Exploits Valley Dental Office

By: Exploits Valley Dental Office  09-12-2011


Our dental practice has always provided the most up-to-date care to our patients. When we found out that we could also make your x-rays safer, it was an easy decision to incorporate Digital Radiology into our practice. Digital dental x-rays or radiographs are very important. They allow Dr. Musseau to see things about your oral health that cannot be seen by the naked eye. These items include cysts (sacks of fluid that form on the roots of teeth), cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, invisible decay that occurs between teeth, and the location of teeth that haven't grown all the way in. By using digital radiography to diagnose these problems, we can help save you money in the long run from surgeries or other treatments that might become necessary if we didn't find the problem.

With the new technology, instead of the trip to the developing tank, you will watch images come up on a computer screen two minutes after the device is inserted into your mouth. The images will be higher resolution than film images and will be stored in computer memory, from which they can be easily retrieved. Digital technology is safe not only for our patients, but also for our community because there are no chemicals or lead wrapper waste to dispose of into the environment.


Aesthetic restorative care can be the key to a truly nice smile. Tooth-coloured bonded fillings are natural in appearance and integrate with the colour of your teeth. Dr. Musseau uses a "rubber dam" which encircles the area in which he is working in your mouth making it comfortable for you during the procedure.

Hygiene is an important part of preventive dentistry services and prevention is always better than treatment. Actively preventing disease and decay through professional dental cleanings and examinations, is one of your best dental investments. During a hygiene appointment we clean and polish your teeth and check for gum disease. Gum inflammation due to build ups of plaque and tartar at the gum-line is called gingivitis. This condition will advance to serious periodontal disease if left untreated and can eventually lead to tooth loss. If gum disease is diagnosed, Dr. Musseau will recommend a periodontal program. This treatment is provided at our office.

We are pleased to offer an innovative new treatment called LUMINEERS ™ by Cerinate ® which gives patients a painless and conservative way to reshape, revitalize and permanently whiten teeth. Unlike traditional veneers which require the removal of sensitive tooth structure, necessitating anesthetic, LUMINEERS are a contact lens-thin covering that provide instant teeth straightening, transforming misshapen, worn teeth into a naturally beautiful smile that greatly enhances appearance and confidence. Since LUMINEERS are minimally invasive, they are actually reversible and can be removed with original teeth virtually untouched. They are clinically proven to last up to 20 years although each case is dependent upon such factors as a patient's occlusion and dental habits.

Veneers are thin, custom designed facings designed to cover the front of your teeth. They can be used to correct gaps, discoloration or poorly shaped or crooked teeth. Veneers can make a tremendous difference to your smile whether to fix teeth damaged in an accident, improve nature's flaws or for strictly cosmetic reasons to give you that smile you have always dreamed of having. Veneers are made in a dental lab and only take as few as two appointments to complete the procedure. They are a very effective way to make a dramatic improvement to your appearance.

Bonding is an excellent solution to repair chipped and broken teeth, close gaps, cover up unattractive discolorations. In this simple process a tooth coloured material is bonded to the front surface of the tooth to change its appearance. Bonding is long-lasting, can be done in only one appointment and can make a dramatic change to a person's smile.

Tooth reshaping can be done to improve the appearance of a smile and can make the shape of the teeth look more balanced. It is a conservative process and can often be completed without freezing. Tooth reshaping is an excellent solution to annoying problems like chipped teeth.

Gum tissue contouring enables Dr. Musseau to remove excess gum tissue and give a more pleasant appearance to your smile. Have you ever seen someone smile and their teeth look short or they have a "gummy" smile? Or have you noticed smiles where the gum is high or low on one front tooth compared to the similar tooth on the other side? These situations really spoil what would otherwise be a great smile.

