Repair and replace damaged or missing teeth
Damaged or missing teeth are not only a functional and aesthetic issue, they can cause a number of health risks too, exposing teeth and gums to potential infection. If you would like to be able to eat your favourite foods again, or just want your natural smile back, our Crawley practice offers a comprehensive range of restorative dental treatments, including crowns, bridges and dentures.
Composite inlays and onlays
If your dentist here at Avalon Oral Care Centre discovers dental decay or damage that is too advanced to be treated with a filling, but not bad enough to require a crown, inlays and onlays are excellent aesthetic options that also restore strength and function. The prosthetic fittings, created using your dental impressions, are laid over the top of the tooth – either inside its edges (inlays), or outside (onlays), and the result is a complete, natural-looking smile.
Cap your tooth with a dental crown
For teeth that are badly decayed, weak or broken through injury, a dental crown can restore lost tooth tissue, or protect what remains of the tooth. Custom-made to match the natural colour of your teeth, a crown is bonded over the top of the existing tooth, bringing it back to full function. Crowns are often advised when filling is no longer an option, or after root canal treatment, which can leave teeth brittle and weakened. While traditional crowns were made of metal or gold, today’s advanced materials allow for completely lifelike, tooth-coloured restorations.
Bridging the gap
A time-tested solution for filling gaps and replacing missing teeth, a dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth or series of teeth secured at each end by a crown. Even if the gaps left by missing teeth are causing you no discomfort, dental bridges are strongly recommended for preventing potential future problems. These can include bite distortion, caused by your remaining teeth shifting to fill the gap, and an increased vulnerability to gum disease and jaw pain. Like crowns, bridges are usually created from porcelain or precious metal, and are generally considered to be an excellent fixed alternative to dentures.
If you are missing some or all of your teeth, Avalon Oral Care Centre is extremely experienced at fitting partial and full dentures. Made from acrylic, nylon or metal, today’s dentures look natural and fit snugly over your gums to replace missing teeth and counteract any problems missing teeth can cause – such as trouble eating and speaking and unwanted movement of existing teeth. Unlike crowns and bridges, dentures need to be removed daily for cleaning. Dentures are typically secured using clips and/or a special adhesive. We can even attach dentures to dental implants, for a more secure option. Depending on how many of your teeth are missing, you’ll need either a complete denture or a partial denture. At Avalon Oral Care Centre, we offer a range of modern dentures and also repair existing dentures.