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Various Types of Restorative Dentistry Procedures and When You Need Them

    Many Edmonton emergency dental clinics provide a number of restorative dentistry solutions that focus on restoring and retaining the natural tooth. Let us take a look at some of the most common restorative dentistry procedures provided by experts.

    Dental Crowns

    Need: When your teeth are damaged, cracked, broken, or decayed WHERE a filling is not possible OR the risk of tooth fracture is HIGH.

    Dental crowns are caps made of dental porcelain, metal, or combination of both that entirely cover the severely damaged teeth. Impressions of the damaged teeth are taken, and crowns of desired material are prepared. The damaged teeth are prepared or shaped to fit these crowns in place. The next step involves fitting these crowns with the help of a dental adhesive. If maintained properly, these crowns can last for 10-15 years.


    Need: When you have gaps due to single or multiple missing teeth.

    Like crowns, dental bridges are false teeth sections made of dental porcelain, gold, other metals, or combination of metal and porcelain. These sections are fitted onto the adjacent teeth for support in order to fill gaps of missing tooth or teeth.  The adjacent teeth are then prepared to fit the bridge crowns on them with false teeth for gaps that are created. The bridge crowns are fitted on teeth where they don’t need to be taken out of the mouth like dentures. With proper maintenance, bridges last for 10-20 years. By filling the spaces, your teeth will be in balance so other teeth don’t drift or grow out of the bone.

    Dental Filling

    Need: When you have worn out teeth, increased inter-dental spaces, cavities, and tooth decays.

    Dental filling is a process of removing the decayed part of a tooth, cleaning it, and filling it with gold, amalgamated silver, porcelain, or composite filling material. By filling one of these materials, the bacteria invasion is prevented and so is the further decay or damage of the tooth. If the decay has reached the deep dental nerves, the need for root canal therapy arises. The metal filling last for approx. 10-15 years, whereas the porcelain or composite fillings may last approx. 7-12 years.


    Need: When you have a missing tooth or teeth and also missing tooth support.

    Dental implants are metal posts or support that are surgically implanted into the tooth bone. This post then acts as a support for an artificial tooth or bridges. The bridges or dentures fixed over implants don’t shake, slip, or get displaced even while eating or talking.  Dental implants are the BEST procedure for tooth replacement because you don’t damage other teeth and its the best to maintain/clean and are completed over 3-6 months.

    If you are looking for information on these or other restorative dentistry procedures, then visit our Edmonton emergency dental clinic. Our dentists will explain all the different kinds of procedures, their duration, cost, and aftercare tips to take good care of your teeth and enhance your oral appearance.