General dentistry is one of the most important areas of our practice. Although our cosmetic procedures often attract the most attention, our general dentistry keeps our patients healthy and happy. We thoroughly examine each patient during each appointment, making sure we catch small problems before they turn into bigger ones. This philosophy of prevention lets our patients avoid costly and painful procedures that would be necessary later. Our practice is also known for the gentleness with which we are able to do procedures and the soothing atmosphere of our office.
Skilled in a wide range of treatments, the staff at Smilemakers can perform a variety of procedures to maintain the dental health of each patient. This includes our gentle scheduled cleanings, plus tooth removal and periodontal care. These procedures are essential for maintaining a healthy mouth and, simple as they may be, they can prevent many problems. In addition, our team can replace unsightly silver fillings with tooth-coloured ceramic ones, making them virtually unnoticeable. We also offer advanced gum disease therapy and cavity treatments. With state-of-the-art facilities, we are able to provide exceptional general and family dentistry.
We are an amalgam-free practice. Smaller fillings are done in composite resin - a tooth coloured material which matches the teeth - so no mercury! We also have special tooth coloured fillings used for children's teeth and teeth with a high risk of decay.
CEREC stands for CEramic REConstruction, which is a ceramic dental restoration product that allows your dentist to restore your tooth in one appointment. Cerec uses the most advanced dental technology, including 3D imaging and CAD/CAM technology to create the crown. In simple terms, it is a computer designed restoration for your tooth. The whole procedure takes between one-two hours and can be completed in one sitting.
Cerec crowns are strong and durable, and can even be color matched to surrounding teeth, so that they are less noticeable.
Please refer to our Technology page for further information.
Root Canal Treatment (Endodontics) is about saving teeth, rather than extracting teeth. With modern techniques, we are able to save damaged teeth more than 90% of the time. A tooth will need root canal therapy when a damaged or diseased tooth will not heal and infection will spread around the bone. The good news is that root canal treatment has changed since those early primitive times. Now, with little discomfort, a "root canal" can be done easily with the advancement of new technology.
For those patients with one or more missing teeth, we can restore the balance of your smile very effectively with bridge treatments. A bridge is a prosthetic device that is anchored to neighbouring teeth, and replaces the missing tooth or teeth. When a lost tooth is replaced with bridgework, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are prepared as crowns in order to hold the prosthetic in place. With bridge treatments, smiles showing gaps from missing teeth can be restored to their natural state.
Essentially, a crown is a “cap” which is fitted over an existing tooth to strengthen, restore or improve its appearance. In many cases, patients with insufficient tooth structure have crowns placed instead of a restoration. Additionally, we use crowns to strengthen a tooth in order to accommodate the attachment of a fixed bridge.
Many of our patients suffering problems such as discoloured, crooked or mal-positioned teeth, have enjoyed incredible results with porcelain veneers. By using a porcelain compound, which is added to the tooth in a number of very fine layers, the appearance of a tooth can be significantly improved. Patients often experience a renewed level of self-confidence when transforming their smile so dramatically.
We can make custom fitted mouth guards that offer far more protection and comfort than standard varieties. Given standard mouth guards don’t fit as accurately as custom-made ones, they are often uncomfortable and can interfere with an athlete's breathing and speaking ability. In addition to a greater level of protection and comfort we can also offer customised team names and colours!
At Smilemakers we have two types of tooth whitening. Home whitening is done using custom fitted trays made in-house into which the patient applies the whitening gel at home for 30 minutes per day for 2-3 weeks. This will achieve a good result in 2-3 weeks. Older patients and people with heavily discoloured teeth may need to whiten over a longer period of time. We can also do in-house whitening which is done in 90 minutes. We use the BRITESMILE system which uses a special gel that is activated by light to whiten the teeth. After the whitening is completed a soothing gel is applied to minimise sensitivity and nourish the whitened teeth