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Preventive Dentistry: Cleaning

What happens during a dental cleaning?
First, your x-rays will be taken to assess if there are any underlying cavities or issues in your mouth. Next, one of our Registered Dental Hygienists will scale your teeth, polish them, and apply fluoride if necessary. By the end of the appointment, you’ll be leaving the practice with pearly whites and a goodie bag with your own toothbrush, toothpaste and floss 🙂

Can dental cleaning damage teeth?
Dental cleanings do not damage the enamel on your teeth! Cleanings safely remove the calculus (aka: tartar) and bacteria that builds up around teeth and under the gums. Bacteria, that if not removed, can cause gum disease.

How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
You will usually hear that you should get your teeth cleaned twice a year. But the truth is everyone is different 🙂 What may be regular for you, may not be for someone else. Some regulars come every three months, others six.

Preventive Dentistry: Routine Check-ups

After your cleaning, a dentist will perform your routine check-up. They’ll look for signs of teeth grinding, tooth decay, tooth infections, malocclusions, and more; basically any issues that can potentially cause problems or discomfort currently or in the future.

 

 

Preventive Dentistry: Sealants

What is a sealant?
A dental sealant is a thin, resin coating painted on the biting surface of a tooth. Sealants are applied on the grooves of molars and premolars.

Who needs dental sealants?
Sealants can be applied to anyone at any age. They are usually reserved for growing children whose teeth are transitioning from baby teeth to adult teeth. The first permanent molars usually erupt around age six. During this time, new adult teeth are susceptible to getting cavities because the tooth itself is young and not highly mineralized. This is a perfect time to apply sealants!

Preventive Dentistry: X-rays

What is a dental X-ray?
Dental radiographs (x-rays) are used with low-levels of radiation to capture images of your teeth and their surrounding structures.

How often is it safe to have dental x-rays?
Everyone is different and x-rays are taken for various reasons. Depending on the patient’s needs, x-ray intervals can range from 12 to 24 months. Dental x-rays are deemed safe for children and adults because they have extremely low radiation exposure. You receive more radiation on flight to Europe!

Restorative Dentistry: Fillings

What happens during a filling?
Dental fillings are placed in decayed teeth. First, the decayed portion of your tooth is removed and cleaned. Tooth-coloured resin is then placed and shaped to mimic your tooth. The resin is then cured, trimmed and polished to make sure your bite is right.

How long do fillings last?
The lifespan of fillings depends on how well you maintain your oral hygiene and routine check ups. On average, fillings can last anywhere from seven to 12 years before needing replacement.

What types of fillings are there?The most widely known filling materials are white and silver. We use a variety of filling materials depending on what the tooth requires.

Restorative Dentistry: Crowns

What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is not your typical crown 😉 It’s basically a cap for a damaged tooth. A crown restores and protects the tooth from further damage.​

How long does a dental crown last?
Most crowns last between 10 and 15 years before needing to be replaced or repaired. They are strong and durable but nothing lasts forever.

 

Restorative Dentistry: Bridges

What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge uses a false tooth that is held in place by abutment teeth on either side of the gap…”Bridging the gap”.The pontic can be made out of porcelain, gold or metal.

What happens during a dental bridge?
Teeth on either side of the gap will be prepared. Then impressions of your teeth will taken and sent to a dental lab, where they fabricate the bridge. A temporary bridge is placed in your mouth, while waiting for the final bridge. Once received, we cement it in 🙂

Restorative Dentistry: Dentures

What is a denture?
Dentures are prosthetic appliances fabricated to replace missing teeth, and are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity.

What are the different types of dentures?
There are various types of dentures, the main ones are made out of acrylic or metal. Which one we recommend, will depend on the prognosis of the remaining teeth in the mouth.

 

Orthodontic Dentistry: Orthodontic Braces

What are orthodontic braces?
Dental braces use brackets and wires to straighten and align your teeth and bite. It uses gentle pressure to move your teeth to the desired position.​

What are the benefits of braces?
It fixes gaps, crowding, crooked, missing or protruding teeth. A bad bite and unaligned teeth can cause multiple dental problems, so it’s best to fix them as soon as you can. With new technology, it’s never too late to correct your bite.​

How long does an orthodontic treatment take?Every mouth is different, and each case will be different. On average, orthodontic treatment can take anywhere from 18 to 24 months. A full assessment is done to recognize any issues that may increase or decrease treatment time

Orthodontic Dentistry – Invisalign

What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a brand of clear aligners used to align your teeth.

What happens during an Invisalign treatment?
We will first take diagnostic records like xrays and photographs, then your teeth and bite will be 3D scanned to formulate a treatment plan. Once confirmed, the aligner trays are digitally fabricated and customized to your teeth and bite. You will be given a series of trays that you have to change once every 7 to 14 days. Each tray will incrementally move your teeth.

What are the benefits of clear aligner treatment?
Aside from beautiful straight teeth, here are a few benefits:

  • Aligner trays are invisible!
  • Trays are made of smooth plastic making clear aligners much more comfortable than traditional metal braces.
  • Safe and removable

Periodontal Dentistry: Gum Grafts

What is grafting?
Gum grafts (gingival grafts) are performed to restore receding gum lines.

What happens during gum grafting procedure?
A piece of healthy gum tissue in your mouth is transferred to an area where gum tissue is deficient.

Does gum grafting hurt?
The procedure is usually performed in under an hour and is painless with the help of local anesthesia. There is some mild discomfort post procedure, which can be aided with over the counter pain medication.

