Plaque and tartar can accumulate on your teeth and degrade the tooth’s structure. Dental restoration will help clean up that decay and create a healthy, strong tooth structure.
Cavities develop when bacteria dissolves a tooth’s enamel—its protective coating. For a small cavity, it’s easy to remove the decayed tooth structure, and fill the space directly with a filling. The filling could be the same colour as the tooth, and could be made of amalgam, composite resin, or porcelain. Once a filling is in, your tooth will behave as a regular tooth and you won’t even notice it.
Inlays are much like fillings, except instead of filling the cavity directly, we create a pre-molded filling that’s then cemented into the tooth for a durable and long-lasting bond. We use our CEREC technology to prepare an inlay in-house—no need for messy impressions. Inlays can reduce the chance of decay recurring in the same area.
Onlays (also called partial crowns) are similar to inlays, but they cover a larger area of the tooth. We use onlays if the structure of the tooth cannot be saved. Onlays restore the whole biting surface of the tooth. Onlays are done in-house with the CEREC digital tool, with no need for impressions.
When a tooth suffers significant injury or decay and the entire tooth structure is at risk, we create a crown for the tooth. First, we remove the decay in the tooth, and then we shape the tooth to support the crown. We make the crown in-house using our digital CEREC technology, and cement it onto the tooth. It completely caps the tooth, so it looks natural and functions like a regular tooth.
If a tooth can’t be saved because it’s suffered too much injury or decay, it needs to be extracted. That’s when a dental bridge can be a good solution. We prepare the teeth on each side as crowns to support the replacement tooth, and cement the artificial tooth between the two teeth. This is a long-term solution. We often recommend a dental implant instead, because we don’t need to alter the other teeth.