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Is there something in your teeth? Dentistry on Merivale


Dentistry is one of the very few medical professions where a foreign material is placed in a patient’s body and then left there permanently for years, if not decades. Add to this the fact that the environment in which this happens is routinely subject to extremes of abrasion, temperature, acidity, bacteria, enzymes and all the other nuances of the oral environment.

 

Recent evidence has now shown that nearly all composite materials (“white fillings”, as well as many crown cements) contain and potentially release into the body phthalates such as Bisphenol-A (BPA), as well as titanium dioxide, HEMA and TEGDMA. Which some studies have shown may cause toxicity.

At Dentistry on Merivale they search the world for dental materials that are as non-toxic as possible, while still allowing full restoration of the dentition.

Early last year Dr David Walsh was introduced to a holistic composite and bonding system out of Switzerland called Saremco, which is entirely free of HEMA, TEGDMA, BPAs and titanium dioxide.

At the time it was not available in New Zealand, so Dr Walsh imported it himself for a clinical trial. Upon finding it an excellent system, he established Bioholistic New Zealand Ltd to import it as a source for the New Zealand dental profession at large.

Saremco is available for purchase by the profession at bioholistic.co.nz. Dr Walsh provides this information simply for the awareness of holistically-minded clients who may be facing some dental work and who are looking for the healthiest option.


 

The Dynamic Duo


Two of the top dogs of the dental world are teaming up to bring you a service like no other. Richard Greenlees from Lovebite and Dr. David Kao from Christchurch Boutique Dental are trailblazers in their field and it is safe to say they make quite the pairing – certainly one worth smiling about.

 

 

But to appreciate them as a team, you must first delve into who these professionals are individually.

Richard is a master dental technician who has people coming to see him from all over the world to have work done.

He recently was inducted into the Oral Design Group which consists of 80 hand-picked individuals around the globe.

On the other hand, Dr. David is a highly skilled dentist and one of the only people in the country in dentistry, who works under a microscope.

His forte is complex reconstructive procedures and he takes on referrals from dentists around the country.

For two people who are so used to being highly observant and precise, their meeting was rather serendipitous.

Dr. David travels around the world to find master technicians who can deliver the quality and precision he is looking for.

After years of visits, Dr. David was asked by one of the technicians he worked with “Why do you travel halfway around the globe when you can work with Richard Greenlees from Christchurch?”.

The pair use the latest technology, make everything in New Zealand and do not outsource their work to other countries; to give every patient the best result on the market.

A partnership like this is worth every praise as Richard explains, “The fact that we are working so closely together, is the best way to get a result.

No one else is doing that in the country; we really work on a one-on-one basis”.

The team work with patients who have lost all of their teeth or even those who need implants in the upper and lower jaw.

They completely replace their teeth with varying options from dentures that are clipped onto the implants to full Zirconia.

With any surgery that takes place, David proudly says “Everything that we do here is pre-planned digitally.

We take a full digital scan of the patients mouth and combine it with their CT scan.

So, we can place implants virtually on the computer, exactly where we would want it and then mould a guide.

We can then use that guide to direct the implant”.

Precision is key in what they do, this leaves room for next to no errors and ensures that every patient is getting a product that is tailored specifically for them.

Both parties have a shared interest in working to the highest possible standard and creating the most natural appearance that they can get in the mouth.

“Back in the day, people would approach it from a functional sense,” David explains. “Nowadays, we look at how it is going to appear first; what it’s going to look like.”

With a smile on both of their faces, Richard says, “We don’t want to be the biggest; we don’t want to be the cheapest, we just want to be the best”.

In practice, they are following the DCNZ guidelines for COVID. You can see either of these professionals for an initial consultation.

For more information phone Dr. David on 03 925 9929 or Richard on  03 379 1222.


 

Dentists with a Difference


Fast becoming leaders in their field, we asked Christchurch Boutique Dental why they stand out from the rest.

 

 

What’s your point of difference?

We do everything in-house.

