A partial denture is one or more replacement teeth supported by a metal frame. It is removable, and usually held in place in the mouth by metal clasps. What to Expect Before making the partial denture, any existing dental work that needs to be done to prepare will be completed. Multiple impressions and bite registrations are required to construct a partial denture. Once the partial denture is made, it will be inserted and adjusted so that it is comfortable, looks natural, and functions properly. Your partial denture will then be checked and adjusted if needed at your regular checkups. The entire process should be pain-free, and no anesthetic usually needs to be used. Read more.
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Root canal therapy is a way to remove infected soft tissue inside the tooth (known as the pulp) due to trauma or bacterial decay. Some patients may experience sensitivity to hot, and cold, pain, swelling or no symptoms at all prior to having a root canal. What to Expect Root canal therapy consists of removing inflamed or infected pulp from the tooth, filling the spaces with a rubber-like substance that acts as a permanent bandage, and restoring the top, or crown, of the tooth to prevent damage and infection. This procedure is pain free (with the use of local anesthetic) and sedation is available. You may be given pain medication and antibiotics, as the area can be tender for a few days while it heals. Results Root canal therapy stops the infection, prevents it from spreading into the bone and causing bone loss, and allows you to keep your natural tooth without pain. Approximately 95% of teeth respond to normal [...]
Why does Dr. Alan Macdonald recommend daily flossing? 90% of tooth decay occurs between the teeth, flossing can prevent this decay. That is because flossing is a vitally important part of your oral hygiene routine. By removing plaque that accumulates between your teeth, flossing aids in prevention of tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque consists of bacteria that can attack your teeth and gums. When brushing your teeth you only reach about 60 % of the tooth surface. Flossing ensures that you reach the remaining areas. To learn more about flossing and techniques subscribe to our email list to receive latest news on flossing, technique, answered questions and much more!
Teeth can form cavities when sugar combines with bacteria in the mouth to form acid, which weakens the enamel when proper flossing and brushing is not done to remove it. These cavities can continue to grow in size, and even become painful, if not detected and ‘filled’. In our office, we offer tooth-coloured restorations rather than the traditional silver amalgam filling. These restorations are strongly bonded, wear-resistant composite fillings that are able to restore decayed teeth. Read more
If taking a bite of ice cream or having a sip of a hot cup of coffee causes you pain then you might have sensitive teeth. Sometimes the painful sensation is a result of a cavity or crack, but more often than not it is cause by worn enamel or an exposed tooth root. One of the best ways you can prevent your teeth from being sensitive is it to make sure you are brushing correctly. Brushing too vigorously can retract the gums and expose the sensitive part of the tooth making to the tooth even more sensitive. If you have sensitive teeth your dentist will have a number of treatment options for you. Your dentist may provide or inform you of desensitizing toothpaste, it will over a few brushes, help block the transmission of painful sensations from the tooth’s surface to the root. There are also several in office treatments that may be useful to strengthen your enamel. If [...]
A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. There are different types, but all are made of gold, porcelain, zirconia or a combination of these. A conventional bridge is made up of 2 crowns linked by a replacement tooth. Other types of bridges may only have one crown next to the replacement, or may have ‘wings’ that are bonded to the back of the teeth on either side of the replacement. Visit our Caledonia or our Simcoe clinics - please click here to make an appointment.
Missing teeth can cause serious problems, and not just with your appearance. The shape of your face and jaw can change, your remaining teeth can drift out of place, and you may have trouble eating certain foods or speaking clearly. Dental implants are permanent replacements that mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. They enhance appearance of your smile and improve speech and they are an ideal replacement for loose- fitting dentures. Dental implants can give you the confidence and healthy smile you have always wanted. Call us today to book a consultation to find out if they are right for you! Please click here.
A crown is the most common way to restore a single broken down tooth to its original size, shape and colour. Crowns are made of gold, porcelain, new zirconia (artificial diamond), or a combination of these. The colour of the crown is matched to your natural teeth so that it is indistinguishable. Crowns are typically recommended for teeth that are weak or have had a root canal to prevent further damage and to increase tooth durability. Read more