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Through general and restorative dentistry procedures, our dentists can diagnose and treat dental issues relating to the health and function of your smile. This often includes the treatment and repair of broken, infected, or damaged teeth, gums, and oral tissue.

Our dental office is also proud to offer comprehensive family dental care to patients of all ages, from young children to senior citizens.

Dentists Committed to the Oral Health of Every Member of Your Family

Our family dentists are committed to the oral health needs of every single member of your family. By scheduling routine examinations and professional cleanings for your children, they are likely to develop habits that will help to ensure the beauty and function of their teeth over the course of their lives. On the other hand, if your teeth have experienced wear, our dentists can help keep your smile natural looking and beautiful, regardless of age, decay, or past trauma. We can restore tooth damage, treat discomfort, and help prevent further complications.

Convenient Family Care

Best of all, while the members of your family may need different dental solutions, all can be conveniently treated at the same location. Although some patients may eventually need other, specialized care from an oral surgeon or other specialists, our family dental practice is a great starting point for comprehensive dental care.

Schedule an appointment with us today, or browse our services to learn more about our dental office.

Restore decayed or worn down teeth with dental crowns. Sometimes, teeth, which have had root canals, large fractures, or extensive fillings, require a dental crown. A dental crown is a protective shell or “cap” that fits over an original tooth or replacement post to restore function and aesthetic appeal. Today crowns can be made to look like natural teeth.

First, our dentist will gently anesthetize the affected tooth and surrounding gums. We will then prepare the tooth for the crown and make a mold of it. The permanent crown to be fitted on the tooth is made at a laboratory, and usually takes two weeks to complete. In the meantime, you will wear a temporary crown, until the permanent dental crown arrives at our office and can be carefully cemented into place.

Dental crowns are often used in conjunction with other dental procedures such as dental bridges and dental implants.

If you have worn-down or cracked teeth, and would like to explore the benefits of dental crowns, contact our office today.

 

Quite often the larger teeth at the very front of your mouth can be stained, broken, or damaged, lending a generally unattractive appearance to your smile. This can easily be corrected at our dental office with dental bonding.

Our dentist will apply a durable resin material to the affected tooth using a high-intensity light to adhere and harden the resin to your tooth’s surface. The bonded resin is then sculpted to fit your tooth and finely polished to give it a natural appearance.

Composite resin comes in many shades so that we can match the most accurate colour to your natural teeth.

If you have small gaps between your front teeth or chipped, cracked, uneven teeth, you may be a candidate for dental bonding. This procedure is also for patients who have discoloured teeth, or experience gum recession or tooth decay. Contact our office to learn more about this simple yet affective dental procedure.

Do You Have Gaps in Your Mouth from One or More Missing Teeth? Do you find that your missing teeth hinder your chewing and speech ability, and affect the overall appearance of your smile? Over time, even more dental problems may arise and your teeth and bite may become misaligned.

At our dental office, dental bridges are used to fill in the gaps where there are missing teeth and to restore the function and appeal of your smile.

During a dental bridge procedure, our dentist will recontour and reshape the teeth on either side of the gap in your mouth. Dental crowns will be made to fit these teeth, and a natural-looking prosthetic tooth will be custom-crafted in a lab to fill the gap.

Once the dental bridge has been crafted, our dentist will cement it securely in between your healthy teeth, leaving you with the same support and appearance of all-natural teeth.

A dental bridge procedure is often combined with other dental treatments for patients in need of a full smile makeover.

If you think dental bridges could benefit your smile, or if you would like more information about dental bridges by our dentists, contact us today.

Even with daily brushing, harmful bacteria can enter a tooth creating a cavity that needs a dental filling. In fact, 90 percent of adults worldwide get cavities, so it’s no surprise that most people have received a filling at some point in their lives. Dental fillings repair the damage caused by cavities, prevent further decay from taking place, and help you restore your teeth’s structure and strength.

