restorative Dentistry

We Offer Fillings and Crowns in Thunder Bay

When you’ve chipped or broken a tooth, give Current River Dental a call. We offer a range of restorative dental services, including crowns and fillings, in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Contact us today to book an appointment.

Restorative Dentistry

Count on our team for restorative dentistry services such as:

Silver/White Fillings

We provide either option of silver (amalgam) or white (composite resin) fillings to our patients. We may recommend one over the other for reasons of strength, longevity, or appearance, but the choice is always yours. Typically composite resin is appropriate for the anterior teeth (the ones in front or that show in your smile) and silver recommended for the posterior teeth (molars in the back).

Crowns

Often referred to as a cap, a crown is used to cover an existing tooth that has been comprised by a root canal, a large filling, broken or cracked tooth. It is put in place to restore the tooth’s shape, appearance and function.


Usually made of porcelain, a crown is a hollow tooth that is inserted over a damaged or decayed tooth. Crowns can also be used to cover and improve the aesthetic look of a discoloured or pitted tooth. This procedure is done in 2 appointments, as the laboratory will need time to construct the crown.

Crown illustration

Bridges

A bridge is a dental appliance that provides a replacement for one or more missing teeth. It is created by a laboratory to custom fit your existing adjacent teeth and is permanently cemented into place. Bridges are a great way to keep a natural smile by hiding spaces left by missing teeth. Another advantage with a bridge is that it prevents adjoining teeth from shifting or moving into the empty space. Like the crown, this procedure is also done in 2 appointments, as the laboratory will need time to construct the bridge.

bridge

Implants

Implants are an alternative to bridges, partial or complete dentures. It is an artificial root made of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone. This is most commonly done by a periodontist or oral surgeon. A consultation will need to be performed in order to assess condition of the bone and determine if it is capable of supporting the implant. After the implant is placed some healing time is required and several visits may be necessary to complete the artificial tooth. This includes visits to our office for the crown portion to be constructed, fitted and permanently cemented in place.

implant diagram

Root Canal

root canal diagram

Also referred to as endodontic treatment, a root canal is a procedure done to remove an infected, injured or dead nerve. An infected tooth may be a result of decay, a crack in the tooth or in the existing filling. The infected tooth will abscess, which will likely cause swelling or an ache. An X-ray will confirm the presence of an abscess. The next step is to get into the tooth and remove the nerve and clean the canal or canals (all molars and premolars have 2 or more canals) using very intricate instruments. The empty canal space is filled with an inert material and a filling is put in place to complete the restoration of the tooth. A crown is recommended to maintain structural integrity and strength on the treated tooth.

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