Disera Dental performs dental cleanings during routine visits to our office. Each time you or your child come in for a checkup, we will provide a professional cleaning to help your smile stay healthy. This teeth cleaning is important, as we can give you a more thorough cleaning than a toothbrush. During your tooth cleaning, Disera Dental will:
- Clean your teeth by removing plaque and tartar, therefore helping prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease.
- Polish your teeth for a bright smile
- Examine your teeth and gums for signs of any dental conditions or diseases
During your exam, we use digital X-rays to check your smile and see if any further treatments are needed.
We recommend that you visit the dentist at least every six months for a routine dental cleaning and exam. We encourage you to visit more often if needed. We urge you to contact us quickly if you experience any dental emergency, including pain or damage to the teeth, gums, or jaw.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, attacks the tissues that surround and support your teeth. If left untreated, this disease causes the gums to recede from the teeth. This is a major cause of tooth loss in adults.
Some of the warning signs of gum disease are:
- Gums that bleed easily
- Red, swollen, or tender gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
- Permanent teeth that are loose or drifting
- Any change in your bite
- Any change in the fit of partial dentures
If you notice any of these signs, we urge you to contact Disera Dental as soon as possible.
The dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth all the way down to the roots. Then, he will smooth your roots. This is done because tartar sticks more easily to rough surfaces.
At Disera Dental, the dentist use fillings to treat cavities. The decayed portion of the tooth is removed. The area is then cleaned of bacteria and debris, and filled. The filling is shaped to fit the tooth’s contours and bite, and then hardened for a lasting restoration.
Composite fillings, or tooth-coloured fillings, are made of composite resin. These kinds of restorations are durable and natural-looking.
Disera Dental offers convenient emergency dental services to our patients in the Thornhill area. We also accept new patients that have a dental emergency and that require immediate attention.
To book an emergency call 905-707-0377
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. They fill the vacant space using a false tooth with a crown on either side. The teeth on either side of a gap will be re-shaped by the dentist to allow space for crowns to be placed over them.
Here are just a few of the things bridges can do for you:
- Enhance your smile
- Restore the ability to chew and speak properly
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Distribute your bite properly by replacing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to help restore its natural shape, size, and strength. To prepare your tooth for a crown, the dentist may first take a few x-rays to check the tooth’s roots and surrounding bone for decay. If there is extensive decay or if the pulp is at risk of infection, additional treatment may be needed. The dentist will numb the tooth and the surrounding area. Then, the tooth will be slightly shaped to allow room for the crown. The dentist will take an impression of the tooth and the teeth above,so a crown can be custom made. When the crown is ready, it is permanently cemented in place. This process takes two visits. Disera Dental offers same day crowns.
An adult may need a dental crown in the following situations:
- To protect a weak tooth
- To restore a broken or worn tooth
- To support a tooth with a large filling
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To improve misshapen or discolored teeth
- To cover a dental implant
Having a tooth extraction means to have a tooth pulled. Before pulling a tooth, the dentist will numb the area. After the tooth has been pulled, the dentist will have you bite down on a gauze pad to stop the bleeding, and will provide you with instructions on how to care for your smile as it heals. In some cases, the dentist will place a few stitches to close the gums over the extraction site.
A tooth may need to be pulled for a number of reasons. A crowded mouth may have a tooth pulled to allow the other teeth to align. If you have infection in the pulp of a tooth too extensive for a root canal, to remedy; an extraction may be necessary. Some patients cannot afford even the risk of infection due to chemotherapy or an organ transplant. These procedures compromise the immune system and make any infection dangerous. If this is the case and your tooth is at risk of infection, we may extract the tooth.
Root canal therapy is a procedure in which the dentist will remove diseased pulp from the center of your tooth and the root canals. The dental pulp is the soft tissue inside your teeth that contains blood vessels, nerves, and connecting tissue.
