Contrary to popular belief, most dentists – and especially ours - don’t enjoy drilling and filling. Our aim is to educate you so that you don’t require fillings and we do this through oral health education, promoting the importance of regular dental and hygiene examinations, and providing brushing tips that will keep your teeth and gums in the pink.
If you do require a filling, we provide amalgam (metal) fillings and white fillings that are matched exactly to your tooth colour, allowing you to laugh without embarrassment.
What is a crown?
A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining parts of a damaged tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. It is sometimes known as a cap. Crowns are an ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken, weakened by decay or include a large filling. Crowns can be made from gold, porcelain or a combination of both, and more recently ceramic. Ceramic crowns are carefully crafted to look more natural and blend in with the rest of your teeth and can eliminate dark metallic lines around the gums. We can advise you which type of crown would be best for your particular problem.
A crown could be used for a number of other reasons, for instance:
- you may have discoloured fillings and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth
- you may have had a root filling that will need a crown to protect and strengthen it
- it may help hold a removable bridge or denture firmly in place
When would a bridge be required?
If you have lost a tooth, there are three ways you can fill the gap; dental implants, a fixed bridge or a partial denture. Bridges can be used to fit a replacement tooth or teeth by being carefully attached to adjacent teeth. Some preparation of the adjacent teeth is required and this is most appropriate when these teeth have already been filled or require some treatment anyway. This treatment is cost effective, relatively long lasting and the false tooth will blend in perfectly with your natural teeth.
Why should I replace missing teeth?
You should replace missing teeth for a number of reasons. Firstly, if you notice a lack of function after losing a tooth, find you can’t chew properly or your food gets lost in the space between your teeth. Secondly, it may be a simple case of appearance. Few people would be prepared to have a gap at the front of their mouths. A missing tooth can mean greater strain being put on teeth either side of the gap – this could lead to problems with those teeth eventually.
A gap can also mean your bite is affected because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and alter the way your upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which can cause decay and gum disease.