Restorative Treatments replace damaged or lost teeth to maintain the stability and health of your remaining teeth and improve your appearance.
When you chip a tooth or decay creates a cavity, a filling may be all that’s required. Dental fillings can be matched to the colour of your teeth with composite resin materials or you can have gold, porcelain, plastic or glass ionomer fillings. Access Dental will remove the decay, clean the area and apply the filling in layers. A special light cures or hardens each layer, the composite material is shaped to fit your bite and polished.
Crowns, Bridges, Veneers
A crown is a protective covering that is permanently fixed in place over an existing tooth or dental implant to restore and improve the tooth’s appearance while also shielding and strengthening it. A crown may be used if you’ve had a very large filling or a root canal. A crown may also be used to hold a dental bridge in place or as a realistic replacement tooth with an implant. When teeth are misshapen or badly discolored, crowns can make a big difference to improving your appearance.
A bridge replaces missing teeth. When you have lost one or several teeth, your other teeth may gradually shift out of alignment. This can cause problems with your bite and lead to tooth decay or gum disease. A custom-made bridge fills the gap left by missing teeth with one or more replacement teeth that fit alongside your natural teeth. A bridge helps prevent your other teeth from shifting and the support it gives to your cheeks and lips will improve your looks and also help you speak more clearly. A bridge is secured to the surrounding teeth on both sides of the missing teeth. Most are fixed permanently in place, but some are removable.
Veneers typically made of porcelain, sometimes plastic, cover the front sides of your teeth. Veneers can improve teeth that have spaces between them, have become chipped or worn, are permanently stained, poorly shaped or are slightly crooked. An impression is taken of your tooth to make the veneer which is cemented in place.
A root canal is a tooth treatment that attempts to save a decayed or infected tooth. The nerve and pulp of the tooth is removed and the area is sealed to prevent an abscess. Your tooth or teeth may be damaged due to tooth injury or filling problems, or because of other things. Symptoms of problems that may require a root canal include severe toothache, swelling, discoloration and tooth sensitivity.
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. To receive an implant, you need to have healthy gums and enough bone to support the implant. An anchor and post are placed in your jawbone. The anchor functions as the tooth root and is made from metals such as titanium. The post extends out of the anchor and a crown is attached to the post. It takes 3 to 6 months for the jawbone to grow around the anchor and hold it in place.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
A denture is a replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They are usually removable but can also be fixed. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is sometimes connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. A fixed bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. This “bridge” is then cemented into place. Not only does a partial denture also prevents other teeth from changing position.