Crowns

If your tooth is damaged but not lost, a crown can be used very successfully to restore its shape, appearance and functionality.

You may need a crown if you have had a root canal, a very large filling or if you have a broken tooth. A crown, sometimes referred to as a cap, can be performed by your West Broadway Dentist, or you may wish to ask us to refer you to a specialist, called a prosthodontist.

To prepare your tooth for a crown your West Broadway Dentist will freeze the area of the tooth using a local anesthetic so you will not feel any pain during the procedure. Following this they will file down the tooth that needs to be restored, take an impression of the tooth and nearby teeth and place a temporary crown over the tooth. This will protect your tooth until the permanent crown is ready.

The temporary crown may not be the final shape or colour of your permanent crown. At your next visit, your West Broadway Dentist will replace the temporary crown with the permanent crown making sure it fits, is the correct shape, colour

and bite. This procedure may usually be completed in one to three appointments.

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Inlays and onlays

To repair damage to a tooth’s biting surface, your West Broadway Dentist may recommend an inlay or onlay.

An alternative to a simple filling or a crown, inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain, gold, composite or ceramic resign. Porcelain is most often used because of its strength and colour matching most closely to the colour of your teeth.

Inlays
Sometimes tooth decay or a tooth fracture is so extensive that a procedure, such as a filling, will not suffice. In such cases your West Broadway Dentist will recommend an indirect gold or porcelain inlay restoration. An inlay is similar to a filling but it lies inside the cusp of the tooth.

Onlays
Similarly to the above, when tooth decay or fracture is so extensive that a procedure, such as a filling, will not suffice, your West Broadway Dentist may recommend an onlay.

An onlay is an indirect restoration, which incorporates a cusp or cusps by covering or onlaying the missing cusps.

Inlays and onlays can be performed by your West Broadway Dentist, or you may wish to ask us to refer you to a specialist, called a prosthodontist.

To prepare your tooth for an inlay or onlay your West Broadway Dentist will freeze the area of the tooth using a local anesthetic so you will not feel any pain during the procedure. Following this they will remove the decay from the tooth and prepare it for the inlay or onlay. Your West Broadway Dentist will then take an impression of your tooth and construct a custom-made inlay or onlay and then place a temporary sealant on your tooth. This will protect your tooth until the permanent inlay or onlay is ready. At your next visit, your West Broadway Dentist will replace the temporary sealant with the permanent inlay or onlay making sure it fits, is the correct shape and colour. This procedure may usually be completed in one to two appointments.

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Bridges

Sometimes teeth are lost due to disease or injury.

One way of replacing them is with a bridge. It is important to replace missing teeth as quickly as possible to avoid the teeth that are left from drifting out of line and possibly causing jaw problems. Teeth that are out of line are more difficult to clean and you are more likely to get periodontal disease (gum disease). A bridge can be built and applied by your West Broadway Dentist, or you may wish to ask us to refer you to a specialist, called a prosthodontist.

Bridges
A bridge is a dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. It extends across an area that has no teeth and is firmly held in place by your own teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth. A bridge is permanent and cannot be removed. If you take good care of your bridge it should last as long as ten years. It must be cared for similarly to your own teeth with regular cleaning and flossing.

Your West Broadway Dentist will discuss in detail the procedure of preparing a bridge with you. Our goal will be to make the process as comfortable, painless and successful as possible for you to restore your appearance and functionality back to normal. This procedure will require several appointments.

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Implant dentistry

As we age, some of us will lose teeth due to disease, injury or simply daily wear.

In addition to bringing about unwanted changes to facial appearance, missing teeth have a negative effect on confidence and self-esteem. With the advent of implant dentistry however, those who are missing one, two or several teeth no longer have to accept a lifetime of embarrassment and inconvenience.

Dental implants consist of sturdy titanium posts that act as roots in the jawbone, topped with realistic replacement teeth/crowns that provide the security and usability of permanent teeth. This innovative method of dealing with tooth loss is life changing and an excellent alternative to bridges or dentures. Implants can be built and applied by your West Broadway Dentist, or you may wish to ask us to refer you to a specialist, called a prosthodontist.

Your West Broadway Dentist will discuss in detail the implant procedure with you. Our goal will be to make the process as comfortable, painless and successful as possible for you to restore your appearance and functionality back to normal. This procedure will require several appointments.