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Healthy, Smiling Teeth in Woodstock

Cosmetic Dentistry
Having a bright, healthy smile in our society has always made people more confident, happy and approachable. Because of this, we employ the most current techniques and materials to help you achieve this level of comfort.

Our treatments include:

Bridges
If you wear a partial denture or are considering filling the gaps in your mouth where teeth have been extracted, a bridge is a good option in very specific cases.

A bridge is merely a number of crowns that are fixed together with a prosthetic (false) tooth placed in the space to replace one or more teeth. Because it is cemented on, it is not removable and eliminates the need for partial dentures.

The procedure usually involves 2–3 visits; the first involves the preparation of the teeth on either side of the gap and impressions are taken of your mouth. The colour and fit of the bridge usually require another 1-2 appointments if we’re to ensure good function and cosmetics.

If required, we often ask our lab to do an in-office visit or have you go to their nearby location to aid in matching the porcelain to the neighbouring teeth so that the crown looks more natural.

Between appointments, we ensure that the tooth is covered with a temporary crown while our laboratory is preparing your final restoration.
Crowns
If your tooth has a large filling that is failing, chips and cracks and/or has had root canal therapy that has left is susceptible to fracture, we may suggest that you have a crown placed. A crown covers the tooth and helps restore it to its original shape and function. Once cemented on, it helps prevent the tooth from further deterioration and subsequent loss.

The procedure usually involves 2 visits; the first involves the preparation of the tooth and the second the cementation of the final crown approx. 1-2 weeks following the first.

If required, we often ask our lab to do an in-office visit or have you go to their nearby location to aid in matching the porcelain to the neighbouring teeth so that the crown looks more natural.

Between appointments, we ensure that the tooth is covered with a temporary crown while our laboratory is preparing your final restoration.
Dentures
There are two types of dentures: partial and full dentures.

Partial Dentures
A partial denture is also called a “removable partial denture” or a “partial.” It is made up of one or more false teeth, and held in place by clasps that fit onto nearby teeth. You can take the partial denture out yourself, for cleaning and at night. A partial denture may be used when nearby teeth are not strong enough to hold a bridge, or when more than just a few teeth are missing.

Full Dentures
A full denture is also called a “complete denture” or “false teeth.” It can be used when all your natural teeth are missing. Remember, you need to care for a denture as carefully as you would look after your own because plaque builds up on the denture as it does on your own teeth.

General care is as follows:

  • Remove plaque from your remaining teeth, and dentures as well, with a brush
  • Ensure that the sink you brush it your dentures over is full of water in case you drop it!!! Water is much more forgiving that porcelain
  • Soak your denture overnight in a cleaner
  • See your dentist regularly to ensure that your remaining teeth, gums and supporting ridges and bone are healthy
Gum Disease & Treatment
Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems adults face, but gum disease can begin at just about any age and most often develops slowly and without causing any pain. Sometimes you may not notice any signs until the disease is serious and you are in danger of losing teeth.

We pride ourselves on our aggressive and proactive treatment of gum disease believing that your periodontium (gum and supporting bone surrounding your teeth) is the foundation of great oral health. If left unchecked, advanced gum disease – also known as periodontitis – can lead to bad breath, bleeding, swelling, pain, loose teeth and, ultimately, tooth loss. Since this disease affects most people, to varying degrees, we treat every individual with the level of care they require.
Tooth-Coloured Fillings
Tooth-coloured fillings (composite resin) offer a number of advantages over the older silver amalgam fillings that have been in use for around 200 years. In our experience, they are not only more cosmetic but can allow the dentist to bond the material to thinned out weak tooth structure and help prevent the tooth from further breakage. As well, we find that we tend to get less post-operative sensitivity with our technique. In certain cases, porcelain inlays or onlays – or even gold – may be recommended instead of this resin for further strength and wear resistance.

The technique is as follows: decay is removed from the tooth, a lining material is placed to protect the deepest part of the cavity preparation, a bonding agent (or adhesive) is placed in the tooth and then the soft filling material is placed in and shaped to replicate the missing tooth. All this is hardened using a blue spectrum light and then the tooth and filling are further shaped and polished.

