RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY IN BRIGHTON, EAST SUSSEX

RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY


CROWNS

A crown is an artificial restoration that is placed over the remaining part of a prepared tooth to both strengthen it and give it the shape of a natural tooth. Crowns are usually required when a tooth has become cracked or decayed severely enough so there is not enough of the tooth remaining to hold a filling in place, as well as to provide strength after root canal treatment. A crown can also be used if you have a discoloured filling and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth or they can be used to hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.

Dentists have been using crowns to strengthen or rebuild teeth for a long time. Traditionally they were made of metal, or sometimes gold, and did not always give the most aesthetically pleasing results, especially for front teeth that show when you smile.

The good news is that today there is now a variety of advanced new materials to make crowns, offering effective, aesthetic options, including ones that are completely metal-free, designed to match the exact colour, texture and translucency of your natural teeth.

If you have a tooth that is damaged and may be in need of a dental crown contact us today to arrange a consultation to see how a dental crown could help to improve your smile.

BRIDGES

If you are missing a tooth it is important that you consider getting it replaced. As well as affecting your smile and self-confidence, a missing tooth can put added strain on the other teeth and affect your chewing action as well as your speech.

In many cases missing teeth can be replaced by using a dental bridge. A dental bridge is essentially an artificial tooth to replace the missing one that is permanently attached to the neighbouring teeth on either side. Unlike dentures, a bridge is not removable; giving you increased support and stability within the mouth.

Bridges are a classic long-term solution to missing teeth and ideal for those who do not relish the idea of wearing dentures or are not suited to dental implants. If cared for properly bridges are long lasting and look and function just like normal teeth. There are different types of bridges available depending on your case, and your dentist will be able to advise which one is most suitable for you.

If you have missing teeth or are looking for an alternative to removable dentures then talk to us today to see if a dental bridge could be the right solution for you.

INLAYS & ONLAYS

Dental inlays and onlays are a restorative treatment for teeth that have suffered a moderate level of decay or damage and can be used to replace unattractive metal fillings. They’re usually made from resin or porcelain that can be coloured to blend in perfectly with the existing teeth.

Inlays and onlays can be used in most areas of the mouth. An inlay is within the biting surface of the tooth whereas an onlay can cover a larger area of the tooth. As well as being particularly useful in the treatment of tooth decay they can help to reduce tooth sensitivity and further tooth loss. Inlays and onlays are popular because more of the tooth is maintained than with a traditional filling and can strengthen the problem tooth by around 75% because of the quality of the materials that goes into their production.

Want to know more? A member of our team would be more than happy to discuss our treatment options with you.