Most people think you either have healthy or unhealthy gums. However, there is a third category; excessive (but healthy) gum on one, two or all the teeth. The solution is to gently anesthetize the tissue. We then use an electronic instrument to sculpt away the excess tissue. The gum tissue is sealed as it is sculpted so as to avoid bleeding. This procedure is safe and remarkably pain-free during and after the procedure. The results are usually permanent, and very affordable

A crown today can provide a very natural, beautiful and long-lasting restoration. Sometimes called a "cap", a crown completely covers a tooth, and can be used to restore it to its normal shape and size. Some common uses of crowns include covering and strengthening a tooth with a large filling and little natural tooth structure, attaching a bridge, protecting a weak tooth from breaking or restoring one that has already broken. Crowns also enable you to improve the appearance of discolored or poorly shaped teeth and last for many years if properly cared for.

If you are missing one or more teeth a bridge may be placed to restore your smile to its natural beauty. Missing teeth can affect your self confidence, your ability to chew and even speak. Sometimes referred to as a Fixed Partial Denture, a bridge replaces your missing teeth with artificial teeth and is attached to teeth on either side of the gap. This restoration ensures that your natural teeth do not shift, and also helps maintain the shape of your face to prevent premature aging. With the new cosmetic materials available today, this restoration can provide you with a smile that rivals Mother Nature herself.

If you want a strong, long-lasting and invisible restoration, then an inlay or onlay is your best dental investment. These restorations match your own tooth colour, providing natural translucency and are extremely strong and long lasting. An inlay covers only one or two surfaces of the tooth and is used to restore a small amount of decay and an onlay actually covers more of the chewing surface of the tooth. An inlay or onlay is cemented to the prepared surface of the tooth and fits almost perfectly helping to prevent decay from occurring under the restoration. Initially a greater investment than fillings, inlays and onlays, due to their long life and accurate fit are a better long term investment. Cosmetically they are an unrivaled choice.


Root canal therapy is an excellent way to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be removed due to infection, decay or injury. Saving a tooth is almost always preferable to losing it. This convenient procedure is completed in one visit from start to finish for most cases.

When the jaw isn't large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they may become impacted (unable to come in or misaligned) causing pain and swelling and it is generally recommended to remove them. Dr. Musseau has performed many wisdom teeth extractions and you may be comfortable in choosing to have this procedure at our office.

Immediate dentures are inserted into your mouth immediately after the removal of your teeth. An advantage of this treatment is that you do not have to be without teeth during the healing process and when bones and gums heal over a period of six months, your dentures can be relined to ensure a proper fit. Patients appreciate this convenient treatment which prevents the self consciousness and challenges of a period without teeth. There are many choices today with dentures and our aim is to ensure you a comfortable, flattering and enduring choice that gives you an attractive and natural smile, without premature aging.

Removable partial dentures attach to your permanent teeth. Their enhancement to your smile is natural and attractive. Patients have many choices in the types of partial dentures available.


A bright dynamic smile is a wonderful boost to self-esteem and with today's at-home whitening kits, we can provide a customized program that will give you long-lasting and professional results. This program begins with impressions to provide you with a custom tray to hold the flowable whitening gel. One of the important differences with a professional kit is the accuracy of the materials to reach every indentation in your tooth structure and provide an even and glowing result.

Orthodontic treatment is an option available for both children and adults and these days it is more common than ever to see Mom and Dad undertaking an orthodontic treatment program. All treatment begins with an orthodontic evaluation where pretreatment records are taken to assist Dr. Musseau in determining the best treatment for your individual needs. There are a variety of orthodontic appliances that may be used in treatment and treatment times can vary from patient to patient. Dr. Musseau has undertaken many orthodontic cases and would be pleased to discuss your concerns in a private consultation.

Oral sedation is a dental choice for you if you have a high fear of visiting a dentist or other symptoms such as a strong gag reflex or very sensitive teeth. With this procedure you are given sedating drug which relaxes you prior to our appointment and removes your anxiety about dental care. If you feel that you may be a candidate for oral sedation, please contact our office for further information and to book a consultation.

A consultation with Dr. Musseau is an excellent opportunity to find out more information about your dental care choices. If you are wondering about cosmetic or orthodontic treatments, for example, a consultation provides an opportunity for us to answer your questions and explain the treatment options available to you.


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