Dental Crowns, Bridges, And Veneers In Hamilton And Stoney Creek
From time to time, you may require a treatment to restore the function and integrity of a tooth lost due to caries or trauma. At Dentistry on Queenston, our dentists provide both direct (dental fillings) and indirect (inlays and onlays, veneers, crowns, bridges, implants, root canal therapy) dental restorative services in Hamilton and Stoney Creek at reasonable prices. You also have the option of adding cosmetic component to the treatment to have the beautiful smile you deserve.
When a tooth has been cracked, broken, or discoloured, or in which fillings have deteriorated or damaged by decay or through an accident, rather than remove the tooth completely, it may be possible to fit a cover – known as crown or cap – over the remaining tooth. The purpose of a dental crown is to restore the shape, size, and strength of the tooth and improve its appearance. Under local anesthetic the tooth is reduced in size by the same thickness as the final crown, which will be cemented onto the tooth.
You may require a dental crown to:
Prevent cracking or breaking of a week tooth
hold together or restore an already broken tooth
act as an anchor for a dental bridge
cover a worn out or discoloured tooth
provide the tooth with cover and support for large fillings
cover a dental implant or a root canal
save a tooth severely damaged by decay
Crowns are commonly made by a dental laboratory technician. Many options are available for dental crown material. Depending upon its location, your dentist may suggest permanent crown made of resin, ceramic, stainless steel, gold, or porcelain. A dental crown should last 5 to 15 years depending upon
how much wear and tear it receives
how good your oral hygiene is
grinding or clenching teeth, biting fingernails, chewing ice and hard foods, etc.
A dental veneer (or a porcelain veneer) is a thin shell used to cover the front surface of a tooth. It is made from either porcelain or resin composite to provide strength to the tooth and improve its appearance. It is used to correct teeth that are slightly out of position, discoloured, fractured or chipped, unevenly shaped, or have gaps between them. Veneers usually last from 5 to 10 years, after which they need to be replaced.
Replacing A Lost Tooth
There are three main types of artificial teeth and each one is designed for a particular circumstance
Dental implants are made by surgically placing one or more small metal posts beneath the gum directly into the jawbone. Implants are integrated with the surrounding bone and serve as anchors to which replacement teeth can be attached.
A removable or partial denture replaces all lost tooth in the arch.
By clasping the remaining adjacent teeth, the denture is held in place. Where none of the natural teeth remain, a complete denture is required. In the case of a complete upper denture, suction helps hold it in place.
A bridge or ‘fixed fridge’ is a replacement appliance that is cemented to adjacent teeth and cannot be removed. Typically, the two remaining healthy teeth on either side of the lost tooth are prepared for crowns. A unit consisting of a false tooth and two crowns on either side is custom made to fill the area where the tooth has been missing or extracted. The appliance is then cemented into place.
A dental bridge is used for many purposes including to restore the ability to speak or chew properly, to prevent teeth from moving out of position, to restore a person's smile and to maintain the shape of the face. Porcelain, gold, alloys, or a combination of these can be used to make a bridge, which can last from 5 to 15 years depending oral hygiene and regular dental checkups. No special care is required for a crowned tooth or a bridge.
Applying composite tooth bonding is a restorative procedure that uses tooth enamel-coloured composite resin (plastic) to repair teeth that are decayed, chipped, fractured or discoloured. Tooth gaps can also be closed. Unlike veneers, which require laboratory work, bonding is done in the dental office.
Fillings And Repairs
Dental fillings and repairs use restorative materials to repair teeth which have been compromised due to cavities or trauma.
Our Restorative Dentistry Program
When a problem is found, our dentists in Hamilton ensure that you receive timely and appropriate treatment. Our restorative dentistry program includes:
Diagnosis and treatment of the causes of tooth pain and/or periodontal (gum) disease
Removal of tooth decay and filling the affected tooth
Prompt treatment for dental trauma such as a broken, loosened or knocked-out tooth
Treatment for missing teeth, place crowns or bridges and help you get fitted with dentures
Advanced treatments such as root canal therapy, orthodontics and dental implants
Need to restore one or more of your teeth? Please call our dental office in Hamilton at 905-561-7310 or complete the online form to book an appointment.