Aesthetic Dentistry FAQs

The information on this page is intended as a general guide only and may not apply to specific individual cases. It is subject to change without notice.

What are veneers?

Veneers (or porcelain veneers) are thin chips of porcelain that are bonded to prepared teeth. This is done to modify the colour and shape of your teeth, and to reduce the gap between teeth. Veneers are colour-matched and shaped to match your natural teeth.

Only a small amount of the tooth is removed to accommodate the veneer.

Dental veneers

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What is a composite filling?

A composite filling is also called a “white” filling. It is made up of a strong composite resin material.

Under anaesthesia, the damaged or decayed areas of the tooth are first gently removed. The composite filling material is then applied to the prepared tooth in a dough-like state. A blue light is then used to set the composite.

You can use the tooth as normal immediately after the procedure.

What is a gum lift?

A gum lift is also called gum augmentation or crown lengthening.

The gum lift procedure modifies your gum tissue (or the underlying bone) to make your teeth look longer. This can reduce the effect of a “gummy” smile.

A gum life is carried out completely inside your mouth cavity. There won’t be any operations on your face.

What is silver amalgam filling?

This is the most commonly used and long-lasting filling. The amalgam (mixture or alloy) of silver, mercury, tin, copper and other metals creates an extremely stable, durable and safe material. The amalgam is also naturally bacteriostatic, which means it stops bacteria from growing on its surfaces.

The procedure is similar to that for composite fillings.

Silver amalgam filling

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What is CEREC?

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