Restorative Treatments

At Cuckfield Dental Practice, we offer our patients a wide range of restorative treatments including:

  • Composite fillings
  • Inlays and onlays
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Dentures

Composite fillings

Composite fillings are tooth-coloured (NOT silver!) and usually made from a resin mixed with powdered glass quartz, silica or other forms of ceramic.

They may not be as strong or hard-wearing as silver amalgam fillings but they are virtually invisible. Your dentist will choose a shade to match your existing teeth.*

*Although, please note that discolouration may 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 is usually used because it is durable, long-lasting and does not tarnish.

An impression of the cavity (prepared and taken by your dentist) will be sent to a 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.

*Due to the materials used and the longer treatment process, this type of filling is more expensive.


A crown (sometimes called a ‘cap’) covers and strengthens chipped, broken or weakened teeth. It can also be used to protect the space left from a root filling, help to hold a denture or bridge in place, or even hide discoloured fillings. They can look very natural and can be made to match the shade of your surrounding teeth.

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 out of porcelain or porcelain bonded to gold.

Sometimes, especially with root fillings, it is necessary to set a post before fitting the crown. This supports the crown and adds stability and strength. Posts are usually pre-made from stainless steel. Your dentist can cement them directly into the root canal, ready for the crown to be fitted over the top.


A bridge is used to fill the space left by a missing tooth, restoring your smile. They are only possible if your surrounding teeth are healthy and strong, as these support the bridge. A bridge is usually made from a porcelain and precious metal blend.

It is important to replace missing teeth, not only to improve the appearance of your smile but to prevent the weakening of the teeth either side, decay and gum disease caused by trapped food particles, or alterations to your bite.

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.

For further information, please speak to a member of our team who will be happy to help.

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