Receiving a filling is generally a quick process. Our dentist may apply a local anesthetic when filling a tooth to make sure you are comfortable. The cavity will be cleared away to accommodate the composite resin (a restorative adhesive material) that will make up your filling. Fillings are multi-layered, and are hardened at each layer with a specialized light. When the process is completed our dentist will shape the filling and polish the tooth for a seamless fit.

Not only do dental fillings restore decaying teeth, but they can also be used for cosmetic purposes by improving the colour or shape of teeth. Tooth-coloured fillings are virtually unnoticeable, making them a great method for both strengthening the composition of your teeth and conserving your smile’s natural look. Contact our office today for a dental check-up to see if you could benefit from dental fillings.

Dental implants are a great solution for one or more missing teeth and are often a lasting and effective solution for replacing missing teeth to regain both function and the aesthetic appeal for a fuller, more natural smile.

In essence, tooth implants serve as artificial roots for replacement teeth. Once the artificial titanium root is carefully inserted into the jawbone, it is left to heal for three to six months to create a strong foundation for the artificial tooth. Next, a natural-looking replacement tooth is crafted to place on the implant. Once the procedure is complete, you’ll be left with a replacement tooth that looks almost as real as a natural one.

If you would like to find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, or want to learn more about the tooth implant procedure at our office, please contact us for more information.

Are You Self-Conscious Because You Have Multiple Missing Teeth? Dentures, often called “false teeth” are replacement teeth that sit on top the gums and fill in the gaps wherever natural teeth are missing. Denture teeth are made from durable acrylic resin and are custom crafted to fit an individual’s mouth. They may offer a faster and more affordable alternative to dental implants for patients who are missing multiple teeth.

If all of your teeth are missing, our dentist can fit you with dentures that consist of a full set of replacement teeth. These full dentures will help restore your chewing function, improve speech, and create a more natural, aesthetically pleasing smile.

If you’re only missing a few teeth, partial dentures can be fabricated to fit in amongst your remaining natural teeth. They serve the same function as full dentures. Both partial and complete dentures are removable.

Dental bridges are also used to fill in the gaps where there are missing teeth and to restore the function and appeal of your smile. Dental bridges are not removable.

During a dental bridge procedure, our dentist will recontour and reshape the teeth on either side of the gap in your mouth. Dental crowns will be made to fit these teeth, and a natural-looking prosthetic tooth will be custom-crafted in a lab to fill the gap.

Once the dental bridge has been crafted, our dentist will cement it securely in between your healthy teeth, leaving you with the same support and appearance of all-natural teeth.

Whether you need dentures or a dental bridge, our dentist would be happy to help you with your needs. To discuss affordable options and other family dentistry treatments, contact us today.

When a cavity is small enough, a traditional drill and filling may not be required. In these cases, freezing is also not required. Our dentist will use a tool with air & sand abrasion to remove the cavity. It is known as a KCP. This is also a solution for small children who need a small cavity taken care of.

If you think you may have a cavity, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Are your irregular gums negatively effecting the appearance of your smile? Healthy, pink gum tissue is an asset to, and frames our teeth. Aesthetic framing of the teeth by our gums is as important to the teeth as a frame to a beautiful painting. Tissue in the gums that is red, swollen, or asymmetrical distracts from the positive appearance of otherwise healthy teeth.

The first priority is to restore the gum tissue to a healthy state. That is, any inflammation must be reduced, and the tissue returned to a normal, pink colour. Once this is achieved, the shape and contour may be evaluated.If necessary, our dentists will work with you to achieve a natural, subtle appearance to your gums. This simple procedure will leave your smile looking healthy and symmetrical.

Contact us today if you think your smile could benefit from gingival recontouring.

The rapid palatal expander appliance (RPE) al so known as a hyrax appliance is used in cases where there is crowding of the teeth or an underdeveloped upper jaw. It is an appliance that is temporarily bonded to the teeth. The bonded appliance only covers the outside and inside edges of the posterior teeth, and has a small expansion screw in the middle. During time of growth the RPE appliance is used to widen or develop the upper jaw by separating the midpalatal suture, to create more room for teeth.

