One of the ways dentists monitor your oral health is by using x-rays, which can reveal more information about your mouth than dentists can normally see. Some of the ways x-rays help us include:
With digital x-rays, you can get your x-rays done faster and be exposed to less radiation than with traditional x-rays. Digital images reduce toxic waste from film. They can also be viewed immediately and allow technicians to zoom in or isolate part of the image.
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One of the best ways to fight cancer is to detect it early then stay on top of it. Luckily, the process of screening for oral cancer is easy, thanks to veloscopes. This device uses fluorescence, an optical technique. Under the specialized white light, normal tissues glow bright green. Abnormal tissue does not glow and be easy for your dentist to spot.
Abnormal screenings do not automatically mean that a patient has cancer. If abnormal results are found from a screening, your dentist will schedule a second scan several days later. There, your dentist will see if the dark spots have disappeared, or they may perform a biopsy to determine whether or not the spots are indeed cancer.
Contact Fonthill Dental to book your oral cancer screening appointment today at Fonthill & Welland, ON.
Teeth are tough, but sometimes not tough enough to survive intense contact. Mouth guards are an easy way to protect your teeth from impact or grinding, or even from accidental injury while being active. Guards can help prevent teeth from getting broken, chipped, or knocked out, and limit nerve damage and other injuries to soft tissue in the mouth.
Anyone, whether they are children or adults, should use a protective mouth guard when participating in any type of contact sports, including: hockey, basketball, football, baseball or soccer.
Dentists also recommend using mouth guards for anyone participating in non-contact sports and certain recreational activities.
Guards and similar devices, like bite splints and nocturnal bite plates, are also used for those who grind their teeth or clench their jaw at night. They can help prevent damage to teeth, soft tissue, and nerves.
Stock guards are the most basic option. You can find them at sporting goods stores and they only cost a few dollars. However, their bulky build means they offer the least amount of protection in comparison to the other options.
Boil and Bite
Boil and bite guards are fairly inexpensive, costing around $20, and are also found in sporting stores. They are made from a thermoplastic material that becomes malleable when heated in hot water. Once you boil them, place them in your mouth and shape them around your teeth using your fingers or tongue. Boil and bite guards offer slightly better protection and fit than stock guards.
Custom guards offer the best fit and protection, as they are specifically designed for your mouth. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth then mold the guard material over the impression.
Before and after each use, rinse your guard off in cool water or mouth rinse, or clean it with mild soap and a toothbrush. Store it in a firm container with perforations for air circulation. Acrylic guards must be kept in fresh water.
If you or your child are participating in sporting activities, have active recreational activities, or grind teeth at night, getting a custom-fitted mouth guard can go a long way to preventing future damage from occurring. Call Fonthill Marketplace Dental today to set up an appointment.
At Fonthill Marketplace Dental, our priority is always to preserve as much of your natural teeth and root structure as possible. We offer a variety of general and cosmetic dentistry services to help keep your teeth strong and give you a bright, happy smile. However, sometimes a tooth extraction is required.
There are number of reasons why a tooth needs to be extracted. A tooth can be damaged beyond repair, due to an accident or excessive decay; or simply to make space for other teeth to align during orthodontic treatment. Many of us also need to have wisdom teeth removed at some point in our lives. Regardless of the reason, we are here to help.
If you think you need a tooth extraction, make an appointment as soon as possible at our Fonthill dental office. Our dentist, Dr. Thomas McMurran, will perform a thorough examination; ask about your overall health, medications and other factors which might affect the extraction; and order any necessary X-rays. Once he determines that it is best to remove your tooth, he will carefully explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have.
During the extraction, Dr. McMurran may use a local anesthetic. The area will be numbed and the tooth will be removed. Following the procedure, you will be given post-surgery instructions and our team will ensure that you exceptional post-appointment care.
If required, the dentist will provide you with the options for tooth restoration, and if your choice is a dental implant, he may be able to place the implant immediately following the extraction, shortening your restorative treatment duration.
If you would like to schedule a consultation or book an extraction appointment, contact our Fonthill office now to receive prompt treatment.
Wisdom teeth can be a real nuisance. They can overcrowd your jaw, growing in at awkward angles. When impacted and only partially erupted wisdom teeth create a favourable environment for the bacteria to grow and cause painful infections. In many cases, these teeth must be removed as soon as possible. That is where Fonthill Marketplace Dental can help.
