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Restoring your teeth to their former glory [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted on: 16th May 2019

Your teeth can become worn down, decayed or broken, but there’s a range of treatments that your dentist can offer to restore them back to their former glory. These treatments include fillings, crowns veneers, onlays and inlays.

If you have tooth decay also known as dental caries, you might need to have your teeth restored. This is a very common hygiene problem in developed countries like the UK and can affect all people of all ages. Tooth decay is often caused by consuming high amounts of sugary foods and drinks. When divulging on sugary foods, the bacteria on your teeth breakdown the sugar and produce acid, this acid softens and dissolves the enamel that coats the outer surface of your teeth. Over time, this can cause holes (cavities) that form on your teeth.

If you suffer from tooth decay the type of treatment you receive will depend on the severity of the damage, your dentist will recommend the course of treatment you shall undertake and notify you of which teeth are affected.

Reasons why you might need tooth restoration treatment

Cavities

Erosion – Is the loss of tooth enamel that is caused by acid attacks and the general wearing of the tooth surface. When erosion occurs the dentine underneath is exposed, dentine is a darker/yellower colour than enamel and can often be mistaken for discolouration of the teeth. Visiting your dentist on a regular basis will allow your dentist to notice this issue before it worsens and leads to further tooth decay or tooth loss.

Abrasion – If left untreated dental abrasion can lead to cavities and tooth loss and is caused by the erosion of enamel, which leads to your teeth being unprotected from plaque and mouth bacteria if this isn’t treated it may result in tooth extraction.

Attrition – Is caused by tooth-to-tooth contact and is general wear and tear of your teeth. Attrition occurs as a result of opposing teeth surfaces making contact with each other.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Tooth Decay 

  • Toothache – If you are experiencing either continuous pain that keeps you awake or occasional sharp pain that has no obvious cause.
  • Tooth Sensitivity – your teeth have tenderness or pain when eating or drinking something that is hot, cold or sweet.
  • Discolouration – spots start to appear on your teeth – they will usually be either grey, brown or black in appearance.
  • Bad Breath
  • An unpleasant taste in your mouth. 

Forms of treatment for tooth restoration

Fillings – are the most common type of treatment for dental restoration. They are used to repair cavities caused by tooth decay. When undergoing this treatment your dentist will offer you the type of filling, they consider clinically necessary.

Crowns – are a cap that completely covers your tooth and your dentist will offer the type of crown they consider clinically necessary – these range from all metal, all resin or all ceramic.

Bridges – are a fixed replacement for a missing tooth or teeth and are used for severe cases of tooth decay.

Implants – are the next best thing to having your own teeth. If you suffer from severe tooth decay which has led to you losing teeth, your dentist may offer this as your treatment.

Dentures – are removable false teeth that fit snugly over the gums to replace missing teeth and help to eliminate potential problems caused by gaps.

Caring for your teeth

When it comes to looking after your teeth, it is important that you are doing it properly, it already is easily manageable, and it already fits in with your daily routine. Below are a few tips on how to care for your teeth and gums.

  • Brush twice a day for at least two to three minutes – brush just before bed and at another time during the day.
  • Use toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride gives your teeth an extra coated layer of protection.
  • Replace your toothbrush or brush head every three months or if the bristles have become worn.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for a check-up.
  • Limit the amount of sugary and acidic foods/drinks – this will help prevent the bacteria in your mouth eroding your enamel.
  • Clean or floss between your teeth daily.
  • Use a fluoride-based mouthwash or antiseptic mouthwash – ask your dentist which mouth was will best suit you.

At Dental Excellence we firmly believe that everyone deserves a great smile and should have access to high-quality dental care. Combining the exceptional levels of clinical skill with the service we provide, it all comes together to deliver life-changing dentistry.

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