In case of an emergency, Dr. Schlactus can be reached through his paging system, available by calling his office. If Dr. Schlactus should be out of town, one of our team members will direct you to our network of specialists for immediate care.
We place white composite (plastic) restorations due to the more conservative cosmetic benefits. With these fillings less tooth structure is removed and fewer fractures occur over time.
This technique can be used to alter the shape of worn or chipped teeth--providing the damage is not too great. Composite (plastic) materials are used to mask defects and close spaces. The results are instant, but be prepared to replace the plastic restorations as the material wears. Better long-term alternatives involve porcelain veneers or crowns.
Bleaching can be an effective technique for lightening teeth. It will not, however, alter the appearance of existing fillings and crowns. It can be accomplished chairside or at home with bleaching trays.
These are used when a tooth is heavily filled or was previously treated with a root canal treatment. Crowns provide excellent strength to the tooth while improving overall aesthetics. A crown fits over a tooth to protect it the same way a helmet fits over your head to protect it.
Bridges are restorations designed to replace missing teeth. It involves crowning the adjacent teeth which act as supports. There is a limit to the space that can be bridged and there needs to be a tooth support at each end for long-term success.
These are thin porcelain "tooth fronts" which are bonded onto the tooth. Only minimal tooth reduction is needed. Veneers can be used to correct aging smile lines, close spaces, change the colour of teeth and straighten crooked teeth instantly.
When the cavity is large, an inlay is needed for strength. These restorations are fabricated by a dental lab and require a second appointment at the office for insertion. The inlays are made of gold or porcelain.
These can be full (whole arch or whole mouth) or partial (replacing one or several teeth). All dentures are removable and have a tendency to move. To achieve stability, partial dentures need to be clasped to the natural teeth. Both partial and complete dentures can be made to appear quite natural using the latest artificial teeth and acrylics.
Root Canal Treatment
When a tooth dies and becomes infected it is necessary to have root canal treatment. Root canal treatment involves hollowing the tooth out and filling it with a soft rubber material.
Our office performs simple extractions and refers difficult cases to an oral surgeon specialist.
The regular removal of stain, plaque and tartar is absolutely essential to the
long- term health of teeth and gums. This service is provided by the dental hygienist.
This can be used to remove blemishes on the surface of the teeth, provided they are not too deep. Micro abrasion can remove superficial decay without the use of a drill.
Your health and safety are our number one priority. Therefore, we want to take this opportunity to tell you about the precautions we provide for the treatment of all our patients. For each patient we use heat sterilization for our instruments and drills prior to their treatment, and we employ barrier techniques in the rooms to avoid cross-contamination. We invite your inspection of our sterilization process for self-assurance.
Other Services Include:
- Snoring Appliances
- Sports Guards
- Grinding (Bruxing) Appliances
- Dentistry for Ages 2 and Up
- Digital X-rays
- Intraoral Photos
- Nitrous Oxide Administration
- Laser Removal of Soft Tissue Lesions