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Restorative Dentistry

Implants, Crowns, and Bridges

Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry refers to the dental procedures used to replace or repair missing or damaged teeth. Fillings, crowns, bridges and implants are common restorative procedures. The goal is to bring back your natural smile and prevent future oral health issues.

District Dental can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted with restorative procedures including:

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Restorative Dental Procedures

Dental Fillings

Bonded fillings

At District Dental, we want your smile to look as natural as possible. That is why we use bonded fillings instead of metal fillings.

What are bonded fillings?

Bonded fillings are a tooth-coloured mix of plastic and ceramic. Often called composite, plastic, or white fillings, a bonded filling is a procedure in which we clean all decay from the tooth and apply a bonding agent inside the cavity. Dr. Stas then applies a tooth-coloured resin material, in thin layers, into the cavity and harden it with a LED blue light. Once the last layer of the filling is hard, he shapes the filling, restoring or improving your smile. Bonded fillings are almost undetectable.

What are the benefits of bonded fillings?

In contrast to metal, bonded fillings usually require less tooth removal for small/medium-sized cavities. This factor makes the teeth significantly stronger in the long run, and lowers the risk of fractures. Modern composite materials, if used appropriately, can restore teeth to look completely natural. Read our metal fillings vs. bonded fillings blog.

Dental fillings are also considered general dentistry.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns replace a tooth without extracting the original one. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit snugly over a tooth and blend in with the rest of the mouth. To the untrained eye, a crown is undetectable, and allows for better speaking and chewing.

What are the benefits of a crown?

The hard ceramic cap and the interior cover problems with the tooth, such as fractures or cracks. They also protect and strengthen the tooth from further damage. We consider crowns both a cosmetic and a restorative procedure.

How are dental bridges attached?

Dental crowns also play a role in dental bridges. Crowns fix individual teeth. However, bridges a replace missing teeth by filling the gap with a prosthetic tooth. We make bridges with a high-strength white ceramic called zirconia oxide.

We attach the prosthetic tooth to the crowns to form a dental bridge. To accommodate the bridge, we fit the natural tooth crowns with dental crowns and cement the bridge in place. This creates a one piece prosthetic. The drawbacks to the dental bridge as a tooth replacement solution are that supporting teeth have to be filed down, even if they are healthy and a special technique is required when flossing around the bridge.

Digital Bite Evaluation

What is a T-scan?

T-Scan technology by Tekscan allows for a digital analysis of your bite to help diagnose and treat tooth and jaw related problems. The compact sensors used in the assessment measure and document various conditions of your bite, including:

  • Level of force during biting and chewing
  • Precise pressure on different parts of a tooth
  • Timing of the contact of individual teeth

How does T-scan help me?

The pressure and timing of the bite can have a big impact on various aspects of your mouth. Misaligned teeth or an unbalanced bite can cause:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw/tooth pain
  • Reduced chewing ability
  • Notches along the gum line
  • Recession
  • Bone loss and tooth mobility

By performing a T-Scan of your bite, we can see exactly where the imbalance of the bite is happening and correct the underlying problem.

Gum Recession Treatment

What is gum recession?

Gum recession is a common issue seen in today’s dental offices. It can lead to complications in the future. There are many causes of gum recession. Often, gum disease results from several factors.

Most people don’t realize that gum recession is bone loss that starts on the outside of your teeth and leads to loss of support for the gums.

What causes recession & sensitivity?

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Clenching and/or grinding
  • Root exposure
  • Bad bite
  • Tooth fracture
  • Tooth wear
  • Sinus congestion/infection

What solutions are available?

We have solutions to treat recession and sensitivity. The first step is a correct diagnosis. Once we make the diagnosis, our team will discuss your treatment options with you. These may include:

  • Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (Gum Lift)
  • De-sensitization through application of an external agent
  • Coronoplasty (Tooth Shaping) to allow for a better fit with opposing teeth and minimizing the trauma on the tooth
  • Composite filling to protect the exposed root surface

Root Canal Therapy

Why do I need a root canal?

Bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the tooth can cause an infection at the centre of a tooth. To correct the infection, we must perform a root canal treatment. Several factors can cause infections, such as leaking fillings and trauma to your teeth.

