Restorative Treatments are the various ways your dentist can replace missing teeth or repair missing parts of the tooth structure. Tooth structure can be missing due to decay, deterioration of a previously placed restoration, fracture of a tooth and more.
Fillings are used when a small cavity develops in a tooth, the dentist will use a composite to fill in the cavity to stop it from filling up with food or biofilm to reduce the tooth decay. Fillings are widely used in the dental industry for small cavities and are the most common dental procedure, but in some cases where the cavity is too big an inlay or crown may be used.
A Root Canal Treatment is used on an infected tooth to try and clean out any infectious materials and is a specialist Endodontics procedure to try and save the tooth. If the tooth isn’t cleaned then the infection may spread, causing swelling and possibly an abscess this will cause the patient a lot of pain. The dentist will then try to drain any puss, to stop any further infection and then cap the tooth with a filling to stop any biofilm or food from entering the cavity and causing the root canal to get worse.
Bridges are used in dentistry to bridge the gap between two teeth if you are missing a tooth to improve appearances. The process uses a false tooth, we normally use porcelain, it is then held in place by bonding it to the teeth on either side of it.
An Implant is a fake tooth that is drilled into your jawbone to create a strong, stable tooth. Over time the implant will bond with the jawbone and will look, work and feel like a real tooth as the fake tooth is colour matched to the rest of your teeth. The Implant procedure is perfect for anyone looking for a strong, long-term alternative to bridges or dentures.
Dentures are commonly used when a patient has lost some teeth and wants to fill the gap. 8 to 12 weeks after losing a tooth the hole is filled with bone and tissue, this creates a sustainable base for the dentures to grip too. We offer two types of dentures; partial dentures which are used when the patient is only replacing a couple of teeth and we also offer full dentures, which would be a full set of teeth.
These dental procedures help save and build upon a decayed tooth, inlays will be fitted into cavities and crowns are used to place on top of the partially decayed tooth. These are pre-moulded and are more durable than traditional fillings with a lower rate of breaking during chewing.