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Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry Services

Dr David Lim understands that even with a family preventative dental plan in place, there are times that restorative or cosmetic dentistry is needed. Our caring staff ensures you will receive the most current procedures with gentle care and professionalism. To help with your decision in the best treatment for your dental health here are some of the options available to you and your family.

Composite Dental Fillings

Composite fillings are also called plastic or white fillings. Getting this kind of filling depends on where the tooth is in your mouth and the size of the filling.

Advantages of Composite Fillings

  • Dental Fillings will be the same colour as your natural teeth.
  • White Composite fillings cost less than gold fillings.
  • In most cases, they are done in one appointment.

Disadvantages of Composite Fillings

  • This kind of filling can break more easily than amalgam or gold fillings, and may not last as long.
  • Composite fillings cost more than amalgam fillings.
  • Recurrent decay is more of a problem than with amalgam or gold fillings.

Amalgam Dental Fillings

Dental amalgam fillings are sometimes called "silver" fillings. They are the most common type of filling used in Canada today. Because these fillings are silver in colour, they are used to fill back teeth.

Advantages of Amalgam Fillings

  • These fillings are the least expensive type of filling.
  • They last a long time.
  • They are easy to put in place; because they are a direct filling, one visit to your dentist will do the job, in most cases.

Disadvantages of Amalgam Fillings

  • The silver colour may not appeal to people who want a "natural" look.
  • Tiny amounts of mercury are released from the filling when you chew. For most people, this bit of mercury is nothing to worry about. Studies have shown that amalgam fillings do not cause illness. They have been used on people for more than 150 years.

Dental Crowns

If your tooth is damaged but not lost, a dental crown can be used to restore its shape, appearance and function. You may need a crown if you have a root canal, a large filling in a tooth or a broken tooth. A crown, also called a cap, is a hollow, artificial tooth used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth. The crown restores the tooth and protects it from further damage. Crowns can also be used to cover a discoloured or misshapen tooth. A tooth that has been fixed with a crown looks and works very much like a natural tooth.

Dental Bridges

A bridge, also called a “fixed bridge” or a “fixed dental prosthesis,” is a dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. It extends across an area that has no teeth and is typically made up of an artificial tooth fused between 2 crowns. (A crown is a hollow, artificial tooth that fits over a natural tooth or a dental implant). The bridge is held firmly in place by your own teeth on each side of the missing one(s) or by dental implants. A bridge is permanent and cannot be removed.

Teeth Whitening

Although teeth are not naturally meant to be completely white, many Canadians want a brighter smile. Responding to this desire, a wide range of "whitening" options has become available to consumers. Most bleaching products are peroxide-based and are actually capable of altering the colours of the tooth itself. However, not all tooth discolouration respond to tooth-bleaching treatments. Individuals contemplating tooth-bleaching should consult with Dr. Lim to determine the cause of the tooth discolouration and to determine whether a bleaching treatment will have the desired result. This step is especially important for patients with fillings, root canal treatments, crowns and/or with extremely dark stains on the anterior teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are very thin shells that are attached to the front part of teeth. Porcelain veneers do not change colour or stain. Generally, porcelain veneers take at least 2 dental visits to apply. Veneers make your teeth look better by changing their colour, shape, angle or spacing. Dr. Lim can fix teeth that are broken, chipped or cracked, that have spaces between them or that are discoloured.

Partial, Complete & Transitional Dentures

The best teeth are your own natural teeth. But sometimes, a tooth is badly damaged or lost. If a tooth is lost, it is important to replace it with an artificial tooth as soon as possible. This will prevent the teeth that are left from drifting out of line and possibly causing jaw problems. Teeth that are out of line are harder to clean and are more likely to get periodontal disease (gum disease) and cavities. If one or more of your teeth are missing, Dr. Lim may suggest replacing your missing teeth with a denture.

Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment straightens your teeth so they look and work better. Braces or other appliances are used to put gentle pressure on your teeth. Over a number of months or years this pressure can move your teeth into the right position. People of any age can benefit from orthodontic treatment. Teeth that are crooked, crowded, or that stick out affect the way your teeth look and work. Orthodontic treatment not only improves the look of your smile but your health as well. Straight teeth are easier to clean and less likely to get tooth decay or injured. If you are not happy with the way your teeth look or work, orthodontic treatment may help.

Book Your Dental Appointment Today

Dr. David Lim is your family friendly dentist in Abbotsford offering the best dental care to patients of all ages. To discuss any of the above dental procedures or to book your appointment today, please:

Call our courteous and caring staff during office hours: 604-854-1380
Email info@drdavidlim.com
Our 24/7 Dental Emergency Pager: 604-556-2863.