At Refresh Dental Spa, we value your smile, so we have a range of restorative treatments to enhance and rejuvenate your pearly whites.
Investing in your smile can be seen as an investment in your entire life, with dividends paid to lovers, friends and strangers alike. The most unique and personal trait you have is your smile, which is why we take the time to consider all your features, to ensure your smile is a true reflection of you.
Restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry is the integration of a vast array of dental disciplines, which enables our team to provide you with more natural looking and stronger treatment solutions for a flawless smile, enhancing your self-esteem and giving you more confidence socially and professionally.
Our range of restorative treatments include:
Crowns and Bridges
Here at Refresh Dental Spa in Brisbane we provide porcelain crowns as a permanent solution to severely damaged, decayed, weakened or aesthetically displeasing teeth. This can be due to:
- Large fillings
- Ageing (including chips and cracks)
- Worn enamel and tooth structure (due to grinding/bruxism)
- Misaligned Bite
- Poor Oral Hygiene
- Root Canal Therapy
A Crown (or a cap) is a tooth like covering that is placed over a carefully prepared existing tooth. The prosthetic fixture will help to strengthen, protect and improve the appearance of a damaged tooth. Here at Refresh Dental Spa we used advanced procedures which mean that you don’t have to wait two weeks for your crown.
A bridge is a device that is secured to surrounding teeth via crowns, and can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. This treatment will restore lost teeth, support remaining teeth and help keep teeth in proper position and alignment. This treatment is ideal for patients who:
- Are missing one tooth with two existing teeth next to the missing tooth hole
- Do not wish to receive a dental implant
- Have one or more missing teeth in the one area of the mouth
It is important to note that bridges are only a viable treatment option if there are some surrounding natural teeth that remain. If you do not have existing teeth next to the void left by a missing tooth then a dental implant may be used as either a support for a bridge, or as the singular replacement option. A dental implant supported bridge may be recommended if you have multiple missing teeth in the one area.
Crown and Bridge Construction
In order to create a crown or bridge that will be specifically made for your teeth, a mould or cast must be taken so that the tooth coloured crown will fit cohesively with your existing teeth structures. This will involve the use of a special dental putty which will be pressed against your teeth. This can then be used in a laboratory to create your prosthetic restorations. This is the best way to create custom restorations that fit seamlessly with your natural teeth. In the event that a bridge is replacing a missing tooth, a realistic prosthetic tooth will be created.
After your crown or bridge has been created you will be required to visit your dentist at Refresh Dental Spa so that it can be secured. This will involve the use of a special bonding material that will ensure your restoration will last for as long as possible.
If you think you may require a crown or a bridge please visit Refresh Dental Spa in Brisbane, which is conveniently located on Queen Street.
Dental implants are considered to be the most significant development in modern dentistry.
They have revolutionised the way dentists can treat tooth loss – as they have the ability to integrate fully into the jawbone, creating a permanent, solid foundation for prosthetic teeth.
Why replace missing teeth?
Apart from aesthetic reasons, it is paramount to replace missing teeth before their absence causes:
- Degeneration of jawbone density
- Gum problems
- Existing teeth to migrate
The benefits of dental implants…
Dental Implants mimic the performance of natural teeth better than any other treatment. Implants can dramatically improve the patient’s ability to eat and speak, and retain the integrity of the entire jawbone and surrounding teeth. Best of all, dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss.
How Dental Implants Work
Titanium posts are inserted into the jawbone in the exact position where teeth are missing. Over time the bone integrates with the implant, creating a solid, permanent foundation. This process is known as osseointegration. Abutment posts or connectors are then attached to these implants, which emerge from the gum tissue and create a support for prosthetic teeth.
The Procedure- Co-ordinated with an accredited Implant surgeon
- Titanium implants are surgically placed into the jawbone by the surgeon, and then left for approximately three months to allow the bone to fuse to the implant.
- Once the implants are integrated into the jaw bone, the surgeon will uncover the implants and attach a tiny healing collar. The dentist will then take an impression. Following this, abutment posts are attached to these implants.
- Replacement teeth can now be attached to these abutment posts, providing a strong permanent prosthetic tooth that performs like natural teeth.
