Dr Laura Fox. Family Dentistry

By: Fox Laura Dr  09-12-2011
Keywords: teeth, Dental Implants, Fillings


Our focus is your oral health. Seeing your dental hygienist for regular cleanings and your dentist for check-ups can help you prevent gum disease and detect problems early, to avoid loss of teeth or more-involved dental procedures. Old silver fillings can be replaced before they break down, causing decay and pain. Teeth with large fillings or that have had root canal treatment can be covered with a protective porcelain covering called a Crown, which prevents these weakened teeth from breaking and/or being lost. For children, we recommend placing a protective coating, called a Sealant, over their back teeth to prevent cavities. Sealants are quick and easy to apply, and do not require any freezing or drilling of your child’s teeth.
Periodontics:
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is the breakdown of the bone and gum tissues that support the teeth. It is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults and has been linked to heart disease. Risk factors include: poor dental hygiene, poorly shaped fillings or crowns, poor nutrition, smoking, diabetes, and even genetics (children of parents with gum disease are 12 times more likely to have the bacteria that can lead to gum disease). The existence of bone destruction under the gums cannot be visually detected. This makes it especially important to visit your dentist regularly to have your bone levels measured. Your dentist can then determine what is needed to treat your gum disease. Often it is as simple as improving your home-care routine and seeing your dental hygienist for more frequent cleanings to remove plaque build-up and flush out disease-causing bacteria.
Porcelain Crowns:
Crowns strengthen teeth that have been heavily filled, weakened or darkened because of root canal treatment. They can also be used to change the appearance of your smile, covering unsightly large fillings and reshaping your teeth. The tooth is prepared and a mould is taken to send to a precision laboratory to custom-make your crown. A natural looking temporary crown is placed over your tooth to protect it while your permanent crown is being made. Crowns are placed with special cement that bonds the crown to the tooth to hold it in place.
Veneers:
These are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to your teeth to correct stains, crooked teeth, gaps, chips and other imperfections. They are applied to the front of your teeth to improve their color, size, or shape. Veneers can revolutionize your smile and build your self confidence.
Bonding:
If veneers are not right for you, bonding is another alternative for changing the appearance of your front teeth. White filling material is applied to your teeth in one visit, to reshape your teeth, correct gaps and chipped teeth. We can help you decide whether bonding or veneers are best for you.


Invisalign:
Invisalign is a virtually invisible solution for straightening your teeth. The needed tooth movement is mapped out from start to finish using 3-D computer imaging technology. From this plan, a series of custom made aligners is produced. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and is then replaced at home by the next aligner. Gradually your teeth move toward their final position, with average treatment time taking from 6 to 18 months. Invisalign has several advantages over conventional metal braces: The aligners are clear and therefore virtually invisible; there aren’t any metal brackets or wires that can cause irritation to your cheeks or gums; and they are removable. The aligners can be taken out to brush and floss your teeth normally, as well as to eat and drink making them more comfortable and easier to maintain than metal braces.
Whitening:
We offer two types of Tooth Whitening to give you the beautiful white smile you're looking for. Zoom! In-Office Whitening offers the convenience of of a whiter smile in one visit. A whitening gel is applied to your teeth by the Dental Hygienist and is activated by a high powered light to provide optimal colour change in a short period of time. If you prefer to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home, we can make custom-fitted trays from impressions of your teeth. You apply the gel in the trays and wear them for 90 minutes during the day or overnight to whiten your teeth in 7-10 applications.
Natural looking fillings:
In our office we routinely place white fillings that match your own tooth colour. Instead of unsightly silver fillings made with mercury, you can have fillings that blend in with your teeth, producing a natural looking smile.
Root Canal Therapy:
The three most common reasons for needing root canal treatment are: deep decay, a cracked or broken tooth, and trauma. A root canal involves removing infected or damaged tissue from the inside of a tooth and replacing it with a substitute filling material to eliminate the possibility of pain and infection. New materials and technology let us complete a root canal in only one sitting. You will find that the treatment is often easier and more comfortable than getting a filling.
Dental Implants:
When you lose a tooth, it has an impact on your remaining teeth which tend to "drift" out of position. This leads to crooked teeth, a change in your bite, possible gum disease and cavities. Dental implants are often the first choice for replacing your missing teeth, giving you the closest thing to a beautiful, natural tooth. Compared to other options for replacing missing teeth, such as bridges and dentures, an implant offers a long-lasting solution without affecting the other teeth around it. We refer our patients to a team of Specialists in Barrie, Ontario for the surgical placement of the dental implant itself. Once the implant heals, our patients return to our office for the placement of a natural-looking crown over the implant to complete their treatment.
Bridges:
Fixed bridges are another alternative for replacing one or more missing teeth. They are anchored by one or more crowns on each side and are cemented to your remaining teeth. Bridges are usually completed in 2 visits, giving you a replacement for your missing teeth that looks natural and functions similar to your own teeth.
Nitrous Oxide: Sportsguards:
We can help you protect your smile by making custom-fitted mouthguards for use while playing sports such as hockey, soccer and mountain biking. A mould is taken of your teeth and is used to make a comfortable guard that can be picked up the following day, ready for your next sporting event.

Keywords: Dental Implants, Fillings, Gum Disease, teeth

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