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Restorative Dentistry

Composite fillings

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc.

What is necessary to know about the fillings:

  • Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment.
  • While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary.
  • The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed.  If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection.
  • The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
  • Our dentist always work with a rubber dam – the optimal method to isolate a dental operative field and to prevent moisture contamination during the placement of direct restorations.
  • It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
  • You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment.  Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
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Dental crowns

A crown is like a cap or cup that sits over your existing tooth. Crowns look, feel like natural teeth and are usually made of ceramic or zircon oxide. They hold the tooth together and strengthen the tooth to prevent fracture.

A dentist will recommend dental crowing if you have the following conditions:

  • If you have yellow or discoloured teeth;
  • If you have loose, cracked or chipped tooth;
  • Over teeth that have been weakened by large cavities or restorations;
  • If you have undergone a root canal. If you have a large dental filling, you may need a dental crown to preserve your major tooth.
  • If you lost your teeth to a periodontal disease or a traumatic injury. Crown with dental implants are an ideal solution.
  • If you grind your teeth, unable to chew food comfortably or if your bite is not aligned properly.
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Dental Bridges

A bridge is a prosthetic device that replaces a tooth that’s entirely missing. It’s composed of a pontic (the artificial tooth) that’s attached to one or two crowns on either side, and literally “bridges” the gap left in your smile left by a missing tooth.

  • dental bridge
  • zircon oxide bridge
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Dental inlays/onlays

There are times when a tooth suffers damage (from decay, for example) that is too extensive to be treated with a simple filling — but not extensive enough to need a full-coverage crown. In these cases, the best option for restoring the tooth may be an inlay or onlay.

Both inlays and onlays are considered “indirect” fillings, meaning that they are fabricated outside the mouth (generally at a dental laboratory), and then bonded to the tooth by the dentist.

  • An inlay/onlay procedure usually requires two appointments.  Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate impressions (molds) that will be used to create your custom inlay and a temporary restoration.
  • While the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove any decay and/or old filling materials.  The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared, shaping the surface to properly fit an inlay/onlay restoration.  A temporary filling will be applied to protect the tooth while your inlay/onlay is made by a dental laboratory.
  • At your second appointment your new inlay/onlay will be carefully and precisely cemented into place.  A few adjustments may be necessary to ensure a proper fit and that your bite is comfortable.
  • You will receive care instruction at the conclusion of your treatment.  Good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new inlay/onlay.


Today’s cosmetic dentures offer a more natural and comfortable fit due to advances in materials and treatment planning.

  • Partial Denture: this option is like a dental bridge and replaces several missing teeth.
  • Full Dentures: used to replace all of a person’s upper or lower teeth.
  • Implant Dentures: using a procedure known as “all-on-four”, dentures are permanently attached to the jaw using dental implants.

During a consultation, your dentist will evaluate your dental health and discuss your concerns and goals before recommending the tooth replacement solution best suited to your personal needs and desires.

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