In preparation for root canal therapy, the dentist will take an x-ray to see the shape of the root canals of the infected tooth and to determine if there is any infection in the surrounding bone. Your tooth and the surrounding area will then be numbed using anesthesia. Then the dentist removes the pulp, bacteria, decayed nerve tissue, and debris from the tooth. To fill the tooth, a sealer paste and a rubber compound are placed in the root canal. Finally, the dentist will seal the tooth with a filling.
A root canal is needed when a tooth’s pulp becomes infected. When this happens, you will likely have some or all of the following symptoms:
- Severe toothache
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
- Discoloration of a tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the gums
- A persistent pimple on the gums
After a root canal procedure, and the tooth is healed, an additional treatment will be required. The tooth is now more brittle, as the supporting structure of the tooth has been removed. To avoid the tooth from breaking the dentist will recommend a possible post/core and then a crown.
Night guards are coverings that can be worn over your upper or lower teeth while you sleep to protect your teeth from bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching). Night guards are custom fitted to provide a tight, comfortable fit. The dentist will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is molded over the model using a special material.
Bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) can cause damage to your teeth, such as fracturing, loosening, wearing down, or even tooth loss. If this occurs, you may need bridges, root canal treatments, or even dentures to treat the damage. Teeth grinding can also cause headaches, jaw pain, and popping sounds when you open or close your jaw. If the condition is serious enough, it can even cause hearing loss.
Immediate dentures are prepared before your teeth are removed. It can be adjusted and positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. Because of this, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing process;. However, because of the changes in the bones and gums during the healing process, more adjustments have to be made to immediate dentures.
If you have lost most or all of your teeth, you may be finding it difficult to eat and speak normally. Also, when you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles tend to sag, which can make you look older. Dentures, can solve all of these problems. They can be made to resemble your natural teeth and restore the beauty of your smile.
No patient has a full knowledge of every service offered by our office and everything that is involved with that service. They realize that they have a dental issue but may not know what the best course of action is for maintaining their dental health. Some patients may desire to improve the appearance of their smile. They may have crooked or unevenly spaced teeth. However, they likely do not know which treatment or set of treatments will best serve their smile. When you schedule a dental consultation at Disera Dental, the dentist will discuss your oral health and recommend the treatments best suited for your individual situation.
If another dentist has told you something that you are unsure of, we encourage you to come to our office for a second opinion. The dentist will examine your oral health, give his diagnosis and recommended treatment. Disera Dental happy to provide you with confidence in your treatments through a second opinion.
Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) refers to a variety of conditions that affect TM joints, jaw muscles and facial nerves. TMD may occur when the jaw twists during opening, closing or side-motion movements. People with TMD may experience these symptoms:
- Pain in or around the ear
- Headaches and neck aches
- Tenderness of the jaw or jaw muscles
- Jaw pain or soreness that is more prevalent in the morning or late afternoon
- Jaw pain when chewing, biting or yawning
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
- Clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth
- Sensitive teeth when no other dental problems can be found
At Disera Dental we will take x-rays and make a cast of your teeth to see how your bite fits together, or we may request specialized x-rays for the TM joints. We will recommend what type of treatment is needed for your particular problem.
Practice relaxation techniques. Biofeedback or relaxation training may help to manage stress. The dentist may prescribe a nightguard to prevent your teeth from grinding during sleep.
Fix poorly aligned teeth. The dentist may suggest some adjustment, including orthodontic treatment, to correct teeth alignment.
Arch Wire is very important. Teeth that are crooked or out of place (misaligned) affect the way a person chews,talks and smiles (Severe Malocclusion). With unnatural spaces, crooked teeth are harder to clean and are more likely to have cavities.
In some cases, crooked teeth can affect the way the jaws line up and can cause pain and discomfort. One method to correct this is to have Orthodontic treatment (or braces and retainers as they are sometimes called).
Orthodontic treatment works by exerting a gentle pressure over time to Arch Wire teeth that are growing, or have already grown, out of place.
