Each of your teeth depend on the others to help you eat and speak. So, when one or more are damaged the health of the others may be threatened. It may become hard for you to chew, or the appearance of your smile may change. If you are having problems with one or more of your teeth, a crown can help restore your mouth to its normal function.
A crown (often called a cap) is an artificial cover that is placed on an individual tooth (somewhat like a thimble over your finger) to restore a decayed or damaged tooth to its normal shape and size. This procedure is often necessary when there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling. It is also useful for protecting teeth that are cracked or broken. A crown can also be used to change the shape of a tooth, to correct a bite or cosmetic problem, or to replace existing broken or poor fitting crowns. A crown may be made of gold, other metals or porcelain which makes them durable and strong, so replacements are needed less often. Call us to book an appointment to talk about a crown with no obligations.
Your child’s first set of teeth are called “primary teeth”. These teeth are important. They assist in a child’s chewing abilities and speech development. They also act as “space savers” in the jaw for the positioning of permanent teeth. Maintaining the health of their primary teeth may reduce the need for future orthodontic work. More importantly, a strong, beautiful smile helps your child to develop good self-esteem
Pola Office+, the world’s fastest bleach is the answer for those patients living busy lifestyles. Pola Office+ is applied by your dental professional while you sit in the dental chair. Absolute minimal chair time is required, the total treatment time will take less than 30 minutes. Pola Office+ contains 37.5% hydrogen peroxide so you get the fastest result.
As with Pola Office+, Pola Office is applied by your dental professional while you sit in the dental chair. You get whiter teeth instantly with Pola Office because of the extremely powerful peroxide. Pola Office contains 35% hydrogen peroxide and the treatment time is around 30 minutes.
Pola Day and Pola Night are take home tooth whitening systems. Both are spearmint flavoured, crystal clear gels that contain a unique blend of soothers, conditioners and water to reduce sensitivity. The gel is applied to custom made trays (similar to a mouthguard), that you wear when you want to: at night or any time during the day. Your dental professional will recommend the exact product to suit your teeth and lifestyle.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. Two types of dentures are available:
Complete Dentures – Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate”.
Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal. They are typically ready for placement 8 to 12 weeks later, so a patient may have to be without teeth for a period of time.
Immediate Dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. However, since bones and gums shrink during the healing process, they will require more adjustments to fit properly and they are less accurate in their initial fit. They should generally be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.
Partial Dentures – A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum coloured plastic base, which is connecting to a metal framework that holds the denture in place. Parial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. Call us to book an appointment to discuss which denture is right for you with no obligation.
INVISALIGN®: THE CLEAR ALTERNATIVE TO BRACES.
Invisalign® is a virtually invisible solution, so you can smile confidently both during treatment and after. Using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign® gradually moves your teeth toward the smile you’ve always wanted. And, almost no one will know you’re wearing them unless you tell them. Invisalign® is comfortable to wear and easy to live with. You visit your doctor every month or two to check your progression and get new aligners. Average treatment time is about a year. Because the aligners are removable, you can continue to eat your favourite foods. And you can brush and floss normally to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Many people incorrectly believe that Invisalign® is only effective in treating minor teeth straightening issues. But the fact is, Invisalign® successfully treats patients with moderate and sever conditions, including crowding, spacing, overbite, underbite, deep bite and open bite. Ask us how Invisalign® can work for you and we would welcome a visit to discuss this with you with no obligation.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come in and the ones least needed for good oral health. The third molars, or wisdom teeth, are called such because the develop when most individuals become adults (which is near 17 years of age). Because our jaws are smaller than our ancestors, our wisdom teeth may not have enough room to fit in our mouths properly. Therefore, problems may result if these additional teeth attempt to emerge. Most people have four wisdom teeth, one in each corner of the mouth and often they are impacted (trapped in the jawbone and gums). Cramped for room, these impacted teeth grow in many different directions and removal may be recommended by your dentist to prevent potential problems. Whether wisdom teeth cause your mouth harm depends on several factors, including the size of your jaw and how your wisdom teeth grow in. You may have no symptoms at all, but the other teeth in your mouth could be at risk for damage. Potential problems include infection in the gum, crowding displaces the next tooth, decayed wisdom tooth, poorly positioned wisdom tooth, or cyst destroys the bone. It is best to have wisdom teeth removed around 17 years of age because that is when they usually develop. Removal will be easier as the bone may not be as dense as in an older person and recovery will be faster.
