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Wilma Rossouw, UK

Information by Dr Peter Galatis
Edited for the website by Lorraine Melvill

Dr Peter Galatis – CV

Bleaching

This is done under the supervision of the Dental Surgeon. Filling trays are made to fit your bite, which do not allow the bleach to touch the gums. The gel that goes in the tray contains peroxide of an effective strength

Power Whitening

Currently power whitening has become one of the most sought after elective dental procedures for people in search of whiter and brighter teeth.

How does the Power Whitening work?

Power whitening is the latest technology in teeth whitening. The laser like light is simply a source of concentrated, light energy. A special whitening gel is placed in the teeth and then activated by the laser like light. It works quickly and gently to whiten the areas of stained enamel. Teeth naturally darken as we age. Over time, exposure to tea, coffee, soft drinks, tobacco, and certain foods may cause staining, Discoloration can also occur because of certain childhood illnesses, medication, physical trauma etc. Power whitening is similar to at home bleaching. The major difference is that power whitening produces immediate results. The procedure is performed in 1 hour at the Dental surgeon practice.

Can Power Whitening remove stains?

Power whitening will remove discolorations with a sustained release action that will oxidise (Bleach) stains within your tooth. Your tooth structure remains unchanged. History and research show that all patients treated experienced some level of tooth whitening. Porcelain restoration (crowns, bridges and veneers) and white fillings do not whiten with bleaching agents, although stained white fillings appear cleaner.

How long will you teeth stay white?

Research and experience has shown that the whitening effect from power whitening treatment usually last for years. Teeth may darken again if exposed to staining products such as tobacco, tea, coffee, juices etc. However a monthly home boost treatment can be provided on request.

Is the treatment safe and simple?

Yes with little or no discomfort at all. The products have been used in Dentistry for over 100 years.

How soon will you see results?

Immediately, although your teeth will continue to whiten for a day or two after the procedure. Please note that depending on the stains the results may vary from person to person. It is important to avoid drinking or eating foods that stain the teeth for a day or two following the procedure.

Are there side effects?

There may be a little sensitivity for a day or two following the procedure. Use fluoride toothpaste for sensitivity.

Power whitening has become one of the most sought after elective dental procedures for people in search of whiter and brighter teeth.

Additional Procedures

The scope of fixed prosthosdontic treatment can range from the restoration of a single tooth to the rehabilitation of an entire occlusion. Single teeth can be restored to full function, and improvement in cosmetic effect can be achieved missing teeth can be replaced with fixed prostheses that will improve patient comfort and masticatory ability, maintain health and integrity of dental arches, and in many cases, elevate the patients self-image.

It is also possible to use fixed restorations to offer long term corrective measures in the treatment of tempero-manubulor joint and muscular problems suffered in the head and neck area.

A Crown (CAP)

A crown is a cemented restoration that covers or replaces the crown of a natural tooth. It reproduces the morphology (shape) and contours of the original tooth.

A crown replaces the missing tooth structure so as to allow protection of the tooth to further damage, and enhances the aesthetics.

Veneer (Facing)

If only a portion of the tooth is replaced by porcelain as ceramic, this is referred to as a veneer.

Veneers may be used to modify tooth shape, size, color, position, at the same time preserving most of the tooth structure, as minimal preparation of the tooth is needed in most cases.

Bridge

This is a fixed prosthetic appliance, permanently attached to the teeth adjacent to the missing teeth. A bridge, bridges the “gap” where a tooth bas been removed.

Implant

Implant are used to replace missing teeth, for both aesthetic reasons and function. An implant is a cylindrical or tapered screw – shaped object manufactured from titanium.

Bone can adhere to titanium ( a process known as Osseo integration) which facilitates anchoring the implant to bone.

The quality, quantity and position of bon will determine the suitability for implants.

Dentures

Dentures are artificial teeth that replace missing teeth. Dentures may be removes by the patient.

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