The use of an expander is most common in children who have a mixture of adult and baby teeth to treat crowding due to a narrow archform. Children are young enough that skeletal growth is still taking place. The procedure allows for creation of more space into which adult teeth can erupt. Use of a palatal expander is often followed by braces to straighten out all the teeth now that room has been created.

The RPE usually remains in the patient’s mouth for approximately 4-9 months, but this timeline may vary. The appliance is turned once a day, creating an expansion of .25 mm usually before bed with periodic trips to the dentist for observation.

The RPE may take a few days to get used to. Chewing, swallowing and talking may seem awkward. Your mouth or nose may be sore or tingly, or you may have a slight headache. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help you feel better. In about a week or so, you may see gaps between your teeth. That’s a sign the expander is working. Patients may also experience extra saliva and a lisp (pronouncing the letter S as a T sound) or a slight hissing “S” sound.

When the palatal expander is first removed, patients usually report that their mouth feels extremely big and spacious. The end result is always a satisfied one.

Contact us for more information on this appliance. See if this is an option for your child.

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The surface of your teeth isn’t flat, but is made up of edges and grooves called pits and fissures. One method of preventing cavities and decay from developing in these often hard-to-clean areas is to seal them off with a special sealant.

Similarly for older patients, in an effort to counter receding gums that result from aging and an increase of decay-causing bacteria, we offer a clear, anti-bacterial coating that can be applied to the surface of the teeth to help prevent root decay before it starts.

If you haven’t been seeing a dentist regularly or are looking for a new team of professional dentists, please contact us for more information.

Dental inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair mild decay or damage in rear teeth. They can also be used to repair cracked teeth in place of a dental crown if the damage is not too substantial. Since dental inlays and onlays can be made from durable tooth-coloured porcelain, they offer a much more enduring and natural-looking result than metal fillings.

Dental inlays can be used to replace old or damaged metal fillings, or to treat damage that lies between the cusps of the teeth or in the centre of the tooth. A dental onlay, however, is used to treat tooth decay that extends to one or more of the cusps. Essentially, both inlays and onlays are the same type of restoration placed differently, depending on the location of damage in the tooth.

Both inlays and onlays are placed in much the same way. First an impression of your tooth is taken and a temporary inlay or onlay is placed over the tooth after the tooth is shaped and the damaged tooth is removed. The impressions are sent to a dental lab where the inlay or onlay is created to match your tooth’s specifications. Once it is ready, the temporary inlay or onlay is removed and the permanent restoration is carefully placed over your damaged tooth. The entire procedure usually takes two dental visits to complete.

Visit us today or contact us to find out how dental inlays and onlays may be able to enhance your smile’s health and appearance.

Invisalign® is a fairly new type of teeth alignment technology that can straighten crooked, crowded, or spaced-out teeth with a series of clear, plastic aligners. Each aligner, which is typically switched out bi-weekly, is formed to fit each patient’s unique dental profile, gradually shifting each tooth into a correct and aesthetically pleasing position. Invisalign® braces are usually worn from 4 to 12 months to achieve results.

Invisalign® aligners must be worn around the clock for most effective results, but can also be removed to eat, drink, brush your teeth, or for special occasions. Best of all, the most obvious advantage of Invisalign® invisible braces is their invisible, discreet appearance, so you can retain confidence in your smile during the entire process.

A night guard is an appliance fabricated from acrylic to cover the biting surfaces of the teeth. Although night guards can be soft or hard, and cover either the upper or lower teeth, their function is to prevent the biting surfaces of the teeth from coming into contact. A Night Guard is a simple affordable solution for protecting your teeth and jaw from the detrimental effects of Bruxism. Bruxism is the grinding or clicking of teeth which can cause the breaking or wear of teeth and or dental restorations.

Night guards are prescribed and most beneficial for people who grind their teeth, also used commonly in cases where there are a large number of crowns or other restorations, new or older, existing in the mouth. Night guards also help prevent TMD, dislocated jaw, and many other clenching disorders.

