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Dental Services - G & E Dental 


Extractions

With highly experienced dentists and IV sedation options, G&E Dental confidently deal with all types of extractions including wisdom tooth extractions.

Hygine Treatment

Improved gum health, fresher breath and a cleaner smile regular Hygine Treatment can improve the health of your teeth.

Veeners & Composite Bonding

A veneer is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth, to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect damage to a tooth's surface. Composite Bonding involves the application of a tooth colored resin to fix the shape or color of your tooth.

Permanent & Temporary- Fillings

We use the latest technology and techniques to provide fillings that are lasting and look amazing. Make sure you book your check-up. 

IV Sedation

Are you nervous about your dental treatment? G&E Dental offer IV Sedation as an option for our nervous patients out there.

Root Canal Treatment

With the best materials and equipment on the market, we achieve predictable and successful results which are almost painless.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Our dentists can help you achieve a stunning white smile or provide cosmetic dentistry options to improve your smile.

Crowns & Bridges

Crowns are placed to protect and rebuild broken or compromised teeth. Dental bridges are used to replace a single missing tooth by crowning teeth on either side of a gap. We offer many solutions contact us to book an appointment.

Fast Braces -Orthodontics

The latest technology in Orthodontics Fast Braces can have your teeth straightened in around 30 weeks and are affordable.

Dentures

Did you know that G&E Dental can also help with Dentures? We provide a full range of denture treatments including full and partial dentures.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure to treat infection at the centre of a tooth (the root canal system). Root canal treatment is also called endodontics. G & E Dental can help you if you suspect you need Root Canal Treatment contact us to book an appointment.

The infection is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the tooth when:

  • tooth decay occurs
  • fillings leak
  • teeth are damaged by trauma, such as a fall

Tooth structure
A tooth is made up of two parts, the crown - the part of the tooth that is visible in the mouth and the root which extends into the bone of the jaw, anchoring the tooth in position. These two parts are composed of the following:

  • Enamel is the hard outer coating of a tooth.
  • Dentine is a softer material that supports the enamel and forms most of the tooth.
  • Cementum is a hard material that coats the root surface.
  • Dental pulp is the soft tissue at the centre of the tooth.

The root canal system contains the dental pulp and extends from the crown of the tooth to the end of the root. A single tooth can have more than one root canal.

Tooth Infection
The pulp is made up of soft tissue that includes nerves and blood vessels. If bacteria infect the pulp, it will begin to die. After this, the bacteria can increase in number. The bacteria and the substances they release will eventually pass out of the end of the root canal through the small hole where the blood vessels and nerves enter. This process continues as there is nothing to stop more bacteria passing down the root canal, which causes the tissues around the end of the tooth to become red and swollen. This can cause your tooth to become painful and, in extreme circumstances, your face may become swollen (dental abscess)

The procedure
To treat the infection in the root canal, the bacteria need to be removed. This can be done by: removing the tooth (extraction) attempting to save the tooth by removing the bacteria from the root canal system (root canal treatment) In root canal treatment, once the bacteria are removed, the root canal is filled and the tooth is sealed with a filling or crown.
In most cases, the inflamed tissue at the end of the tooth will heal naturally. Root canal treatment should not be painful because a local anaesthetic is normally given, it should be no more unpleasant than having a filling. The procedure is usually successful. In about 9 out of 10 cases, a tooth can survive for up to 10 years after root canal treatment.

Aftercare
It is important to look after your teeth when recovering from root canal treatment Christchurch. You should also avoid biting on hard foods until all treatment is complete. Most people can help prevent the need for further root canal treatment by:

  • maintaining good oral hygiene
  • being careful to avoid too much sugary food in your diet
  • quitting smoking, if you smoke

Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Many people require tooth extraction of their wisdom teeth. Also known as third molars, these are the teeth nestling right at the very back of your mouth. Not everybody has them, but if they appear, it usually happens between the ages of 17 and 25. Very often they dont come through and instead become impacted (wedged against bone or existing teeth and thus unable to emerge fully), necessitating tooth extraction of the wisdom teeth.

