Restorative Dentistry, sometimes referred to as prosthodontic dentistry, is the process of restoring the mouth to optimal health and appearance. Procedures such as veneers, crowns, bridges and dentures (full and partial) all fall under the umbrella of restorative dentistry. If you could benefit from dental implants, call our Surrey office right away.
At Clayton Market Dental, our team of dedicated dental professionals will help you formulate a plan to restore and enhance your smile and return you to a state of optimal oral health. Our goal is to preserve and enhance the appearance of your natural teeth, but in some cases, such as where there are missing teeth or severe decay, implants, bridges or dentures may be necessary.
Chipped or cracked teeth may often be repaired using dental crowns at our Surry office. In cases where teeth are missing, it is imperative to fill the gap in order to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting. In such cases, crowns or bridgework may be necessary. If most or all of the teeth are missing, complete dentures will be needed to enable the patient to chew and speak properly and also to prevent the jaw from shrinking and the lower facial features from appearing sunken. Your dentist will work with you to determine which treatment is best suited for your unique situation.
Crowns and bridges
A dental crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A dental crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of dental crowns, porcelain (tooth-coloured) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they will eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and colour of your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting, beautiful smile.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A dental bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on each side of the gap which are called abutment teeth, and a false tooth/teeth in between which is called a pontic. Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or any combination of said materials. Dental bridges are usually supported by natural teeth but can also be supported by implants.
Reasons for dental crowns or a dental bridge:
root canal treatment
If the nerve within your tooth becomes infected, successful root canal treatment can keep you from losing the tooth while treating the infection before it causes health complications.
Properly performed, a root canal is no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled, though the procedure is more complex. It is the removal of infected or dead pulp (the inner nerves and blood vessels) from inside the tooth, and the filling and sealing of the resulting space.
An infected (abscessed) tooth causes discomfort in the form of swelling and toothache. It can also cause severe health complications, because the bacteria from the infection can enter the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body.
One way to treat the infection is to remove the tooth and disinfect the area. However, tooth loss creates a gap between surrounding teeth that often necessitates a dental implant or bridge. It is preferable to save the tooth if possible through root canal (endodontic) treatment.
Root Canal Procedure
The dentist begins by applying local anesthesia and isolating the area with a rubber dam. Then they drill an opening in the tooth to access the infected pulp, and remove it and clean the area with specialized tools. The dentist fills the root space with a filling material. Finally, the dentist must seal the surface of the tooth with a crown to prevent further infection and restore the function and appearance of the tooth.
How Many Visits Does a Root Canal Treatment Require?
The root canal treatment is typically performed in one visit. A second visit may be required to complete the crown restoration.
Complete and partial dentures
Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace missing teeth and tissue. When a patient loses many or all of their teeth, dentures allow the patient to chew properly and speak normally. Dentures also support a natural-looking smile and facial structure, preventing the sunken lower facial features that can result from loss of teeth and gum tissue.
Complete dentures replace all of the teeth in an arch – the upper (maxillary) arch and/or the lower (mandibular) arch. Partial dentures replace some of the teeth, when some natural teeth remain.
Our Denture Services
Creating your perfect set of complete or partial dentures may require several appointments over a period of several weeks. We will begin by taking precise molds and measurements of your gums/teeth. After the dentures are fabricated, additional fittings and adjustments may be required to ensure proper fit, function and appearance. We will also provide guidance for optimal care and cleaning of your dentures.
At Clayton Market Dental, we use a soft tissue laser for a number of procedures that will improve your teeth, gums and oral health. Dr. Kooner is certified and trained to use the Picasso Dental Laser which is specifically designed to replace cutting with scalpels. The use of the Picasso Dental Laser reduces trauma and post-operative pain by coagulating the bleeding as it cuts, preventing unnecessary damage to surrounding tissues.
The Picasso Dental Laser eliminates the need for any incisions or stitching during treatments such as gum contouring and elimination of canker sores. The high energy beam disinfects the tissue and controls bleeding which helps minimize trauma and increase healing time.
The Picasso Dental Laser can be used for the following laser dentistry procedures:
Reasons for Widsom Tooth Extraction
At Clayton Market Dental, we believe the best and safest treatment options for wisdom teeth removal (extraction) is early detection and early removal/extraction.
Wisdom teeth are the last or third molars that grow in the back of the mouth. Provided there is sufficient space for the wisdom teeth, they will usually erupt later in the teenage years. It is important to determine at a young age if there is enough room for the wisdom teeth to fit in the mouth. To determine this, we utilize a special X-ray called a panoramic radiograph.
One of the more common reasons for wisdom tooth removal/extraction is insufficient length in the arch to accommodate the wisdom teeth. Left growing, the wisdom teeth can become impacted (stuck together).
Avoid Difficulty By Extracting Wisdom Teeth Early
Because the roots of wisdom teeth grow longer as a patient ages, along with the jawbone becoming harder, it is of paramount importance that wisdom teeth removal be performed at a young age, where there is the least risk or difficulty.
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