At your initial consultation, we will check for tooth decay and gum health and also examine your entire mouth, head, and neck area.
X-rays are used to look for signs of tooth decay, as well as for gum disease and other oral health problems. X-rays may be taken during your check up but not every time. Your dentist will consider your clinical examination, dental history, and risk for developing cavities in determining the frequency for X-rays.
We may recommend a visit to one of our hygienists.
Only a professional cleaning provided by a dental hygienist (or dentist) can thoroughly clean your teeth and remove the hardened deposit (called calculus or tartar) that builds up on teeth.
Your hygienist will offer advice on how to keep your mouth healthy.
Types of filling Various materials are used for fillings today: gold; porcelain; silver amalgam and tooth-coloured materials called composite resin. Some fillings are placed directly into the tooth. Others require an impression and a second visit.
How do we choose which to use? The location and extent of the decay or fracture, cost of filling material, patients’ preference, and your dentist’s recommendation assist in determining the type of filling that will be best for your tooth.
If you’re concerned about the appearance of your smile talk to us about cosmetic dental treatment.
Root treatment, or endodontics, can save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. The nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. What are the signs that a root canal is needed? Sometimes there are no symptoms but there may be:
Root canal treatment can have more than a 95% success rate. Many root treated teeth can last a lifetime.
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that completely covers a tooth.
A crown may be needed to:
One or sometimes more missing teeth can often be replaced by a bridge. Unlike a denture, a bridge is fixed and cannot be removed by the patient.
Why might you want to replace a missing tooth?
Check out our common problems and emergency guide