From simple dental fillings to crowns, bridges or dentures, our restorative dentistry techniques help restore the appearance and function of your teeth. Our team offers exceptional dental care to help you maintain optimal oral health and a smile for life.
A filling will restore a decayed or damaged tooth back to its normal function and shape. A filling involves removing the decay and cleaning the tooth, then filling the cavity with a material that seals the tooth and prevents bacteria from entering and causing further damage. If decay or a fracture has damaged a large portion of the tooth, a crown/cap may be recommended. If decay has reached the nerve of the tooth, you may either require root canal therapy or an extraction depending on the extent of the damage.
Dental check-ups can help to avoid the need for fillings by making sure any problems are detected and treated in early stages.
Contact us today to talk about the type of dental care you need. JD Dental Care in Collins St, Melbourne CBD.
Root Canal Treatment
The aim of Root Canal Treatment/Endodontic Treatment is to save a natural tooth that has been badly damaged by decay or injury. Root Canal Treatment is successful in most cases, and a tooth may last for many years when proper oral hygiene and care is followed. During treatment decay and damaged pulp are removed from the inside of the tooth, the canals are cleaned, disinfected and shaped to a form that can be completely sealed to prevent re-infection. An inflamed pulp/ nerve can be acutely painful, sedative dressings and temporary fillings may be placed between visits.
An endodontically treated tooth may not be as strong as a normal tooth. Therefore, a crown or onlay is usually recommended (especially for posterior teeth).
Symptoms of tooth pulp/ nerve damage:
- Unprovoked pain. Pain can keep you awake at night – Sensitivity to cold/ hot drinks and foods
- Pain on biting
- Loosening of the tooth
- Swelling of the gum near the affected tooth or facial swelling – Dental Abscess, oozing of pus.
Please contact us today if you need further information about your treatment choices or having any of the above symptoms. We are conveniently located on Collins St. Melbourne City
Inlays / Onlays
Porcelain or traditional gold inlays / onlays are used to repair moderately decayed or damaged teeth and increase their strength to withstand the grinding pressure and prevent tooth fracture.
Onlays are usually recommended after RCT, tooth fracture or as a better alternative when large fillings are needed in the back teeth.
Crowns & Bridges
A crown / tooth cap fits over an existing natural tooth or implant (screw in the jawbone) and replaces the natural crown of the tooth above the gum.
Clinical indications for crowns:
- Severely decayed tooth or worn down
- Cracked tooth/ dental injury
- Teeth that had Root Canal Treatment
- Discoloured teeth or with cosmetic imperfections
A Bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. They consist of multiple crowns joined together holding artificial tooth/ teeth. It is an alternative to Dental Implants.
A missing tooth should be replaced for the following reasons:
- improved aesthetics
- prevents drifting of teeth near the gap
- prevents stress and damage to other teeth
- maintaining natural bite
Regular check-ups and maintenance are a must to keep your natural and artificial teeth. Book a consultation at JD Dental Care in Melbourne to further talk about your treatment options and help you decide the best treatment choice.
Decay, gum disease, trauma, wear and ageing may lead to tooth loss. When many teeth are missing or extracted, a denture may have to be fitted to maintain normal chewing, bite, speech and appearance. There are different types of dentures, we will advise about the best option for you.
At JD Dental Care we understand tooth loss can cause emotional distress and you might be worried about getting dentures. Book a consultation today to help you take the best informed decision.
Regular check-ups are a must for all denture wearers as the shapes of the gums and underlying jawbone change and dentures wear down over time needing adjustments.