At Tooth Sparkler, we focus on prevention rather than cure. We aim to help you keep your natural teeth intact as much as possible through good oral hygiene and regular examinations. However, sometimes our patients may need a little more help if decay or an accident has damaged their teeth. Restorative dentistry is the term we use for the various ways we can restore your teeth to their former health, beauty and function. If you need to repair a damaged tooth, we may recommend a tooth-coloured filling, crown, inlay or onlay.
Dental fillings, or dental restorations, are a common way of repairing damaged teeth, usually following tooth decay.
We offer tooth-coloured fillings – also known as ‘white’ fillings – to give you back the functionality of your tooth as well as a beautiful smile.
Tooth-coloured fillings use a strong composite bond, giving a strong but natural-looking appearance that matches the colour of your teeth. The benefits are:
- long-term strength
- an aesthetically pleasing result
- less sensitivity to hot and cold than other types of filling.
If there is more extensive damage to the tooth, and a filling is not likely to give you enough protection, we may recommend an inlay or an onlay. We typically offer these treatments if a filling falls out in an area where the tooth receives a lot of wear and tear. A dental inlay is similar to a filling and fits inside the cusp tips, or top edges, of the tooth. An onlay is more extensive, extending over the cusps of the tooth being treated, and we only use these for back teeth.
Crowns & Bridges
In cases where the damage is even more extensive, a dental crown may be the best solution to restore your tooth. We would normally recommend a crown if around 40% of the tooth has been lost, for example if a large filling has broken away or if the patient has needed root canal treatment and we need to prevent the tooth from splitting down to the root. A dental crown will help hold the tooth together and will give you the same look and feel as a natural tooth. Durable and strong, it will last you for many years.
A bridge is when we use crowns to fill the gap left by a missing tooth and anchoring it to the tooth either side.
Please contact our friendly team if you think you may need a filling or a crown.