At Pleasant Valley Dental, we understand the importance of a full set of healthy chompers. We tend to underestimate the importance of our teeth until they break or go missing! As they say, you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. Chipped, cracked, decayed, broken, and missing teeth can make it difficult to speak, eat, and smile with confidence. Thankfully, dentistry has come a long way in recent years--today, having a tooth repaired or replaced is easier than ever. Digital technology helps make the process quick and relatively painless, and in many cases, you can leave with a restored smile the very same day!
You’ve probably had at least one cavity filled in your life—most likely when you were a kid! But adults get cavities, too, and it’s important to treat them when they’re small before they ruin more of your healthy teeth.
Luckily, thanks to contemporary dental techniques and materials, we can now fill cavities with a durable, natural-looking resin that stands up to regular wear and tear and is colour-matched to blend in with the rest of your smile. No one else has to know you’ve had a cavity filled!
If you have a large area of decay that’s too big to be filled with a simple filling, but not big enough to justify a full crown, you may be a good candidate for an inlay or onlay. Inlays and onlays are intermediate restorations that prevent the need for removal of as much healthy tooth structure as a crown would require.
Inlays are generally smaller and repair damage contained within the cusp or outer ridges of the tooth, while onlays are larger and can extend their range of repair beyond the cusp. With the help of our CEREC® same-day milling machine, we can have you in, out, and your way in a single appointment!
Traditionally, getting a crown has been no easy feat. Many dental offices require multiple appointments and a temporary crown with the use of an off-site dental lab to fabricate the permanent restoration. At Pleasant Valley Dental, we’ve invested in CEREC in-office milling machine technology that allows us to complete the whole process in-house in a single visit.
CEREC helps us take quick and easy digital impressions (no more goop in your mouth!) that are then converted into 3D models, and your new crown will be precision-crafted from a colour-matched block of ceramic while you wait.
Same-day crowns mean fewer injections, fewer appointments, no more temporaries, and less of a hassle for you. Voilà! Your new crown can be created and secured the same day.
If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, you may be a good candidate for a dental bridge. Bridges consist of one or more replacement teeth that are anchored to surrounding teeth with crowns on either side. Bridges can help maintain your alignment and bite, filling the gap in your smile and allowing you to eat, speak, and smile naturally again.
Traditional bridges do require the removal of some healthy tooth structure in order to secure the crowns. When teeth are missing, we highly recommend dental implants as opposed to a traditional bridge when it comes to single-tooth replacement. For multiple-tooth replacement, we can also use implants to secure an implant-supported bridge for the most secure option.
Root canals are a bit different than other types of restorative dentistry because we are dealing with infection that’s inside a tooth. If you’re experiencing a toothache, swelling, or other signs of infection, you may be in need of a root canal. Sorry– but there is good news! You probably won’t need to have an extraction, because your Vernon dentists are usually able to save the tooth. Root canals have earned a bad rap over the years, but these days, they’re usually no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled.
Traditional root canal therapy begins with a local anesthetic to numb the area for your comfort. We then make a small access hole in the tooth, through which we will use specialized instruments to carefully remove the infection. Once the infection is removed, we will sterilize and fill the chamber to prevent further infection, and seal the tooth with a crown to restore it back to full health and function.
PIPS root canal therapy is performed with our Fotona LightWalker® laser. Like a “touchless” car wash, PIPS removes the infected tooth root using acoustic shockwaves that literally wash the root completely out of the tooth quickly and safely.
In the event the infection inside your tooth is particularly severe–or you’ve already had a root canal that’s failed– we may need to perform endodontic surgery. If this should happen, you can rest assured that our doctors have the experience and technology to take great care of you right here at Pleasant Valley Dental.
If you have any questions about restorative dentistry, we would love to speak with you. Contact your Vernon dentists, Dr. Bicknell or Dr. Montian, at Pleasant Valley Dental today!