We recommend that patients age 4 years and up visit their dentist twice a year for checkups and cleaning. These visits allow your dentist to detect and treat tooth decay and any other oral health problems of which you might not be aware.
A routine visit includes a thorough oral exam and a cleaning and polishing of teeth. Your dentist will also check your fillings and restorations for signs of wear.
Please contact us to schedule an appointment for your semiannual checkup; your visit will usually take about 45 minutes. Also, please let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to make your appointment.
Bonding is a cost-effective treatment for teeth that are chipped, discolored or crooked. Offered in different shades of white, this filling is applied to correct the appearance of the tooth and match its color.
Bonding can be used as a tooth filling instead of the silver amalgam fillings, as well.
While bonding is less expensive and time consuming than other treatments, it can stain, chip and break easier. If you have problems with your bonding, contact us for repair.
Bridges replace missing teeth by using porcelain, alloys and even gold to bond to surrounding teeth, placing an artificial tooth in the vacated space.
Left undiagnosed, oral cancer can be life threatening.
During your routine visit, your dentist will check your mouth for signs and symptoms of cancer and pre-cancerous conditions. If the examination results in areas of concern, the dentist will perform simple tests to determine whether a biopsy is necessary.
Symptoms of oral cancer include:
You can help prevent oral cancer by abstaining from all tobacco products and consuming alcohol in moderation. A healthy diet and limited exposure to the sun, including using ultraviolet blocking protection, also help maintain good oral health.
A crown is a cap that covers your tooth to improve its strength and appearance after damage from wear, chips and decay. The cap, made from porcelain, metal or both, is cemented onto the tooth and provides strength for biting and chewing.
Crowns are created to suit your unique teeth, bite and jaw movements so that your mouth functions normally.
Dentures are removable teeth that look just like your real teeth. We offer full dentures to replace all of your natural teeth and partial dentures when you’re missing only some natural teeth.
Our staff can help you understand how to care for your dentures.
Sone’s On Sheppard Dental Centre uses the latest, most-advance X-ray technology in order to provide the best care for our patients. Our machines are some of the safest and most time efficient in the industry.
If you have any questions about our X-rays, please discuss them with us during your next visit.
If you have a tooth that is misshapen or decayed beyond repair, or if you have an infection or need an orthodontic correction, it might be necessary to remove a tooth.
Your dentist can extract your tooth either during your routine visit or at a subsequent appointment. Sedation if often required, and you should discuss with your dentist your preferences and make arrangements for help getting to your appointment and back home.
Also, be certain to follow your dentist’s instructions for care after the extraction.
If you have decay in a tooth, your dentist will clear out the decay and provide a filling made from ceramic, plastic, porcelain, gold or a composite. The filling can either be placed into a cavity created by the dentist or as an indirect filling, including inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns or bridges.
Fluoride provides protection against tooth decay and plaque buildup. Treatments take a couple of minutes, though you are often required to avoid rinsing, eating and drinking for 30 minutes so the fluoride can take effect.
A root canal is a procedure where bacteria or diseased or dead roots are removed from an existing tooth in order to preserve the tooth itself. Left alone, these conditions threaten the health of your jawbone.
After the tooth is cleaned out, it can be filled with a composite to restore its natural appearance or be capped with a crown. Your dentist will discuss the options with you.
Sealants provide a protective barrier for your teeth against plaque and tooth decay. While commonly used for children who have recently developed their permanent teeth, sealants are an option for people of all ages, making it easier to brush and keep your teeth clean and healthy.
Sealants typically last from 3 to 5 years. If part of your sealant has come off, tell your dentist and schedule an appointment for a repair.
Discuss sealants with us during your next visit.
Veneers are custom-made covers for the front and sides of teeth that hide imperfections like gaps, chips, stains, and misshapen teeth. Made from porcelain and other stain-resistant, tooth-colored materials, veneers provide a natural appearance and brighten your smile.
Wisdom teeth are molars in the back of the mouth that appear in the late teens and early twenties. These teeth often fail to erupt, become painful, and develop decay because they’re difficult to clean. When one or more of these conditions present themselves – or sometimes as a precautionary procedure when they first appear – the wisdom teeth are removed.
If your wisdom teeth are causing discomfort, tell your dentist, who will then discuss your options, explain the procedure, and offer instructions for caring for your mouth during the post-extraction healing process.