Dental Care to Restore a Healthy Smile
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Crowns are restorations that are cemented onto the tooth. Generally, the need for a crown is to provide strength to a previously root canal treated tooth or a heavily restored tooth. It acts like a helmet to protect your tooth much like a football helmet protects a player’s head. When there is contact from opposing teeth, it can help prevent breakage or fracturing of the tooth. Sometimes these fractures if untreated by a crown, can lead to tooth loss as the fracture is so severe, the tooth is not restorable.
In some instances, crowns can be used to help improve your smile. Heavily restored teeth in the front that may show staining between the filling material and the natural part of the tooth can be masked to whatever shade of white you desire and mask the imperfections.
Sometimes, we can even alter the shape significantly to dramatically improve the alignment of the teeth and improve esthetics. However, in teeth that are not heavily restored, the number one choice of treatment for misaligned teeth is orthodontic treatment or braces. This is because the teeth do not require physical treatment on otherwise pristine teeth.
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Porcelain Veneers and Cosmetic Bonding
Veneers and cosmetic bonding are a treatment option that can mask stains, imperfections, or correct misalignment.
Porcelain veneers are the option of choice as they are not porous and will keep their colour and have high sheen. They are made to appear very natural and are laboratory fabricated.
Cosmetic bonding can achieve the same goals. The use of chair side composite resin to achieve aesthetic improvement means there is no laboratory required. It can achieve the same things as a porcelain veneer. There are advantages and disadvantages to the two options of a laboratory fabricated veneer or cosmetic bonding, but both can achieve great success. The best is to come in and discuss your specific situation and needs to accomplish the smile that you want.
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A bridge is a variant of a crown to replace missing teeth.
If you have a missing tooth or teeth, a crown can be fabricated on the adjacent teeth beside the missing tooth or teeth. Attached to the crowns are a replacement tooth called a pontic. The entire restoration is cemented and permanent.
As with crowns, there is control over the colour and esthetic alignment of the teeth if required. Think of a road bridge. You have cement pillars that support the road in between. In a dental bridge, the pillars are the adjacent teeth next to the missing tooth or teeth. These pillars are then joined by the pontic for a dental bridge.
It is an extremely esthetic option as crowns and bridges no longer require black metal as the base. The metal backing used today is a white metal instead. Once cemented, patients will not be able to tell a missing tooth was ever present.
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An alternative treatment to a bridge to replace missing teeth are implants.
Implants are a two step process. First, the implant body is placed in the space where the tooth is missing, A period of three months is required for healthy bone to grow around the implant and anchor the implant in place. After this healing has occurred, a crown is attached to the implant.
Implants are a very successful treatment option for missing teeth. They are lone standing and never need to rely on other teeth for its success unlike a bridge. The biggest advantage of an implant is that they can never decay.
Esthetically, much like a crown or bridge, once restored, a patient will not be able to tell a missing tooth was ever present.
Gone are the Days
Tooth Coloured Restoration
With the advancement in technology, unsightly metal filling that contain mercury can be avoided to restore cavities.
Metal filling were historically used because they had high wear resistance. However, white or resin fillings have come a long way to match the strength of previous metal fillings. First generation resin fillings had large resin particles embedded in composite which required more filler material being used in between these particles.
With the advent of what is known as “nano” technology in restorative materials, the particle sizes are much smaller today meaning they can be packed tighter. This results in less filler material being needed which adds strength to the material. It also allows the material to be highly polished so that very esthetic results can be accomplished in cases where we are masking imperfections in front teeth.
Resin or composite material has been used successfully for decades in dentistry.
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Full Mouth Restoration
Sometimes treatment can be more complex to rehabilitate your mouth both functionally and esthetically. For a myriad of reasons whether that be from trauma, periodontal disease or fracturing from previously large restorations which may have led to multiple teeth being lost, treatment may need to be more comprehensive. Perhaps you have a full set of dentures that are ill-fitting and are looking for a better alternative. These situations are full mouth restorations and we are happy to work with you to achieve your goal. We may need to involve specialists to achieve this. We are happy to work collaboratively with yourself, the specialist and our team to achieve your rehabilitated smile.