Tooth Repair Treatments At East Mews
At East Mews Dental Practice we offer a wide range of options for repairing and restoring teeth. Including:
Composite Fillings (White Fillings)
Composite fillings are tooth-coloured fillings (white). These can be used to repair chips in teeth, fill teeth after decay has been removed and improve teeth’ appearance. They bond to the tooth structure, so they can be more conservative of tooth structure. They can also be used to build up a tooth when very little tooth structure is left.
These are usually made from porcelain and are used to repair a tooth when a large area is missing. This is a two-appointment process, we prepare the tooth in practice, and some impressions are taken at the first appointment; these are then sent to our dental laboratory, where a skilled dental technician will make the inlay/onlay. At the second appointment, we bond this to your tooth. The missing part of your tooth is replaced by tooth-coloured porcelain-type material. This is a healthy and aesthetically pleasing option.
Veneers are used to improve the appearance of teeth. Whether it is the shape, colour or position. Usually, veneers are used for front upper teeth. Veneers are a thin covering bonded directly to the front surface of your teeth, meaning, in most cases, very little preparation to your natural tooth, and in some cases, no preparation at all is required. Veneers can also be used to fill gaps between teeth; in this case, are bonded to the front and side of the tooth. Veneers are not always suitable for everyone, which can be assessed by one of our dentists.
Root Canal Treatment
When a tooth’s nerve has become irreversibly inflamed, this eventually causes the nerve inside the tooth to die and become infected. To try to save the tooth, root canal treatment must be done. This involves the dentist removing the remaining nerve and infection, disinfecting, shaping and filling the root canals. This is usually done over two visits to ensure the most successful outcome. This is a skilled and time-consuming procedure; in some cases, if it is very complex, we may need to refer you to our root canal specialist, whom we work alongside.
Sometimes when a tooth is broken down, a crown is required to protect the remaining tooth. This is essentially a cap, usually tooth coloured, placed over the remaining prepared natural tooth giving protection and strength and improving the appearance. This is done over two visits; at the 1st appointment, we will prepare your natural tooth, make you a temporary crown and take some impressions to send to our dental laboratory, where a skilled dental technician will make your crown. This is returned to us for the 2nd appointment, where we will cement this. Crowns are available in tooth-coloured porcelain or ceramic materials or various precious or non-precious metals, such as gold.