Prosthodontic & Restorative Therapy
Crowns are placed on endodontically treated teeth(root canal therapy) to help prevent further damage to the tooth in those dogs that are active with their mouths, such as police dogs and personal protection dogs. They are usually metal alloys, either gold or silver in color, but can also be made to match the color of the enamel.
The tissue in between the enamel and pulp of a tooth is called dentin. It is a very dynamic portion of the tooth, with many channels and canals that contain nerve endings. When a tooth fractures through the enamel, the dentin becomes exposed and is painful, though your pet may not show signs of this. Even without overt pulp exposure, the pulp is at risk for inflammation and infection, which can progress to loss of tooth vitality and even abscess formation. Dentinal bonding is a process that can help to seal off these dentinal tubules, thereby serving to protect the pulp tissue and keep the tooth healthy.
Enamel Defect & Caries Restoration
Loss of areas of enamel can occur secondary to many processes that affect enamel development in the immature teeth or cavities(caries). The former is generally non-painful and doesn’t progress, but these areas tend to pick up stain and become a cosmetic issue, while the latter is a source of discomfort that will progress into a more painful condition over time. Both can be successfully treated with composite restoration, which will restore cosmetics and overall health of the tooth.