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 and today, having a tooth repaired or replaced is easier than ever. Digital technology makes the process quick and mostly 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 advancements in techniques and materials, we can now fill cavities with a durable and natural-looking tooth-coloured resin that stands up to regular wear and tear and blends in seamlessly with your smile. No more unsightly and potentially toxic metal fillings—no one will ever 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 conservative restorations that prevent the need for removal of healthy tooth structure, as would be required for a crown.
Inlays are generally smaller and repair damage contained within the cusp or outer ridges of the tooth, while onlays are larger and can extend 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 is no easy feat. Many dental offices still require multiple appointments and a temporary crown with the use of an off-site dental lab. At Pleasant Valley Dental, we’ve invested in the latest in-office milling machine technology that allows us to complete the whole process in-house in a single visit.
Our CEREC machine 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. It’s not quite magic… but almost!
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, 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, although we do have options depending on your individual needs. When anyone is missing teeth, 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 healthiest, most secure option.
Root canals are a bit different than other types of restorations 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 it extracted. We know root canals have earned a bad rap over the years, but today they’re usually no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled.
First, we will use a local anesthetic to numb the area and ensure you don’t feel a thing. Then we will 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. See, that wasn’t so bad!
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 resort to endodontic surgery, but rest assured our doctors have the experience and technology to take great care of you right here.
If you have any questions about restorative dentistry, we would love to speak with you. Contact your Vernon dentists, Dr. Bicknell, Dr. Denk, or Dr. Parkins at Pleasant Valley Dental today!