Most people will have a restorative filling of some kind in their mouth. Amalgam or silvery-grey metal fillings, were traditionally used for many years but ‘white’ tooth coloured fillings have become more popular than ever.
Why would I not just have an amalgam filling?
Tooth coloured fillings are hardly noticeable as they are colour matched to your teeth. This means that if the filling is in an area where a dark metal filling would be visible if you spoke or smiled, you can choose a more discreet option instead.
Are they as strong as amalgam fillings?
New materials compare favourably with amalgam meaning that there is little to choose between them. The lifespan of any filling, whether amalgam or tooth coloured, will depend upon its location in the mouth and also its size.
Should I replace my old amalgam fillings?
We would advise that you only change the amalgam fillings when they need replacing. When that time comes, you can opt for tooth coloured fillings.
Can you explain what a veneer is?
A veneer is a very fine layer of porcelain which is made to fit exactly over the front surface of a tooth.
Why would I need a veneer?
Veneers are used to make teeth look natural and ‘perfect’. They can improve the colour, shape and position of a tooth so are ideal if you have a chipped or discoloured tooth, or if you also have a slightly ‘wonky’ tooth. They can also be used to close gaps between teeth if orthodontics wouldn’t work.
How long do they last?
Veneers should last many years but just like natural teeth they can crack or break. The dental team will tell you how long you should expect a specific veneer to last.
How long does it take?
Usually a veneer takes two visits. One to prepare the tooth having the veneer and take the shade and style required for the veneer and a second visit to fit the completed veneer.
Losing a tooth, especially one that is in an obvious location and visible when you talk or smile can have a seriously negative impact on your self-esteem and confidence. Cosmeticbridges can be used to replace missing teeth and disguise the fact that a tooth is missing.
But why should I replace missing teeth?
Aside from the appearance, and how this may or may not affect your confidence, there are other reasons why you should replace a missing tooth. Having a gap in your smile can place extra strain on the teeth either side of the gap and this can also affect your ‘bite’; how your teeth come together. Over time, the teeth either side of the gap may begin to ‘lean in’ adding further to bite issues. There is also the problem of food debris getting trapped in the gap and leading to breath issues and/or gum disease.
Are there other ways to replace missing teeth?
Depending on the number of missing teeth, the location of the gaps and also the health of the gums there are three main ways to replace missing teeth:
• Removable false tooth or teeth
• Fixed bridge
• Dental Implants
To find out more about any of these cosmetic dentistry treatments, please call our friendly team on 0116 254 3500.