Restorative dentistry is required when teeth have been affected by disease, trauma or to replace previous dentistry work that has failed or worn out.
At Field House Dental Practice in Wadhurst, we offer a wide range of restorative dentistry treatments to get your teeth back to their former selves.
We use composite resin on back teeth to replace old amalgam (metal based) fillings or to restore decayed, chipped and cracked teeth. Composite bonding is a process where tooth coloured materials are applied to the surface of a tooth, hand crafted and sculpted into shape, hardened and polished to achieve a natural appearance. A composite bonding treatment can be applied in a single visit to the dentist.
Teeth that are weak will often need a ceramic onlay or crown to strengthen them. We provide both of these treatments at our practice. Ceramic onlays are used for when a tooth has been fractured, has a large filling or a significant crack within it.
Ceramic crowns are used to protect and restore a broken, weakened or heavily filled tooth as well as improving the appearance of discoloured or crooked teeth. A crown can be matched to the appearance of your teeth to create a natural look.
There are many situations where an onlay is less destructive than a crown, meaning that an onlay can help to conserve a lot 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 are used to replace missing teeth. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth are usually prepared as for crowns, to receive the bridgework which extends from tooth to tooth.
Bridges used to be considered as the best way to replace missing teeth using a fixed reconstruction but as dental implants have become more technologically advanced, we tend not to use this solution as a permanent fix, unless there is a good reason why a dental implant cannot be fitted.
Root canal treatment (also known as endodontic therapy) is necessary when the pulp of the tooth becomes infected from decay and starts to destroy the nerve in the tooth. Treatment may also be needed when deep restorations or trauma occurs in a tooth.
Once the pulp of a tooth becomes infected it can become very painful and cannot heal on its own. A root canal is performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Alternate treatment would be to remove the tooth, but this should be avoided as much as possible.
Do you grind your teeth during the day? It is highly likely that you’re also doing it at night.
Teeth grinding (or bruxism) can cause headaches and destroy your teeth so it’s a good idea to get help in resolving this problem before it becomes much worse. We recommend using a night guard to do this.
If you would like more information on night guards and how they can help you resolve your teeth grinding habits, contact us today on 01892 782300.
While tooth injuries can often be accidental, the correct preventative dental care can minimise your risk of tooth decay. Having regular dental check-up appointments will make sure early detection of tooth decay is carried out. This means decay can be treated easier, quicker and more cost-effectively than restorative dental treatments.