We provide an array of cosmetic, restorative, and preventative dental procedures. Our extensive knowledge and experience in dentistry allow us to design dental treatments to meet the dental needs of you and your family. We strive to provide you and your family with a comfortable experience that exceeds your expectations.
Oral hygiene is essential not only for your dental health, it is important to your overall health and well-being. Dental cleanings are designed to preserve your teeth and the supporting structures. The goal of our comprehensive dental hygiene program is the help prevent the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental disease.
To maintain your best oral health, we recommend periodic professional dental cleanings from one of our Registered Dental Hygienists. They will remove plaque and debris from the teeth and the gumline, especially from areas where your toothbrush and floss may not reach. Regular gum measurements will also be taken to monitor bone loss and recession.
It is also important to keep in mind that in conjunction with periodic dental professional cleanings, a good dental home care regimen is followed. Home care practices should include brushing at least twice daily and regular flossing. We will often make recommendation as to what areas require improvements, and instruct you in the proper methods of brushing and flossing.
Additional preventative services may be indicated on an individual basis. An integral part of our preventative program for patients may include periodic fluoride treatments, coronal polishing, updated x-ray images to check for cavities and the application of dental sealants.
Dental Fillings are the most common type of dental restoration used to replace sections of teeth that are missing, damaged or decayed. Traditional dental materials like gold, amalgam, porcelain, and composite have successfully restored teeth; recent advances in dental technology have made a wider and improved selection of restorative choices available. Some of the newest state-of-the-art filling materials including the latest composite materials are not only strong and durable, but they offer the most aesthetically pleasing and natural looking results.
The fabrication of a crown is to restore a tooth as closely as possible to its original form and function. If dental decay, cracked fillings, root canals, clenching or grinding the teeth have caused extensive damage to the underlying tooth structure, it may not be possible to restore the tooth through the use of a filling. The only way to completely restore the cosmetic appearance and function of this tooth is often full coverage with a dental crown. A completed dental crown will look and feel like a natural tooth.
In addition to restoring a single natural tooth, crowns can be used in other situations including being the supporting ends of dental bridge, covering dental implants, or as coverage for a cracked tooth to prevent further breakdown. A crown may also be indicated when a discoloured or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance. Crowns can be made of either porcelain baked onto a metal substrate, all-porcelain, or many of the new ceramic materials that have been developed. The dentist will recommend a material that is best suited to you.
When a tooth or multiple teeth are missing, a series of changes can impact your overall dental health and jaw function. The adjacent teeth may start to shift toward the area of the missing tooth. It is important to replace the single tooth or multiple teeth that have been lost prior to these changes. One option to prevent the consequences of shifting teeth and to restore full function to a small section in the mouth is a dental bridge. Bridges are a series of crowns cemented in place to replace missing teeth. They do not come out of the mouth. A bridge requires at least one tooth on each side of the space to be crowned.
If your teeth suffer from gaps, chips, stains, or discolourations you may be a candidate for porcelain veneers, a highly effective and minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that can achieve beautiful results.
Veneers are thin, custom-made and are designed to fit perfectly over the front of your teeth. Veneers are one of the most conservative cosmetic treatments available, they can mask many different dental imperfections. Porcelain veneers will enhance and improve the shape of your teeth and create an overall whiter smile.
The fabrication of porcelain veneers involve minimal tooth preparation and take only a few visits. Once they are fabricated and fitted, they are permanently bonded to the underlying teeth.
Endodontics, or root canal therapy, is determined necessary when the nerve supply to a tooth has been irreversibly affected by damage or decay. Root canal therapy is a way to prevent or resolve a dental infection and save the tooth from being removed. A root canal may only be performed if it is determined that there is enough sound root and crown structure remaining to restore form and function to the involved tooth.
Root canal therapy involves cleaning and shaping each canal, and then filling them with a special inert material. The canals will be sealed to help prevent any further infection. Once root canal therapy is complete, the tooth should be fully restored as recommended by the dentist.
Whether from disease, malnutrition, genetic disorders, or an accident sometimes it is necessary for an individual to have some, or all of their teeth extracted. This is often a devastating reality for most people. A partial or full denture can be fabricated to restore an attractive and functional smile.
A denture is made of natural looking artificial teeth. It dan be made to replace a small group of teeth, or an entire upper or lower arch.
In situations where some sturdy teeth remain, a partial denture can be fabricated. Partial dentures help to maintain stability by having clasps that wrap around the remaining anchor teeth.
