How do I know when it is time to come in for a check up?
The time-span between check ups can vary greatly with each individual, according to their current state of dental health. For example, an average healthy adult patient typically benefits from a professional cleaning and check up every six months. While twice daily brushing and daily flossing go a long way towards maintaining a healthy mouth, it is wise to check for plaque that has hardened into tartar (calculus), requiring professional cleaning to avoid gum disease (gingivitis). On the other hand, a patient who has been treated for gingivitis may require more frequent visits to keep the situation under control and prevent further trouble. In addition, gingivitis (and periodontitis) are the major causes of bad breath and has been associated with an increased risk in heart disease. When you visit our office, we will establish an appropriate treatment plan for you based on the findings of our comprehensive oral examination.
What makes you different than any other practice I might visit?
Our practice is set apart by our attitude: about treatment, technology, and about patients. First of all, we treat you just exactly as we would treat our own family members, considering your needs first, listening to your concerns, thoroughly examining all aspects of your dental health, and carefully explaining everything to you. Only then do we determine the proper treatment strategy for your particular situation.
Our practice is also set apart by the high level of technology that we have invested in to help us carry out procedures comfortably, effectively, and efficiently. You will have to come in and see for yourself! We look forward to meeting you.
Crowns and Veneers... can you tell me more about these procedures?
With today's technology, materials, and advanced techniques, we have many options for restoring weak, broken, chipped, or discoloured teeth bringing your smile back to it's original (or better!) shape and function. For unattractive front teeth, we can create pretty, natural shapes and shades by applying paper-thin porcelain veneers to the fronts or beautiful life-like porcelain crowns to the whole tooth.
For example, we can apply an all-porcelain crown to cover the entire outside of the problem tooth. Crowns are also helpful to cover large areas of decay.
Veneers are similar to crowns but mostly only cover just the front of the tooth. They are generally used on front teeth that do not have any prior restorations and either the shape or colour needs to be changed.
What exactly is a Dental Implant?
It is simply a small titanium post, inserted into the jawbone below the gum surface at the location of the missing tooth. As the bone integrates to the post, it forms a secure foundation on which your restoration, or artificial teeth, are then attached . Since they are permanently anchored in the jawbone, implants' stability and permanence restore your ability to speak and eat normally, supply support to facial musculature, and eliminate the inconveniences and discomforts of ill-fitting prostheses.
My gums bleed when I brush my teeth. Should I be concerned?
Bleeding gums are never a good sign! Bleeding gums may be caused by improper, rough, "scrubbing" instead of gentle, circular brushing motions; using a hard-bristled tooth brush instead of a soft one; plaque and/or tartar build-up below the gum line; or gum sensitivity due to gingivitis or periodontal disease.
Are you a family dentist?
Everyone from the very young to the mature enjoy their dental visits. It is important to start dental hygiene at a young age so no negative habits are formed. In addition, when a child enjoys their visit, any potential fear is eliminated. From children to great-grandparents, everyone is welcome and treated with respect.
Do you have emergency appointments?
Of course emergencies are welcome! Please call and we will schedule you promptly to evaluate your particular emergency.