Restoration of Damaged and Broken Teeth
Give damaged teeth a new lease on life at Medland
If you have damaged teeth, there are a number of options available at Medland to give them a new lease on life.
Teeth may become damaged due to many factors like decay, large or deep fillings, cracks, trauma, grinding or acid erosion, or a combination of these factors. Your Medland dentist will take the time to work out what has caused the damage to your tooth, and if anything can be done to prevent it in the future.
At Medland, you will be made aware of all your options and the different approaches available. Your Medland dentist will let you know everything you need to know about those options and approaches so that you can make the decision that works for you.
Some of your options may include a composite restoration (“filling”) if the damage is small or moderate-sided, or a crown if the damage is more extensive, or if the tooth requires a root canal treatment.
If the damage is to your front teeth then you may be a candidate for ceramic veneers or composite veneers or buildups. They can be used to mask tooth discolouration, chips, cracks, or minor misalignments, giving the teeth a natural and attractive appearance.
We believe that dentistry is both a science and an art. At Medland, you will enjoy the improved use and appearance of your natural teeth for years to come.
Damaged and Broken Down Teeth FAQs
Below are some of the frequently asked questions we receive regarding damaged and broken down teeth.
If you have any other questions please contact our friendly team.
Food and certain bacteria combine in your mouth to form plaque. This plaque produces acid which attacks the enamel of your teeth. If not thoroughly cleaned away within two days the acid demineralises the enamel which is the first stage of decay. If not remineralised, the cavity spreads into the soft, inner dentine layer and a restoration is required. Decay grows larger over time. If this process is not identified early, and a restoration isn’t done to remove the infected area, the decay and therefore bacteria can spread to the nerve, which leads to the nerve becoming inflamed, infected and eventually dying and will, at some stage, cause a toothache. Once the nerve of a tooth is affected there are only two options, root canal treatment or extraction of the tooth.
Large fillings weaken remaining tooth structure as the cusps flex and strain during chewing. This long-term stress damages the tooth causing the formation of fracture lines that will eventually propagate and result in breakages. Biting stress on fracture lines can cause the remaining shell of the tooth to fracture off completely from the filling. This can affect the nerve of the tooth, or may even happen in a manner that is unable to be repaired. Because of this risk, crowns are recommended in teeth that are heavily filled, especially those teeth that have fractured or have crack lines visible.
Composite Veneers are made from composite resin, which is a tooth-coloured material also used for fillings. Composite comes in a wide variety of shades and translucencies allowing your Medland Dentist to perfectly match your own natural teeth or alternately change the colour and appearance. Composite veneers are a very conservative option to improve your smile and usually require little or no tooth preparation. They are created by your Medland Dentist directly on your tooth. Composite veneers can be a more affordable option than ceramic veneers in restoring your smile, however, they are not as strong and resilient as ceramic veneers and they can chip or stain over time. Composite veneers require more frequent replacement.
Ceramic veneers are made of thin and highly durable ceramic. Our ceramic veneers are handcrafted by the on-site laboratory in combination with your Medland Dentist. Ceramic veneers provide superior aesthetics and the longest lifetime of the veneer materials. Each ceramic veneer is handcrafted by our onsite ceramists offering a superior natural colour. Ceramic veneers are stain resistant and retain their shine and beauty.
Your Medland Dentist will always recommend the most conservative and minimally invasive option for your tooth.
Composite restorations (also called fillings) are an excellent option and minimally invasive solution for small or moderate-sized restorations.
However, where destruction of the tooth structure is more extensive, there are cracks present or the tooth structure is weakened, a partial or full coverage crown may give the best long-term results and reduce your risks of pain or sudden breakage of your tooth.
Each of our Dentists are highly trained, skilled clinicians who prioritise the health and well-being of our patients.
Staying at the forefront of Brisbane’s dental industry, we are committed to utilising the latest technology and techniques to ensure that our patients can be proud of their healthy, beautiful smile.
If you have concerns about your smile or dental health and would like to learn more about treatment options that are available to you, please contact us on 07 3426 5777 or fill out the contact form and we’ll do everything we can to help.
Our welcoming and stylish dental practice is located at 66 Lambton St, Annerley, Brisbane QLD, Australia.
Providing a central and accessible location catering to patients Brisbane wide.
Our staff are passionate about ensuring every patient leaves Medland with a smile, and with full confidence they are receiving the best dental care in Brisbane.