restorative dentistry

Restorative Dentistry

Crowns, bridges and dentures to restore your smile

A full range of functional and aesthetic restorations

Dental restorations are generally required following treatment of severe decay, or after accidental tooth loss or damage. The goal is to restore your mouth to its full functionality, but the bespoke nature of dental restorations, which are made especially to your requirements in a dental lab, means that they have offer aesthetic benefits too. The right dental restoration can give you the smile you’ve always wished you were born with.

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Bespoke dental crowns

If your teeth are badly decayed, broken through injury or weakened following a root canal treatment, a crown may be required to restore lost tooth tissue, or to protect what remains. Custom-crafted to your specifications in a dental lab, a crown is bonded over the top of the existing tooth, restoring it to full function. Dentists have been using crowns to strengthen or rebuild teeth for a long time, but in recent years the technology has evolved considerably, so that crowns have become as aesthetic as they are functional. While ‘old-school’ crowns were made of metal or gold, today’s advanced materials allow for completely lifelike and tooth-coloured restorations, designed to your exact requirements to match your own teeth’ shape, shade, texture and translucency.

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Custom dental bridges

If your smile reveals large gaps or multiple missing teeth, a dental bridge offers an ideal solution. A prosthetic fitting secured at each end by a crown, a dental bridge covers the gaps in your smile, supports your jaw bone structure and restores full tooth function. Even if your missing teeth are causing no discomfort, dental bridges are highly recommended for preventing future dental problems – because over time your remaining teeth will shift and drift into your gap, putting you at risk of bite problems, gum disease and jaw pain. Like crowns, bridges are custom-made in a dental lab, and are an excellent fixed alternative to dentures.

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Comfortable, lifelike dentures

When many or all your teeth are missing, we can hide the gaps with a modern, easy-to-wear denture. Rest assured that today’s dentures are not like those of decades gone by; they are more lifelike than ever and will fit snugly over your gums to restore your smile. Dentures are removable and provide an effective way of mitigating against problems caused by missing teeth – such as trouble eating and speaking, unwanted movement of existing teeth, and facial sagging. At Eurodental, we’ll talk you through your options – including partial and complete dentures, and the different denture materials available.

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What is the difference between a crown and a bridge?

A crown is a single-tooth restoration that caps your existing tooth. A bridge replaces one or more adjacent missing teeth with a prosthetic that literally bridges the gap, held in place at each end by a crown.

How is my crown, bridge or denture made?

Traditional crowns, bridges and dentures are made in a dental lab. This will require you to sit for dental impressions so that an accurate restoration can be tailor-made to create the perfect combination of function and aesthetics. You will be involved in the process from start to finish and the lab will create a restoration that meets you and your dentist’s requirements in terms of shape and shade.

How is a crown or bridge fitted?

Before a crown or bridge is made at the lab, your dentist will prepare your tooth (or teeth) by filing it down into a smooth shape that correctly accommodates the restoration. Dental impressions will then be taken and sent to the lab where your restoration will be made. When it is ready, you’ll return to the dentist to have your crown or bridge cemented in place and cured under a special light.

How long will my crown or bridge last for?

With good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, crowns and bridges can last as long as 20 years.

Why choose dentures?

Dentures are the most cost-effective solution to missing teeth and will enable you to eat and speak with confidence.

How do I look after my dentures?

Clean them as you would your normal teeth – once in the morning and once at night. The routine requires you to brush them with toothpaste or soapy water, soak them with soluble denture-cleaning tablets to remove stains and bacteria, then brush again. If you’re taking your dentures out to sleep, keep them moist to stop them from drying out and changing shape. You’ll need to visit the dentist regularly to make sure your dentures are fitting and functioning correctly.