General restorations are the common treatments we use to correct tooth decay. These may include fillings, bridges, crowns and root canals. Early detection of tooth decay is key to maintaining your best oral health. By taking action as soon as minimal decay is detected, we can often repair any damage. Prolonging treatment could cause extensive decay, resulting in a tooth that may need to be removed.
Depending on how severely your teeth have been damaged by the decay, we will suggest treatment and we will always discuss your options with you before proceeding with treatment.
Tiny cavities can form if the enamel of your tooth has been dissolved by plaque. Our office primarily places composite (white) fillings that are bonded to the tooth and offer an aesthetically pleasing appearance to match your existing teeth.
A crown is designed as a long-term restoration to repair a tooth which has been destroyed by decay, has a large filling, is broken or worn, or is defective in other ways. Crowns may be made of metal alone, metal with tooth-coloured porcelain over it, or, in some situations, porcelain or ceramic alone. Fabrication of a crown can often be done in office but on occasion will need to be sent to a dental laboratory. Your Crescent Heights dentist does the preparation or trimming of the tooth as well as the fitting and cementing of the crown.
A root canal is performed when the nerve of a tooth is diseased or inflamed. The diseased nerve will be replaced with a filler that will help preserve the function of the roots. There are many reasons why a root canal may be required for a tooth. These include but are not limited to: a hypersensitive tooth, a cracked tooth or an injury (blow) to the tooth. The most common cause is tooth decay. If the decay is not stopped, it will continue into the nerve of the tooth causing an infection or an abscess. At this time, we would perform root canal therapy to remove the damaged nerve and save the function of the tooth.
If your tooth is badly decayed, we might suggest removing the infected tooth and providing you with a bridge. A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. For a bridge to be a suitable restoration, there needs to be sound teeth on either side of the space(s). Crowns are placed over your natural teeth with a solid unit in the centre to replace the space. The bridge is one piece that is inserted all at once.
A dental implant is a small titanium fixture that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The titanium surface of the implant is capable of bonding to bone. This bond is very strong and durable. Once the implant is placed and healing time is allowed, a crown is fabricated and placed on top of the implant that fills the missing space where your natural tooth was. Implants are not suitable for everyone and so there is a consultation and diagnostic stage that is required. Dental implants make it much easier for the patient to smile, speak and eat with comfort and confidence.
Our Calgary dentists will provide you with all of your options to make the best decision for your oral and overall health.