Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry deals with the restoration of teeth that have been damaged due to various reasons such as accidents, infection or age. Restorative procedures typically involve more treatment steps to complete the restoration and return teeth to their original form and function. Restorative procedures are becoming very common as more people are opting for them due to their effectiveness.

 Root Canals

Root canal treatment falls into a field of dentistry called endodontics, which deals with the nerve, or sensitive inner portion of the tooth. Root canal treatment, and other related endodontic procedures, help patients overcome poor tooth health and frequently reduce painful problems.

Root canal treatment and other endodontic procedures have evolved a great deal over the years. Through endodontics, it is now possible to predict, treat and save a tooth that, just years ago, would have required extraction.

With root canal treatment, we remove the inflamed, infected or necrotic (dead) nerve from inside your tooth, giving the area a careful cleaning and then inserting a root filling material into the root where the nerve originally was. This prevents the tooth rot from being exposed, protecting your jaw from possible infection that can enter through the tooth. However, a tooth which has been root-filled is more likely over time to suffer from a fracture. It is often the case that your tooth will subsequently require extra protection from fracture and as such, oftentimes a crown will be the best way to achieve this protection in the longer term.

At Smiles Are Us, our dentists would be pleased to discuss root canals or other endodontic treatments with you should this be required as part of your personal treatment plan.

 Dentures & Partial Dentures

In certain situations, a denture or removable denture plate is by far the best option in terms of flexibility, ease of construction, cost, and minimizing damage to other teeth.

A denture is simply a removable replacement apparatus for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It's an artificial replication of natural teeth with substitute acrylic teeth, attached to an acrylic resin base, sometimes in combination with various metals.

Anyone who has lost a tooth, a few teeth, or all their teeth, can consider partial or full dentures as a replacement option. Those who have incurred mouth injury as a result of an accident or sports injury, may have lost teeth and need to consider restoration. People with gum disease may need teeth extracting, and dentures with or without implants can be the ideal solution for replacing their missing teeth.

Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position.

Here at Smiles Are us, we ensure that your custom-made dentures fit your mouth perfectly and feel comfortable.

Or if you've had work done somewhere else in the past, you should never have to suffer from loose dentures — Loose dentures can cause you discomfort or irritation. They can affect your confidence, the way you speak and the foods you eat, and how you eat, but we can change all of that for you.

We can secure loose dentures with dental implants giving you the confidence to smile again and eat the foods that you want. If you would like to book a consultation to discuss your denture problems, or you believe this may be the best "false teeth" option for you, give us a call today at (403) 254-1124!

 Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a cap that covers a damaged tooth to protect what remains of the tooth structure, which can happen as a result of tooth decay or the failure of a large filling. They provide you with a strong, long-lasting layer of protection between your tooth and your mouth. In some cases, dental crowns can also be used on teeth that have been simply worn down far too much over time. A dental crown can look great and have all the characteristics of a natural tooth.

Ceramic Dental Crowns — By utilising various exceptionally strong types of ceramic material it's possible to construct incredibly life-like crowns which do not need a metal inner layer to give them strength. The resulting crown has a level of translucency and opalescence like a natural tooth. We are able to fabricate crowns for you that will compliment and enhance your smile.

Porcelain Bonded to Metal Crowns — This type of crown has been the most common tooth coloured crown provided by dentists worldwide. A combination of a very strong metal core surrounded by an outer layer of tooth coloured porcelain allows a crown that is strong but also fairly aesthetic. We offer porcelain bonded to metal crowns constructed to the highest standards to surpass your expectations.

Our Smiles Are Us dentists can discuss all the options with you ensuring that you make the best decision for your dental crowns with confidence.

 Dental Bridges

Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. Partial dentures are an option, if only one or two teeth are missing, assuming your remaining teeth are strong and have good bone support. However, a bridge can be a better option.

Missing teeth cause gaps. As well as not looking very nice, the teeth on either side of the gap are likely to be placed under greater strain. Food and bacteria can get lodged in the gap, creating a risk of decay and gum disease. Therefore, it is important that any gaps are filled as quickly as possible, either using removable false teeth or a fixed bridge.

A fixed bridge is created by holding a false tooth in place with crowns on the teeth at either side. Several visits may be required, firstly to make an impression of the gap and prepare the teeth to be crowned. This involves removing most of the outer surface of the teeth so that the crowns can be fitted. Temporary crowns will be placed on the teeth until the bridge is ready. The bridge will then be created and you will need to come back to have it fitted. The crowns will be bonded into place with very strong adhesive, holding the porcelain tooth between them in the gap. Your teeth will look natural and straight, will be well supported, and the risk of decay and gum disease will be greatly reduced.

Another alternative way to support a bridge is with dental implants.

Call us to schedule an appointment if you'd like to discuss whether a dental bridge is the best option for you.

 Dental Implants

A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder or post that is gently attached into the bone of your jaw to act like the root of a tooth supporting a crown, bridge or perhaps a special custom-made denture. Dental implants replace missing tooth roots and form a stable foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like your natural teeth.

Whether you have a single missing tooth, a gap in your smile, or no teeth left at all, an implant-based treatment can provide a long term solution to allow you to eat and smile without a care.

Dental implants have been available for many years and scientific studies have shown that the long term success of dental implants is extremely high. There are numerous advantages of this treatment over other treatment options. It is not necessary to grind down the adjacent teeth for a bridge, or secure a partial denture to adjacent teeth with clasps or hooks. Implant-supported replacement teeth spare patients many of the disadvantages of traditional false teeth. There's more stability, making chewing more natural. They're often easier to clean than other tooth replacement options. For many patients, dental implants are the ultimate dental treatment and offer the ideal solution for their dental needs.

If you're interested in dental implants, give us a call and we'll book an appointment for you with one of our dentists. We believe in "affordable/no-compromise dentistry" here at the Smiles Are Us – Shawnessy Plaza Dental Clinic. It's true to say that dental implants are a more costly albeit better treatment than other options you do have available to you. Your individual case would be comprehensively assessed prior to embarking on any treatment to improve your dental health and appearance.