Bridges are a permanent and realistic looking way of filling a gap between teeth caused by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is a false tooth which is held in place by the teeth next to it. In most cases they are all ceramic.
CEREC CADCAM Crowns
What is CEREC?
CEREC is the new phenomenon in dentistry, it completely digitises the manufacturing process. Normally you would require a cumbersome impression material to be put into your mouth to take a record of your teeth, with CEREC this is done digitally with a special video camera.
If you have broken down teeth, very dark and discoloured teeth
or decay then a dental crown may be an option for you.
Patients often find they feel in better health after having broken down teeth restored to life with crowns, leaving them confident and with more self esteem - ready to face the world again with a smile.
In some cases a tooth will need a large filling that can not be restored with a routine white filling. An impression is taken of the cavity and a "porcelain inlay" made by our technicians. The inlay is bonded into the tooth producing a very strong and aesthetic result
We often find that treatment with Dental Veneers is a life changing experience. Many patients with dark or broken down teeth regain their self esteem and feel confident again knowing they have a healthy smile that looks stunning
Common chipped tooth questions
How to get perfect teeth
There are a variety of techniques and treatments to help you get perfect teeth. The decision starts depending upon what the current problem is. Orthodontics can be used to straighten teeth
, dental veneers
can also be used to straighten teeth and repair chips and breaks. Teeth whitening
can whiten teeth and crowns and bridges can be used to straighten, rebuild and create a whiter smile.
See also: Taking Care of Oral Health | Root Canal Treatment | Dentist for Children
Can I repair my chipped tooth at home?
Yes and no!
Yes, there are temporary chipped tooth repair kits which you can purchase in many pharmacies. They don't however permanently restore the tooth and will inevitably fail in a very short period of time. They probably won't also look particularly appealing.
No, the temporary tooth repair systems available over-the-counter are not able to bond to the tooth in a satisfactory manner to facilitate the long-term survival of the repair. Over-the-counter systems will also not have the range of colours available to the dentist. Your dentist will also be highly skilled in applying the tooth repair composite to ensure it blends in completely seamlessly to any chipped tooth.
Why has my tooth broken?
Unless there is some underlying cause for a weakened tooth structure then teeth do not normally chip and break. However you may notice some tooth wear as you age, this is normal. You might also find that as you get older and the teeth wear down and the enamel thins out and becomes more prone to chipping and breakages.
If your tooth has been heavily restored in the past with amalgam (silver fillings) then you may also find that the remaining tooth structure is not as strong as it used to be and can be more likely to break.
What can cause a chip on a tooth?
The most common cause for chipping a tooth is clinking it on a mug or glass. Always be careful when you drink to avoid knocking your teeth.
If you have dental decay or a previous impact this can weaken the tooth structure leaving it more likely to chip.
Is a chipped tooth a dental emergency?
In normal circumstances a chipped tooth is not considered a dental emergency
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- There is bleeding from around the tooth gum margin.
- The chip is so large that pain is severe.
- The chip is so large that the internal structure of the tooth is exposed (the pulp) this may be extremely painful and can also lead to bleeding from the middle of the tooth.
- There are other associated injuries resulting in severe pain or bleeding.