Fillings, crowns and dental bridges -- Victoria Park Dental is proud to provide the perfect solutions to tooth decay.
Tooth decay, or dental caries, is a common oral condition that affects many people worldwide. It occurs when plaque formed by natural bacteria living in your mouth interact with deposits from sugary foods left on your teeth in order to create acids that slowly weaken and destroy tooth enamel. Tooth decay can ultimately lead to infection and loss of teeth if they are left untreated for long periods of time.
Small cavities caused by tooth decay are easily treated by fillings. In a short, painless procedure, a dentist simply removes the dental decay from your teeth and replaces the hollowed-out cavity with restorative materials such as amalgam, porcelain and dental composites.
Large and persisting cavities are treated by ceramic crowns which are tooth-shaped structures that cover or encircle a damaged tooth or dental implant. Before the crown is placed, dentists reshape the affected tooth by either filing it down, or building it up with smaller fillings. The crown, which has been custom-made to accommodate the shape of your mouth and your neighbouring teeth, will then be applied to the affected tooth. Dental crowns are durable and can last for many years.
Like fillings, inlays are used to replace dental decay. Unlike fillings, however, inlays are created indirectly from impressions made of the hollowed-out cavity. Once prepared in a laboratory, inlays are then fitted to the damaged tooth. The restorative material used for inlays are often made with gold and porcelain.
Onlays are used when there is too much tooth decay to be treated by a regular filling, but too little tooth decay for a crown. Like inlays, onlays are prepared in a laboratory before being fitted to restore the integrity of the cusps of your teeth.
Dental bridges are used to replace the gap from a missing tooth. They are made up of two crowns that are attached to the teeth adjacent to the gap while a false tooth is placed between them to fill the gap. The resulting bridge is cemented to your teeth.
While common, tooth decay can be easily treated by dentists in many ways. Furthermore, maintenance of dental bridges, inlays, onlays and fillings is a simple as having regular oral hygiene visits, brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and being mindful of the foods you eat.