- Prevention And Cleanings
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Pediatric Dentistry
- Inlays And Onlays
- Crown Lengthening
- Root Canal Treatment
- Sedation Dentistry
- Oral Surgery
- TMJ/TMD Disorder
- Crowns And Bridges
- Laser Dentistry
- Orthodontics (Braces)
- Wisdom Tooth Removal
PREVENTION AND CLEANINGS
Your initial visit at the office will include a comprehensive exam of your teeth, gums, and surrounding bone structures. The dentist will discuss with you your treatment plan options and provide you with a personalized hygiene plan based on the current condition of your teeth and gums.
Our dental experts regularly examine the condition of your teeth, gums, and bone tissue in order to identify potential or existing problems. If you have any dental concerns such as pain or sensitivity, let your dentist know. We pride ourselves in providing a caring and compassionate environment for our patients.
Oral Health Screening – VELsope
VELscope is the newest non-invasive device used to screen for oral cancer and other oral diseases. The device emits a blue spectrum light, abnormal tissues will show under this special light. The VELscope is considered an important tool for dentist, aiding in early detection of oral cancer. The lifesaving procedure only takes a few minutes. We discuss all our findings with you, and take steps to correct or prevent future problems.TOP
Professional Dental Cleaning
Our Registered Dental Hygienists understand the importance of oral health and are passionate about educating our patients on how to properly care for their teeth and gums. The Hygienist will remove tarter, plaque, and stains using a combination of hand instruments. They will also asses the periodontal status of every patient. They will note any signs of bleeding, inflammation, pain, and bone loss. These can indicate a more serious problem. Once all of the tartar is removed the Hygienist will polish and floss your teeth. They will also provide you with preventative treatment options such as Fluoride and Sealants.
Fluoride is a mineral that is applied topically to help prevent tooth decay. Dental office commonly use in office fluoride treatment to help protect the oral health of children and adults. The treatment generally takes a few minutes and is usually administered during a hygiene appointment. After the treatment the hygienist will ask you not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes. This will allow your teeth to absorb the fluoride.TOP
Fissure sealant is a dental procedure that aids in the prevention of dental caries. A plastic coating is applied on the chewing surface of your posterior teeth (molars and premolars) in order to prevent food and germs from getting stuck in between the grooves. The process is non-invasive, the tooth is cleaned and then the sealants are applied. Once applied the hygienist will shine a light to harden the sealants, the procedure does not take long. Sealants should be checked at each regular dental visit and if necessary the sealants can be reapplied.
A digital x-ray is a technique that uses an electronic sensor to capture and store the image on the computer. The image can then be viewed and enlarged to assist the dentist and the dental hygienist in diagnosing potential problems. Digital x-ray reduces the radiation exposure by 80%-90% compared to the already low exposure of the traditional method of dental x-rays.
Dental x-rays are valuable components of your dental visit. It is essential in the diagnostic of dental abnormalities. The dentist and dental hygienist use the x-rays to create an accurate treatment plan. A full mount series of dental x-rays is recommended to all our new patients.
There has been an increase interest in cosmetic dentistry. We realized that having a healthy, bright, beautiful smile is important to our patients. With new technology we are able to provide to our patients quick and affordable treatments to help improve the look of their teeth and smile. TOP
Teeth Whitening – SpaDent
SpaDent is a whitening process that uses natural ingredients to whiten teeth 2-8 shades whiter in 20 minute sessions. The process is done in office with our dental professionals. SpaDent unique formula promotes maximum whitening benefits, in the least amount of time with virtually no sensitivity.
