Repairing teeth

We are experts in repairing broken or chipped teeth. Using the latest dental technology we can help you achieve a beautiful, natural smile.


Fillings are a preventative measure to halt decay and maintain the health of your teeth. Diet, lifestyle and even genetics can contribute to a breakdown in your teeth. Tiny cracks or holes are susceptible to bacteria and mean that tooth decay can quickly take hold.

Our dentists are constantly on the lookout for signs of decay in your teeth, and spotting it early means they are able to treat the tooth and apply a protective material to the damaged area. A small filling can keep a tooth healthy for decades.

Root canal treatment

Does it hurt when you bite down on one of your teeth? Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity long after you have come into contact with something hot or cold? It may be that you have an infection inside your tooth that is affecting the root canal tissue. 

The symptoms of an infection are incredibly painful and uncomfortable, and can require endodontic treatment, known as root canal treatment. Portman dentists are highly skilled to treat and repair your tooth, without the need to remove it, and leave you pain-free and back on the road to good oral health.

Untreated root canal pain can lead to serious infections in your jaw and skull as well as tooth loss. If you think that you may require treatment, contact your dentist immediately.

Inlays and onlays

You love your teeth and you want to keep your smile natural and healthy. That’s our mission too. Our expert dentists know that inlays and onlays can often be the answer to retaining as much of your natural tooth as possible.

Inlays and onlays are the preferred option for decay damaged teeth which require more attention than a filling. If you or your dentist has noticed decay or a fracture, they may suggest an inlay or onlay as a solution, rather than a crown. That’s because a crown often involves removing some of your natural tooth to fit. Inlays and onlays have been developed specifically to repair teeth that are somewhere in between needing a filling and a crown – and they are offered in natural colours, so your dental treatment is hardly noticeable.


Crowns are a familiar and well-used solution for a many different problems.

Crowns have a wide range of uses, and you may need one for a variety of reasons. They are effectively custom-made sleeves designed to disguise, protect and maintain damaged teeth, including holding together cracked teeth. Crowns can also be used to cosmetically enhance and neaten your smile by covering discoloured or chipped teeth. For those who require bridges, crowns are often used as support, and dental implants are completed with crowns for a natural looking, improved and restored smile.

At our Portman practices, we recommend crowns made from highly durable and natural looking porcelain. Porcelain crowns can be coloured to match your existing teeth and can last five to 15 years.

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    Root canal (endodontics)

    Is extraction a good alternative to root canal treatment?

    Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is always the best option.

    Even the most identical replacement will never be as good as keeping your original tooth. Endodontic treatment, along with restoration if needed, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant.

    A bridge or an implant will require significantly more time in treatment and may result in further procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues.

    Endodontic treatment also has a very high success rate. Many root-canal-treated teeth last a lifetime. Those healthy teeth are helping patients chew efficiently, maintain the natural appearance of their smiles, and enhance their enjoyment of life. Through endodontic treatment at Portman, you can keep your natural teeth for a lifetime.


    Root canal (endodontics)

    Is a root canal treatment painful?

    Many endodontic procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothache caused by pulp inflammation or infection. At Portman, we use modern techniques and anaesthetics, and most people report that they’re comfortable during the procedure.

    For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if you had pain or infection before the procedure. This can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Your endodontist will give you detailed instructions about how to relieve any pain.

    Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your endodontic treatment is completed. However, if you have severe pain, pressure, or pain that lasts more than a few days, call your endodontist.


    Root canal (endodontics)

    What happens following endodontic treatment?

    The root canal system inside your tooth has been thoroughly cleaned during your treatment, and any irritated tissue and bacteria are gone.

    It’s normal to feel some tenderness in the area over the next few days as your mouth heals. You may also feel some tenderness in your jaw from keeping it open during the treatment.

    These symptoms are temporary and usually respond well to over-the-counter pain medications, such as paracetamol. It’s important for you to follow the instructions on how to take these medications. Remember that narcotic medications, if prescribed, may make you drowsy, and you should avoid operating machinery or driving a car after taking them.


    Root canal (endodontics)

    Do I need to do anything else after treatment?

    Root canal treatment is only the first step in returning your tooth, and the rest of your mouth, to full function. You’ll need a proper final restoration of the tooth to ensure long-term success.

    Contact your Portman dentist within two weeks of treatment to arrange your next appointment. If your tooth is being treated in more than one visit by an endodontist, wait until the root canal treatment is completed before returning.


    Root canal (endodontics)

    Is my clinician a registered specialist or board-certified?

    You can search for your endodontist on the specialist register on the General Dental Council website.

    All AAE member endodontists are licensed by the country in which they practice. Some endodontists have chosen to become Diplomates of the American Board of Endodontics and are board-certified. You can search for an endodontist who has achieved Diplomate status through the American Board of Endodontics website.

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