Crowns and bridges, inlays and onlays are common restorative dentistry treatments provided here at Hughes & Owen. They are all techniques which provide excellent ways of repairing teeth where the damage is too great for a simple filling to be effective.
Your dentist may suggest a crown if your tooth is too damaged to be repaired with a filling, but it might also be used for various other reasons including:
The crown is placed over an existing tooth which will be shaped and prepared to ensure a good fit. In the case of implants, the crown is placed on top of a titanium rod which is embedded in the jawbone to act as a new, artificial tooth root. The crown can be made from different materials, but the most popular material is porcelain because it is very natural looking and also strong.
Dental bridges are an effective way to treat tooth loss and are placed to quite literally ‘bridge the gap’ between teeth.
So if you have a missing tooth or teeth, a bridge is essentially a dental restoration which sits in the gap, anchored to the teeth either side by crowns.
For teeth that are too damaged for a filling to work and too healthy for a crown to be necessary, inlays and onlays are the ideal restoration treatment. Inlays are made out of porcelain or composite and are fitted into the gap created by the cavity, whereas onlays are similar but also require a replacement tooth cusp (the top of the tooth). Both inlays and onlays are made using dental impressions of your teeth and offer a range of advantages including:
Hughes & Owen offer modern, comfortable dentures for patients who need an effective solution to tooth loss. Each patient has different needs and we have a complete selection of affordable dentures to suit different budgets, aesthetic preferences and oral health requirements.
Your Hughes & Owen dentist will recommend the most relevant and effective treatment for your needs.
Tooth decay, cracked fillings and other injuries can lead to bacteria in the mouth getting into the root canal(s) of your teeth – these are the inner chambers of the tooth which contain the pulp and nerves. This can cause a very painful infection which will not resolve on its own, but fortunately root canal treatment can be used to remove the infection and save the tooth.
If fillings or other surface level treatments can be used to save a tooth they will be applied, however, in some cases a more invasive treatment is needed.
If your dentist suspects a root canal issue, they will take an X-ray to look for damage in the pulp chamber of the tooth. The bacteria causing you pain will have started to damage and kill the pulp if you do have an active infection. Unfortunately the bacteria will multiply and the infection will continue to get worse without intervention.
It is quite common for an infection to occur and you may experience pain and discomfort but then find that the pain subsides. At this stage it is common to believe the infection has resolved itself, when in fact it has simply killed off the pulp and the root canal itself is now being attacked by bacteria and worse symptoms of infection will follow. For this reason it is important that dental advice is sought as soon as pain and discomfort is felt so that the infection does not spread and cause more damage.
When you have an infection in the pulp chamber of the tooth it may be that the infection is so bad your tooth needs extracting. However, if your dentist believes there is a good chance the tooth can be saved, they will perform root canal treatment which works by removing the infected tissue and then filling the chamber with a composite material and sealing the tooth with a filling or crown.
When you come in to us for root canal treatment, the first thing we will do is apply a powerful anaesthetic which completely numbs the area so you won't feel any pain during the treatment.
When the anaesthetic has taken effect, we will begin treatment. The dentist will remove the infected pulp and completely clean the inside of the tooth before filling it with a composite material, then sealing it with a filling or crown. Recovery is often very fast and the surrounding inflamed tissues will heal as the infection has been completely removed.
If you have tooth pain and suspect all is not well, it is important to call the team here at Hughes and Owen so we can make you the earliest convenient appointment to investigate the problem and treat it. Please contact us