What Exactly are Crowns & Bridges?

September 26, 2017

Crowns and bridges are both fixed prosthetic devices. They are used to cover damaged or weakened teeth or fill gaps where teeth are missing. They can also be used as a cosmetic option to give you a brighter fuller smile without gaps or broken teeth.

Technology advancements have come a long way and laboratory made bridges and crowns are now made to look natural and unnoticeable. They can last up to a lifetime but most current crowns and bridges usually last between 5 and 15 years.

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Oceanic Dental Lab offers a wide range of cost effective crowns and bridges options to dental professionals. We understand that combatting increasing cost pressures are a key factor to business success. That’s why we focus on offering strong and beautiful products at a very competitive price.

Some products offered by Oceanic Dental Lab include:

·        Emax® Crowns, Bridges and inlays

Emax® crowns are one of the most popular choices when it comes to dentist preferred crowns. It is one of the most life like materials that resembles natural teeth perfectly. Another great benefit is it’s durable and long lasting lithium disilicate ceramic material which keeps it in great condition.

·        Zirconia Crowns

Another popular choice amongst dentists is Zirconia crowns which is made from a form of crystal. Known to be imperishable and extremely long lasting, Zirconia crowns are typically five times stronger than PFM crowns. Zirconia crowns are a superb restorative selection in terms of strength, customisation and aesthetics.

·        Porcelain-Fused-To-Metal (PFM) Crowns & Bridges

Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and bridges are the most cost effective tooth coloured restoration products. With fully customisable options, Oceanic Dental Lab also provide a wide range of precious and semi-precious metal alloys as a base.

If you would like any more information on our range of Crowns and Bridges, please contact us today.

Hawley Retainers or Begg Retainers – Which is Best for You?

August 3, 2017

Choosing the correct type of retainer can be a tricky business. There are several options available, and each one has pros and cons associated with it. This article will go over the Hawley Retainer and the Begg Retainer. It will list pros and cons of each one, as well as who they are best suited for.

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Hawley Retainer

The Hawley retainer is one of the best-known retainers available today. It is made with acrylic or plastic and a bendable wire. This bendable wire is designed to fit in front the teeth, while the acrylic or plastic is molded to the mouth. This retainer is worn after you braces have been removed, when the dentist can adjust it to perfect a patients teeth. This retainer sits behind the six front teeth and holds them in place once the braces have been removed to ensure they stay in their proper alignment. It is designed so prosthetic teeth can be added, or removed with little issue. If a patient forgets to wear it and the teeth shift, it can be adjusted to move teeth back in their proper placement slowly. It’s also a very easy retainer to make, so if it gets damaged, it is easy to replace. A recent upgrade to the Hawley retainer is the metal piece that holds the teeth in place has been replaced by a clear wire.


  • Adjustable
  • Easy to Care For
  • Easy to Clean
  • Long Lasting


  • Difficult to Adjust to Wearing
  • May Irritate Your Mouth
  • May Make You Have a Lisp
  • Very Noticeable

Begg Retainer

The Begg retainer is another popular retainer choice for anyone who is just getting finished with their braces treatment. This retainer will provide stability to the teeth and gum line, and ensure that the straightening treatment is maintained.  This retainer is made with an acrylic piece that sits on the palate, and a wire piece that wraps around the front of the teeth. It’s designed to perfect the placement of the six front teeth. This retainer must be worn continuously after a patient has had braces removed to prevent teeth from shifting back out of alignment. Eventually, a patient will only wear this retainer at night instead of all day. The Begg retainer allows for a small amount of adjustment by a dentist, but not much. It is a more unmovable retainer, and it ensures teeth remain where they ended after braces.


  • Easy to Care For
  • Easy Removal for Cleaning Purposes
  • Long Lasting with Proper Maintenance
  • More Rigid to Ensure Your Teeth Stay in Place
  • Removable


  • Difficult to Adjust to Wearing
  • Easy to Forget to Wear Them
  • Easy to Lose
  • Very Noticeable
  • You May Develop a Lisp

Which One Is Best for You?

Both the Hawley retainer and the Begg retainer have good points as well as downsides with using them. If you believe multiple adjustment will be required, you may lean toward the Hawley retainer. If it’s not expected that teeth will be added or removed, the Begg retainer is a good option. Since they are both removable, the patient will have to do their part and make sure to wear them. If you have more questions or want to know more about both styles of retainers, click here.

Choosing the Perfect Type of Dental Crown

May 31, 2017

A dental crown (often referred to as a crown – or a cap) is a tooth-restoring apparatus. Its applications are many. Primarily, a crown is used when a tooth is accidentally cracked, severely decayed to the point where fillings won’t suffice or when its cavities are so extensive that a large amount of it gets drilled away. Crowns are also employed to strengthen anchor teeth to support a bridge or to create a tooth on a dental implant.

A dental crown’s shape is usually determined by an impression (or indentation) that a dentist takes of a patient’s teeth after filing the damaged tooth down. A crown can fill out a tooth’s shape or it can completely encase a tooth. Either way, it should fit snugly and be shaped naturally into the mould.

