Many people still have amalgam fillings in their mouths. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, amalgam fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Porcelain onlays and composite restorations are not only aesthetic but also add strength to weakened teeth thanks to new bonding technologies.
Composite fillings are a tooth coloured resin that is bonded to the tooth allowing it to be built up to its original shape. Composite restorations have good aesthetics, and because they are bonded the strength of the tooth can increase. They also allow for conservative tooth preparation.
Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are strong fillings made by a dental technician in either porcelain or gold. They are a good choice when more than half of a tooth is damaged. They are bonded to the tooth adding strength. Onlays are a good alternative to a crown where the damage in the tooth is not extensive enough to merit a crown.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
Bridges and crowns are a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Bridges are commonly used to fill in the space of a missing tooth. They are cemented to natural teeth or implants surrounding the space where the tooth once stood.
Dental crowns are required when a tooth is heavily restored, severely worn down and after root canal treatment. Crowns and bridges can also be used to improve the appearance, shape, alignment and bite.