Tooth replacement and repair
If you have sustained damage to a tooth or have already lost some or all of them, we can discuss replacements such as crowns, bridgework, implants or natural-looking dentures.
Dental crowns are restorations which, when cemented into place, fully cover the portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line (as opposed to fillings, which fill or cover over just a portion of a tooth). Crowns offer the benefits of restoring teeth to their original shape, strengthening them, and also improving their cosmetic appearance.
As an alternative to larger fillings and crowns, ceramic onlays now offer many advantages. They are very strong, look great, and require less tooth removal; additionally the material itself is more shock absorbing and kinder to the opposing teeth in the bite.
A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth by attaching to those on either side of the empty space. Teeth need each other for support and, when teeth are lost, the biting forces on those next to the space change, allowing them to shift. The same applies to opposing teeth when they have nothing to bite against. In fact the whole side of the mouth can be compromised by a single missing tooth, so gaps often really do require remedial action.