Dental bridge work is usually considered a cosmetic treatment, as missing teeth can look unattractive. However, research has shown that missing teeth can lead to faster gum disease and tooth decay if the area is left open. Missing teeth may also disrupt the alignment of your other teeth.
Crowns are dental restorations that protect damaged, cracked or broken teeth. Dental crowns, often referred to as caps, sit over the entire part of the tooth that lies above the gum line.
Dentures are prosthetic devices replacing lost teeth. There are two types of dentures – partial and full. Full dentures are often referred to as “false teeth”.
Fillings and Repairs
Dental fillings and repairs use restorative materials to repair teeth which have been compromised due to cavities or trauma.
Dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth. They can replace one tooth, several teeth or the entire arch. These implants behave and look like your teeth, allowing people to eat and smile normally. Implants help to preserve the natural contours of your mouth.
Our dentists at River Heights Dental Centre specialize in working with young kids and adolescents. We know how invasive and uncomfortable a visit to the dentist can be for a young child. Our office is warm, kid friendly and the staff is trained to make your child feel as comfortable as possible.
Mouth guards, also called night guards, are retainer-like pieces of plastic that cover either the top or bottom set of teeth. The guard cushions your teeth from the force of clenching and prevents the molars from grinding together.
Your dental and periodontal health is our top priority. The dental examination starts with a visual examination. X-rays are taken to help determine the health of hard tissues in your mouth. We use digital technology to reduce the radiation exposure. Intra-oral images are taken to help point out potential problems like cracked teeth. We will then assess your gum health beginning with periodontal probing that checks the status of your gums around each tooth. We check for gum recession, bleeding, and observe any plaque and tartar build-up. With these tools, we are able to give you a comprehensive assessment of your dental and periodontal health.
While proper home care is the first step in maintaining oral health, it is essential to have professional cleanings every six months, or more frequently depending on the need. These visits, referred to as “dental prophylaxis”, are generally performed by a board certified dental hygienist whose training specializes in keeping patients maintained in optimum oral health.
Root Canal Therapy
This treatment helps to preserve diseased or abscessed teeth by removing then infected tissue in the centre of the tooth. The cleaned area is the filled with sealant. Teeth that have been injured or cracked often require root canal therapy, after which a crown is highly recommended.
Teeth naturally darken with age, however staining may be caused by various foods and beverages such as coffee, tea and berries, some drugs such as tetracycline, smoking, or a trauma to a tooth. There are various teeth whitening options available, including in-office and at-home bleaching.