Considering that oral health has been linked to overall health, preventative dentistry is vital to one's well being. The majority of dental treatments are performed to prevent the two most common oral health problems, namely tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease, both of which can interfere with eating, speaking, daily activities and even self-esteem. Our compassionate and dedicated team of dental hygienists stand ready to help in preventing the onset, progression and recurrence of these conditions. During a visit with our team you will have your teeth and gums examined in conjunction with digital radiography (x-rays), a thorough scaling and polishing to remove tartar and plaque, gum health and oral cancer screenings as well as recommendations for improved oral hygiene, home care and nutritional advice as warranted. The ultimate goal of our preventative care program is to promote a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Although many advances have been achieved in preventative dentistry, teeth may still experience decay, cracks, chipping and wear in addition to broken, worn out or discoloured fillings. The purpose of restorative dentistry is to regain the form and function of a tooth while also removing any existing disease. Fillings come in white, silver and gold varieties. Our team would be pleased to discuss the merits of each and we can recommend the one that is most appropriate for your specific condition. This choice is often determined by the location and severity of your cavity or broken tooth. Our goal is to alleviate any oral discomfort and improve your dental health and the aesthetics of your smile.
Many of our patients choose to whiten their teeth for upcoming weddings, graduations, job interviews, class reunions or anniversaries. Whitening can erase years of stain, make the teeth and smile brighter, give a more youthful appearance and may even give an added boost of confidence. We offer the option of take home kits designed to let you whiten at your convenience and in the comfort of your own home. For quicker results, we offer in-office whitening which usually takes about 60 minutes and is sufficient to regain that sparking white smile. Anterior teeth that have discoloured due to root canal procedures can also be whitened from within to once again match the surrounding teeth. Feel free to discuss whitening options with our team members.
A crown, often called a cap, is a fixed dental restoration. It is an artificial and hollow tooth made of metal and/or porcelain which is cemented or bonded into place to restore a tooth back to its original size, shape, colour and function. You may require a crown if you have a root canal, a large filling in a tooth, a cracked tooth or a very discoloured, rotated or poorly contoured tooth. Once in place, a crown covers and strengthens your remaining tooth and has a very natural appearance while performing as if your own natural tooth.
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves to replace the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The implant is placed in the bone of the upper or lower jaw by one of our excellent periodontist or oral surgery refferals. Once the implant has bonded with the bone it can serve as an anchor for a replacement tooth. Many missing teeth can be replaced with multiple implant placements. Implant supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth and they are a proven restorative option with a long clinical history. Dental implant crowns are a great solution to a single missing tooth. Unlike a conventional bridge, the implant crown is independent of the neighbouring natural teeth and is much more accessible for home care. Bearing in mind that dental implants preserve the integrity of the facial structure and reduce the inconvenience associated with tooth loss, our team will be pleased to evaluate your dental and medical histories to determine if you are indeed a candidate for this elegant treatment option.
When teeth are missing between existing natural ones, a bridge can literally span the gap to restore your smile, your abilty to speak and chew properly while also distributing biting forces more evenly and preventing other teeth from drifting in all directions. A bridge is a fixed dental restoration consisting of an artificial tooth fused to at least two crowns. It is made of porcelain and/or metal and is permanently attached to your existing teeth or implants. It would be our pleasure to give you back your smile.
Baby teeth are valuable. They are crucial to a child's development, helping him/her to chew, speak and smile while also holding space in the jaws for the permanent teeth that are growing under the gums. Starting as early as age one, it is important to promote and maintain oral health, diagnose oral diseases, modify destructive habits (e.g. bottle caries, thumb sucking, pacifier use, tooth grinding) and garner advice on diet, preventing injuries and be given a program of preventative home care. In addition, we can provide information on growth and development and give referrals to our outstanding partners in orthodontics to correct poor tooth positions or misaligned jaws. This will help to restore proper esthetics and function and serve as a foundation for optimal dental health in adult life.
Many back teeth have recesses, grooves or fissures on their biting surfaces which are more difficult to clean and can harbour cavity causing bacteria or germs. The goal of dental sealants is to prevent tooth decay by filling in all of these grooves with a bonded material thereby creating a smooth surface which is easier to clean. Sealants are usually placed on children's permanent teeth especially those at higher risk of tooth decay. They can be applied as soon as the adult teeth have fully come through and are quite resistant to chewing forces. In addition to being relatively cost effective, dental sealants can shield vulnerable areas of the teeth from cavities for many years to come.
Abnormal teeth grinding (bruxism) due to stress or misaligned teeth is an involuntary grinding or clenching of the teeth usually occurring during sleeping hours. These actions can put tremendous forces on the jaw resulting in damage to the teeth and jaw joints. If you experience sore jaw muscles, headaches, aching jaw joints, ear or neck pain, cracked, chipped or worn teeth, a professionally made night guard may be the answer to a more restful sleep in addition to shielding your teeth from further damage and wear. Different types of night guards exist and our team is ready to discuss which type is best for your needs.
A partial denture is a dental prosthesis which can be removed from the mouth. It usually consists of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-coloured acrylic bases. It may have a metal or plastic framework and may have metal, gum coloured or tooth-coloured clasps that hug your teeth for the appliance to stay in place. Replacing missing teeth will help to improve your appearance and smile. Without support from a partial denture, facial muscles can sag, making a person look older. Dentures can help you eat and speak more comfortably and help to reduce the stress placed on remaining natural teeth. Partial dentures represent a minimally invasive and cost-effective way to replace missing teeth
When the nerves and blood vessels (pulp) contained within a tooth become infected by deep cavities, cracks, leaky fillings or trauma, root canal can help save your tooth from having to be removed. A diseased pulp can lead to an abscess with significant pain and/or swelling in addition to potential serious medical complications. Root canal procedures involve removing infected, injured or dead pulp, disinfecting and then sealing the inside of the tooth against bacteria or germs thereby promoting healing. A tooth treated as such, may require a crown afterwards to restore its original strength and function. Together with our superb endodontic partners we can help you to keep your teeth for years to come.
Despite all the advances in dentistry, circumstances arise when teeth need to be removed. These include: tooth fractures that are unrestorable; cracks that extend down to the pulp or root; significant pain and/or infection with root canal or gum treatments not being feasible or desired by the patient; loose teeth due to advanced gum disease; trauma; space creation during orthodontic treatment in order to better align the teeth; or wisdom teeth that are stuck and unable to grow normally into the mouth. Our compassionate team and oral surgery referral system is ready to assist you when these unfortunate situations arise, will make the procedure as comfortable as possible and will follow you on the road to recovery.
These protective oral devices, also known as mouth protectors, mouth pieces, gum shields or gum guards, are used to cover the upper teeth and gums with the aim of reducing injury to the teeth, jaw bone, lips and gums during the performance of contact or collision sports. Custom made sports guards will help to prevent oral damage, protect against facial injures, provide comfort for athletes especially with respect to breathing and help to avoid much more costly and complex dental interventions.
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