A dental restoration is required when there is a build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth causing dental decay. Often dental decay can lead to other more serious dental and general health problems, but there are a number of solutions we proudly offer than can stop the spread of decay in it’s tracks. These are:
Fillings are a common dental practice that is used to fix problems caused by minor decay. A filling is created by removing the decay from a tooth and filling in the resulting vacant space with a tooth-coloured substance to return the tooth to its original appearance and stop the spread of decay.
When a tooth has been severely damaged by decay the only way to prevent the decay from spreading may be with a crown. First the decay is removed from the tooth and then a model is created for which to make something that will fit over your tooth – this is the crown. A crown is typically made of gold or porcelain and fits over the newly cleaned tooth, covering it completely and restoring the tooth to its natural shape and function.
Inlays are a more permanent solution than fillings. Similar to the process involved with a filling, the decay is removed and the surrounding area cleaned; but, instead of filling it immediately a model of the area is made. This model is then sent to a dental laboratory where a gold or porcelain inlay is created. The inlay is bonded to the tooth creating a comfortable fit and lowering the risk of further decay.
An onlay is the solution in between an inlay and a crown. When the damage is too much for a filling or inlay, but not enough for a crown then an onlay is made to fit on top of the cusps of your tooth.
A dental bridge is a series of crowns connected together to replace a missing tooth or teeth. It is cemented in place and feels very similar to a natural tooth.