At Conestoga Dental Centre, we are committed to providing you with as comfortable an experience as possible. We stress the importance of oral hygiene to help you stay on track, but if you require more involved work, we are here to ease your anxiety about your procedure. We want you to look forward to seeing us, and our friendly, professional staff ensures that your experience with our centre is a pleasant one.
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Tooth whitening is a simple, safe, and effective process that lightens the teeth and gives you a brighter smile. We use the Discus Dental (Philips Oral Healthcare) whitening system. At your first visit, we will take impressions of your teeth so that we can fabricate a customized tray to fit over your teeth. At the second appointment, you will be given a kit with instructions on how to effectively use the system. Within two weeks, there will be a dramatic difference in the colour of your teeth. These products are FDA approved and safe to use under dentist supervision.
To assist in the prevention of gum disease and tooth decay, regular professional dental cleanings are performed by a registered dental hygienist. Plaque and tartar can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Your hygienist will remove these substances, as well as polish and remove stains from your teeth. The hygienist ensures that your smile receives the regular attention it deserves.
A small titanium screw, dental implants are placed into the jaw bone in areas of missing teeth to support crowns, bridges, or dentures. Implants replace missing teeth while preserving bone.
When the area of the tooth containing the nerves and blood supply becomes damaged or infected, you may experience severe pain, extreme sensitivity to hot or cold, a change in the colour of the tooth, or swelling in the area. A root canal can alleviate your symptoms and save the tooth.
The most commonly extracted teeth are the wisdom teeth (third molars). There may not be enough space at the back of the jaw to allow the wisdom teeth to grow in properly. Sometimes wisdom teeth become impacted against the teeth in front, or may only grow in partially. Wisdom teeth that have assumed an abnormal position should be removed in order to prevent pain, shifting of other teeth, infections, and cysts.
Composite bonding can improve the appearance of chipped, broken, cracked, or stained teeth and spaces between teeth. A thin layer of tooth-coloured composite resin is applied to restore chips and cracks, fill in gaps, or cover stains. Bonding material comes in many colours, so it is possible to match the shade of your teeth. The procedure takes one to two hours and the bonding lasts a long time.
Very thin porcelain restorations that are bonded to the front of the anterior teeth, veneers are a fantastic way to repair or enhance the appearance of front teeth. Used to whiten teeth and close spaces, they are very strong, with life-like appearance. They can make crowded or crooked teeth appear straight.
Veneers have many advantages over traditional porcelain fused-to-metal crowns. No tell-tale “dark line” can be seen at the gum line. Veneers transmit light better, creating a more translucent, natural appearance. They require either a minimal reduction of tooth structure or, sometimes, almost none at all.
Sealants are plastic coatings that are easily applied to the back teeth (usually in children and adolescents) to help prevent cavities. Not all teeth need to be sealed. The dentist will determine the need for sealants at the check-up appointment and a separate appointment is needed to apply the sealants.
Full and partial dentures replace missing teeth both aesthetically and functionally, providing support and restoring the smile. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth have been lost, while partial dentures fill in the gaps between natural teeth.
When teeth are heavily restored with filling material or have had root canal treatment, they become weak and brittle and are likely to fracture. This creates the risk of a fracture line going below the margin of the gum, which makes restoration more difficult or near impossible. By placing a crown over this weakened tooth, it can survive for many more years. When a single tooth is lost, a denture may not be required. Instead, a bridge can be made that spans the gap with a tooth attached to those next to the space.
Crowns may be made from several different materials, gold and porcelain being the most common types. Some porcelain crowns have metal inside, which gives them strength and supports the porcelain. We can replace large, worn-out fillings with all-porcelain crowns. These state-of-the-art, high strength, metal-free crowns will restore dark teeth and eliminate lines at the gum line to provide a completely natural-looking appearance.
Bacteria normally found in the mouth can cause periodontal (or gum) disease, resulting in tooth loss. These bacteria live off the supporting structures of the teeth, such as bone. As the bacteria eat away at the structures that support the teeth in your jaw, these teeth can loosen and even eventually fall out completely. Periodontal disease rarely causes any pain until it is in the most advanced and serious stages, at which time the condition may be too late to reverse.
When left untreated, gum disease can lead to numerous health issues and can permanently mar your smile. Gum disease can often be controlled by daily flossing, brushing, and regular cleanings. In our office, the dentist will check your gums and, if necessary, a certified periodontist on our staff will treat more advanced cases of periodontal disease.
We are often asked, “How important are baby teeth?” The answer is very important! The baby, or deciduous, teeth hold the places for developing adult teeth. Premature loss of a primary tooth can result in crowding of adult teeth or even an adult tooth being blocked from coming in properly or at all. The primary teeth can get decayed, which can lead to infection, which can affect the developing adult teeth.
Certain types of orthodontic problems can be detected early. Sometimes minor treatment can prevent more complicated treatment later on. A child with a healthy smile has confidence, which can be helpful socially.
Dr. Bregman and his staff address your oral care needs by offering flexible hours. Our office is open until 9:00 PM most days, allowing you to conveniently schedule an appointment after work or school. For further information about our dental services, please contact us today. We accept all new patients, and look forward to serving you soon.
Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and administered to the patient via a nasal mask. Patients breathe in and out normally as the concentration of nitrous oxide is adjusted to a comfortable level. The patient will remain awake and responsive, but anxiety level typically diminishes.
Patients often feel much less inhibited about receiving treatment. Many patients report that appointments seem shorter than they actually were. At the end of the appointment, the flow of nitrous oxide is discontinued and 100% oxygen is given. During this short time, the effect of nitrous oxide ceases and the patient quickly recovers. Many patients even return to work right after the appointment.
The fee for nitrous oxide sedation depends upon the length of administration time. Many insurance companies will cover it.
We will submit your claims directly to your insurance company, which eliminates paperwork and the need to wait long periods of time for reimbursement. We offer estimates for treatment plans and prescribed services before treatment commences. We also assist our patients in securing information on insurance coverage and financial payment arrangements when applicable.