This is not the only option - in some cases there is enough room for wisdom teeth to come through, alternatively they can stay impacted but cause no trouble. However when they need to come out, tooth extraction is the only option. There are a myriad of reasons why this might be the case, including whether these are causing abscesses, tooth decay or infection of the surrounding bone or gums.

Wisdom teeth extraction is also helpful in preventing gum disease or tooth decay in those back hard to reach teeth, and for alleviating painful and/or swollen gums caused by a tooth that has only partially broken through. For many the benefits of tooth extraction are weighted towards the fact it helps with crowding in the back of the mouth.

At G&E Dental we perform this procedure in-house for routine removals, however if you have a high risk of potential complications we will refer you to a specialist. The recovery period for wisdom teeth extraction is a few days; more so if all your wisdom teeth are being removed.

Dental Implants

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.

Why dental implants?
There are a number of reasons why you should consider a dental implant: Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. This shrinkage will make your face look older than it is. There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.

Are dental implants successful?
With more than three decades of clinical experience and over a million patients treated, statistics confirm a success rate of nearly 95 percent for individual Nobel Biocare dental implants*, and even higher for the bridges they support. * Results based on dental implants and dental bridges remaining and in function over a five-year period.

How much do dental implants cost?
The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants depends on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to have a doctor examine your mouth. After a thorough diagnostic examination, your dentist will recommend the treatment that is best for you.

Who is a Candidate?
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants in . The determining factor is the amount of available bone. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you.

Is old age a problem?
Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you are probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate dental implant treatment. Your dentist will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and health history.

What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or a dental bridge?
Improved appearance: When you lose the entire tooth - crown and root - shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or dental bridge does not.

Preserve natural teeth: With traditional dental bridges, teeth adjacent to missing teeth are normally ground down to be used as anchors for a dental bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.

Permanent solution: There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is need after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.

How will dental implants affect my life?
Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their tooth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.

Will my new teeth look natural?
When dental implants are used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, their appearance, comfort and function are very likely to exceed your expectations. Often they are hard to tell apart from your natural teeth.

Will I be able to chew with the same force and pressure I use with my natural teeth?
Yes. Following a brief adaptation period, chewing capacity is comparable to that of natural teeth.

How much time is required for a dental implant placement?
Today, state-of-the-art guided surgical techniques are convenient alternatives to place dental implants and allow you to have the dental implant placed in a single session using keyhole surgery. This new method has significantly simplified the procedure, for both patients and dentists. The major advantage of the guided surgical technique is the minimal amount of manipulation of the soft tissue due to keyhole surgery. This significantly reduces the healing time and the discomfort normally associated with traditional dental implant surgical techniques.

The conventional process can take from three to six months. First, the dentist places the dental implants in Christchurch , which is left for three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, your are given a temporary prosthesis until the permanent crown is put in place.

The procedure chosen depends on several factors, such as your dental health, the number of teeth involved and which teeth are replaced. These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the dentist throughout the treatment period.

Is the treatment painful?
With any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Placing one implant normally causes less discomfort then placing several. Anesthesia and patient sedation are commonly administered to help reduce any discomfort during the dental implant process. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. Your doctor will prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur. Ask your dentist to recommend another patient who has already had tooth replacement therapy to assess their personal experience.

How will I feel after the treatment?
It is normal to have some bruising and swelling in the gum and soft tissues. But usually the discomfort, if any, is treated with an ordinary painkiller. You should expect to be able to work the next day.

How will I care for my dental implants?
Your new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist. See us in six months, or more frequently if so advised.

 

Dental Crowns

Crowns are dental restorations otherwise known as "caps" which are coverings that fit over teeth. Crowns may be necessary because of broken down old fillings, fractured, chipped or sensitive teeth. Crowns are also used to improve the appearance of natural teeth that are malformed, mal-positioned or discolored. Crowns can be made from different materials which include the full porcelain crown, the porcelain fused-to-metal crown and the all-metal crown. You and your dentist will decide which type is appropriate, depending upon the strength requirements and aesthetic concerns of the tooth involved.

