Restorative Dentistry is the process by which modern dentistry is able to rebuild and restore teeth to a healthier, more functional state. The damage can be due to simple neglect, decay, or trauma, although it is often a combination of the three. More mild cases can simply be performed for aesthetic purposes, to improve upon the shape, alignment, colour, and overall appearance of your teeth.
Newcastle Dental Care performs this work in a variety of ways. This involves the application of white fillings, and porcelain or resin inlays. These innovative solutions allow a tooth to be supported once more, without the distraction of fillings or structural supports. Fillings can be matched precisely to the colour or your teeth, ensuring your new tooth fits in with the rest of your smile. They also set more quickly and can be performed in only one visit.
These tooth repair solutions are used to replace structure within the tooth’s cusps. An onlay, in contrast, is more extensive, and replaces a larger portion of the tooth. Porcelain inlays and onlays are less invasive than a traditional crown, and offer the tooth considerable advantages in structural support and strength. A further advantage is that they wear at roughly the same rate as your natural enamel.
These problem-solving structures do require some craftsmanship. They are custom fabricated by a dental ceramist before being bonded to the tooth. This requires a second appointment to perform. During the construction phase of the new inlay, a strong temporary restoration is placed over the cavity, preventing any discomfort due to your cavity.
- Tooth preparation, impression, and fabrication
- Fitting of temporary restoration patch
- Removal of temporary restoration patch
- Insertion and bonding of new ceramic inlay/onlay