Sedation - Oral Sedation
Oral sedation may be offered to nervous and anxious patients in order to allow them to have necessary dental treatment in a more comfortable fashion. It consists of taking an oral sedative prior to the appointment. Throughout, our dentists monitor the patient to ensure comfort and a positive treatment experience. Patients will need to have a family member or friend accompany them to and from their appointment.
White/ composite fillings are a great aesthetic option as they are tooth-coloured fillings placed after decayed or unhealthy tooth structure is removed. The dentist can blend the shades to create a colour that matches the actual tooth, which creates an illusion of there being no filling at all. Composites bond to the tooth and support the remaining tooth structure. It helps prevent breakage and insulates the tooth from changes in temperature.
Amalgam fillings are silver fillings that are occasionally recommended for back teeth (such as molars) where white fillings may be difficult to place.
A root canal may be needed if the nerve in the centre of the tooth becomes infected due to a large cavity or through trauma. An infected tooth can become quite painful. Root canals are used as a method to save damaged teeth. The dentist removes the infected nerve tissue inside the tooth and then places a soft filling material inside the root, helping any infection to heal. The tooth is then sealed with a filling and typically a crown is placed over the weakened tooth to protect it and to restore the tooth back to function.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays or onlays are the perfect answer for patients who do not need a full crown but are in need of a long-lasting restoration. The restoration procedure uses porcelain material to replace missing or weak tooth structure, in a conservative manner.
Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over “damaged” teeth to restore its size, strength, shape and improve its function. They can be used to protect weak teeth from breaking, as a restorative technique for worn teeth, to keep dental bridges in place, cover discoloured teeth or for cosmetic purposes. Root canal treated teeth will benefit from a crown which provides support and strengthens the tooth after treatment.
Dental implants are artificial roots that are placed in your jaw bone. Artificial teeth are then attached to the implants. They are a great option for people who have lost teeth as a result of injury, periodontal disease, infection or decay. They are made of medical grade titanium that is compatible with your jaw bone, and can support crowns or bridges that feel, look and function just like natural teeth. They can also be used to support dentures and eliminate a lot of problems and irritation patients have with removable dentures.
Similar to crowns, bridges are typically used as a replacement for one or more missing teeth. As the name suggests, they are used to bridge the gap that is created when teeth are lost. Bridges are constructed from two or more crowns that have been bonded together. In addition, they help restore a patient’s natural smile and ability to speak and chew properly.