Read frequently asked questions from our patients, answered by the South 40 Dental Sexsmith team. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact our Sexsmith location today.
Sensitive teeth often come from the fact that your gums have slightly receded. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying dentin to show through which allows water and food to access the sensitive nerve. To manage this, there are a number of toothpastes, gels and even some dental procedures that can be applied. Speak to us in more detail if you have very sensitive teeth.
Great teeth and gum care start at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums on a continual basis. By keeping to a daily routine, you will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis or tooth decay as you age.
Gingivitis is a condition caused when bacteria surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The gums can become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. In order to prevent the condition from worsening, regular hygiene visits are highly recommended. During your visit, our Hygiene team will teach you the proper flossing techniques and oral hygiene protocol for home care that can prevent periodontal (gum) disease.
Periodontal (gum) disease is a quiet disease that begins with little or no symptoms. It is caused by bacteria that surrounds the teeth and enters the gums. The immediate condition is known as gingivitis. The gums become irritated, inflamed and often bleed. If not properly treated, the condition worsens. Noticeable symptoms now appear.
Periodontal disease is a chronic condition that needs immediate attention. Through a series of periodontal cleanings, root planing & scaling, laser therapy and local antibiotics, this condition can be controlled. Periodontal surgery is only necessary for severe cases.
Silver fillings known as amalgam have been around for decades. Made from a metal alloy, for many years it was the best restoration for fillings. The metal expands and contracts with the heat and cold placed in the mouth. This allowed for little bacteria to enter a tooth once filled, thus keeping the tooth healthy and strong.
White fillings, also known as composites, are often made of plastic or glass polymers. These cosmetic fillings allow us to fill a cavity with a substance that will look and feel just like your existing tooth structure. This restoration is created with a resin material and fits tightly into a tooth to prevent decay. Rather than a gray or silver material in your mouth, the composite colour will match your tooth colour.
There are several ways to enhance your smile. Some of these procedures are:
We have the capability to improve your smile using all or some of these procedures. For a consultation, please contact our office so that we may provide you with a customized treatment plan. Request Appointment
Teeth whitening is a cost-effective and safe procedure to create a healthy smile. Over the years, fluoride has been added to whitening products. This reduces the risk of tooth and gum sensitivity. Teeth whitening must be monitored by your dentist and only done after a comprehensive exam and hygiene cleaning. The whitening process can last for a number of years if maintained properly. Beverages such as coffee, tea, wine, and certain sodas will reduce the lasting effect. Remember, if it could stain a white shirt, it can stain your smile!
Bonding is a cost-effective procedure used to fill gaps in front teeth and to change the appearance and colour of your teeth. The immediate results are amazing. Within a few hours, you can have a great smile! Bonding, like teeth whitening, may change colour over time due to consumption of coffee, tea, wine, and certain sodas.
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are attached directly onto the frontal surface of your natural teeth. This entire procedure can take as few as two visits. Veneers can change the size, shape and colour of teeth. This procedure is used to repair fractured teeth, teeth darkened by age or medication, or a crooked smile.
Dental crowns are a permanent cosmetic procedure designed to change the size, shape and colour of teeth. Dental crowns cover the entire tooth.
A dental Implant is a “man-made” replacement for a missing tooth or tooth root. Made from titanium, this screw-like object is inserted under the gum and directly into the upper or lower jaw bone. There is usually minimal discomfort involved with this procedure.
After a period of a few months, the dental implant and the bone fuse together. This creates an anchor for the new tooth to be placed onto the dental implant.
With major advancements in dentistry and dental implants, most people are candidates for dental implants. There may be exceptions due to chronic illness, heart disease, and severe osteoporosis.
The average dental implant procedure takes 3–4 visits. The first visit is to x-ray the area and take an impression for a surgical guide and a temporary prosthesis to cover the implant.
The next visit is to place the implant. A local anesthesia is applied to the area. Any additional sedation is no longer necessary unless deemed necessary by the dentist.
The dentist will then make a minor incision to place the implant. The implant is placed into the jaw bone. The area will then be covered with sutures. The procedure is usually completed with minor pain. You will next return in approximately 3 months to begin creating the porcelain crown to place over the implant.
Fees for dental implants vary from dentist to dentist. Always schedule an implant consultation to discuss the procedure and all fees involved. Request Appointment
With routine dental hygiene visits and proper home care, a dental implant can last for many years if it is well taken care of by the patient.
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