Night guards are constructed of a moldable hard plastic that comfortably fits over your upper or lower teeth. The design creates a cushion between the upper and lower teeth that absorbs the force of grinding. Night guards can be fabricated with our help.

Night guards take two visits to the office. On the first visit an alginate impression is taken of your upper and lower teeth. These impressions are then sent to a dental laboratory to be fabricated. On the second visit the night guard is adjusted for optimal fit. These appliances are custom fit to your mouth only and will not fit others.

If you think you grind your teeth, please contact us to have one of our dentist take a look.

Nitrous Oxide is an inhalational gas that can also provide the level of comfort that you may be looking for during dental procedures. People tend to experience a state of euphoria under the influence of Nitrous Oxide, which is why many people call it “laughing gas”. The gas levels can easily be adjusted to create the desired effect.

Find out more on relaxing at the dentist click here. If you are interested in using Nitrous Oxide during your visit please talk to your dentist.

An integral in ensuring lifelong oral health. At each checkup and cleaning get an oral cancer screening. One every 3 years, Vizilite oral cancer screening is used as an additional screening tool. During a screening, our dentist or hygienist will inspect the soft tissue of your mouth to make sure you don’t have any abnormalities or lesions.

Our dentists will also counsel you on the importance of preventive oral care, and educate you on what you should look for when inspecting your own mouth for irregularities.

Wisdom teeth are the final molars to erupt and grow into the mouth. They function in the same way as your other teeth, however if they become infected or if your mouth becomes crowded, your wisdom teeth may need to be removed.

One of our dentists will assess whether your wisdom teeth should be removed, and if so, schedule an appointment or refer you to a trusted oral surgeon. They will also discuss what to expect, and answer any questions or concerns you may have prior to your surgery.

If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort due to eruption of wisdom teeth, contact one of our dentists today.

Orthodontics involves the use of corrective appliances, including braces and retainers and other techniques, to straighten crooked teeth and/or repair an irregular bite.  Correcting these issues early on can be beneficial to prevent further misalignment of your teeth, and improve the overall appearance of your smile.

Our dentists will evaluate your bite and make recommendations for orthodontic options appropriate to you. For our younger patients, we will continuously monitor the bite as it develops, and recommend referrals to orthodontic specialists when necessary.

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Orthodontics Do’s and Don’ts

Often, teeth that are cracked, chipped, crooked, or badly discoloured can be corrected with porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are highly durable, thin porcelain shells that permanently bond over the front surface of your natural teeth leaving you with an attractive, natural-looking smile.

Before inserting your porcelain veneers, our dentist will carefully buff and shape your teeth, gently removing a micro-thin layer of enamel. Next, we will make a mold of your teeth to make sure that your teeth veneers fit perfectly over your natural teeth, and send your impressions to a laboratory to be custom created. We will then place and permanently bond your porcelain veneers, giving you a sturdy and beautiful new smile.

One of the best features of porcelain veneers is that because they are made of porcelain that is much like the enamel of your natural teeth, they look completely natural and won’t stain or change colour over time. Since porcelain veneers are translucent, they allow light to be absorbed and then reflected off of the dentin of your natural teeth. It is this luminescent effect that make porcelain veneers almost indistinguishable from natural teeth.

To learn more about how our dentists can help you attain a natural-looking smile with porcelain veneers, contact us today.

During a dental checkup or examination, our dentist will check your teeth and the health of your entire mouth. This assessment can include:

  • X-rays to determine whether tooth roots, fillings, and the structure of the jaw bone are in good health
  • oral cancer screening to detect any abnormalities or pre-cancerous lesions
  • plaque removal and polishing of the teeth
  • periodontal examination to look for gum disease which may manifest in gum discolouration, swelling, and “pocket” areas where the gums pull away from the teeth
Have you been experiencing great discomfort in one of your teeth? Sometimes if you have a cavity, a deeper crack in your tooth, trauma to the tooth, or a leaking restoration, the soft tissue inside the canal of your tooth called dental pulp may become infected or abscessed, leading to great discomfort and pain. You may also experience severe sensitivity to cold and hot food and liquids accompanied by spontaneous throbbing. This condition can only be treated with what’s called root canal treatment.

