Cosmetic restorations by your Harlow dentist
If you would like to learn more about how we can restore your smile, by replacing your old amalgam with new white fillings or improving the alignment or shade of your teeth, we have a range of treatment options that can help.
If you are unhappy with your old amalgam silver fillings or feel conscious of them every time you smile, the time might be right to replace them with tooth-coloured fillings.
Using today’s modern composite materials, tooth-coloured fillings have strength and flexibility that is comparable to traditional amalgam.
We consider each case individually and will recommend whether immediate replacement is suitable as sometimes it is clinically preferable to only replace amalgam fillings if and when they fail.
A veneer is a thin, custom-made layer of a dental material designed to fit over the front of a prepared tooth to restore or improve the aesthetics of the tooth. Veneers are made of porcelain or composite materials which are then shaded to match the existing shade of the other teeth.
Veneers are designed to make teeth look natural and healthy, and being very thin and held in place by a special strong bond, very minimal preparation of the tooth is required.
A crown is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening the tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment.
Most crowns are made of either ceramic or a combination of ceramic and metal depending on your preference and the advice of your dentist.
A bridge may be recommended if you are missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth can harbour food particles and bacteria and eventually the surrounding teeth are likely to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, causing problems with your ‘bite’. A bridge is used to fill the space where the teeth are missing. To secure the bridge, it is cemented to the two teeth either side of the gap, which are called abutments. The replacement tooth, or pontic, is attached to the restorations, usually crowns, that cover the abutments.
For both crowns and bridges there is a choice of restorative materials all of which can be matched to the shade of your natural teeth and we can help you decide which is the most suitable for your individual case.
Crowns and bridges are permanently fixed in the mouth by being cemented onto existing teeth or implants and can only be removed by a dentist. They do require a high level of dental hygiene maintenance, which will be explained and demonstrated so that you can fully enjoy your new smile.