REPAIR YOUR TEETH
Chipped, broken, worn down teeth ?
OUR DENTIST WILL ADVICE YOU ACCORDINGLY TO YOUR DENTAL REQUIREMENTS WHICH PROCEDURE IS SUITABLE TO RESTORE YOUR ORAL HEALTH.
- COSMETIC FILLINGS
- INLAYS & ONLAYS
An alternative material to amalgam for fillings is the composite resin material which has improved in the last 10 years. They can be used by our dentist depending on the size and complexity of the restoration.
Composite fillings are strong but may not be as hard wearing as ordinary amalgam fillings.
Composite fillings are tooth coloured and are made from powdered glass, quartz, silica or other ceramic particles added to a resin base. Our dentist will choose a shade to match your own teeth, although over time the teeth can get stained. After the tooth is prepared, the filling is bonded onto the area with an adhesive and a light shone onto it to set it. With this type of filling, the dentist may have to remove less of the tooth, which is obviously better.
Glass ionomer fillings are another type of white fillings which form a chemical bond with the tooth. They may also release fluoride, which help prevent further tooth decay. This type of filling is fairly weak. Because of this they are usually used on baby teeth and non- biting surfaces, such as around the neck of the tooth. Little preparation is needed as the filling bonds directly to the tooth.
Our dentist will be able to tell you how long your fillings should last depending on where the filling is positioned and how heavily your teeth come together.
A crown is a cap or cover which replaces the missing portion of the tooth.
There are many indications for crowning a tooth. This can be due to aesthetic considerations but most are due to lack of remaining tooth structure. If a tooth is broken down or heavily filled, the crown is placed to protect the tooth from the high biting forces we exert on our teeth whilst eating.
Not all crowns are the same and we provided gold crowns, porcelain bonded to metal crowns as well as the latest in the metal free alternatives that give truly lifelike results.
The latest advances in porcelain allows light to transmit though the crown, thereby creating a restoration that is undetectable from the other natural teeth in your smile. With the absence of any metal core on the inside of the crown, there will be no more telltale grey lines which are usually seen with the metal ceramic crowns.
INLAYS & ONLAYS
An Inlay or Onlay is a porcelain filling (either part or full) bonded into place to protect the tooth. They are custom made by a technician in a laboratory to fit into or over the tooth. They are used when there is insufficient tooth structure to support a directly placed filling.
This is carried out in two appointments, the first of which is to prepare the tooth, take impressions and place a temporary inlay. At the second appointment the permanent porcelain Inlay or Onlay is bonded to the tooth.
Veneers are porcelain facings that are bonded onto the front of the teeth.
There are an aesthetic option to correct when there has been a problem with the colour of the enamel or some minor alignment or shape issues with the teeth.
Veneers are not as strong as crowns and are therefore not always a suitable option for people with a close or heavy bite. A veneer also requires two appointments to complete.We will make you a temporary veneer to wear in between visits.
In most cases we carry out a diagnostic wax up where you can trial your veneers prior to going ahead with the definitive treatment.
For further details please contact our friendly team on 01242 522616.We will be happy to help.