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Dental Procedures

Bonding

Covering the tooth surface with a composite material to repair and/or change the color or shape of a tooth.  Bonding is often done on front teeth to repair staining or wear.

Bridges

A bridge is a dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. It extends across an area that has no teeth and is typically made up of an artificial tooth (pontic) fused between 2 crowns (abutments). A bridge is permanent and cannot be removed.  If the patient has healthy teeth on each side of a missing tooth (or teeth), the dentist files down the 2 healthy teeth to prepare them for the bridge.    A model is made from an impression in which a bridge is constructed to custom fit the patient’s mouth.    If the patient does not have healthy teeth or enough teeth to support a bridge, then dental implants may be recommended.

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CEREC Techology

We are proud to provide CEREC® 3-D Technology to our patients in need of restorations. The CEREC® system has revolutionized the dental field by meeting the needs of our patients in a more convenient manner. Gone are the days where the patient must return for multiple visits to complete a restoration. CEREC® Technology can design, fabricate and place a ceramic restoration in just one visit! Also with this new system, the need for temporaries or impressions has been eliminated.  A digital 3D camera creates a digital image, replacing the more traditional impression.

The computer-aided design (CAD) software enables us to design and create a precise restoration specific to your dental needs. These highly durable restorations can also be color-matched for a more natural looking smile. Through the use of this new technology, we can save more of the healthy tooth structure in our patients while giving them beautiful, tooth-colored restorations that are metal-free and durable.

CEREC® is a registered trademark of Sirona Dental Systems.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry generally refers to dental treatment that improves the appearance (and often the function as well) of a person’s smile.  Treatment may involve improving the color of teeth through whitening or bonding or changing the size and shape of teeth through various procedures, including the placement of veneers.   

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Crowns

If a tooth has extensive decay and/or damage, a crown can be used to restore its shape, appearance and function and protect if from further damage.   There are various types of crowns. Porcelain Crowns are strong and durable. With custom shading and fit they look and function very much like a natural tooth.  Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM) Crowns are restorations fabricated with metal covered by porcelain.

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Dental Hygiene Treatment

The dental hygienist reviews the health of the gum tissues and bone surrounding the teeth.  Any plaque and tartar that has accumulated on the teeth is gently removed by scaling.  Following the scaling, polishing paste is applied to remove any stains on your teeth and then a fluoride rinse is given to help protect your teeth from decay and sensitivity.

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Dentures

A removable appliance of artificial teeth to replace missing natural teeth and surrounding tissues.  Models of the teeth are made by taking impressions, and those models are used to custom make the dentures.  We refer to a trusted denturist to manufacture the denture. Various types of dentures are available:

  • Complete Denture:  Used when all the teeth are missing.
  • Partial Denture:  Used when some natural teeth remain.
  • Immediate Denture:  A complete or partial denture that is made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the natural teeth are removed.

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Examinations

A thorough examination, or a Complete Examination of a patient’s head, neck, and jaw. This includes an assessment of all teeth and gums and an oral cancer screening.  A complete exam is necessary for all new patients, and every three years for existing patients.  Recall Examinations are often recommended every six months.  We will also see patients for Specific or Emergency Exams to address a specific concern.

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Extractions

Most often when we think of extractions we think of the wisdom teeth: the last molars (#18, #28, #38 and #48) that usually erupt between the ages of 18 and 25.  These teeth are often impacted and are required to be removed surgically.  In other scenarios, teeth can be extracted with minimal difficulty in the office. 

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Fillings

A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. When a dentist prepares a filling, he or she first removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a material. Composite material is made of a combination of plastic and glass and is hardened with a special light.  By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay.  In some instances the area to be filled is too large, and a porcelain filling or crown is a better option, as porcelain is a stronger material.

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Implants

Implants are used to replace missing teeth.  A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium metal. It is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth. It is comfortable and looks like natural teeth. It serves as an anchor for a crown, bridge, or denture that is placed over it.  A good candidate must be in good general health, have healthy gums and enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant. Unlike dentures, which are removable, a dental implant is permanent. The titanium screw fuses to the bone, making implants more durable than other options.

The implant is typically placed in two appointments. Once it is placed, you will wear a temporary partial denture or retainer until the implant integrates into the jaw. This is often a minimum of 3 months and then the crown is placed.

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Inlays/Onlays

Porcelain Inlays (and Onlays) offer the protection and strength of a crown without the need for extensive tooth preparation.  Made from the same strong, tooth-coloured material as crowns and bridges, Porcelain Inlays and Onlays are customized to match tooth shape and shade, and are stronger and more durable than composite fillings.

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Mouth Guards

A soft-fitted device that is inserted into the mouth and worn over the teeth to protect them against impact or injury. 

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Night Guards

A removable custom-made appliance that fits over the upper and/or lower teeth to prevent wear and damage caused by grinding or clenching of the teeth during sleep.  An impression is taken and then sent to the lab for processing. The patient then returns to the office one week later to ensure the appliance fits well.

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Orthodontics

People of any age can benefit from orthodontic treatment. Teeth that are crooked, crowded, or uncommonly spaced affect the way a person’s teeth look and function.   Straight teeth are easier to clean and less likely to experience decay or injury.

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Prevention

We start educating our patients as early as 1 year of age about the importance of caring for one’s teeth and mouth.  We use hands on teaching to promote proper brushing and flossing.  We also believe a healthy diet and lifestyle plays an important role in protecting our teeth. 

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Root Canal Therapy

When the nerve of a tooth becomes infected, a successful root canal treatment lets one keep their tooth rather than having to pull it out.  Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is the process of removing infected, injured or dead pulp from your tooth. After treatment the tooth is weaker and will often require a crown to keep it strong and protected from further damage.

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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry refers to the utilization of medication to reduce anxiety and pain.  There are various types of sedation: 

IV Sedation: Nervous patients or those experiencing extensive dental treatment will benefit from IV sedation. A trained IV sedation dentist works alongside Dr. Brauer or Dr. Townsend to ensure the patient is sedated and relaxed during their appointments.

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Veneers

Veneers are very thin shells that are attached to the front part of teeth. They are made of porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are stronger than composite resin veneers and do not change colour or stain. Generally, porcelain veneers take at least 2 dental visits to apply and composite resin veneers can be done in 1 visit. Porcelain veneers generally last longer than composite resin veneers. Just like a natural tooth, a veneered tooth needs to be brushed and flossed daily.  Grinding and clenching teeth can cause veneers to chip so it may be recommended that the patient be fitted for a night guard to protect their teeth.

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Whitening

Teeth whitening, or sometimes referred to as bleaching is a process that lightens the shade of teeth.   Various teeth whitening options exist and can be done at home or in-office.

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X-rays

X-rays or radiographs, play an important role in diagnosis and treatment planning.  There are three types of X-rays used on a regular basis. 

Bitewings (BW):  Provide an image of the top and bottom teeth on the same film.  They are used to detect decay and the presence of tartar and assist in diagnosing periodontal disease.  They can also be useful to check the fitting of crowns and other restorations. 

Panoromic (PAN):  An X-ray that offers a two-dimensional representation of all the teeth in the mouth and their relationship with the jaw.   A PAN is useful to see the position of all teeth including those that are fully impacted, or partially merged. It is also routinely used as a cancer screening X-ray.

Periapical (PA):  A PA shows the whole tooth, from the crown to beyond the end of the root to where the tooth is anchored in the jaw.  A PA will show all the teeth in one portion of the upper or lower jaw.  This X-ray is used to detect any abnormalities of the root structure and bone structure.

* Some terminology has been adapted from the Canadian Dental Association website:http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/procedures/index.asp

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