Restorative dental treatments focus on restoring decayed, damaged or missing teeth in order to maintain proper function and oral health
If your tooth has been damaged through decay, a dental filling will restore your tooth back to its normal shape and function.
There are different types of fillings that you can choose from when you get your cavity filled including:
- Traditional Silver amalgam filling
- White Composite filling
- Gold filling
- Porcelain filling
- Resin filling
If your teeth have become damaged or broken down, a dental crown is one option to repair them meaning you can smile again with confidence!
What Is A Dental Crown?
A dental crown is an artificial cap which is used to cover the complete surface of the outer tooth which has been damaged. Dental crowns can be made from gold, metal or porcelain.
Porcelain is popular as they look very natural but your dentist can talk through the options with you.
Dental crowns can be used:
- On a tooth which has been badly broken
- To build up teeth which have been worn down, for example by grinding and excessive wear
- After root canal to strengthen the tooth and prevent it from cracking
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Help to improve the look and shape of your tooth
Improve your dental bite
Prevent other teeth from moving which results in a poor bite
A dental bridge is often used if you are missing one or more teeth. If you have gaps in your mouth, the surrounding teeth can eventually start to move causing a bad bite.
Unlike dentures, bridges are fixed to the natural teeth or implants which surround the empty gap and they cannot be removed
A Maryland bridge is similar to a dental bridge. The key difference is that the Maryland bridge does not require any enamel removal.