Tooth Reconstruction in Charlbury, Oxfordshire

Charlbury Dental Practice
The Spendlove Centre, Enstone Road, Charlbury, Oxfordshire OX7 3PQ

cosmetic dentistry » ceramic tooth reconstruction

At Charlbury Dental Practice we make use of the very latest technology which allows us to design and provide tooth-coloured ceramic fillings (inlays/onlays) and crowns to fit precisely to your teeth.

Using the latest dental technology and the skills of a dental technician, with this reconstruction technique we can protect and preserve your own tooth’s structural integrity; in other words you can usually retain more of your original tooth than with a conventional crown. The bonded porcelain restoration is extremely strong and promises a long life for your tooth.

An added advantage of this technique for a full crown is that it produces a really strong ceramic internal core and so avoids the unsightly dark edge which can sometimes show at the gum edge of a crown which has the traditional metal core.

How it works

The procedure makes use of Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacture (CAD/CAM). You will need to have 2 appointments with your dentist, the first to shape the tooth precisely and to instruct the technician on the design of the restoration, and the second shorter appointment to fit it. This is how we do it.

  • At your first appointment we shape the tooth, removing old fillings, any decay and weak enamel.
  • We take a highly accurate impression of the tooth and send this to our technical specialists who take an optical 3D image which is transferred to the computer.
  • To protect the tooth whilst our technicians craft the restoration, and to keep everything functional and comfortable, we will fit a temporary filling or crown.
  • Using the image data the technician designs the restoration digitally on screen and sends this design electronically to the manufacturing facility where diamond coated instruments are used to precision-cut a ceramic block to reproduce the design.
  • Our technician completes this “unfinished restoration” by providing the cosmetic artistry and a highly polished finish.
  • The crown or filling is then ready to be fitted.
  • At your second appointment we remove your temporary restoration and fit the custom-made one, bonding it to your tooth with a very strong light-cured bonding material.
  • We then carefully check your bite and make adjustments where necessary to ensure that the reconstruction is comfortable and your bite is restored.

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