Some of the indications for a crown are:

  • A previously filled tooth where there now exists more filling than tooth. The existing tooth structure becomes weakened and can no longer support the filling.
  • Extensive damage by decay.
  • Discolorations and compromised esthetics.
  • Fractures
  • Root canal - After root canal, teeth tend to become brittle and are more apt to fracture. These teeth need to be protected by a crown.
  • Bridges - When missing teeth are replaced with a bridge, the adjacent teeth require crowns in order to support the replacement teeth.

Dental Bridges

A bridge is a fixed dental restoration (a fixed dental prosthesis) used to replace a missing tooth (or several teeth) by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants. Types of bridges may vary, depending upon how they are fabricated and the way they anchor to the adjacent teeth. Conventionally, bridges are made using the indirect method of restoration. However, bridges can be fabricated directly in the mouth using such materials as composite resin.

When a single tooth requires a crown, the prosthetic crown will in most instances rest upon whatever tooth structure was originally supporting the crown of the natural tooth. However, when restoring an edentulous (without teeth) area with a bridge, the bridge is almost always restoring more teeth than there are root structures to support.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?

  • Restore your smile
  • Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
  • Maintain the shape of your face
  • Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position

Dental Veeners

Veneers are thin, semi-translucent "shells" typically attached to your front teeth. Veneers are customized from porcelain material and permanently bonded to your teeth. Veneers are a great alternative to otherwise painful dental procedures to improve the appearance of your smile.

Common problems that veneers are used for:

  • Spaces between the teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Unsightly, stained or discolored teeth
  • Permanently stained or discolored teeth
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth

Veneers are a great aesthetic solution to your smile that may even help you avoid orthodontic treatment. Subtle changes to your smile can be achieved with veneers, and in most cases, veneer application is completed in only two appointmets.

Please contact our Christchurch Dental Office if you have any further questions on veneers.
 

Composite Bonding

Composite Bonding is a dental technique which involves the application of a tooth colored resin called composite to fix the shape or color of your tooth. Composite bonding can easily repair chips, fractures, decay and discolored teeth. Unlike porcelain veneers, which are manufactured in a laboratory and require your dentist to remove a large amount of healthy tooth structure, composites can be applied in a single office visit with minimal tooth removal.

What are the Main Benefits of Composite Bonding?

  • Composite bonding is minimally invasive (minimal amount of healthy tooth reduction is required)
  • Immediate results - Composite bonding can often be accomplished in one office visit.
  • Easily repairable
  • Very natural in appearance
  • Quick and Painless

Am I a Candidate for Composite Bonding Christchurch?
Most likely, Yes! You are a candidate for composite bonding Christchurch if you have teeth that are chipped or broken; discolored or stained; crooked, rotated, or not the right length; have unattractive spaces between your teeth; or if you have bridge facings that are worn or broken.

 

IV Sedation

The team at G & E Dental is dedicated to ensuring you have the best possible experience when you visit us. If you are nervous about your dental treatment we can offer IV Sedation. IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of not being bothered by what’s going on.

How is IV Sedation given?
IV Sedation is short for “Intravenous Conscious Sedation” meaning that the drug is put into a vein. An extremely thin needle is put into a vein close to the surface of the skin in either the arm or the back of your hand. This needle is wrapped up with a soft plastic tube. It makes the entry into the vein, then is slid out leaving the soft plastic tube in place. The drugs are put in through that tube (which is correctly referred to as an “indwelling catheter”, but more commonly known by the tradename of Venflon). The tube stays in place throughout the procedure.

