Restorative dentistry aims to return your teeth and your whole mouth to tip-top health, preserving as much of your natural tooth structure as possible, while restoring areas of decay, filling gaps, and replacing missing teeth with realistic looking alternatives.
Dr Lionel Friedmann offers a wide range of specialised restorative dental treatments at The Dental Chambers Kensington London, including dental fillings, porcelain crowns, fixed bridges, inlays, onlays, veneers and root canal treatments. What’s more, he uses the latest tooth-coloured fillings, crowns and implants which will closely resemble your real teeth so no-one will guess you’ve had any dental work done.
Almost everyone has experienced at least one dental filling in their life, to restore a decayed area or cavity. Modern restorative dentistry means that today’s dental fillings are very different from the older, mercury-containing amalgams which we no longer use. Dr Friedmann only uses white composite or ceramic fillings, which are bonded (glued) to your teeth and shaped to restore the appearance and function of the damaged tooth.
Modern composite fillings are made from strong resins, or from porcelain, both of which closely mimic the appearance of your natural teeth. The type of material selected will depend on whether the restoration is for a front or back tooth; restoring a molar requires a filling that is strong enough to resist the high pressure caused by grinding and chewing, for example. Once in place, these resins are hardened or cured using a special blue light which securely bonds them to your restored tooth.
In some cases, an indirect filling is preferable to achieve optimum results. If this is the case, Dr Friedmann will take an impression (a sort of cast) of the cavity, and the filling is then prepared in a specialist dental laboratory. This creates a natural-looking tooth restoration, which exactly matches the colour of your teeth, and is bonded into place during a second visit.
All these types of “bonded restorations” have the further advantage of reinforcing the tooth, where previous generations of metal fillings used to weaken teeth and often cause some form of fracture in the long term. It is not necessary to remove as much of the healthy tooth structure as previous dental fillings did.
The decision about which type of filling is best for you will depend on the size, complexity, and location of the restoration needed. It will also depend on the desired cosmetic appearance and, of course, cost. Dr Friedman will explain all your options so you can make a decision about whether or not to proceed.
A dental crown, also known as a dental cap, is a natural-looking tooth-shaped cover that fits over the upper part of a damaged tooth, for example after a root canal treatment, or to protect a weak or broken tooth. A crown is used when there is too much tooth material missing to provide a strong enough replacement filling.
Crowns can be made from metal (eg gold), porcelain, zirconia or a combination of these materials. The type you need will depend on the position of the crown in your mouth, how your teeth meet together, and whether or not you grind your teeth. Dr Friedmann can explain all your different options and help you choose the right type of dental crown.
Restorative dentistry can fill the empty spaces left by missing teeth to improve your smile, reduce stresses on your remaining teeth, and protect vulnerable spots where cavities often form.
Dr Friedmann is a specialist restorative dentist who can replace your lost tooth or teeth using several different options:
- A dental implant is a metal post that is inserted into the jawbone to replace the roots of any missing teeth. This requires a surgical procedure; once the gums and bones have healed, the implant provides a secure framework to support an artificial tooth, crown, dentures or a dental bridge. Because they are firmly fixed in place, this type of tooth replacement feels more natural and comfortable than traditional bridges or dentures.
- A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth/teeth using the adjacent teeth as “supports” on either side of the gap. The bridge is fitted with natural-looking artificial teeth which are individually crafted to fill the empty spaces in your mouth. This is bonded or cemented to your natural teeth.
- A denture is a removable device that replaces lost teeth, and is individually made using a mould of your mouth. Dentures include a flesh-coloured acrylic base that fits snuggly over your gums and supports natural-looking artificial teeth. A partial denture is used when you have some remaining teeth, and has a metal frame that clips around your own teeth. Full dentures are used when you have no remaining natural teeth in your upper or lower jaw and so simple tooth replacement is not possible. An upper denture will cover the roof of your mouth, while a lower denture has a horseshoe shape to fit around your tongue. Thankfully these are becoming a thing of the past.
Once you have an implant, bridge or partial denture fitted, it’s important to maintain excellent oral hygiene, and regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist are key to keeping your whole mouth healthy.
Restorative Dentistry at The Dental Chambers Kensington
The Dental Chambers Kensington is at hand to provide specialist restorative dentistry. If you are looking for a restorative dentist in London to provide composite or porcelain fillings, dental implants, crowns or a dental bridge, we can help. If you are not sure which procedures you need, our dentists can provide general advice on how restorative dentistry can improve the health of your mouth, with no obligation or pressure to proceed. Please telephone 020 7244 4200 for a confidential chat.