White Fillings
When a tooth is decayed, the diseased dental tissue is removed and a filling is placed to restore the normal anatomy. There are various materials used to restore cavities, the most common being tooth coloured materials such as composite. There is still a role for silver fillings (amalgam) in dentistry but its use is becoming rare.
Tooth coloured fillings are more technique sensitive to complete well than the older silver filling. It is still performed under local anaesthesia but as strict moisture control is required to achieve a perfect bond between the filling and the tooth, your dentist may require more time to complete the restoration. A white filling takes between 30 to 60 minutes to complete and can make your tooth look totally natural again.
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Should the inside of the tooth become infected, a technique is available to save the tooth rather than have it removed. During root canal treatment, the infected pulp (tissue within the tooth containing the nerve and blood supply) is cleaned out and the canal is disinfected.
Cosmetic dentistry is concerned with the appearance of teeth and the enhancement of a person's smile. From subtle changes to major repairs, our team can perform a variety of procedures to improve your smile.
When a tooth is severely damaged and requires a large filling, the dentist may offer a crown to restore the tooth. Commonly called caps, there are various crowns available to choose from. The function of a crown is to restore anatomy and aesthetics (in most cases).