At Queen Street Dental in Spruce Grove, we offer a wide range of dental restoration options to help put a smile on your face.
A crown is a type of dental restoration that completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. A crown is used when the tooth’s surface is extremely damaged and vulnerable, but the root system is still healthy. There are many different kinds of crown materials to choose from, and we can help you decide what will work best for you. Reasons to have a crown installed include:
The most common method of crowning a tooth involves using a dental impression of a prepared tooth by a dentist to fabricate the crown outside of the mouth. The crown can then be inserted at a subsequent appointment. Using this indirect method of tooth restoration allows us to use of strong restorative materials that require intense heat to make, such as casting metal or firing porcelain, and would not be possible to complete inside the mouth. Because of the expansion properties and the aesthetic benefits, many patients choose to have their crown fabricated with gold.
Post & Core
If there is not enough tooth structure to properly retain the traditional prosthetic crown, the tooth will require a build-up material. This can be accomplished with a pin-retained direct restoration, such as amalgam or a composite resin, or in more severe cases, may require a post and core. Should the tooth require a post and core, endodontic therapy would then be indicated, as the post descends into the devitalized root canal for added retention. If the tooth also requires crown lengthening, the total combined time, effort and cost of the various procedures might make it more reasonable to have the tooth extracted and have an implant placed.
A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth. For a fixed bridge, two porcelain crowns are put on the two teeth on either side of the gap. The false tooth is held in place between the crowns. When the gap is on an end, a less secure cantilever bridge can be used. If proper oral hygiene is maintained after the procedure, the bridge can reduce the risk of gum disease and last for years.
Fillings are one of the more common procedures in dentistry. While modern dentists still clean the tooth of decay and fill in the hole left behind, the variety of filling types mean more choices for you depending on your situation and preference. We can walk you through the different types of fillings and find the one right for you. Restoring a tooth to good form and function requires two steps:
Preparation usually involves cutting the tooth with special dental burs to make space for the planned restorative materials and removing any dental decay or portions of the tooth that are structurally unsound. If permanent restoration cannot be carried out immediately after tooth preparation, temporary restoration may be performed. Common types of fillings are:
This technique involves placing a soft or malleable filling into the prepared tooth and building up the tooth before the material sets hard. The advantage of direct restorations is that they usually set quickly and can be placed in a single procedure. Since the material is required to set while in contact with the tooth, limited energy can be passed to the tooth from the setting process without damaging it. Where strength is required, especially as the fillings become larger, indirect restorations may be the best choice. A typical filling will have two common choices:
Ultimately the choice is yours but, in general, the composite material is not as strong as metal, and depending on how much force is put on a tooth, the composite will fail faster than the stronger metal filling. If the silver metal filling is an unacceptable choice for you, a crown may be a better choice.
This technique of fabricating the restoration outside of the mouth involves using the dental impressions of the prepared tooth. Common indirect restorations include inlays and onlays, crowns bridges, and veneers. Common indirect restorations are done using gold or ceramic. While the indirect restoration is being prepared, a provisory/temporary restoration is sometimes used to cover the prepared part of the tooth, which can help maintain the surrounding dental tissues.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions about crowns, bridges or restorative dentistry options.