Dentistry Services

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Orthodontics

“MTM” stands for “Minor Tooth Movement” – a process for aligning upper and/or lower teeth requiring minimal movement. MTM® Clear•Aligner uses a series of clear, comfortable, removable plastic aligners to achieve rapid results. It’s the virtually undetectable way to improve your smile.

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The term “invisible braces” may be used to refer to either “clear braces” or “lingual braces”. Clear braces are similar to regular wire braces except that the brackets are made of a clear material instead of metal. Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth so they are not easily visible. Both clear braces and lingual braces are attached to your teeth, and removable only by your orthodontist. 

MTM® Clear•Aligner is fully removable, making it easier to eat, brush and floss.

Because MTM® Clear•Aligner treats cases requiring only minor anterior tooth movement, you can often achieve your desired outcome more quickly than with full orthodontic treatment, sometimes in as little as 3 to 6 months.

Each case is different, so individual costs will vary. However, MTM® Clear•Aligner typically costs a fraction of other aligner options or full-mouth braces (both wire and clear). Your dental health professional can offer you a comparison of the alternatives that may be right for you.

Teeth whitening

Products developed from carbamide peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, and urea (substances found in every human cell), should be used cautiously to alleviate concern. Those who have issues are the ones who don’t follow instructions and overuse the products for months or years.

Typically you can expect whitening to last from six months to two years, although some studies report results lasting up to 10 years. Avoiding red wine, coffee, and smoking—all of which can cause staining—helps preserve the results.

In simple terms, no. Any sensitivity caused by the whitening goes away within one to two days after the treatment, and the patient returns to the state of sensitivity he or she had prior to starting the whitening process.

Tooth whitening has little or no effect on restorative materials such as porcelain or crowns, but it may temporarily reduce the bond strength between enamel and composite restorations. This is why it’s a good idea to check with your dental professional before beginning any course of tooth whitening.

Night guards

Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth, but don’t remember when the injury occurred, damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack, and even break. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, we recommend a dental appliance called a night guard. A custom-fitted nightguard protects your teeth from grinding and clenching in your sleep. We take great care in making sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Do you suffer from headaches? If so, you may find that a side benefit of your night guard is headache prevention. Many headaches start during the night, caused by the extreme pressure generated as you grind and clench your teeth. Ask us about having a nightguard custom created for you.

Most of our customers who follow our instructions carefully have no problem with the fit and comfort of their night guard. Usually, it only takes a few nights to become accustomed to wearing one.

IT IS USUALLY MORE UNCOMFORTABLE NOT TO WEAR ANYTHING. DENTAL NIGHT GUARDS ARE DESIGNED TO REDUCE AND RELIEVE SYMPTOMS OF BRUXISM AND TEETH GRINDING.

Usually, it takes few days getting use to wearing night guard at night.

Dental VEneers

Veneers are thin shells made of tooth coloured materials (either from porcelain or tooth-coloured plastic filling materials) that are custom made and bonded to your teeth to improve their appearance (changing the colour, shape, size or length).  Porcelain veneers are usually made in the lab and are more resistant to staining compared to veneers made of tooth coloured filling material.

Getting a porcelain veneer is usually a 3 step process.  The first step is to get a consultation with the dentist.  At this visit, you can outline your concerns with the dentist, and he or she will explain how veneers will work for you.  The dentist may prescribe X-rays or take moulds of your teeth.  The second step is to prepare the tooth for the veneer.  A small amount of tooth structure is removed and an impression is taken.  The dentist will then place temporary veneers.  At the third appointment, temporaries are removed, and the final veneer is bonded to your tooth.  In the case of veneers made from tooth coloured filling material, this is a one appointment process in which the dentist will remove a small amount of tooth structure and bond filling material to your teeth.  This type of veneer is not as long lasting and doesn’t resist stain as well as a porcelain veneer.

Typically, a veneer lasts approximately 5-10 years.  They do not require any special care other than regular brushing, flossing and visits to the dentist

Typically, a porcelain veneer costs between $800-1500 per tooth but consult with your dentist to get an accurate cost.

Root Canals

Root canal is an endodontic therapy. Root canal therapy is necessary when the pulp (aka “nerve”) inside the tooth becomes irreversibly damaged or infected. This irreversible damage is a result of combined injuries that occur over the life of the tooth (decay, trauma, multiple restorations). Root canal therapy is the removal of the entire pulp throughout the root canal system (a tooth can have several roots and a canal or two within those roots), the cleaning and shaping of the canal system, and filling the canals with a polyester synthetic root canal filling and a dental sealer.

Do you have any of the following symptoms?

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold that lingers
  • Discomfort when chewing or biting
  • Dull ache or severe pain
  • Discomfort that wakes you up at night
  • Your dentist has diagnosed the need for endodontic treatment either by clinical exam or x-ray

If you answered yes to any of the above, you might very well need a root canal. Please call and schedule for an evaluation.

Be aware not all teeth that are in need of root canal therapy will cause pain. It is possible to be pain-free and still need a root canal.

