At your first dental visit a complete dental exam will be done by your dentist or Hygenist. At that time and at following regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include: Diagnostic x-rays, Oral cancer screening, Gum disease evaluation, Examination of tooth surfaces, Examination of existing restorations.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Professional dental cleanings (scaling, root planing and polishing) are done by Registered Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam by the dentist and: Removal of calculus (tartar), Removal of plaque, Teeth polishing.
Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Crowns & Bridges
A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
A fixed bridge is a dental restoration to that is fixed to surrounding teeth. The bridge fills (bridges) the gap left by the missing teeth, preventing the surrounding teeth from moving into the gap and becoming misaligned.
Composite veneers are a more cost effective, versatile, and less invasive alternative to porcelain veneers. They serve the same purpose, though instead of a cover being attached, the tooth is reconstructed through a build up of composite filling material. As well as serving aesthetic and functional purposes to the same degree as porcelain veneers, composite veneers are much more flexible and versatile because they can be repaired, altered or re-done at any time.
This means that the colour can be subject to change (if the surrounding teeth are either whitened or become darker), the shape can be changed (if the patient desires) and they can be polished if dull or discoloured. Composite veneers are commonly done in conjunction with restorations and/or repairs on the front teeth.
Porcelain veneers are thin layers of porcelain fixed onto teeth to enhance appearance, and in some cases, to protect the teeth. Veneers allow many patients to achieve a dramatic smile makeover without highly invasive treatments. The results are also durable, lasting 10-30 years.
Veneers typically require 2-3 appointments. The first is a consultation to determine the desired look, and plan the shape of the veneers to achieve it.
Dental composite resins are types of synthetic resins which are used in dentistry as restorative material or adhesives. Synthetic resins evolved as restorative materials since they were insoluble, aesthetic, insensitive to dehydration, easy to manipulate and reasonably inexpensive.
When decay rots away enamel, the resulting space is called a cavity. Left untreated, the decay will eventually cause extensive damage to the tooth, and potentially cause the root to be infected. However, if the cavity is caught early, your dentist can treat it with a simple filling, typically in one appointment.