A dental prosthesis used to replace one or more missing teeth, a bridge provides an effective and long-lasting restoration for your smile, enabling you to chew and speak properly, and maintaining the shape of your face.
Bridges are permanently cemented into the mouth, providing solid support to the facial tissues, such as cheeks and lips, and preventing adjacent teeth from shifting. A dental bridge also properly distributes the force in your bite, thus helping to preserve your teeth’s natural function and position. If you have missing teeth, consider dental bridges as a means of restoring your smile.
Sometimes referred to as a cap, a crown is a full-coverage restoration that is permanently cemented onto the surface of a damaged or fractured tooth, restoring it to its original contour and function and preserving the natural bite. Crowns can be used in treating a wide variety of dental problems. If you have a tooth that’s worn, cracked, broken or has a large area of decay, there’s a good chance a dental crown is the best option for you.
A crown can also be used to cover a dental implant, seal a tooth from decay, prevent fracturing in a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy, and support the replacement teeth in a dental bridge.
A crown is also recommended when there is very little tooth structure left to restore, which would make a traditional filling process ineffective. Crowns also have applications in cosmetic dental work, where they are typically used to cover discoloured teeth and even out irregularities.
At City Dental Center, crowns aren’t one-size-fits-all – we’ll customize your procedure to treat whatever your problems may be.
While we encourage our patients to explore all tooth replacement options, dentures continue to be a popular alternative for people who are missing teeth. Fashioned with acrylic material, a denture is a removable appliance that simulates the appearance of teeth and gum tissues, and improves chewing.
With a denture filling in the space of a missing tooth, you won’t have to worry about other teeth shifting and drifting into the gap, which can cause damage to tissues in the mouth.
We may recommend a partial denture if you’re missing one or more teeth in an arch. Full dentures are recommended if you’re missing all of the teeth in one or both arches.
While many people are satisfied with traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures are a better and permanent way of replacing missing teeth. Learn more about implants here.
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?
Tooth restorations, commonly referred to as dental fillings, are meant to replace tooth structure lost to decay. Many people are not aware of the fact that fillings do not last a lifetime. As all teeth do, fillings get discoloured and pick up stains, darkening over time. Decay that is undiagnosed and untreated can progress, infecting the dental pulp, which often results in the need for a root canal.
Problems with existing fillings can be detected at a regular dental examination. Dental radiographs may be taken to help detect decay under existing dental fillings or between teeth, neither of which can be seen by simply looking at the tooth. Because bacteria and bits of food can seep down under a filling that is cracked or leaking, regular dental examinations are crucial in order to make sure further problems do not arise.
During a regular dental exam, your dentist will determine if your existing fillings are intact or if any have cracked or worn away. Your dentists will use an instrument called an explorer to gently detect any worn spots around the fillings edge. This instrument will help determine if the dental filing is sealed to the tooth. If worn away, your filling can easily be replaced by scheduling a quick appointment.