In most cases, when you first come in to see us after setting an appointment, the first interaction will involve an exam. This could be a complete new patient exam, a specific exam that is limited to a particular concern or an emergency exam.
It is not possible, in certain cases to avoid the drill for removing tooth decay. This is done using a revolutionary material called ADF (Silver Diamine Fluoride) that causes ions to precipitate into the tooth structure and heal / harden the decayed tooth structure. This can then be restored by any white cosmetic dental restorative material.
Diagnostic Imaging (Dental X-Rays)
Tooth Pics to get a tooth fix!
Various X-rays including but not limited to Periapical, Bitewing and Panoramic Radiographs help in diagnosing and treating Oral Diseases.
Dental Decay Management
Depending on the extent of tooth decay, management can be conservative / preventive, or corrective / therapeutic / invasive.
In its most initial stage, the “white-spot lesion”, simple fluoride application can do the job.
Deep fissures on chewing surfaces can be surgically / restoratively made shallow to discourage plaque accumulation.
Once small cavitation has, they can be restored after removing the decayed tooth structure or even after using SDF to heal the decay.
Larger cavities may require larger restorations or even Root Canal Treatment (RCT) followed by Crowns.
If a tooth is at appoint of no return, it will need to be extracted and replaced by either an implant, a bridge or a denture.
Preventing Oral Disease
Proper brushing, regular flossing ad periodic visits to your dentist can help prevent tooth decay.
Once in a while, you might want to use a plaque disclosing agent to check the efficiency of your brushing & flossing.
It is also a good idea to clean your tongue and some toothbrushes have a tongue scrubber incorporated on the back of the head that has the bristles.
Gum (Periodontal) Disease Management
Dental Plaque is the common cause for both decay and gum disease.
While effective brushing, flossing and dental visits work effectively for preventing dental decay and gum disease, gum disease can present in various levels of severity.
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Good manners and Bad Breath can be a difficult combination. Foul Breath can be caused by various factors. Most importantly, many people who suffer from bad breath are not aware that they suffer from it. In many cases people do not speak to them about it for the fear of being perceived as rude. Mostly, is either due to build-up of bacteria or certain foods. Talk to us about it, we can help you
Root Canal Treatment
A natural tooth in the mouth is worth two artificial ones!
If at all possible, it is always better to save your tooth from departing by way of extraction.
A root canal treatment relieves your pain and when duly followed by a crown, prevents tooth loss by restoring structure and function.
Cosmetic Dentistry (including White Fillings)
The role of teeth in our lives requires all dental treatment to be designed to achieve both therapeutic and aesthetic objectives.
From restorations and whitening to tooth replacements and orthodontics, all treatments in modern dentistry are both aesthetically and functionally driven.
One of the reliable ways to restore tooth structure is the protective covering / cap called “crowns”.
This involves reducing the tooth to a smaller size and then restoring / covering it with a crown that protects the tooth that it covers.
Laughing Gas for Anxiety
If you are known or expect to be anxious for your next dental visit, consider opting for Nitrous Oxide / Laughing gas. A safe, fast and dependable strategy to allay most anxious patients including children.
White teeth are always in style but as with everything else, too much of anything could have detrimental consequences.
Snoring / sleep apnea
Snoring is potentially an indicator of underlying, much more serious sleeping disorder called sleep apnea, where breathing actually stops multiple times during sleep resulting in a variety of conditions that could result in daytime sleepiness, focus issues and even serious cardiac and other life shortening conditions.
Time to say Goodbye? When decay or gum disease reaches a point of no return, a tooth / teeth may need to be extracted. While saviours of the dentition don’t fancy this procedure, it remains very commonly practiced and can be undertaken in a painless way in most cases. Some complicated cases might need a lightly more invasive surgical procedure as well as sedation, both of which are regularly undertake at our office.
Using Dental Benefits Beneficially
Insurance or Dental Benefits can work in two ways – help you meet your oral health goals or prevent you from reaching them!
If you let your plan coverage limit the oral care you receive, you might be letting your oral care drop below your individual need levels.
However, if you prioritize your needs and let the benefits help you get there, you are more likely to have a higher level of oral health and function.
Remember, Oral Health is the Gateway to Overall Health.
Missing Tooth Replacements
Once a tooth (or teeth) is lost for any reason, it can be replaced with either a dental implant (a tooth for a tooth), a fixed partial denture (bridge) or a removable partial denture.
A single tooth implant is a “tooth for a tooth” solution that does not take any more space as did the natural teeth. It is the first line of treatment to replace missing teeth where indicated.
A denture on the other hand, takes up more space than natural teeth.
A bridge involves cutting down the teeth adjacent to the space left by the lost teeth.
When all teeth have been lost, they can be replaced by either implant retained fixed / removable complete dentures or just conventional removable complete dentures.