Bridges and Dentures
If you’re missing a tooth, you might need a bridge. Bridges are used to replace one or a few missing teeth by extending across the area and held in place by your teeth on either side. Bridges typically consist of an artificial tooth fused between two crowns that are attached to your teeth. A bridge is a permanent tooth replacement and cannot be removed.
In some cases, dentures are used to replace missing teeth rather than a bridge. Dentures are artificial replacements for your teeth and gums, they are removable and fitted to your mouth. There are two types of dentures: partial and complete. For both types, a mould is taken of your teeth and used to create custom-fitting dentures. Partial dentures are used when the nearby teeth are not strong enough to hold a bridge. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing on either the top or bottom of your mouth.
Crowns and Veneers
If you have had a root canal, a large filling done or have a broken tooth, you may need to get a crown. Crowns are used if your tooth is damaged but not lost. With crowns, caps are placed over your tooth to help restore its shape, appearance and function.
Dental veneers are another way to restore the shape and appearance of teeth - fixing teeth that are broken, chipped or cracked. Dental veneers are very thin shells attached to the front of the tooth, often made from porcelain or composite resin. They are also used to help fix gaps between teeth and discolouration.
During a dental cleaning, your dentist or hygienist will scale your teeth and give them a polish if necessary. Scaling is done to remove plaque and tartar buildup around your gum line and between your teeth. Polishing is done through a process called prophylaxis, which is used to get rid of minor stains on your teeth. Regular dental hygienics helps prevent gum disease and ensures your teeth and gums are clean and healthy.
If one or more of your teeth are missing, dental implants may be an option for replacing them. Titanium posts act as artificial roots inserted into the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. Dental implants can prevent bone deterioration, preserve facial contours and structures and help you eat naturally and comfortably.
Cavities are common and easily fixed with a filling. If you have a cavity, the area is cleaned and filled with tooth-friendly material to keep your tooth healthy. Proper dental restoration helps you keep your smile bright and healthy by restoring its function and stability.
If your tooth is severely infected it can cause you to have a lot of pain and might infect your other teeth and gums. In these cases, your tooth might have to be extracted. For an extraction, your dentist will use local anesthetic and gently remove the tooth. After the procedure, your dentist will talk to you about your options for replacing the tooth - including an implant, bridge or partial denture.
Going to the dentist can be stressful for kids. We are experienced in helping you and your little ones learn positive dental habits at every stage of their growth to keep their teeth healthy into adulthood. When your baby starts getting their baby teeth it’s time for their first checkup to make sure their teeth are developing healthy and your baby’s smile is happy and bright.
Root Canal Therapy
You may need a root canal if the pulp material of your tooth (the dental nerve) has become infected. Root canal therapy involves removing the infected pulp material and sealing the tooth’s surface. Once the root canal procedure is done, it is usually completed by getting a crown to ensure your tooth remains healthy and strong. Fixing your infected tooth without removing it is the best thing for you and your tooth.