Restorative Dentist Brisbane | Restore Your Smile
Has a chipped, decayed or cracked tooth changed the way you feel about your teeth?
Restorative dentistry aims to restore the function and aesthetic of your damaged, decayed, traumatized or worn teeth using a variety of dental materials and treatments. Dental restorations are a key part of treatment for many dental issues, which include –
- Restoring dental caries (tooth decay)
- Failing, leaking or worn fillings
- Fractured, chipped or cracked teeth
- Dental erosion & worn tooth surfaces
- Missing or knocked out teeth (avulsion)
- Misshapen or damaged teeth
- Poor dental aesthetics & tooth structure
“Restorative procedures are among the most common procedures in modern dentistry. Fortunately, the field has continued to evolve thanks to ongoing research and innovations in materials and techniques,” says Dr Jacob De Luchi.
“Modern materials allow us to restore teeth predictably with strong and cosmetic materials while conserving more tooth structure.”
At BOH Dental, our caring & empathic dental team have a wealth of shared experience, with a full-service team of Prosthodontists, General Dentists & Laboratory Technicians. The fabrication of our complex dental restorations is performed on-site in the skilled & capable hands of our laboratory technicians and ceramists at Studio 12 Dental Laboratory.
Dental fillings are the most common restorative technique in dentistry, and are used to protect decayed teeth and provide a barrier to stop bacteria entering the tooth.
Dental veneers are a restorative technique that allow your dentist to attach a thin layer of tooth-coloured material to the front of your tooth. Materials used for veneers include composite resin and ceramic.
Veneers can be used to treat chipped, worn or discoloured teeth, and many other concerns in terms of dental aesthetics and the shape and shade of your teeth.
Prosthodontists specialize in the restoration of damaged or missing teeth with dental prosthesis. This includes using dental treatments such as dental implants, crowns & bridges, and complete & partial dentures.
Our Prosthodontists operate alongside our General Dentists and Dental Laboratory (Studio 12) to provide quality dental restorations, particularly in complex dental cases.
Did you know that fillings can age and leak? Your old fillings may change shape, colour or fit, and replacement fillings can be used to repair these characteristics and to improve aesthetics.
We provide treatments such as amalgam replacement and can help you assess if your old fillings need updating. For example, the fracture of a heavily filled tooth may require a replacement filling.
Holistic dentistry is an overall view of your dental health that incorporates many other health and lifestyle factors, such as diet, psychology and existing medical conditions.
Holistic treatment typically involves the use of biomimetics, which is a holistic principle that involves using restorative materials that mirror the natural function, form and structure of your teeth.
Digital dentistry involves the use of digital techniques and Computer-Aided Design & Milling (CADCAM) to produce high-quality dental restorations.
CEREC is a popular digital system which allows your dentist to 3D-model your restoration using a specialized scanning device and to place a ceramic filling promptly.
Restorative dentistry provides your dentist with a wide range of materials and treatments for repairing and protecting chipped & cracked teeth.
If your chip or crack is small, restorative treatment may take place in a single appointment, such as a composite dental filling. In cases that require more extensive dental treatment, like dental crowns, the fabrication and placement of your restoration may require additional laboratory time and dental appointments.
“Chipped and cracked teeth are a very common ‘side-effect’ of us keeping our teeth for longer and restoring these teeth has become a large part of modern dentistry. Unfortunately, many cracked teeth can be lost if not managed appropriately. Your dentist will assess your teeth and provide options on the best way to manage any existing problems and prevent further damage.” says Dr Jacob De Luchi.
Your dentist will explain the amount of time needed for your dental restoration during your appointment, and this is known as treatment planning.
Direct restorations, such as composite fillings, can be placed and cured directly in the mouth. These fillings are a common treatment and typically require one appointment and are completed while you are in the dental chair.
Alternatively, indirect restorations require the filling to be fabricated outside the mouth, which takes place in a dental laboratory. As these restorations are created outside the mouth, a wider range of materials and equipment can be used, such as a furnace for finishing ceramic fillings.
For example, a quality porcelain veneer is handcrafted in our dental laboratory and finished to an extremely high-standard. This type of restorative treatment is provided over several appointments.
This depends on several factors – such as the size of the restoration, the material used and the state of the tooth that is being restored. Restorations come in two forms: direct and indirect restorations.
Direct restorations are placed and cured directly in the mouth, such as composite dental fillings. These take one appointment, and the filling is completed while you are in the chair.
In contrast, indirect restorations need to be built and shaped outside the mouth, but this also allows your dentist to use a wider range of materials. For example, porcelain restorations provide high-quality aesthetics and longevity and require laboratory processing.
“We are fortunate to have a full-service dental laboratory on-site (Studio 12) and having the dental laboratory just down the hallway is perfect for communication between our dentists, specialists and lab technicians, and helps us create better outcomes for patients,” says Dr Jacob De Luchi.
Traditionally, dental amalgam (also known as silver) was a commonly used material because of its durability and the speed in which a filling could be placed. Despite their robust nature, old amalgam fillings may fail or leak, and your dentist can help you assess if they require replacement.
Modern materials and restorative techniques provide many options, such as tooth-coloured fillings, for those that wish to improve their dental aesthetics or to replace a failing filling.
“A simple way to obtain natural looking dental aesthetics is to remove the amalgam fillings in your teeth and replace them with tooth coloured fillings, such as composite resin fillings,” says Dr David Tuffley.