Braces have three basic parts:
- Brackets – brackets that are attached to each tooth
- Bonding or band – the material that attaches the bracket to the tooth
- Arch Wire – a thin metal wire that runs from bracket to bracket
Braces have come a long way from the “train track” look of years ago. Today, many orthodontic patients can get braces that attach to the backs of the teeth, or use transparent brackets.
A retainer is a custom-made, removable appliance that helps keep teeth in their new, straightened position after braces have been removed. Retainers can also be used to treat more minor orthodontic problems.
Growth modification is best completed when the patient is still growing. We can take advantage of a child’s growing years by guiding proper jawbone formation using orthodontic appliances (functional appliances). This treatment can prevent malocclusions (bad bites) from forming or correct existing ones. Once the patient is an adult, surgery may be an option for correcting significant jaw misalignments.
The ideal time to start growth modification treatment varies from patient to patient. It is based on the stage of growth of the jaws and whether the jaw bones align in an underbite or an overbite.
What are the advantages of interceptive growth modification treatment?
- Reduces the need of future orthognathic surgery.
- Creates optimal facial symmetry
- Fixes crowded teeth without tooth extractions
- Corrects a crossbite
- Corrects an openbite
- Corrects an underbite
When growth modification is utilized, a severe problem that would require surgery to fix at a later date can be fixed in a non-invasive and gentle way. By utilizing growth modification, we can increase the self esteem and confidence of a child since their teeth and jaw bones align better.
Invisalign is the clear way to straighten teeth without braces, using aligners. Aligners are removable and virtually invisible.As a result, you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing; and you can still eat and drink what you want.Also, there are no wires, metal or brackets to cause mouth abrasions. You can brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth.
Average number of Aligners is between 12 and 30.
What is Invisalign?
- Invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces.
- Series of clear, removable, custom-made Aligners.
- Uses no metal wires or brackets.
- Custom-made for comfort.
How does Invisalign work?
- Wear each set of Aligners for about two weeks.
- Remove only to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
- Your teeth will move gradually each week.
- Visit us every 6-8 weeks.
- Total treatment time averages 6-15 months.
- Average number of aligners is between 12 and 30.
Oral cancer can affect your lips, cheek lining, gums, tongue, hard palate, throat, and the floor of the mouth. During your appointment we can examine these areas for signs of mouth and throat cancer. For the screening, a visual inspection of your mouth, jaw, and neck will be performed by the dentist.
If you see any of the following symptoms, and they do not disappear after two weeks, please contact Disera Dental so we can provide a screening for oral cancer:
- A sore or irritation in your mouth or on your face or neck
- Red or white patches in the mouth
- Pain, tenderness, or numbness in the lips or mouth
- A lump, rough spot, crust, or small eroded area in the mouth or on the face or neck
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your tongue or jaw
- A change in your bite and how your teeth or dentures fit together
Certain factors have been found to contribute to oral cancer; smokers and alcohol drinkers over 50 years old are most at risk for mouth and throat cancers.
With inlays, the dentist concentrates the entire work within the cusps, or bumps, on the chewing surface of your tooth.
Inlays and onlays can save your tooth.The dentist may suggestrestoring the appearance, strength, and health of the tooth.
We welcome you to call Disera Dental today with any questions or to schedule an appointment with our dentists!
Dental bonding is a non-invasive way to change the colour or shape of your teeth. The dentist will use a shade guide to select a resin colour that will match the colour of your teeth. Next, the surface of your teeth will be roughened and a conditioning liquid will be applied, as this helps the bonding materials stick to the tooth. During the bonding process, the dentist will attach the resin material directly to your teeth. This material is then molded and smoothed to its desired shape.He will then fuse the natural tooth enamel together with the bonding materials using an ultraviolet light or laser. After the material is fused and hardened, the dentistwill do any additional shaping as necessary and polish it.
