Why a Patient May Need a Dental Restoration
A missing or damaged tooth can make it difficult for someone to chew food or smile without feeling embarrassed. Patients visiting a dentist have gaps or spaces between teeth because of:
• Congenital abnormalities
• Extraction of diseased teeth
• Injuries caused by vehicular accidents
• Removal of an overlapping tooth
The type of dental restoration chosen can depend on the location where it is needed along with the size required to provide a natural appearance that makes it possible to chew food and speak properly. There are different types of dental restorations available such as a filling to fill a cavity or a bridge to replace several missing teeth. It is easy to get most dental restorations made and applied in one or two office visits because of fast technology and three-dimensional computer imaging that is available on-site at a dentist’s office.
Metal vs. White Fillings
Today, patients are fortunate that dentists can apply attractive white fillings to teeth that have caries instead of metal. In the past, metal was the only filling material available, leading to a smile some patients did not prefer. When white fillings were first invented, the materials did not last very long because of wear and tear. However, that has now changed because dental laboratory technicians created strong liquid composite materials that match a patient’s dental enamel. When a patient receives a white filling, it is typically not a pure white because of natural color variations of teeth. Despite having a teeth whitening procedure, a patient’s teeth are slightly yellowish, and a dentist must understand how to match the composite filling material. A white or color-matching filling is perfect to fill a cavity or repair a chip toward the front of the mouth. It is a good idea to follow the advice of a dentist about getting a metal filling for a tooth toward the back of the mouth where it is difficult for anyone to see but provides better support.
Crowns and Bridges
A dentist can make recommendations concerning dental crowns Mississauga patients need to have a sturdy biting surface. A crown is considered an indirect dental restoration because the materials are created outside of the mouth before application to one or more teeth. Dental crowns are customized for each patient and tooth to fit properly for many years without requiring a repair. The most common reason for needing a crown applied is because of decay that goes unnoticed until the interior of a tooth requires removal. The removal of the interior pulp is known as a root canal that is designed to preserve the exterior of a tooth. The top of the tooth is removed to reach the decay and remove bacteria. After the root canal, a dentist places the dental crown on top, and it covers the side of the damaged tooth. For aesthetic purposes, the majority of dental crowns are made of color-matching porcelain or composite materials. Alternatively, dental bridges are made of a combination of full-size artificial teeth combined with metal supports that attach to surrounding healthy teeth. Dental bridges are designed to replace one or more missing teeth and are typically fixed in the mouth, requiring a visit to a dentist for removal or repair.
Someone with one or more missing, damaged or diseased teeth may have heard that getting a dental restoration is a difficult process, but this is not true. In many cases, a dentist can fill a tooth or repair chipped enamel in only a few minutes without providing anesthesia. A dentist’s office will have a laboratory where most dental restorations are designed and made quickly. With a computer imaging, a dentist can view a patient’s teeth to provide advice almost immediately concerning dental crowns Mississauga patients need the same day.
Visit Us Today
There is no reason to deal with unsightly or uncomfortable teeth with dentists located nearby in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. We make it easy to visit Erinwood Dental by having convenient office hours six days a week, including weekends. This means that you do not need to take time off from work to get a dental restoration to improve the appearance and function of teeth. Everything needed to complete an examination is on-site, so we can get medical images right away to determine the type of dental care needed to create an attractive smile and firm bite. Call us today at 905-855-7828 to schedule an appointment, or complete our online form.