General Restorative Dentistry

General Restorative Dentistry

Beautiful Smiles

General and restorative dentistry aims at giving you a smile that is not only beautiful, but functional as well. If you have damaged or missing teeth (due to trauma, decay, illness, fracture or deterioration of a previous restoration), you don’t have to live with the embarrassment. In fact, not replacing missing teeth can lead to bone degeneration that can compromise your jaw and adjacent teeth.

Types of Dental Restoration

These days, thanks to a variety of options for dental restoration, you have many choices for repairing, worn, decayed, damaged or missing teeth and restoring a healthy and beautiful smile.

Depending on the nature of your problem, your dentist will perform one of two types of dental restorations:

Direct:

Direct tooth restoration involves placing a filling into a prepared tooth cavity immediately.

This procedure can be done in a single office visit. Your dentist chooses from a variety of filling options based on the type and location of the filling.

For example, glass or resin ionomers are often used for replacements near the tooth root or other areas not subjected to heavy pressure from chewing.

Indirect.

Indirect tooth restoration involves customised tooth replacements in the form of crowns.

A crown covers the entire chewing surface of a tooth. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials.

Root Canal Treatment

The dental pulp is the soft tissue inside the canal or channel that runs through the root of your tooth

The dental pulp consists mainly of blood vessels, tissue fibers and some nerve fibers. The main function of the dental pulp is to regulate the growth and development of the tooth during childhood.

Once the tooth is fully formed, nutrition for the tooth comes from the tissues surrounding the root.

Crown & Bridge

Crown

A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth.

Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment.

A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function.

Your dentist may recommend a crown to:

  • Replace a large filling when there is not enough tooth remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment.
 
 
Bridge

A bridge may be recommended if you are missing one or more teeth.

Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite.

The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJD) disorders.

Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth.

Implants

If you have one or more teeth that are missing, having a dental implant might be an option for replacing the missing teeth.

In general, a dental implant might be suitable if you:

  • have a fully grown, healthy jawbone
  • don’t have gum disease
  • don’t have conditions that affect bone healing
  • Dental implants can also be used to hold a dental bridge or dentures in place.

 

Your dentist will discuss with you whether a dental implant procedure is suitable for you.

Extractions

Routine extractions may be needed for resolving various dental problems that require one or more teeth to be extracted as a part of the treatment.

Teeth may need to be extracted when it becomes difficult to restore or maintain them in the mouth.

You may need to be referred to a specialist for treatment.

Dentures

Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth.

While dentures take some getting used to and will never feel exactly the same as one’s natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.

Beautiful Woman in Dentists Chair

Beautiful Smiles

General and restorative dentistry aims at giving you a smile that is not only beautiful, but functional as well. If you have damaged or missing teeth (due to trauma, decay, illness, fracture or deterioration of a previous restoration), you don’t have to live with the embarrassment. In fact, not replacing missing teeth can lead to bone degeneration that can compromise your jaw and adjacent teeth.

Biting apple.

Types of Dental Restoration

These days, thanks to a variety of options for dental restoration, you have many choices for repairing, worn, decayed, damaged or missing teeth and restoring a healthy and beautiful smile.

Depending on the nature of your problem, your dentist will perform one of two types of dental restorations:

Direct:

Direct tooth restoration involves placing a filling into a prepared tooth cavity immediately.

This procedure can be done in a single office visit. Your dentist chooses from a variety of filling options based on the type and location of the filling.

For example, glass or resin ionomers are often used for replacements near the tooth root or other areas not subjected to heavy pressure from chewing.

Indirect.

Indirect tooth restoration involves customised tooth replacements in the form of crowns.

A crown covers the entire chewing surface of a tooth. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials.

Dental X-ray

Root Canal Treatment

The dental pulp is the soft tissue inside the canal or channel that runs through the root of your tooth

The dental pulp consists mainly of blood vessels, tissue fibers and some nerve fibers. The main function of the dental pulp is to regulate the growth and development of the tooth during childhood.

Once the tooth is fully formed, nutrition for the tooth comes from the tissues surrounding the root.

Crown & Bridge

Crown

A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth.

Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment.

A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function.

Your dentist may recommend a crown to:

  • Replace a large filling when there is not enough tooth remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment.
 
 
Bridge

A bridge may be recommended if you are missing one or more teeth.

Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite.

The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJD) disorders.

Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth.

Implants

If you have one or more teeth that are missing, having a dental implant might be an option for replacing the missing teeth.

In general, a dental implant might be suitable if you:

  • have a fully grown, healthy jawbone
  • don’t have gum disease
  • don’t have conditions that affect bone healing
  • Dental implants can also be used to hold a dental bridge or dentures in place.

Your dentist will discuss with you whether a dental implant procedure is suitable for you.

Extractions

Routine extractions may be needed for resolving various dental problems that require one or more teeth to be extracted as a part of the treatment.

Teeth may need to be extracted when it becomes difficult to restore or maintain them in the mouth.

You may need to be referred to a specialist for treatment.

Dentures

Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth.

While dentures take some getting used to and will never feel exactly the same as one’s natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.

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