Your Office For Restorative Dentistry in Edmonton

For restorative dentistry in Edmonton, visit the office of Oliver Family Dental. If you have missing or damaged teeth, Oliver Family Dental offers restorative dentistry in our Edmonton office. We can help assess what needs to be done to restore natural function and appearance to your teeth and even help you achieve a healthy and attractive smile. Depending on the extent of the damage, we offer a variety of techniques including:

Inlay and Onlay Fillings

Inlay and onlay fillings are alternatives to full-coverage crowns and often used in place of traditional composite fillings to address more significant tooth decay or structural damage. They’re also used when large, older fillings need to be replaced or broken teeth need to be reconstructed. Both of these fillings have a long lifespan with the proper care.

Your dentist will perform an inlay filling when the damage is within the centre of a tooth; an onlay filling occurs when one or more points of the tooth are damaged. Both kinds of fillings are:

  • Strong and long lasting
  • Easy to clean
  • Able to fit into the tight spaces between your teeth
  • Protection against further bacterial infection of the tooth
  • Protection for weak areas of the tooth
  • Resistant to discolouration over time

How Inlay and Onlay Fillings Are Applied

During your first visit, your dentist will take a molded impression of your tooth and send it to a dental laboratory or technician so the filling can be fabricated. A temporary inlay or onlay will be placed to protect the vulnerable tooth while you’re waiting on the final restoration.

At the time of your second visit, the provisional filling will be removed and your inlay or onlay filling will be bonded onto your tooth. Your dentist will ensure it’s fitted properly, the margins are polished and your bite feels comfortable.

These fillings can be fabricated from gold, porcelain or resin materials. For back molars where durability is more important than appearance, we may recommend gold fillings. Porcelain is the most natural-looking option and primarily used for the front teeth; materials are ideal if you grind your teeth or have a misaligned bite.

Crowns: Dealing with Extensive Tooth Decay

When you have advanced tooth decay, have cracks in your teeth or have undergone root canal therapy, we recommend dental crowns. Crowns, also called dental caps, restore a damaged tooth’s shape, appearance and function. They’re fabricated in dental laboratories to match the colour and shape of your natural teeth.

The Dental Crown Procedure

Your dentist will make a molded impression of your existing tooth and place a temporary crown while the final restoration is being created; once it’s complete, the crown is bonded to the tooth at a second visit.

Proper oral hygiene including brushing and flossing are very important in caring for a new crown. By removing plaque around the area where the crown and your gums meet, you can prevent further decay and gum disease. Also, chewing ice or hard foods like candy can easily damage a crown, so be please be cautious.

Dental Crown Materials

We’ll discuss all of the dental crown materials at your first consultation. The types of dental crown materials are:

  • Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal: These crowns are durable and look natural. However, as your gums recede over time, they can show the underlying metal or gold margin at the gum line. A porcelain collar can correct this problem.
  • Composite: These crowns are very natural-looking but tend to wear quickly and lose their polished surface. They’re also more susceptible to staining.
  • Porcelain: The most natural-looking option, porcelain crowns allow for light transmission like a real tooth does. These crowns are not placed on the high-wear back teeth because they can chip.
  • Gold: Gold crowns tend to be placed on the back molars where they’re not seen as much. They’re ideal for people with strong bites or those who grind or clench their teeth. These crowns have a higher level of durability, require less preparation than the other crown materials, and won’t be as abrasive to your opposing teeth as you chew.

Please contact our office to set up an appointment or learn more about our restorative dentistry services.

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