What are the main advantages of IV sedation?
IV sedation tends to be the method of choice if you don’t want to be aware of the procedure – you “don’t want to know”. The onset of action is very rapid, and drug dosage and level of sedation can be tailored to meet the individual’s needs IV sedation is both highly effective and highly reliable. Unlike General Anaesthesia or Deep Sedation, conscious IV sedation doesn’t really introduce any compromises per se in terms of carrying out the actual procedures, because people are conscious and they can cooperate with instructions.

I am booked for a IV Sedation Procedure what do I need to know?

Before your procedure:

  • Organize someone to escort you TO and FROM you appointment.
  • Please report details of any drugs being taken, especially sleeping drugs, tranquillizers or cortisone preparations.
  • NO FOOD 4 hours prior to appointment time.
  • NO FLUIDS 1 hour prior to treatment.
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing.
  • Contact lenses are best removed before appointment
  • Please visit the toilet prior to appointment.


After your procedure

  • Go home and rest under supervision.
  • DO NOT drive any vehicle or sign documents until the following day.
  • DO NOT consume alcohol until the following day.
  • Post operative dental treatment instructions will be given to your supervisor.

 

 

Fast Braces

Fastbraces® Technology allows for movement of the roots of the teeth towards their final positions from the beginning of treatment by torquing them from the very first appointment. G&E Dental patients can now get results often with less sensitivity, in about a year, and in some cases, just a few months. 

What are Fastbraces ? 
Fastbraces® have been developed and tested over the past 25 years and is now becoming available in countries around the world. Fastbraces® Technology is fast, safe, easy and affordable treatment that is revolutionizing the field of orthodontics.

A Customized Plan is created for each patient.
Once you have had your consultation sheduled your G&E Dentist will take radiographs and pictures of your teeth. This will help us create a customized plan just for your teeth. While there are no miracle shortcuts in orthodontics, Fastbraces® Technology is different by design, which allows for the treatment to be measured in weeks to months, not years like traditional braces.

Your plan is complete in about 20 weeks if the bone responds really well!
Traditional braces are usually square in shape and typically move the crown of the tooth in the first year, and the root of the tooth towards its final position in the second year, thus requiring about two years of treatment. Fastbraces® Techonology allows for movement of the roots of the teeth towards their final position from the onset of treatment, thus completing treatment from 3 months to about a year, and even weeks for those lucky few whose bone responds very well to treatment!

Visit Fastbraces® Website for more information or contact us to book a consultation.

Cosmetic dentistry

The team at G & E Dental is dedicated to ensuring you have the best possible experience when you visit us. Our professionalism and experience gives us the edge when it comes to providing top quality cosmetic dentistry and health services. Our staff understand the latest technologies in dentistry, so we can deliver you the best possible results. We pride ourselves on being able to design individual treatment plans to suit every patient.

Cosmetic Procedures:

Teeth Whitening: Bleaching lightens teeth that have been stained or discolored by age, food, drink, and smoking. Teeth darkened as a result of injury or taking certain medications can also be bleached, but the effectiveness depends on the degree of staining present.

Composite (tooth-colored) Fillings: Also known as "bonding", composite fillings are now widely used instead of amalgam (silver) fillings to repair teeth with cavities, and also to replace old defective fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are also used to repair chipped, broken, or discolored teeth. This type of filling is also very useful to fill in gaps and to protect sensitive, exposed root surfaces caused by gum recession.

Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are thin custom-made, tooth-colored shells that are bonded onto the fronts of teeth to create a beautiful individual smile. They can help restore or camouflage damaged, discolored, poorly shaped, or misaligned teeth. Unlike crowns, veneers require minimal tooth structure to be removed from the surface of the tooth.

Porcelain Crowns (caps): A crown is a tooth-colored, custom-made covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. Crowns protect and strengthen teeth that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. They are ideal for teeth that have large, fractured or broken fillings and also for those that are badly decayed.

Dental Implants: Dental implants are artificial roots that are surgically placed into the jaw to replace one or more missing teeth. Porcelain crowns, bridges, and dentures can be made specifically to fit and attach to implants, giving a patient a strong, stable, and durable solution to removable dental appliances