recreating your function and smile
As the name suggests, restorative dentistry involves restoring teeth to their full function and natural appearance. At macquarieDentists no restoration job is too hard and we have many procedures to restore our patients teeth. You may need restorative dentistry procedure if your teeth have been damaged by:
- cracks, breaks, decay,
- gum disease,
- an accident,
- sports injury
- or various other trauma or illnesses
there are two main types of restorative dentistry procedures
- Direct restorations are usually known as fillings, and are made in the mouth of a composite resin material.
- Indirect restorations are known as inlays, onlays, crowns and bridges and are made in a laboratory of stronger, more durable materials.
Depending upon the patients’ personal needs, budget and lifestyle, our dentists will help our patients to choose the most suitable solution for their long-term oral health and wellbeing.
At macquarieDentists we have carefully chosen the materials used to restore teeth in order to provide you with a strong, durable and natural looking restoration that will allow you to enjoy a beautiful smile for many years.
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A filling is completed in a single appointment using a tooth coloured paste called composite resin. They can also be known as direct restorations. The composite resin is colour matched to your tooth then sculpted to the shape of your tooth and hardened by a special light. They are relatively quick and affordable to place, offering a simple solution to many dental situations.
It should also be noted that composite resin fillings do wear with time. A small resin filling may last between 5-10 years. The larger a filling becomes, the more stress is placed on the material and therefore it may only last for a shorter period of time.
An inlay or onlay usually replaces a large section of tooth that is missing. They can also be known as indirect restorations. They are fabricated from a tooth coloured, durable, material that is usually a type of ceramic. However, there are many options regarding the material for inlays and onlays. Our dentists always discuss and advise the options most suitable for a particular patient’s needs.
These restorations are fabricated in a dental laboratory from a detailed impression mould, and generally require two appointments to complete. They offer superior strength and durability compared to resin fillings and will usually last for many years.
Crowns are similar to inlays and onlays but are like a ‘thimble helmet’ that covers the whole tooth. They not only strengthen a tooth but can also change the shape and colour of the tooth. They may be placed on teeth that still have their nerve or ones that have received root canal treatment and therefore have no nerve. Crowns are a restorative dentistry procedure that can also be referred to as caps.
Crowns can be made of various materials such as ceramic, metal or porcelain over a metal base. This will depend on the condition of the tooth, position in the mouth and need for strength. They may be used on front or back teeth and usually last for many years. Receiving a dental crown will involve two appointments with macquarieDentists.
A bridge involves several teeth being crowned and is often used to replace missing teeth. It is permanently bonded to teeth, so is a secure and long term solution to replacing missing teeth. They can be made of resin, durable ceramic or metal materials.
Dentures are removable appliances to replace missing teeth. At macquarieDentists, we provide partial dentures to replace one or a few teeth, or full dentures to replace all teeth.
AM active maintenance programme
Our AM active maintenance programme is designed to help our patients do this and achieve and maintain optimal oral health.