Fillings replace the part of the tooth that has become damaged through decay and are used to seal the tooth from further decay and restore function. Fillings can be amalgam (silver-coloured) or composite (tooth-coloured). Your dentist will be happy to discuss the different options available to you.
Crowning is a method to rebuild teeth which have broken down or have been weakened by decay or a large filling. A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape and contour of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap’.
Crowns can be made of from metal, ceramic or porcelain fused to metal. Your dentist will discuss the different options to enable you to make the best choice for your situation.
There are several options for replacing missing teeth – dental implants, a denture and a bridge.
Dental bridges are a fixed method of replacing one or more teeth. There are different types of bridges and the type recommended depends on individual circumstances.
A bridge will improve your smile as the gaps in your mouth are replaced and also improve your chewing ability and speech.
A denture is a removable appliance worn to replace missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth can be important for both your health and appearance.
Dentures can either be complete or partial. A complete denture replaces all the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. A complete denture provides support for cheeks and lips. Without this support, sagging facial muscles can make a person appear older and reduce their ability to eat and speak.
A partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and is attached to your teeth using metal clasps.
The base of the denture is called the plate and is made from acrylic or metal. The teeth are made from acrylic and can be made to match the colour of any existing teeth. Our team will look at your clinical situation and discuss the options available.
Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Treatment is necessary when the central core of the tooth known as the pulp, which contains nerve fibres and blood vessels, becomes damaged. It can die and cause toothache and/or infections such as abscesses.
The aim of the treatment is to remove the infection, clean out and fill the root canal and then restore the tooth with either a filling or crown.
Without root canal treatment the tooth would inevitably have to be removed.