Dental decay is formed when bacteria attacks the tooth and creates a hole on its surface. Depending on its size, decay can be repaired with different materials which vary from a white filling, a crown or even a root canal if the decay reaches the nerve of the tooth.
A root canal consists of removing a nerve that is damaged, infected or dead due to having a cavity or trauma to the tooth. The dentist must clean, fill and seal the canal in which the nerve is found. The tooth might require a crown afterwards to protect it and avoid it from breaking in the future.
Bruxism (grinding/clenching) can cause headaches or muscle pain, but it can also be asymptomatic. Long term effects include premature wear of the teeth. A nightguard will be recommended to avoid abnormal wear and protect the teeth from erosion or even fractures.
We offer dental care to children and recommend the first dental exam to occur between 2 ½ to 3 years of age. Before then, we see children if parents are worried about their child’s dental health or if the child has any dental trauma. With our gentle approach, your kids will have a positive experience whether they come for a dental cleaning or treatment. In addition, our team will take care to teach them brushing and flossing techniques required to prevent any future dental issues.
Crown and Bridge
A crown is a type of dental restoration that completely caps damaged or decayed teeth to protect the tooth. A crown can also be used to cover a discolored or distorted tooth. Crowns can be done at the laboratory, 2 appointments are needed, or with our CEREC technology which only requires 1 appointment.
When a tooth is lost, it is important to replace it as soon as possible with an artificial tooth in order to prevent the shifting of the remaining teeth as this can lead to future problems. A bridge can be installed on the healthy adjacent teeth and can replace 1 or more missing teeth. A bridge should last approximately 10 years if well taken care of. Your dentist will show you how to use a floss threader around the artificial tooth in the center of the bridge.
A sealant is a preventive treatment that is used to prevent decay in the grooves of permanent teeth. This protective varnish is often applied on the masticatory surface of premolars or molars to fill the pits and fissures where food debris can get stuck. It does not require a local anesthesia.
We highly recommend that people who practice high-risk trauma sports such as boxing, hockey, football basketball and soccer should always wear a mouthguard. It protects the teeth and soft tissue while reducing the risk of jaw fracture and brain concussions. For adults, it is recommended to use a custom mouthguard made from a impression of your own teeth.
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