Crowns And Bridges
Inlays, onlays, crowns and bridges are called indirect restorations, because the restoration is fabricated outside of the mouth, instead of being built in layers directly into the teeth like a filling. These indirect dental restorations take two appointments to be completed. During the first appointment, the tooth is prepared and then the dentist takes impressions of the tooth that is then sent to a local lab where they will custom make your inlay, onlay, crown or bridge. In between the two appointments, you will have a temporary restoration to cover the tooth until your permanent restoration is ready to be cemented. The second appointment is about 1 week later; in this appointment the temporary restoration is removed and then the permanent restoration is cemented with dental cement.
Inlays, onlays and crowns are more effective than fillings in reinforcing teeth to withstand biting forces and they are more resistant to further decay. If a tooth’s original structure is too compromised to support a filling, these indirect restorations can provide fantastic, long-lasting, beautiful results.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. These teeth can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Dental bonding is a non-invasive way to make minor repairs to your teeth. A tooth-coloured resin will be applied and cured with a special light to bond the material to the tooth to restore or improve your smile. This treatment is a good option to:
What Can I Expect?
A cavity happens when decay rots away your tooth enamel. If left untreated, the decay will eventually damage the tooth even more and can cause potential infection to the root of the tooth. If the cavity is caught early, it can be repaired with a simple filling typically in one appointment.
Dr. Soufi will apply a local anaesthetic to the area and use a dental hand piece to remove the decay. Layers of fillings are then applied and light cured to prevent further decay and to prevent the sensitive layers of the tooth from hot and cold temperatures. The last layer of the filling is shaped and polished to look like your natural teeth to restore their appearance.
Composite, or plastic resin, is the preferred choice material. Silver amalgam fillings of the past contain small amounts of mercury, while composite fillings are completely free of mercury. Since the composite material does not expand or contract as much as silver amalgam, it is less sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Composite fillings are also less noticeable because the colour closely resembles your natural teeth.
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