“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”
We at Emerald View Dental wholeheartedly believe in the importance of prevention when it comes to your teeth. That is why we adopt the most cutting-edge imaging and diagnostic technology to aid in our regular and thorough screening exams. From routine radiographs to panoramic 3D reconstructions of your jaw anatomy, we utilize these important tests to aid us in diagnosis of disease, and in having a more informed discussion with you about the range of available treatment options based on your specific needs.
There are two main techniques for removing plaque and tartar from your teeth – manual and ultrasonic. The decision for which option is best depends on the extent of plaque and tartar (a term for plaque that has hardened onto the teeth) present. For optimal results and maximal precision, our dentists use a combination of both approaches in addition to rotary (rotating rubber cup with dental cleaning paste) to smooth out and polish the teeth. This is then followed by multi-surface polishing of each tooth, one by one, as well as fluoride treatment to prevent future caries.
Teeth Whitening / Bleaching
Even if you brush and floss your teeth thoroughly every day, you may notice that your smile begins to lose its shine over time. While proper oral hygiene can go a long way in preventing stains, things like aging, medications, coffee, tea and tobacco can all contribute to tooth discolouration and yellowing.
But no need to worry: Obtaining a whiter, more beautiful smile within one office visit has never been simpler! Following a dental exam to ensure the overall health of your teeth and gums, we provide a safe and pain-free teeth whitening treatment that yields immediately visible results. Photos may be taken of your teeth, and their color measured as benchmarks for assessing your progress. So sit back and relax as your teeth whiten in no time!
At home bleaching:
Whitening involves applying bleach solutions to the teeth. The bleach attacks the colored organic molecules that lodge within the tooth enamel (the outermost covering). The diverse range of at-home teeth whitening solutions allow you to recapture your teeth’s shine while on the go!
Your dentist will give you custom-made mouth trays made of clear, flexible plastic that you will fill with whitening gel and then leave on your teeth for a prescribed period of time. This option works more gradually than in-office bleaching, but is ideal for hypersensitive teeth or for maintenance treatment in-between clinic visits. Your dentist can also help you choose the most effective whitening method for your particular situation.
Restorative Dental Treatment
Composite (tooth-colour) fillings: Natural colour filling replace missing or extracted teeth due to caries. We measure and match the appropriate shade to your tooth for optimal function and aesthetics.
Glass ionomer filling: another type of natural colour filling that also releases fluoride. This has various uses, including in deep fillings, caries close to the gingival margin and in restorative cases for our pediatrics patients, who may find placement with these fillings easier.
Crowns are fixed prosthetic devices used to entirely cover or “cap” a missing or weak tooth. Crowns are used to strengthen a damaged tooth, or to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. They can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a more natural shape and structure for better function. Depending on yoru specific dental needs, crowns can be made up of various materials, with some matched to the color of your natural teeth
A bridge is commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth can eventually lead to misalignment of surrounding teeth and gum disease, resulting in a bad bite. Bridges alleviate this risk. They anchor to the surrounding teeth and span the space of the missing tooth, eventually allowing for tooth replacement. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations.
Implants are used for the replacement of missing tooth (or teeth). They are titanium rods that are surgically embedded into the jawbone. With time, the implant fuses with your bone, acting as a new “root” to support a crown, bridge or full denture. The artificial teeth or crown (cap) will replace your missing tooth and is made to look and feel like your natural teeth. Since implants fuse to your jawbone, they help give you the same stability and security as your natural teeth. Moreover, implants are an ideal cosmetic solution to missing teeth, allowing you to chew and speak with ease. Therefore, implants can help give you a replacement tooth that looks, feels and functions as naturally as the original!
Dental Treatment (Dentures)
Dentures are artificial replacements for your missing natural teeth and gums. If a trauma or poor oral health has resulted in loss of most or all of your teeth, dentures can replace your missing teeth. There are two types of dentures: complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. For both types, your dentist takes 3D impressions of your teeth to create a custom-made model for your dentures.
Partial dentures may be used when nearby teeth are not strong enough to hold a bridge, or when many teeth are missing. The artificial teeth of a denture are held in place by metal clasps that fit onto nearby natural teeth, and can be removed for cleaning and at night. Conversely, “full dentures” and are used when all your natural teeth are missing. Complete dentures are removable as they are held in place by suction.
Alignment of the teeth and jaws not only gives you a beautiful looking smile, but also improves your oral health. Crooked teeth that do not fit together are harder to keep clean and are at risk of tooth decay and loss. Braces are either fixed or removable dental appliances that can be used to straighten teeth, correct an irregular bite, or close unsightly gaps. Braces work by applying continuous pressure over a period of time to slowly move teeth in the jaw bone. Today’s braces are more comfortable than ever before, with newer orthodontic material and techniques capable of moving teeth in a shorter period of time.
Invisalign are clear and invsible set of custom-made plastic aligners, designed to shift your teeth into the proper position. Every few weeks, the aligner trays are replaced with a new set, continually being adjusted as the teeth shift into their desired placement.
(Root Canal Therapy)
Our teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Sometimes, however, sometimes a deep cavity or an injury that cracks the tooth can cause damage to the inner aspect of the tooth, called the pulp, where the network of blood vessels and nerves reside. If left untreated, the inflamed pulp can become infected and can cause further injury to the surrounding bone, resulting in swelling and pain.
Endodontic treatment, or Root Canal Therapy is performed to save the tooth, and to relive pain and swelling. This involves opening the tooth, removing the damaged pulp, and then sealing the tooth. Afterwards, a crown or other restoration can be placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth are the third and last molars on each side of the upper and lower jaws. They are the last teeth to erupt, usually in your late teens or early twenties. By the time they errupt, there is typically no longer enough room in the jaw to accommodate them. This can lead to misalignment of the teeth or impaction that can result in painful crowding and disease.
Since removing the wisdom teeth at an earlier age is less demanding and has fewer complications, the American Dental Association recommends that people between 16 and 19 have their wisdom teeth evaluated to see if they need to be removed. Getting your wisdom teeth out is a pretty common occurrence and with the right kind of anesthesia, it is a relatively comfortable procedure. It should be considered if you are developing frequent cavities and infections, or gum issues affect the health of adjacent teeth.