There are a number of reasons why our teeth can loose their strength and integrity – from dental decay to general aging – but we offer a number of services that will keep your teeth healthy.
Dental decay is one of the most common problems that require dental restoration. Decay is typically cased by a build up of plaque and tartar, which can lead to cavities and other structural problems. Depending on the amount of decay present, one of our dentists may recommend one of the following treatments.
Plaque build-up causes bacteria in your mouth to create an acid that eats away at the enamel on your teeth, which can lead to a cavity. The dentist will remove the decay, clean the hole and fill it in with a compound that will be invisible to the naked eye and protects the tooth to keep it healthy.
If a tooth has a number of cavities, or if it already has had multiple fillings, your dentist might recommend a crown. A crown covers the entire tooth protecting it from further damage caused by dental decay and strengthening the tooth’s structural integrity.
If the structure of the tooth is at risk, an inlay is added into the spaces between the cusps on your tooth. Inlays are custom made in a lab and are usually made from porcelain, making them very durable.
A custom made dental onlay fits on to one or more cusp, or the entire biting surface of the tooth. Onlays are also known as “partial crowns” and help to prevent the spread of decay to other parts of the tooth or neighbouring teeth.
If there is extensive damage caused by decay and a tooth needs to be extracted, the dentist may recommend a bridge to strengthen your smile. A bridge requires the dentist to remove the decayed tooth and prepare the teeth on either side of the gap as crowns. A replacement artificial tooth will then be bonded to the adjacent teeth, creating a 'bridge'.