At Bembridge dental, we offer a variety of laboratory made restorations to restore teeth and to replace missing teeth. These restorations are relatively strong compared to fillings that can be placed at the chair side. Often the indirect restorations can be made to look better than conventional chairside fillings, particularly if the impression is taken with a digital scanner.
Crowns cover the remaining parts of the natural tooth when a large amount of structure has been lost. As such, they provide what is known as 'full coverage'. Crowns can be constructed from many different materials, The type of crown depends on the amount of tooth left, the tooth type and the patient preference.
Bridges are made to restore gaps between natural teeth. They can be held in place by a crowned adjacent tooth, or they can be stuck onto the adjacent tooth by a metal wing, with a special adhesive. Sometimes bridges are held in place on either side of the gap (conventional), sometimes on just one side (cantilever); it depends on the size of the gap and how the teeth function.
A more conservative option for a crown is the inlay. It is possible to provide an inlay if a relatively small amount of tooth tissue is missing within the confines of the tooth cusps. The inlay can be made from metals, resins or ceramics. An onlay is similar to an inlay, but it often covers over the cusps of a tooth. They are particularly useful if the tooth needs to be strengthened or reinforced. They can also be used to make the tooth longer/higher, which is useful if a worn dentition is being built back up again.