Ceramic Dental Restorations Brisbane
Dental ceramics are versatile bio-compatible materials known for their life-like aesthetic properties and their wide range of applications in modern dentistry.
These materials best match the shade and lustre of your dentition and are a great choice for many modern dental treatments including crowns, bridges, implant crowns, fillings, and veneers. Modern dental ceramics give your dentist the ability to craft long-lasting restorations that look almost identical to your surrounding teeth. At BOH Dental, these are made in our dental laboratory and are designed to suit your individual needs by your dentist – whether that’s fixing a cracked tooth, restoring dental decay or providing a crown for a dental implant.
Having direct communication with our dental technicians allows us to collectively deliver the best outcomes for our patients. The team at Studio 12 consistently deliver beautiful, lasting restorations and prosthetic work.
Our Dental Laboratory (Studio 12)
We are spoilt to have our dental laboratory, Studio 12, on-site to provide lab services for our patients and our dental team. We are consequently able to provide many different types of ceramic restorations that are produced in-house and finished to a high standard by our experienced laboratory technicians, who are also available for shade-matching appointments where required.
The ability for you and your dentist to communicate with our lab-team within our practice helps us ensure optimum outcomes and provide oversight across the entire process of the creation of your ceramic restoration.
“Our in-house laboratory allows our dentists and dental technicians to communicate directly about restorations, whether it’s a simple filling or a restoration that fits into complex treatment like a dental implant,” says Dr Jacob De Luchi.
Minimal Intervention & Dental Treatment
One of the most common concerns during dental treatment is the use of techniques that remove ‘too much tooth’. A key benefit to modern ceramics is that we can often conserve more of your natural tooth structure during treatment than with conventional techniques.
“When restoring broken or damaged teeth, we need to use materials that mimic natural teeth in strength, durability, and cosmetics, preferably with minimal harm to the remaining tooth structure,” says Dr Jacob De Luchi.
“Ceramic (porcelain) restorations are often our first preference for this. I cannot achieve with other materials what I can achieve with ceramics.”
Ceramic Restoration & Prosthodontics
Prosthodontics involves the reconstruction of worn or damaged teeth which can require the placement of a restoration, such as a dental crown or veneer. Dental ceramics are a perfect choice of material for many of these treatments.
As Prosthodontists we often perform complex dentistry, and having a wide arsenal of materials is vital to ensure the correct materials are used for each individual situation. Dental ceramics may be the final piece of the puzzle to finishing dental implant treatment or restoring a worn tooth – their biocompatibility is unmatched.
For example, ceramic is often the material of choice for dental crowns that are fitted on top of a placed dental implant. Particularly for highly-visible areas, like your front teeth, these materials are much closer to natural aesthetics than more traditional types of restorations such as gold or silver.
Dr Alana Evans discussing a dental restoration with Jason (Ceramic Technician) at Studio 12 Dental Design.
“Dental ceramics are designed to look great but also to last a long time, which makes them perfect for use in permanent placements like dental implants and crowns. Your dentist or prosthodontist will assess,” says Dr Alana Evans.
Our patients and dentists can communicate their goals with treatment to our laboratory directly, and often a dental technician is on-hand if issues such as shade, shape or fit need to be discussed.
“The ability for our Prosthodontists, General Dentists and laboratory staff to operate in a multi-disciplinary setting and share their expertise means that all of our patients have access to the highest standards of dental care available when it comes to ceramic-based treatments,” concludes Dr Evans.
Similarly, if you would like some advice regarding a Prosthodontic intervention or ceramic treatment, our Prosthodontists are available for second opinions or to appraise any issues with your dental work.
Ceramic restorations can be a great choice for replacing old or worn restorations, or for people that want to improve the appearance of teeth with traditional fillings like amalgam or gold. In particular, teeth with very large old fillings would benefit from a ceramic restoration, this can be for structural or cosmetic benefit, or both!
“A simple way to obtain natural looking dental aesthetics is to remove the amalgam fillings in your teeth and replace them with tooth coloured fillings, such as composite resin fillings,” says Dr David Tuffley.
There are many different types of ceramics used in dentistry, and there is often a trade-off between strength and aesthetic properties. Modern ceramics such as lithium disilicate (commonly branded E-Max®) have become very good with both, and your dentist or specialist will help to select a material which meets your individual needs.
“Our laboratory and dentists have been using e-Max for many years, and we have found that this system gives great consistent results for our patients,” says Prosthodontist Dr Alana Evans.
For many treatments, particularly veneers and crowns, ceramic restorations are among our longest-lasting. They are expected to last significantly longer than directly placed materials such as composite resin. In some cases where teeth are likely to withstand unusually high forces, certain ceramics may not be a good option. This is on an individual basis and your dentist or specialist will discuss this with you.
Ceramic restorations need to be processed in the laboratory and then bonded to the tooth and are called indirect restorations. This is the opposite to direct restorations, which are light-cured directly onto the tooth, such as composite resin.
This is a lengthy process with a lot of steps that allows far greater control over all aspects during manufacture. This also means that two appointments are necessary to place a ceramic restoration, but the result is better than you can achieve with a direct restoration or with a chairside milling unit. A temporary restoration is placed on the tooth for the interim to allow time for manufacture.