Dentistry on Liverpool Services
- Emergency Dental Care
and Tooth Pain Management
- Preventative Hygiene
- Gum Treatments
- Dental X-Rays
- Dental Nightguard Therapy
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Custom Fitted Sports Guards
- Dental Implants
- Endodontics/Root Canal
- Soft Tissue Laser Treatment
- Bone Grafting
EMERGENCY DENTAL CARE AND TOOTH PAIN MANAGEMENT
We hope that you never experience a dental emergency. But if you do, we want you to know that we are always available. During office hours, if you are having pain or experience a dental emergency – such as bleeding , swelling, or trauma – please call us immediately so that we may schedule the best available time for you. We will do everything possible to treat your problem immediately and attend to your dental needs.
During your initial appointment, the hygienist and dentist will jointly determine a customized cleaning regimen specifically tailored to resume and maintain your oral health. Many of our adult patients are seen three to four times a year to better care for their gums.
Preventative Hygiene visits at our office will include the following:
- Update oral health history
- Oral cancer screening
- Periodontal screening
- Scaling teeth
- Polishing teeth
- Fluoride application
- Dental education
- Oral irrigation as needed
What is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can affect one tooth or many teeth. Periodontal disease includes both gingivitis and periodontitis. It begins when the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, colourless film that constantly forms on your teeth) causes the gums to become red and inflamed.
Any plaque that has not been removed by a toothbrush or floss will harden to become tarter. Tarter can only be removed with scaling by a dental hygienist and if left untreated will cause the bone supporting the teeth to be resorbed over time.
If gum disease is diagnosed in the early stages, it can be treated with a thorough, professional cleaning. If the disease has progressed, the treatment may involve a “deep cleaning” which involves cleaning the root surfaces of your teeth to remove tartar and bacteria below the gum line. This may require several appointments, depending on the extent of your gum disease.
When gum disease is more serious, you may be referred to the periodontist. A periodontist treats serious forms of gum disease that do not get better with routine dental care.
Dental x-rays are a valuable and important part of most dental procedures, that’s why each of our dental operators is equipped with Digital Radiographic units. This computerized imaging system has considerable health benefits because it uses significantly less radiation than conventional dental x-rays.
The images, once captured onto the computer can be digitally enhanced to show the dentist details that conventional dental x-rays cannot. This allows for a more accurate diagnosis.
To help you better understand and appreciate what we can see, each of our dental operatories is equipped with a state of the art Intra-oral Camera. We believe, if we’re going to make a treatment recommendation or we want to better educate you on a condition in your mouth, there is no better way of doing so then allowing you to see what we see!
Dental bonding is the use of tooth-coloured filling material to restore damaged or unsightly teeth. In this treatment resin is sculpted onto the tooth to achieve a strong and esthetic result that is indistinguishable from natural tooth structure.
Bonding can be used for the following dental problems:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Cracked or pitted surface structure
- Gaps or small spaces between teeth
- Unsightly stain
Dental sealants are a highly effective, preventative treatment for protecting cavity-prone teeth. They are placed in the grooved and pitted chewing surfaces of molars and premolars to create a barrier for bacteria and food particles from settling and causing cavities.
Sealants are particularly effective in children who are still learning good brushing habits and help prevent decay in hard-to-reach areas of the mouth.
DENTAL NIGHTGUARD THERAPY
Night guards are used as a treatment option to prevent damage to the chewing surfaces of the teeth associated with grinding and clenching. It is a conservative treatment that is very successful and highly recommended for patients with TMJ dysfunction. By covering your teeth with a customized acrylic night guard, we change the way your teeth come together & decrease the amount of force you can bite with which helps protect them from unnecessary wear.
Many times people are unaware that they are grinding their teeth. The grinding often takes place at night while patients are sleeping and can create extreme damage. It is our goal to treat the wear at an early stage so it is not allowed to advance.
In addition to helping relieve head, neck, jaw joint and shoulder pains. Treating bruxism (grinding) and clenching is cost effective compared to ignoring the condition and exposing teeth to continued grinding. If you wait too long for treatment or choose not to have night guard therapy; dental crown, bridges, implants and dentures are often needed to repair or replace worn and damaged teeth.
OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA APPLIANCES
Oral appliances are indicated for use in people who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. The goal of Oral Appliance Therapy is to open a person’s airway. A customized acrylic appliance is fabricated to fit over the upper and lower teeth which advances the lower jaw forward moving the base of the tongue and opening the airway. They are non-invasive, easy to use and effective in improving breathing, reducing snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea.
CUSTOM FITTED SPORTS GUARDS
Custom fitted sports guards are worn over your upper teeth during sporting activities to protect your teeth and jaws from injury. Individually designed and made in a dental office based on your dentist’s instructions. A dental professional will take an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded over the model using a special material. Custom-made mouth guards provide the most comfort and protection when compared to boil and bite mouth guards that can be purchased in stores.
