Plaque and tartar can accumulate on your teeth and degrade the tooth’s structure. We’re here to help clean up that decay and create a healthy, strong tooth structure through our dental restoration services.
Cavities develop when bacteria dissolves a tooth’s enamel, or protective coating. For a small cavity, it’s easy to restore the tooth with a filling. First, we remove the decayed tooth structure. Then, we fill that 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. However, instead of filling the cavity directly, we take an impression of the tooth and have a lab prepare an inlay made of gold or porcelain. We then cement that inlay into the tooth. Inlays are durable and long-lasting, and have a superior bond with the tooth. They also reduce the chance of decay recurring in the same area.
Onlays are similar to inlays, but they cover a larger area of the tooth. We use inlays instead of crowns if the structure of the tooth can be saved. Onlays are made in a lab. They are usually porcelain or gold and we cement them onto the saved tooth structure. Onlays restore the whole biting surface of the tooth and are often known as “partial crowns.”
Crowns are very strong and long-lasting. 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. The crown is made in a lab and then we 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 has suffered too much injury or decay, it needs to be extracted. That’s when a dental bridge can be a good solution. First, we prepare the teeth on each side as crowns to support the replacement tooth. Then we cement the artificial tooth between the two teeth. This is a long-term solution. However, we sometimes choose to do a dental implant instead, because we don’t need to alter the other teeth to do the implant.
We will work with you to help you choose a solution that you understand and makes the most sense for your teeth.