Porcelain Inlays and Onlays

Porcelain inlays or onlays refer to indirect fillings made of porcelain that fit into or onto the affected tooth. Its purpose is to make the tooth stronger by holding it together while retaining a natural esthetically pleasing colour. They are used in instances when there is deficient tooth structure to support a filling but the tooth is still in a condition that does not require a crown.

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Composite/White/Metal-free fillings

We use only composite white fillings when restoring a small cavity or replacing a smaller existing old filling. Because your health is our number one priority, composite fillings offer many advantages over old silver metal fillings.

  • Composites are mercury-free.
  • Composites require less removal of tooth structure. Especially with new cavities, the size of the hole made for the filling can be dramatically smaller with composites compaired to silver fillings.
  • Composite fillings restore the natural appearance of the tooth.

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Crowns and Bridges

A crown (some people call it a “cap”) is used to restore a tooth that wouldotherwise be in danger of breaking. It covers and protects the entire tooth. Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile.

When one or more teeth are missing without replacement, the remaining teeth can drift out of position, which can lead to a change in the bite, the loss of additional teeth, decay and gum disease. Therefore, when tooth loss occurs, proper restoration is necessary. We may recommend the placement of a bridge or an implant (see below). Designed to  replace missing teeth and support surrounding teeth, a bridge is a grouping of interconnected crowns. Held in place by two or more anchoring teeth, a   bridge restores chewing function  and helps correct bite issues and even improve speech.

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Dental implants are a reliable and long-lasting replacement for missing teeth. A dental implant consists of two parts. First there is a root form that is placed in the jaw. Second, a crown is attached onto the formed root. Although implants usually require a longer healing time and may be more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement they offer several advantages that are superior to other methods of tooth replacement.

  • It isn’t required to prepare the adjacent teeth . The old-fashioned method for replacing a missing tooth is with a dental bridge. A dental bridge requires preparing the adjacent teeth for crowns, and then the false tooth is suspended between those two crowns. It’s nice to avoid this aggressive treatment of otherwise healthy teeth.
  • By adding implant roots in the bone, we help to distribute the chewing force more evenly throughout your mouth. This prevents further damage of your natural teeth and tooth loss from heavy chewing.
  • Maintenance is less expensive and easier. If a dental bridge has any trouble with any one of the three or more teeth involved, the entire restoration usually has to be replaced. Additionally, cleaning it properly requires the use of floss threaders, which most people find troublesome. A dental implant, however, can be brushed and flossed normally, and in the unlikely event that there is trouble with it later, no other teeth need to be involved in the treatment of the problem.
  • They preserve the bone. When a tooth is extracted, the body senses the loss and begins to resorb the bone that used to support that tooth. In the case of multiple missing teeth, this can lead to facial collapse, inability to wear even removable teeth, or jaw fracture. This is in addition to the esthetic problems. The presence of a dental implant signals to the body that this bone is still needed, and these difficulties are prevented.

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