Are your teeth too sensitive? Do you avoid smiling in photos? Cavity causing you pain? At Vic West Dentistry- Vic West Health Services, we offer the best in training, technology and procedures to restore your damaged and decayed teeth. Our restorative solutions include fillings, crowns, bridges, implants, root canal treatment and more. If you aren’t sure about what services you need please contact us and we will work together to determine a treatment plan unique to your needs.
Dental fillings are used to repair minimal tooth fractures, tooth decay, or otherwise damaged surfaces of the teeth. If you have a cavity it can cause tooth decay and erosion of spaces where bacteria can enter. The enamel is eroded and a hole is created, exposing your tooth to harm. Once the dentist has removed the decay and cleaned the tooth, a filling will be added into the empty space a filling also helps prevent further decay. Getting a filling doesn’t mean you have cavities, today we can give fillings to even out tooth surfaces for better biting or chewing!
Our office is mercury-free!
Modern dentistry has allowed us to combine natural-looking beauty with strong, modern materials, without the use of mercury. We take pride in restoring teeth to as close to their original strength and appearance as possible. This means that most teeth can be restored with either composite resin fillings or ceramic inlays or onlays. If a tooth is broken down to the point that a filling cannot restore it, a crown may be required. Crowns are made of a variety of materials that are similar to the look and feel of your natural teeth.
Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that are used to replace or restore damaged or missing teeth. Crowns – also known as caps – are fixed over the surfaces of natural tooth structures or dental implants. Bridges are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and are anchored in place by the natural teeth or crowns nearest the empty space. Patients who get crown or bridges to restore their smiles achieve both the function and appearance of natural, healthy teeth.
Is a crown or bridge right for me?
If you have a tooth that is damaged or decayed, but still intact, a dental crown may be right for you. If your tooth is missing, but its former position is surrounded by other tooth structures, a bridge may be the solution for you. Schedule an office consultation to determine whether you could benefit from crowns or bridges.
What should I expect when I have my crown or bridge placed?
If you are a candidate for a crown or bridge, your teeth will be reduced to ensure a proper fit. An impression will then be taken of your bite and used to fabricate a mold for the crown or bridge. If you are choosing porcelain prosthesis, its color will be matched to the natural shade of your other teeth. If a dental lab is making your crown or bridge, you may be fitted with a temporary restoration until the permanent one is ready for placement.
Bridges fill spaces left by missing teeth. The teeth on either side of the space act as anchors, allowing us to construct a functional and aesthetically pleasing restoration.
Do I need to follow any post-treatment care guidelines?
Your teeth will need time to heal following the crown and bridge placement process, so it is normal for you to experience some sensitivity – especially to hot and cold. Additionally, you may experience soreness in the gums surrounding your restorations, though this is usually manageable with ibuprofen and should subside within a few days.