Natural Tooth Colour Fillings
Tooth decay, in its early stages, is potentially reversible. However, once the organic makeup of the tooth enamel has been damaged, a cavity will develop. The subsequent decaying tissue must then be removed and the cavity filled.
Modern dentistry has come on leaps and bounds over the last decade and today we have a range of tough amalgam-free composite (white) fillings which match the shade of your tooth perfectly. Moreover, contemporary dental techniques mean that highly retentive fillings can bond to the tooth with minimal cavity preparation and maximum tooth preservation. As a result, we keep drilling to a minimum.
Root Canal Treatments
Bacteria can get into the tooth pulp (nerve) through decays or cracks. The acid from the bacteria irritates the ‘pulp’, making it inflamed and infected. This leads to pressure building up inside the tooth which can cause severe constant pain. This is why tooth decay needs to be dealt with quickly, before damaging the tooth pulp (nerve) permanently and forming an abscess around the root.
With root canal therapy, your dentist will cut a cavity under local anaesthetic; he will then remove the pulp and clean, shape and seal the root canals. He uses X-ray methods to ensure the canal is properly prepared and filled.
Also referred to as ‘caps’, crowns can be made from porcelain, metal or porcelain fused to metal. Essentially they are a ‘shell’ that fit over a stained, broken or heavily filled tooth – and modern crowns are as strong and comfortable as natural teeth. For aesthetic reasons, we usually recommend the use of modern ceramic processes that produce unparalleled translucency and colour that match your other teeth perfectly.
Lost teeth can cause the adjacent teeth to tilt into the space, result in opposing teeth over-eruption and cause problems when eating. Dental bridges are used to fill gaps caused by a missing tooth or teeth. A bridge is a false tooth which is supported by the adjacent teeth or implants and these days the dental bridge can appear to emerge naturally from the gum, just like the surrounding teeth.