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At our practice, our goal with general dentistry is to preserve the natural teeth by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions. Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in our practice by the efforts of our dentists and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health.
Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth. Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.
Even if you brush and floss conscientiously, regular hygiene appointments are essential. The oral cavity is more intimately connected to wellness than possibly any other body part. Oral problems can be an indicator of systemic disease. Conversely, dental issues can contribute to other serious problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and dementia. Teeth cleaning complements your daily regimen, helping to keep your mouth disease-free. Checkups give Dr Serfontein a chance to detect potential problems early, when they can be corrected efficiently and economically, with the least discomfort. Teeth feel smooth and clean, and your smile looks bright, too.
When it comes to filling a cavity, the traditional methods often require the use of gold or metal alloys. These fillings can be very visible when talking or smiling, which can lead to embarrassment or self-consciousness. If you have a cavity that needs to be refilled or you need to repair a cavity, metal free fillings can provide you with a lasting and more attractive option. Nearly invisible, metal free fillings are almost as strong as your natural tooth enamel and are long-lasting. The colour camouflages perfectly to the colour of your teeth, so you don’t have to worry about anyone noticing the filling.
At our practice, we are dedicated to providing metal free fillings so that all of our clients can have Hollywood Smiles.
Composite fillings are utilized to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, small cracks or fractures. In order to fill the tooth, the decayed portion of the tooth will need to be removed. Composite fillings can be coloured to matched adjacent natural teeth, so your smile looks 100% natural.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may need to be replaced at some point. Dental fillings are very durable and have been known to last many years. This procedure can be done in as quick as one dental appointment and can help restore your tooth to its original shape and function.
The incidence of tooth decay has significantly diminished over the years due to the use of fluorides and an increase in patient awareness. However, teeth are still susceptible to decay, infection, and breakage and sometimes need to be restored back to health. Through improved techniques and modern technology, we are now able to offer more options for restoring a tooth back to its normal shape, appearance and function.
Root canal therapy brings immediate relief of discomfort caused by infection and inflammation at the centre of a tooth. At the core of each tooth is a chamber that houses vascular tissues, providing blood supply to the tooth. Pulp and nerves extend deep into the roots of teeth. When a tooth is decayed, cracked, or otherwise damaged, oral pathogens find their way into the pulp chamber. The resulting infection creates pressure within the tooth and inflames nerves. Root canal therapy involves opening the tooth and removing the damaged structure. Pulp and nerves are eliminated, and empty canals are cleaned. The pulp chamber is sealed, and the tooth is protected with a strong porcelain crown. In the end, you will be left with a tooth that is not only free of decayed nerves but also pain! Once you have completed your root canal, you may want to consult with our phenomenal dentists about taking the next step toward restoration.