Cosmetic Dentistry

Bleaching and Teeth Whitening

What is teeth whitening and teeth bleaching? Teeth whitening refers to the restoration of teeth to their natural colour by removing stains from the tooth surface. Teeth bleaching refers to the whitening of teeth to a colour lighter than their natural colour. Active ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide are bleaching agents most [...]

Diagnostic & Oral Examination

Endodontics

Root Canal treatment – Four canals with a full coverage restoration

What is a root canal? A root canal is a dental procedure to repair damaged or infected teeth. Deep decay of the teeth can result in pulp inflammation and infection, which creates a lot of pain. Common causes for damaged pulp include cracked teeth, deep cavities, or repeated treatment to a specific tooth. The root [...]

Root Canal treatment – Three canals with a full coverage restoration

What is a root canal? A root canal is a dental procedure to repair damaged or infected teeth. Deep decay of the teeth can result in pulp inflammation and infection, which creates a lot of pain. Common causes for damaged pulp include cracked teeth, deep cavities, or repeated treatment to a specific tooth. The root [...]

Root Canal treatment -Two canals with a full coverage restoration

What is a root canal? A root canal is a dental procedure to repair damaged or infected teeth. Deep decay of the teeth can result in pulp inflammation and infection, which creates a lot of pain. Common causes for damaged pulp include cracked teeth, deep cavities, or repeated treatment to a specific tooth. The root [...]

Root Canal treatment – Single canal with a full coverage restoration

What is a root canal? A root canal is a dental procedure to repair damaged or infected teeth. Deep decay of the teeth can result in pulp inflammation and infection, which creates a lot of pain. Common causes for damaged pulp include cracked teeth, deep cavities, or repeated treatment to a specific tooth. The root [...]

Fixed Prosthodontics

Provisional three unit bridge

What is a three unit provisional bridge? A bridge is a dental prosthesis uses to close, or bridge, the gap of a missing tooth. It is the adjoinment of two or more teeth, with the abutments on the first and last teeth. To comfortably fit the bridge in the mouth, the enamel must be removed on [...]

Cantilever bridge

What is a cantilever bridge? A cantilever bridge is a type of dental bridge which only contains one abutment and crown, and one pontic in the toothless gap. This is shown in the image on the left. The artificial teeth that fill the space of the missing ones are called pontics. The abutment is the [...]

Three unit Maryland bridge

What is a Maryland bridge? Maryland bridges are a cheaper alternative to traditional bridges. The pontic is held in place by a metal or porcelain framework with stretches to the two adjacent teeth, as shown in the picture on the left. The artificial teeth that fill the space of the missing ones are called pontics. [...]

Conventional three unit bridge

What is a conventional bridge? Maryland bridges are a cheaper alternative to traditional bridges. The pontic is held in place by a metal or porcelain framework with stretches to the two adjacent teeth, as shown in the image on the left. The artificial teeth that fill the space of the missing ones are called pontics. [...]

Removal of a loose indirect restoration and Recementation

What is an indirect restoration? The removal of a currently cemented definitive indirect restoration, which may be subsequently reinserted. Crowns, inlays and onlays are all examples of indirect restorations. Indirect restorations are created or milled externally using our CEREC MCXL Unit and then placed in the mouth, while direct restorations such as fillings are directly [...]

Lab based Crown On a Root Canal Treated tooth

What is a root canal? A root canal is a dental procedure to repair damaged or infected teeth. It involves the removal of the dental pulp within the tooth, followed by the cleansing and disinfection of the root canal. Then, clean rubber-like dental material is inserted into the canal and sealed. Common causes for damaged [...]

Cerec Crown On a Root Canal Treated tooth

What is a root canal? A root canal is a dental procedure to repair damaged or infected teeth. It involves the removal of the dental pulp within the tooth, followed by the cleansing and disinfection of the root canal. Then, clean rubber-like dental material is inserted into the canal and sealed. Common causes for damaged [...]