We can replace amalgam fillings
Traditionally, unsightly amalgam fillings (or silver fillings) were used to restore decayed teeth or cavities, and is a strong and durable filling material. Unfortunately, amalgam fillings are made of an alloy that contains 50% mercury, and these fillings leak small amounts of mercury vapour when patients chew and place added pressure on their teeth.
If you have existing amalgam fillings that you are worried about, we can replace these with our modern composite filling material.
At Refresh Dental Spa, we use a completely safe composite filling material
This material contains zero mercury, and unlike metallic amalgam fillings it is the same colour as your natural tooth. Our composite filling material can create a stronger bond with the natural tooth, and as it is a highly malleable product, more of your natural tooth structure can be retained. Unlike metallic fillings, our composite fillings do not expand or contract with temperature changes that occur when consuming hot and cold foods – eliminating the possibility of further fracturing of the filled tooth or the filling becoming loose and lost.
Our composite material can be used in both restorative and cosmetic procedures.
Innovative dental techniques enable these composite materials to not only restore teeth with decay, they can also be used to change the colour of teeth or reshape uneven teeth. These cosmetic restorations enhance a natural looking beautiful smile.
We have the latest filling technology to save you time and money in the dental chair
Our Sonic Fill technology allows our dentists to bulk fill cavities and restorations faster than ever before. With Sonic Fill you receive a tailored natural-looking restoration, with the strength and durability you have come to expect – in much less time.
The longevity of your composite restoration will depend on your oral care routine. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day will ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy and your filling lasts for many years.
Inlays and onlays are similar to fillings, although they require restoring a larger tooth area. An inlay is utilised for the restoration of back teeth, and is placed in the indented surface to repair a tooth with minor decay or a small fracture. An onlay is used to repair a tooth with more extensive decay or a larger filling and covers one of several tooth cusps.
Many of our patients are choosing to replace their existing fillings with either an inlay or onlay to recapture their classic smile. Created with precision in a dental laboratory from high-grade porcelain, inlays and onlays are a much more conservative treatment option than a full crown, and require less natural tooth structure to be removed during preparation.
A denture is a removable dental device that can be used to replace missing teeth and the surrounding oral tissue.
Dentures resemble natural teeth and can enhance both the function and aesthetic appearance of your smile by replacing missing teeth. Here at Refresh Dental Spa in Brisbane dentures are available in two forms: complete and partial dentures.
- Complete dentures are used when all of a patient’s teeth are missing.
- Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
What are dentures?
Dentures consist of replacement prosthetic teeth attached to a gum coloured plastic base, which is held in place by a metal frame. Dentures are a highly viable treatment option for those with a few remaining natural teeth, as the denture prevents these teeth from changing position.
Will my smile still look natural?
In order to create your custom dentures we will take into consideration your specific jaw size, the colour and shape of your existing teeth and any other individual needs or desires that you require. We will then construct your dentures in an advanced laboratory using the highest quality porcelain materials for a realistic appearance and fully functional smile. Your dentist at Refresh Dental Spa will walk you through how to insert your dentures and secure them so that you can enjoy every day without a worry and with a beautiful smile.
Why should I replace my missing teeth?
The natural shifting of teeth can occur as the teeth and jaw bone support one other and maintain the shape and position of tooth fixtures. This is why it’s important to replace missing teeth and fill in any void within the mouth, as your teeth will move to fill the gap which can result in a weak jaw and more unwanted gaps. It’s important to know that your teeth are what maintain the density and strength of your jaw bone, and your jaw bone is also what maintains the position of your teeth.
You may experience a slight adjustment period when you first use dentures
This can include:
- Feelings of discomfort while the oral muscles learn to keep the dentures in place
- Minor soreness and irritation experienced in the mouth
- Increased production of saliva
- Difficulty adjusting to eating with dentures
- Impaired speech when pronouncing certain words
If you do experience difficulty eating with your new dentures we recommend beginning by eating small pieces of soft food and avoiding chewing gum or using toothpicks until you are fully acclimatised to wearing dentures. You will eventually get used to it and feel confident when speaking, chewing and smiling.
Visit our helpful team today to regain a beautiful smile.
Our restorative and cosmetic dental procedures are tailored to not only revive the aesthetic of your smile, but also improve your oral function. Prior to the commencement of any treatment procedure, we will discuss with you in detail your options and expected outcomes, so you can make informed decisions regarding every facet of your treatment.