At Mellor & Associates, we offer our patients a wide range of restorative treatments including:
- Composite fillings
- Inlays and onlays
However, as we are keeping our teeth for longer, some maintenance will be required from time to time.
We can replace old black/silver fillings with tooth coloured restorations.
If greater strength is required, then crowns can be used to restore cracked or chipped teeth.
Missing teeth can be replaced by attaching an artificial tooth to an adjacent natural tooth (a bridge) or by a removable partial denture.
Patients who require implants to replace missing teeth can be referred to a specialist colleague.
At your consultation, your chosen dentist will explain a range of possible options to you and then develop a treatment plan with you.
Composite fillings are tooth-coloured (NOT silver!) and usually made from a resin mixed with powdered glass quartz, silica, or other forms of ceramic.
Whilst composite fillings strength and wear resistance is not quite as high as amalgam (metal), this has progressed considerably recently and, due to their bonding properties, they can now last as long as amalgam. Your dentist will choose a shade to match your existing teeth.*
*Although, please note that discolouration may eventually occur over time.
Inlays and onlays
An inlay is a small setting within the biting surface of the tooth. Onlays are used to cover larger areas.
Gold may be used because it is durable, long-lasting and does not tarnish, however, nowadays most are tooth-coloured ceramic can provide a more natural appearance.
An impression of the cavity (prepared and taken by your dentist) will be sent to the laboratory, where a dental technician will make your inlay or onlay. Meanwhile, we will provide you with a temporary filling until we can repair your tooth.
A crown (sometimes called a ‘cap’) covers and strengthens chipped, broken or weakened teeth. They can look very natural and can be made to match the shade of your surrounding teeth. Crowns can also be made from a gold alloy where strength is the most important consideration.
Your tooth is usually shaped, under local anaesthetic, and an impression will be taken by your dentist. This is then sent to the laboratory, where your crown will be custom-made by a specialist crown technician.
A bridge can be used to fill the space left by a missing tooth, restoring your smile. They are only possible if the adjacent teeth are healthy and strong, as these support the bridge. A bridge is usually made from a porcelain and precious metal blend.
Your dentist will help you to choose the best method to replace any missing teeth you may have.
Removable dentures are one of the most common ways of replacing missing teeth. Dentures can replace either a few teeth - a partial denture, or a whole set - complete dentures.
If you have lost some teeth, dentures can improve the way you look, bite, chew and speak. The teeth that are left are protected from wear and tear. Without dentures, the natural teeth may move or tilt, stopping your teeth biting together properly.
The quality and appearance of today's dentures is far better than ever before. To make sure that the dentures fit your mouth properly, the dentist uses a putty-like material to make moulds - called 'impressions' - of your mouth. A dental technician uses this to make your denture, which your dentist will fit once ready.
Your dentist will explain the difficulties of wearing dentures, as well as the benefits and how you should look after your new dentures and the teeth you have left.
We have an on-site dental laboratory run by Stephen Pratt , GDC Number 149952, dental technician who not only provides services to the practice but is also available for denture repairs Tel: 07577765221. He is also available at weekends for repairs.
Having a dental technician on site enables us to ensure that our patients get the best possible fit and comfort for dentures and excellent colour matches for other restorative treatments.
If your choice is for an implant whilst we do not carry out this procedure at the practice we will be very happy to refer you to one of our colleagues who are qualified in this field.
There are a good many ways by which you can straighten your teeth these days and we will be happy to refer you to one of our colleagues to help you make the right decision.
Appointments are available at the following times:
|Mon:||8.30 am - 6.00 pm|
|Tue:||8.30 am - 6.00 pm|
|Wed:||8.30 am - 5.00 pm|
|Thu:||8.30 am - 5.00 pm|
|Fri:||8.30 am - 5.00 pm|
Mellor & Associates Dental Care
312 Linthorpe Road
Tel: 01642 242714 / 01642 247840