Our clinic’s restorative treatment concepts

Caries
Cavities, or caries as they are known by dentists, is a disease of the tooth structure. Either enemal, dentin or cementum can be involved. They are caused by bacteria that convert different sugars into acids that then dissolve the calcium-containing enamel and dentin. These bacteria live in colonies on the teeth which are called plaque.

To treat (heal) caries, in the early stages fluorine and pastes like Tooth Mousse can replace the calcium phosphate and defective enamel can even be remineralised using Recaldent.

If the caries have broken through the enamel layer, however, the only option available to us is to fill the cavity.

Modern dentistry has moved on from the age of amalgam. Continued concerns about the effect of the mercury contained in amalgam on the health of our patients and aesthetic considerations mean that amalgam is only rarely used nowadays.

If we diagnose caries in a tooth or a defect in an old amalgam filling, we have a range of different restorative options we can use.

We differentiate restorations by how they are placed:

  • direct – placed in the mouth in a single sitting If there is still enough healthy tooth material present and the extent of the caries is minor, we fit the new filling directly in the mouth.
  • indirect – prepared by a dental laboratory For major damage, the tooth must be enclosed to increase the stability, that is, it must be covered by ceramic (or composite resin). This includes inlays, onlays or partial crowns.