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We invite you to experience the wide range of dentistry solutions provided at our New Westminster dental clinic. Our clinic offers a modern and friendly atmosphere, staffed by professional dentists who provide you with optimal service and unprecedented care. As your local source for dental health, we know that regular checkups, cleanings and oral health maintenance are essential in keeping your oral health in optimum condition. Allow our New Westminster dental professionals to develop a personalized treatment plan for you, collaborating on any concerns you might have, and ensuring your needs are addressed by caring staff passionate about local community care. With multiple locations to serve you, we ensure your dental care needs are addressed, and your oral health care is maintained while providing solutions and smiles!
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The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin called “mucosa”, that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning for an abnormal, pathological process. There are many, many conditions that can occur in the mouth or jaws, either alone or in conjunction with some other body illness. The most serious of these is oral cancer, which represents about 3 to 4% of all cancers in North America.
The maxillary sinuses are behind your cheeks and on top of the upper teeth. Sinuses are like empty rooms that have nothing in them. Some of the roots of the natural upper teeth extend up into the maxillary sinuses. When these upper teeth are removed, there is often just a thin wall of bone separating the maxillary sinus and the mouth. Dental implants need bone to hold them in place. When the sinus wall is very thin, it is impossible to place dental implants in this type of bone. There is a solution and it’s called a sinus graft or sinus lift graft. The dental implant surgeon enters the sinus from where the upper teeth used to be. The sinus membrane is then lifted upward and donor bone is inserted into the floor of the sinus. Keep in mind that the floor of the sinus is the roof of the upper jaw. After several months of healing, the bone becomes part of the parient’s jaw and dental implants can be inserted and stabalized in this new sinus bone. The sinus graft makes it possible for many patients to have dental implants when years ago there was no other option than wearing loose dentures. If enough bone between the upper jaw ridge and the bottom of the sinus is available to stabilize the implant well, sinus augmentations and implant placement can sometimes be performed as a single procedure. If not enough bone is available, the Sinus Augmentation will have to be performed first, then the graft will have to mature for several months, depending upon the type of graft material used. Once the graft has matured, the implants can be placed.
A dental filling is a type of restorative dentistry treatment used to repair minimal tooth fractures, tooth decay or otherwise damaged surfaces of the teeth. Dental filling materials, which include composite, porcelain and silver amalgam, may be used to even out tooth surfaces for better biting or chewing. Enamel loss is a common component of tooth decay, and may result in tooth sensitivity. In many cases, tooth sensitivity caused by enamel loss will be significantly improved or completely eliminated once an appropriate dental filling material is placed. But in some cases, depending on the extent of tooth decay or damage, the affected tooth may require additional or alternative procedures. During the initial dental hygiene appointment, or a dental emergency visit, (prompted by a toothache), a dental professional will evaluate your teeth, gums and supporting bone structure. The dentist identifies the number of tooth surfaces affected by decay or damage, and then prepares the tooth and necessary surrounding areas in order to restore the damaged area. The decay or damage is removed with a dental hand-piece or laser, and the area is cleansed to remove bacteria or debris before the restoration is completed. The first step in performing a composite filling procedure involves isolation of the tooth. Tooth isolation is critical in a composite restoration, because it prevents moisture from interfering with the bonding process. The bonding procedure requires the placement of various adhesives followed by the composite material, which is then hardened with a special bonding light. The completed composite restoration is both functional and natural looking.
A root canal is a dental procedure that is used to remove diseased pulp tissue from inside the tooth. The narrow channels beneath the pulp chamber in the inner part of the tooth are hollowed out and cleaned, and the roots are filed with flexible nickel titanium files. A tooth is made up of three main components: a hard protective shell referred to as enamel, a softer and sensitive middle layer referred to as dentin and a soft tissue inner layer referred to as dental pulp. Dental pulp is composed of nerve tissue, lymph tissue and blood vessels, and is considered to be the vital part of a tooth. If dental pulp is sufficiently traumatized – whether by exposure to oral bacteria via deep dental caries, a fracture in the tooth that enters the pulp or a forceful blow to the face – the tooth begins to die and root canal therapy is often required in order to prevent or eliminate infection and prevent tooth loss. A root canal procedure involves tooth disinfection and the removal of all debris (nerve tissue, lymph tissue, blood tissue, bacteria and infection) from the coronal pulp chamber and its associated canals. Once an affected tooth’s canals are sufficiently cleansed and shaped, they are filled with materials designed to prevent pain and infection from recurring.