Cerec Crown

What is a CEREC crown? The use of in-house CEREC technology eliminates the need for dental prostheses to be sent and made in a lab, which could take days, or even weeks before they are ready for the patient. It also eliminates the need for a physical dental impression, in which you have to bite [...]

Implants & Full/Partial Mouth Rehab

Computer guided implant surgery

What is CEREC guided implant surgery? Firstly, what are implants? Essentially, they are titanium screws that are placed within the jawbone to support a number of dental prostheses such as crowns, bridges and dentures. Guided implant surgery is the use of a computer and CBCT 3D X-ray machine to create a surgical guide which is [...]

One implant-Single stage with bone grafting and membrane

What is a bone graft? When a tooth is removed before an implant, the jawbone naturally goes through bone loss. To regrow the bone, and when it is not possible to place blocks of bone in the jaw, a soft bone substitute is added, and a membrane is placed on top as shown in the [...]

One implant-Single stage without bone grafting and membrane

What is a single stage implant? Implants are titanium screws that are placed within the jawbone to support a number of dental prostheses such as crowns, bridges and dentures. A single stage implant is when an implant is placed in the jawbone along with the abutment. After a few months for healing of the jaw, the [...]

One implant-Two stage with bone grafting and membrane

What is a bone graft? When a tooth is removed before an implant, the jawbone naturally goes through bone loss. To regrow the bone, and when it is not possible to place blocks of bone in the jaw, a soft bone substitute is added and a membrane is placed on top. This technique of bone [...]

One implant-Two stage without bone grafting and membrane

https://adhplonline.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/one-implant-2-stage-without-bone-grafting-and-membrane.mp4 What is a two stage implant? Implants are titanium screws that are placed within the jawbone to support a number of dental prostheses such as crowns, bridges and dentures. A two stage implant is when an implant is placed in the jawbone without the abutment. The implant is completely covered by the jawbone. After a [...]

Three unit implant supported bridge with bone grafting and membrane

What is a bone graft? When a tooth is removed before an implant, the jawbone naturally goes through bone loss. To regrow the bone, and when it is not possible to place blocks of bone in the jaw, a soft bone substitute is added, and a membrane is placed on top. This technique of bone [...]

Single implant with sinus lift, bone grafting and membrane

What is a sinus lift? A sinus lift, also called sinus augmentation, is a procedure designed to create more bone in the back part of the upper jaw - where the premolars and molars lie - for the placement of implants. This happens when there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw, or [...]

Full arch implants and a fixed full arch implant supported bridge-All on four

What is a full arch implant? A full arch implant is for retaining dentures by acting as anchors to prevent them from moving out of place. The full arch implant supported dentures are made for the entire lower jaw or entire upper jaw. What is a fixed full arch implant supported bridge? A fixed full [...]

Full arch implants-All on four with a denture

What is a full arch implant? A full arch implant is for retaining dentures by acting as anchors to prevent them from movement. The full arch implant supported dentures are made for the entire lower jaw or entire upper jaw. What does it mean by all on four with a denture? Dentures supported by implants [...]

Implant Supported Denture

What is an implant supported denture? An implant supported denture is a type of removable denture attached to dental implants, or overdentures, and is used when there is no teeth in the jaw but there is enough bone for implants to be placed to support the overdenture. There are two types of implant supported dentures: [...]

Laser & Pain Management

Oral Surgery

Abscess Drainage

What is an abscess? A dental abscess is a swollen collection of pus located on gum tissue, the roots of the teeth, and the surrounding oral region. It is formed as a result of bacterial infections that enter the dental pulp, deep periodontal pockets, or trauma, which is food etc. which is embedded deeply within [...]

Frenectomy

What is a frenectomy? A frenectomy is a short procedure to reduce the size of the either the lingual or labial frenum. The frenum is the soft tissue that connects the gum to the lip - the labial frenum - or connects the base of the tongue and the floor of the mouth - the [...]

Cyst Removal

What is a dental cyst? A cyst is a sac of tissue filled with fluid, located around the teeth, usually on the gums. This is shown in the image on the left. Dental cysts form at the roots of dead teeth, or in areas that have pulp that has died due to reasons such as [...]

