When you visit Lethbridge Dental Clinic, we aim to provide you with the very best preventative dentistry so that your natural teeth will hopefully last for life. However, sometimes teeth become damaged through trauma or disease or are missing entirely and will require restorative dentistry.
Restorative dentistry covers a range of different treatments designed to restore your mouth so that your teeth function correctly, allowing you to eat and talk comfortably. These procedures also restore the aesthetic appearance of your teeth so you can enjoy a smile that is attractive and healthy.
Restorative dental treatments include:
Dental fillings can mend teeth that are decayed, or which have become chipped or damaged. They restore strength and structure to teeth with small to medium-sized cavities, preventing further infection and decay, so you can bite and chew your food normally. Traditionally, fillings were made from silver- coloured amalgam, but nowadays we frequently use tooth-coloured composite fillings. These fillings are biocompatible and hard wearing and are virtually invisible in the mouth.
More extensive damage to a tooth cannot always be mended with a dental filling. In this case, we will recommend you have a crown which fits over the entire tooth. It prevents further damage to the tooth and protects the remaining natural structure. Crowns can be made from gold alloy that is polished to a high sheen, or they can have a metal substructure covered with porcelain. The most modern crowns are entirely metal-free and are made from a beautiful ceramic material that closely replicates real teeth.
When a tooth is missing entirely one way to replace it is with a dental bridge. This literally bridges the gap and is supported by crowns on the teeth adjacent to the gap. Dental bridges are made from the same materials as dental crowns. Every dental crown and bridge is custom-designed to create a natural and fully functional smile.
Usually, crowns take two weeks to fabricate in a dental laboratory, during which time you will need a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready to be fitted. However, we can also create strong, attractive and durable CEREC crowns that are made on-site and which can be fitted soon after tooth preparation. CEREC crowns are milled from a solid block of pure, pre-shaded porcelain and are extremely high-quality.
Our dentists will prepare your tooth as normal, before scanning it with a tiny camera. These digital images create a virtual model of your mouth and which is used to design your crown. Next, the design is transmitted to our on-site milling machine that will make your restoration. Once milled, the crown is hand-finished and polished and is ready to be bonded onto your tooth. CEREC restorations are precision-made, so you will receive a crown that looks natural and which fully protects and restores your tooth.
Dentures are a tried and tested way to replace single, multiple teeth or even an entire arch of teeth. They consist of an acrylic gum-coloured base that supports the denture teeth. Partial dentures are often strengthened with a lightweight metal framework and may have clasps that fit around your existing teeth to hold the denture firmly in place. These removable appliances are cost-effective and non-invasive.
Dental implants are the most modern way to replace missing teeth and closely replicate a real tooth root. Because the implant post is inserted directly into the jawbone, it creates a secure anchorage point that can support a replacement tooth. We can use multiple dental implants to support large fixed bridges, including complete arches, or they can even be used to support removable dentures more securely.
If you do need restorative dentistry, we will always discuss all possible options with you. Every treatment is tailor-made to suit your needs precisely, and we only use the very highest quality materials. Regular checkups and hygiene appointments combined with excellent care at home will help prolong the life of these restorations. We aim to ensure your beautifully restored smile feels comfortable, is functional and will last longer.
There is no substitute for the perfect smile. Our experienced team of dentists can help you decide the right treatment for you. Book your initial consultation today.