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1 PROSTHODONTICS RESTORATIONS - INLAY AND ONLAY CROWNS BRIDGES VENEERS IMPLANTS RESTORATIONS

2 Due to improved dental hygiene and the use of fluoride, there is a reduction in tooth decay found in our patients. However, teeth are still susceptible to decay, infection and breakage and need to be restored. US Dental use all the modern technology to ensure we can restore your teeth to their normal function and appearance. Replace missing teeth Repair damaged teeth Relieve dental pain Fill in spaces between the teeth Improve an improper bite Prevent the loss of a tooth Reasons for Onlay / Inlay Restorations Restore function of tooth (eating & chewing) What are Onlay / Inlay Restorations? It is a custom made filling of composite material, tooth coloured porcelain or gold. They are known as partial crowns. The main benefit in comparison with crowns is that less of the tooth is removed when preparing for the onlay. The only difference between onlays and inlays is that at least one of the chewing cusps has been affected too and needs to be repaired. What happens when you have an Onlay / Inlay Restorations? An onlay/ inlay restoration will normally take two visits to US Dental. Your first visit will involve taking impressions so the laboratory can make an accurate restoration. Whilst your tooth is numb, any decay will be removed and your dentist will clean the area and carefully shape it ready for the onlay / inlay restoration. A temporary filling will protect the tooth until your next appointment. At your second visit your onlay / inlay will be cemented in place. Your doctor will check your bite is comfortable CROWNS

3 What is a crown? A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes known as a cap. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain are the most popular choice. These crowns are hard-wearing and will last many years. Your doctor at US Dental will take care to match the shape, size and colour of your teeth, giving you a beautiful smile. Why may you need a crown? Your dentist may recommend a crown if you want to improve your smile or if you have one of the following conditions: Decayed teeth Fractured or discoloured fillings Broken or fractured teeth Tooth has had root canal work You may need a bridge or denture to be held in place How is a crown fitted? You will need to come to US Dental for two appointments. Your dentist will take a mould (impression) at the first appointment which will be used to craft your customised crown. A mould will be used to make your temporary crown too. This temporary crown will be for two weeks until the laboratory has made your new crown. Whilst your tooth is numb, your dentist will shape the surface and remove any decay so the crown will fit well. Your dentist will fit the temporary crown and check that you can bite well. At the second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, your tooth will be cleaned and your new tooth will be carefully placed and checked. Your crown will match the rest of your teeth as much as possible. Your dentist will give your advice on how to take care of your new crown and when to visit US Dental for a check up. BRIDGES

4 What are bridges? A dental bridge is a fixed appliance which is a solution for replacing missing teeth. There are several different types of bridges, your dentist at US Dental will advise you which is the most suitable for you. The most popular type is made of porcelain fused to metal - known as the traditional bridge. This type of bridge consists of two crowns fixed over two anchoring teeth and they are attached to artificial teeth which will fill the gap left by the missing tooth. Your bridge is likely to last for many years however, is likely to need replacing or refixing at some point in the future. Why might you need a fixed bridge? Your dentist at US Dental will recommend you have a dental bridge if you need: To stop remaining teeth from moving out of position To restore chewing and speaking ability To fill any spaces from missing teeth To maintain facial shape To upgrade from removable partial denture How do you get a fixed bridge? You would normally visit your dentist two or three times to get a fixed bridge. Your dentist will numb your teeth and the two neighbouring teeth are prepared by having a portion of the enamel removed to make room for a crown. A mould is then made which is sent to the laboratory so the bridge can be crafted. You will receive a temporary bridge which you will have for several weeks. Your permanent bridge will be cemented on your second visit. Occasionally your dentist will just cement the bridge temporarily so your teeth and surrounding tissue will get used to the new bridge. The permanent bridge will be cemented at a later time. Your US Dental dentist will advise you how to best care for your bridge which will include proper brushing, flossing and regular visits to us. DENTURES

5 What are dentures? A denture is an effective method of replacing missing teeth. It can be fixed or removable and can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. The two types of dentures are complete / full and partial. Complete / full dentures are when you have to replace all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw. This may be either conventional or immediate. A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed which takes 4-6 weeks. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed so the patient will have teeth during the healing process. Adjustments will have to be made once the tissues have shrunk. Partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth. It is a plate with a number of false teeth on it. It also prevents other teeth from moving into the spaces. How do you get dentures? You will need to make a few appointments at US Dental Care - over a few weeks. Measurements and moulds are taken to be able to customise your dentures. You may need a few fitting appointments to ensure the colour, shape and fit is right for you. Looking after your dentures and mouth It takes a while to get used to dentures - you need to have realistic expectations and no matter how good they are, they won t feel like natural teeth. You will have increased saliva flow but, after a time, you will be able to eat, speak and smile confidently but only once the muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures. Your dentist will arrange follow up appointments at US Dental as well as advise you on how to clean your dental appliance. VENEERS

6 What are Veneers? Veneers are thin layers (usually made of porcelain) that can made to fit over your teeth. These veneers are very hard-wearing and they don t stain and are a very popular way of giving our patients a beautiful smile! Why might you want veneers? If you have one or more of the following symptoms, veneers maybe right for you: Chipped teeth Tooth Crowding Misshapen or crooked teeth Discoloured or stained teeth Uneven or unwanted spaces between the teeth Teeth that are too large or too small How do you get veneers? You will usually need two visits to the dentist. At the first, your dentist will take a mould of your teeth which is then sent to a specialist laboratory for the veneer to be custom-made with regard to the shape and colour of the tooth. At this first appointment, your dentist will lightly buff and shape the surface of the tooth (enamel) to allow for the thickness of the veneer. On the second visit, your dentist will carefully fit the veneer using special bonding cements and may use a light to harden the bond. Veneers are a simple but extremely effective way of improving your teeth and enhancing your smile. IMPLANTS What are Implants?

7 The best solution to replace missing teeth or stabilise loose dentures. They are artificial roots and teeth (titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. Patients are delighted to see that these teeth attached to implants look natural and give them a wonderful smile. Dental implants normally last for many years but occasionally need retightening or replaced due to wear and tear. Why might you need dental implants? If you want to replace missing teeth without affecting the adjacent teeth As a solution for joint pain or bite problems due to teeth moving into missing tooth space If you need to support a bridge or denture To aid chewing or speech For restoring or enhancing facial tissues How do you get dental implants? You will need appointments at your clinic over several months. After taking impressions, the implant will be surgically positioned into the bone and permitted to heal and integrate itself onto to the bone for up to six months. You may need additional surgery depending on the type of implant so that the post will hold the artificial tooth in place. The artificial teeth are made and fitted to the anchor after they have several weeks to heal. This stage may take some months. At this stage, your teeth should feel comfortable and stable. Your doctor will advise you on how to care for your teeth - nothing complicated just regularly visiting the clinic and good oral hygiene at home.

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