Teeth whitening is a popular procedure used to counteract the discoloring effects of tea, coffee, red wine, certain food and tobacco stain. Our office will provide you with a customized “take-home” whitening kit. In some cases, teeth that are heavily stained, cracked or pitted may require bonding or veneers to attain whitening results.
Talk to us about achieving a brighter, attractive and more youthful smile.
Many people are fearful of dental care. We understand this and offer sedation dentistry to help alleviate their anxiety. Commonly referred to as “Sleep Dentistry”; sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during their appointment.
We offer “inhaled minimal sedation” or nitrous oxide commonly called laughing gas to help take the edge off. Your dentist can control the level of sedation you receive and it has the benefit of wearing off instantly once removed.
We also offer oral sedation. Your dentist will give you a pill approximately 1 hour prior to your appointment. Depending on what type of medication and the dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. Moderate oral sedation is the most common type of anesthesia associated with sedation dentistry. Many people become groggy enough and actually fall asleep during their appointment. They can however be awakened with a gentle shake. Oral sedation can be combined with nitrous oxide to help patients become even more relaxed.
Dental crowns are used to rebuild and strengthen damaged teeth. This customized restoration covers the entire tooth structure (above the gum line) and is cemented into place to create a strong and natural looking result. All posterior (back of the mouth) root canal treated teeth should be covered with a crown to prevent breakage or fracture.
Crowns can also be placed on misshapen or highly discolored teeth to improve their aesthetics.
Dental Implants are the most natural solution to the problem of missing teeth. They are essentially a man-made substitute for the root of a missing tooth. The implant consists of 2 main components: a titanium fixture that is surgically placed in the bone of the upper or lower jaw and a crown that is affixed to the implant. In addition to crowns, implants can support bridges and even dentures.
There are many advantages to implants over other tooth replacement options (such as bridges and dentures):
Please call us to discuss both the surgical placement and restorative options for dental implant therapy.
A bridge is a highly effective option for replacing missing teeth. Bridges are cemented to teeth that are adjacent to a gap, covering them in part or entirely for a strong, highly esthetic and functional result. Bridges prevent remaining teeth from tipping and drifting out of position and will restore the proper bite relationship between teeth to improve speech and chewing ability.
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front aspect of teeth. Veneers can be used to correct cosmetic imperfections such as: discoloration, cracks, gaps and slightly misaligned teeth.
Veneers are used to create a beautiful, symmetrical, bright smile without requiring extensive removal of tooth structure.
ENDODONTICS / ROOT CANAL THERAPY
When the innermost layer of a tooth (the pulp, which contains the nerve) is damaged through either trauma or a deep cavity, the tooth becomes infected and the nerve may die. Root canal therapy is performed to save the damaged tooth from extraction.
In this procedure an opening is created in the tooth to gain access to the nerve space. The pulp is then removed, the tooth is cleansed and disinfected and the roots filled and sealed with a thermoplastic material.
The tooth is then restored with a filling and a crown.
SOFT TISSUE LASER TREATMENT
Our office is equipped with the latest technology to provide our patients with the best that modernized dentistry has to offer.
The laser can be used for various non-invasive procedures such as: reduction of redundant gum tissue, removal of unhealthy or overgrown tissue, exposure of teeth covered over by gum tissue, treatment of canker sores and other lesions.
Invisalign is a comfortable and convenient way to straighten teeth without the use of metal wires and brackets. It is the “invisible braces” alternative to achieving a beautiful, straight smile.
Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together properly are harder to keep clean and may be lost prematurely as a result of decay and gum disease. This can also cause additional strain on chewing muscles resulting in headache and TMJ Disorder.
Repositioning teeth into proper alignment can improve general oral health by reducing tooth decay, gum disease and early tooth loss. Invisalign treatment allows patients to gain self-confidence and can greatly enhance appearance.
BONE GRAFTING MINOR AND MAJOR BONE GRAFTING
After teeth are extracted, the bone that was supporting them shrinks away. This can happen quite rapidly for some people. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, it is necessary to rebuild the bone to have an optimal site for implants.
Today, we have the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and an optimum esthetic appearance.
GUIDED BONE REGENERATION (GBR)
If we know at the time of the tooth extraction that an implant may be placed, in the future, it is often very advantageous to preserve the bone by filling the extraction socket with bone material. This is left to heal for 3-6 months. After that time a dental implant can be placed into an ideal site. This is the best way to preserve the jaw and facial bones not only for implant placement but also for optimum esthetics with other dental prosthesis (such as bridges).
Modern dentistry is aimed at preserving and restoring teeth where possible. Tooth loss can have a highly damaging effect on dental health and appearance. In some circumstances of extreme damage to tooth structure, extractions are necessary. In these cases lost teeth can be replaced by implants, bridges or dentures.