Damaged and missing teeth are an unfortunate possibility that we all face. Unlike the other bones in our bodies, teeth are not capable of healing themselves from traumatic damage. This means that when a tooth is broken or decayed, it will likely remain that way forever.
In cases such as these, modern dentistry has methods to restore your dental structure to its natural strength and integrity.
Cottonwood Dental provides restorative dentistry to patients throughout the community of Lumsden, Bethune, Chamberlain, Craik, Davidson, Pense, Regina Beach, Beuna Vista and sourrounding areas who wishe to renew the health and beauty of their smiles.
Is your smile missing something? Like a tooth? Restorative procedures involve the process of restoring missing, damaged and diseased teeth back to normal form and function. Usually structural loss is a result of external trauma, tooth decay or cavities. Dental restoration also refers to replacing missing tooth structures that can be eventually supported by dental implants.
There are two main types of restorations: direct and indirect.
Direct restoration includes placing a soft or a malleable filling into a prepared tooth and it will build up the tooth before the material sets. A common advantage is you can have this done with only a single appointment. The most common procedure includes fillings. Indirect restoration occurs when the team formulates the restoration outside of the mouth using a dental impression of the prepared tooth. The most common indirect restorations consist of inlays and onlays, crowns, bridges, porcelain veneers and implants.
When the tooth is ready to be restored back to a suitable form and function it requires two steps: first they must prepare the tooth for the placement of the restoration material or materials, and secondly the placement of the material and materials. The dentist will use special tools to make enough space for the restorative materials; likewise they will remove any dental decay and any part of the tooth that is physically unsound. Temporary restoration may be performed if permanent restorations cannot be carried out.
Preparations may be: Intracoronal (holds restorative materials within the confines of the structure of the crown on the tooth; and Extracoronal (serves as a core or base to which the restorative material will be placed to bring the tooth back into a functional or aesthetic structure. Examples of this are crowns, inlays and dental veneers).
Enamel is the hardest substance in the human body and it is particularly brittle. If the enamel is unsupported, it can fracture easily.
For teeth with mild damage, such as chips and cracks, veneers are the perfect minimally invasive solution.
These thin ceramic enhancements are custom-made to match the color and shape of your natural teeth and are bonded to your enamel. While veneers are generally considered a cosmetic treatment, they are ideal for fixing minor damage in otherwise healthy teeth.
Cottonwood Dental offers single-appointment veneers. There is no need for multiple visits with porcelain veneers.
Full and partial dentures are prosthetic devices that replace some or all of your teeth. Full dentures consist of custom-formed plates that fit over your gums, while partials are generally mounted on metal brackets that attach to your natural teeth.
Bridges And Crowns
Crowns and bridges are common full-tooth restorations. Both consist of beautiful prosthetic teeth, custom-made to match the color and contour of your natural dental structure. They provide a full, radiant smile.
Crowns are ideal for teeth with severe damage or decay, but whose root is still healthy enough to support the structure. They are caps made of a strong ceramic, which are fitted over the unhealthy tooth.
Fixed bridges are prosthetics meant to replace one or more adjacent missing teeth. The row of Affixed to anchor crowns called abutments, these porcelain restorations look like a row of natural teeth.
Both of these restorative treatments are available at Cottonwood Dental.
By far, the sturdiest and most effective method of replacing missing teeth is with dental implants.
This involves a biocompatible titanium post that is surgically implanted into the bone of the jaw. Through a process called osseointegration, the post bonds to the bone, after which a beautiful custom crown is attached using an abutment.
One of the most beneficial aspects of dental implants is that the post acts like a natural root, stimulating the jaw and preventing shrinkage of the bone.