We’ll give you a range of options for repairing your tooth and explain the benefits, disadvantages and expected lifetime for each so you can choose whatever option fits your preference, goals and budget.
If the integrity of your tooth is compromised from decay, everyday wear and tear, or an accident, we can rebuild and protect them from further damage using a number of techniques. We will always offer you a choice of options, and talk about the advantages, disadvantages and expected lifetime for each so you can reach an informed choice.
Fillings are a treatment to replace part of your tooth that may have weakened from any tooth decay, or may have broken away from an accident, or over time from everyday wear and tear.
Although there are lots of filling materials available, we want to replace your tooth with a strong, safe material that looks as natural as possible and lasts for a long time. We use white dental ‘composite’ materials which are long-lasting, mercury-free and BPA-free. These are available in a range of shades to match your tooth as closely as possible.
Placing a white composite filling can be quite a complex process, involving many stages to get the best possible lifetime and aesthetics. This can include placing layers of different shades of composite material as we build up a tooth to give the most natural aesthetics possible.
Crowns are like a ‘cap’ that fits over a weakened, damaged or discoloured tooth to protect it, strengthen it and improve cosmetics. They are often used on teeth that have large areas of decay, after root canal treatments, or after a tooth has had an accident and cracked. They are sometimes placed for cosmetic reasons, for example over crooked or discoloured teeth.
There are lots of materials available for crowns, but we mainly use all ceramic crowns made from Zirconia or ‘E-Max’ crowns. These newer materials can look very aesthetic, are very strong, and require minimal recontouring of the tooth beforehand so we can preserve as much of your tooth as possible.