COMPREHENSIVE CARE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.
Whether you need preventative care to keep your teeth strong and healthy, or more complex care to restore the smile you miss, your Dartmouth dentists are here to take care of you. We provide a complete range of general, restorative, and preventative dental services for patients of all ages.
CUSTOM DENTAL APPLIANCES
Protecting your teeth from damage beforehand can help you avoid painful surgeries and restorative procedures. At Dartmouth Dental Centre, we focus on helping you prevent tooth damage and maintain oral health with dental appliances like mouthguards and bite plates.
Bite plates: Night-time clenching and grinding (bruxism) and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction (TMD) can not only damage your teeth but also cause tremendous pain. TMD is multifactorial and involves bone/cartilage, nerves, and muscles.
A variety of treatment options are available, including behaviour and habit modification, bite plane therapy, physical or massage therapy, medications, and even surgery. Your treatment will depend on your diagnosis. If your case is more complex, our dentist will refer you to a certified TMD specialist to diagnose and treat you.
Sports Mouthguards: While participating in contact sports, you can easily damage your teeth and gums. An easy way to protect yourself from injuries is to use a mouthguard. We can fabricate custom-made mouthguards for our athlete patients.
Our mouthguards are thinner, stronger, and allow for more airflow than the typical over-the-counter mouthguards. A mouthguard is always a better alternative to having your teeth replaced due to injuries.
Dental bridges and crowns are recommended if the roots of your missing or damaged teeth are healthy. In order to fabricate a bridge, our dentist will prepare the teeth adjacent to the missing ones for implanting crowns.
The next step involves attaching false teeth to either side of the crowns. The bridge is then made as one solid piece and cemented firmly. Bridges, unlike dentures, are non-removable.
COSMETIC AND AESTHETIC DENTISTRY
Having a picture-perfect, beautiful smile doesn’t have to be a dream anymore! At Dartmouth Dental Centre, we provide a range of restorative and cosmetic dentistry services.
Whether you’ve always wanted straighter teeth or need teeth replaced, we understand a gorgeous smile can give you a boost of confidence in any social or professional setting.
We offer a full variety of aesthetic restorations to address all your cosmetic concerns. If gapped or chipped teeth are preventing you from feeling good about yourself, consult our dentist.
We can offer composite (white filling) bonding, ceramic crowns, veneers, and bleaching to treat any aesthetic problem.
Depending on your requirement, we can also recommend orthodontic treatments such as braces.
If you’re missing all of your teeth in either the top or bottom jaw, we can fabricate custom dentures to restore the function of your teeth. While dentures may not feel like your real teeth, with practice over time, you'll be able to chew, speak, and smile comfortably. Dentures can also enhance your facial structure. Dentures require 4-8 appointment to be fabricated perfectly.
We recommend partial dentures if only a few of your teeth are missing. Partial dentures come with a cast metal base. We also provide temporary plastic partial dentures, and implant-supported overdentures that "click" into place.
If you have a tooth that’s suffered extensive damage or decay, it will have to be extracted in order to reduce pain and to seal it from further injuries.
When we remove your tooth, we are very careful and safe in order to prevent the surrounding bone and soft tissue from being damaged. You can then opt to get a dental implant, or another replacement solution like a bridge, to replace the extracted tooth.
In order to keep you comfortable during the extraction procedure, our oral surgeon, Dr. Brian Smith, can provide IV sedation.
Dartmouth Dental Centre offers general and restorative dental services to your whole family. Good oral hygiene practices at a young age can help prevent dental issues in adulthood, and can boost kids’ self-esteem as they grow up. It’s why we have a focus on family care, including babies and children.
Well-Baby Visit: Following the recommendations from the Canadian Dental Association and our IWK dentists, children should be examined by their dentist six months after the eruption of their first tooth. This would mean that your child’s first visit would be between ages 12-18 months. Our "Well-Baby Visit” can help families understand and learn about the importance of early oral care, and sets a dental foundation for your family.
It is important for parents to remember that bringing a child for dental appointments at a young age can help reduce the fear and anxiety usually associated with dentists. Our dental team is very friendly and careful when examining your child. A risk assessment for the development of cavities is done. A guardian or a parent will always be present to make our young patients feel safe. We have many quick and playful techniques that help us in treating your child comfortably.
