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Cosmetic dentistry.


Cosmetic dentistry is aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and to your smile. Although cosmetic dentistry procedures are usually elective rather than essential, some treatment cases also provide restorative benefits.


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Procedures

Dentures

Sheppard Centre Dental offers dentures for those patients needing to replace one or more teeth. All dentures are removable and have a tendency to move. To achieve stability, partial dentures need to be clasped to the natural teeth. Both partial and complete dentures can be made to appear quite natural using the latest artificial teeth and acrylics.

Dental implants

More and more people are replacing missing teeth with dental implants. This choice of treatment is a permanent solution to replace missing teeth and the feel and look is as natural as your own teeth.


An implant is an “artificial root” made of titanium . The implant is surgically placed into your jawbone and left to integrate with the bone. After healing for 4-6 months a post is placed into the implants, and a porcelain crown is cemented on the post, to match your smile perfectly.

Crowns & Bridges
Crowns are used to correct problems such as fractures, decaying, badly stained teeth or teeth that are heavily filled. Dental crowns can also be considered as another approach to correcting crowded, rotated teeth. A crown is made of porcelain, metal or a combination of both. If a tooth has had root canal treatment, or if a tooth has lost a lot of its natural structure, a crown should be placed for strength and longevity. To prepare a tooth for a crown, some of the enamel of the tooth is removed to create a structure to support the crown. An impression is made of the reduced tooth and a temporary crown is put in place to function while the crown is being made. Our dental technician then fabricates the crown based on the impression. Approximately 8 days later the patient returns and the final crown is cemented permanently and the patient will have a natural-looking crown that will last for many years.
Porcelain veneers
A porcelain veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that is durable and has similar colour and texture to natural tooth enamel, but does not decay and resists staining. They are a permanent option to close gaps between teeth, repair damaged or discoloured teeth, and provide a beautiful, natural looking smile. Porcelain veneers can normally be done in 2-3 visits, under local anesthetic with virtually no pain. The front of the tooth is prepared to create a good surface to adhere the veneer to, and temporary veneers are placed until the final ones are complete. Once the final veneers are fabricated by our highly experienced dental technician, Sheppard Centre Dental ensures the patient is satisfied before final insertion by making any requested changes to the shape and colour. With proper care and maintenance they will last for many years, providing the patient with a “million dollar smile”.

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Dental hygiene.


Dental hygiene and oral health are often taken for granted but are essential parts of our everyday lives. Dental hygiene is one of the main preventive measures for oral diseases.


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Procedures

Scaling

In addition to regular brushing and flossing, your teeth and gums periodically require professional cleaning.

Periodontal diseases begins with plaque formation on your teeth both above and below the gum line. This causes inflammation and swelling of gum tissue. A scaling instrument is used by your dentist or hygienist during a regular dental visit to remove plaque and calculus above and below the gum line. Removing the plaque and calculus helps to prevent inflammation, which could otherwise lead to advancement of periodontal disease.

Teeth whitening

When your teeth are darker than desired, laser tooth whitening is a fast and effective way to whiten teeth. A shade guide is used to record your tooth colour before whitening begins begins. The first step is to apply a gingival dam to your gums to protect them during the laser whitening session. Whitening solution is then carefully applied to the teeth that will be whitened. Your dentist will then use a specialized laser to begin whitening the teeth. After the laser session is completed, your mouth and teeth are thoroughly cleaned and your teeth are noticeably whiter. Your dentist will recommend an interval for you to return for additional whitening sessions.

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General dentistry.


General dentistry covers a wide range of procedures. This includes the initial consultation and performing routine oral health care, both preventative and restorative.


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Root canal treatments

Here at Sheppard Centre Dental, we believe that the best teeth are your own, and we want to make sure you do not lose any of them. Successful root canal treatment lets you keep your tooth. The only other option is to have your tooth removed. If you notice a problem with a tooth, do not wait until it hurts.

Keeping your tooth helps to prevent your other teeth from drifting out of line and causing jaw problems or gum disease. Saving a natural tooth avoids having to replace it with either a bridge or an implant.

The treatment is the process of removing the infected, injured or dead pulp from a tooth. There is a space inside the hard layers of each tooth. It is called the root canal system and it is filled with soft dental pulp made up of nerves and blood vessels that help the tooth grow and develop. Once a tooth is fully-grown, it can survive without a pulp. If the pulp of a tooth becomes infected, a root canal (or endodontic treatment) is needed. When this treatment is performed, the pulp is removed.

Root canal treatment may be completed in one appointment, or it may take two or more visits. It depends on the complexity of the root canal system and on the degree of pulp damage. Sometimes, if the infection has spread from the tooth to the bone (or abscess), the infection may have to be drained before the root can be filled.

Tooth coloured fillings

If you are concerned about aesthetics and want the colour of a needed restoration to match the natural colour of your teeth, Sheppard Centre Dental offers composite resins. These materials may be an acceptable alternative to dental amalgam, depending on your bite and tooth function.

Although they have the advantage of being tooth-coloured, composite materials were not widely used to restore molar teeth until recently. This type of restoration is more expensive than the amalgam and in many cases most dental plans will not pay the full cost when used in molar teeth.