Improving and maintaining your dental health
This is the term that covers all the services that we provide to replace missing teeth and the repair those that have suffered damage or decay.
The sorts of restorative dentistry that we provide include giving fillings and inserting crowns bridges or implants. Our over-riding aim is to bring back your natural smile and to promote oral health and hygiene for you.
Restorative dentistry is important for a number of reasons. For example, by replacing missing teeth it fills spaces and helps to keep your other teeth properly aligned and also reduces the risk of plaque building up in the gap. Naturally, there are also the aesthetic advantages of having a full set of teeth.
There are four main treatments that are used.
This is the most common way to treat a cavity. First, we remove the existing decay and fill the tooth with a choice of material. For patients who would prefer not to have the traditional metal filling a good alternative is a tooth-coloured composite resin.
A crown is a cap that is placed over an existing tooth to strengthen and protect its structure. First, we take an impression of the tooth and send the mould to a specialist where it is made. Then we arrange an appointment during which you to have it permanently cemented into place.
A dental bridge is used to fill a gap left by missing teeth. It has a crown on each end which acts as anchor and the artificial tooth or teeth are connected to the crowns to fill the space.
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. An implant has 2 parts: a metal anchor which attaches to the jawbone and a false tooth, similar to a crown.
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Depending on the situation, we will make certain recommendations about which kinds of restorative dentistry would be most appropriate.