34 Ave Dental with Dr. Sam Huang

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Restorative Dentistry

 
 
 
 

Crown (Caps)

A crown (or cap) is a dental restoration that covers the entire visible surface of an affected tooth. If a tooth is damaged but not lost, a crown can be used to restore its shape, appearance and function.

 

A tooth that has been fixed with a crown looks and works very much like a natural tooth. Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain crowns are the most popular because they most resemble your natural teeth to provide a beautiful, long-lasting smile.

Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend a crown for the following reasons:

  • To repair broken or fractured teeth

  • For cosmetic enhancement

  • To restore decayed/very compromised teeth

  • To cover or protect a fractured filling

  • For root canal teeth

 

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are a tooth-coloured restorative material used to repair a damaged or decayed tooth. The affected portion of the tooth is removed and then filled with composite filling. It is then cured with a visible blue light which causes it to harden almost instantly.

Composite resin dental fillings are strong, durable, and make for a very natural-looking smile. Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend composite resin dental fillings for the following reasons:

  • To restore chipped or worn teeth

  • To close a space between two teeth

  • To repair cracked or broken teeth

  • To repair damage caused by tooth decay

Composite Veneers/Bonded Veneers

A tooth-colour filling material can be used to repair front teeth that have had decay, chips, or cracks. It can also be used to close minor spaces or gaps between teeth. These materials are made of a composite resin that is very durable, and can be precisely placed, shaped and polished to leave a long-lasting and beautiful smile.

Porcelain Veneers

A veneer is an ultra-thin, durable, tooth-shaped porcelain shell that covers the front side of the tooth. Veneers can improve the appearance of teeth that are permanently stained, poorly shaped, chipped, worn, or poorly spaced. They are custom made in a dental laboratory, then bonded onto the front of your teeth to create a durable, beautiful and attractive smile.

 

Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend veneers for the following reasons:

  • Create a beautiful, white smile

  • Fix crooked teeth

  • Reshape teeth

  • Correct uneven or unwanted spaces

  • Repair chipped or worn teeth

 
 
 

Sealants

Dental sealants are thick plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves (pits and fissures) on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. They act as a barrier, preventing cavities. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves. The likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are good candidates for sealant treatment.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is the process of removing infected, injured or dead pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth) from the space inside your tooth, which is called the root canal system. The canal is then filled with materials designed to prevent infection from recurring and restore the tooth to its full function.

 

A successful root canal treatment lets you keep your tooth, rather than having it extracted. Keeping your tooth helps to prevent adjacent teeth from drifting out of line, causing further problems.

Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend root canal therapy for the following reasons:

  • Decay has reached the tooth pulp (nerve)

  • An infection or abscess has developed inside the tooth or at the root tip

  • Injury or trauma to the tooth

Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) dental restoration that consists of one or more prosthetic teeth that bridge the gap created by missing teeth. There are several types of fixed dental bridges, including traditional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. The porcelain fixed bridge is the most commonly used, and best resembles the look and feel of your natural teeth. This type of bridge involves preparation of the adjacent teeth. The artificial tooth (or teeth) is fused between two crowns that go over the anchoring teeth on either side of the gap.

 

Dental bridges are highly durable, and can enhance your smile and teeth for many years. Your dentist may recommend dental bridges for the following reasons:

  • Filling space of missing teeth

  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position

  • Restore chewing and functioning

  • Restore cosmetics and your smile

  • Upgrade from a removable appliance to a fixed appliance

 

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a stable and secure surgical option for replacing one or more missing teeth. A dental implant uses an artificial root, usually made of titanium. The implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone and after 4-6 months of healing (successful osteointegration), an artificial tooth is attached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place.

 

Your dentist may recommend dental implants for the following reasons:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth

  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space

  • Restore a patient's confident smile

  • Restore chewing, speech, and digestion

 

 

Complete and Partial Dentures

A denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces missing teeth and the surrounding tissue. Dentures are designed to be comfortable and functional. They are very similar in appearance to natural teeth and can dramatically improve your smile and facial appearance. There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures.

 

Complete dentures replace all natural teeth and cover the entire upper or lower jaw. These dentures rest directly on the gum and provide support for the cheeks and lips.

A partial denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. It consists of prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-coloured base, which attaches to your natural teeth with clasps. A partial denture not only fills in the space created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.

 

Your dentist may recommend dentures for the following reasons:

  • Loss of all teeth in an arch

  • Loss of several teeth in an arch

  • Enhancing smile and appearance

  • Improving chewing, speech and digestion