White resin fillings can be used to replace existing traditional silver fillings, improve the colour, shape, or size of a tooth, close spaces between front teeth, and ‘invisibly’ fix a broken tooth. The procedure for inserting white fillings is quick and painless. Tooth-coloured resin will be built up in your tooth one layer at a time, with each layer hardened with a special blue light before the next layer is applied. The larger the size being filled the longer it will take, but most procedures will be completed within one hour. Once filled completely, the filling will be shaped to fit in with your bite and polished. Your white filling should last for several years, and will discolour as any normal tooth would from drinking caffeine, red wine, tea or other foods and drinks which stain teeth. Regular check-ups can prolong the life of your white filling and keep it invisible and clean for a whiter and better smile.
As the name suggests, a crown is a cap or covering for a tooth. It is used when your tooth is discoloured, cracked or broken, heavily filled or if fillings have been lost.
When would I need a crown?
- Cover discoloured or worn teeth If you feel that your teeth are becoming more transparent or becoming darker in colour, they may be wearing down. Your dentist will discuss the reasons behind this as it is important that they are addressed first. If your dentist recommends a crown restoration, then this crown will be fabricated to resemble the natural shape and strength of your existing tooth through the use of a ceramic material.
- Replacement of a large filling If your teeth are heavily filled, they may be at risk of fractures or de-bonding of fillings. Frequent replacement of fillings can lead to loss of precious tooth structure. Repeated dental treatment on the same tooth may lead to deepening of the filling and subsequent nerve inflammation. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend that a crown is constructed before the filling becomes too large and remaining tooth structure is too short to support a crown.
- To stop a tooth from further cracking or fracturing If your tooth is showing fine lines and cracks or you occasionally feel sensitivity when biting into sticky or hard foods, your tooth may have a deep crack or may be at risk of complete fracture. This is common for heavily filled teeth, especially where an amalgam filling is in place. Your dentist may recommend a crown to restore the tooth and protect its cusps from splitting apart and may suggest replacing any amalgam with a ceramic restoration.
- To anchor a bridge replacing a missing tooth If a tooth is missing or lost, your dentist will discuss the options for tooth replacement. This may involve the placement of an implant or tooth supported bridge. If two or more teeth directly adjacent to the lost or missing tooth are at risk of fracture or are discoloured and need crowns, a bridge may be a good option to replace the missing tooth. When the bridge is produced, a porcelain tooth (pontic) is fused to the two or more crowns on either side and once the crowns are fitted onto the adjoining teeth, the porcelain pontic appears to be emerging out of the gum. A bridge may be a suitable course of treatment for you if you are unable to have an implant due to issues with your overall health or dental health.
- After root canal treatment Root canal filled teeth are prone to fractures, due to the nature of root canal treatment and hollowing out of the tooth in the process. Dentists highly recommend crowning most root canal filled teeth to protect them from fractures and further bacterial infections.
A dental bridge is a ceramic structure, spanning the gap left by a missing or extracted tooth. A ceramic tooth (pontic) is fused between two or more porcelain crowns on either side of the missing tooth that serve as anchors. The anchor teeth are shaped to accommodate the crowns and then a bridge is bonded securely over these teeth. The pontic tooth and the crowns on either side are matched to the colour and the shape of your existing teeth.
Dental Veneers can beautify your smile by concealing stained, chipped, damaged, worn or misaligned teeth. Veneers are thin, custom-made moulds that cover the fronts of unsightly teeth. They are crafted from tooth coloured, high-tech materials to give a natural, bright smile. Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain Veneers can be completed in two appointments and they are made in the lab. Composite Veneers : Your teeth can also be veneers using composite resin, composite veneer can be completed in one appointment.
Every smile looks more beautiful when teeth are sparkling white, but coffee, soft drinks, tea and tobacco often leave ugly, dark stains on teeth enamel. At-home whitening is very popular and is an easy way to see results. Our team takes an impression of your teeth and makes a custom-fitted tray, which you fill with a whitening gel. You would wear the (tray/mouthguard) one week or when you get the colour you desired