Silver fillings are the most common type of filling used in dentistry. The material is strong and durable and functions well under the natural stress and strain that teeth experience. To date, no links have been established anywhere in the world between amalgam use and general ill-health.
A crown (‘cap’), is an artificial restoration that encircles the tooth making it strong and restoring its natural shape and appearance. Crowns can be made from porcelain or gold or a combination of materials.
We are now offering all-porcelain/ceramic crowns which provide a major advancement in aesthetics to enhance your smile.
Crowns are typically used:
- Where there has been extensive decay
- To improve the appearance of the tooth
- To protect a tooth which has been root-filled
- To hold a bridge or denture firmly in place
A bridge is a restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants. A bridge may be made from a variety of materials. Replacing missing teeth is important, not only for the appearance but also the health of your other teeth.
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply to the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury.
Why is root canal treatment needed?
If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth. This may eventually lead to an abscess. If root canal treatment (RCT) is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.
What does it involve?
The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to help prevent any further infection. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist.
What if I don’t have the treatment?
The other alternative is to have the tooth extracted. Once the pulp is destroyed, it cannot heal and it is best to remove the infected tooth.
Root-treated teeth should be cared for the same as any other tooth. Remember to clean your teeth twice a day, preferably with a fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on sugary snacks, and keep them only to mealtimes if possible. See your dentist for regular check-ups.
Dental implants offer a permanent solution for missing teeth. A dental implant is essentially a substitute for the natural root of the tooth and can be used to restore single or multiple spaces, as well as support dentures.
A denture is an appliance that is worn to replace lost or missing teeth enabling you to enjoy a healthy diet and smile with confidence. For advice on how to look after your denture, click below: