Dr. Wilson believes that the best way to take care of his patients is to start with a foundation of good dental health. Every visit begins with a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and other areas of your mouth. Dr. Wilson and his staff will educate you about your dental health, learn about your concerns and discuss with you what you want or need from your dental appointments, whether restorative care and maintenance or cosmetic dental enhancements.
- CHECKUPS & HYGIENE
- CROWNS & VENEERS AND FIXED BRIDGES
- DENTURES AND PARTIAL DENTURES
- ROOT CANAL THERAPY
- COSMETIC DENTISTRY
BONDED RESIN FILLINGS
Bonded composite (white) fillings have been used for many years however their chemical make-up and the bonding agents used today have improved drastically. They are being used to close undesirable spaces, improve the shape, size and color of a tooth, replace an unsightly amalgam restoration, cover abraded or worn areas of a tooth (usually at the gum line) and to cover stains. Composites can also be used to repair and strengthen broken teeth.
These fillings require a bit more time than the silver fillings because of the number of technique sensitive steps involved. Composite or “white” fillings are much more conservative. Less of your natural tooth structure will need to be removed. They are chemically bonded to the remaining tooth holding it together rather than simply filling the space as the amalgam filling does which results in a stronger tooth that looks great! They have a much more natural and aesthetic appearance.
Once the tooth has been prepared, the bonding agents are placed on the tooth and then the composite material is placed incrementally into the tooth. All these materials are hardened by exposure to a special (bright blue) curing light. The restoration is then contoured to fit the bite perfectly and polished.
Amalgam or mercury fillings have been used as a main filling material for decades and there was a time when it was the best material dentists had to restore teeth with. Although the issue over the use and safety of amalgam in the dental office is not clear and is still being debated. Dr. Wilson and the Lake Dental Health Centre no longer use it or recommend it when the placement of a new filling is needed.
There may come a time when a tooth can no longer be filled. Damage to a tooth caused by decay and fracture, even natural wear can result in too little remaining tooth structure to be filled.
Placing a filling in such cases will restore the tooth temporarily but will not provide any strength or protection against future fractures. Dental crowns are recommended as the best preventative treatment option and unfortunately, in most cases as a last resort.
porcelain fused to metal crownCrowns can be made from different materials, which include the full porcelain crown, the porcelain fused-to-metal crown and the all-metal crown (full gold). You and your dentist will decide which type is appropriate, depending upon the strength requirements and esthetic concerns of the tooth involved.
When faced with losing a tooth, there are numerous options for replacement and should definitely be considered. When a space is left untended, the surrounding teeth can drift and tip altering your bite and negatively affect your appearance. One option for replacement is the permanently fixed bridge. Missing teeth can be replaced with a series of crowns when a false tooth is attached permanently to crowned teeth on either side of the space.
Porcelain Veneers are a simple and effective way to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. They are ultra thin pieces of strong, tooth shaped porcelain.
At your first appointment the front of the tooth will be prepared to create a good surface to adhere the veneer to. Impressions are taken and temporary veneers are placed and worn while the permanent veneers are being fabricated by the dental technician in the laboratory. This is usually about 2 weeks.
At the second appointment the temporary veneers are removed easily, the teeth are cleaned off and prepared with a mild etching gel to roughen the enamel prior to placement. The bonding solution in applied between the tooth and the veneer and a bright blue light called a curing light is used to set or harden the bond.
With proper care and maintenance your new veneers will last for years. Veneers are not permanent and will someday have to be replaced but they are very durable and will last many years, giving you a lasting and beautiful smile and are a fantastic option to close gaps between teeth, repair damaged, discolored or crooked teeth. If you think Porcelain Veneers are what you would like to improve your smile please call us today for a consultation and more information.
Root Canal Therapy can save a tooth whose nerves and blood supply have been affected. Years ago, the only solution to diseased or damaged teeth was to remove them.
For more information about Root Canal Therapy go to: http://www.endoexperience.com/patients.html
Full and partial dentures are a removable option for replacing missing teeth. Today, you can have dentures that are comfortable and natural looking.
Depending on your specific case, Dr. Wilson will design suitable dentures to replace your missing teeth and provide a natural look and appearance that restores function and stability.
Care for your dentures and your mouth daily by removing them for cleaning. Brush them with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste to prevent buildup of tartar. Remove your dentures every night to give your tissues a rest.