From general dentistry to complex procedures, such as implant surgery, complex root canals, cosmetic gum surgery, Botox and fillers.

Procedures are done under a microscope; with 30 times the magnification, we can work on things not visible to the human eye.

Also, because of our expertise, we’re able to offer patients a more holistic treatment plan that covers all of the bases.


The clinic has a bright, spacious vibe. How did you get it so right?

Our vision was for a dental clinic that gives a positive, uplifting experience, in which the needs of our patients are paramount, from their initial one-hour bespoke consultation through to their final appointment.


What about your fees?

We’ve structured our fees at an affordable level, with a view to stabilising the dental condition.

We build a solid foundation for dental health at a very reasonable price.


Your fillings have a 10-year warranty! How does this happen?

We utilise the first teaching in dentistry – the rubber dam.

The dam isolates moisture from the patient’s mouth; combined with the precision of the microscope, we can perfect our procedures from every level.

Without the dam, the tooth will never be restored to its full potential.


Find Christchurch Boutique Dental at 105 Wainui Street, Riccarton Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm. Phone 03 925 9929


 

OrthodontiX

World first in dentistry: OrthodontiX


“It’s a true revolution and the future of orthodontics.”

 

OrthodontiX

 

Ronald Sluiter of OrthodontiX, who has always been fascinated by technological innovation in his field, is referring to Dental Monitoring (DM). This exciting and advanced way to have orthodontic treatment developed by French biophysicist Philippe Salah, allows specialists to control the position and shape of patients’ teeth remotely and continuously by way of an app on a smartphone. It’s a self-monitoring system whereby patients snap a photo of their own teeth on their phone (either Android or iOS) at home.

The images are uploaded to the Paris HQ of Dental Monitoring and are evaluated there by Artificial Intelligence. “I started using DM early in 2018 for patients on the Invisalign teeth-straightening system. It benefits me as an orthodontist because I can track the movement of my patients’ teeth as treatment progresses and can intervene early to prevent any problems occurring. It benefits my patients as well. They don’t need to come into the practice as often.

I have a patient in Greymouth who, instead of having to see me about 25 times during treatment, has needed only six visits.” Ronald has just returned from the first ever symposium on Dental Monitoring held in Las Vegas. “I am even more excited now to roll out the technology to more of my patients.”

 


If you would like to discover the benefits of the advanced Dental Monitoring app for your teeth, book a consultation with the friendly team at OrthodontiX today. Phone 0800 678 463.


 

The Art of Dentistry: Boutique Dental


Heralding a new era of dentistry, Dr David Kao, owner of Christchurch Boutique Dental is a vanguard of ‘dentistry as an art form’.

 

Dr Kao

 

Dr Kao’s unique methods hold a mirror up to nature, intent on treating Gaia-like, the essential symbiotic union between teeth, jaw and facial muscles, promoting facial aesthetics, including wrinkle reduction, to ensure harmony and balance.
He understands that not only function, but beautiful form begins with these natural fundamentals. “If dentistry is perfected on a microscopic level, cosmetic improvements will follow naturally.”
Dr Kao prefers a tailored approach, with a rigorous commitment to bespoke solutions and positive outcomes.

Bio emulation methods mean his treatments follow the natural groove and ridge of teeth with the understanding that each has a function, leading to personalised results.
Regularly training around the world in the latest techniques, his holistic approach encompasses the reality that an incorrect or worn bite pressures the facial muscles that scaffold from jaw to temple, creating wrinkles.
‘Aesthetically pleasing’ does not equate perfection however, and in Dr Kao’s practice, the smiles he fashions retain character. He collaborates with master dental technicians from around the world to create bespoke veneers, crowns and bridges.

Dr Kao’s composite fillings maintain the original, natural colours, contours and even the staining of teeth. For Dr Kao, microscope dentistry, smile design and facial aesthetics including fillers and Botox, along with his natural philosophy, are his passion. He adores the process of ensuring harmonious interplay between all the factors that create the best yet most natural looking you.

 


Visit www.boutiquedental.nz.