Osteotomy – Mandible

What is mandibular osteotomy? Mandibular osteotomy is a surgical treatment intended for patients with a jaw disorder (when the lower jaw is not correctly aligned). This is also known as corrective jaw surgery. The mandible refers to the lower jaw and osteotomy means straight alignment. This treatment involves a cut made through the gum to [...]

Osteotomy – Maxilla

What is maxillary osteotomy? Maxillary osteotomy is a surgical treatment intended for patients with a jaw disorder (when the lower jaw is not correctly aligned). This is also known as corrective jaw surgery. The maxilla refers to the upper jaw and osteotomy means straight alignment. This treatment involves a cut made through the gum to [...]

Vestibuloplasty

What is a vestibuloplasty? Firstly, the mouth is divided into two sections: the vestibule, or the area between the cheeks and the teeth; and the oral cavity, which is, for the most part, taken up by the tongue. A vesibuloplasty is a surgical procedure that involves the heightening and widening of the gum region to [...]

Alveolectomy- Per Segment

What is an alveolectomy? An alveolectomy is a surgical procedure to remove some of the bone surrounding a tooth, called alveolar bone. Its aim is to change the shape of the jawbone to prepare it for the placement of prostheses in the future. The alveolectomy also helps to prepare the jaw bone for dentures, and [...]

Surgical Extractions

What is an extraction? When a tooth has suffered and been damaged from decay, procedures such as fillings or crowns may help to fix it. However, if there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired, it must be extracted from the mouth. What is a surgical extraction? There are two types of [...]

Simple Extractions

What is an extraction? When a tooth has suffered and been damaged from decay, procedures such as fillings or crowns may help to fix it. However, if there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired, it must be extracted from the mouth. What is a simple extraction? There are two types of [...]

Orthodontics

Invisalign

What is Invisalign? Invisalign are 'invisible aligners', and are an alternative to traditional braces. They have the look of retainers, but are completely clear, flexible, and specifically made for your teeth. There are a number of advantages of Invisalign compared to braces: You can clean, brush and floss your teeth much easier with Invisalign as [...]

Periodontics

Deep Clean and Gum Disease Management

What is gum disease? Gum disease is a common periodontal condition that results in gum inflammation, and in the worst cases may lead to the need for tooth removal. There are three stages of gum disease. Gingivitis: Gums swell up due to a buildup of plaque, bacteria that forms a sticky white layer on the [...]

Partial Acrylic/Chrome Denture Repair

What are partial dentures and their types? A partial denture is a type of removable denture which only replaces part of the mouth's teeth, and can be placed on both the maxilla, the upper jaw, or the mandible, the lower jaw. An example image is shown on the left. They can be made from either [...]

Partial Maxillary Denture Metal Framework

What is a partial maxillary metal denture? A partial denture is a type of removable denture which only replaces part of the mouth's teeth and surrounding tissue. An example image is shown on the left. Maxillary refers to the location of the upper jaw. The dentures can be made from either cobalt/chrome or acrylic. The [...]

Partial Maxillary Denture Resin Base

What is a partial maxillary resin based denture? A partial denture is a type of removable denture which only replaces part of the mouth's teeth and surrounding tissue. An example image is shown on the left. Maxillary refers to the location of the upper jaw. The dentures can be made from either cobalt/chrome or acrylic. [...]

Full Lower Immediate Denture

What is an immediate denture? An immediate denture is a removable set of artificial teeth, placed straight after the extraction of your natural teeth. Since the sutures are not placed close to the areas of extraction and there are many extractions done to be able to have a permanent denture, it may take many months [...]

Full Upper Immediate Denture

What is an immediate denture? An immediate denture is a removable set of artificial teeth, placed straight after the extraction of your natural teeth. Since the sutures are not placed close to the areas of extraction and there are many extractions done to be able to have a permanent denture, it may take many months [...]