Intravenous (I.V.) Sedation, also called Conscious Sedation or “twilight sleep”, means giving you medications to make you relaxed and drowsy directly into your bloodstream. A small plastic catheter is introduced into a vein in your arm or hand, similar to having a blood test. You will be carefully monitored throughout the sedation. For your safety, there is some awareness and you will be able to follow commands, but you are in an “altered state” which is usually perceived as quite pleasant. Local anaesthesia is also used, thereby eliminating any discomfort for the surgery. Though most of the procedure is usually forgotten, you may remember portions of it. There is some variation among individuals. You may not remember much about what went on because of two factors: firstly, in most people, IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation and a feeling of not being bothered by what’s going on. Secondly, the drugs used for IV sedation can produce either partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the period of time when the drug first kicks in until it wears off. As a result, time will appear to pass very quickly and you will not recall much, or perhaps even nothing at all, of what happened. So it may, indeed, appear as if you were “asleep” during the procedure. I.V. sedation is a very popular option to significantly reduce anxiety, make the time pass quickly, and help forget most of the procedure, all at a very reasonable cost. All services we offer can be done very comfortably under I.V. sedation, and it is available in our sister dental offices at Burnaby Sedation Dental and Langley Sedation Dental.
Crowns are fixed covers or caps that structurally support teeth. They can be either gold or porcelain (tooth color). Crowns are tightly bonded to the tooth and/or teeth and are used to repair teeth that have been badly broken, that have root canal fillings, that are malformed, that are discolored, or that need a better bite (occlusion). The procedure begins by trimming the tooth, then taking an impression (mold) of the top and bottom teeth, then a crown is fabricated to fit over the trimmed tooth and lastly, the crown is then cemented or bonded to complete the restoration of the tooth. This is all done by our trained dental professionals with the latest dental techniques and comfort in mind. A crown can last up to 10 to 15 years, especially if you pay close attention to the things you chew, avoiding a lot of hard candy and ice for example.
If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, not only can it be a cause for a poor self-image, but it may be affecting your chewing and speaking as well. The good news about modern dentistry is that there are options to help restore your smile. Sometimes called a “fixed denture”, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, which helps maintain the shape of your face as well as alleviating the stress in your bite. Depending on which type of bridge your dentist recommends, the success of your bridge depends on the foundation of its surrounding teeth. So it is very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong, while benefiting from the esthetic solution a bridge offers to missing teeth.
Veneers are artificial coverings built to cover the forward (labial or buccal) surface of the tooth. They are used usually for aesthetic purposes only, when there are no other structural concerns or issues.
The Spa-dent whitening process is done all under the supervision of your Dental Professional. The gel formulation is placed in the dual arch mouth trays with the precise dosage of whitening material. The unique blue and red LED light activates the gel, providing powerful whitening with cellular stimulation. Hydroxyl radicals penetrate the tooth enamel to break down stains into progressively smaller particles. This process will penetrate but not harm or damage the tooth enamel, including caps, crowns and veneers.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time (temporary). It is administered by a healthcare professional as a simple, nonsurgical treatment. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows. Ask us about BOTOX® Cosmetic to find out if it is right for you.
Wisdom teeth usually emerge from the gum between the ages of 17 and 24. They are the last of the large grinding teeth at the back of the mouth (molars). Some people never develop wisdom teeth but you could have up to four – one in each corner of your mouth. Wisdom teeth don’t usually cause any problems and so don’t need to be removed. However, if there isn’t enough space for them to grow at the back of your mouth (impacted wisdom teeth), they can cause pain, swelling or infection. Having your impacted wisdom teeth surgically removed (extracted) can help relieve your symptoms. We offer Wisdom Tooth Removal in Burnaby as well as at all of our other dental clinic locations. Call us to book your appointment today.
