At each and every dental checkup, a dentist will inspect your teeth for any signs of damage or tooth decay. They’ll check for any brown spots or holes – indications of cavities – in your teeth that may have formed since your last visit to our Little Italy dentist.
Ottawa residents should ensure that any decay doesn’t advance, your dentist will fill the tooth to preserve it. And if they do spot any damage or if there’s a missing tooth, they may recommend a dental restoration treatment to restore the function and integrity of the tooth and area to prevent any further damage from occurring. When decay and damage are detected early, your tooth’s original structure can be preserved, so your smile doesn’t change much.
What Types of Restorations and Fillings are Available?
During your visit to our practice on Preston Street in Little Italy, your Downtown Ottawa dentist will determine what type of procedure and material is best for you. Common restoration procedures that we perform include fillings, veneers, crowns, bridges, and dental implants. Depending on the procedure, the dentist will use either a direct restoration or indirect restoration technique to apply the material. With direct restoration, the dentist will apply a soft filling that quickly sets into a hard and durable material. Since it’s fast and easy, you can be in and out of the office in as little as an hour.
If you need more extensive restoration, the dentist may choose to use indirect restoration. A customized solution where a dental impression is first prepared and the mold is then fabricated in a lab. Often completed in two trips, this procedure is commonly used for crowns, onlays, and inlays. There are also a variety of materials that the dentist can use for the filling, including tooth-coloured composite resins that match perfectly to the colour of your teeth!
Why Get a Restoration or Filling?
Cleaning out decay and “filling” or restoring the “holes” can prevent further decay in the tooth. So it’s important to start treatment as soon as possible to ensure that the damage does not intensify. Any further damage can cause severe pain as well as tooth loss that may require more expensive treatments, like a crown or root canal.
Don’t hesitate – if you haven’t visited us at Dow’s Lake Dental in over six months, or have noticed any dark spots or holes, come see us today for your assessment by our dentists. Preston Street in Downtown Ottawa is where our practice is located so come pay us a visit. Let us help you get the smile you can feel good about.