General Restorative Services in Calgary & Edmonton
At Dental Choice, we perform procedures to repair damaged teeth and to replace teeth that are missing. Our locations in Edmonton and Calgary, are proud to offer restorative dentist services such as inlays, onlays, and dental crowns to eliminate pain and improve oral health. These treatments can help individuals chew more easily in addition to helping them feel more confident about the appearance of their smiles. If you’re looking for more cosmetic restoration, check out our available cosmetic dentistry options!
What Is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry is an umbrella term for the diagnosis and treatment of various oral health problems and diseases with the goal of restoring the full health of the mouth. Some restorative treatments include crowns, implants, inlays and more. While restorative dentists are not currently recognized as a dental specialty by the Canadian Dental Association, most general dentists can provide restorative dental services.
Types of Restorative Dentistry
There are two main types of dental restoration:
- Direct: Direct dental restorative treatment is when a filling is immediately placed into a prepared tooth cavity. Depending on where you need the filling, there are many different filling options. For example, for replacements needed near the root of the tooth or other areas that experience significant pressure due to chewing, resin or glass fillings are typically used because of their strength.
- Indirect: Indirect treatment is when, rather than filling the tooth cavity directly, some form of customized full or partial replacement is used. Typical indirect forms of restorative dental care include onlays, inlays and crowns. Because they are custom-made in a lab, indirect dental restorative treatments typically require more than one office visit. They can be made from a variety of materials, including resin and porcelain. Gold can also be used for inlays, but it is less common, as most people prefer resin or porcelain for a natural look that does not stand out from the rest of their teeth.
Here is a breakdown of some of the different types of indirect restorative options:
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped coverings that are placed over damaged teeth in order to repair and improve appearance. We offer three different types of dental crowns to provide appropriate treatment options, whether damaged teeth are located in the front or back of the mouth.
Dental bridges are an professional solution for patients with missing teeth. In a dental bridging procedure, replacement teeth are placed in the gaps where teeth are missing. Dental crowns are used to help attach the replacement teeth to the adjacent teeth for beautiful, sturdy results in this restorative treatment.
We offer several different types of dentures including natural-looking full, partial, and immediate cosmetic dentures. Our dentists can help determine the type that is most appropriate for your individual needs and goals.
Implant Restorations / Placements
Dental implants are titanium pins that are embedded in the jawbone to replace the natural tooth root and secure natural-looking replacement teeth. Dental implant restoration can provide a full, secure, and natural-looking set of teeth for patients who have lost teeth due to injury or disease.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are placed in the jawbone in a minimally invasive surgical procedure in order to provide a secure foundation for dentures. By attaching dentures to the implants, this restorative technique can give patients confidence that their dentures will not become loose or dislodged.
Dental Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays serve several purposes and are important treatment options for patients who need dental restorative services. They can repair rear teeth that have been fractured or damaged. Dental inlays and onlays made of tooth-coloured material are used to replace traditional metal fillings for a more natural-looking appearance.
Dental inlays and dental onlays are similar in purpose. However, inlays are used to treat the indented top surfaces of teeth and onlays are used to treat larger surface areas. Both treatments generally require two office visits. In the first visit, impressions are taken of the patient’s teeth that are used to create the dental inlays or onlays. Temporary inlays or onlays are placed to protect the teeth until the permanent inlays or onlays are placed in the second office visit.
Why Is Restorative Dentistry Important?
The biggest reason why restorative dental care is important is because it will improve your overall oral health. Leaving an issue untreated can result in a worsening or spreading of the problem. And any time you are experiencing pain or discomfort of the mouth, it’s worthwhile to have it looked at to see what your options are.
Restorations can be done quickly and are targeted to deal with whatever issue you may be experiencing. Doing so will return full health and function to your mouth, eliminating any issues you may be having with eating or speaking. You can also rest easier knowing your restorative dental solution will look and feel like a normal improvement that does not call unwanted attention to your teeth or mouth.
Tips for Caring for Your Restorative Dentistry Work
Once you’ve had restorative dental work, it’s important that you take care of it to keep it in good condition and prevent further issues. Some oral care tips to maintain and protect your restorative dentistry work include:
- Floss around any and all bridges, implants or crowns every day.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day, thoroughly.
- Avoid sticky and hard foods whenever possible, as they can cause damage to a bridge, implant or crown.
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash. Doing so will help remove plaque buildup and bacteria from around the restorative work.
- Consider using an electric toothbrush, as they do the best job removing plaque.
- Schedule regular cleanings with a hygienist.
Following these steps will help ensure that your restorative work lasts for many years to come, as it is designed to do.
Stop asking, “Where can I find a restorative dentist near me?” and give Dental Choice a call. Dental Choice offers general restorative services at our offices throughout Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta. We invite you to schedule a consultation to learn more about dentures, inlays, onlays, dental bridges, and other treatments to repair damaged or missing teeth.
Although many dental websites in Alberta show Before and After photos, be aware that Alberta Dental Association & College guidelines do not allow dentists to show before and after photos online. We firmly follow ADAC Guidelines and on this basis, our services are not presented in this manner. We would be pleased to show you before and after photos in person. If you have a concern and would prefer to see the photos, please contact the ADA&C.
*Practice of General Dentistry
Remember, if you have a dental emergency, acting promptly and appropriately to the situation can greatly assist restorative dental procedures down the road. If you believe you are having a dental emergency, visit our Dental emergency (Edmonton) page for more information to help you decide on your next steps.
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