When the structure of a tooth/teeth is damaged as a result of decay, trauma or wear, dental fillings can be used to repair the structure of the tooth.
There are several materials that can be used to restore tooth structure: amalgam, tooth coloured composite resin or porcelain.
A thorough examination and associated x-rays are required to determine the most appropriate material and filling type for your tooth.
If a large amount of tooth structure has been lost due to decay, root canal treatment or other damage, dental crowns can be used to replace this lost structure.
Crowns can be made from gold, silver, porcelain or a combination of these materials and are often fabricated in an external dental laboratory.
A thorough dental examination of the tooth and overall oral health is required to determine whether the tooth is suitable for a crown and which material is the most appropriate.
Dental bridges can be used in suitable situations to replace a missing tooth by placing an artificial tooth (pontic). The pontic is supported by crowns that are placed on one or more of the surrounding teeth.