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Dental implantation

Dental implants (6)

Dental implants (6)

Today there are numerous methods for the replacement of missing teeth, and those supported by dental implants constitute today’s state of the art. What exactly is a dental implant? A dental implant is a titanium screw implanted in the site of edentulism, functioning...

Tooth replacements intended for implants

Tooth replacements intended for implants

Implant-retained tooth replacements fall into two big categories: fixed and removable tooth replacements. Within these categories various solutions exist and our colleagues seek to offer a customised solution best suited to the relevant case. Fixed tooth replacements...

Dental surgery

Edentulism restored by means of implants Part 2 Sinus lift

Edentulism restored by means of implants Part 2 Sinus lift

Often bone width at the site of the upper molars is sufficient but bone height is inadequate for the instalment of implants. Such instances call for a sinus lift. This is a special maxillofacial surgery in the course of which a window is cut into the wall of the...

Conscious sedation (12)

Conscious sedation (12)

Today conscious sedation is gaining an increasing foothold in dentistry and other medical disciplines. This service is increasingly popular at our clinic with patients fearing dental interventions, the environment and the dentist (aka dentophobia). Although today most...

Cement retained crowns and bridges on implants

Case presentation (30)

Case presentation (30)

A female patient, 55 reported to our clinic with the following complaints: Tooth sensitivity and loose teeth She was looking to have her rear teeth replaced which were extracted long ago She was prepared to have all her teeth removed, but wherever possible she desired...

Screw-retained implant bridges and crowns

Tooth extraction, bone graft (sinus lift), implant surgery, screw-retained implant fabricated with CAD CAM technology, metal-ceramic crown (Case presentation) (39)

Tooth extraction, bone graft (sinus lift), implant surgery, screw-retained implant fabricated with CAD CAM technology, metal-ceramic crown (Case presentation) (39)

Our patient aged 66 reported to our clinic with the following requests: His front left root canal treated tooth had chipped off. He sought to have an overall assessment of his teeth and existing implants He desired to have the required treatments done. Should a tooth...

Removal of infected teeth, dental implant surgery, fabrication of metal-ceramic crowns, screw-retained metal-ceramic crowns borne by implants (Case presentation) (71)

Removal of infected teeth, dental implant surgery, fabrication of metal-ceramic crowns, screw-retained metal-ceramic crowns borne by implants (Case presentation) (71)

Treatment phase III – the fabrication of permanent metal ceramic crowns and bridges for natural teeth and implants Male patient aged 55 Antecedents: Professional tartar removal and teeth polishing was performed due to a massive pile-up of sub and supragingival tartar....

Tooth extraction, bone graft (sinus lift), implant surgery, screw-retained implant fabricated with CAD CAM technology, metal-ceramic crown (Case presentation) (no. 39)

Tooth extraction, bone graft (sinus lift), implant surgery, screw-retained implant fabricated with CAD CAM technology, metal-ceramic crown (Case presentation) (no. 39)

Our patient aged 66 reported to our clinic with the following requests: His front left root canal treated tooth had chipped off. He sought to have an overall assessment of his teeth and existing implants He desired to have the required treatments done. Should a tooth...

Screw-retained implant crowns

Screw-retained implant crowns

What are screw-retained implant crowns? Screw-retained implant crowns are crowns jointly anchored with their abutments in the implant (artificial root canal) by means of a through bolt, unlike cement-retained crowns, which are glued onto the abutments, which in turn...

Overdentures retained by retention bars

Full treatment – Periodontal disease, tooth extractions, rehabilitation of the oral cavity, installation of implants, preparation of a bar denture and a full-arch denture (false teeth) (Case presentation) (55)

Full treatment – Periodontal disease, tooth extractions, rehabilitation of the oral cavity, installation of implants, preparation of a bar denture and a full-arch denture (false teeth) (Case presentation) (55)

Our male patient aged 62 reported to our clinic with the following complaints: He had not reported for a dental check-up in years and suspected a problem with his old bridges. Some of his teeth were sensitive while others were decidedly sore on bite. He felt the...

Metal ceramic crowns on teeth

Zircon crowns on teeth

All-round functional and aesthetic rehabilitation Restoration of edentulisms and discoloration due to tetracycline and elimination of gaps between teeth (diastemata) with zirconia crowns (Case presentation) (64)

All-round functional and aesthetic rehabilitation Restoration of edentulisms and discoloration due to tetracycline and elimination of gaps between teeth (diastemata) with zirconia crowns (Case presentation) (64)

Male patient in his forties reported to our clinic with the following complaints: He was greatly disturbed by the deteriorated aesthetics of his teeth. He did not dare to smile in company due to the greyish-yellowish colour of his teeth. He wanted to have the gaps...

Full-arch zirconia bridge (Case presentation) (31)

Full-arch zirconia bridge (Case presentation) (31)

A female patient reported to our clinic with the following requests: She wanted an aesthetic solution for the replacement of her old metal-ceramic crowns. She was seeking to have her missing teeth replaced in order to restore masticatory function. Aesthetic results...

E.max crowns

Combined dentures

Combined dentures (50) (Case presentation)

Combined dentures (50) (Case presentation)

A lady patient in her sixties presented to our clinic with the following complaints and questions: Her worn and chipped teeth had become a bit of a nuisance compromising her self-esteem. She wanted to have her missing molars and premolars replaced to restore...

