Our expert dental services
With careful assessment of each patient, our doctors accurately diagnose and develop a specific dental care plan based on the specific needs of each patient. We believe in maintaining an open dialogue and encourage all our patients to ask questions, stay informed and be involved in their overall oral health.
Bridges are used to fill the gap when one or more tooth is missing. Bridges are a fixed solution to maintain a natural appearance and normal function of the mouth.
Maintaining a healthy bite
Replacing the gap left behind by missing teeth is important for a healthy dental appearance and function. When a tooth is missing, the other teeth will shift and fill the space, leading to an accumulation in plaque and later, gum disease. Missing teeth can also lead to dysfunctional chewing and problems with the joints associated with mastication. Installation of a bridge can fill the void of a missing tooth and assure a healthy bite.
A crown is needed to improve the appearance of a tooth, restore a tooth to its natural shape and to strengthen a tooth and the patient's bite.
Protecting the surface
Dental crowns are often used when a filling has become too large or worn, your tooth is cracked or damaged or following a root canal. Crowns are cemented into place and cover the area of the tooth, becoming its new surface, improving the appearance and function of your tooth. This type of restoration is sometimes referred to as a "cap" and is made out of porcelain, metal or both. During your visit our trained doctors will take diagnostic x-rays and moulds of your mouth to assess and treat each patient accordingly.
A dental implant is used to replace the root of a missing tooth and will hold a replacement tooth or a bridge in place.
When an implant is necessary
Your dentist may suggest a dental implant when you’re in overall good general health and have recently lost a tooth to periodontal disease or an injury. Dental implants are inserted into the patient’s jawbone and therefore, feel and look and act as natural teeth. Our doctors will work to ensure your dental implant is comfortable and securely in place so your confidence and smile are restored. There are two main types of implants used today, Endosteal and Subperiosteal. Endosteal implants are inserted in the bone and most commonly used. Subperiosteal is implanted on top of the jawbone, usually used on patients with minimal bone to hold an Endosteal in place. Your dentist will assess each patient individually and suggest the best choice for you.
A denture is a prosthetic that replaces missing teeth and gums and supports the cheeks and remaining mouth tissue. Dentures are removable, very natural looking, and with technological advances, are very comfortable to wear.
Complete and Partial Dentures
There are two types of dentures available, a complete, which is needed when the patient no longer has any teeth in the mouth and a partial, for when there only few missing teeth. It's important to keep in mind patients of any age may require dentures. Your dentist will evaluate your condition and customize a new set of teeth just for you.
An extraction is when your dentist removes one or more of your teeth.
When extraction is necessary
Your dentist may extract a tooth for various reasons such as, severe decay, advanced gum disease, impaction (such as wisdom teeth) or injury beyond repair. Once your tooth is extracted, you may experience difficulty in chewing, normal jaw function and problems with your temporomandibular joints, which may affect your overall dental health. Our doctors will offer the best alternatives and replacement options to maintain overall dental health.
Two types of extraction
There are two types of extraction, a simple and a surgical. Using a local anesthetic, and an instrument called an elevator and forceps, your dentist can perform a simple extraction. During a surgical extraction, an oral surgeon will make a small incision into your gum to remove the tooth and possibly surrounding bone. Your doctor will use a local anesthetic as well as general anesthesia to ensure your comfort.
Upper Thornhill Dental Care is a silver/mercury/amalgam-free practice. Although many patients have these types of fillings, they are not particularly attractive. Silver fillings can sometimes lead to fracturing over time, however porcelain fillings can add strength to weakened teeth. Porcelain inlays/onlays and direct/indirect composites a almost unnoticeable in the mouth and very strong thanks to advanced bonding techniques available.
Advantages of Porcelain
Porcelain, or composite resin restorations can be formulated to match the true colour of the rest of your teeth for a natural appearance. Resin fillings bond to teeth, unlike silver fillings, where the tooth is cut to create a uniformed fit.
Inlays and onlays are an alternative method to improving your tooth's natural form. When there's only slight damage to the tooth, inlays and onlays provide a complete treatment solution.
What is the diiference between an inlay and an onlay?
An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside the cusp tips of the tooth; where an onlay involves more of a reconstruction, extending out over one or more of the cusps of the tooth. Inlays and onlays are a custom procedure and will often last longer than a filling. Your dentist will most likely use porcelain and composite due to their strength and appearance, which can match the colour of your natural teeth and go virtually unnoticed.
Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom -made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisaible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth in to place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You simply pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete and you achieve the confident smile that you've always wanted. The best part about the whole process is that most people won't even know you're strightening your teeth.
- Clear aligners are virtually invisible
- Smooth comfortable plastic aligners
- Aligners are removable for easy cleaning
- Eat whatever you want
You may be surprised to know that t he benefits of having properly aligned teeth extend far beyond a confient smile. According to American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health. Think about it - a smile can hardly be perfect if it's not a healthy one. Fortunately, with Invisalign, having confident smile and reducing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease go hand in hand.
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures. A root canal can save your natural tooth and prevent extraction.
How is a root canal performed?
Your dentist will perform a root canal when the root of your tooth becomes infected. Infection of the root, if left untreated, can cause deep decay, cracks and long-term damage. If you experience tooth pain and discomfort and have trouble chewing, a root canal may be needed. During a root canal procedure, your dentist will remove the infected, or dead root (pulp) from your tooth. First you will receive a local anesthetic, then your dentist will remove the infected area by creating an opening in the tooth. Once cleaned, your dentist will fill and seal the tooth with a filling. The tooth may also require a crown to help bring it back to normal form and function.
Most tooth decay occurs on the deep grooves on the surfaces of the back teeth. Your dentist may choose to apply a sealant to these areas to protect them from decay. Sealants are very thin epoxy resin-based plastic coatings that last years before reapplication is needed.
How are sealants applied?
Applying sealants is a very short and simple procedure. Your dentist will clean your teeth, then apply a gel for a few moments, then wash the gel off and apply the sealant with a brush. It only takes a moment to dry. Both children and adults can benefit from sealants as they contain fluoride to protect every tooth from tooth decay.
At Upper Thornhill Dental Care, we want to help everyone have the smile they have always wanted. The most effective way to revitalize and rejuvenate your smile is with teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening options
There are several methods to teeth whitening your dentist will discuss with you. When receiving in-office whitening treatments, the results are instant. By carefully applying highly concentrated peroxide gel, for about 15minutes, tooth stains will begin to disappear. For darker, deeper stains, more than one session may be required.
Veneers are thin ceramic, porcelain or composite shells, which are bonded to the front of teeth to improve their appearance.
Benefits of veneers
Veneers are a great solution to improving the look of your smile and the colour and shape of your teeth with minimal tooth reduction. For patients with gaps between their front teeth, veneers are a great option for closing the gap and improving the overall appearance of front teeth. The application of veneers requires little to no anesthesia. The professionals at Upper Thornhill Dental Care will ensure your veneers last for many years.