term health.
Do not settle for dental cleaning without coaching.
“There are exciting things happening in the world of dentures. We’ve really embraced the digital age and its associated technology. ”
Ryan Carlton of Dentures Plus has recently been to IDS, the leading global trade fair of the dental industry in Cologne, Germany. “IDS presents the most important concepts and advances for the practices and laboratories of today and tomorrow. I was looking in particular at 3D printing of dentures.“
Ryan says that 3D printing of dental appliances is not only accurate, but it is quick, helps to streamline the making of high quality polymer-based dentures and is far less messy than creating plaster models. It also reduces the amount of material required and is a rather more pleasant experience for patients.
“As 3D printer techology becomes more accessible, the cost of use is also going down. I have been waiting for an all-in-one system that covers virtually the whole process and that is now available from a company called Kulzer. My patients can look forward to 3D printed dentures when I introduce the technique over the next few months. It will be great for them and stimulating for me as well.“
Dentures Plus is located at 396 Innes Road, phone 03 385 5517. Opening hours are Monday to Thursday 8am to 5pm and on Friday 8am to 2pm.