Regular dental hygiene allows our patients to achieve long-term dental health and well being
The following outlines some of our most common procedures and treatment options. Contact us today to find out how we can help you achieve the bright smile that you’ve always wanted.
Root Canal Treatments
Sometimes cavities (dental caries) or deep fillings can cause inflammation of the nerves or infection in the root canals of the tooth, which may lead to severe pain (pulpitis). In situations like this, it becomes necessary to remove the nerve (pulpectomy) from the root canal (single or multiple) and seal it with a stable material (obturation).
Composite (White) Fillings
Mercury fillings (Amalgams) have been replaced with composite fillings which are tooth-coloured, for cosmetic reasons. The composite is a synthetic resin which bonds to the tooth, as compared to Amalgam fillings which are non-bonding. Less tooth structure is needed for composite fillings, in comparison to Amalgams.
Porcelain Crowns, Onlays and Inlays
Sometimes a tooth becomes weak and is prone to fracture due to a large filling, necessitating a crown, which is a full 360 degree coverage of the tooth. Modern day crown materials have excellent strength, thanks to nano-technology (Zirconia and Emax). The crowns are bonded with dental cements that contain Glass ionomer, which is cavity resistant. Onlays and Inlays are smaller than crowns and are an excellent replacement for large Amalgam fillings. They are custom-made by laboratories and aesthetically pleasing.
Popular with adult patients as an alternative to braces, Invisalign® is an extremely effective method for straightening misaligned teeth while improving dental function and aesthetics by using a series of removable retainers.
An Implant is a titanium screw which is placed in the bone to replace a missing tooth. The titanium fuses with the bone (osseointegration), and after 4 to 6 months, a crown can then be placed by the dentist.
Night Guards and Sports Guards
Stress can lead to grinding and clenching of the teeth (Bruxism). Worn while sleeping, a custom-made Night Guard will prevent tooth wear and fractures in fillings and crowns. A Sports Guard is a custom-made appliance that prevents injury to teeth due to contact sports.
Digital X-rays, Panoramic X-rays
We use Digital X-rays, and are also able to provide Panoramic X-rays of the entire mouth that feature high-resolution zoom-in capability. Digital X-rays use less radiation than conventional x-rays.
Approximately 70% of the Canadian population will lose their teeth to gum disease (Gingivitis and Periodontitis). This is caused by dental plaque that provides an ideal environment for the bacteria responsible. Dental hygiene procedures (scaling and root planing followed by prophylaxis and fluoride), applied twice per year, greatly reduce the risk of gum disease for the majority of people. For some Individuals, 3 or 4 visits per year are needed to maintain ideal oral hygiene. Progress is closely monitored via an intra-oral camera and periodontal charting.