We offer a number of services to help maintain a fresh, healthy and beautiful smile.
From preventative measures and exams to dental implants, restorations and cleanings, we provide many services to keep you looking and feeling your best.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns, also known as caps, can be used to restore the function, appearance and shape of a damaged tooth. A crown is a hollow, artificial tooth that is placed over a damaged tooth to restore and protect it from any future damage.
Crowns may be needed if you have a root canal, large filling or broken tooth.
Bridges use crowns to replace missing teeth. Bridges are artificial teeth anchored in place by neighbouring teeth. The bridge consists of an artificial tooth that sits between two crowns, that anchor it onto the teeth to either side of it. A bridge is a long-term dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth. Bridges use adjacent teeth or dental implants to anchor the artificial tooth.
Oral Cancer Exam
Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer among men, and yet, is usually detected late in its development.
Regular examinations are essential for early detection and prevention. Oral cancer exams are a routine part of the dental examination.
Your dentist will feel for lumps in your neck, head, face and mouth and look for any sores or discoloured tissue in the mouth.
Implant Supported Restorations
A dental implant is an artificial root that is used to support a replacement tooth or teeth. A small titanium post is placed into the jawbone. In time, your natural bone will integrate with the post and it will act as an anchor for one or more artificial teeth.
In general, candidates for dental implants must be in good general health, have healthy gums and enough bone in their jaw to support the implant. Patients must take very good care of implants and schedule regular follow-up appointments.
To see if dental implant surgery is for you, please ask for details on your next visit.
Complete and Partial Dentures
Whether you are missing teeth due to tooth decay, injury or periodontal disease, there are many denture options available to you.
Complete and partial dentures are removable, prosthetic teeth that are used to replace your natural teeth. Whether you require complete dentures to replace all of your teeth or partial dentures in cases of only a few missing teeth, we can help restore your smile.
Replacing teeth benefit your appearance and your health.
Implant-retained dentures are dentures that are held in place by implants. These implants are small metal posts anchored into the jawbone. Several months after implant placement, a denture will be made that will firmly attach to the implants.
Implant-retained dentures are highly effective at providing secure dentures. They offer many benefits including a greater self-confidence from a more natural looking smile and greater comfort with eating, laughing and speaking.
If you currently wear dentures and have discomfort, pain or difficulties chewing, implant-retained dentures could be the answer for you.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums and jawbone, ultimately leading to a loss of gums and teeth.
There are two major stages — gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the milder and reversible form. With periodontal disease, the bone loss is irreversible and the inflammation is often more severe.
Gum surgery is required in serious cases of periodontitis to slow the effects of the disease. Surgery can include removing a part of the gum that is no longer attached to the tooth. Grafting healthy tissue from the palate (the roof of the mouth) to a less healthy area of gum will improve the condition of the recipient site.
Non-surgical gum disease treatment is available through the use of a laser. Dental hygienists first eliminate the soft debris and calcified materials on the root surfaces. This is known as scaling and root planning.
A laser’s focused light is then used to kill disease-causing bacteria and promote healing of the gums. The laser’s light can also help revitalize the area by increasing circulation and collagen formation at the bottom of the periodontal pocket.
This treatment is minimally invasive and can often be used with no anaesthesia.
Lasers are also used for minor gum surgery and treatment of cold sores and canker sores.
Restorative procedures are treatments and techniques used to restore the optimum form and function of damaged, diseased and missing teeth. Teeth are structurally damaged by untreated dental decay, excessive wear and trauma.
Restorations fall into two categories of direct and indirect restorations.
- Direct restorations are completed one appointment. The teeth are shaped to best retain the restoration and a compatible material is chosen and applied. Tooth-coloured composite filling are made this way.
- Indirect restorations are usually completed over a couple of appointments. The teeth are shaped and an impression or mold is taken of the teeth. The final restorations are fabricated in a laboratory and are made to be an exact fit. Onlays, crowns and bridges are made this way.
Root canal procedures are sometimes necessary if the tooth is substantially damaged from decay or trauma. Such a “root-canal-treated” tooth can be successfully restored for many years by placing an indirect crown on it.
All restorative procedures are designed to optimize the functional and aesthetic result. The health of the supporting bone and gums is always considered in the treatment plan, just as the colour selection and characterization of the final restoration are carefully reviewed.
Proper oral care is an important component of an overall healthy body. Oral diseases, like all other diseases, need to be treated. Because periodontal disease can be detected early, it can be treated early. Seeing your dentist regularly is the first step in proper dental hygiene.
Regular dental exams and cleanings are the best way to prevent problems from arising or from getting worse. Oral disease often goes unnoticed, and only dentists have the expertise to diagnose and treat tooth decay and gum and oral disease.
You can also help to keep your mouth in tip-top condition by:
- brushing your tongue and teeth at least twice a day
- using a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste
- flossing everyday
- using a fluoride or antimicrobial mouthrinse to prevent cavities and gum disease
Poor oral health can cause pain, infections and tooth loss affecting the way a person speaks, acts and socializes. Regular examinations and thorough oral care can prevent these risks and maintain a healthy mouth.
We know that a healthy mouth is an important part of a healthy body and having great oral care starts at an early age.
The dentist’s chair doesn’t have to be scary. It can be fun and playful! From the very first visit we teach kids how to keep their smiles clean and healthy. From how to brush and floss their teeth, to what foods strengthen their teeth and how sugar attacks, we set kids up with life-long habits to keep their mouths clean and smiling!
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