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Botox and Filler

Botox and Filler prices have increased all over the country, but our prices will remain the same up to 31 October 2010.

 


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Tooth Bleach

Tooth bleach, oral bleaching trays plus a whole starter kit which lasts longer than 8 months will cost you only R1200.00!

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Co-payments

NO co-payments on specialized dentistry (or any other dentistry).

Dentures

Dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth. These dentures are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissue of the oral cavity. They are often known as false teeth. They have three main functions:

  1. Dentures take over the chewing function in patients who have lost their teeth for some or other reason.
  2. They also have an aesthetic function, providing the visual appearance of having natural teeth.
  3. There phonetic function is to help you speak normally.

Types of dentures:

1. Removable partial dentures are for patients who are missing some of their teeth on a particular arch. Fixed partial dentures are better known as crown and bridge, and are made from crowns that are fitted on the remaining teeth to act as abutments and pontics made from materials to resemble the missing teeth. Fixed partial dentures are more expensive than the removable devices, but are more stable. There are 2 types of removable partial dentures:

a. ACRYLIC DENTURES

Acrylic partial dentures are manufactured in the same way as full upper and lower dentures are. The advantages of the acrylic dentures are that silver clasps are not always needed to keep the denture in place, which are unaesthetic and they are the most inexpensive method to replace missing teeth. Disadvantages are that the acrylic is thick and could influence speech and they are not strong and can break easily.

b. CHROME COBALT DENTURES

These dentures are made mostly from metal on the fitting surfaces, but still have pink acrylic around the teeth and in the aesthetic areas to resemble gingiva. The advantages of these types of dentures are that they are strong, fit a lot better than acrylic dentures and the metal is thin, so speech is not influenced a lot.  Disadvantages are that clasps are used to keep these denture in place, which gives them a better fit, but aren’t always aesthetically pleasing.  Other disadvantages are that these dentures are sent away to Johannesburg to be manufactured, so they take at least 10 days to be returned from the lab. About 4 appointments are needed to complete these dentures and the whole process can take up to 3 weeks before you receive your dentures. They are also considered as specialized dentistry by the medical aids, so are a lot more expensive than their acrylic counterparts.

2. Complete dentures or full dentures are worn by patients who are missing all their teeth in an arch i.e.upper or lower dentures.

Dentures that are well designed and well fitting can vastly improve your appearance and function. Dentures are made for patients who have only a few or no teeth of their own left. A model is cast of your missing teeth during your first visit to the dentist and sent to Secunda  Dental Lab to make a wax setup of what the teeth will feel and look like. On the second visit the teeth in wax are fitted to determine proper function and whethter the patient is happy with the aesthetics. If the wax try-in is not perfect according to the dentist or the patient, the lab technicians will alter the teeth and another try-in appointment is made. However, if everything is satisfactory to the dentist and patient, the wax will be replaced by acrylic by the lab technicians and a final appointment is made. Subsequent visits are normally neccesary to make sure these dentures fit perfectly. Partial dentures to accommodate only the upper or lower jaw is also possible. These partial dentures can be made of acrylic or chrome cobalt.

Problems with new complete dentures include the fact that patients are not used to having something in their mouth other than food. The brain senses this appliance as food and sends messages to the salivary glands to produce more saliva and to secrete it at a higher rate. New denture will also cause pressure spots on the soft tissue in the mouth and will need adjustments. Gagging can be a serious problem in patients with new dentures. Infection may develop under the dentures. Some patients can have a problem keeping the dentures in place. It is possible to place implants in a jaw with enough bone for the denture to attach to, to improve function and keep the dentures in place to avoid embarassing situations.

3. Overdenture is a removeable denture that fits over a small number of remaining teeth or implants. The natural teeth must receive root canal treatment and pins are fitted in these teeth to provide stability and support for the denture. This procedure is mostly only done in the lower jaw and is only suitable in selected cases.

4. Immediate dentures are inserted immediately after removal of the remaining teeth. The dentist takes impressions and the dental technician makes the dentures as best he can before the remaining teeth have been removed. An advantage of immediate dentures is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period of 6-8 weeks. However, bones and gums can shrink over the healing period and the immediate dentures may require rebasing or relining to fit properly in a much shorter time than conventional dentures would. Conventional dentures can then be made after the healing period.

Over time dentures will have to be rebased, relined or be replaced due to normal wear. Dentures also become loose because the mouth naturally changes with age. Loose dentures can cause infection and problems with chewing.

Caring for my dentures

Dentures are delicate and may break if they are dropped. Dentures must be brushed daily to remove food deposits and plaque. Dentures may loose their shape if left to dry. When not worn, dentures should be placed in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in water. Even with full dentures you still need to take good care of your mouth. Every morning brush your gums, tongue and palate with a soft bristled brush before you put in your dentures.

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