A crown provides both aesthetic and therapeutic solutions. It often fills an unsightly and unhealthy gap in a set of teeth. It can help to preserve the shape of a patient’s jawline, prevent surrounding teeth from shifting and protect further damage to the tooth and bone beneath it. A crown is generally affixed with cement.

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Interestingly, the first known use of dental crowns was by the Etruscans, a civilisation that existed in the region that is now central Italy – around 160 A.D. Dental crowns are nothing new, but new technologies (including computer aided design and 3D printability), as well as better materials, constantly improve the appearance, comfort and strength of dental crowns.

You may select your crown material based on one or more of these variables: a patient’s budget, the location of the tooth to be repaired, the strength or length of repair that’s required, or the thickness of a crown’s material in relation to how much of an original tooth can be preserved. In some cases, you may also select a material that is better recommended for patients with allergies or auto-immune conditions. Below are some of today’s most commonly used dental crown materials and the fundamental features of each. For more in-depth information, please follow the individual links.

IPS (Ivoclar Porcelain System) Emax Crowns

  • Free of metal.
  • IPS crowns are made of a ceramic material called lithium disilicate ceramic and are less prone to causing sensitivity issues than metal.
  • An ideal choice for visible teeth. Their natural appearance, texture, translucency and colour blend beautifully with original teeth.
  • Strength and thickness are both moderate.

Zirconia Crowns

  • Free of metal.
  • Zirconia is a type of crystal and is less prone to causing sensitivity issues than metal.
  • Zirconias are not as natural looking as IPS Emax Crowns. They’re more opaque and not as ideally colour-matched (though improvements to this are already in the works).
  • Their strength is higher than that of IPS Emax; they are also thinner and allow for more tooth preservation.

Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM) Crowns

  • An outer layer of porcelain is heat fused to an inner foundation of metal. Various metals can be used, from semi-precious to highly precious; cost is usually the determining factor.
  • PFMs are opaque due to their metal core. In the case of gum recession, the inner metal can also be exposed by the gum line. Chips in the porcelain will additionally expose metal, so they are less aesthetically pleasing than IPS or Zirconia.
  • PFMs are of moderate thickness (similar to IPS) and of great strength and durability. They have toothlike chewing power.
  • PFMs are often preferred for use on back teeth and for anchoring major bridge work.

If we can answer any questions for you about dental prosthetics or for more information about our Australian dental lab services, please contact us. We look forward to assisting you.

6 Benefits of Getting a Hollywood Smile

March 21, 2017

The ‘Hollywood smile’ is associated with those perfect pearly whites flashed by celebrities. We see them planted all over magazines and TV – and it doesn’t take us long to realise that a sparkling set of pearly whites are often the secret behind a winning smile, not to mention those Hollywood good looks. Getting the perfect smile doesn’t just stop there thoug
h. Reducing gaps between teeth, encouraging whiter and brighter smiles and other dazzling differences all contribute to giving you that Hollywood beam.

But why does everyone want one? The benefits of a Hollywood smile go deeper than just the physical appearance. Your teeth are a sign of health and genetic quality – the better your teeth are, the healthier you look and feel. There’s no denying that most people want whiter teeth and a brighter, more stunning smile. And with celebrities undergoing cosmetic treatments to enhance theirs, it’s hard to determine what procedures and products will really give you that award-winning smile. Here’s the top benefits of a Hollywood smile and how you can go about making it happen:

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1. Perfectly Straight Teeth

Perfectly straight teeth are one of the key factors to contributing to a beautiful smile. Teeth that are straight and well-aligned are almost always seen in that Hollywood smile and they don’t necessarily have to be corrected with braces either. Fixed retained and teeth straightening appliances which correct jaw imperfections can help in transforming crooked teeth and changes the direction of the jaw development to correct the bite. This is usually an important part of achieving perfectly straight teeth. Crooked teeth can lead to overcrowding in the mouth and can also be fixed with palatal exp
anders, depending on how badly crooked they are.

2. Get that White Smile

Want to flash those pearly whites just like the Hollywood stars? Regular dental care is essential to maintaining healthy white teeth over time, so it pays to visit the dentist at least twice a year. If you are considering professional teeth whitening, it’s crucial you visit a qualified and registered dentist. Using at-home treatments like whitening gel is fine too – but make sure you purchase the gel from your dentist rather online. Online gels can break down the tooth with harmful acids.

Whiter, brighter teeth can be effective in boosting one’s confidence. They also project great oral health and can help to minimise the look of wrinkles by shifting the focus to a dazzling smile. One of the biggest benefits of getting a whiter smile is that the procedures and treatments involved don’t break the bank. You can make a huge update to your look with teeth whitening without the hefty price tag.

3. Utilise Dental Veneers

Porcelain dental veneers can play a huge role in achieving that Hollywood smile. These are designed to fit with your teeth and specific needs and fix a range of problems including discolouration, gaps, minor misalignment and chips in your teeth.  Many people looking to correct multiple teeth flaws or reach that Hollywood smile relatively quickly can utilise dental veneers through a reputable dentist. When fitted properly, dental veneers can give you 10-15 years of service and offer natural looking results.

