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Difference between a cap vs filling

Always wondered what the dentist meant when they started mentioning caps or crowns? Or maybe you want a little more information on what a white filling is and what the difference between caps and fillings really are? If this is you, look no further.

Crowns or “Caps”?
Crowns, or caps as they are sometimes known, are restorations that are custom made for each patient and each tooth. They can protect or improve the appearance of your teeth and strengthen weak, cracked or decayed teeth. They also help to repair badly damaged teeth that may be chipped or discoloured and can even fix broken down fillings. A versatile dental crown returns teeth to their natural colour and shape and covers them above the gum line.

They can be used on any tooth and can reshape your teeth to enhance your smile!

Fillings:
Modern white fillings may differ to what your saw as a child or what your parents may even have today! In the past, silver amalgam – or even mercury – were used for fillings and they were extremely visible in the mouth. Not only that, but they were generally aesthetically unattractive.

Nowadays, white fillings come in a very natural finish that is aesthetically pleasing and doesn’t use mercury. These are easily molded and don’t contribute to worse long-term dental health like the older silver fillings.

Fillings are used to seal cavities and involves drilling of the cavity to remove any decaying tooth or damaged material. Unfortunately, this can sometimes cause pain in patients.

However, with the new modern composite white filling, less of the tooth needs to be removed to put in place a dental filling.

When looking at the difference between getting a cap and a filling, there are a few things you should consider. Generally, for minor tooth decay (like from drinking a few too many sugary drinks), a dentist will use a dental filling. A filling can be completed in one visit and might only cost a fraction of the price of a crown. But, fillings can break which may force you to make appointment after appointment to fix them. Crowns generally strengthen your own tooth and can be custom shaded to match the color of your other teeth.

Whatever dental solution you need, your dentist will be able to help with any questions and figure exactly what your teeth require for the ultimate smile!
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Can Dental Implant Restore My Smile?

If you are looking into effective dental implants and need more information about what implants actually entail, then you’re in the right place.

Dental implants are used to permanently replace one or more teeth. They are made of small titanium screws, which is a metal accepted by the body and has the ability to fully integrate into the jawbone. Atop the titanium screw, there is another small abutment. An abutment acts as point of contact between two parts or objects. In the case of a dental implant, it acts as a contact point between the screw and the crown. Dental implants replace the root of a missing tooth and over time, the bone will grown into the surface of the titanium screw.

Implants can be the solution you’ve been looking for to fully correct and beautify your smile. Maybe you lost a tooth in childhood, had a dental emergency or even a sporting injury. Tooth loss can occur due to a number of other factors.

Some of these factors include:
* Auto-immune diseases
* Accidents
* Ageing
* Or even ignoring a cavity for a long time.

Dental implants can replace a single tooth, several teeth or even replace all of the teeth in your mouth for the perfect, worry free smile. They also offer a number of advantages like improved speech, comfort, appearance and general oral health. Your dental implants will look and feel like natural teeth. They can contribute to general oral health as they have the ability to preserve your natural tooth tissue and unlike conventional implants, will not affect healthy neighbouring teeth.

For instance, if you receive any sort of conventional bridges, this could require: the grinding down of adjacent teeth, the use of metal clasps or the use of retainers.

Dental implants are the optimal solution for anyone missing any number of teeth. They can be both functional and aesthetically pleasing as they look and feel like natural teeth. Implants will help you maintain your facial structure and the screw will eventually completely integrate into the bone tissue. Implants can last a lifetime with proper oral care and regular dental checkups and they allow dentists to keep all healthy adjacent teeth without grinding them down or using clasps/retainers.

The process of receiving a dental implant may be a little lengthy but well worth it. It requires a few steps and consultations to ensure you are given the best treatment. You might even have the option of getting a mini implant. These are usually a quick and easy one-appointment procedure.

For more information about any treatments, contact Care Family Dental today.
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Wish you could be asleep and wake up with all your dental procedures done?
Does the thought of going to the dentist fill you with unease and dread? Or maybe you suffer from anxiety when a dental visit quickly approaches on the calendar? You might even have a child or family member who hates the idea of going to any sort of dental appointment. Sleep
dentistry could be your answer.

Unfortunately, feelings of anxiety or trepidation can stop us from attending an appointment we could really need. Sometimes a dental emergency has occurred and our fear can prevent us from visiting a dentist. Sleep dentistry is used to help these people and it’s as easy as receiving treatment while you’re asleep and waking up with a bright new smile. No more bright lights, drilling sounds or bad memories. Whole dental procedures can be done while you get some
shut eye.

Maybe you’re coming in for multiple fillings, wisdom teeth removal or implants, in which case sleep dentistry would be perfect for you. At Care Family Dental, we offer our sleep dentistry services to any patients who may:

● Hate needles or injections
● Dislike noises, tastes or smells that come hand in hand with dental treatment
● Have a fear of going to the dentist
● Have trouble reacting to local anaesthetic properly
● Have a gag reflex
● Have had previous bad experiences
● Require complex or extensive treatment
● Have sensitive teeth

Our clinics offer sleep dentistry without having to wait for a specialist to be available. Whatever dental concern you may have, our staff can assess it and assist you with anything that could be holding you back from your treating your dental ailments. We take all our consultations, especially sleep dentistry, very seriously and your happiness is our number one priority.

Sleep dentistry can offer comfort and safety for anxious patients, while being a time effective procedure as some clients can have the majority – if not all – of their necessary treatments done in one session.

At Care Family Dental, we want to help give you your best smile yet and we love to welcome new patients to the practice. Call us or use our online booking system to make your appointment today. Our experienced team of dental professionals are here to give you that much needed dental care.
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Dental Implants...Why correct cleaning and maintenance is vital to the upkeep of your implant health and stability...and what is meant by "correct cleaning"...
https://www.dentistportmelbourne.com.au/living-with-dental-implants-why-taking-care-of-them-will-save-you-time-and-money/313/
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Fluoride in our water is one of the most beneficial factors in preventing tooth decay and overall health of our teeth...in both adults and children...
http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/basics/fluoride/article/ada-03-drink-up-fluoridated-drinking-water-protects-dental-health
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Well done to sweet Emily for doing an amazing job with brushing and showing us how it is done! Here's a little gift bag for you!!! Keep up the fantastic work and keep smiling!
https://www.facebook.com/136baystreetdental/photos/pcb.1898409633740909/1898406690407870/?type=3&theater
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Here is Dr Milton on his latest Safari trip back to South Africa! Thank you for sharing the meerkat photograph with us...looks like an amazing encounter.
https://www.facebook.com/136baystreetdental/photos/a.1749553438626530.1073741828.1749526888629185/1898411197074086/?type=3&theater
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Are you afraid of that freezing cold ice-cream or cold drink...Is sensitivity ruining your daily intake?
Sensitive teeth are very common and here are some causes and methods on how to manage your sensitivity so you don't miss out on the things you love.
https://www.sensodyne.com.au/about-sensitivity.html
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Sparkling pearly whites! Well done Arti on a fantastic job brushing and no fillings needed! Keep up the good work!
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