Restorations and Fillings
All of our dentists in the practice are comfortable with using the full range of restorative materials that are presently available. No single material will normally be capable of doing every job, but the choice of material will be discussed with you prior to treatment.
Materials that are presently used in the practice include: amalgam, composite, gold and ceramic restoratives.
DENTAL AMALGAM RESTORATIONS
Amalgam has been used in dentistry for a long period of time and whilst it is still occasionally used its popularity is decreasing. The silver restorations tend to encourage cracks in the remaining tooth structure over a period of time and can compromise teeth. However in some instances it is still the best choice of material.
TOOTH COLORED RESTORATIONS
These generally offer a superior aesthetic result because they are tooth-coloured, blending in with the natural tooth enamel. These aesthetic restorations will restore the contour and shape of the tooth and can be a viable alternate to amalgam fillings. You can learn more about tooth-coloured restorations and fillings here.
This technique enables cavities to be digitially scanned and ceramic restorations manufactured outside of the mouth whilst you wait in the surgery. The technique can be employed to create crowns, and inlays for the more heavily compromised teeth. The aesthetic results are generally excellent. You can find out more about CEREC restorations here.
Gold inlays are a strong alternative to restore the more heavily filled teeth. The technique is usually employed only in the most posterior molars. You can learn more about gold inlays and onlays here.
DENTAL CROWNS AND BRIDGES
Some teeth are so weakened by decay or fractures that they need extra strengthening and protection. In this situation, your dentist may recommend a crown. You can learn more about dental crowns on this page.
If a tooth is missing, one solution is to ‘bridge’ the gap. A dental bridge is an artificial tooth held in place by crowns on the teeth either side of the gap. You can learn more about dental bridges here.