Ideally, your natural teeth will last for life, but they can only do so with the proper care and maintenance. Often teeth will become damaged or will lose some of their original structure and this is when restorative dentistry can be useful.

When Would I Need Restorative Dentistry?

Here at Vancity Dental, we can use the latest restorative dental techniques to rebuild or to protect teeth that have been damaged. Healthy teeth are protected with tooth enamel, but any sort of damage to your enamel will let in bacteria that can cause infection and decay. This may happen if a tooth becomes decayed, or if it is exposed to trauma, such as a blow to the mouth that results in it becoming chipped. Any damage to your tooth should always be repaired as soon as possible to prevent infection.

What is Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry uses various techniques and materials to restore a tooth, replacing lost structure and strength while protecting the tooth. Once your tooth has been restored, it should look and feel natural and will be strong enough to allow you to eat and chew comfortably. Your Vancouver dentist will suggest the most suitable restorative technique depending on the damage to your tooth.

Restorative dentistry uses various techniques and materials to restore a tooth, replacing lost structure and strength while protecting the tooth

Which Treatments Can Be Used to Restore Teeth?

Small to medium sized cavities and chips in teeth can often be mended with tooth coloured composite fillings.

Larger cavities in back teeth may need a stronger and more durable solution, which is when we may suggest an inlay or onlay that may be made from porcelain or from gold alloy.

A tooth that is very badly damage might need to be covered up completely with a dental crown (sometimes called a cap). Dental crowns can be made from metal alloys that are highly polished, or they can have a metal substructure that is covered up with tooth colored porcelain. Nowadays, we will often suggest all-ceramic crowns as these are extremely strong and offer excellent aesthetics.

If you have a tooth that is chipped or damaged, please contact Vancity Dental today to discover how we can help restore your dental health.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a simple and cost-effective restorative dental procedure for damaged teeth. It is often used as a solution for teeth that are cracked or discoloured, chipping or breaking, or compromised in a number of other ways.

How Dental Bonding Works

Dental bonding is applied directly to the natural tooth. Typically, it does not require sedation or anesthetic. Your dentist will roughen up the surface of the tooth where the bonding will be applied. Once the surface of the tooth is ready, a liquid is applied that will help the resin stick to the tooth.

Once the tooth is prepared, the composite resin is applied to the tooth. Your dentist will need to shape the resin to blend in with your natural tooth. Finally, a special light that uses ultraviolet rays is used to harden the resin quickly. Once the resin is hardened, your dentist may need to shape or smooth out the surface of the resin to ensure it matches the bonded tooth and the surrounding teeth.

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