Prevention and Diagnosis
Exam and Cleaning
Regular dental exams and cleanings are essential for preventing dental troubles as well as maintaining the overall health of your teeth and gums. It is medically recommended to have your teeth examined and cleaned at least twice a year to maintain optimal oral health, however, more frequent visits may be suggested by your dentist or hygienist in order to meet your specific dental needs.
During dental examinations, your teeth are checked for cavities or tooth decay and your gums and bone around the teeth are monitored for any signs of periodontal issues such as gingivitis. Existing dental restorations are also monitored such as current fillings or crowns to ensure their continued functionality.
These examinations are often supplemented by diagnostic x-rays, which help detect tumors, cysts, bone loss and determine root positions. Overall, regular dental exams help ensure optimal oral health through prevention and early detection of many dental troubles.
Apart from the exam, your teeth are also cleaned during these regular visits, which includes polishing as well as dental scaling, or the removal of plaque and calculus (tartar). Plaque is a sticky, translucent film that forms on your teeth. It hosts bacteria that eventually causes gum irritation, inflammation and tooth decay, often resulting in gingivitis or periodontal disease. When this plaque is not removed regularly by habitual tooth brushing or flossing, it hardens and forms into tartar.
Thus, tartar is hardened plaque that is now firmly attached to the tooth’s surface. It is important to note that tartar can only be removed by a dental professional with special dental instruments. Lastly, your teeth are polished which helps remove any stains or plaque build-up.
Dental Exam and Cleaning for Children
Bringing your child to the dentist for the first time may be sooner than you think. As soon as your child has teeth, he or she can get cavities. Therefore, it is important to adopt good dental habits and develop a positive relationship with his or her dentistat a young age. Depending on their age, the application of fluoride may be offered or suggested by your dentist.
This is because fluoride has shown to prevent and in some cases, reverse tooth decay that is in its early stages of formation and is a common dental practice amongst children.
Digital Panoramic X Ray
A panoramic x ray is a two-dimensional (2D) dental x-ray that captures the entire mouth in a single image. It is most commonly used as a diagnostic tool to identify tumors, cysts, bone loss, root positions and the depth of tooth decay that may not otherwise be visible through a simple oral exam. It is also used to plan treatments such as partial dentures, braces, extractions and implants. Typically, those who get regular dental exams and cleanings will only require a panoramic x-ray every couple of years. However, depending on your medical and dental history, your dentist may suggest to take one more frequently. If you are a new patient, an x-ray may be taken at the initial visit to establish a baseline record for your file.
Many of our patients come in with tense joints in their jaws, frequent headaches and feel like there jaw can “lock” at times. With specific ways, our dentists are able to see if you are in need of a nightguard. A nightguard is a custom made appliance that helps immensely with the grinding and pressure we often put on our teeth and jaw bone every night. A nightguard insures a comfortable position for your muscles to stay in a relax position, therefor, a better night sleep and no stress on your muscles. Get ready for a goodnight sleep.
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Sealants are a great preventive measure for cavities in young children. With their molars growing in, they often don't get the brushing and attention they need. Molars have deeper grooves, therefore the risk of bacteria staying in those grooves are a lot higher, A sealant takes about 20 minutes to be put on the top part of the tooth.
Its a resin that will fill in the grooves and will stay there usually until they are teenagers, and then are able to care for their teeth better
The procedure for a dental filling is used to repair minor fractures or decay in the teeth, as a form of restorative dental treatment. A dental filling can help to even out the surface of the tooth and improve the function of the jaw for biting and chewing.
Many patients with tooth decay also suffer from sensitivity of the teeth due to loss of enamel, which can also be improved significantly with the placement of a dental filling.
A root canal is an endodontic treatment involving the removal of soft internal tissue, known as the pulp, located at the center of the tooth to prevent further damage or infection. It is usually a painless treatment, requiring 1-2 appointments depending on your dental needs.
A root canal may be required when a tooth has a very deep cavity, a fissure, a damaged filling or following an accident. All of these cases may lead to bacteria entering the tooth and infecting the pulp, thus resulting in inflammation, pain when chewing and/or insensitivity to hot/cold.