We only use composite resin fillings. Despite this, our philosophy towards silver amalgam filling is straight forward; it is a good, strong and long lasting material that has served people well over the years but may have questionable health effects on very a small segment of the population. We do not offer this material to our patients when placing new fillings and we will not remove them from teeth unless they have been structurally damaged or have decay under them. If you have any concerns about our philosophy, we welcome any discussion on this topic before we begin your treatment.
Immediate Full Dentures
As health care practitioners, we advocate prevention of disease and maintenance of systemic health. However, there are times that this simply necessitates the removal of teeth that have a hopeless prognosis and cannot be saved. In many instances all of the remaining teeth have to be removed because of advanced gum problems, decay, dental problems worsened by systemic disease, cancer treatment, illicit drug use etc. Often we are able to place a full denture (upper, lower or both) immediately following the extractions so that you never have to be without teeth. For many this will be the first time in years they are able to smile without being embarrassed.

It is important to understand that although we are eliminating disease, there are other long term problems associated with full denture wear. We will certainly discuss the pros and cons of denture wear and whether implant placement following extractions would be an option for you.
Implant-Supported Dentures
We have to remind our patients that full dentures are not real teeth. This seems obvious but when someone comes in stating that their denture has movement to it when they’re speaking or eating, they must be told that there is a certain amount of “give”, even to a well-fitting denture. For some, full dentures are enough but there are those who do not adapt well to them. Over time the underlying bone can atrophy (shrink) making it difficult to wear dentures and, prematurely aging one's face, eating can be difficult and gaggers can have obvious problems keeping them in. One way of avoiding these difficulties is to have an implant supported denture.

Fairly recently, advances in implant treatment have introduced the “all on four” technique that allows a full denture to be placed in each arch to support a permanently placed denture the same day of surgery. Please ask us how we can help you explore the different options available.
Implant-Supported Crowns & Bridges
Implant-supported crowns and bridges are available. These options can be discussed with your dentist.
Invisalign® Orthodontics
Orthodontics is often the first choice of treatment when correcting cosmetic, functional (bite) and/or TM joint problems. There are many people who avoid it because of the stigma they feel is associated with wearing brackets and wires on their teeth – at almost any age. With Invisalign®, we can eliminate the use of the unsightly metal hardware on your teeth with this orthodontic system.

Invisalign® treatment consists of a series of plastic aligners that are custom made to fit only your mouth. Using precise impressions of your teeth, these virtually invisible aligners snap on and gradually shift them over a predictable period of time. A new one is placed approximately every two weeks during the course of treatment and continues until we achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Please ask us for a demonstration or video presentation that shows this amazing procedure.
Root Canal Therapy
When the pulp of the tooth has become infected or inflamed, it is sometime necessary to remove the diseased portion to stop the spread of decay. While the term “root canal” is commonly seen as painful, it is typically no more painful than a normal tooth drilling and filling procedure.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
There are several reasons for wisdom teeth to be removed, the most common of which is to avoid overcrowding which may cause pain and the misalignment of the teeth. Secondly, being at the back of the mouth, wisdom teeth are the most difficult teeth to clean, making them highly susceptible to cavities and tooth decay.
Implants
The effects of tooth loss on your overall health, appearance and self-esteem are well known to those who suffer from them. When one loses a tooth, the neighbouring and even opposing teeth can shift out of place causing your bite and smile to be affected. As well, the bone surrounding the extracted tooth can shrink over the course of months and years, compromising the function and cosmetics of the remaining teeth even more so.

Whether you’ve lost teeth due to cavities, trauma or gum disease, it is important on many levels to consider replacing them to ensure that you can eat with comfort, smile with pride and confidence but also prevent further bone loss that can make you look older than your years. Implants are often a great way of achieving this goal.

An implant is simply a root shaped surgical grade piece of titanium that is installed at the site of the missing tooth. The success of implants follows years of research that shows that this type of metal actually stimulates bone growth and – over a period of months following placement – can actually bond to your own bone. Once the implant has successfully integrated with your jawbone, a post (abutment) and crown are attached to the implant permanently.

