Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry relates to the care of patients requiring repair of teeth that have been affected by disease or trauma or replacement of previous dentistry which has failed or worn out.

Composite resin restorations for back teeth

Composite bonding may be used to replace old amalgam (metal based) fillings, or to restore decayed, chipped and cracked teeth. Composite bonding is a process in which tooth coloured materials are applied to a tooth's surface, hand crafted and sculpted into shape, hardened, and then polished for the ultimate natural appearance. A composite bonding treatment can be provided for patients in a single visit.

Ceramic onlays and crowns

Onlays - Some teeth require a complete or partial coverage of the tooth structure to protect them. In some instances a part of the tooth may have been fractured off, a filling may be too large, or there may be a significant crack within a tooth. In these cases either a full coverage crown, or onlay be needed.

Crowns - The crown of the tooth is that part which is visible in the mouth.  An artificial crown is used to protect and restore a broken, weakened or heavily filled tooth.  They also used to improve the appearance of discoloured or crooked teeth.

A crown can be matched exactly like a natural tooth.  The colour and shape can be matched to your own teeth and we work with extremely experienced technicians to mimic restorations to the natural teeth.

Crowns or Inlays/Onlays?

There are many situations where a onlay is considerably less destructive than a crown, meaning that an onaly can help to conserve alot more natural tooth. Onlays however do require more complex techniques for fitting and so are not suitable for every patient in every part of the mouth.

Bridges

Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. The teeth on either side of the "gap" are usually prepared as for crowns, to receive the bridgework which extends from tooth to tooth.
Bridges used to be considered the best way to replace missing teeth using a fixed reconstruction. However, as dental implant restorations have proved so reliable and feel more natural, we tend not to use this type of bridgework on a permanent basis, unless there is a good reason not to use the implant alternative.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is made necessary when an untreated cavity reaches all the way to the nerve of the tooth, or pulp. Treatment may also be needed when deep restorations or trauma to a tooth cause nerve damage. Once the pulp becomes infected it can begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is known as an abscess). If the pulp is infected, not only is it painful but it will require treatment as it cannot heal on its own. Symptoms that indicate the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. However, sometimes no symptoms are apparent and you may be unaware of any problem until an examination.

A root canal is performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Alternate treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal is filled in to prevent any further infection. Usually a crown or onlay is recommended for restoring a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy.

Reducing Your Risk of Requiring Restorations in the Future

While tooth injuries can often be accidental, the proper preventative dental care can minimise your risk of tooth decay, hopefully reducing the need for any cavities in the future. Regular Dental Health Checks with Field House Dental in East Sussex, help detect small cavities before they become any bigger, when they can often be filled quickly and economically. Dental hygiene appointments are a great way to have your teeth professionally cleaned, and you can learn lots of tips and tricks on how to look after your teeth at home.

Night time bite guards

Do you grind your teeth during the day? How about grinding them at night? If you do it can disturb your partner whilst they sleep, destroy your teeth and cause headaches, so it is worthwhile seeing if you can resolve this problem and stop your teeth grinding habits.

Night guards are designed to be worn by people who suffer from bruxism, which is the involuntary teeth grinding during sleep. They protect the teeth from damage due to grinding and the cheeks, lips and tongue.
Night guards may also be worn by people who suffer certain medical conditions which affect their mouths and which can result in neck ache and headaches. Night guards can help to prevent this.

This teeth grinding night guard works because your jaw is not a simple hinge, it is a complex arrangement of bones and muscles, which has a considerable amount of flexibility in the way it works.

The effects of these various teeth grinding guards is to reduce headaches, reduce jaw joint problems and prevent your teeth wearing down further.

The muscles around your face, head and neck are all interconnected. This means that if you grind your teeth not only will it affect your teeth themselves but it could also affect these interconnected muscles. This means that teeth grinding can result in head and neck pain and specifically headaches.
On top of creating jaw problems teeth grinding also severely affects your teeth. In extreme cases your teeth can become so worn down that they become sensitive during normal eating. As the teeth wear down it also affects the way your jaw works which can lead to further headaches and jaw joint problems.

 

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