Mercury Free Dentistry
At i-Care Dental Studio, we choose not use amalgam as a filling material.
There are a wide range of tooth-coloured materials available now that offer the strength, flexibility and durability required to repair or fill a tooth including composite resins and porcelain.
Over time, amalgam can expand and potentially weaken, crack or break the filled tooth. Similarly, it doesn’t take too long before the silver/grey colour of the amalgam filling starts leaching into the tooth’s white enamel exterior, making it dark and unsightly.
Dental amalgam is a mixture of silver and tin plus other metals and then there’s the question mark about the fact that 50% of an amalgam filling is mercury.
Should I have my old amalgam fillings replaced?
The decision to replace your existing amalgam fillings is one that you need to make in consultation with your Dentist. As every procedure has its risks and drawbacks, we usually advocate only doing work that is urgently required.
If your amalgam fillings are worn or broken, it makes sense to have them replaced with new white fillings. Of course, if you feel that your amalgam fillings are contributing to other health problems, or you would like to have them replaced for cosmetic reasons then we will work with you to determine the best course of action.
Removing old amalgam fillings increases the risk of releasing mercury. For this reason we will not undertake such a procedure if you are pregnant.
When removing amalgam fillings, your Dentist will take special protective measures to safeguard you as well as themselves; including use of rubber dam, special tungsten carbide burs and maximum suctioning.
All water used in i-Care Dental Studio’s surgery is filtered via a 5 stage Reverse Osmosis purification process.
We have an amalgam separator fitted into our suction system.This means that we capture most of our amalgam waste instead of it going straight into the water supply. Without an amalgam separator the drilled out amalgam waste would go into the suction then out into the water supply polluting it with Silver, Tin, Copper and Mercury.
Scrap amalgam must be disposed of as hazardous waste.
Regular visits to the dentist combined with healthy diet and good oral hygiene can prevent many a dental problem or at least detect them early. However, dental decay and gum problems do not always arise merely from neglect and eating too much sugar.
At i-Care Dental Studio, we look at the body as a whole and often suggest simple changes and ways for you to take better care of your mouth and health.
As part of our prevention program we offer:
- Oral hygiene instructions
- Professional tooth cleaning
- Dental radiography
- Dietary advice
- Assist in addressing acidity and dry mouth issues
Gum treatment and care
Maintaining healthy gums is important for retaining healthy teeth for life. The condition of your gums impacts on the health of your body and gum disease is linked to numerous conditions such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, risk of stroke, diabetes, fertility issues for women and even premature births. Gum care is often more than simply brushing and flossing twice a day and having regular visits to your dentist.
We understand that it is not only how often you brush your teeth or how long for but the way in which you brush that can make big differences to the condition of your gums. We also recognise that factors such as stress, diet, and lifestyle, quality of sleep, chronic illness, and blood conditions such as anaemia and vitamin deficiencies, medications and so forth can also influence the health of the gums. Gum disease can be controlled or slowed down by regular professional dental cleaning and scaling which remove the build-up of plaque and tartar (called calculus within the profession). This then needs to be maintained with good oral hygiene; brushing and flossing and the use of a non-alcohol based mouthwash.
Tooth coloured bonded fillings
Teeth require to be filled when they become decayed or when they have been damaged, chipped, cracked or broken. As we are an amalgam free and mercury free dental practice we only use the highest quality tooth coloured composite resin fillings or porcelain restorations.
Composite resin contains no heavy metals and allows us to restore your teeth to a natural looking appearance.
Crowns and bridges
A crown is like a porcelain cover that can be used to protect a heavily filled tooth from breakage or rebuild a tooth that is so broken down that it would not be possible to restore the tooth with filling material alone.
A bridge, which is also made from porcelain, is a way of replacing a missing tooth by utilising the two teeth next to the space to act as anchor/support teeth for the false tooth rather than having a denture. A bridge is permanently fixed in place and does not need to be taken out. Crowns and bridges can also be used to improve appearance as well as form and function.
All our porcelain work is carried out here in Australia and is certified to guarantee the quality and safety of materials used.
When many teeth are lost or extracted, false teeth (a denture) may have to be fitted to maintain normal chewing, bite (occlusion), speech and the appearance of the upper and lower jaws.
Types of dentures:
- Partial Denture: A partial denture is made to fill the space left by a few missing teeth. To hold the partial denture in position, clasps are used to secure the denture to nearby natural teeth.
- Full Denture: A full denture is made when all the natural teeth are missing. It is fitted to replace the upper teeth, lower teeth, or both.
- Immediate Denture: The dentist inserts an immediate denture at the same appointment as the teeth are extracted. The advantage is that the patient avoids a period without teeth.
