To ensure healthy teeth and a beautiful smile, we recommend you visit a dentist regularly (at least every six months). Unfortunately, some things can’t always be prevented and you may develop serious dental problems that may cause you pain and require treatment.
We'll carefully assess your condition before suggesting treatments that might help you improve or maintain the health and appearance of your teeth. We'll personalize our treatments so that we can better meet your needs, and we'll strive to keep you satisfied with our services. If there's anything you need to be comfortable in our office, we'll try to accommodate your special requests.
If you have a cavity or need to repair a cracked, broken, or worn down tooth, a filling may be necessary. In order to treat the problem, we will need to remove the decayed area of the tooth and fill it in. First, the area around the tooth will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Then, a drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument will be used. The type of tool will depend on the extent of the problem area, due to location and decay. Once the decay has been removed, the area will be cleaned of any bacteria or leftover debris. Next we may need to put a liner made of glass ionomer or composite resin to protect the nerve. Once it is safe, the filling is applied in multiple layers and will be made into the necessary shape. After each layer has been applied and then dried, the tooth is then polished.
A dental crown is basically a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth. Crowns are necessary when a patient wants to restore a tooth’s shape, size, strength, and improve the overall appearance. These “caps” cover the entire portion of the tooth that is visible, right down to the gum line. There are many different types of crowns; ask Dr. Charles Sammons which one is best for you.
Dental bridges can restore your smile by “bridging” the gap created by one or more missing teeth. They are supported by your own teeth or with the help of dental implants. These bridges are made up of two or more crowns that are found on either side of the gap. Multiple visits are required for getting a dental bridge. A temporary bridge will be made in preparation for the permanent one that is being made. Dr. Charles Sammons understands that each patient has a unique mouth and we want to ensure a proper fit that will work best for you.
Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made porcelain laminates that are bonded directly to the teeth. They are an option for closing gaps, or for disguising discoloured teeth that do not respond well to whitening procedures. Depending on the procedure, tooth reduction may be necessary.
There are several options to consider when replacing missing teeth. Dentures and dental implants are the two most common solutions. The two differ in longevity, comfort, confidence while wearing, and effect on your pocket book.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer. Only about half of people diagnosed with oral cancer survive more than five years. That’s because cancer in the neck and mouth spreads quickly. Often, it isn’t found until it’s very advanced.
Oral cancer includes cancer of the throat, lips, mouth, tongue, gums and salivary glands. Anyone can get oral cancer. Although smoking increases the risk, more than 25% of oral cancer cases occur in people who never smoked.
Hygiene Check-Ups & Cleanings
Dental cleanings involve removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar (calculus) deposits that have built up on the teeth over time. Your teeth are continually bathed in saliva which contains calcium and other substances which help strengthen and protect the teeth. While this is a good thing, it also means that we tend to get a build-up of calcium deposits on the teeth. This chalky substance will eventually build up over time, like lime scale in a pipe or kettle. Usually it is tooth coloured and can easily be mistaken as part of the teeth, but it also can vary from brown to black in colour.
Invisalign® treatment allows our patients to straighten their teeth and improve their bite without the need for traditional silver braces. Instead, Invisalign® treatment uses a series of clears plastic aligners to straighten teeth. These aligners are virtually invisible and others will not know you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, unless you tell them.
TMJ treatment may range from conservative dental and medical care to complex surgery. Depending on the diagnosis, treatment may include short-term non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain and muscle relaxation, bite plate or splint therapy, and even stress management counseling. Generally, if non-surgical treatment is unsuccessful or if there is clear joint damage, surgery may be indicated.