Cracked, worn, decayed or missing teeth affect far more than aesthetics and self esteem – they can have a lasting impact on your dental health overall. Urban Smiles offers a wide range of solutions that will restore your smile to its original look and function.
We believe in combining aesthetics and function for optimum oral health and happiness. Composites fillings (sometimes called tooth-coloured fillings) provide maximum protection and insulation while blending to match the exact shade of your teeth.
Few dental-related terms conjure more fear than “root canal” but that doesn’t need to be the case. We are skilled in providing precise, comfortable root canals to alleviate the pain caused by extensive decay, trauma or gum disease. Successful root canal treatment minimizes the pain while preserving the original tooth.
We know that your time is valuable and that you’d rather be spending it somewhere other than the dentist’s office (even though ours is pretty exceptional). With that in mind, Urban Smiles has invested in ITERO Digital Imaging which ensures molds are right the first time, as well faster fabrications from the lab that fit better. We will create a crown that matches your teeth without temporary crowns or multiple appointments.
Gaps between teeth can be more than just a problem for your smile. They can cause issues with speech as well as collect bacteria and plaque that can lead to serious oral and other health problems. We can fix gaps easily, quickly and permanently with a customized bridge that matches with your teeth for a natural look and perfect smile.
Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive.
Your dentist may recommend a crown to:
A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
These are billed to insurance on a non-assignment basis, meaning that your insurer will reimburse you directly. Payment in full is due prior to insertion of your implant crown. We will prepare and submit your claim to your insurer.
Occasionally, minor surgery is required to address concerns that cannot be remedied any other way. As a full-service practice, we offer safe and effective oral surgery, under anesthetics or sedation, for several reasons: to extract crooked or impacted wisdom teeth, to replace missing teeth, and for removal of oral lesions. We take great care to ensure that our patients experience comfortable oral surgery and a rapid recovery.