Services of Dr.Hon & Dr.Dev

By: White Oaks Dental Office  09-12-2011
Keywords: Dentists, teeth, dental office

A complete exam, in conjunction with X-rays, is always required for all new patients to assess their oral health and determine what treatment is needed. This includes a thorough check of the condition of the teeth and any existing fillings and an examination of the hard and soft tissues of the mouth is also done. The conditions of the gums are evaluated to allow us to check for signs of periodontal disease. Any questions about the suggested treatment, including estimates and other options, can be discussed at this time. The average patient needs to return every six months for a check up and cleaning in order to maintain a healthy mouth. It allows us to check for the development of any problems on the teeth like new cavities. For patients with a more serious gum disease, some may need to be seen as often as every three months. During the cleaning, scaling is performed to remove any tartar that has built up on the teeth. This is followed by a polish to remove any remaining stain and produce a smooth surface. A fluoride treatment is also provided for children and any adults that are very prone to cavities.
Sealants can be applied on some teeth to reduce the likelihood of a cavity forming on them. A layer of glue is applied to any grooves on the surface of the tooth to seal it off from any food and bacteria.
Our dental office can provide you with either tooth coloured fillings or amalgam fillings. Most people do prefer the tooth coloured fillings for appearances sake, but they also do have the advantage of being bonded to the tooth structure and are mercury free.

In cases where the nerve of the tooth has been irritated, like in a case of a deep cavity, the nerve inside the tooth may begin to die. Instead of removing the tooth, root canal treatment may be performed in order to save the tooth. The purpose of a root canal is to clean out the nerve of a tooth and seal off the resultant space.
Crowns, or caps as they are also known, may be recommended for a tooth that has had a large filling or has had root canal treatment. The dentist can place a crown on these teeth to help protect them.
In more serious cases of gum disease, regular cleanings may not be enough to maintain healthy gums. The dentists at our office may recommend gum surgery to improve the situation.
As a last resort, when no other treatment is viable for a tooth, it can be extracted.

Many people grind their teeth at night and this situation can lead to jaw problems and excessive wear on their teeth. A night guard is a custom made device worn on the teeth at night designed to help the jaw joint and protect the teeth from wear.
The dentists at the office can make partial dentures or complete dentures, which are designed to replace your missing teeth.
Bridges are another alternative to replacing missing teeth. The advantage of a bridge over a partial denture is that they are fixed into the mouth and do not need to be removed at night. A bridge consists of crowns on the teeth adjacent to the space being filled and false teeth attached to these crowns.
This is another option for replacing missing teeth that has gained in popularity over the past few years. The dentists can refer you to a specialist to place an implant screw into the jawbone to act as a root for the missing tooth. Implants can also be used under dentures to help increase their stability.

First impressions do make a difference. An attractive smile can help make that lasting impression and boost one's self-esteem. For many reasons, patients are interested in improving the appearance of their smile. Cosmetic dentistry is focused on beautifying that smile. Brightening the colour of your teeth, correcting the alignment of the teeth or filling in any gaps are common areas people want to improve. There are many options that your dentist can suggest to achieve that nicer smile. Popular procedures include bleaching, bonding, crowns, and veneers.
Over time, teeth become stained due to a variety of reasons. Bleaching can whiten the teeth to restore their brightness.
Tooth-coloured fillings can be bonded to the teeth to modify their shape and fill in gaps in between teeth.
Crowns and veneers can be made to cover over teeth with unsightly old fillings and can also be used to improve the colour, shape and alignment of the teeth. Chipped or discoloured teeth can be fixed by these methods.
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