Tooth-coloured fillings are an excellent alternative to silver amalgam fillings. Gone are the days where fillings are an ugly grey colour! At Mascot Dental Clinic, we provide tooth-coloured fillings, also called composite fillings, which mimic the colour and translucency of normal tooth structure, so that only you and your dentist know they're there.
Dental inlays and onlays are fillings fabricated in a lab and are sometimes an option for heavily filled teeth as they are more conservative than a full crown and allow for preservation of natural tooth structure.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is the treatment of teeth that have had nerve damage, whether it be by decay or trauma. Root canal therapy preserves the natural tooth and thus the natural bone level. It is always advisable, if possible, to save natural teeth as extracting them can cause issues with aesthetics and function.
Root canal therapy is typically done over a few visits depending on the number of nerves and severity of infection. Initially, the tooth is anaesthetised and an opening made though the crown, exposing the infected/damaged nerve. The root canal system is then cleaned out, enlarged and antimicrobial agents placed. X-rays will be taken throughout the procedure to ensure that the whole length of the root canal is cleaned. Finally, a natural rubber compound is placed in the root canal system to prevent reinfection.
Crowns & Bridges
A crown is a restoration procedure that covers the whole tooth, like a helmet, increasing its durability and function. It is a common procedure for teeth that are heavily filled or have had root canal therapy. A bridge is a procedure to replace a missing tooth. Losing a permanent tooth, whether due to decay, trauma or gum disease, may cause the neighbouring teeth to tip inwards or drift. Crowns/Bridges can be made of porcelain, gold, porcelain fused to metal, depending on the situation and cosmetic considerations.
Normally a few visits are required to complete a crown/bridge. The first appointment is to prepare the tooth/teeth and to take impressions to send to the laboratory. If aesthetics are a concern, we will urge you to visit the ceramics laboratory to have the colour of your teeth matched for optimal results. The second appointment is to try in the crown/bridge and, if both you and your dentist are happy, to cement it.
It is advisable to have an occlusal splint made after getting a crown/bridge to protect it from wear and breakage, particularly if you tend to grind or clench during sleep.