Fillings, Crowns Bridges And Dentures In Mill Hill, London
Here at Apex Dental Care we are pleased to offer a full range of general dental treatments including fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures and more. Please call our team for more information.
One of the most common dental restorations is a filling. Traditionally this has been completed using amalgam which although very strong, is also very dark in colour and hence easily seen when we smile or laugh. There is also an increasing question about the mercury compounds used in amalgam although governing bodies have declared it to be safe.
Today there is a great alternative to amalgam fillings using composite materials which can be matched to the same colour as your natural teeth. This provides a near invisible restoration which does not show when we smile or laugh. It is also possible to have old amalgam fillings replaced with cosmetic white fillings to make an immediate improvement to your smile.
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns, also known as “caps” sits on top of a damaged natural tooth to restore integrity and appearance.
Preparing to place a crown
Before a crown can be placed, the remaining natural tooth must be prepared to accept it to ensure a good fit and a good match with your remaining teeth. To do this, the tooth is prepared to the correct shape and height, often completed in one appointment. Impressions are then taken to allow our dental laboratory to manufacture your new replacement tooth and in the interim a temporary dental crown will be fitted. As soon as your new crown is ready, we will call you back for a second appointment to complete the fitting.
Why do you need a dental crown?
A crown is very versatile and can be used to solve a number of dental problems:
- To restore integrity to a weak tooth
- To strengthen a cracked tooth
- To repair a tooth where a filling is no longer viable
- For anchoring dental bridges
- To finish root canal treatment
- To complete dental implant treatment
What materials are used to make crowns?
We use a variety of materials for modern dental crowns including porcelain, ceramic and even gold. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages which we will discuss with your during your consultation.Contact Us for more information
A dental bridge is used when one or several teeth need to be replaced. The bridge spans the gap between two remaining natural teeth and supports the new replacement teeth. In turn, the adjacent natural teeth are prepared to accept the crowns which support the bridge.
Although a bridge is a long-standing, traditional replacement for lost teeth, it does require that natural teeth are prepared as part of the treatment. Some patients who wish to avoid this, may prefer to consider other options such as dental implants.Contact Us for more information
Dentures have long been used to replace missing teeth and are very versatile in that they can replace a single tooth or a complete arch. Modern denture materials are also much better than they used to be, providing better stability, comfort and appearance.
However, dentures can still be problematic and need to be changed as the jawbone and underlying facial structure change. As this happens, slippage and soreness can occur leading to embarrassment and discomfort as dentures move around in the mouth. This can be addressed using dental implants to stabilise dentures or alternatively a full-arch, fixed replacement using implants.
Dentures can be classed as “complete” where they replace a full arch of missing teeth or “partial” where they replace a single or several missing teeth.
All of our dentures at Apex Dental Care are made from the latest materials and design to be as stable as possible. Every patient is unique and we will spend as much time as we need with you to ensure that your new denture fully meets your needs.