In some cases added stability for the dentures can be provided by placing dental implants for the denture to clasp onto.
Durable, long-lasting and natural in their appearance, dental implants are the most modern method of replacing missing teeth.
The procedure involves fitting an implant which is usually made of titanium, into the bone of the jaw. It is important that we have enough bone in the area and that this bone bone is of good quality. If this is not the case, a procedure called bone augmentation can be used, to help build up the bone levels prior to the implant procedure.
We then allow time for the bone to heal and integrate around the implant. The implant can now hold a single false tooth called an implant crown in place. This is generally the best way of replacing a missing tooth. Implants can also be used to hold multiple false teeth (an implant bridge) or to fix a full denture in place. An implant supported denture has advantages over a standard denture in that it can greatly increase the biting force. Also, it won't cover the roof of the mouth in the way that a traditional denture would.
Procedure time will depend on how many implants you're having. It's possible to have several implants fitted in the same procedure.
From start to finish the timing can vary depending on when the tooth was extracted, if it has healed, if there is bone grafting necessary and if the implant can be placed immediately. These scenarios will be discussed at a consultation appointment so that you are prepared and informed of the treatment plan and timing.
Jaw clenching and grinding is called bruxism. Clenching and grinding often occurs at night. Often times you may wake up with symptoms such as jaw pain, headaches, and a sore jaw. Although, stress and anxiety are the most common causes of bruxism.
To alleviate the symptoms of bruxism, wearing a night guard while sleeping is frequently recommended. This appliance is designed to fit over the teeth and to keep the jaws slightly apart while sleeping. Wearing a night guard will help to prevent muscle strain, excessive pressure on the jaw joint (the TMJ), and damage such as chipped or cracked teeth.
In some cases it may be necessary to remove a tooth. This may happen for a variety of reasons. Extractions are commonly performed in cases where a baby tooth is reluctant to fall out, there is a severely broken down tooth which can not be restored, or wisdom teeth that will not erupt into place. The procedure, post surgical instructions, as well as any follow-up care will be carefully explained.
The ideal age for starting orthodontic treatment is commonly between the age of 8 to 14 while the child is still growing. Teeth can be moved using removable appliances or fixed braces. Sometimes overcrowding of teeth can require the removal of some teeth to make room for the others to move and align properly. Retainers may be necessary long after dental braces are removed, this will help to ensure that the teeth do not move back to their original positions.
Treatment can be cosmetic to improve appearance, but is also used to improve oral function. Using orthodontic treatment we can obtain the following:
Close gaps between teeth
Align the tips of teeth
Straighten crooked teeth
Improve speech and chewing ability
Boost the long-term health of gums and teeth
Prevent long-term health of gums and teeth
Treat an improper bite
Help control harmful oral habits
Maintain the space for a permanent tooth when a baby tooth has been prematurely lost
The dentist will monitor the patient at their regular dental appointments and will make the referral to the orthodontist when the individual is ready to obtain or go ahead with treatment.
Millions of cases of dental and facial injuries occur yearly as the result of sport-related trauma. All sports contain some element of risk of oral injury, however it is especially noticed in activities involving body contact with other player or the ground. The possibility of being struck by objects such as, balls, bats, pucks or sticks also poses a risk for oral injury.
Reducing the risk of damage to your teeth, cheeks, lips, tongue, face, or jaw as the result of a sports-related injury is important. A sportsguard or mouthguard is a removable appliance made of a sturdy plastic that fits comfortably over your teeth. The sportsguard is designed to absorb the shock of contact to protect your teeth and jaw
Teeth can become stained or yellow looking for many reasons. This includes stain from food, tobacco use, age, medication or injury. Your teeth can be lightened and brightened through a process known as teeth whitening. The most effective ways to whiten your teeth are with the professional strength systems available through the dental office. A mould of both your upper and lower teeth will be taken and custom fitting trays will be fabricated for you. At our office we offer a professional strength take home system.
Dental emergencies can arise in a number of ways. Your discomfort may be due to a facial injury, a flare up of a longstanding problem, or sudden onset of pain and/or swelling. Urgent dental care may be needed to provide you with relief, restore function and avoid further consequences.
Emergency dental care may be sought for severe toothaches, chipped or fractured teeth, an abscess, impacted teeth. broken filling, a lost crown and more. While the pain or swelling from a toothache is one of the more common reasons for patients to seek emergency dental care, we will also accommodate emergencies that are not necessarily painful.