During the appointment, the guardian and parents will be given information about oral health practices. We will answer all your questions and address any concerns you may have.
Children's Dentistry: After the well-baby visit, we recommend regular dental check-ups and cleaning starting at the age of three. Your child’s teeth development will be monitored in addition to informing them about good oral home care. Children of all ages are welcome at Dartmouth Dental Centre. We provide many different types of treatments such as fillings, extractions, sealants, space maintainers, and some orthodontic appliances for children.
Geriatric Dentistry: Dartmouth Dental Centre provides geriatric dentistry services as well. As we age, cognitive function and manual dexterity decrease, and caring for your teeth becomes difficult.
Our experience and knowledge enable us to understand the needs of geriatric patients. General health conditions and prescribed medications are the main reasons why this population often suffers from oral conditions such as root cavities and extremely dry mouth (xerostomia).
We greatly respect and enjoy working with our older and wiser patients!
Dental implants are titanium “roots” that are inserted into your jawbone in place of missing teeth roots. They are a great long-term choice to replace missing teeth. Once you get implants, a crown, bridge, or implant-supported denture can be attached to restore the function of your missing tooth or teeth.
An implant crown will not feel bulky like a partial denture and is a self-supported structure, unlike a bridge. You will brush and floss it just like natural teeth. Implants greatly increase denture retention and stability, especially in the lower jaw, where dentures may not stay in place. Improved speech, comfort, and oral health are some of the advantages that implants offer.
A normal anesthetic that enables you to communicate and stay awake will be given during the implantation procedure. Consult with our dentists if you’re looking for restorative options.
Preventative dentistry can help you protect your teeth and gums from damage and periodontal diseases that can be painful to treat. Our dental team can help you prevent problems like gum disease and tooth decay.
Teeth cleaning: A regular tooth cleaning appointment is important for everyone to remove the plaque and bacteria that regular brushing cannot eliminate.
Scaling and root planing: Deep cleaning of your teeth below the gum line is necessary if you suffer from gum disease.
Dental sealants: Dental sealants are a thin coating of durable plastic that covers the surface of your molars. They protect your teeth from decay by acting as a barrier between the surface of your teeth and food particles.
Fluoride varnish: A layer of concentrated fluoride is applied onto the tooth surface to help in the remineralization process, to prevent decay, and to treat hypersensitivity. Only a small amount of fluoride is required during the treatment which sets rapidly.
Listed below are the restorative dental services we offer at Dartmouth Dental Centre:
Fillings: Poor oral hygiene or problems such as bruxism can damage your teeth and cause decay. Fillings are used to restore tooth structure. Fillings can also be used to reshape your teeth as they support the structure of your tooth. Your filler can be made from white (composite), silver (amalgam), gold, and porcelain materials. Depending on the location and degree of the tooth damage, we’ll recommend the material that best suits your needs.
Crowns: If your tooth is damaged, decayed, or missing but still has strong and healthy roots, our dentist may recommend a dental crown (cap) for the tooth. A crown is a long-term restoration option that is custom made for your mouth. A temporary crown will be fabricated for you to use until the final crown can be cemented in your mouth. Like fillers, crowns can be made of metal (gold), porcelain (white ceramic), or a combination of both. Crowns will last for decades with the right oral care.
Teeth Whitening: If your teeth are discoloured and stained, we offer in-office and at-home treatment options based on your convenience. Get the bright, white smile you have always wanted! All our teeth whitening techniques are safe, easy, quick, and highly effective.
ROOT CANALS (ENDODONTICS)
When the innermost layer of the tooth (the pulp) has been irreversibly damaged due to trauma, accidents, or decay, root canal therapy is necessary to save the tooth. Without the extraction, the surrounding area may get infected and cause further damage. These infections may or may not be immediately painful, but do require treatment.
Our dentist will clean and disinfect the inner infected layer of the tooth, then fill the root canal space in order to successfully restore the tooth. If you require a root canal, we will make sure to keep you comfortable during the procedure.