Complete Maxillary and Mandibular Denture

What is a complete maxillary denture? A complete maxillary denture is a removable prosthesis which replaces the full set of missing teeth on the upper jaw. The dentures are normally composed of acrylic resin. The dentist will first take a digit impression of your mouth using our Orhtopos XG5 3D X-ray machine or a physical [...]

Posterior Tooth Coloured Restorations – Direct Five Surface Restoration

What is a tooth coloured restoration? Tooth coloured restorations, also called fillings, are used to help repair cracked, broken or worn down teeth using composite resin material. This can be caused by a number of factors such as trauma, nail biting, tooth grinding, and/or decay. You are given a local anaesthetic and the decayed tooth [...]

Anterior Tooth Coloured Restorations – Direct Five Surface Restoration

What is a tooth coloured restoration? Tooth coloured restorations, also called fillings, are used to help repair cracked, broken or worn down teeth using composite resin material. This can be caused by a number of factors such as trauma, nail biting, tooth grinding, and/or decay. You are given a local anaesthetic and the decayed tooth [...]

Occlusal Splint

What is an occlusal splint? An occlusal splint is a hard thin acrylic guard which covers the biting surfaces of the upper jaw. It directs the jaw into a position which relieves some pressure on the jaw joint and is an effective way of protecting your teeth against the damaging forces of bruxism, although it [...]

Pain Relief: “Laser decreases nerve sensitivity by decreasing bradykinin; a pain eliciting chemical. It normalizes ion channels [cellular gatekeepers] and releases endorphins [body’s natural pain reliever] and enkephalins [related to endorphins] that produce an analgesic effect. It also has a pain-blocking effect on certain nerve fibers.”

Anti-inflammatory/Healing: “Laser increases ATP, which is stored energy [ATP is the acronym for adenosine triphosphate]. This increased energy accelerates the repair processes of the cell. Laser also causes a widening of the arteries and veins around the injury which helps to remove damaged cellular debris and increase nutrients and oxygen. White blood cell activity is enhanced leading to a more rapid repair process. Also, some molecules that increase inflammation are reduced, and beneficial antioxidants like superoxide dismutase are increased.

Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth: “Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. As a result of exposure to laser light, the cells of tendons, ligaments, nerves and muscles are repaired faster.”

Improved Vascular Activity: “Laser light increases the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue, which speeds up the healing process, and closes wounds quickly.”

 

Leading the Dental Laser Industry

The latest generation of dental lasers have revolutionized dentistry with treatments that are faster, more effective and more satisfying to patients and practitioners than ever before.

Trigger and Acupuncture Points: “Laser is particularly effective in extinguishing painful trigger points. It is also an effective way of stimulating acupuncture points without the discomfort associated with needling.”

Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation: “Laser therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from repetitive motion injuries, cuts, scratches, burns or surgery.”

Faster Wound Healing: “Laser light stimulates the building blocks of collagen, which is important in the wound healing of damaged tissues. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair injuries. As a result, the laser is effective on open wounds and burns.”

Stem Cell Activation: “Laser increases the number of stem cells, which enhances healing.”

Where Laser Therapy Administered and Conditions Treated
High-power lasers are typically found in physical therapy clinics and chiropractic offices. Neck, back or joint pain usually responds quickly to laser therapy.

“Lasers are also very effective for inflammatory conditions, including peripheral neuropathy, tendonitis, bursitis, and capsulitis. Strains, sprains, and repetitive motion injuries all have an inflammatory component and can be successfully treated with laser,” he commented.  “There is no particular condition that responds more quickly to laser. However, some patients will respond faster than others for the same condition as individual healing rates can vary.”

Laser therapy can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or with rehabilitative exercise therapy. “Rehabilitative exercises and laser therapy complement each other nicely,” explained Dr. Coren.

Laser Therapy Precautions
There are a few precautions with laser therapy. Eye protection is required for both the patient and therapist, and laser should not be performed over malignancies, pacemakers, spinal stimulators or over the midsection of pregnant women.

Recommendations
High-power laser therapy is one of the fastest, most effective modalities therapists currently have to treat pain and inflammation.

 

 

 

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