A restorative filling is a restoration used to repair minor to moderate tooth damage. We may recommend a filling if your tooth has been damaged by tooth decay (a cavity), or if your tooth suffers from minor fracturing or chipping. The dental filling is used to restore the tooth to its original structure and function and to return your smile to good health. There are two main types of dental fillings available: Amalgam and composite fillings.
At our practice we tend to not use amalgam fillings anymore, we do offer amalgam removal and change the filling material to our composite material to best match your tooth colour.
The process for placing a filling requires just one comfortable visit to our office. Our dentist will first remove the decayed and damaged portion of your tooth, and then clean the tooth to remove all traces of decay. We then fill the tooth with the filling material and shape it to match your tooth’s shape. Finally, the filling is hardened for a lasting restoration.
In cases of large restorations pins might be used to help support the fillings placed on the tooth.
If your tooth is decayed or damaged, a dental filling may be a great choice for restoring your oral health and function. We invite you to call or visit us today to learn more about dental fillings and to schedule your next appointment with our team. We look forward to caring for your smile!
If you are missing one or several teeth in a row, our dentists at Lord Dufferin Dental Center may recommend a dental bridge. This treatment restores your smile by literally “bridging” the gap in your smile to provide you with a beautiful, functional, and long-lasting result. To learn more about dental bridges, and to schedule your consultation with our dentists, please call our office at 519-938-9500.
Dental bridges come in both fixed and removable varieties, depending on your specific dental needs. Fixed dental bridges are non-removable, anchored via two dental crowns to surrounding teeth. Removable bridges are similar to a partial denture, and are held in place with sturdy clasps.
It typically takes two visits to our office to receive your new dental bridge. During your first visit, we will carefully examine your mouth and make any necessary preparations. These include impressions used in creating your custom restoration. We will provide you with a temporary bridge while your final restoration is being fabricated. This visit is usually around one and a half to two hours.
On your second visit which usually takes an hour, our team will fit the bridge, ensuring that everything is working properly, and do minor adjustments if necessary. If you are receiving a fixed bridge, it will be cemented into place on the abutment teeth. You will walk out with a beautiful, functional smile you can be proud of!
If you need to replace one or more adjacent teeth, we invite you to talk to our dentists about a dental bridge!
Dental Crowns come in many different materials. Crowns could be fabricated with many different materials such as:
Each one of these crowns serves its own purpose.
Porcelain fused to metal crowns are the more popular crown option since they are fused to metal they allow for a stronger bond to the tooth yet still are cosmetically appealing. The porcelain comes in many shades to allow for perfect tooth colour matching so they blend in with the other natural teeth.
Ceramic crowns are mainly used for the anterior teeth due to getting the closest natural shade to match the other teeth colours.
Gold crowns are mainly used in the molar region since the colour isn’t as noticeable when in the back of the mouth. Gold crowns are known for their strength, and inability to fracture. The prices of gold crowns tend to fluctuate since the dental lab usually charges for their labour plus cost of the metal at the time.
Base metal crowns are more commonly used on posterior teeth like gold crowns, and are known for their incredible strength. Base metal crowns are known to be the least expensive crowns due to the materials used but most durable.
The crown procedure will consist of two appointments.
At the first appointment any impressions that are needed to fabricate the crown will be taken. They will also match the tooth shade to your natural teeth at this appointment if choosing a ceramic, or porcelain crown. Using the impressions the dentist will then make you a temporary crown to be placed until your permanent crown is made. This appointment usually takes up to an hour and a half.
The second appointment will consist of having the temporary crown removed and the permanent crown fitted, possibly adjusted, and then cemented onto the tooth. This appointment usually takes up to 40 minutes.