When a patient approves a plan which fits their needs and expectations, we can begin to restore their teeth to optimal function and aesthetics. The timetable for the work fits with the patient's needs. If necessary, implant surgery is mostly undertaken in house by Dr Vidovic. This and other steps which may involve specialists such as periodontists, endodontists and orthodontists are undertaken before we finalise the prosthodontic reconstruction of the dentition. Because we have long standing relationships with many of these top speciallists, we act as a highly qualified "interdisciplinary" team, reliant on each other for the final outcome. If preferred, patients can always use the dental specialist of their, or their dentist's choice. Our patient coordinator Liz liaises with patients, dentists and other specialists to ensure treatment is on track.
Our prosthodontic reconstruction activity involves fillings, veneers, crowns, bridgework, dentures and implants, all aimed to ensure an optimal aesthetic and functional outcome. Janis and Yvonne regard the use of magnification and rubber dam for restorative and crown and bridge work as leading edge technology, essential to their delivery of high quality services.
Yvonne and Janis use powerful Leica M651 microscopes when undertaking preparatory and reconstruction treatment to ensure the work is of the highest quality. Defects that look minute to the naked eye or even under normal magnifying “loupes” can be very easily detected and addressed. Impressions studied at 40x magnification can reveal even the smallest defects, saving a multitude of problems later down the track.
Patients who have had a root therapy would have already experienced the use of rubber dam. It’s a thin latex sheet stretched over the teeth to “dam” back the saliva, tongue and cheeks, protecting them and saving patients from having to swallow water and debris associated with dental treatment. We use dam wherever we can. It only takes a few minutes to place and has many advantages:
- Infection control
- Safety against inhaling or swallowing dropped instruments
- Protection against accidental drilling of the tongue, lips or cheeks
- Ease of holding the mouth open
- No need to swallow debris from drilling
- Because it’s easier for the dentist to see and work, things usually turn out better, and faster!