Regular check-ups and good oral hygiene form the foundation of lifelong dental health. During your cleanings, a hygienist will examine you for signs of gum disease and decay to catch problems early.
We use tooth-coloured fillings made out of a silicon dioxide-filled plastic mixture called composite resin. Our office has not used amalgam fillings for years, as tooth-coloured fillings have silver mercury have advanced significantly from 20 years ago and don’t have to do so. We’ll find the best color to match your natural teeth, so only you and your dentist will know about your fillings. But colour isn’t the only advantage to composite resins. The tooth/composite bond actually supports the remaining tooth structure, insulating against temperature changes. Medium and small composites can last 10 to 15 years. (For larger fillings, we recommend crowns to support weakened tooth structure.)
Emergencies don’t always happen when your dentist’s office is open and most hospitals/emergency rooms no longer have dentists on staff. So, what do you do if your tooth gets knocked out, fractured, or chipped after hours? We handle dental emergencies 24/7, which means our team is there for you when you need us most.
Root canals are necessary when the soft tissue in a root canal becomes inflamed or infected because of decay, cracks, chips or dental injury/trauma. Root canals help save teeth and prevent patients from needing extractions and dental implants. If left untreated, pulp infections can lead to abscesses, which can be very painful and at times dangerous.
Pain when chewing, temperature sensitivity, discolouration, swelling and lymph node tenderness are some signs that a patient might have a pulp infection. Do not wait for the pain to become severe before seeking treatment.
If you’re self-conscious about cracked, broken, decayed, or worn teeth, we can bring back your healthy, natural-looking smile with dental crowns (also called caps). A crown can return structure, strength, and function to a tooth with extensive decay or damage. Designed to fit naturally and function as a healthy tooth, a crown protects your tooth from further damage.
There are a lot of crown materials available, which can be overwhelming and confusing for patients. We primarily use all ceramic crowns to create an incredibly natural smile! Porcelain crowns are also extremely durable and long-lasting. These benefits make them popular with patients.
Typically, we can design, create, and place your crowns in just a couple of appointments. Once a crown is placed, you care for it as you do your natural teeth. Brushing twice a day and daily flossing will help protect against decay and breakdown. It is so important to see us for professional cleanings and a preventive exam.
Once our team determines that you are a good candidate for a night guard, we custom-make one for your mouth. A professionally made night guard has a better fit and offers more protection than store-bought models. When your dental night guard is in place, you can sleep soundly and know that, even if you do grind your teeth, they will be protected.