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Composite (tooth coloured) fillings are used to restore a tooth that has decay, fractures, or cracks. Composites and silver amalgams are materials that are used for dental restoration. Since composite fillings come in a variety of shades they can be easily matched to the colour of the existing teeth and are more aesthetically pleasing for anterior teeth. The treatment is usually placed in one appointment and you may experience sensitivity to hot and cold when the composite fillings are first placed. As with most dental filling material there are advantages and disadvantages. You will be able to discuss with your dentist the option that best suits you. TOP
Veneer is a thin layer of material usually made from porcelain that is bonded on to the anterior tooth. It is generally used to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect the tooth from damage. Veneers are customized to match the shape and colour of your tooth and can often be an alternative to crowns. The material use is durable but may need to be replaced in the future.
Dental implants are one of the best alternatives to replacing missing teeth. The implants can be used to provide support to crowns, bridges, and dentures. A titanium post is placed in the upper or lower bone of the jaw. Once the post fuses with the jaw bone the dentist places an artificial tooth on the implanted post. The tooth is very natural looking and often enhances a patient’s smile.
Invisalign® can correct numerous common bite problems:
Invisalign® aligners have a clear advantage over traditional metallic braces, as they provide the same results, correct the same dental problems, yet are nearly invisible, and furthermore, can be removed at will.
The following is a list of several common issues than can be corrected with Invisalign® aligners:
Overcrowding – Occurring when there is too little space for the teeth to normally align in the patient’s mouth. Overcrowding can increase the likelihood of gingivitis, and is an issue that can cause tooth decay.
Large gaps between teeth – Often occurs when teeth are missing, or when a patient’s jaw continues to grow abnormally.
Crossbite – A common dental problem, occurring when one, or multiple upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth. Consequently, uneven wear can lead to bone erosion and can even lead to gingivitis (gum disease).
Overbite – Occurring when a patient’s upper teeth project further than, or completely cover, their lower teeth. Jaw pain and TMJ may eventually occur.
Underbite – The inverse of the overbite, in this case the lower teeth project further than, or completely cover, the patient’s upper teeth. As in the overbite, jaw pain and TMJ can eventually occur.
Botox is a protein commonly used in cosmetic application. It consists of injecting a small dose of botulinum toxin to an area of the skin to help prevent the development of wrinkles. The protein gives the skin a smooth and relaxed appearance. The effects generally last about three to four months; it can last longer with more treatments.
Promoting the importance of oral health to children is very important to the dental team at Mount Pleasant Dental group. Regular dental checkups and cleaning will help children build a strong foundation for a lifetime of good oral hygiene. The dental staffs are trained in providing treatments to infants, children, and teens. We work together with the parents to help the children understand why it is important to take care of their teeth and visit the dentist regularly.
Dentures are constructed to replace missing teeth; they are design to be removable. There are two main categories of dentures, depending on whether they are used to replace missing teeth on the mandibular arch or the maxillary arch.
A partial denture replaces only the teeth that are missing. They can be removed from the mouth for cleaning. Dentures provide patients with optimum function while eating, speaking and smiling. TOP
INLAYS AND ONLAYS
Inlays and onlays are partial crowns; they use the existing tooth structure as a base to fit the inlay or only on to the tooth. This procedure is done to give strength to the tooth and to help prevent possible damage. Depending on the severity of the decay the dentist will recommend either an inlay or an onlay.
Crown lengthening treatment adjust the levels of your gum and bone, it is done to expose more of the tooth so it can be properly restored. Sometimes the procedure is done to improve “gummy” smiles; this occurs when there is an excess amount of gum tissue surrounding the teeth and the teeth appear smaller in size.TOP
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Root canal treatment is the process of removing infected tissue from the roots of the tooth. A root canal is often done to try to save an infected tooth. If left untreated the bacteria causing the decay can form an abscess. The abscess may cause pain, swelling, and oral health problems. Once a tooth has been treated the tooth itself will be structurally weaken, therefore we recommend placing a crown over top of the root canal treated tooth to prevent future problems.
