Restorative Dentistry: Getting Back to Normal Oral Health
Are you suffering a dental problem? At Sonata Dental in Airdrie, we are committed to helping you restore your smile every step of the way. With restorative dentistry treatments, we aim to get you back on track to normal oral health!
The goal of restorative dentistry is to repair and restore both the function and appearance of your smile. Whether you need your teeth repaired, replaced, or enhanced, Dr. Lawrence Lai offers treatments that can help. Dr. Lai is a general dentist who has offered restorative dentistry in Airdrie for over 17 years.
Composite/White Tooth Fillings
Tooth fillings are intended to prevent further decay of an actively infected tooth, and to return its shape and function. For small cavities, composite tooth fillings that match your natural tooth colour are typically an excellent choice. They tend to require less tooth preparation than amalgam restorations, but still require diligent hygiene to prevent a recurrence of decay. If you are suffering from a small cavity, Dr. Lai will recommend removing the decayed portion of tooth and replacing it with white filling material. If the area of decay is larger and comes close to the tooth nerve, Dr. Lai may recommend a root canal and a dental crown instead.
Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, removes the infected nerve tissues of a tooth and fills the emptied nerve canal. The treatment area is carefully and thoroughly numbed with local anesthesia. While it is common for patients to have some mild soreness in the jaw after the procedure, widespread dread about the root canal is likely due to people erroneously associating the pain the tooth is in before treatment with the treatment itself. If you have an infected tooth, it is important to act quickly to treat it before it becomes abscessed, which can lead to other health complications.
In rare cases, Dr. Lai may have to refer you to an endodontic specialist if you have complex root anatomy or if you experience a recurrent infection.
Our Airdrie dentist office offers full-coverage dental crowns, made from luminous porcelain and Zirconia materials. Dental crowns are designed to look like whole, natural teeth. These tooth-shaped "caps" are fitted over and cemented onto what remains of your natural tooth after it has been reshaped by a crown build-up. It is possible that the reshaping process may encompass slight removal of healthy tooth structure surrounding your large cavity, but Dr. Lai makes every effort to preserve as much of your tooth as possible.
Dental crowns offer more aesthetic results than leaving your reshaped or root canal treated tooth without a crown. Crowns also stabilize root canal treated teeth, which tend to become brittle after their nerve is removed. Crowns are also used to top off dental implants.
Our Airdrie practice offers metal-free dental bridges crafted from porcelain and Zirconia to replace your missing teeth. A dental bridge is a replacement prosthetic that fills the gap where one or more teeth are missing, giving you a functional chewing surface and covering up the gap in your smile so that it looks whole again.
Placement of your dental bridge will take multiple visits. Teeth on either side of the gap have to be prepared for crowns which will support your bridge. The preparation process results in some loss of some healthy enamel, but without a tooth replacement like a bridge in the area left by your missing teeth, your remaining teeth could begin to drift into the empty space. Dr. Lai will take an impression of your teeth and our team will send it to the lab, where your permanent prosthesis will be made. After receiving it, we will carefully fit it for you and cement it into place.
Diligent oral hygiene is necessary to prevent leakage of bacteria into the teeth that support your bridge. Bridges also usually need to be replaced over time.
Inlays and Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are used to repair teeth in the back of your mouth which suffer from mild to moderate decay. They can also be used to treat fractured teeth that aren’t damaged severely enough to need a crown.
Are you missing one or all of your teeth? Dental implants are titanium posts implanted in your jaw that act as artificial “tooth roots”, permanently anchoring your new tooth, bridge or denture. Dental implants can give you a stable foundation from which to smile, eat, chew and talk, and stimulate bone regeneration in your jaw.
While the success rate of dental implants is between 95-98%, dental implants do require minor surgery and jawbone alteration and in rare cases, can cause nerve damage or be rejected by the body. As with all restorations, diligent oral hygiene is necessary to prevent complications.
At Sonata Dental in Airdrie, we offer dental implants from a baseline cost as low as $1,000 (this cost can increase depending on your individual case and needs). Call our office to learn more details.
Dental Implant Restoration
Problems with dental implants are rare, but they do happen. If you notice your dental implant has loosened, is causing your gum to swell, or the crown on top of your implant is cracked, call Dr. Lai right away! A dental implant can’t fix itself and if you try to treat it yourself, you could end up causing more damage to your mouth.
Teeth in a Day Implants
With Teeth in a Day, dental implants are stabilized together with a prosthesis to allow you to use your temporary teeth on the day of surgery. The implant surgery occurs after a careful planning period, often lasting months, where Dr. Lai discusses your oral health goals with you and maps out the exact placement of your implants based on your unique oral anatomy. Your planning period may take longer if you need surgeries like bone grafts or ridge augmentations.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
Loss of your natural teeth, whether due to an accident or as part of the aging process, can be traumatic and affect your outlook on life. Through full mouth reconstruction, Dr. Lai can accomplish significant restructuring to help restore your mouth's function and appearance. Full mouth reconstruction is a highly personalized treatment protocol usually combining several restorative and cosmetic treatments with the goal of recreating a natural looking, functional smile.
If you have a dental problem, let us help! Give Sonata Dental a call today to experience patient-centred care at our new Airdrie location.
With our menu of general dentistry services and emphasis on patient education, we help protect and promote the oral health of our patients.