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Preservation and restoration of your tooth structure

Dentistry is the foundation to long term dental health. Where possible we will always look to preserve your natural tooth through restorative care.

Restorative dental care is more than just “filling a hole” but requires precise techniques to restore the original functionality of the tooth. Our clinicians are highly trained and are well known in the dental industry for being leaders in the use of these techniques.

These dental restorations include:

Composite restorations – replacing lost tooth structure caused by decay, tooth wear or injury using a combination of advanced techniques and white resin material to achieve a natural looking tooth.

Ceramic (porcelain) restorations – severe tooth damage may require more extensive restoration. This may include crowns, inlays, onlays and overlays and are placed to protect the original tooth structure. Digital scanning is used for comfort and accuracy of the treatment.

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Tooth Restoration FAQs

Is restorative dentistry worth it?

Whether it’s worth it depends on your dental needs, preferences, and goals. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Dental Health: Restorative dentistry deals with problems such as decay and cavities, caries formation, tooth loss, and damage to the dental structure. Priority given to dental health is crucial for attaining a healthy life, as dental problems can become more severe health conditions if they are not treated in time.
  • Aesthetic Concerns: If you are annoyed with the discoloured or chipped tooth appearance caused by gaps or other instances, some restoration procedures, such as dental bonding, veneers, or dental implants, can improve your smile and confidence.
  • Functionality: Dental problems can severely regulate the ability to eat normally, speak with ease, and undertake daily activities with ease. When restorative treatment is done, the dental function will be fully restored, and you can eat your favourite foods without any problem because your words will not be slurred.
  • Long-Term Benefits: Investing in restorative dentistry could be the best way to prevent more dental issues and maintain proper dental health, including both teeth and gums. For instance, using fillings instead of root canal procedures or extractions to keep the teeth free from caries can prevent exposure to future complications.
  • Cost Considerations: Even though restorative dentistry can be demonstrated to be a wise investment in your oral health and welfare, you have to take the price of procedures and whether or not they are within your budget into account.

What is another name for restorative dentistry?

Restorative dentistry, also known as prosthodontic dentistry, centres on the creation, fabrication, and placement of prosthetic substitutes for teeth and various oral structures.

What are better – metal amalgam fillings or white composite fillings?

Composite fillings are bonded to the tooth and provide support and strength. Amalgam fillings are not glued to the tooth so involve more cutting of healthy tooth to provide retentive features so they don’t fall out

What is a rubber dam?

A rubber dam is a non-latex rubber sheet which is placed over your teeth to keep them dry and sterile while your dentist does treatment. It is not required for all dental procedures (like teeth cleaning and tooth extractions) but would be considered gold standard for certain procedures. You can be safe in the knowledge that at Fulham Road Dental our clinicians are highly regarded in the dental community for providing gold standard procedures.

Is porcelain the same as ceramic?

In dental terms both words are used interchangeably

What’s the difference between composite and porcelain/ceramic?

Ceramic/ porcelain is a material that is made in a lab and cemented onto the tooth and a subsequent appointment. Composite is hand sculpted directly onto your tooth by your dentist. Both have different functional benefits.

How long does tooth restoration last?

Here’s a general overview of the durability of common tooth restorations:

  • Fillings: Durable Amalgam usually lasts about 10 to 15 years, while Composite Resin may have a life expectancy of 5 to 10 years. However, the lifespan of fillings can be significantly affected by biting forces, especially if the filling is large or in a position that experiences high pressure.
  • Crowns: The lifespan of dental crowns, which cover the entire surface of a tooth, can range from 5 to 15 years or more. This duration is influenced by factors such as the material used (porcelain, metals, or a combination), the quality of oral hygiene, and, importantly, the biting forces applied. Understanding how your habits can impact the lifespan of your crowns is vital to their longevity.
  • Bridges: Bridges in dentistry comprise the artificial replacement of missing teeth. They hold artificial teeth bridged to natural teeth or dental implants. One of our main targets is ensuring the bridge will work well over a 10—to 15-year span.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants, tiny titanium posts that anchor artificial teeth to the jawbone, can provide a lifetime of support. With good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, dental implants can be a reliable part of your dental health for many years.
  • Dentures: Refractable dentures can be worn, so they may need to be filled or modified. As jawbone structure may change as time passes, so does the need to alter the denture. Like the rest of your body, dental appliances follow the same rules, and regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits are the best ways to extend their useful life.