I am very proud to have been asked to talk at this year’s Dentistry Show at the Birmingham NEC this April; it is a great honour. My talk is on the use of Fibre Reinforced Composites (FRCs) and how we use them to restore very damaged teeth and mouths in a way that is minimally invasive, cost effective and predictable.
In the talk I will look at how we use them on individual teeth to build up a whole tooth or to create a solid post and core on top of which we can cement a laboratory made crown. I will also show how we can use them build up a bridge directly in the mouth to replace one ore more missing teeth or how we can have a bridge made from them in the laboratory that can be bonded in place at a later date. One of the commonest uses for FRCs is in construction of a splint that can be used to bond together teeth that have become loose as a result of gum disease. We can even use these splints to bond back in teeth that have been lost through gum disease which is a technique known as a natural tooth pontic. This is usually the quickest and cheapest way to restore someone’s smile when it has been severely compromised through tooth movement or tooth loss following advanced gum disease. Because it is relatively low cost and usually involves little or no drilling to the supporting teeth we can use this technique in mouths that have very compromised teeth where other more expensive or invasive techniques would not be appropriate. Thus minimal approach allows us to fix the immediate problem of say a missing front tooth very quickly at the start of treatment so we can then work on the health of the rest of the mouth without leaving the patient with an unhappy smile during the rest of their care.
If you are a dentist and would like to know more about these techniques then please come and see my talk in Birmingham on Friday, April 22nd at 4.45 pm or if you are a patient wanting to know more about how these techniques might help you then please call the surgery on 01580752202 and we will be happy to help