If at any point your teeth become chipped or broken and need repairing there are a number of different materials available to help restore your teeth to their original condition. Your dentist will be able to advise you on the best treatment option depending on the size of the area that needs to be repaired, whereabouts in your mouth the tooth is and the strength of your bite.
These treatment options include:
Composite fillings have improved greatly over the past few years as the demand for tooth coloured fillings has increased and they are now suitable for use in a much greater range of repairs. Composite fillings are made from powdered glass quartz, silica or other ceramic particles added to a resin base and are light set. They can be coloured to match closely the natural colour of your teeth.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and Onlays are made either in the laboratory by dental technicians from impressions taken by the dentist or in surgery using a Cerec machine. An inlay is small and placed within the biting surface of a tooth, while an onlay covers a much larger proportion of the tooth. Treatment may be completed over one or two visits and the inlay or onlay will be made of a porcelain material that will closely match the natural colour of your teeth. Porcelain is hard wearing and long lasting. Due to the time and skill taken to create inlays and onlays they will be more expensive than amalgam or composite fillings.
Crowns are used for teeth that have been heavily damaged or have large areas of decay. A crown will fit over what is left of the tooth, similar to a thimble, making it strong and giving the appearance of a natural tooth. Crowns are made either in the laboratory by a dental technician or by the dentist using a Cerec machine in surgery. The tooth is first prepared and either impressions or phots taken depending on which method is being used and these are then used to create a custom made crown which is individually crafted to fit perfectly in your mouth and bite. They are also created so they match the natural colour of your teeth.
Prior to any treatment your dentist will discuss with you all the various options and provide details of the cost of treatment. The team at West Wickham Dental Practice are able to work with you to create bespoke solutions to your specific dental needs and can help you to achieve the fantastic smile you want.
If you would like to find out how we can help you to achieve the perfect smile and repair damaged teeth book an appointment online, or call West Wickham Dental Practice today on 0208 776 1188