The power of restoration

Only a tiny minority of people get through their lives without needing some form of restorative dentistry. You may already have had one. This kind of dentistry restores teeth so that we can continue to use them to eat, talk and smile.

Restorative dentistry is an umbrella term for all treatments from the tiniest filling to replacing an entire mouth of teeth. This term even includes treatments for problems such as a cleft palate. Let’s take a look at what kind of restorative dentistry is on offer at Harley Street Dental Clinic in Harley Street.

Restorative Dentistry in Harley StreetFillings

When it comes to filling materials, people choose between amalgam or white composite fillings.

As well as being more attractive, white fillings have several advantages over amalgam. The materials used are now much stronger so white fillings last longer than when they first became available. They are also better at keeping out decay because the composite bonds with the tooth material, and does not just sit in the cavity as amalgam does. This means that decay bacteria cannot get in and around the edges of the filing and cause decay under it. Also, the dentist can rebuild the chewing surfaces of the tooth, making it more able to do its job properly.

Inlays and onlays

Sometimes the cavity in a tooth is too big for just a filling. We then use pieces of porcelain called inlays and onlays to cover the area.

Crowns

Crowns are placed over the entire tooth when it is crumbling or has a lot of decay, but is still worth hanging onto because it has a healthy root.

Bridges

Bridges replace single or neighbouring teeth. It has teeth suspended off it and is attached to adjacent healthy teeth, which are ground down and covered with crowns to act as buttresses.

Dentures

Dentures are removable crowns on a plate. Full dentures replace all the teeth and fit over the gums. Partial dentures clip onto neighbouring teeth.

Dental implants

The latest generation of replacement teeth, dental implants are anchored into the jawbone on titanium posts that fuse with the bone. One implant can hold up to 3 crowns on a bridge.

Restorative dentistry in Harley Street: making teeth like new again

Modern dentistry is all about finding ways to prolong the life of your natural teeth. ‘Teeth for life’ is the catchphrase we use to encapsulate this approach.

Teeth for life starts with you at home, making sure to spend two minutes twice a day brushing your teeth, cleaning out between them with floss and interdental brushes and steering clear of seriously sugary foods and drinks. Your routine also includes coming in for a check-up and scale and polish with us at Harley Street Dental Clinic.

Restorative Dentistry in Harley StreetIf you do all this, you stand a very good chance of hanging onto your teeth for a good long time, maybe even your whole life. However, there is always the chance of dental decay and if that happens, what we call restorative dentistry has various tools for making your teeth like new again, ranging from fillings all the way up to crowns, and even if you do lose your teeth, we can fit you with dental implants, dentures and bridges.

We are not mad keen to remove your teeth. The best teeth are natural teeth, and as long as your tooth roots are good, we should be able to use one of our methods to keep the crowns going.

Fillings

We use white fillings to fill small cavities. These are made of composite resin, which we put into the cleaned-out cavity in layers, which are cured by a UV light. White fillings don’t remove as much healthy tooth material as amalgam, plus we can shape them to give you back the mound and valleys that make a good chewing surface. White fillings are much stronger these days and can last for years. Plus, they look much better.

Inlays and onlays

We make a new surface from dental porcelain when the cavity is large. This strengthens the tooth.

Crowns

This is an entire new cover for the crown of your tooth. We take away the original enamel and put this over the top. It’s a great way to keep your teeth going when the root is good but the crown isn’t, for example, when years of night grinding is starting to split the crown in two.

Fix your smile with restorative dentistry in Harley Street

Restorative dentistry refers to all these treatments used by dentists to achieve optimum dental health, function and aesthetics. Restorative dentistry involves the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of oral diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease. Depending on your condition, your dentist may suggest various methods to restore decayed, cracked, chipped or even missing teeth.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic in Harley Street, we appreciate that restorative techniques can intersect with cosmetic dentistry treatments as modern restorations are designed to look and feel natural or enhance your appearance.

Restorative Dentistry in Harley StreetWhether you opt for fillings, crowns, implants, dentures, bridges or veneers, there are several options available depending on your individual needs and lifestyle.

Fillings

If you wish to restore the surface and appearance of your teeth, then white fillings may be an ideal option for you. Composite fillings are widely used for tooth-coloured restorations in both front and back teeth. They are completely mercury-free and many patients prefer them because they are aesthetically appealing and sturdier than amalgam fillings.

Crowns and bridges

Dental bridges are prosthetic crowns affixed to neighbouring teeth, replacing one or more missing teeth. A tooth replaced with a bridge is kept in place by the teeth on either side of the missing one. Crowns and bridges are usually made of high-quality, lifelike materials such as porcelain for aesthetic purposes. However, choice of the right material is a combination of aesthetics, function and tissue compatibility.

Dental implants

Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically fixed into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once they integrate with your jawbone, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth, bridges or dentures onto them. Because implants fuse to your jawbone, they provide stable support for artificial teeth and prevent bone loss and tissue deterioration in the long-run.

Dental veneers

Veneers are thin, tooth-coloured shells made either of porcelain or composite, which are bonded to the front of your teeth. They are very versatile and help improve the appearance of chipped, cracked, yellowed or misaligned teeth.

Removable dentures

Dentures are a common and cost-effective restorative device used to replace missing teeth for people who have lost most or all of their teeth. Dentures help retain face volume and allow for the ability to chew and bite properly.

Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry is the area of dentistry that focuses on rebuilding and replacing lost, decayed or otherwise damaged teeth. This covers everything from a single white filling to complex full-mouth rehabilitations. Our team at Harley Street Dental Clinic have extensive experience of restorative dentistry and can treat even the most challenging of cases.

restorative dentistryA wide range of treatments fall under the umbrella term “restorative dentistry”. Some of the treatments can save a tooth that is otherwise at risk of being lost, while others replace teeth that are already missing.

Restorative treatments include:

White fillings, inlays and onlays

Made either of porcelain or composite resin material, white fillings are more accurately tooth-coloured fillings, as whatever material is used will be closely matched to the natural colour of your teeth. Areas of decay will be removed before a filling, inlay or onlay is placed. It is also possible to remove worn or unsightly grey metal amalgam fillings for a more aesthetically-pleasing result.

Dentures

Dentures are artificial teeth used to restore functionality and appearance when teeth are lost. A full denture is used when all teeth in one arch are lost, while a partial denture is used to replace one or a few missing teeth. Dentures can be removable or can be fixed in place by dental implants. All of our denture work is carried out by our specialist in prosthodontics, Dr Charlotte Stilwell.

Dental implants

Dental implants are small, titanium screws that are placed directly in the jawbone, where they act as replacement tooth roots. They can support replacement teeth in the form of bridges, crowns or secured dentures.

Full-mouth rehabilitation

This involves a combination of treatments to restore your mouth to health, give you back pride in your smile and the functionality to eat a healthy, varied diet. If your teeth are extensively decayed, damaged or even lost, a range of treatments can be used. This may include bridges, crowns, veneers, implants and dentures, among other treatments.