During root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, a dentist will gently anesthetize the tooth, and carefully clean, disinfect, and fill the interior of the affected tooth to prevent any other bacteria from entering. To return the tooth to its functioning capacity, the last step of root canal therapy consists of restoring the tooth with a tooth-coloured dental crown.

If you are experiencing severe tooth pain and suspect you might need root canal treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact us immediately or click to request an appointment online.

In recent years, extreme cosmetic procedures have been introduced to us through television shows and marketing campaigns. This has increased the public’s knowledge in respect to the possibilities of dental or medical procedures that can help improve one’s appearance.

Smile makeover procedures could range from a simple whitening treatment to more comprehensive restorative treatments that make drastic changes in the aesthetics of a smile. Although there are many procedures to choose from, great care must be taken to formulate the proper treatment plan to ensure long-term stability and beautiful results. Often this involves consultations with an orthodontist, periodontist (gum specialist), or an oral surgeon.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding smile makeovers, please contact us and set up a consultation appointment with one of our dentists.

Do you wish your teeth were whiter and brighter? Tooth discolouration can be caused by a multitude of factors including smoking, aging, the consumption of certain antibiotics during the development of teeth, and consumption of staining liquids such as red wine, cola, coffee, or tea.

Your beautiful, pearly white smile can be restored with simple tooth-whitening procedures. Our dentist will first check your teeth to make sure you don’t have any underlying dental diseases, and then discuss and recommend the best kind of tooth whitening for your specific dental goals.

You will be given a special teeth-bleaching gel and bleaching tray, similar to a thin mouth guard, to be worn overnight or during the daytime in the comfort of your own home. Results can be achieved in as little as three days.

If you are looking to achieve immediate results, our Philips Zoom whiteSpeed in-office treatment delivers dramatic whitening in less than an hour. Thanks to adjustable intensity settings for maximum comfort, 99 % of patients experience little to no sensitivity with WhiteSpeed. Completely customizable, and convenient.

Both whitening options come with custom trays, and free whitening for life. Each check-up, and cleaning visit, the patient will receive one free syringe of whitening material.

Often, patients like to combine teeth-whitening with other cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental implants or porcelain veneers for a dramatic transformation. If you would like to find out more about the kinds of teeth whitening offered at our office, please contact us today.

Healthy gums make for healthy teeth! Periodontal disease happens when plaque buildup causes inflammation and swelling of the gums. If left untreated, this can cause damaging effects such as gum recession and tooth loss.

At our dental office, we use a variety of treatments to help prevent and treat periodontal disease. If you show signs of periodontal disease, a scaling instrument is used to remove plaque and calculus above and below the gum line. This procedure is often accompanied by root planing – cleaning roots and periodontal pockets below the gum line.

When periodontal disease has progressed further, special sub-gingival irrigation may be used to remove bacteria from underneath the gum line.

Periodontal disease is often painless and requires a dental examination to detect and diagnose. It is often linked to uncontrolled diabetes, and can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and pregnancy complications.

The best way to prevent periodontal disease is through a personal periodontal maintenance program with one of our hygienists.

Periodontal treatments are helpful in preventing disease and restoring your gums to a healthy state. If you are experiencing any discomfort or bleeding of the gums, don’t wait for things to get worse. Contact one of our dentists today.

Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by pauses (apneas) in breathing during sleep, each pause causing one or more breaths to be missed repeatedly. Use of a dental appliance for snoring may improve your symptoms, and can be created with two visits to our office.

Because the pauses in breathing take place during sleep, you are often unaware of even having this disorder, thus making it hard for sleep apnea symptoms to be detected Long-term health problems may result from untreated sleep apnea so you should seek medical attention if you experience daytime sleepiness or extreme fatigue. Our dentists screen patients who are at risk for sleep apnea and will refer you to a trusted specialist when treatment is needed.

If you think you may have sleep apnea disorder, contact our dental office and book an appointment for a screening with one of our dentists today.