An impacted tooth simply means that it is “stuck” and cannot erupt (break through the gums) into proper position or function like normal teeth. Patients frequently develop problems with impacted third molar (wisdom) teeth, which are the most commonly impacted teeth, as described in ‘Wisdom Teeth’ under the Oral & Maxillofacial Services Tab.Any tooth can be impacted. Possible causes of impaction include abnormal tooth size and position, delayed development, inadequate size of the jaws, other teeth getting in the way, or even cysts or tumours preventing proper eruption. Impacted teeth can cause many problems, such as damage to other teeth, infections, pain, orthodontic tooth alignment problems, and even cysts or tumours. This is described in greater detail in the Wisdom Teeth section of the website.The maxillary cuspid (upper eye tooth), or “canine” is the second most common tooth to become impacted. The cuspid tooth is a critical tooth in the dental arch and plays an important role in your “bite”. These teeth are very strong biting and tearing teeth and have the longest roots of any human teeth. They are designed to be the first teeth that touch when your jaws close together so they guide the rest of the teeth into the proper bite. Normally, the maxillary cuspid teeth are the last of the front teeth to erupt. They usually come into final position around age 13 and cause any space left between the upper front teeth to close tighter together. If a cuspid tooth becomes impacted, every effort is made to help it erupt into its proper position in the dental arch. The techniques involved to aid eruption can be applied to any impacted tooth in the upper or lower jaw, but are most commonly applied to the maxillary (upper jaw) eye teeth. Sixty percent of these impacted eye teeth are located on the palatal (roof of the mouth) side of the dental arch. The remaining impacted eye teeth are found in the middle of the supporting bone but stuck in an elevated position above the roots of the adjacent teeth or out to the lip side of the dental arch. Sometimes the position can be determined from examining and feeling that area in the mouth, but other times a special x-ray (3D Ct scan) is recommended to better localize the exact position of the tooth within the bone in order to better assess the situation and to guide appropriate surgery.
Dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots. They can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, support a denture or restore an entire mouth. Implants are made of titanium. Titanium unlike other metals is not rejected by the body. Titanium is very strong and is biologically inert. To be a candidate for a dental implant two criteria must be met. Your gum tissue should be healthy overall and there must be enough bone present to support the implant. Following the extraction of a tooth the supporting bone begins to shrink both in height and width. Even if the bone shrinkage has been excessive an implant may still be an option. Depending on the situation, a bone graft surgery may be needed. Implants can be used to support a bridge, a removable denture or a fixed denture. For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, dental implants are placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months following surgery, the dental implants are beneath the surface of the gums gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, we are also forming new replacement teeth. After the dental implant has bonded to the jawbone, the second phase begins. Doctor will uncover the dental implants and attach small posts, which will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. These posts protrude through the gums. When the artificial teeth are placed, these posts will not be seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months. Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Minor Bone Grafting Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies or is reabsorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for placement of dental implants. Today, we have the ability to grow bone where needed. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.   Major Bone Grafting Major bone grafts are typically performed to repair defects of the jaws. These defects may arise as a result of traumatic injuries, tumor surgery, or congenital defects. Large defects are repaired using the patient’s own bone. This bone is harvested from a number of different sites depending on the size of the defect. The skull (cranium), hip (iliac crest) and lateral knee (tibia), are common donor sites. These procedures are routinely performed in an operating room and require a hospital stay. Sinus Bone Grafting Bone grafting can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease or injuries. Sinus bone grafts are also performed to replace bone in the posterior upper jaw. In addition, special membranes may be utilized that dissolve under the gum and protect the bone graft and encourage bone regeneration. This is called guided bone regeneration or guided tissue regeneration.
Too many dental problems may require full mouth reconstruction or rehabilitation procedures. These procedures can help to resolve gum tissue displacement, uneven teeth and also replace missing teeth. Full mouth reconstruction and rehabilitation procedures typically span several weeks and months because they require a series of treatments and you’ll need to wait until your tissues heal before the next treatment.
Gum treatment involves many different procedures depending on the severity of the gum (periodontal) problem. Gum treatment includes the cleaning of teeth, the cleaning of roots, surgery, grafting, or reshaping of the gums. It also includes specific training on diet and dental care regiments for the greatest benefit to the health of your gums and mouth.
Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You simply pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete and you achieve the confident smile that you’ve always wanted. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
Subtle treatment, Visible Results It’s estimated that one third of today’s orthodontic patients are over 18. Treatments typically take longer than those for teenage patients, but still yield great results. Your smile and the confidence to display it more often is reason enough to explore orthodontic treatment, but the benefits may go much further. In general, straight teeth are healthier teeth – easier to clean, less prone to decay. Correcting misalignments may also help to alleviate other health concerns. Virtually unnoticeable new alternatives to traditional metal braces are further tipping the scales in favor of treatment for adults Virtually unnoticeable new alternatives to traditional metal braces are also leading more adults to consider treatment.
Subtle treatment, Visible Results It’s estimated that one third of today’s orthodontic patients are over 18. Treatments typically take longer than those for teenage patients, but still yield great results. Your smile and the confidence to display it more often is reason enough to explore orthodontic treatment, but the benefits may go much further. In general, straight teeth are healthier teeth – easier to clean, less prone to decay. Correcting misalignments may also help to alleviate other health concerns. Virtually unnoticeable new alternatives to traditional metal braces are further tipping the scales in favor of treatment for adults Virtually unnoticeable new alternatives to traditional metal braces are also leading more adults to consider treatment.
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