The single most important benefit of root canal therapy is that you keep your tooth. Extraction may lead to other dental problems. For instance, drifting of teeth, bite problems, TMJ discomfort, and the need to treat adjacent teeth that do not otherwise need dental treatment in order to restore the missing tooth. No matter how effective modern tooth replacements are – and they can be very effective – nothing is a good as your natural tooth.

With modern techniques and varied local anesthetic solutions it is rare to have any sensation in the tooth during treatment. For the first few days after treatment, It is normal for your tooth to be sensitive to biting. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications in order to control normal post-treatment discomfort.

Composite Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings have a few distinct advantages over traditional silver (amalgam) fillings. The biggest advantage – and the reason that many patients and dentists prefer them to metal fillings – is the fact that once they are placed, they so closely match the color of your own natural tooth enamel that you are unable to tell the difference. This is particularly important when you need a filling in a tooth that is easily visible. Tooth-colored fillings allow us to fill your cavities without discoloring your teeth.

Another advantage of white composite fillings is that they require less tooth prep than metal fillings. Metal fillings are held in place mechanically, so the area around the cavity must be shaped in a way that keeps the filling securely in place. Composite fillings are made of a putty-like substance that is placed in layers and then, upon curing, actually binds with the material of your tooth. This means that we only have to remove the decayed portion of your tooth, preserving more of your natural tooth structure, which we think is always a good thing!

Finally, because tooth-colored fillings are made of resin instead of metal, the material doesn’t expand and contract in response to temperature change, reducing or even eliminating the risk of your filling becoming loose or falling out.

Your comfort is extremely important to us, so before we begin filling your cavity, we’ll take steps to make sure that your tooth is numb so that you don’t feel a thing.

Once you are comfortable, we’ll begin by carefully removing the decayed portion of your tooth. One of the features we love about composite resin fillings is that we don’t have to remove as much healthy tooth material as we do with amalgam fillings, which allows us to preserve more of your tooth.

After the area has been cleaned and sterilized, we’ll start applying the filling in layers, curing each layer as it is applied. This allows the material to actually bond with your tooth, holding it in place securely and significantly reducing the risk of the filling falling out later.

Once the entire cavity has been filled, we’ll gently scrape away any extra filling material and then polish the tooth so that the filling blends in perfectly with your enamel. When the filling is complete, it’s highly unlikely that even you will be able to tell where it is!

We prefer to avoid invasive procedures whenever possible, which means that unless your silver fillings are causing you problems, there’s no reason to remove them. If you do happen to develop a new cavity, we will fill your cavity with tooth-colored composite filling. We will also check your fillings at each examination to make sure that they are in great shape. If we find a problem, we’ll let you know right away and discuss your options.

Dental Implants

We prefer to avoid invasive procedures whenever possible, which means that unless your silver fillings are causing you problems, there’s no reason to remove them. If you do happen to develop a new cavity, we will fill your cavity with tooth-colored composite filling. We will also check your fillings at each examination to make sure that they are in great shape. If we find a problem, we’ll let you know right away and discuss your options.

If a patient is missing a tooth or a series of teeth, a dental implant may be suggested. Missing teeth can cause a number of problems, including difficulties chewing or eating.

Once these patients get dental implants, they no longer have to struggle with gaps caused by missing teeth. These people feel more confident in their smile and can attend social functions without fear of uncomfortable situations. Dental implants give patients a beautiful smile, more confidence, and the ability to resume eating solid foods without worry.

No one, not even you, will be able to tell you have a dental implant. Implants are made to feel completely natural in the mouth. The dentist matches the color and shape of your other teeth to the implant. The only way to discover a dental implant involves a radiograph to show the metal that replaced the root of the tooth.

Dental implants last upwards of forty years if taken care of properly. They often last a lifetime for patients that regularly brush, floss, and follow the dental recommendations made at their check-ups. While a dentist cannot guarantee the long-term success of a dental implant, the dentist can provide guidelines and suggestions to better care for your teeth. These suggestions are based on proper hygiene procedures, your own genetic history (including diseases that run in your family), and your nutritional habits. Following the recommendations put in place by your dentist ensures the implant has the best chance to last the rest of your lifetime.

Periodontics

Periodontal disease is known as gum disease and it often starts out with the buildup of plaque at the gum line. If this plaque isn’t removed by flossing and brushing, it will gradually harden into “tartar” and continue building up even further, becoming harder and harder to get rid of. When this plaque buildup gets infected, the gums become irritated and swollen. This is called gingivitis and it’s the first step to periodontal disease, which must be prevented early because it can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and tooth loss.

Your dentist will begin by examining the area in need of treatment. They look for any bone loss, gum receding, jaw dysfunction, loose teeth, and other signs of periodontal disease. You might need to get an x-ray, if necessary. There should be little to no pain during this step and it allows your periodontist to select the best treatment option for you. Once they have a diagnosis, they can thoroughly explain to you the treatment options and answer any questions that you may have. Your dentist wants you to leave with a thorough understanding of of your situation and what will be done to restore the health of your mouth.

