Amalgam restorations are now being replaced with ‘white’ alternatives including materials called composite resin or ceramics that do not contain mercury and are tooth coloured. We can refill the tooth with either composite resin or a ceramic restoration from your old silver/black filling tooth to have a more natural looking and strong enough to form part of your tooth, this is a great way to get your new smile on the right track.
By permitting what is left of the natural tooth to remain intact, bonding has revolutionised the process of repairing broken teeth. In the past, chipping a tooth meant replacing it with a crown, unless the chip was small enough to cosmetically contour it out. Now a new tooth can be formed by simply applying mouldable plastic to the remaining structure. This will build the tooth back to its original shape and can even be used to make it better than it was.
Inlays & Onlays
Porcelain inlays and onlays are utilised to restore strength, function and a natural appearance to the teeth. Only the minimum amount of tooth structure is removed during preparation, thereby preserving as much of the natural tooth as possible. Caring for your inlay or onlay is important. Plaque, tartar build-up and gum disease can be susceptible. Therefore cleaning appointments every six months will ensure that your inlays and onlays last for many years.
Crown & Bridge
Crowns and bridges refer to the restoration of natural teeth that have been damaged, decayed or lost. A crown can be made to restore an individual tooth, damaged by decay or fracture, back to its original form and function, while a bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. These restorations are cemented onto the teeth and are referred to as ‘fixed’ dentistry as opposed to a restoration of missing teeth with a removable appliance or partial denture.