Helping you restore your natural smile
Teeth with cavities or damage from chipping or cracking will require urgent treatment by your dentist. Restorative dental work is carried out to rebuild a tooth’s structure, preventing the need for extraction.
If you’ve never had a filling, consider yourself one of the lucky few, as the vast majority of adults will have undergone this particular dental procedure. But with today’s technology and excellent range of tooth-coloured materials, there’s little need to fear the filling anymore – it’s usually a quick and pain-free procedure. At Octagon Dental Centre your family dentist will talk you through the options available and our dental therapist is happy to assist nervous or anxious patients.
Designed to cap – ‘crown’ – a damaged tooth, a crown is a custom-made model of a natural tooth. Fashioned from gold, porcelain, ceramic or a composite, crowns are engineered in a lab using the patient’s dental impressions and colour-matched to your natural tooth colour. If you need a crown, your dentist at Octagon Dental Centre will talk you through all the options.
A crown can last for up to 15 years or longer, depending on how well you care for itl.
The dentist will prepare your tooth by filing it into a shape that the crown can neatly cover. A temporary crown can be fitted while the permanent one is prepared by a technician, using your dental impressions. When it is ready, the permanent crown is then glued into place with special dental cement.
No. A local anaesthetic will be used while your tooth is being prepared. Octagon Dental Centre’s dental therapist can help any nervous or anxious patients.
A popular solution for single or multiple missing teeth, dental bridges are fixed false teeth that are supported at each end by a crown. The procedure involved is similar to that of getting a crown fitted, with the bridge being engineered to match your dental impressions. Even if you have missing teeth that are causing no discomfort, bridges are recommended for preventing potential problems of a large gap – including bite distortion, jaw pain, and risk of gum disease.