Opening Hours

Monday - 9am - 5:30pm 

Tuesday - 9am - Till Late

Wednesday - 8am - 5:30pm

Thursday - 9am - 5:30pm 

Friday - 9am - 5:00pm 

Saturday - 9am - 1pm 

Emergency appointments available. 

Treatments available at Cuddy Dentists

Cosmetic

A wide variety of unsightly and unhealthy dental conditions can be corrected including chipped teeth, cracked teeth, misshapen teeth, misaligned teeth and discoloured teeth. Veneers are commonly used in correcting some of the above conditions. The result is an amazing and dramatic improvement in your smile. 

Restorative

There are many different types of restorative treatments available from:

Bridges - Crowns - Dentures.

Here at Cuddy Dentists we provide all of these services under one roof. 

Preventative

Dental hygiene treatment includes professionally cleaning the teeth for the patient. This is usually called scaling and polishing. However, perhaps our most important role is showing the patient the best way to keep the teeth free of plaque.

Dental Implants 

Dental Implants is  an ideal solution for patients missing teeth. Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth or dentures. Unlike dentures and bridges, implants are attached to your jawbone. They are permanently set in the jaw and affixed with replacement teeth, preventing painful shifting in the mouth.

Implants can benefit patients of any age. Whether for a single missing tooth or for replacement of all a patient’s teeth, dental implants are now recognized as the standard treatment for a full range of problems. For example, dental implants can do the following

  • Ÿ  Replace one or more teeth without affecting bordering teeth.
  • Ÿ  Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture.
  • Ÿ  Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.

The implant looks and feels like your natural teeth, so you can eat your favourite foods again and  smile with confidence. Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gum tissue and adequate bone to support the implant. If you are interested in finding out if dental implants are a good alternative for you, an initial consultation with any of the dentists at Frank Cuddy & Associates Dental Surgery will determine if you are a candidate for implants.

There are a number of types of implants available.

Endosteal (in the bone): This is the most commonly used type of implant. The various types include screws, cylinders or blades surgically placed into the jawbone. Each implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth. This type of implant is generally used as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.

Subperiosteal (on the bone): These are placed on top of the jaw with the metal framework's posts protruding through the gum to hold the prosthesis. These types of implants are used for patients who are unable to wear conventional dentures and who have minimal bone

Dental Implants have advantages  over Dentures or a Bridge

Esthetic Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth! Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.

Tooth-saving Dental implants don't sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighbouring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!

Confidence Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence! They are secure and offer freedom from the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures. They'll allow you to say goodbye to worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues. Some people cannot use removable dentures however hard they try and however hard the dentist tries to make the dentures a good fit. 

Reliable The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.

The Dental implant Procedure

Dental implant procedure is a team effort between you, your dentist and your periodontist. (A periodontist is a dental specialist with  specialty training in diagnosing, preventing and treating gum disease. A periodontist  can also place dental implants) Your periodontist and dentist will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, your periodontist and dentist will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.

You are given a local anaesthetic and an implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth, then the  gum is stitched so that it heals over the implant.

The main aim during installation of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone into microscopic roughnesses on the implant surface.

In order to support replacement teeth, dental implants normally have some form of internal screw thread or post space that allows a variety of components to be fitted. Once fitted, these components provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.

Dentures

Dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth, and which are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable, however there are many different denture designs, some which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants. There are two main categories of dentures, depending on whether they are used to replace missing teeth on the mandibular arch or the maxillary arch.

Removable partial dentures

Removable partial dentures are for patients who are missing some of their teeth on a particular arch. Fixed partial dentures, also known as "crown and bridge", are made from crowns that are fitted on the remaining teeth to act as abutments and pontics made from materials to resemble the missing teeth. Fixed bridges are more expensive than removable appliances but are more stable. Replacing one or more teeth is easier than ever before with the multitude of denture alternatives available to patients.

Complete dentures

Conversely, complete dentures or full dentures are worn by patients who are missing all of the teeth in a single arch (i.e. the maxillary (upper) or mandibular (lower) arch). Dentures are now more comfortable and affordable than ever before.

Crown

What are Crowns? 

Dental crowns, also known as “caps,” preserve the functionality of damaged teeth. A dental crown may be used to protect a cracked tooth, restore functionality of a tooth with excessive decay or replace a pre-existing crown. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth.

The purpose of a dental crown is to encase a needy tooth with a custom-designed material. It completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns can be made from many materials. 

