Cracked, worn, decayed or missing teeth affect far more than aesthetics and self esteem – they can have a lasting impact on your dental health overall. Urban Smiles offers a wide range of solutions that will restore your smile to its original look and function.
At Urban Smiles Colwood we believe in combining aesthetics and function for optimum oral health and happiness. Composite fillings (sometimes called tooth-coloured fillings) provide maximum protection and insulation while matching the exact shade of your teeth.
Composite fillings are the same colour as your natural teeth so they blend in perfectly with your surrounding teeth. They are also easy for your Urban Smiles Colwood dentist to shape and sculpt onto a tooth and can bond naturally to the tooth – that means your dentist doesn’t have to remove as much existing enamel during preparation.
To place a composite filling, your dentist will remove decay from the tooth and add a bonding material on the inside of the hole. Composite resin is then placed in the hole in thin layers. Each layer hardens with the help of a curing light. When the last layer of the filling is hard, your dentist will shape the filling to match your natural teeth.
Few dental-related terms conjure more fear than “root canal” … but that isn’t the case at Urban Smiles Colwood!
Our dentists are skilled in providing precise, pain-free root canal treatment to alleviate the discomfort caused by extensive decay, trauma or gum disease.
Successful root canal treatment gets rid of the pain while preserving the original tooth. To learn more about root canal treatment at Urban Smiles Colwood click here.
We use dental crowns and bridges to professionally repair damaged teeth at our Urban Smiles Colwood dental clinic.
Crowns, which are also known as dental crowns or dental caps, are the most popular way of fixing damaged teeth. When we combine multiple crowns with your natural teeth, we create dental bridges. We use both crowns and bridges to repair teeth.
These treatment options serve to address the three main problems that occur with broken teeth. The three problems with broken, cracked, or chipped teeth are the vulnerability, functionality, and aesthetic value.
First, in order to prevent infection when your teeth are vulnerable, it is essential to quickly seal up the damage with crowns and bridges. The second challenge with damaged teeth is that they are no longer able to perform their core function, which is to chew and help you digest your food. Teeth are designed to tear and break down food, making it essential that as we treat them. We will provide you with an excellent chewing device and an undamaged chewing surface on one or multiple teeth with the help of crowns and bridges.
Finally, it is important for people to look good and smile confidently. We know that a confident smile cannot happen with broken, cracked, chipped, or damaged teeth. To that end, having us place a crown or bridge will give a patient back the aesthetic value of his or her teeth.
Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive.
Your Urban Smiles Colwood dentist may recommend a crown to:
A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth.
A dental crown or bridge is a significant investment made for the health of your mouth. Most dental crowns “last” (meaning they do not require any further dental work on the tooth) anywhere from five to fifteen years. The lifespan varies narrowly based on the material of the crown and widely based on patient care and maintenance.
In order to promote a long lifespan for your dental crown, you must fight cavities by performing great oral hygiene at home and seeing us consistently for professional teeth cleanings, check-ups, and topical fluoride treatments to help strengthen the teeth. This is true for promoting the lifespan of any dental work.
Another common factor in the lifespan of dental crowns or bridges is breakage from heavy forces. If you exhibit signs of clenching and/or grinding your teeth while you sleep, we will likely prescribe a protective mouthguard for you to wear at night.
For many instances where a tooth has gone missing or needs to be extracted, a dental implant from Urban Smiles Colwood can provide an ideal solution for a permanent replacement.
Dental implants are surgically attached to your jawbone beneath the gums. Once in place, crowns or bridges fitted to the implants can’t move, which is important when it comes to eating & speaking, and looking & feeling natural.
Dental implants are the closest thing to a natural tooth, not just in appearance, but also in how they are securely fused directly to the bone of the jaw.
This popular method of tooth replacement helps to significantly reduce the risks of long-term bone density loss that are often associated with the problem of missing teeth.
Dental Implant Crowns are billed to insurance on a non-assignment basis, meaning that your insurer will reimburse you directly. Payment in full is due prior to insertion of your implant crown. We will prepare and submit your claim to your insurer.
Occasionally, patients at Urban Smiles Colwood require minor oral surgery to address concerns that cannot be remedied any other way.
For many patients, the word surgery sometimes leads to feelings of anxiety, but having a procedure done by a dentist you know and trust can make the process feel less intimidating. Additionally, our dentists are already familiar with your medical history and overall dental health.
Many people also enjoy the convenience of being an established client and not having to go through the process of registering as a new patient at a separate office and filling out excessive paperwork. Rather, all steps of the procedure can occur at one familiar place where the individual is already comfortable.
As a full-service practice, we offer safe and effective oral surgery, under anesthetics or sedation, for several reasons: to extract crooked or impacted wisdom teeth, to replace missing teeth, and for removal of oral lesions.
We take great care to ensure that our patients experience pain-free oral surgery and a rapid recovery.