Composite is a tooth coloured material that can closely match the colour of the tooth when restoring cavities.
It consists of aluminosilicate glass suspended in a resin matrix which gives strength and aesthetic colour.
The greatest advantage is that these type of fillings are bonded into the tooth remaining. This helps to increase the strength of the tooth thereby reducing the risk of fracture. The fillings are cured at the chairside.
They are relatively inexpensive but can be time consuming to place as the filling has to be built up and cured in small layers.
They can be used in many circumstances to rebuild chipped or worn anterior teeth, restoring dental cavities and replacing old silver amalgam fillings.
The modern composites are naturally aesthetic and can provide many solutions to common dental problems and imperfections.
These can be constructed in gold or white tooth coloured material (porcelain or composite)
The restoration is bonded into the tooth to form a strong seal
They can be used in many situations to restore form and function..
Crowns are an ideal way to rebuild teeth which have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. The crown fits right over the remaining part of the tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape and contour of a natural tooth. Crowns are sometimes also known as ‘caps’.
There are two main two ways to replace the missing teeth. The first is with a removable false tooth or teeth – a partial denture. The second is with a fixed bridge. A bridge is usually used where there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth.
Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury.
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail. Sometimes a natural colour ‘composite’ material is used instead of porcelain.
A dental implant is a titanium metal rod which is placed into the jawbone. It is used to support one or more false teeth. In practice, both the false teeth and their supporting rod are known as ‘implants’.