Dental hygiene is the area of dentistry that focuses primarily on the prevention of oral disease and the maintenance of dental health for your teeth and gums. Good oral care habits need to be implemented from childhood and are the foundation to lifelong healthy teeth and gums. Dr. Verteouris is highly trained in this area to provide you with the following services:
- Adult and Children’s Oral Health Education
- Smile For Life Programme
- Treatment of Gum Disease
- Prevention of Tooth Decay
- Fissure Sealant Treatments for Children
- Bad Breath Treatments
- Individual Oral Hygiene Care
- Scale and Polish
Every year, millions of people end up at their dentist requiring treatment for tooth decay and gum disease. With good dental education and a regular oral hygiene routine, many of these conditions and the suffering they cause can be prevented.
Campus Dental brings to you the very latest way to whiten your teeth. We all want to look our best and a brighter, whiter smile can do so much to enhance your appearance. You can whiten your teeth by up to 10 shades in a single appointment taking about 1 hour, allowing you to smile with confidence.
There are many different causes of tooth discoloration. These include ageing, coffee, tea, red wine, tobacco, and certain types of medication, such as tetracycline. All of these can contribute to your teeth not looking as bright as they once did or you would like. At Campus Dental we have introduced to our surgery the latest whitening system; Pola White is the quickest and safest way of achieving an instantly brighter smile in little over an hour. Lay back, relax, and listen to music and in around one hour, Pola White will remove years of tea, cola and coffee stains, leaving you with naturally white teeth!
White Fillings (Composite Resin)
There is a growing concern about the safety of mercury (silver/black) fillings also called amalgam. With today’s technology, white fillings are replacing amalgam fillings. These can easily endure the stress required to serve as a filling in a back tooth. Here at Campus Dental, we are able to remove the amalgam from your teeth in a safe and controlled environment and replace it with composite resin. The tooth looks more natural and beautiful after removing the amalgam and replacing it with a white filling. Besides looking better, this tooth is now more resistant to fracture.
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on achieving natural looking teeth that maintain their strength. Inlays/onlays are made of ceramic material; they are incredibly strong and are manufactured in a dental laboratory to precise specifications to ensure an exact fit with you tooth. They are generally used when more than 40% of the tooth structure is lost. These restorations match the colour of your natural teeth and when bonded to the tooth increase its strength.
Endodontics: Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment may be required when the tooth becomes painful, tender to bite on, is particularly sensitive to heat and cold, or may have an obvious large cavity, which extends into the nerve of the tooth or suddenly becomes dark in colour. Sometimes the pulp of the tooth will die without causing any noticeable pain. Other times the face may become swollen.
Dr. Verteouris recommends root canal treatment to save the damaged tooth by cleaning out the diseased pulp and reshaping the canals. The soft tissue within the tooth contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. Years ago, teeth with a diseased or injured pulp were removed. Today, through advances in dental treatments and technology, root canal treatment enables Dr Verteouris a safe and comfortable way of saving and restoring the tooth, which is always a more preferable option than removal.
A root canal is usually a simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving three visits to the dentist. A crown is recommended after root canal treatment to support the remaining tooth structure. Most patients report that having root canal treatment today is as unobtrusive as getting a filling. The best news is that it can save your tooth and your smile!
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are used to restore damaged teeth. A crown covers a tooth and mimics the shape, size and colour of the surrounding teeth. Crowns are widely used and placed to protect teeth that have undergone root canal treatment, provide extra support for bridges and to cover poorly shaped or discoloured teeth.
Bridges replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of an artificial tooth anchored to the natural teeth on each side of the gap. Bridges prevent the adjacent and opposing teeth from moving or shifting in the mouth. Bridges improve appearance, prevent placing extra stress that may cause damage to other teeth, maintain the natural bite and improve chewing ability.
Crowns and bridges are usually made from porcelain fused with metal. They are custom-made in a dental laboratory and fitted for each patient in conformation with the patient’s bite, and the size and length of the natural teeth.
Porcelain Veneers are a fantastic way to improve the appearance of front teeth. Porcelain veneers enable you to whiten your teeth, close spaces, cover chips and create a great smile. Porcelain Veneers can be an alternative to orthodontics as they can reshape and accomplish minor realignment of your teeth.
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth coloured porcelain shells carefully crafted and placed over the front of unsightly teeth. Porcelain is a hard, wear-resistant, non-porous material that mimics natural tooth enamel and keeps its appearance longer than tooth coloured resins. Veneers may just be the solution you’ve been looking for to change the appearance of your smile and dramatically enhance your confidence.
Bruxism: Teeth Grinding
Do you often wake up with a dull headache or a sore jaw? Do you sometimes find yourself clenching your teeth? You may not realise that you have a condition called 'bruxism', a habit of grinding or clenching the teeth. Many people are unaware they grind their teeth because they do it while they sleep. Bruxism often occurs in the early part of the night and can disturb sleep partners as the clenching and grinding may be quite audible.
People who grind or clench their teeth may wake with a headache, earache or toothache. Their facial muscles may be sore and the jaw joints tender. Besides causing discomfort, grinding can eventually damage dental restorations and may loosen teeth. Bruxism also can cause damage to the temporomandibular joints - the joints on each side of the mouth that connect the lower jaw to the skull. The pressure from clenching and grinding can cause cracks or fractures in the teeth. As the tooth enamel is worn away, the underlying dentine may be exposed, this causes the tooth to become sensitive to temperature changes and pressure.
At Campus Dental we treat grinding with a night-guard that can be worn while sleeping. Custom-made from acrylic material with soft lining to fit your teeth, the night-guard relieves some of the pressure of grinding and clenching.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full mouth reconstruction utilises a number of dental procedures to correct an improper bite position as well as worn down, chipped and broken teeth.
Full mouth reconstruction can improve the appearance of teeth, improve functionality of teeth and alleviate various headache, neck ache and neuromuscular problems associated with improper jaw position.
Campus Dental is a modern dental practice which aspires to help you maintain your natural teeth for life! Full mouth reconstruction is a means through which, Dr. Verteouris can regain your general wellbeing and boost your confidence. Whether you require teeth whitening, veneers, inlays/onlays, crowns, bridges or a combination of different modalities, we can help change your life with a new smile designed just for you.