The procedure for removal begins with an evaluation of your dental and medical histories. You may also receive two types of x-rays; a panographic x-ray which provides an overall view of your mouth and an intraoral x-ray which examines individual teeth. The removal can be done in our dental office. It is recommended that you do not eat or drink anything for at least 8 hours before the surgery. You may be given a sedative to help you relax or IV sedation so you can sleep through the procedure. If you have any concerns about your wisdom teeth, don’t hesitate to have a visit with us with no obligation.
Fixed bridges, quite simply, replace missing teeth to make chewing easier, improve appearance, and keep your teeth, gums and jaws healthy. Bridges consist of one or more replacement teeth attached to the natural teeth next to them. They are made of various metals, porcelain, or a combination of the two.
Often people underestimate the value of every tooth in terms of beauty, even those in the back of the mouth. Although the spaces created by these missing teeth may not be visible, they can cause a variety of problems and start a vicious cycle of destruction. In a normal, healthy mouth, your teeth have a natural balance. Each upper tooth contacts the corresponding lower tooth, allowing for a well-balanced chewing function. Losing a tooth quickly destroys this balance. Just one missing tooth can cause the position of other teeth to change – some teeth may tilt forward, or opposing teeth may move down. A missing tooth can also create spaces between your teeth, changing your bite and smile. These shifting, drifting, and tilting teeth can cause a variety of problems such as difficult or painful chewing (due to changes in your muscles, bones and joints), or abnormal decay areas (due to teeth that are hard to reach and keep clean) which accelerates periodontal (gum) disease. Generally, if the missing tooth is not replaced, more teeth may eventually be lost due to the improper forces exerted during chewing. If you think a bridge might be what you need, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we would be happy to visit with you with no obligation.
There are many reasons that a root canal may be needed, but the most common cause is the carious process (the uncontrolled process of tooth decay). When tooth decay begins, it penetrates the outer layer of the enamel and creates a cavity. If that process is not stopped, the decay will continue toward the nerve of the tooth. Other causes include a fracture that exposed the pulp, traumatic injury such as a blow to a tooth, a cracked or loose filling or repeated fillings in a tooth and occasionally from periodontal (gum) disease. Regardless of the initial cause, the tooth pulp becomes irritated and an abscess (infection) can occur. Bacteria from your saliva grow within the tooth pulp, causing pressure and pain. Eventually the pulp dies, causing the bone around the tooth to be destroyed. The sooner you get treatment the better: your risk of losing the damaged tooth is decreased, your pain can be relieved and your dentist may prevent infection from spreading further. Please give our office a call if you would like a visit to discuss root canal therapy with no obligation.
Missing teeth can compromise your health, eating habits, speech and appearance. Replacing missing teeth maintains the integrity of your facial structure and reduces the risk that the bone surrounding the previous tooth root will deteriorate or melt away. The preferred method of tooth replacement is dental implant treatment. Dental implants look, feel and function like your natural teeth. A dental implant is a small metal screw which is placed in the upper or lower jaw where natural teeth have been lost. They function like a natural tooth root. Implants are made from titanium. This isbecause living bone will bond permanently to titanium and your system will not reject your implant like other foreign bodies.
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, support a bridge to replace several missing teeth, support a bridge when all teeth are missing and provide secure fixation for a removal denture.
Give our office a call if you would like to discuss if you are a candidate for an implant with no obligation.