Restorative Dental Services
At Arrowsmith Dental Group in Parksville, we offer a range of restorative dental services including fillings, bridges, crowns, root canals, gum therapy, and TMJ treatment.
What is Restorative Dental Care?
With restorative dental care, we aim to restore the normal function and appearance of your smile.
By fixing structural problems such as missing or damaged teeth our dentists at Arrowsmith Dental Group can help restore your smile – and your oral health.
Depending on your issue, your dentist can determine the appropriate restorative treatment option for you.
Dental Crowns & Bridges
Crowns can be used to prevent a cracked tooth from further deteriorating, attach bridges or cover dental implants. They can also help to restore a stained or discoloured tooth to its natural appearance. These porcelain caps are placed on top of teeth to restore their appearance and function.
Bridges are bonded to existing teeth or dental implants to replace a section of missing teeth. These natural-looking tooth replacements can restore a tooth's natural contour, as well as the bite between upper and lower teeth. Because they're custom-made, the average person may barely notice them.
Diseased nerves, tissues and blood vessels must be removed from the interior of a tooth to avoid more extensive dental problems.
To achieve this, your dentist performs a root canal to remove bacteria and decay and help stop the spread of infection.
The healthy part of the tooth is restored, achieving our first priority of saving natural teeth whenever possible.
The tooth's inner chamber will then be cleaned, disinfected and filled with medicated material before a crown is placed.
This procedure can help relieve symptoms, including extreme sensitivity and tooth pain. It will also save the natural tooth and limit the need for more extensive, costly work later.
At Arrowsmith Dental Group, our dentists use composite (tooth-coloured) fillings and silver amalgam fillings to fix cavities or damage such as cracks in teeth. Composite fillings can withstand moderate pressure from the continual stress of chewing and match the colour of your existing teeth. Silver amalgam may be more durable and economical, but is reserved mainly for back teeth.
Inlays & Onlays
When a tooth is damaged too extensively for a standard dental filling to be used, inlays and onlays can repair cavities. The tooth-coloured porcelain fillings are custom-made in a dental laboratory, then permanently cemented to your tooth as a single piece. While our dentists use inlays to repair cavities in the pits and fissures of a tooth, onlays are applied to repair damage to the cusps.
Periodontal (Gum) Therapy
Gum disease is a perennial threat and can infect the tissues of the mouth, including the gingiva, gums, alveolar bone, periodontal ligament and cementum. If caught in its early stages, your dentist will recommend non-surgical preventive therapy. Otherwise treatment methods will depend on the severity and type of disease.
TMJ Disorder Treatment
The temporomandibular joint (or TMJ) is a hinge which joins your jaw and the temporal bones of your skull. The disorder of this joint can lead to a host of issues involving your jaw and facial muscles, including pain. Our dentists can detect this condition, determine what may be causing your jaw issues and create a treatment plan for TMJ Disorder.