Bridges

Bridges are normally used when missing teeth are limited to only one side of the mouth or the total number to replace are low.

You should replace missing teeth for a number of reasons. Your appearance is clearly one reason and the most visible. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth on either side.

Teeth either side can over time lean into the space left by a missing tooth. This can alter the way your upper and lower teeth meet thus altering your ‘bite’ and through exposure of pressing food into this space, can lead to further tooth decay and gum disease.

Crowns

The visible part of a tooth, a crown has a large impact on the general appearance of your teeth. An artificial crown ‘caps’ a tooth and provides many benefits.

When a tooth needs slightly more support than a filling can provide, a crown can then be used. A crown can strengthen a cracked or weakened tooth and ensures the damage does not worsen.

They can also be used to support a bridge or to restore or prevent fractured teeth. In addition, crowns can visibly improve the appearance of teeth, especially if used where a tooth is heavily stained or has an irregular shape.

CEREC Same Day Crowns

CEREC at Riverside Centre provides the ability to insert ceramic crowns or partial crowns in a single session, providing our patients the following benefits:

 

  • No impression material is used
  • No temporary prosthesis
  • No follow-up appointment

Say goodbye to biting on impression material for several minutes, potentially having a numb mouth and jaw ache. Your dentist now has a camera that can capture your full dentition in seconds and then transfer this to the computer.

Temporary prostheses are exactly what the name suggests: temporary.

With CEREC, the final prosthesis is inserted directly without any temporary compromises needed.

This means just one appointment – which means only one injection. You have the completed crown and a solved problem in one visit. Time to carry on with your week…

Dentures

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available — complete and partial dentures.

Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed. Immediate dentures are a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.

Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw.

A fixed bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. This “bridge” is then cemented into place. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position.

A precision partial denture is removable and has internal attachments rather than clasps that attach to the adjacent crowns. Your dentist will fully explain the options and the best way forward for your needs.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is used to support one or more false teeth. It is a titanium screw that can replace the root of a tooth when it fails. Just like a tooth’s root, it is placed into the jawbone.

Dental implants are an artificial replacement for a tooth’s root. They fit directly into your jawbone and hold crowns or false teeth in place, in the same way that roots support natural teeth.

If you look after your teeth and implants properly, they can last for the rest of your life.

Same Day Implants can be provided at the patient’s request.

Extractions

If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, we will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes, however, there may be too much damage for the tooth to be repaired.

A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. Here the tooth would be loosened and the tooth removed.

At the Riverside Centre we also undertake more complex surgical extractions. If a tooth has broken away at the gum line or has not come into the mouth yet, a surgical extraction would be performed by our oral surgeon.

Whichever method of extraction is required, you can rest assured that the Riverside Centre dental team are here to remedy your problem quickly.

 

Root Canal

A root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth.

The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it. The common causes affecting the pulp are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment to the tooth or trauma. The term “root canal” comes from cleaning of the canals inside the tooth’s root.

Usually, the treatment is completed over two visits, one for an X-ray to identify the affected area and a second to perform the local anesthesia, removal of damaged area and filling of the cavity.