Tooth Coloured Restorations

We’ll help you achieve a healthy mouth with a natural look using a tooth coloured restoration.

Causes and Effects of Decay and Old, Worn Fillings

Cavities are a bacterial infection and if not treated, they can spread from one tooth to another. The bacteria can even be passed from a parent to child from kissing or tasting of foods during feeding. Small cavities may be simple to repair, but larger cavities may require more extensive treatment such as root canals or crowns.

In severe cases, the tooth may not even be savable. Cavities can develop on natural unrestored teeth, or around old restorations. When restorations start to develop cracks and staining, it often indicates there is decay forming underneath. If not repaired, the tooth wall can fracture, making it more difficult to restore.

Types of Restorations

Porcelain Restorations and One - Appointment Crowns

If you have a cavity, chipped tooth, or existing filling or crown that needs to be replaced, we will often recommend to have it repaired with a porcelain restoration. We use a Cerec (CAD/CAM) milling system which makes your restoration directly in-house. This means there’s no waiting to have a lab make your inlay, onlay or crown; it’s all done in one appointment. These porcelain restorations are extremely durable, as they are formed carefully under heat and pressure. There are no ‘voids’ in the porcelain, which can sometimes be present in lab-fabricated restorations. The final result is a beautiful restored tooth that is both strong and natural-looking.

There are no messy impressions or temporary crowns and no second visit required.

Inlays

A porcelain restoration that does not encompass any of the tooth cusps on a tooth is called an inlay. Inlays are superior to regular fillings because they are much stronger and also have a stronger bond to the tooth. They also last longer, which means over a lifetime the tooth will be restored fewer times, hence preserving more healthy tooth structure.

Onlays

A porcelain restoration that encompasses one or more tooth cusps is called an onlay. A tooth with a large existing restoration, cracks, or a broken cusp may need one or more of the cusps replaced with an onlay for strength. Onlays are more conservative than crowns because more of your healthy tooth structure is preserved. They are easier to clean, hence making it less likely for decay or gum disease to form around the tooth.

Crowns

A porcelain restoration that covers the entire tooth to the gum line is called a crown. This is needed when existing crowns are being replaced. It is also necessary on a tooth that has had root canal treatment. This is because during root canal treatment, all the nerves and blood supply for the tooth are removed, making the tooth brittle and susceptible to breaking afterwards. Placing a crown can help make the tooth strong again after a root canal.

Composite Restorations

If you have a small cavity or chip on a tooth, it can sometimes be repaired with a white filling material. This material is not as strong as porcelain, but may sometimes may be suitable for repairing small lesions behind or between front teeth. It is also used for children in baby teeth that will eventually be replaced by adult teeth.

Contact Us

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(604) 277-7663