To prepare your tooth for a veneer the dentist will remove about ½ millimetre of enamel from the front of your tooth. Then the dentist will make an impression of your tooth for the construction of the veneer. Before bonding, the dentist will check the fit of the veneer and make any adjustments necessary. Your tooth will then be cleaned, polished, and etched. A special cement will be used to attach the veneer to your tooth, and then a special light will be used to harden the cement. Lastly, the dentist will check your bite and make any needed adjustments. The dentist may suggest veneers to restore the appearance, strength, and health of the tooth.
We encourage you to contact Disera Dental with any questions or to schedule a consultation with the dentist.
Dental implants are replacement roots made of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. Implants are used as an anchor for replacement teeth.
To replace teeth using implants, the dentist will surgically place the implant in your jawbone. During the healing process, your bone will grow around it and hold it in place. This can take several monthsto finish the process, the dentist will customize a replacement tooth for you called a dental crown.
Do you have gaps in your smile from missing teeth that make you self-conscious? Do you wear uncomfortable dentures? Do you feel uncomfortable having good tooth structure removed to make a bridge? Dental implants might be a solution for you.
E4D CAD/CAM is a system that uses laser scanning technology to capture the optical impression of tooth preparations.
Once we have examined your teeth and determined a same day restoration is a treatment option, the area surrounding the affected tooth or teeth will be anesthetized and prepared for your metal-free restoration. A digital impression is taken using an optical or laser scanner and entered into a computerized system. This system is used to create a virtual model of your teeth and design your crown, veneer, inlay or onlay. This process involves identifying the appropriate color, shape and biting/chewing surface for your restoration.
Digital impressions are a form of technology that, through the use of lasers and other optical scanning devices, allows dentists to create a virtual, computer-generated replica of the hard and soft tissues in the mouth. Using digital impression technology dentists are able to capture high-quality, accurate and clear impressions in just minutes without the use of messy molds and plaster. Many of our patients find that digital impressions are an easier and more comfortable procedure than traditional methods used to form impressions.
What do we use Digital impressions for?
- To improve the quality of impressions resulting in high-quality dental restorations
- Increase efficiency, productivity and accuracy
- Eliminates the need for dental impressions
- A more green and eco-friendly practice: records can be stored digitally and indefinitely which supports a paper-free environment
The process of the Digital Impression
The process of taking digital impressions is pain-free and non-invasive. The impression is typically captured using an intra-oral wand that is moved over the surface of the patient’s teeth. This can all be done chairside, with the aid of a monitor, to display the images for both the dentist and patient to see.
Digital X-rays, or digital imaging, sends the image directly to a computer where it can be viewed on screen and saved. This type of X-ray skips the waiting time; other types of X-rays require the film to be developed in a dark room. Digital X-rays send the image to the screen in just a few seconds. The image can then be enlarged and enhanced, making it easier for the dentist to show you any problems in your smile.
Our dentists use digital X-rays to identify dental issues like:
- Decay between teeth
- Abnormal development
- Improper tooth root positions
- Cysts and abscesses
- Fractures in fillings
- Tooth nerve infection
- Bone loss
The dentist uses digital X-rays to digitally compare current radiographs with previous ones. This technique, called s Subtraction Radiography, subtracts everything that is the same between the two images out of the image. This leaves an image of only the part that is different. In this way, the dentist can see the minutest changes that may not have been detected by the naked eye.
The Zeiss Pico Microscope is a high-performing, microscopethat offers solid support for the most demanding applications – whether in restorative dentistry, endodontics, implantology or periodontics. The Zeiss Microscope shows the dentistthe apochromatic coatings and makes details and fine structures clearly visible, enabling you to visualize high-contrast, true-colour images.
The dentist use’s Zeiss Pico Microscope to identify dental issues like:
- Canals/canal systems that are difficult to localize
- Improper tooth root positions
- Open apex.
- Perforation repair and removal of fractured instruments