When do I need a root canal treatment?

You need a root canal treatment when dental x-rays detect that a bacterial damaged your pulp. The pulp will die if it’s infected by bacteria and allow the bacteria to multiply and spread.

Symptoms of a pulp infection

  • Pain when eating or drinking hot or cold food and drink
  • Discomfort when biting or chewing
  • Loose tooth/teeth
  • Swelling of the gums near the affected tooth
  • Pus oozing from the infected tooth
  • Facial swelling
  • Tooth discoloration

As the infection progresses, these symptoms often disappear as the pulp dies. Your tooth then appears to have healed, but the infection has spread through the root canal system.

It’s important to see your dentist if you have a toothache. Your pulp can’t heal by itself. Leaving the infected tooth in your mouth may make it worse. The longer you wait to see a dentist, the lower the chance of the root canal treatment working.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Before removing your wisdom teeth

Before we remove your wisdom teeth, we examine them to evaluate the need for extraction. We consider several things, such as oral and overall health, before deciding to remove, leave, or monitor your wisdom teeth.

Why remove your wisdom tooth?

  • Wisdom teeth need room to erupt. Often, tooth crowding limits the space for your wisdom teeth to erupt. This results in too much gum tissue around your tooth, making it difficult to clean. The extra gum tissue acts as a bacteria trap between your tooth and your gums. Infections are inevitable and can cause pain, swelling, and can even be life threatening.
  • Infection of the gums around the wisdom tooth
  • As your wisdom tooth are difficult to clean, decay can set in and cause the neighbouring tooth to decay as well. Often, we need to remove both your wisdom tooth and the neighbouring tooth.
  • Bone loss in the area surrounding the wisdom tooth
  • Cysts can form around affected wisdom teeth, which are fluid filled masses that can degrade bone and/or neighboring teeth. Although rare, tumors can also develop.

When should you monitor your teeth?

  • We monitor your wisdom teeth from your mid teens to early twenties. This is the optimal window for removal to allow for the most conservative surgery as possible, best healing because of young age and lower chance of complications.

  • If you are in this age range, it’s very important to determine the course of action in terms of when and how we remove your wisdom teeth. When you see us at District Dental, we will discuss with you all the details of your individual case and provide you with your best treatment options.

Dental Implants and Bone Grafting

What are the benefits of implants?

Tooth loss can have a negative effect on your quality of life. However, dental implants can:

  • improve your ability to chew
  • maintain a proper and stable bite
  • keep a healthy and comfortable jaw position
  • minimize jaw bone resorption
  • improve physical appearance

Why consider dental implants?

Your smile is not the only reason to consider implant-supported teeth. A collapsed bite can cause the lower one third of your face to look shorter and disproportionate. Implants can re-establish your bite and transform the way you look. You may even look younger.

We can achieve several functional/physiological benefits with implants. Everybody is different and presents with a unique set of conditions. We need to do a thorough examination to determine what kind of implant therapy would be most beneficial.

 

How is an implant procedure done?

Your implant procedure starts with a 3D scan (Cone beam CT) of your jaw. This allows us to visualize:

  • all vital structures
  • amount of bone
  • bone characteristics

Based on this information, we plan the direction/angulation/length/width/type of implant, and the restorative plan that will optimize the functional and aesthetic outcome of your case.

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DISTRICT DENTAL is a full service, family dental practice. Our goal is to improve your life with a comprehensive approach to your unique needs.

 

Latest Technology

Technology in dentistry changes often. At District Dental, we feel it is important to stay ahead of the curve. We use equipment such as:
• LightScalpel CO2 laser
• Intraoral cameras
• Digital bite assessment
• Digital panoramic x-rays
• CBCT 3D imaging

Disease & Infection Control

Your health is important to us. Not only do we follow, but exceed, the strict sanitization procedures as set out by the Alberta Dental Association (ADA):
• Surgical grade HEPA air filtration system
• In-house water filtration system
• Autoclave steam sterilization
• PPE protocols
• Fully enclosed operatories

Financing

We direct bill most dental insurance companies/ Other payment options include:
• Cash
• Credit card
• Paybright financing

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