The three predominant choices of restorative materials used by the dentists at Frank Cuddy & Associates Dental Surgery for the full coverage crowns are: Porcelain-fused-to-metal, All-ceramic (all-porcelain) and gold. The material selected is determined by the clinical demands at hand; esthetical demands, strength requirements, material durability and restorative space available. 

There is a huge difference in cost between using expensive precious metals such as gold and palladium and cheap metals such as nickel. The risk of using these is that allergies are possible, staining or tattooing of the gum is possible and there may be reaction between different metals. Often a non-precious metal will not last as long. At Frank Cuddy & Associates Dental Surgery we normally use precious metals or pure porcelains in our restorations 

The Dental Crown Clinical Procedure

During the dental crown procedure, your dentist prepares the tooth and makes a molded impression of the teeth to send to a dental laboratory. A fitted, temporary crown is created during this visit to temporarily protect the tooth while the final restoration is being made in the dental laboratory. Once completed, the tooth crown is cemented or adhesively bonded at a later visit.

Dental Crowns Recovery and Aftercare

After your permanent crown has been placed, your dentist will provide you with information about caring for your new restoration. In general, maintain proper oral hygiene habits by brushing twice daily and flossing with dental floss or interdental cleaners (specially designed brushes and sticks) once a day. These practices will help to remove plaque from the area where the crown meets the gum, and help prevent dental decay and gum disease. Your dentist may recommend a visit to our hygienist Ms Sally Conboy (RHD Hygienst) for thorough professional cleaning a few months after the permanent crown has been placed. 

It is important that you avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects, since this could damage your crown. It also is important to avoid biting your fingernails and grinding your teeth. If you habitually clench or grind your teeth, your dentist may recommend wearing a night-time mouth guard to help protect your crowns while sleeping. Mouth guards to specifically fit your mouth (precisely around your teeth) can be designed at Frank Cuddy & Associates Dental Surgery.

Bridges

A Dental Bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants. Dental Bridges are literally "bridge the gap" between remaining teeth, stabilizing the jaw by surrounding those teeth with attractive crowns. The dentists at Frank Cuddy & Associates, Dental surgery can provide several different types of fixed dental bridges (cannot be removed), including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Typically, conventional and cantilever bridges require shaping of the teeth surrounding a missing tooth. Crowns are then placed on the shaped teeth and attached to an artificial tooth (called a pontic). A resin-bonded bridge requires less preparation of adjacent teeth. It is often used to replace front teeth, provided that the gums are healthy and the surrounding teeth do not have extensive dental fillings.

Bridges Consultation and Treatment Planning

If you are considering having a Dental bridge, phone 091 533533 for a consultation with any of the dentists at Frank Cuddy & Associates, Dental Surgery. During the first visit, your dentist examines the health of your gums and other teeth to evaluate if you are a candidate for a dental bridge. If you and your dentist determine that a dental bridge is the best replacement for your missing tooth or teeth, you will be advised of different materials that the dental laboratory can use to make your restoration. Recommended materials will depend upon where in the mouth the bridge will be placed, whether or not you grind or clench your teeth and other factors outlined by your dentist. Dental bridges today can be fabricated from a combination of porcelain and metal, porcelain and gold, or exclusively with high-strength metal-free materials such as zirconia or alumina. All of the above materials can be provided by the dental laboratories used by the dentists at Frank Cuddy & Associates, Dental Surgery

The Dental Bridge Procedure

The procedure involved in having a bridge preparation is a relatively pain free experience however, the preparation visit may take a considerable length of time depending on how many unit are involved. Firstly, you are given a local anaesthetic. Frank Cuddy & Associates, Dental Surgery has introduced a revolutionary new fool proof local anaesthetic at the surgery, which means that you never need to worry that an injection might not work. After the anaesthetic, your dentist will prepare the teeth required to support the bridge. Next, your dentist takes an impression of the prepared teeth. Your bridge is fabricated based on this model by a skilled laboratory technician so that it precisely fits the prepared teeth. While your bridge is being fabricated, your dentist fits you with a temporary bridge so the teeth and gums can be protected from damage until your permanent bridge is ready. To complete the dental bridge procedure, you must return to the dental Surgery for a second visit to have the bridge fitted and cemented.

Dental Bridges Recovery and Post-Procedure Care

After your dental bridge has been cemented into place, your dentist will provide you with hygiene information to maintain the performance and longevity of your restoration, along with the health of your teeth and gums. It is very important that you exercise proper dental hygiene. We strongly recommend that visit your dentist for regular checkups following Dental Bridge(s) and that you attend our hygienist Ms Sally Conboy (RHD Hygienst) for thorough professional cleaning a few months after the bridge has been placed.