Our Wisdom tooth removal specialists in Fonthill & Welland, ON, make it a priority to use the best techniques and the most cutting-edge technology during all of our procedures, ensuring that your comfort comes first. The wisdom teeth removal procedures are no exception. Using local anesthetic we will freeze the area around the tooth, helping prevent pain to the affected area while we surgically remove the tooth. Following the procedure, you should only experience mild discomfort, but our team at Fonthill Market Place will provide you with the best post-extraction care possible.
The benefits for this procedure include prevention from overcrowding, unnecessary infections, gum disease and tooth decay, and in general, will greatly benefit your overall dental health.
Don’t delay in removing these surplus teeth. At Fonthill Marketplace Dental, our emergency dental services are available to both existing and new patients. We also provide comprehensive general, family & cosmetic dentistry in Fonthill, Welland & surrounding areas. Call us today!
Just because one of your teeth is chipped or discolored doesn’t mean you have to live with it forever or spend several expensive sessions at the dentist for whitening or veneers. At Fonthill Marketplace Dental, we can easily apply a cosmetic bonding process to your teeth in a single session, instantly improving your confidence and the appearance of your smile.
Bonding is a cosmetic procedure in which composite material is permanently attached to your tooth in a quick and painless manner. The color of the material can even be matched to your other teeth, so it won’t stand out visibly. Bonding is most commonly used to fill in cracks and chips, or to repair discolored teeth, but can also be used to fill in gaps between teeth or protect roots exposed from gum recession.
Little preparation is needed for the process. In fact, anesthesia typically isn’t even required unless the tooth being worked on is one that is decayed. Once your dentist has chosen a composite resin color that closely matches your adjacent teeth, the affected tooth will be abraded to roughen the texture, then coated with a conditioning liquid to help the bonding composite adhere to properly to your tooth.
Then your dentist will apply a composite resin to your tooth, and mold it into the proper shape. The resin will be smoothed out afterward to ensure there are no sharp edges. Lastly, the composite material will be hardened into place with a curing ultraviolet light or laser. Your dentist may make further adjustments after using the ultraviolet light, like polishing the material.
Although the procedure is typically cosmetic, and not part of a routine visit, dental bonding helps improve the look of your smile. If you have chipped, discolored, or decayed teeth, a single trip to the dentist can fix the problem and restore your confidence. Call Fonthill Marketplace Dental today to schedule an appointment. During your examination, our dentist will be able to determine the extent of bonding you may need and get it applied immediately.
If you have a cavity, or if one of your teeth is damaged, you don’t have to live with the pain or embarrassment that often accompanies this. At Fonthill Marketplace Dental, our dentists are experienced in dealing with dental fillings and are happy to repair your teeth and restore your smile.
Fillings are a way to restore a decayed, broken, or otherwise damaged tooth back to its normal shape and function. If part of your tooth is missing, be it from a cavity or being worn down from nail-biting, fillings replace the missing tooth material.
There are metal fillings, like gold, or silver amalgams, along with newer options, like composites and porcelain fillings. Metals are highly resistant to wear and tear, but are visibly noticeable. Gold fillings are typically more costly than amalgams.
Porcelain fillings are custom made, then bonded to your tooth. They resist staining and, unlike metals, they can be made to match the color of your other teeth, helping them blend in with your beautiful smile. Plastic composite fillings are also designed to match the color of your other teeth. However, they likely won’t be used for large fillings, as they are less durable than the other options, and are also susceptible to staining.
First, your dentist will take x-rays to determine the location and severity of your cavities or tooth damage. Then they will talk to you about what material you want to use.
Once the procedure begins, you will be administered local anesthesia. Then your dentist will use a drill, laser, or air abrasion tool to remove all of the decay and cleaning the area to eradicate any lingering bacteria. Afterward, levels of filling material are applied and cured until the material levels out with your existing tooth shape. Lastly, the dentist will ensure the material is properly shaped, then trim off excess material so the filling feels natural and smooth in your mouth.
You could have a cavity and not even know it, and if you don’t see a dentist, further damage could occur. Call Fonthill Marketplace Dental to schedule an appointment for a routine dental examination. During the routine dental examination, our dentist will be able to determine whether or not you have any cavities that need to be treated with dental fillings, or if any existing dental feelings may need to be replaced or repaired.
