We offer a broad range of dental services and we work very closely with a list of friendly dental specialists in the Ottawa area.
New Patients and Check ups
Complete Head and Neck Exam
Oral Cancer Screening
Complete Dental Examination
Complete Periodontal Examination
Free Second opinion Consultation
Scaling and Root Planing
Oral Hygiene Instructions
Same day emergency management
Amalgam Fillings (situational)
Root Canal Therapy
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Implant Supported Dentures
All-On-4/Teeth in a day (coming soon...)
Replacing missing teeth
Tooth Ache Management
Root Canal Therapy
As the name suggests, a dental bridge can replace missing teeth so long as there are teeth in front and behind the area of the missing teeth. A dental bridge would usually be recommended if the adjacent teeth are heavily restored and would benefit from being crowned. Restoring your missing teeth is important because nature gave us a full complement of teeth in order to chew your foods properly. If you have missing teeth, you may have large food particles entering your stomach and intestines, potentially causing digestive problems and lack of nutrient absorption. In addition, when you have missing teeth, your teeth drifts and moves apart from each other which can change your facial structures.
Dentures are prosthetic devices custom designed to replace any number of missing teeth in your mouth. There are many different designs and methods of securing dentures in your mouth. Similar to other prosthetic devices such as, a prosthetic leg, it does take some time to adapt.
Root canal therapy is a procedure that is done in order to save a tooth which has undergone some kind of insult to the pulp (nerve) of the tooth. This procedure involves removing the infected pulp and cleaning the root canals with antibacterial agents. Then finally plugging and sealing the canals with a material called Gutta Percha and bioceramic sealer which fills the airspaces; thus, preventing future bacterial growth.
So when do you need a root canal treatment?
- When decay is very deep and reaches the pulp, the pulp becomes infected by bacteria. Unfortunately, our bodies are incapable of fighting off this infection, and the bacteria continues to thrive and move down towards the bone beneath the root. When bacteria start infecting the bone, this is where an abscess could potentially form. At this point, the tooth could still be salvaged with a root canal procedure.
- When there isn’t enough tooth structure remaining (decay or fracture), an elective root canal therapy may be necessary in order for us to place a post and build up a core in order for us to place a crown; thus, restoring the form, function and esthetics of the remaining tooth.
Myths about root canal therapy:
Myth #1: Root canal therapy can cause other illnesses
Information that are available online or other sources that claim root canal therapy can cause illness or contract a disease in the future is untrue. These false claims have been based on poorly designed and long-debunked research that was conducted almost a century ago, long before modern medicine understood the causes of many diseases we diagnose today. There are no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal treatment to diseases elsewhere in the body.
Myth #2: Root canal therapy is painful
Back in the day, like many other dental procedures or even medical procedures have been very painful; however, with modern technology and anesthetics, most procedures done in dentistry today are pain free.
For more information please visit the Joint Public Statement on Root Canal Treatment from the Canadian Dental Association and Canadian Academy of Endodontics
Both in-office and at-home bleaching options are great options to whiten your teeth. But keep in mind, our teeth do have a yellow tinge because the layer underneath the enamel, called dentin, is yellow. So depending on the thickness of your enamel, the yellow tinge could vary due to the transparency of the enamel. It is important that you are supervised by a dental expert to prevent sensitivity of your teeth during whitening if your enamel is thin.
Porcelain veneers are very similar to dental bonding; however, after preparing the tooth, the lab will be fabricating the veneer with high precision to match the shape/color of in relation to your adjacent teeth. Usually this would cover the front of the tooth in order to restore deformed and/or discolored teeth. Crowns are also fabricated by the lab which will cover the entire tooth. Both of these options can restore a tooth’s structure, appearance and can also be used to transform your smile the way you want.
Dental implants are the ideal way to replace teeth today amongst the other two methods of replacing teeth (dentures or bridges). Dental implants are placed into the jawbone which mimics the roots of teeth. Once the dental implants integrate properly with the bone, a dental crown could then be attached to the dental implant; thus, fulling restoring the space of the missing tooth. In addition, dental implants could also be used to secure dental bridges and dentures in order to restore multiple missing teeth.
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