Proper functioning of the jaws and teeth is often hindered by malocclusion (a bad bite). Adjustments to the bite can be made so that your teeth fit together properly for chewing and swallowing. Minor polishing of the enamel surfaces or fillings of the teeth can help redistribute and redirect the biting forces.
If the patient has no remaining teeth for support, full dentures are an option. Full dentures cover more of the jaw than partial dentures and rest on the remaining gum tissue. Full dentures can also be supported by implants and patients enjoy much more function and a better quality of life with implant supported dentures.
Whitening procedures offer patients with stained, discoloured, or dull teeth an opportunity to have a whiter, brighter smile. Whitening significantly reduces external and internal stains caused by food and beverages, smoking and some medications. We offer in-office and at-home whitening systems which are comfortable and affordable. We will recommend the best technique for you.
Invisalign uses a custom-made series of aligners (trays) made of smooth, comfortable, almost invisible plastic that are worn over your teeth. Wearing the trays will gradually shift your teeth into place. There are no metal brackets and no wires. A new set of aligners are put in approximately every two weeks until treatment is complete. Ask our dentists if this could work for you. Get straight teeth without traditional braces.
Veneers are ultra-thin shells of a composite resin or porcelain which are bonded to the front of the teeth. As an alternative to crowns, they are great at masking teeth that are stained or damaged. They are stain-resistant, durable, and look completely natural. Get the smile you have always wanted.
Bonding is a process in which tooth-coloured material is applied to tooth surfaces, sculpted into shape, hardened, and polished to match surrounding teeth. With this procedure our dentists can close gaps, repair chipped or fractured teeth, and disguise discoloured teeth. Bonding usually requires one office visit and no anaesthesia. Bonding is the choice of treatment for patients who have minor tooth imperfections.
If there are some good teeth remaining to provide stability along with the gums and jawbone, partial dentures may be used. Although removable, a partial denture will give the patient a more stable bite and restore the unwanted appearance of missing teeth.
Some people are anxious when they see the dentist and are not able to relax enough to receive treatment. Queenston Dental offers oral sedation and nitrous oxide sedation. Both are very safe and effective ways of having treatment done for nervous or anxious patients.
Oral sedation involves taking an oral sedative prior to coming to your appointment. Your vital signs and comfort level will be monitored throughout your visit. You will need to be driven to your appointment and will need a ride home.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation or “laughing gas” is used for its pain blocking or reducing effects. It is inhaled through a small nasal mask and helps the patient feel relaxed and comfortable throughout their treatment. The amount of gas received is monitored and controlled by the dentist throughout the visit. Once the mask is removed, you will likely be able to drive yourself home and carry on with your day as normal.
White/composite fillings are tooth-coloured fillings. Aesthetics are a big positive of composite fillings as the dentist can blend the shades to create a colour that is identical to the actual tooth. Composites also bond to the tooth and support the remaining structure. It prevents breakage and insulates the tooth from temperature changes. We use stain resistant and extremely durable composites.
Amalgam fillings (silver fillings) are occasionally recommended for molars or back teeth where white fillings may be difficult to place. We choose the material depending on our patient and the position and location of the tooth that needs treatment.
Inside our teeth, under the hard enamel and dentin layers, there is a soft tissue layer called the pulp. It contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. If it gets injured or infected, the nerves die and the tooth may become infected and painful. Root canals are meant to save the damaged teeth. The dentist removes the infected nerve tissue and then places a soft filling material inside the root, allowing any infection to heal. Following this, the tooth is sealed permanently with a filling and typically a crown is placed over the tooth to protect it and restore it back to function.