Tooth Repair

General Info on all tooth repairs (excluding fillings):

All tooth repair treatments, in our office, should achieve the following:

  • Restore the tooth’s natural appearance, not just colour but also size and shape
  • Enable teeth to appear straighter and more aligned with the other teeth
  • Restore a reasonable degree of strength, greater than that possible with large fillings
  • Restore an even and stable bite
  • Have excellent fit and a very smooth surface to make it easy to clean and allow the gum around the tooth to be a normal colour and healthy

Did you know:

  • Many tooth repairs, such as crowns or veneers are made too ‘fat’ with a poor fit and because of this decay can quickly occur under the edge. The gum can also become red and unhealthy.
  • Many tooth repairs have a very un-natural ‘chiclet’ white appearance that looks completely fake.

Crowns

A crown replaces the outer surface of a tooth, on all sides and on the biting surface, which requires that these surfaces of the tooth and any filling be carefully shaped in preparation for the crown to be made which is then attached and non-removable from the tooth. Crowns should restore good strength to the tooth as well as restore a natural appearance.  Crowns can be used to make teeth appear straighter, to close small gaps and to make a bite even.

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Veneers

A veneer replaces the outer surface of a tooth but usually only on the front and biting edge which requires that these surfaces of the tooth be carefully shaped in preparation for the veneer to be made which is then attached and non-removable from the tooth.  Veneers should restore good strength to the tooth as well as restore a natural appearance. The most common reasons for placing a veneer on a tooth are to alter a tooth’s size, shape or color for cosmetic reasons. Veneers can be used to re-create an even smile when front teeth are mildly crooked, chipped or worn.  Veneers are not usually placed on extensively broken down teeth or back teeth, where a crown would be more appropriate.

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Fillings

In very general terms there are four kinds of fillings: silver amalgam (grey color), gold (gold color), composite resin (white) and ceramic (white).  Silver amalgam when set is a solid metal mixture of primarily silver, mercury, copper, and tin. Gold fillings are a solid metal mixture of primarily gold and small amounts of silver, copper and palladium.  Composite resin is a mixture of an organic resin with an inorganic filler of quartz or glass. Ceramic fillings are composed of ceramics. The best type of filling will depend on which tooth is filled, the filling size and location on the tooth.  It also depends on the patient’s goals such as appearance, how long the filling is desired to last, how well the filling should work and of course, cost.

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