You spend your lifetime cleanings, brushing, flossing, and looking after your teeth and gums. However, life is full of injuries, ageing, and other unexpected events that can damage your teeth beyond repair. In the event when remaining teeth are unable to perform simple tasks such as eating, you may have to consider dental dentures. Visit our office in Fonthill & Welland, ON for high-quality dentures.
Our dental offices strive to provide the highest quality dentures available to the residents of Fonthill, Welland and surrounding areas. Composed of hard resin, a very durable material, dentures will allow you to enjoy your favourite foods, and socialize with confidence. A set of well-fitted dentures will support the structure of your cheeks and lips, keeping these parts of your face firm, something that would not be possible if you left your mouth without a prosthesis.
If your smile is missing only one or a few teeth, you may consider removable partial dentures from Fonthill Marketplace Dental in Fonthill & Welland, ON. Made up of one or more artificial teeth held in place by clasps that fit onto nearby natural teeth, partial dentures are a great alternative when other restorations, such as bridges, are not possible, or when you need a temporary solution.
Regardless of which denture you need, our team at Fonthill Marketplace Dental is determined to provide you with a smile you are going to be proud of. We ensure that our dentures are natural-looking, very durable and perfectly fitted. If you would like to learn more about dentures or you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our dentist in Fonthill & Welland, ON call our office (905) 892-0476 to schedule an appointment.
Fonthill Marketplace Dental in Fonthill & Welland, ON gives patients bright and healthy smiles while preserving as much of your natural dental structure as possible. However, teeth that have been heavily restored, fractured, treated with root canal therapy or damaged beyond restoration, may require placement of a dental crown.
A tooth crown, or a ‘cap,’ has the shape and appearance of a natural tooth, but is made from a material that is strong and resistant to wear and tear. It fully covers the underlying structure and helps preserve the natural spacing of the teeth in your mouth. A crown might also be used to hold a dental bridge in place if you have gaps in your smile.
A dental bridges, just as the name indicates, is a fixed dental restoration that spans gaps in your smile created by one or more missing teeth. It relies on adjacent teeth that will create an anchor and support for the false tooth, known as pontic. A pontic is permanently attached to dental crowns on each side, that are later cemented onto the healthy neighbouring teeth, creating a permanent solution for a missing tooth, of few.
There are a few different types of crowns available :
● Porcelain-fused-to-metal Crowns: Porcelain crowns that are fused to a metal lining, are very popular for their strength and durability, and often used for teeth at the back of the mouth.
● All-Ceramic Crowns: Patients with metal allergies, or those needing crowns for the front teeth, might opt for a metal-free dental crown made out of ceramic. These crowns can blend with the colour of your natural teeth perfectly.
● All-Metal Crowns: Teeth that get a lot of heavy wear might require a metal crown. They are usually made of gold, platinum, or base-metal alloys.
● All Resin Crowns: These are generally very cost-effective, but often don’t have the durability of the other crowns.
With a wide selection of dental crowns available, be assured that our dentists in Fonthill & Welland ON office will suggest the best option for your tooth restoration needs.
It can be challenging to enjoy smiling and spending time with loved ones if you are missing one or more teeth. They might be missing due to a medical condition, ageing, decay, infection, or an accident. Regardless of the reason, you are left feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your smile. Fortunately, Fonthill Marketplace Dental can restore your smile and confidence with dental bridges in Fonthill & Welland, ON. These dental restorations are used to replace one or more missing teeth with the help of adjacent teeth.
A dental bridge, just as the name indicates, is a fixed dental restoration that spans gaps in your smile created by one or more missing teeth. It relies on adjacent teeth that will create an anchor and support for the false tooth, known as pontic. A pontic is permanently attached to dental crowns on each side, that are later cemented onto the healthy neighbouring teeth, creating a permanent solution for a missing tooth, of few.
Apart from the traditional dental bridge, there are few other types that your dentist may suggest following a consultation.
if the bridge is not able to rely on the support of adjacent teeth, dental implants can be placed to create an anchor for the bridge. The false tooth will be attached to crowns that will later be either cemented or screwed onto the implants.
if a false tooth is supported only on one side, rather than two, the restoration is called cantilever bridge.
a pontic can also be held in place by a metal or porcelain framework, and attached with resin to the back on the adjacent teeth. This type of bridge does not involve placing crowns over healthy teeth but is it limited in strength by the strength of the resin that holds it in place.
Our office in Fonthill & Welland ON Ontario, offers all of the above types of dental bridge restorations. So don’t wait any longer to restore your beautiful smile and call us to schedule your appointment.