Restorative Dentistry

What is restorative dentistry?

Teeth can become damaged through decay or trauma and when this occurs it is important to repair them with restorative dentistry. Repairing these teeth prevent any further decay and infection, preserving the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure. Once they have been restored, your teeth will be able to function properly and will have the correct appearance.

The dentists and oral health experts we support have successfully restored thousands of damaged smiles over the years, so there is no need to feel concerned or embarrassed if your teeth are less than perfect. With a comprehensive range of affordable quality treatments, these clinicians can soon have you laughing and smiling with confidence. If you have put off going to the dentist for years then please do not despair, there is always a solution that will help you.

How Will My Tooth Be Restored?

Your dentist may prefer to use the most advanced tooth coloured composite resin fillings for restorative dentistry. The results are remarkable; they will repair teeth nearly invisibly, filling small chips and cracks, areas that are worn down, and small to medium sized cavities caused by tooth decay. You may also hear these tooth-coloured fillings being called ‘white fillings’. The procedure to place these fillings is quick and non-invasive, and you will be kept comfortable with a local anaesthetic.

How Long Will My Composite Resin Filling Last For?

Your new tooth coloured filling should last for several years as this material is hardwearing and strong. However, no filling will last forever, and you will eventually need to replace it to ensure your tooth is still fully protected and that you can eat comfortably without any pain or sensitivity, as often occurs when a filling begins to leak.

What Is The Difference Between An Inlay And An Onlay?

An inlay restores the central part of the flat chewing surface of a back tooth, but an onlay is slightly larger and can restore this central area plus one or more of the cusps. Tooth cusps are the raised points on a tooth; on a back tooth these are located on the edges closest to your cheeks and tongue.

I Have Silver Coloured Fillings: Can I Get Them Replaced?

Silver coloured fillings are made from amalgam and although they were popular in the past, tooth coloured fillings are a healthier and far more attractive method of restoring your teeth. Any older style amalgam fillings can be safely removed and disposed of, as they do contain mercury.

Your dentist will keep a close eye on the condition of older fillings. While they might not recommend you replace them immediately, you will need to do so eventually as these amalgam fillings will begin to crumble and leak.

I Have A Big Cavity In My Back Tooth: Can I Have A Tooth Coloured Filling?

If you have a large cavity in one of your back teeth, clinicians can still restore this tooth with a tooth coloured filling, but they may suggest using porcelain instead. This is because the latest porcelains are quite strong and will not crack or distort when they come under pressure during chewing. These fillings are also called inlays and onlays, and are longer lasting than composite resin fillings.

Can Tooth Coloured Fillings Hide The Gaps In Between My Teeth?

Yes, a tooth coloured composite resin can help reduce or even close these gaps completely, depending on their size. This can be a more cost-effective choice than an alternative treatment such as porcelain veneers and is an option you can discuss with your dentist when you visit 1300SMILES.

Plus, if you consider such treatment with 1300SMILES, we may also be able to offer you a variety of different payment solutions.

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Get your teeth in great shape with restorative dental treatments by booking your appointment online. If you have questions, phone us to talk to the friendly and knowledgeable dental team at your local clinic.

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