A night guard is a dental appliance that is recommended to be custom made for your teeth by a dental professional rather than bought over the counter. This will allow the maximum comfort and protection for your teeth. There are many reasons why a dentist would prescribe a mouth guard to a patient. These include:
Protection of the teeth, tongue and cheeks during sports and high-impact activities.
Protection of the teeth from night time and/or daytime grinding or clenching.
BAD BREATH (Halitosis):
Known professionally as halitosis, bad breath is a common concern for people every day. Most cases of bad breath can be remedied with your daily oral hygiene and your regular visits to your Dentist for a thorough examination and hygiene routine. However, in some cases, halitosis can be chronic or recurring in which case your Dentist will advise you on other specific treatments required ex. antibacterial mouth washes and/or toothpastes etc.
It's highly recommended by the College of Dental Surgeons that you see a general dentist for routine dental examination and cleaning twice a year. This will allow early detection of of cavities and/or oral lesions. It's important to remember that general dentistry is as much about prevention as it is about treatment.
Dental sealant is a material that is placed on the chewing surface of the permanent back teeth as a preventative measure. The first dental sealant to be placed is usually on the fissure of the first permanent molar tooth. Once the chewing surface of the tooth has erupted completely beyond the gum, your Dentist will recommend this for your child.
Fissures on these teeth can be very difficult to clean, therefore, sealants help protect them from bacterial and acids that we know contribute to tooth decay.
For years, dental x-rays have been used to diagnose oral health complications and detect decaying or damaged teeth. X-rays provide an in depth view of the teeth, gums and bone that isn’t possible with just a visual exam alone. Routine check-up X-Rays are recommended at least once a year unless otherwise recommended by your dental professional. These x-rays will allow your dentist to prescribe effective treatment and recommend a plan for preventative care.
An extraction means to have a tooth removed, usually due to disease, trauma or crowding.
If you need an extraction, your dentist will first numb the area to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction, your dentist or dental professional will advise you of what post op instructions to follow and likely prescribe pain medication and/or antibiotics if required. You are always welcome to call our office with any questions or concerns.
Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are dental restorations designed to be natural in appearance. These tooth-coloured fillings are bonded to teeth, and appear more natural than amalgam/silver fillings. They can be used to fill in decayed areas of the teeth, as well as to help repair chipped or broken teeth. Due to the advancements in dental technology and composite fillings, they are now commonly used in Dentistry.
Dentures are not only an effective but also an affordable way of replace missing teeth. Composed of a durable plastic resin and sometimes porcelain, both partial and full dentures can be fabricated to look and feel natural. In selected cases, your Dentist will work closely with a Denturist in order to fabricate your denture appliance for you.
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that are more extensive than dental fillings. They are fabricated in a dental lab and are made of gold, porcelain or resin depending on the patient's needs and aesthetic goals. An inlay refers to a restoration that is formed to sit and fit the center of a tooth, whereas an onlay refers to a restoration that encompasses at least, one cusp of the tooth. Both inlays and onlays are bonded to the surface of damaged teeth and matched to the color of the surrounding teeth.
A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium metal. An implant is inserted into the jawbone replacing the root of the natural tooth. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place and then a crown is mounted atop the implant for a long-lasting and natural looking smile. Many dentists and patients prefer dental implants because they offer the same function as natural teeth and also help prevent bone loss in the jaw. Dental implants may be used to replace a single missing or damaged tooth or to restore an entire smile.
Like a bridge, partial dentures rest on surrounding teeth to fill in the gaps where one or more teeth are missing. But unlike a bridge, partial dentures are fully removable. Partials are affordable alternatives to other types of dental prosthetics. Just like dentures, it's important to remember that it takes time to adapt to new partials and few visits to your Dentist or Denturist will be required.
Root canals are valuable dental procedures used to treat and preserve teeth with infected roots. The pulp is the live portion of the tooth that extends into the roots and contains nerve endings and tissues. When it becomes infected, patients can experience pain, and swelling. In some cases, antibiotics are prescribed to help prevent further infection within the tooth until root canal treatment is completed.