Prevention of decay and tooth wear
We can provide answers to your questions…
Why do teeth decay?
How do I prevent decay and detect decay early?
Can I reverse decay?
Why do teeth wear or erode?
How do I prevent my teeth from eroding or wearing?
What treatment is available for tooth wear and erosion?
Why do teeth get damaged?
Teeth can be damaged by decay, trauma, physical wear (attrition), overloading and chemical erosion.
It is always our objective to protect and save your teeth wherever possible.
From targeted prevention advice and protection right through to advanced reconstructive dental work, we are meticulous in our approach.
Even teeth that initially look hopeless may be rebuilt and maintained for many years.
Please talk to us about our strategy of helping you keep your own teeth beautiful and functional for longer.
The restoration of decayed, broken or worn teeth
We protect and restore natural teeth as far as is possible using combinations of the following:
- Fissure sealants and preventive resin restorations (PRR)
- Tooth coloured composite resin restorations
- Porcelain restorations – inlays, onlays, veneers and crowns
- Metal reinforced porcelain restorations – crowns and bridges
- Gold still has its place and we still use it where indicated
Root canal treatment and the reconstruction of broken down teeth
When decay or trauma on a tooth is extensive and the pulp (nerve) is damaged, we may need to clean out the inside of the tooth and disinfect it to remove bacteria and contamination.
This is called a root canal treatment and is part of advance restorative dentistry.
The image shows a previously unsuccessfully treated tooth with a large abscess that resolves after correct treatment.
We then reconstruct the tooth based on how much healthy tooth structure remains.
Some cases of root canal treatment can be very challenging or may require urgent care, We would then recommend that we refer you to our specialist colleagues at Endocare.