This is a complicated question. Every patient is different and the cost of treating periodontal disease depends upon the type of problem, the complexity of the treatment, and the length of time it will take. Usually a dentist needs to conduct an examination in the initial visit. However, sometimes further diagnostics are needed. Once the dentist completes the examination, they are able to finalize a treatment plan and fee based on your situation.

This is another complicated question based on your individual insurance policy. Many plans do provide partial or even full coverage of periodontal treatment. Please remember to bring all of your insurance information with you to your appointment so that your periodontist may get started right away.

Same Day Crowns

Dental crowns serve a functional and aesthetic purpose. From a functional perspective, dental crowns help protect a natural tooth that is flawed such as being chipped. Dental crowns are natural-looking and match the appearance of your other teeth so it blends in effortlessly to give you a flawless smile.

Dental crowns are most commonly needed due to:

  • A decayed tooth
  • A broken tooth
  • Severe discoloration of a tooth
  • A chipped tooth
  • A tooth isn’t long enough and/or looks different than the surrounding teeth
  • Cover a dental implant

CEREC same-day dental crowns use CAD/CAM technology (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) to create crowns in only a few hours. First, we use a special camera to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth which is then transferred and displayed on a color computer screen. Next we use CAD technology to design the restoration while you wait. Once the restoration is designed we bond the new crown to the surface of the old tooth. And this entire process takes only 1 hour!

  • CEREC technology eliminates the need for multiple visits to the dentist office to get your permanent dental crown
  • Saves you lots of time as same-day crowns with CEREC take about 2 hours
  • No temporary crown – you get your permanent crown in your first visit
  • CEREC dental crowns are created from a thick, durable block of porcelain that is able to withstand wear and tear
  • Natural-looking crown that matches your other teeth

CEREC same day crowns last just as long as porcelain crowns. Typically, dental crowns can last anywhere from 5-15 years. Many crowns end up needing replaced due to a cavity forming underneath the crown. To increase the longevity of a dental crown it is best to practice good oral care such as brushing and flossing twice per day and getting two regular dental check-ups and teeth cleanings per year.

Dental crowns are typically covered because the procedure is necessary to maintain good dental health, such as a supporting a weak tooth or repairing a cracked tooth. But dental insurances and policies can vary so it is best to call your dental insurance provider to find out if your dental plan covers the full or partial cost of dental crowns.

Children's Dentistry

Children’s teeth begin forming before birth. As early as 4 months, the first primary (or baby) teeth to erupt through the gums are the lower central incisors, followed closely by the upper central incisors. Although all 20 primary teeth usually appear by age 3, the pace and order of their eruption varies.

Permanent teeth begin appearing around age 6, starting with the first molars and lower central incisors. This process continues until approximately age 21.

Adults have 28 permanent teeth, or up to 32 including the third molars (or wisdom teeth).

Please permit us the time to develop rapport with your child. After the first visit, we ask that you encourage your child’s independence and allow us the privilege of bringing your child from the reception room to the dental chair alone.  Our experience and research shows that children do better unaccompanied with the hygienist, assistant, and dentist than with a parent present. Allowing the dentist and assistant to focus primarily on the child as a whole, which enables them to gain the child’s trust and provide the best treatment in “kids-time” (quickest time:since kids prefer to be in and out of the dental chair) without any distractions.

Tooth brushing is one of the most important tasks for good oral health. Many toothpastes, and/or tooth polishes, however, can damage young smiles. They contain harsh abrasives, which can wear away young tooth enamel. When looking for a toothpaste for your child, make sure to pick one that is recommended by the American Dental Association as shown on the box and tube. These toothpastes have undergone testing to insure they are safe to use.

Remember, children should spit out toothpaste after brushing to avoid getting too much fluoride. If too much fluoride is ingested, a condition known as fluorosis can occur. If your child is too young or unable to spit out toothpaste, consider providing them with a fluoride free toothpaste, using no toothpaste, or using only a “pea size” amount of toothpaste.

Dental Cleanings

Yes. During a cleaning, our hygienists will remove the layers of plaque and tartar from your teeth. Caused by bacteria, plaque inflames the gums. Without treatment, this inflammation may cause the gums to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets at the gum line. When bacteria invade these pockets, patients report sore, red gums that bleed easily and bad breath. Loose, and even lost, teeth often accompany untreated gum disease. A routine cleaning can safeguard your smile against this serious and widespread disorder.

Yes. Removing plaque also helps erase minor teeth stains. A cleaning involves polishing the teeth, allowing you to obtain smooth, aesthetically pleasing teeth. Plaque also increases the risk of halitosis. A simple cleaning freshens your breath by removing the presence of plaque from your smile.

A standard dental cleaning or prophylaxis can range between $60 and $250 depending on the patient and insurance company. It is typical to receive an exam by the doctor and x-rays at a dental cleaning appointment so additional expenses should be expected.

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