A composite filling is a natural looking tooth coloured resin filling that blends in with your tooth to give an aesthetically pleasing result. It is placed using a special bonding method.
A composite filling provides good durability in small to medium cavities and the procedure is very conservative so preserves more healthy tooth structure. They are particularly well suited for treating front or highly visible teeth because of their natural look. Composite fillings can be used for a cavity left as a result of decay or fracture and is also a very effective way of closing small gaps between teeth.
Top of the range modern composite filling material, as used at Longborough, is very strong, with comparable strength to metal and are proving to be very long lasting.
Silver-coloured dental amalgam fillings are a well-established, durable way to repair tooth damage. They offer a highly effective way to restore the structure and functionality of a tooth. Although the inclusion of mercury has attracted some controversy, a number of scientific studies have concluded that in modern amalgam there are no adverse side effects as any mercury levels are very low and bound to other metals. Although not used so often for smaller size cavities it is still an effective treatment for larger cavities or to provide a strong foundation for a crown.
A crown can be used to restore a tooth that has been heavily restored or is badly broken. Sometimes known as a 'cap', a crown fits completely over the top of a tooth, concealing defects caused by chips, decay, discolouration or large fillings. The provision of a crown not only restores teeth but can also help to strengthen and protect the tooth and prevent fracture. A crown can also help to give you a stable surface to bite on. In some cases they can be used as an aesthetic treatment to improve the appearance.
Made from a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain, resins or ceramics, crowns can also be used to support a dental bridge or be affixed to a dental implant. Modern crowns are very natural looking and can last a long time.
A natural looking dental bridge can successfully fill in spaces and help restore your confidence. A fixed alternative to dentures, dental bridges are an effective way to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of a false tooth, positioned between two crowns, which are cemented to the teeth either side of a gap (known as abutment teeth) or they can be held in place by dental implants. They are usually made from porcelain fused to a metal or ceramic base, to offer a blend of strength and more pleasing aesthetics. As well as restoring an incomplete smile, bridges can offer a host of other benefits. They can improve how you eat and speak, enhance facial contours, distribute the forces in your bite correctly and prevent remaining teeth from moving out of position
Your mouth and teeth are used a lot every day! Talking, smiling, eating and drinking to name but a few. Restorations on and in your teeth stand up to a lot of stresses and strains and nothing can last for ever.
In addition the tooth underlying your restoration is still prone to decay and gum disease and this can also affect the life of you filling, crown or bridge.
The average life of a filling is around 5 years and that of a crown or bridge around 10 years although, of course, many fillings and crowns last a lot longer than this. At Longborough all the restorations we place are guaranteed for the first year. Attending examinations and hygiene appointments regularly can help to maintain your fillings, crowns and bridges in good condition.