Dentistry for Adults
Missing teeth? And a single or multiple tooth implants are not for you? We can fabricate natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Bridges are custom made and are barely noticeable. A bridge can restore the natural contour of your teeth as well as make a proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. There are several types of fixed dental bridges (cannot be removed), including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, only your dentist can remove a fixed bridge.
Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure, such as a root canal. We may also recommend a crown to hold the tooth together when decay in a tooth has become so advanced that a large portion of the tooth must be removed. Crowns are fabricated in the dental laboratory and are usually made of a material like porcelain and then placed on the top of a tooth.
Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or if an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns may also be the best option when a discoloured or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance. Crowns are sometimes confused with veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers, like Lumineers, are typically applied only to relatively small areas.
A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. We will take an impression from the prepared tooth to create a custom-designed crown. The impression is sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. A temporary crown is usually placed until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place.
Whether it’s being used to fill a new cavity or replace an old filling, composite resin or white filling is an excellent choice if you want a natural-looking smile untarnished by the greyish-black appearance of silver amalgam.
Made of a mixture of plastic and acrylic materials, composite restorations have a natural and aesthetically pleasing tooth-like appearance. They bond directly to the tooth structure, reducing the possibility of leakage – a common side effect of silver fillings – and restoring the tooth to its original function.
Depending on the size of the restoration, composite resin fillings may take only 10 to 15 minutes and require no anaesthetic. It may also be a more suitable alternative to people who are allergic to metal.
When to Replace a Filling?
Fillings are never as strong as unfilled teeth, and rarely will fillings last a lifetime. They occasionally need to be replaced, especially if you do not look after your oral hygiene. But how do you know when to replace a filling?
It might be obvious when a filling needs to be replaced, such as when it falls out, but there are many more reasons to replace a filling that you may be unaware of. Fillings may need replacing for a multitude of reasons; tooth decay and physical damage to the mouth are two very common ones. You should have your fillings checked regularly, ensuring you get them replaced when problems are found. Making regular dental appointments is the best way to ensure that you don’t have any underlying problem and that no future problems arise.
Deep tooth decay or other injuries can cause damage to, or infection of, the tooth pulp, which then requires endodontic therapy (root canal therapy). In a root canal or endodontic treatment, we will remove the damaged or infected pulp and replaces it with a special filler, which helps maintain the remaining tooth structure. If your tooth’s nerve chamber becomes infected by decay, or damaged by trauma, root canal treatment is often the only way to save your natural tooth.
We will refer you to an endodontic dental specialist should you need endodontic therapy, and he will partner with the dental specialist to ensure seamless care for your root canal therapy—from start to finish.