Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry
Once you have had your check-up, you might be recommended additional treatment to keep your teeth in good shape. We are trained to handle a great variety of restorative and cosmetic dental work, including fillings, crowns, veneers, and tooth-whitening procedures. We understand that these procedures can be stressful to some patients, and as part of our commitment to an easy and relaxing experience, we encourage those patients to inform us and discuss the best way to go through with the procedure.
A composite filling is a resin filling put into your teeth to replace the parts of a tooth lost during a cavity extraction. It is meant to match the colour of your tooth, unlike metal fillings, and is highly durable and crack-resistant. This makes it the most popular type of filling currently on the market.
Bonding is the process of replacing small chipped portions of teeth with a resin filling. It is among the easiest dental procedures, requiring only a few minutes to apply, shape, and polish the filling to be flush with the tooth. The result restores the tooth’s natural beauty and is indistinguishable from the rest of the tooth.
A dental cap, also known as a crown, is sometimes recommended for teeth that are too worn or damaged to be repaired by other procedures. Crowns completely cover a tooth and resemble a tooth’s natural shape. They are usually made of zirconia, metal, porcelain, a combination of metal and porcelain, or sometimes gold. Our dentist will choose the best material for your mouth. Like fillings and bonding, porcelain crowns can be indistinguishable from other teeth.
A bridge, or fixed partial denture, is a small row of durable prosthetic teeth meant to replace teeth that are missing. They are called bridges because one prosthetic tooth is placed between two crowns, bridging the gap between your teeth. If you have missing teeth that you would like replaced, ask Kensington Dental Clinic if a bridge is right for you.
Inlays and onlays are the middle ground between fillings and crowns. They are a form of indirect restoration, meaning that they are created outside of the mouth. An impression is taken of a recently-drilled tooth, the missing portion is reconstructed out of porcelain or other material, and that portion is cemented in place. This creates a stronger structure than a filling, which makes it ideal for especially large cavities.
Dental veneers are an instant cosmetic fix for crooked, chipped or yellowed teeth, popular with celebrities and the average customer alike. They are thin shells that are bonded to the front of teeth, improving their shape and coloured to your specifications. They also provide some protection to the tooth’s surface from plaque.
Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is a procedure that removes and replaces the red pulp from the roots of a tooth. This is usually done for infections caused by tooth decay or other causes of major inflammation in a tooth’s interior. Despite its reputation, this procedure is essentially painless for the patient when performed correctly, and any discomfort during or after the procedure can be treated by the dentist if he or she is made aware. While the tooth remains in place, it will no longer receive blood and replace its enamel, so a crown may be placed overtop to protect it.
Root Canal Treatment
We provide custom whitening kits and what is known as “in-office” teeth whitening, a procedure that provides instant results in a single sitting. Your teeth and their colour are inspected, recorded, and shown to you after the procedure so that you can see the difference in your brilliant smile. Another advantage that the in-office approach gives you is the knowledge of a professional dentist – some types of teeth do not whiten as well as others, and alternative treatments can be recommended. Give us a call if you want to learn more!
Implant Crown Restoration
Implant crown restoration is the use of a dental implant (essentially a prosthetic root) and a single dental crown to create a prosthetic tooth that is rooted to your jaw rather than to a bridge. Dental implants may also be used to root a bridge into place if there is an absence of teeth in the area. These implants are extremely durable and can function without issue for decades.