Removable dentures

Temporary dentures

Denture reline

The importance of a denture reline

The importance of a denture reline

Tooth loss is followed by extensive bone loss. The jawbone under removable dentures is also in a continuous progress of bone decay. This can be imputed to the following: Missing root canal that would keep the bone fit and slow down bone decay by chewing There is...

Relining an immediate denture (34)

Relining an immediate denture (34)

If the patient has an overdenture and undergoes oral surgery (i.e. tooth extraction, dental implant surgery, bone graft, etc.) they are advised to have their old overdenture (removable denture) to relined.

Periodontal disease

Periodontal splinting of mobile teeth

Periodontal splinting of mobile teeth

With advanced periodontal disease the bone around the teeth gradually resorbs and the gums recede, as a result of which the teeth become increasingly more mobile. Treatment of periodontitis begins with scaling and the purging of pockets. If a great extent of tooth...

Dental hygiene

Using Super Floss

Using Super Floss

For thorough and effective cleaning we may sometimes require additional devices as brushing with a conventional brush is not adequate. Remember that interdental spaces account for roughly 30% of the dental surfaces to be cleaned, which is an area to be reckoned with....

On effective tooth care

On effective tooth care

Brushing should become a matter of daily routine right when our first teeth erupt at a few months of age. But do we actually brush well? Do we clean all required areas? Have we got the proper tooth care products? In the present article we intend to shed light on the...

The interdental brush and its use (81)

The interdental brush and its use (81)

Fortunately, more and more is heard about the importance of using interdental brushes and they are increasingly more frequently available at pharmacies and chemists. At first sight, this little device resembles a kitchen glass roller brush, and it hardly differs from...

The cleaning of fixed tooth restorations – crowns, bridges

The cleaning of fixed tooth restorations – crowns, bridges

Lost teeth should be replaced without delay for various reasons. Missing teeth not only give rise to aesthetic complaints but may also cause masticatory disorders while also overloading the remaining teeth. Not chewing food bits but swallowing them whole leads to...

The importance of regular dental check-ups (42)

The importance of regular dental check-ups (42)

The importance of regular half-yearly and yearly follow-ups and tartar removal cannot be emphasised enough. Problems do not go beyond control if the condition of teeth and implants is monitored continuously and in the event of an issue timely measures are taken....

The cleaning of overdentures (false teeth)

The cleaning of overdentures (false teeth)

Tooth loss can be attributed to a number of reasons such as periodontal disease, accident, neglected oral hygiene, and delay in seeing a dentist with carious teeth. It must be stressed that cleaning an overdenture is as important as cleaning our natural teeth....

The importance of tartar removal or scaling

The importance of tartar removal or scaling

Tartar is crystallised plaque deposited on teeth and tooth replacements that cannot be removed by means of a conventional at-home oral hygiene routine. This deposit is an excellent breeding ground for various bacteria. It first appears in a softer form which hardens...

Oral candidiasis aka oral thrush in infants

Oral candidiasis aka oral thrush in infants

The fungal infection of the oral cavity, also known as oral thrush, is caused by the proliferation of the fungus species Candida albicans, which is present in the mouth, skin and digestive system even under normal circumstances. Patients with depleted or immature...

Fungal infection in patients wearing dentures

Fungal infection in patients wearing dentures

The fungal infection of the oral cavity is caused by the proliferation of the fungus species Candida albicans, also known as oral thrush, which is present in the human body even under normal circumstances. There are factors, however, that cause this fungus to...

Whitening

Information on at-home teeth whitening

Information on at-home teeth whitening

Information on at-home teeth whitening Today there are plenty of teeth whitening methods on offer. At our clinic two methods are applied: at-home whitening by means of whitening splints and LED teeth whitening performed at our clinic by a professional. What are the...

Professional Zoom teeth whitening

Professional Zoom teeth whitening

80% per cent of patients find their yellow teeth disturbing yet feel daunted to inquire about possibilities of teeth whitening with professionals. 75% per cent will even have tried some teeth whitening method but are largely dissatisfied with the results. We are...

About our teeth

Correct oral care during pregnancy

Correct oral care during pregnancy

During pregnancy the female endocrine system undergoes change, which manifests in a number of symptoms in the oral cavity. Progesterone and estrogen may cause the gums to swell and pregnancy gingivitis may develop (mostly in the second trimester) which results in an...

Dental foci

Dental foci

Many of us will have encountered the phenomenon that our doctor is unable to establish the cause of our disease, an existing disease is reluctant to resolve, or following an interim period of healing our complaints reappear, or the treating specialist has no...

Dental phobia

Dental phobia

Fear of the dentist is widely known as dental phobia but several other designations exist, such as odontophobia, or dental fear, dental anxiety, dentist phobia, etc. Dental phobia is not all as rare as one would imagine: it afflicts over 5 % of people. Sometimes the...

Permanent teeth eruption

Permanent teeth eruption

Permanent teeth eruption is the period during which the 20 deciduous teeth are superseded by 32 permanent teeth. The process begins at the age of 6 when, unnoticed even by the parents themselves, the first permanent molars (first molars – tooth number 6) erupt behind...

Teething (10)

Teething (10)

Teething. As parents we are filled with trepidation on hearing the word. Everybody has heard horror stories from friends relating this period. Teething can be very diverse, ranging from sleepless nights to exclamations like “Gosh, she’s got a tooth coming through!...

Complex rehabilitation

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