Even with care and cleaning, sometimes it is still possible to experience tooth decay and possible tooth loss. Dr. Robert Berlin offers many services for restorative dentistry including crown and bridge work in Etobicoke.
Restorative dentistry refers to the entire spectrum of treatments available to replace or restore decayed, damaged or lost teeth.
At one end of this spectrum we have restoration of decay and repair of fractured teeth. Generally composite resins are used to restore a decayed tooth. Similarly a fractured front tooth can be restored to its original form and function with composite resins. With today’s sophisticated materials it is possible to achieve an excellent colour match. As well, if the front teeth are crowded or misaligned, it is possible to virtually eliminate that problem with composite resin, see cosmetic restoration.
If a tooth is extensively damaged and/or has had endodontics (root canal treatment) the tooth may be prone to fracture (which could necessitate extraction.) In these cases it is usually appropriate to consider placing a crown on the tooth. This procedure strengthens the tooth and prevents the tooth from fracturing in future. Crowns are usually of a noble metal (gold alloy) with a porcelain covering to make them appear realistic. In very visible areas we may use an all porcelain crown to achieve maximum aesthetics, however all porcelain crowns may sometimes be more susceptible to fracture in certain cases.
Bridges and Implants
Sometimes a tooth or teeth may have been lost. In this case there are several options available.
A traditional Bridge is a fixed restoration that spans the missing tooth/teeth and is attached permanently to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth. It has the advantage of being often partly covered by dental plans and can be done in a short time span. The disadvantage is that natural teeth need to be trimmed and reshaped. Occasionally this could lead to increased sensitivity on those teeth.
There is a particular type of Bridge, called the Maryland Bridge that eliminates the need to trim the adjacent teeth, and it is about 50% the cost of a Traditional Bridge. However, it can only be used in very specific situations. Where used appropriately it can be a very affordable solution.
Another option would be Implants. In this case there is no damage to the teeth adjacent to the missing teeth. However, there must be sufficient healthy bone and space for an implant to be placed. Where this is not the case pre-implant surgery must be done, which raises the cost and time of treatment. The overall time span can vary from 3-6 months or longer depending on the complexity of the case. Unfortunately most insurance plans cover little or none of the costs associated with this treatment. Generally Implants are the most expensive option, being more costly than Bridgework. However, in the appropriate situation, Implants are often the best choice for treatment.
A final option would be removable partial dentures, which will replace the lost teeth, but compared to either Bridges or Implants the partial denture will not be as comfortable, functional or aesthetic. The clasps that attach the partial denture to the natural teeth can, in some cases, over time, cause damage to those teeth. However, Partial Dentures are less costly than either Bridges or Implants.
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