Learning Resources

WHAT IS ALL-ON-4? The term ‘ALL ON 4’ refers to the placement of all teeth on four strategically placed dental implants, which support them. The implants are placed so that the bone is supported and will grow around the implants, securing them in...
WHAT IS A BROKEN TOOTH? Broken teeth may be the result of large fillings, causing the tooth to become weak. Teeth may also fracture due to grinding and clenching. If a tooth is knocked out completely, it can be saved, though immediate action is...
WHAT IS A CAVITY? A cavity (or decay) is a hole that develops in the tooth due to bacteria. The bacteria produce acid, weakening the surface of the tooth until the outer layer completely collapses or dissolves. WHAT IS A FILLING? A filling...
WHAT IS CEREC? CEREC, or ‘Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics’, is a computer aided dental restoration technology. A CEREC system consists of three components: 1. Acquisition unit: to take a detailed image of the tooth, or...
WHY HAVE REGULAR CHECKS? A regular check up enables your dentist to find and address current oral health and dental issues, discuss planned treatment and prevent more serious issues from developing. This reduces the risk of expensive or extensive...
WHY HAVE COSMETIC PREOCEDURES? Within the first few moments of meeting someone, we make presumptions based on their appearance. Cosmetic procedures often improve self-esteem, as the patient feels more comfortable with the appearance of their...
WHAT IS A CROWN? A crown is an artificial restoration that covers the remaining part of a tooth that has been professionally prepared.  A crown can be constructed using: Porcelain fused to metal: These crowns are not as natural looking...
WHAT IS AN IMPLANT? Technically, the implant itself refers only to the titanium screw. This screw is secured into the jaw, acting as an artificial tooth root. After oral surgery, the biocompatible metals designed to be accepted by the body, fuse...
WHAT ARE DENTURES? Full or complete dentures replace all natural teeth while partial dentures rest on an acrylic or metal framework, and are attached to the remaining natural teeth. WHY HAVE DENTURES? Dentures are used to replace natural...
WHAT ARE THE COMMON FORMS OF GUM DISEASE? The most common forms of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is inflammation that affects only the gums, causing redness, swelling and tenderness. It is reversible though, but may...
WHAT IS HOLISTIC DENTISTRY? Holistic dentistry considers not only dental health but also physical and emotional health. With a holistic approach, the dentist will use the most biocompatible materials available to minimise any adverse effects on...
WHY HAVE ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT? For patients with crooked or abnormally arranged teeth, which can be associated with oral health risks, braces and orthodontics can be used to align the teeth. Braces also work to eliminate any problems that may be...
WHY DO I NEED ROOT CANAL TREATMENT? Root Canal treatments eliminate pain caused by infection in the tooth, allowing the area to remain healthy and for the tooth to be retained for many years. Root Canal treatment may be necessary if the tissue...
WHY SHOULD I WHITEN MY TEETH? Teeth whitening is an effective way to lighten the natural colour of the teeth after staining caused by tea, coffee, some foods and tobacco; as well as general wear and tear. Whitening teeth is a great option for...
WHY DO PEOPLE HAVE TEETH EXTRACTED? As a result of decay, infection or trauma, the tooth may need to be extracted to prevent further health complications. A tooth may also be extracted due to overcrowding of the mouth to prepare for orthodontics...
WHAT IS A TOOTHACHE? A toothache is pain in either the teeth or in supporting structures as a result of dental diseases, or referred pain from non-dental disorders. Reasons for a toothache include: Cracked or fractured tooth Loose or...
WHY HAVE WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTED? Wisdom teeth only require removal if they are causing, or are likely to cause, problems. If the tooth is impacted (partially emerged), food may become trapped around the tooth. This can lead to decay, gum disease...