Fortunately, with the increased awareness of brushing, flossing, periodic cleanings, exams, and the use of fluorides on teeth, we have seen a reduction in tooth decay. But sometimes even with the best dental care, teeth still can become broken, chipped, decayed, and missing, which will affect the way you look and feel about yourself. Even though our goal is always to preserve as much as the natural tooth as possible, there are various ways our dentist here at Cambridge Dentistry can work with you to replace your missing teeth or repair decayed, damaged, or missing parts of the tooth structure. Correcting your smile can give you your confidence back!
What makes dental restorations necessary?
- Tooth loss – The replacement of a loss tooth can prevent teeth in the adjacent spaces from moving into the gap.
- Accidental damage to the teeth – Sports injuries, automobile accidents, falls, or other unfortunate events can damage the teeth.
- Tooth decay – Repairing a tooth damaged by tooth decay will also protect the remaining part of the tooth.
- Alleviating pain –Tooth decay, missing teeth, chipped or broken teeth which can expose a nerve, all can contribute to a painful situation.
If you have any of these types of problems, there is a good chance there is a dental restoration treatment which can remedy these for years. It is common to want to delay dental treatments, but ignoring a problem can quickly snowball into a more serious condition. The type of restoration you will have depends on the severity of your situation and our dentist will discuss with you the available options.
Types of dental restorations
- Composite fillings – A popular treatment to restore a tooth which has decay. The tooth-colored material can be matched to the shade of your existing teeth.
- Root canal therapy – A treatment to clean the center space inside the tooth due to infection, tooth decay, or trauma. After the procedure is completed a crown is usually placed on the tooth.
- Crowns (caps) – A crown will be used to restore the shape, size, strength, and appearance of the tooth. It can be placed on the tooth for a number of reasons including the loss of tooth structure, root canal treatment, to hold a bridge in place, cover an implant, or cosmetic improvement of your smile.
- Fixed bridges – Bridges are artificial teeth designed to replace missing teeth. Bridges can be anchored on either side by crowns and permanently cemented into place.
- Denture and partial dentures – A removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Complete dentures replace all the teeth and partials are used when there are some natural teeth remaining.
- Dental Implants – A small metal post is placed into the bone socket where there are missing teeth. A crown is placed on top to cover the implant.
Call us at Cambridge Dentistry to schedule your check-up so we can determine the state of your oral health and to discuss any issues you may have. Our two offices located on Dundas and Franklin Plaza and Westgate Plaza are ready to provide you with excellent care.