Waterloo West Dentistry performs a variety of procedures to correct dental issues and strengthen natural teeth. We perform fillings, gum disease treatments, and other procedures to restore the structure and function of your teeth.
Dental fillings treat cavities caused by tooth decay. The decayed tooth material is removed, then replaced with a filling. Different types of fillings are available, but composite resin is most popular, as they can be completed in one visit and have a natural, white appearance.
We install dental crowns. A dental crown is a cap that is placed over your natural tooth and permanently cemented on. There are gold, ceramic composite resin, and porcelain crowns. Crowns add strength and support a tooth's structure, to restore broken teeth, heavily decayed teeth, or any that may be more vulnerable. A dental crown is custom made for you, so a temporary crown is placed until your permanent crown is ready. A crown is often used after a root canal procedure. They last for many years, with proper care, but the exact life span depends on the material.
We also perform root canal therapy which involves removing dead, damaged, or infected tissue known as pulp from inside the roots of a tooth. After removing the pulp, the canal is disinfected and possibly shaped, then filled. Root canals are usually needed to save a tooth.
Tooth extractions are performed as a last resort, as keeping a natural tooth is better for your oral and dental health, and a variety of health concerns are linked to tooth loss.