 

Restorative Dentistry: Deep Cleaning

What is deep cleaning?
“Deep cleaning” is actually called open flap debridement. The procedure consists of cleaning the roots of your teeth by pulling back a section of your gums.

When do you need deep cleaning?
Deep cleaning is necessary when gum disease has damaged the underlying bones that support your teeth.

Restorative Dentistry: Dental Implants

What is a dental implant?
Dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium that acts as an anchor for your replacement tooth. It’s inserted into your jawbone and the procedure takes less than an hour. ​

Does getting a dental implant hurt?
Local anesthesia will numb the nerves surrounding the dental implant area. You may feel pressure at times, but it should not cause you discomfort.

 

Surgical Dentistry: Wisdom Teeth Removal

What are impacted wisdom teeth?
Impacted wisdom teeth are third molars at the back of the mouth that don’t have enough room to erupt or develop normally.

Who can remove wisdom teeth?
Impacted wisdom teeth can be positioned near integral nerves, which is why we recommend removing them by an oral surgeon. 

What happens if impacted wisdom teeth are not taken out?
If you don’t have your wisdom teeth removed, a partially erupted wisdom tooth can lead to bacterial infection called pericoronitis. Meanwhile, a wisdom tooth that doesn’t erupt can lead to the development of a cyst which can damage bone or gum tissue.

 

Surgical Dentistry: Impacted Teeth

What is an impacted or ectopic tooth?
Similar to impacted wisdom teeth, an impacted tooth has for some reason, been blocked from breaking through the gum. An ectopic tooth is when a tooth breaks through the gum, but is not in the right position, causing issues to surrounding structures.

What are the symptoms of an impacted tooth?
Oftentimes, impacted teeth cause no obvious symptoms and are only discovered during a routine X-ray at the dentist’s office.

 

Endodontic Dentistry: Root Canals

What is a root canal?
It’s the process of removing infected or injured dental pulp from inside the crown and roots of a tooth.

What happens during root canal therapy?
The root canal(s) will be disinfected, shaped and filled with a natural rubber-like material called gutta percha.

Does root canal treatment hurt?
Local anesthesia will be administered prior to the procedure to minimise discomforts. About 5-10% of patients do experience post-operative flare ups.

TMJ Dentistry

What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint, “which is the delicate joint on either side of your head that connects your jaw to your skull.

Can TMJ go away naturally?
Minor TMJ discomfort will usually go away without treatment. However, anyone with the following TMJ symptoms should consider an evaluation to prevent or avoid future issues. It is not normal to have constant or repeated episodes of pain or tenderness at the TMJ or in and around the ear; or discomfort or pain while chewing.

TMD Dentistry

What is TMD?
TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder, which refers to a number of different issues that can cause issues with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).TMD refers to all the conditions that may affect the functionality of the joint. .

How long can TMD last?
Acute TMJ symptoms and signs may last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks and then disappear after the injury or cause of discomfort has resolved. For a chronic TMJ condition, the symptoms can be ongoing with episodes of sharp and/or dull pain that occur over an extended period of time (months to years).

 

Cosmetic Dentistry: Veneers

What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are very thin shells that are attached to the front part of your teeth. They are made from either porcelain or composite resin.

What are the benefits of dental veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a lot stronger than composite resin veneers, and they don’t change color nor stain.

 

Cosmetic Dentistry – Whitening

What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening involves applying varying concentrations of bleaching agents to teeth, in order to whiten them. All products we use are FDA approved.

What are the different kinds of teeth whitening treatments?
You can whiten your teeth: in-office and/or at-home. An example if in-office treatment includes products such as Opalescence Boost and Zoom! Whitening. At-home treatments include fabricating custom whitening trays or over-the-counter Crest Whitening Strips,

Is teeth whitening bad for your teeth?
All the products we use are FDA approved. In some cases you may feel some tooth sensitivity. Not to worry, it’s transient and only usually lasts 24 hours.

 

Emergency

Accident? Cracked tooth? Toothache? Swelling? Infection?

We’ll see you ASAP.

Preventive

Preventive dentistry is dental care that helps maintain good oral health. It’s a combination of regular dental check-ups along with developing good habits at home like brushing and flossing. Some preventative dental procedures are:

Restorations

The purpose of restorative dental treatment is to restore damaged teeth or replace missing ones. Our goal is to save and make them look, feel and work like a natural tooth.

Orthodontics

Orthodontics deals with the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws, and misaligned bite patterns. There are many ways to do this. Here are a few:

Periodontics

It’s not just about your teeth…the surrounding gums and bone are equally as important! They are the foundation of the teeth. The goal of periodontal treatment is to prevent, maintain, restore and treat any diseases of the supporting structures of the teeth.

Surgical

There are many types of surgical dental treatments we perform. Usually, people understand it most when it comes to teeth extractions. Extractions are usually done as a last resort if teeth cannot be saved; or can be done preventatively before problems arise…like pesky wisdom teeth pain.

Endodontics

“Endo” is the Greek word for “inside” and “odont” is Greek for “tooth.” Endodontic treatment refers to procedures performed inside of a tooth. Or known better as root canals.

TMJ

Pain or tightness around your jaw when you wake up in the morning? Clicking in your jaw? Headaches? You could be suffering from the common problem of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction.

Cosmetic

Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance of teeth, gums and/or bite. It primarily focuses on improvement in dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size, alignment and overall smile appearance.