It is currently known that the most of the bone loss following an extraction takes place in the first year. Valuable supporting bone and gum will shrink away leaving unsightly spaces that can affect the cosmetics of the area. If the area of the extraction site lends well this procedure, we can often place an implant into the extraction site the same day to help prevent this bone and gum loss. Not only do we preserve the site of extraction but we also minimize the number of surgical appointments you will need. In certain cases, a temporary crown can actually be attached to the implant at the very same appointment so that you never have to smile without a missing tooth. Click here to reach our Patient Education videos and select the Implant tab for further information.

This fascinating science has allowed us to replace missing single teeth (implant supported crown), multiple teeth (implant supported bridge) or all teeth (implant supported dentures). Please contact us for more information or to set up a consultation to see if you’re a candidate.
Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are the simplest, fastest and least invasive way of transforming your existing smile to the one you’ve only dreamed of having – and most often this can be achieved comfortably in only two visits. By adding a thin layer of porcelain to each of your front teeth, we can change the shape, colour, eliminate chips, cracks and spaces instantly. In many cases where there are fillings already placed in the front teeth, we can actually improve the aesthetics and make the tooth stronger by reinforcing them with the bonded porcelain.

The process usually follows this timeline; at the first appointment the selected teeth are prepared by removing – only if necessary – a very thin layer of enamel. Often this reshaping allows us to fit the porcelain onto the tooth without making them appear too thick. If required, temporary veneers will be placed to help us determine the final shape we are trying to achieve with the final veneers. 1 – 2 weeks later, at the second appointment, the super thin veneers are tried in and checked for fit and colour. Once approved by you and our team, they are cemented into place.

Veneers do not wear out or stain however they are subject to breakage just like your real teeth. If you have a clenching or grinding habit, you’ll need to wear a guard to protect your teeth at night or you may not be a candidate for veneers in the first place.
Re-Contouring (Gum & Tooth)
Sometimes the smile you’ve always wanted is the one you have! Misshapen, rotated, tipped or chipped teeth can often just have small adjustments done to them to make them cosmetically attractive once again. Occasionally we can even enhance that with small amounts of tooth coloured bonding material but with or without, it’s often the simplest way to improve your smile.

There is another important aspect to your smile – your gums! Dental professionals have always realized that healthy pink gums are an integral part of a healthy smile. It’s only recently that we recognize that each tooth is framed by gum and how important it is to have symmetrical, straight tissue stretching across the breadth of the smile to give it that full and pleasing look. If not, the tissue can be easily altered by using painless laser treatment that often has little or no discomfort afterwards. We often use this technique to ensure that our results with veneers and crowns are even better.
Tooth Whitening
Has your smiled bothered you to the point where you try to smile without parting your lips? Or raise your hand to cover your mouth so whomever you’re speaking to can’t see your teeth? Perhaps your smile just doesn’t look as youthful as it used to because of staining, chipping and general yellowing due to coffee, smoking or just wear and tear. In cases like this, often the simplest and most effective way of rejuvenating your smile is to whiten or “bleach” your teeth.

Up until now, all whitening systems available were exactly the same – using hydrogen or carbamide peroxide in a custom made plastic tray to help apply it to your teeth. For some people, it was quite effective – however for many it just didn’t brighten teeth at all, it only lightened them but only to a certain point and/or caused extreme sensitivity following its use. With the introduction of KoR bleaching, teeth whitening has become a predictable and comfortable experience with excellent, maximum effective aesthetic results. Depending on the degree of discolouration of your teeth, one or more in-office whitening sessions are performed in conjunction with a take home kit to produce the most beautiful, long lasting whitening of your smile that has ever been offered. Please ask us about this revolutionary new product.
Contact Information
741 Dundas Street,
Woodstock, ON, N4S 1E8

Toll-Free: 1-833-537-6667
Phone: 519-537-6666
Fax: 519-537-7135