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Fillings, Crowns and Bridges

Dental Fillings

Dental fillings may be required for a variety of reasons including dental decay, trauma or fractures. The decay and any weakened tooth surface will be removed, and then the cavity will be restored with one of the following materials:

  • AMALGAM: this consists of mercury, silver, tin and other metals. These are often referred to as ‘silver fillings’. Although not aesthetically pleasing, they have a long proven track record of being strong enough for large dental fillings.
  • COMPOSITE: these modern, high quality ‘white fillings’ bond directly to the tooth resulting in a reduced amount of tooth preparation. The shade can be matched closely to your tooth, providing a more aesthetically pleasing result. With great developments in this field, ‘white fillings’ are often as durable as amalgam fillings. They are also free of mercury.
  • GLASS IONOMER: these are white fillings often used as a temporary filling. They are used in baby teeth as they release fluoride.

Dental Crowns

A crown is a custom made restoration that surrounds the complete surface of your tooth, it is sometimes referred to as a ‘cap’. The restoration can be made out of a metal-alloy, porcelain or the ‘all ceramic’ EMAX® material.

Why a Crown?

A crown may be recommended if there is insufficient tooth remaining for a direct filling, to replace existing failing crowns or after root canal treatment.

Crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of discoloured teeth or strengthen vulnerable teeth.

Crown Materials

Crowns can be made using a variety of materials. At Infinity Dental Clinic we offer high quality materials to meet the needs and budgets of our patients.

Metal-alloy: These crowns are made of a combination of metals. They are either gold or silver in colour.

Porcelain: These crowns are tooth coloured and made entirely of porcelain. Porcelain is brittle hence, these crowns can only be used in limited cases at the front of the mouth.

Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM): These crowns have a metal-alloy substructure which is layered with a porcelain crown. This gives the strength of the metal crown with the tooth coloured appearance of the porcelain crown. As the ceramic has to mask the metal layer underneath, it often has an opaque appearance.

‘All-Ceramic’ EMAX®: These crowns are made of a unique compressed ceramic. Advancing technology has meant that these reinforced ceramics negate the need for a metallic substructure. EMAX® crowns can be made to exactly match the appearance of your natural teeth. Due to their high strength characteristics, they can be used anywhere in the mouth .

EMAX® is the ideal material for natural looking and functionally strong crowns.

Bridges

A bridge replaces missing teeth by using the support of neighbouring teeth. Due to the reliance on strong adjacent teeth, a bridge may only be used in certain clinical situations. The replacement tooth on a bridge is made from the same materials used to make crowns. Suitability will be assessed during your consultation. You will also be given the alternative treatment options – Dentures and Implants

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Overview

When a tooth requires repair due to a fracture or decay, a filling or a crown can be used to repair it. If you have a missing tooth, this can be replaced using a Denture, Bridge or Implant. At Infinity Dental Clinic, our Dentists use state-of-the-art materials to provide you with the most natural looking results.

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