- Over-denture: An over-denture is a denture that fits:
- Over the top of remaining teeth
- Over tooth roots that have had root canal treatment, or
- By attachment to dental implants.
Remaining teeth or dental implants act as anchors to secure it in place.
Dentures can be made of acrylic or metal. We will advise you about the best material for you.
After some time, the denture may feel loose and awkward. We can adjust the fit. This is done by placing an inner lining in the denture. Several adjustments may be required before the final fit is satisfactory for the longer term.
Dental Implants are an ideal solution to replace one or more missing teeth.
Why choose dental implants?
- Experience a tight, secure restoration – as the prostheses adheres to the jaw structure
- Eliminate the discomfort of loose-fitting dentures
- Encourage the preservation of natural jaw bone and facial composition
- Preserve neighbouring teeth from shifting or grinding against one another
- Ensure smile confidence with a full-set of teeth
- Improve speech
- Chew and eat as you would naturally
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants mimic the form and function of natural teeth. They consist of a post or screw made from biocompatible material (such as titanium or ceramic) that’s placed into the jawbone to create a permanent new root.
A surgical procedure (similar to that used for an extraction) is used to bury the implant into the jaw bone. The post fuses with the living bone and after three to six months is sufficiently integrated with the bone to be able to support the new tooth, which is held in place by a screw inside the post (called an abutment).
Wisdom teeth management
Wisdom, teeth (also called “third-molars”) usually do not push through the gums until people are in their late teens, twenties, or even older. Wisdom teeth are usually the last teeth to come through the gums.
Some impacted wisdom teeth remain in place and cause no trouble. However, other impacted wisdom teeth may cause severe problems. If one (or more) of your wisdom teeth causes problems, your dentist may recommend that it be removed. Removal of a wisdom tooth is a very common procedure. Removal of troublesome wisdom teeth should usually be done as soon as possible before the problems get worse.
If your wisdom teeth are likely to be very difficult or complicated to remove, we may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to remove the teeth.
Root Canal treatment
Root canal treatment is a series of dental procedures that are used to treat the damaged or infected pulp of an injured or unhealthy tooth. The aim of this procedure is to stop the pain and infection from spreading and saving the tooth. The only option other than to have root canal treatment is to have the tooth removed. In some cases, especially when an infected tooth hasn’t been treated in time, that might be the only option.
At i-Care Dental Studio, we always look at the potential impact of any procedure on your total well-being. If we believe that removal of an infected tooth will lead to better long-term health outcomes, we will fully discuss this option with you. Depending on the position of the tooth, it may need to be replaced with a denture, bridge or implant.
There are many different causes of nerve damage that can lead to the initial infection or irritation. These include when the tooth’s enamel and dentine has been worn down from habitual tooth grinding, irritation to the nerve caused by deep decay or a very large filling, trauma, such as a physical blow to a tooth and as a result of severe gum disease.
Porcelain crowns and veneers
Dental veneers (also known as porcelain veneers or composite veneers) are thin tooth-coloured translucent porcelain or composite resin shells that are custom made and carefully bonded to the front surface of a tooth.
Porcelain veneers can last for 10 to 15 years or longer. They can improve your dental health and provide you with natural looking teeth, and are used to correct problems such as: broken or chipped teeth, gaps between teeth, poorly shaped or crooked teeth, or stained teeth.
Dental veneers are only applied to front teeth, and involves removing a small amount of the tooth surface hence it can only be performed on healthy teeth.
The following are some examples of when dental veneers would not work:
- If you have dental decay or active gum disease, we would need to treat this before we can proceed with fabricating and fitting dental veneers.
- If the tooth has been weakened, such as when a significant portion is missing or has been replaced by a large filling, it might not be strong enough to support a dental veneer and still function properly.
- Because dental veneers are bonded to your tooth enamel, we may not be able to fit them if the tooth has been badly damaged and there is not enough enamel left on the tooth.
- If you habitually clench or grind your teeth, this might cause the veneers to chip or break.
- If you have an overbite or under bite, or if your teeth are misaligned, you need the appropriate orthodontic treatment, not a cosmetic solution.
Teeth whitening – Take Home Only
There are a number of teeth whitening options available today, with a tailor-made home whitening kit being one solution that your dentist can offer to help brighten and improve your smile.
The take home kit is an alternative to getting in-chair treatment, allowing you to achieve whitening results from the convenience of your home.
What Does Take Home Whitening Involve?
At i-Care Dental Studio, the whitening procedure involves us taking an impression of your teeth and creating a custom moulded tray to ensure good fit and comfort for your teeth.
The bleaching solution will be issued and we will then proceed to show you how to use the kit.
Home Whitening takes between seven to fourteen days using overnight or 90min/day applications.
We will also make sure to keep a record of your teeth prior to treatment to compare the results following the use of the take home kit.