Good oral health affects your long term oral health. Plaque and tartar build up on your teeth and below your gums. Long term build up can cause gum disease. Gum disease is a risk factor for illnesses such as diabetes, stroke, pneumonia and heart disease. Unhealthy gums can also cause bone loss in your jacausing teeth to become loose. Getting regular teeth cleanings by our trained dental hygienists can help prevent this.
A filling is recommended when your dentist detects a cavity. There are many filling materials available depending on the size of a cavity, however the most commonly used is a white filing material so that a natural appearance is achieved. Smaller cavities are can be filled directly inside the mouth in one convenient visit, where as larger cavities may require a different material and be completed in two visits. If a cavity is not repaired it will continue to grow and will become painful. This can lead to a root canal or tooth loss.
A crown is a restoration that provides full coverage of your tooth (think of it as a cap on your tooth) and is used to help strengthen a tooth that is prone to fracture either due to an existing crack, or a large existing filling. It is also useful in restoring teeth that have had a root canal. A crown is matched to the shade of the rest of your teeth in order to give a natural appearance. A crown aids in keeping the jaw and bite aligned, prevents shifting of other teeth, and bears the forces from biting and chewing.
A bridge is used to replace one or multiple teeth. It is usually anchored to the teeth on either side of the space. The teeth being used as anchors usually have crowns placed on top of them as well. A bridge commonly consists of a fake tooth (or teeth) in the centre and have crowns attached on either side. The entire bridge is cemented in place and the fake tooth (or teeth) sits on top of the gums to give the illusion of a real tooth, or multiple teeth emerging from the gums. Bridges come in various materials such as porcelain (matched to the shade of your existing teeth) or gold.
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is attached to the front side of your tooth to improve esthetics such as spacing, alignment, and discolouration. They are usually made out of porcelain or white filling material in order to match the shade of your natural teeth.
How your teeth fit together can affect your oral health and function greatly. Teeth that do not fit together properly (due to crowding, spacing, early loss of teeth, etc) are harder to clean, are at risk for tooth decay and periodontal disease, and can cause stress on the chewing muscles leading to headaches, TMJ issues, as well as neck, shoulder, and back pain. Orthodontics (braces) can help alleviate all of this and at the same time give you a beautiful smile! We have an in house orthodontist to take care of all your needs whether it is providing conventional orthodontics, Invisalign, and so much more!
When bacteria enters your tooth by either deep cavities, cracks, or older fillings, it can reach the nerve inside your tooth and cause an infection. When the nerve of your tooth becomes infected a successful root canal lets you keep the tooth rather than having it removed. If left, an infected nerve can cause severe pain, swelling, and the infection can spread which can be extremely painful and dangerous. The infected nerve is cleaned, sealed, and filled therefore alleviating any pain.
Your natural teeth help you bite, chew, maintain your mouth and jawbone structure, and so much more. This is why it is a dentists first priority to save and repair your natural teeth. However, we understand that sometimes a tooth extraction is unavoidable. We will ensure that your extraction is as comfortable as can be and will guide you through every step of the procedure as well as post care instructions.
Dentures are used as replacements for people who are missing most or all of their teeth. They are made of a flesh coloured acrylic base which fits over the gums and artificial teeth are inserted into the base. In most cases they are removable and are taken out at night. There are two types of dentures – partial and complete. A partial denture rests on either a metal or acrylic framework and attaches to your existing teeth by metal clasps. A complete denture has an acrylic base and is used when you are missing all your teeth. In some cases, an immediate denture can be inserted directly after having teeth removed therefore never having to be without teeth. Implant supported dentures are also an option that provide a more stable, functional denture.
A dental implant can replace one or several teeth, and can also be used for full or partial removable, or permanent dentures. An implant is an artificial root made out of titanium metal that is placed in the jaw to mimic the root of a natural tooth. A crown is attached to the implant and matched to the shade of your teeth in order to look like a natural tooth. The implant acts as the anchor to hold the crown in place. An implant is the closest treatment option available which functions like a real tooth. Implants come in the form of single implants (to replace one tooth), an implant supported bridge (to replace several teeth), or an implant supported denture (to replace all or most of your teeth).
Most whitening agents contain bleach to help get rid of external stain on your teeth leaving you with a whiter, brighter smile. There are many different methods of teeth whitening, and it is important to consult with your dentist which method is best for you. We offer custom fitted whitening trays molded to your teeth and provide you with whitening kits to take home. Please remember bleaching should be done under the care of your dentist.
A custom fitted sports guard protects your teeth from damage, reduces the chances of sustaining a face, neck, or head injury such as a concussion, as well as aids in talking and breathing. A custom fitted sports guard even fits over braces and other dental restorations. After taking molds of your teeth, the sports guard is made on site at our office. A custom fit ensures the very best protection and comfort while playing. If you have children who play contact sports, it is very important to have a custom fitted sports guard made for them.
You can’t plan for an emergency. Whether your child falls and hits their tooth, you have an unexpected toothache, or anything in between, we offer same day dental pain and trauma management.