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Crowns, Bridges & Root Canals

Crowns, bridges & root canals are an excellent way of repairing broken, cracked, decayed or missing teeth. At Clear Dental & Orthodontics, we use the leading materials to create a great looking smile that will last you a very long time.

After our initial consultation with you, we will discuss the best form of treatment that will suit your needs.

Crowns

A dental crown is a cap that covers a tooth to repair lost or damaged tooth structure that can occur in many ways.

There are many reasons for crowning a tooth. These include aesthetic considerations but most are usually due to a lack of remaining healthy tooth structure. If a tooth is broken down or heavily filled, a crown can be placed to protect the tooth from the strong biting forces we exert on our teeth while eating.

The latest advances in porcelain and zirconia now allow more light to transmit through the crown, thereby creating a restoration that is undetectable from the other natural teeth in your smile. With the absence of any metal core on the inside of the crown, there will be no more unsightly grey shadows that are usually seen with the older metal-ceramic crowns.

Bridges

A bridge is a fixed or removable device that replaces missing or several missing teeth.

A fixed bridge will use the teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth to anchor onto. It will only be possible if the teeth supporting the bridge are strong enough and if they have good bone support. The teeth on either side of the missing space are prepared, crowns are placed over the prepared teeth and this unit is attached with the missing tooth/teeth being replaced (also called a pontic).

Removable bridges (also known as partial dentures) can also be made for patients with several missing teeth. A more cost-effective option for replacing several missing teeth, partial and complete dentures can still be used today. New advancements in materials have made these dentures more comfortable and aesthetic as well.

Root Canals

Root canal treatment is a procedure that is needed when a tooth becomes infected or cracked. It may necessary to have a root canal if you are experiencing pain or swelling around a tooth in order to prevent the tooth from being extracted.

Your tooth is made up of 3 layers: the outer enamel, a middle layer called dentin, and the inner-most layer of soft tissue known as pulp. This pulp is made up of nerves, blood vessels and tissue. When your tooth is growing, pulp is what helps to nourish the root.

If you have been told you need root canal treatment this will be because the pulp within your tooth has become infected or inflamed.

If this pulp infection is left untreated the tooth can become painful and you might be at risk of losing your tooth.

Root canal treatment will have been recommended if you have symptoms of bad pain or swelling or if your dentist has found any damage or infection after examining and taking an x-ray of your teeth.

Despite myths about root canal treatment being painful, modern local anesthetics and a skilled practitioner can make the treatment itself no more uncomfortable than a filling. For nervous patients, sedation options are available.

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