White (composite) fillings are now the treatment of choice in most situations. There are some limitations under NHS regulations as to where these may be provided but NHS patients are entitled to take advantage of these materials on a private basis too.
While amalgam (silver fillings) are good for some applications white fillings bond to the tooth supporting the enamel and limiting the amount of tooth destruction required. They now have a similar life expectancy to amalgam and it’s so much nicer to have teeth that look like teeth!!
Please ask us if you have any questions about material choices.
When a tooth is badly damaged or root canal treated (which can weaken the tooth) a crown may be the best way to restore it. There are many materials a crown can be made from.
There are some limitations as to what materials we can use on an NHS basis e.g. Bonded metal crowns for premolars and incisors and metallic crowns for molars.
The best materials for crowns today are modern ceramics like LAVA and Core 3D. The advantage of these materials is that they are long lasting, cause less irritation to the soft tissue i.e. gums and cheeks and are aesthetically superior. There can be some issues with metals in crowns irritating the soft tissues of the mouth so avoiding metal is generally a preference.
As ever if you have any questions on the best material to restore your teeth please ask your dentist.
When there is a space in your mouth it might be restored with a bridge. This involves crowning a tooth or teeth beside the space and attached to this is the “missing tooth”. This is a great, simple and quick way to restore that gap and get you smiling again.
Another way to restore gaps or replace a full set of teeth. From full acrylic (plastic) to partial acrylic dentures and chrome cobalt framed dentures it’s probably best to discuss the denture design with one of our dentists. They will outline pros and cons and what is possible.
Implants may provide an alternative to having to have that removable plate.
Now you can have the smile of your dreams without anyone knowing that you are being treated.
SmileTRU is a series of clear positioners that can be offered as an alternative to ﬁxed braces for most people.
Each positioner is designed to ﬁt over the teeth and gently guide them into the desired position.
The benefits to SmieTRU are:
- Removable for eating and drinking
- No dietary restrictions
- Minimal impact on daily routine