If decay is discovered or you have a broken tooth then a filling may be the best option for repairing it. There are various filling options depending on the condition of the tooth, the location and the size of the cavity or breakage. The tooth will be prepared by removing any decay or broken pieces of tooth and the filled with the most suitable material.
Please see the price list for the prices of different fillings. If you require any further information about fillings please ask your dentist.
Crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays
For larger cavities or breakages it may be that an alternative to a filling is needed to provide greater strength or a better aesthetic look. Crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays are custom made at the laboratory to fit your tooth. There is a variety of materials that can be used and will be chosen using the most suitable option for your tooth and where appropriate your personal choice.
Crowns come in two forms either a thimble like structure that fits over the pre prepared remaining part of your tooth. Or if there is less of your tooth remaining then a crown on a post is made to fit into the remaining tooth or root.
Veneers fit like a false finger nail on the front of the tooth to improve the appearance.
Inlays and Onlays
These are more like a custom made filling that fit into the cavity or onto the tooth.
Root canal treatment
If a tooth is badly damaged or decayed it may be necessary to remove the nerve of the tooth to prevent further problems from infection and the risk of abscess. Sometimes teeth that have large fillings already are susceptible to the nerve dying spontaneously and this will also require root canal treatment to prevent further problems or as treatment for pain. The process is quite a lengthy one and there is lots of equipment needed, but it is a good alternative to having the tooth removed and has a good success rate. It involves removing the nerve from inside the root of the tooth, cleaning it out and filling the root and the tooth on top or crowning depending on the tooth.
If you have questions about root canal treatment please speak to you dentist. Or for information on costs please see the price list.
For more information please ask your dentist who will be happy to explain the options and procedures involved.