When you have a tooth that is damaged but not lost, it can often be repaired using a crown. This will restore it back to its original shape and appearance using a cap that covers the original tooth after it has been shaped and cleaned. This procedure will also protect the tooth from becoming more damaged or decayed.
A crown is often recommended when the damage to the tooth is extensive, or the filling would be quite large, as a crown can extend the life of the tooth for years to come.
If you have a damaged tooth, Dr. Thiessen and the staff at Prairie Life Dental will work with you to determine what the best solution is and discuss treatment options.
Veneers are very thin shells that attach to the front part of a tooth. They are commonly made of porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are stronger than composite resin veneers and won’t change colour or stain. In addition, they tend to last longer than veneers made of composite resin. Generally, porcelain veneers take at least two dental visits to apply whereas composite resin veneers can be done in one visit.
Bonded restoration is a painless way to effectively repair teeth that have been chipped or damaged. Bonding uses a composite resin material that is colour-matched to the tooth being repaired. In addition to restoring a chipped tooth, it can be used to build up teeth to fill a gap between them, match teeth for cosmetic reasons, or paint over a stained tooth to match the colour of the other teeth.