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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.