Restorative Dentistry

Restorative technology within dentistry is an exciting field which continues to develop. At expatdental® we pride ourselves on remaining at the cutting edge of progressive materials and techniques with an emphasis on evidence based practice. From simple procedures such as fillings and crowns to complex full-mouth rehabilitations, our team will provide you with truly excellent dental care, while you enjoy the comfort of our warm, friendly, state-of-the-art facilities.

Fillings

Thanks to technological advances in biomaterials, dental fillings can now be done very conservatively, maintaining as much healthy tooth structure as possible. With the use of metal free, tooth colored filling materials, it is possible to restore damaged tooth structure seamlessly to its former glory. It is important, regardless of whether they are healthy or filled, to maintain impeccable oral hygiene and regular dental visits to ensure the long term health of all your teeth.

Crowns

Occasionally, loss of significant tooth structure necessitates the use of a more extensive restorative option. In these cases, our Dentists are able to repair and rebuild your tooth using esthetic, high strength materials such as porcelain and zirconia. These materials can be matched to your tooth color to fit seamlessly as part of your beautiful smile. A crown, commonly known as a “cap”, is a cover for the tooth, which can be used to protect, strengthen and often improve the aesthetic appearance of a damaged or unsightly tooth. It can be used beneficially in a variety of scenarios including where there has been damage to a tooth by decay, fracture or trauma, where a tooth was poorly formed during development or, where one or more teeth are simply poorly shaped or positioned and orthodontic treatment is not indicated.

Full-Mouth Rehabilitations

Full Mouth Rehabilitation is the repair or reconstruction of most or all teeth along with the replacement of missing teeth. This procedure is necessary when teeth are damaged due to decay, trauma, or excessive wear. Missing, damaged, and unevenly worn teeth can cause problems with function and occlusion, not only affecting speech and chewing, but also leading to damage and pain in the jaw joints and musculature of the head, neck and back. Though the procedure can be complex, your Dentist will be able to provide you with all the details required and find an individual solution that provides the best results for you. Treatment may include a combination of fillings, crowns, veneers, implants, and whitening – all specifically designed to restore a functional, healthy and beautiful smile.

What type of material is used for dental fillings?

There are several material options available. The most commonly used being composite resin which is a tooth colored restorative material that bonds to the tooth structure by engaging micro-irregularities. Other tooth colored materials include the glass ionomer family. Your dentist will be able to advise you on which material works best for you.

Can my tooth decay again after a filling is placed?

Yes. Having a filling placed does not make a tooth immune to decay. The initial decay present would have been removed entirely in order to place a successful filling, however recurrent decay can occur without proper care. The junction between the filling and the tooth is the most vulnerable area and it is essential that you maintain high levels of oral hygiene care around fillings and natural teeth alike.

Can I whiten my teeth if I have fillings or crowns on my front teeth?

Yes. However the restorations will need to be reviewed after completion of whitening. It is not possible to lighten fillings or crowns with standard dental whitening procedures. Your dentist will be able to advise you on what the likely requirements will be.

Can I eat after having a filling done?

Yes. As soon as your dental visit is over, the filling is ready to be used as normal, however care needs to be taken with any remaining numbness. Be careful not to bite your lips or cheeks and always make sure that any food or beverages are not too warm.

When will I need a crown rather than a filling?

Crown placement helps to strengthen the entire tooth as it covers all the functional surfaces. As a result, any forces exerted on the tooth are distributed evenly throughout the crown. The junction between the crown and the tooth surface is safely hidden at the gum margin where very few forces are being experienced. In comparison, a filling margin which is often on the eating surface of the tooth experiences heavy vertical forces during function which can damage the filling, tooth or both. Your dentist will be able to assess your tooth and determine whether a filling or a crown is best indicated. The more extensive the damage on the tooth, the more likely a crown will be required. Crowns are placed where there has been extensive decay, physical trauma to the tooth, crack lines, fractures or after a root canal has been done.


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