Restorative Dentistry includes fillings, Inlay & Onlays, crowns, bridges, dentures and endodontics.
The main reason fillings are carried out is to remove decay and restore the tooth to a good form and function. In the majority of cases the filling is carried out in a white material known as composite.
Inlay & Onlays
These are often called “laboratory created fillings”. These are often used if the decay covers a greater surface area or where a filling may not seem ideal or there is damage to the upper area of the tooth. Once placed this will look like your natural tooth.
A crown is a restoration that fits over the remaining tooth structure to make it strong and looks like a natural tooth. It preserves the remaining tooth structure.
Many people refer to a dental crown as a cap.
Dental bridges, in fact, do as the name suggests and bridge the gap created by one or missing teeth. A bridge will consist of an artificial natural looking tooth known as a pontic and two anchoring dental crowns.
A dental bridge will restore your smile and let you chew properly. In turn it distributes the biting force by replacing missing teeth. A bridge will maintain the shape of your face and prevent the remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
If you lose a tooth it is important to come and see us as soon as possible in order to ensure that the remaining teeth do not shift and move out of place so to fill the gap.
Endodontics is often referred to as root canal therapy. We will address the cause, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the affected dental pulp of the tooth.
Dentures are often recommended if you are missing most of your teeth. We would be happy to discuss the suitability of a denture with you. Dentures profoundly and positively impact on the patient’s confidence and will allow you to enjoy all types of food.