If your tooth is damaged but not lost, a crown (also called a cap) can be used to cover the damaged part of your tooth. A crown protects your tooth from further damage. Crowns can be made of different kinds of metals, porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.
They are strong and last for about 10 years, if you take good care of them. Brush and floss your crown, just like you clean your natural teeth.
You may need a crown if:
- You have a root canal
- You have a large filling in a tooth
- You have a broken tooth
- Your tooth is badly stained, not the right shape or out of line
Complete and Partial Dentures
There are two types of dentures: partial and full dentures. Both types are made in a dental lab, based on a mold (or an impression) of your mouth. A partial denture is also called a "removable partial denture" or a "partial." It is made up of one or more false teeth, and held in place by clasps that fit onto nearby teeth. You can take the partial denture out yourself, for
cleaning and at night. A partial denture may be used when nearby teeth are not strong enough to hold a bridge, or when more than just a few teeth are missing.
A full denture is also called a "complete denture" or "false teeth." It can be used when all your natural teeth are missing. Remember, you need to care for a denture as carefully as you would look after your natural teeth.
Dental implants are used to replace missing roots and support replacement teeth, which may be fixed to the implant(s). Implants are not for everyone. You must be in good general health, have healthy gums and enough bone in your jaw to support the implant(s). You must be willing to see your dentist or dental specialist several times until the work is done, and take very good care of your implant(s). In addition, implants can cost more than other kinds of replacement teeth.
It is normal for bone to shrink if it no longer has teeth to support. Because an implant sticks to bone, the bone is less likely to shrink. But if you have been missing teeth for some time, you may have lost bone.
A bone graft can build up the bone so it can support an implant. When a bone graft is done, bone is added to the area where your jawbone has shrunk.
If a tooth is lost, it is important to replace it with a false (or artificial) tooth as soon as possible. This procedure will prevent your remaining teeth from drifting out of line and causing other problems. A bridge is also called a "fixed bridge" or a "fixed partial denture." A bridge can replace one or more missing teeth and is held firmly in place by healthy teeth on each side of the missing one(s). You cannot take a bridge out. It is permanent.
Wisdom teeth Extraction
If your wisdom teeth are impacted, thereby preventing adequate oral hygiene, it's often best to have them removed. Teeth that erupt in an upright and functional position often don't need to be removed, as long as they cause no pain and aren't associated with decay or gum disease.
Teeth naturally darken with age and their appearance can be affected by the accumulation of surface stains acquired from the consumption of certain foods or drinks such as coffee, teas and wine as well as the use of tobacco products. Although teeth are not meant to appear completely white on their own, we offer two teeth-whitening treatment options that leave you with a whiter and brighter looking smile.
Both services use bleaching products that are peroxide-based, which help alter the color of your teeth. However, it is important to note that not all tooth discolorations respond to a whitening treatment depending on the cause of the discoloration. Individuals who are thinking about getting their teeth whitened should first consult with a dentist to determine whether a bleaching treatment will have the desired result. This step is especially important for clients with fillings, root canal treatments, crowns and or extremely dark tooth stains.
Meaning we do it in 90 minutes on our chair. Its a non painful, non invasive treatment that is quick and easy
Impressions are taken of your lower and bottom dentition. A custom tray is made specifically for your dentition. A few days later, the patient comes back to the clinic. A quick 15 minute visit with our professionals to show you how to use the product, et voila. We monitor the effects of the product 1 week after the first session in your home.
If we feel the need to whiten, we give you more products and will ask for an extra week to get the full potential. It is done while you sleep, so no one knows but us. Don't be shy to ask us for more details.
Veneers & Bonding
Bonding is a quick and painless way to repair chips in your teeth. Bonding uses a white plastic paste, called composite resin - a plastic that is semi-liquid at first, but that becomes hard and durable when cured with light.
This material can be tinted to match the colour of natural teeth and can also be contoured and shaped to resemble the missing part of a chipped tooth. It can be painted over a stained tooth, and it can make a fractured tooth look whole and perfect. Composite resin can even build up the size of teeth so gaps between them are reduced or eliminated.
Veneers are very thin acrylic or porcelain shells that are attached to the front part of the teeth. Like bonding, veneers can cover badly-stained teeth, chipped teeth, uneven teeth and large fillings.
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