A dental restoration or dental filling is used to restore the function, integrity and morphology of missing tooth structure. The structural loss typically results from decay or external trauma, which may cause discomfort.
Amalgam (silver) fillings are strong, durable and resistant to wear. However, due to their dark colour, they are more noticeable than composite restorations.
White or tooth coloured fillings are an extremely aesthetic alternative to the traditional silver amalgam fillings placed on the back teeth. Composites are matched to be the same colour as your teeth and therefore used where a natural appearance is desired.
We can offer the latest white fillings in a wide range of colours for a natural look. This can be done to restore teeth after decay or to replace old fillings.
Crowns & Bridges
A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. It can be used to replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining, protect a weakened tooth from fracturing(after root canal treatment) or attach a bridge or denture. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment.
A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease, jaw joint (TMJ) problems and even a reduced ability to eat.
Bridges can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are cemented to the natural teeth surrounding the empty space. These teeth are called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments.
Materials for Crowns and Bridges
As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. We can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges or crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
Metal crowns are used in areas where aesthetics is not the primary concern. They are metal alloys ranging from gold (material of choice) to cobalt chromium. They are strong and durable.
Porcelain fused to metal – the porcelain is layered on top of a metal skeleton to improve its aesthetics. However over time this combination can create dark lines around the gum which can be very noticeable, especially at the front of the mouth.
Porcelain teeth can be described as being glass like, letting some light through. Completely porcelain crowns resemble a natural tooth the best due to its translucency making it mostly used for the front teeth. Where the is a wide smile line we occasionally used it for back teeth as well.