A quick overview of this well known treatment in use at our Tunbridge Wells practice.
Whilst some lucky people will manage to go through their life without the need for a filling, this is fairly unusual, and most of us will have at least one. Some people also receive a ceramic crown in certain situations and depending on the scope of the restoration work needed.
Our experienced team here at the Calverley Dental Practice will, following an inspection, advise you of the most suitable way to restore damaged or decaying teeth in order to provide the best combination of strength and longevity.
Ceramic dental crowns have been around for some time now, and we thought that we would take a quick look at their many uses within our own practice.
Damaged or decayed teeth
Generally, where a patient has tooth decay or has broken a piece from a tooth, we will look first at restoring this using a filling. These are more than adequate for a lot of situations and can now also be provided in a natural looking tooth colour as well.
Where decay or damage is more extensive, it is likely that a filling would either not offer the tooth sufficient strength, or would be likely to break away in the not too distant future. Where this is the case, we may well suggest that we use a crown instead. To do this, the affected tooth is prepared into an appropriate shape and then an impression will be taken. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory, where the crown is produced. On its return to our Tunbridge Wells dentists, it will be attached to the natural tooth using a strong dental adhesive.
Root canal treatment
When the pulp material inside the root canal of our teeth becomes infected, the only option available to save the tooth is root canal treatment. To do this, it is necessary to remove the top of the tooth so that the canals can be accessed. The infected material is them removed and the canals cleaned. A filling material known as gutta percha is then used to fill the hollow canals, and to complete the treatment, a crown is placed on top of the treated tooth, both to give it a natural appearance and to strengthen it.
Increasingly being seen as the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to replacing a missing tooth, or teeth, dental implants offer a level of strength, stability and longevity that simply can’t be matched by the alternatives of dentures or a bridge.
The implant itself is a small titanium screw like object which is placed into the jawbone and allowed to fuse with it. Although this is a crucial part of the procedure, in effect replacing the natural tooth root, it is the crown part that will be visible. This is attached to the implant, using an abutment, once the implant has fully fused with the bone. This provides the patient with a very strong and natural looking replacement tooth.
We are always happy to address any questions that you might have in our regular blog. If you have a subject that you would like us to cover, please call the Calverley Dental Practice of Tunbridge Wells, Kent on 01892 543898.