Restorative Dentistry Services
At North York Dental, we focus dental plans on prevention. That means our team partners with patients to create personalized dentistry plans that help them achieve and maintain their healthiest smiles. However, most patients do experience oral health concerns at some point in their lives despite our best efforts. When dental decay, damage, or tooth loss occurs, our North York dentists and team are here to help. We offer a wide range of restorative dentistry services to renew your oral health and restore the full form and function of your smile. The sooner we get started repairing dental damage, the more conservative treatments we’ll be able to offer. Call our North York dentistry team right away if you experience any oral health issues, and in many cases, we’ll be able to see you on the same day you call for an emergency dental appointment.
Dental Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns and fixed bridges allow us to repair damaged teeth and replace missing teeth with natural looking, feeling, and functioning restorations. Crowns fit over the top of a damaged or decayed tooth to replace lost dental structure and protect the remaining healthy tooth from further damage. Fixed bridges use dental crowns to support one or more replacement teeth. The replacement tooth, called a pontic, is fused to a dental crown on both sides. Then, the crowns are attached to surrounding healthy teeth for support. Both crowns and bridges require patients to visit our office at least two times. During the initial appointment, we prepare teeth and capture impressions that will be used by our lab to craft your custom crown or bridge. Then, a temporary restoration is placed to protect the prepared teeth. When we receive the custom restoration from our lab, you’ll return to our office, so we can exchange the temporary for your final crown or bridge.
Tooth Coloured Fillings
For patients who have minor dental damage or tooth decay, a tooth coloured filling may offer an effective, more conservative treatment option compared with a dental crown. Tooth coloured fillings are crafted from composite resin that fuses completely with the porous tooth enamel. We will prepare teeth by removing any damaged tissue. Then, the putty like resin is applied directly to the surfaces of the tooth where it seeps into the smallest pits and grooves in the smile. Then, a curing light is applied to the filling material, hardening the restoration in place where it fully fuses with the jawbone.
Partials & Full Dentures
Partial and full dentures are recommended when patients experience advanced tooth loss. Both types of dentures are made using a gum-colored base material that supports multiple replacement teeth. Partials are crafted to fit between remaining healthy teeth, and the entire prosthetic is held in place with metal clasps attached to surrounding teeth. Full dentures do not have remaining teeth to provide support, so the denture base is fitted snuggly against the gum line which creates suction that holds the prosthetic in place.
Whether you’ve lost a single tooth or a full row of teeth, dental implant supported tooth replacement may be right for you. Unlike any other tooth replacement option, dental implants restore both the roots and the crowns of missing teeth. This provides the optimal stability for replacement teeth, and these implant posts stimulate the gums and bones to retain optimal soft tissue volume and jawbone density. The process does take longer and cost a little more on the front end of treatment, but the results are also longer lasting and better for overall oral health.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canals possibly have the worst reputation of any dental treatment, but they are actually safe, effective, and pain relieving procedures. Patients need root canal therapy when tooth decay or damage reaches the very inner layers of the tooth. This soft tooth interior called pulp houses the entire nerve structure of the tooth. When decay or damage accesses the pulp, patients will typically experience severe toothache and dental sensitivity. The root canal treatment is relatively simple. We start by drilling a small access hole from the top of the tooth into the pulp. Then, we remove all of the pulp and nerve structure and refill the tooth with a biologically similar substance. The access hole is resealed, and in most cases, we place a dental crown over the top of a root canal treated tooth to protect it from potential damage.