Most common types of dental sedatives:
Often called “laughing gas,” is used as a mild sedative. It is delivered through a nose hood, and is administered throughout the entire procedure. It relieves anxiety and reduces pain during the dental procedure.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is an excellent choice for people who fear needles. Oral medication is provided prior to treatment to induce a moderate state of sedation. It will not cause the patient to be sleepy but it will dull the patient’s senses.TOP
Oral surgery is the removal of teeth, including wisdom teeth. Extracting wisdom teeth can be a source of anxiety for many patients, which is why the dentists at Mount Pleasant Dental are happy to offer sedation options for all our patients. Please remember that early removal of wisdom teeth means that there will be much less of a chance for complications to occur.
TMJ (more commonly known as TMD, or Temporo-Mandibular Dysfunction) Treatment is a condition that affects your jaw, which comes from an imbalance between the jaw and the muscles that move it.At our Dental Clinic, our highly qualified dentists can recognize and treat the exact cause of your TMD symptoms. Our TMJ TMD treatment can vary from injections, to even surgery. Most frequently, patients are prescribed with a plastic night guard that will lessen the effects of clenching or teeth grinding.More TMJ/TMD >>
CROWN AND BRIDGES
Crowns as well as bridges are artificial teeth or appliances that are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are made up of various materials: porcelain, gold or porcelain that is fused to a metal. They are permanently cemented onto the broken or damaged teeth in order to replace it. If one tooth needs replacement, then a crown is used, for a consecutive number of teeth, a bridge is used. TOP
Laser Dentistry procedures reduces bleeding and improves recovery time. Often gum surgery or routine fillings can be conducted without the need for freezing or stitches.
Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry treatments that we offer include:
• Gum reshaping and contouring to treat “gummy smiles”
• Periodontal (gum) therapy
• Treatment for cold sores
• Removal of small growths on the gums or lips
Hard tissue Laser Dentistry treatments available include:
• Removal of decay (cavity) within a tooth
• Preparation for fillings
• Desensitization for patients who suffer from cold sensitivity TOP
What is “orthodontics,” and why do people get braces?
Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that looks into aligning the teeth and jaws to improve a patient’s smile and oral health. A dentist usually recommends braces to improve the patient’s physical “orofacial” appearance. Through orthodontic treatment, problems like crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or underbites, incorrect jaw position and disorders of the jaw joints are corrected.
When is the right time for braces?
Patients with orthodontic problems can benefit from treatment at nearly any age. An ideal time for placement of braces is between 8 and 14 years of age, while the head and mouth are still growing and teeth are more accessible to straightening. And braces aren’t just for kids. More and more adults are also wearing braces to correct minor problems and to improve their smiles.
How long will I have to wear braces?
That depends upon your treatment plan. The more complicated your spacing or bite problem is, and the older you are, the longer the period of treatment, usually. Most patients can count on wearing full braces between 10 and 18 months, followed by the wearing of a retainer for at least a few months to set and align tissues surrounding straightened teeth.
Will treatment be uncomfortable?
The interconnecting wire are tightened at each visit, bearing mild pressure on the brackets or bands to shift teeth or jaws gradually into a desired position. Your teeth and jaws may feel slightly sore after each visit, but the discomfort is brief. Keep in mind also that some teeth may need to be extracted to make room for teeth being shifted with braces and for proper jaw alignment. Read More >>
WISDOM TOOTH REMOVAL
Wisdom teeth, or the last molar in our mouth, typically begin growing in the late teens or early adulthood. While some patients may be lucky enough to have their wisdom teeth grow in completely normal–or never even erupt, this is typically not the case.
Wisdom teeth cause problems due to their positioning in the mouth. Because they are so far back, cleaning is much more difficult, causing a risk for cavities and infection. In addition, wisdom teeth often become impacted due to the minimal amount of space in the jaw. This can cause crowding, pain and gum infection.
Extracting wisdom teeth can be a source of anxiety for many patients, which is why the dentists at Mount Pleasant Dental are happy to offer sedation options for all our patients. Please remember that early removal of wisdom teeth means that there will be much less of a chance for complications to occur.Wisdom Tooth Removal More >>