Lost tooth restoration at Wellington Point Dental
Lost tooth restoration is a procedure that helps restore a tooth usually damaged by decay and/or crown fractures, and restore its normal shape and function through the use of specific techniques and materials.
Process of Lost tooth restoration by Wellington Point Dentists
Lost tooth restorations close the spaces that are prone to the accommodation of bacteria helping to prevent the appearance of future cavities.
To repair the tooth, it is necessary to remove the carious material, clean the affected area, and then fill and cover the area (dental cavity) using a restorative material.
Several restoration materials are ranging from gold, amalgam, porcelain, resin, and ceramics, among others.
How do I recognize if I require a restoration?
It is very important to clarify that it is necessary for a Wellington Point dentist (oral rehabilitator) to assess the situation. Only a specialist will be able to make a correct diagnosis of the case and publicize the different alternatives that exist to solve the problem.
The diagnosis likely consists of examining the surface of the decayed or abnormal-looking teeth and taking some x-rays of the entire mouth or specific area to confirm the diagnosis and see which are the best alternatives considering the extent and damage that there is in teeth.
If a tooth decay or fracture damages a large part of the tooth, a crown or sleeve placement is likely to be recommended by the Wellington Point dentist, not a restoration. If caries reaches the nerve, it should be treated by a root canal or other procedure called pulp sheathing.
What restoration alternatives exist at Wellington Point Dental
It is very important to take into account some factors such as restoration materials will be used since there are people who have some allergies to certain types of materials. Also consider factors such as the duration of the pieces, the location in the mouth (affected area), and the cost of each alternative.
- Amalgam restoration
This type of restoration is made based on a mixture of metals such as silver and mercury (which do not match the colour of the teeth). It is a very popular type of restoration for molar parts, but it is not usually used in more exposed areas such as front teeth.
They are quite resistant to wear and usually last at least ten years. They are also relatively cheap.
At present they are not usually the first option (in fact it is unusual) because there are better alternatives in the market (such as ceramic and resin restorations)
- Resin or composite restoration
Composite restoration refers to a resin restoration made from a liquid mixture of plastic and fine glass that hardens with the application of light and has the same tooth colour.
Due to its natural colour, it is usually used in the most visible teeth (frontal incisors), and its use in small restorations is recommended.
- Ceramic restorations
Within the ceramic restorations, we find three types:
- Feldspar (Cerec 3D)
- Lithium Disilicate manufactured at Wellington Point local dental laboratory
Ceramic restorations are made based on porcelain, and like composite ones, they have the colour of the teeth, so they look quite natural and are recommended, especially for exposed teeth.
They are more resistant to stains than the resin (composite), but on the other hand, they can be a little more fragile.
These types of restorations tend to be more expensive than those mentioned above, but in 96% of cases, they last a lifetime.
What is the most effective treatment to restore teeth?
As we said before, the performance of a type of restoration will depend on several factors, such as the materials used (and the existence or not of allergies), duration, the extent of repair, and of course, the cost.
However, in Wellington Point Dental, we recommend ceramic restorations over others due to its long duration (over any other), its naturalness, and speed when doing the procedure (in a single session).
It is important to emphasize again that dental restorations, in addition to being very effective and necessary to return the function to the teeth, also fulfil an aesthetic and also preventive function, helping to avoid future cavities.
For tooth restoration treatment, contact our caring team.
Wellington Point Dental
7/391 Main Rd, Wellington Point QLD 4160
Ph: 07 3207 3911