If you have a cavity, the chances are you’ll need a filling – and fortunately getting a filling in Long Sutton, Spalding and Lincolnshire is not the trial it once was. With composite resin, or white, fillings, you no longer need to put up with the ‘shadowed smile’ effect caused by traditional amalgam fillings. At The Lawns all our dentists are extremely experienced at fitting aesthetic tooth-coloured fillings. As well as looking completely natural, white fillings come with a number of benefits:
- Less drilling. Unlike metal fillings, the dentist doesn’t need to remove a large amount of the tooth to apply the composite resin mix.
- Quick to harden. Composite resin fillings only take seconds to cure, so you’ll be eating and drinking normally soon after.
- Strong. Because the composite material bonds directly to the existing tooth, it works to strengthen the overall structure.
- Repairable. Chips and cracks can be easily smoothed and damaged structure rebuilt using the composite resin filling.
Same Day Restorations
CEREC™ Aesthetic restorations in Spalding & Long Sutton
At The Lawns we’ve invested in the latest technology in dental restorations – so instead of multiple appointments and long waits for your crowns and bridges to be engineered in a lab, our patients can benefit from two systems that enable crowns, bridges and veneers to be fitted in a single appointment.
If you need a custom-made crown, bridge or veneer, the CEREC™ system makes the experience a whole lot easier! Traditional dental restorations involve two or three separate appointments, not to mention messy dental impressions, and a few weeks’ waiting time while a dental lab creates your crown – during which time you have to wear a cumbersome temporary plastic crown. But with CEREC™, the whole process is done in-house and reduced to a single appointment. Once you and your dentist are happy with your proposed restoration, CEREC™ digital technology translates the 3D image to an in-surgery milling machine, which accurately engineers your restoration from a block of colour-matched porcelain – all while you wait!
Questions & Answers
Does it Hurt to get a white filling?
No. White fillings are carried out under a local anaesthetic so you won’t feel a thing.
How Long does the white filling procedure take?
Depending on the complexity of the case, a white filling can take as little as 20 minutes or as much as an hour to complete.
How Long do White fillings last for?
With good oral hygiene, white fillings can last on average around 7-10 years. Trauma to the jaws or teeth, gum disease or tooth decay can significantly shorten the life of your white fillings.
How does the dentist prepare for crowns?
If you are having a crown fitted, the dentist will need to shape your tooth so that it can efficiently accommodate a crown. This will involve filing it into a smooth, cone-like shape, under local anaesthetic.
Does it hurt to get a crown?
No – local anaesthetic is used to completely numb the area being treated, so you won’t feel a thing.
How long can I expect my new crown to last?
Crowns can last 5 to 15 years on average, though this increases for patients who practise good oral hygiene. Trauma to the jaw or teeth, gum disease and tooth decay can significantly shorten the life of a crown. A tooth is just as vulnerable to decay and gum disease under a crown if the patient does not practice good oral hygiene.
What's the difference between CEREC™ and One Visit Crowns?
Traditional crowns are made from porcelain and/or metal in a dental laboratory. CEREC ™ crowns are generally more convenient and ideal for anyone who wants a quick same day white crown restoration with minimal hassle.
Whats the difference between a crown and a bridge?
A crown sits over the top of and restores a damaged or badly decayed tooth – the dentist removes the decayed part of the tooth first, whereas a dental bridge offers an excellent solution to missing teeth – literally bridging the gap with a lifelike prosthesis, which is secured at each end by a crown. Bridges of up to four units can usually be created using the CEREC™ system, and the procedure involves the same experience for the patient.
Why should I consider veneers?
Veneers are often associated with smile makeovers, because it’s possible to transform all your front teeth with this tried and true method beloved of celebrities. Veneers are very thin porcelain ‘shells’ that are custom-engineered to sit over the top of your existing teeth, hiding a multitude of imperfections – chips, cracks, discolouration, gaps and misaligned teeth are among the most common of these.
How are teeth prepared for veneers?
Because veneers sit on top of your teeth, the dentist will need to remove a layer of enamel proportionate to the thickness of the veneer. This can be done under local anaesthetic so you won’t feel any sensitivity.