It’s essential when undergoing such dentist procedures like veneers you stick within Australia. The dangers of dental tourism are very real and whilst attractive with cheaper prices, local dentistry work ensures you’re taking advantage of quality products with the best, most effective care.

4. No Gaps with No Pain

Even some of the hottest Hollywood stars have gaps in their teeth, but they will usually try and do everything to minimise and hide them. Gaps between teeth are more common than you realise. Little gaps can be acceptable but bigger gaps tend to be unsightly and can contribute to poor self-esteem. To reduce the gap (usually between the two front teeth), procedures are painless and easy. Dental veneers can be used to help close the gaps too and patients can find effective results fast.

5. Boost Your Smile

If you want to enhance your overall smile, undergoing a smile makeover can give many patients the Hollywood beam. Restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures are usually the best way to improve your smile and work on boosting the aesthetic appeal of your teeth and jaw structure. Minor teeth restorations can be fixed with composite bonding and offers patients an affordable option. Gum contouring can be ideal for misshaped gums, whilst dental crowns are best for smiles that suffer from missing and broken teeth.

6. Increased Health Benefits

Aside from the aesthetically pleasing benefits of achieving a Hollywood smile, dental procedures and care are effective in contributing to your overall health. Reviewing diet, oral health products and adding supplements to your regime help maintain healthy teeth. Teeth that are well looked after can help prevent other health problems like diabetes, heart disease, dementia and lung conditions – all which can be triggered by the bacteria within your mouth.

If you’re looking for ways to achieve that Hollywood smile, get in touch with Oceanic Dental today to find out how our Nu Smile packages can help.

The Best Types of Fixed Restorative Dental Work

March 21, 2017

Natural teeth are meant to last you a lifetime. Unfortunately, this is not the case for most fixed restorative dental workof us. Dentists work hard to preserve natural teeth by performing several restorative procedures that hide minor imperfections and strengthen the tooth. Preserving your teeth in the best possible way is an investment that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Because your teeth act as anchors for one another, one missing or detrimental tooth can affect your entire mouth.

Restorative dental work helps by installing an implant, denture or bridge to provide the necessary stabilisation. Whether your teeth have been damaged because of decay or trauma, getting restorative dental work can be one of the best things for you. Here’s a few of the most common procedures to consider.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are caps that go over a weak or damaged tooth and can perform many essential functions. They’re designed to hold parts of a cracked tooth together, support teeth with large fillings and secure dental bridges in place. There are various types of dental crowns used today, from the more cost-effective stainless steel ones to the digitally constructed Zirconia crowns. PFM crowns, Porcelain fused to metal crowns and all-ceramic crowns are aesthetically appealing. They blend in with the rest of the teeth in the mouth and look very natural and in most cases, it’s hard to tell restorative work has been done.

Bridges and Implants

Bridges and implants are ideal for replacing missing teeth or fixing gaps in the teeth. Dental bridges come in different types, but fixed bridges are the most commonly used. They consist of two crowns located on either side of the pontic (artificial tooth). Dental bridges look natural and conceal the gap between your teeth. They also prevent teeth located on either side of the gap from drifting into the gap. Dental implants are a permanent solution for gaps in the teeth. They consist of a dental implant, an abutment implant, and a porcelain crown. The implant is surgically introduced into the jaw bone and left to integrate with the bone. The crown is placed right over the abutment and functions like a natural tooth. Dental implants inhibit the loss of jaw bone because they exert pressure on the jaw bone and stimulate it enough to keep it strong.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is perfect for people with crooked teeth, cracked teeth or gaps in the teeth. The procedure involves the use of a tooth-coloured composite material that helps to conceal gaps in the teeth, cracks or minor imperfections. Dentists can also re-contour teeth that are taller than the rest of the teeth in the set and use composite to finish the job. Dental bonding is also ideal for patients who have misshapen teeth or slightly crooked teeth. It’s a minimally invasive and quick procedure that can be completed in just one sitting. If the teeth that need to be worked on are located right in front of the mouth, the dentist may use dental veneers instead. Veneers are porcelain or resin composite shells that are permanently cemented to the teeth. They’re a great aesthetic alternative to other dental procedures.

Teeth Whitening

This is another popular restorative procedure that’s all the rage at the moment. People with tooth discolourations bank on teeth whitening procedures to improve the appearance of their teeth and brighten their smiles. Right from at-home teeth whitening kits to professional dental teeth whitening procedures, the options are numerous. Teeth whitening done at the dentists’ office is a far better choice because the dentist can use higher concentrations of whitening agents like carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. The dentist will also apply the product in the right manner, thereby preventing increased sensitivity and gum problems.

Restorative dentistry is an important part of keeping your teeth healthy. The right procedure can help to reduce the risk of more trauma within your mouth and keep your teeth and smile intact, and eliminate further health problems.

If you would like any further information on fixed restorative dental work please contact us today and we’ll be happy to offer our advice and services.