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Restoring your smile at Align & Smile

We are all becoming increasingly aware of the basics of dental care; we should brush our teeth twice a day for a minimum of 2 minutes each time, we should floss daily and visit our dentist or hygienist every six months. However, what if your teeth need a little bit more help? Well, this is where ‘Restorative Dentistry’ can come into play.

What is Restorative Dentistry?

The term restorative dentistry refers to the process where your dentist manages all of your oral health problems and restores your mouth to a positive functional and aesthetic place. Restorative dentistry involves the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of oral diseases. The goal is to preserve natural teeth as much as possible. Your dentist will most likely suggest a treatment plan to restore teeth that are decayed, cracked, chipped, discoloured or even missing. Teeth that are affected can qualify for restorative care. Whether it's a filling, crown, implant, veneer or bridge, there are several options available depending on need.

Composite Fillings

Most people have fillings of one sort or another, but today, because we are much more conscious of our smile, we can choose a natural looking alternative - the composite or tooth-coloured filling. The main advantage of composite fillings is their aesthetic appeal. The main disadvantage is their life expectancy. White fillings have always been considered less long lasting than silver amalgam fillings but there are now new materials available with properties comparable to silver amalgam, and these are proving to be very successful.

Crowns

If you have badly decayed teeth or fractured teeth or you have large fillings, then a crown could be the solution for you. A crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth and held in place by dental adhesive or cement. A crown can also correct minor problems in natural teeth like spacing and irregular shape or severe tooth discoloration.

Crowns do not deteriorate over time as the materials will last but the tooth and gum below are still able to suffer decay or disease, and regular brushing and flossing should still be carried out diligently.

Tooth Bridges

Bridges do exactly, as they say, they bridge the gap between one or more missing teeth. They are usually made of precious metal. If the bridge is on show in the mouth, then we can offer porcelain, which will be bonded to the base.

Initially, the cost of a dental bridge can appear expensive but in fact, it is a wise investment due to the many years it will last. It will also improve your appearance and bite.

Considerable skill is required by the dentist and technician when creating and fitting a bridge. You could almost equate it to ordering a piece of customised hand-made jewellery.

To talk to someone about transforming your smile, call Align & Smile on 020 7538 9990 or visit www.alignandsmile.co.uk