A dental exam is critical to maintaining your oral health as many dental issues can often not be seen or felt by the patient until it is too late. Oral health is directly related to systemic health and most concerns found in the mouth only a Dentist can see and diagnose .
Here are some of the things we check for;
There are many benefits to maintaining a healthy mouth and without routine dental hygiene care, bacteria builds up on your teeth and around your gums, leading to major infections and systemic health concerns that are not just isolated to your mouth. You increase your risk towards heart disease, clogged arteries, strokes, blood sugar control, it can even affect pregnancy.
Our hygienists not only take care of your hygiene needs through conventional scaling and root planing, they pride themselves patient education and alternative therapies (eg. laser and varnishes) to help you maintain your oral health. The bottom line is that good oral care is imperative to your overall well being. Be sure to come see us to ensure that your oral health is at its best.
Are utilized to check for early signs of mouth or throat cancer, such as white lesions, blocked salivary gland and other suspicious growths or cysts. We will be introducing Veloscope Vx to assist with our screenings.
Dental x-rays are often a part of the dental examination. These can show such problems as cavities, cavities under fillings, fractures, impacted teeth, decay under your gum line, infections or abscesses and bone loss caused by gum disease.
Let us help reduce your cavity risk by applying Cervitec or other varnishes. Ask your dental professional about which one is right for you.
Dental sealants act as a barrier, protecting the teeth against decay causing bacteria. The sealants are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay often occurs.
A properly fitted mouth guard can help prevent broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. Have a custom mouth guard made specifically for you if you participate in athletics.
You don’t have to live with gaps in your teeth or with teeth that are stained, poorly shaped or crooked. Veneers placed on top of your teeth can correct any aesthetic issues you have with your smile. Porcelain Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of teeth. They are strong and a virtually impossible to distinguish from actual teeth.
Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of yours. We offer in-office and take-home solutions that can dramatically enhance the impact of your smile.
Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements our dentist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth. Dr Lafleur is a Preffered Provider of Invisalign®.
Smile reconstruction describes the process of rebuilding or restoring all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws. The need for smile reconstruction may result from:
Each smile reconstruction case is unique and varies due to the needs of each person. Our Dentists can evaluate whether you are a candidate for smile reconstruction and determine your specific treatment needs.
Neuromuscular dentists understand that the hard and soft tissues of your jaw and supporting structures have a complex relationship. Neuromuscular dentistry is an approach to dental treatment that focuses on the correction of jaw misalignment with emphasis on muscle relaxation. Our dentists are trained to find your jaw’s natural and comfortable position alleviating the pain and stress from a fatigued or misaligned bite. Symptoms from a misaligned bite are referred to as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or Syndrome, or Myofacial Pain Dysfunction.
Do you have any of the following?
If yes to any of the above call and book a consult with one of our Dentists to learn more about how we can alleviate your symptoms.
If you or someone you know displays symptoms such as snoring, excessive daytime drowsiness, pauses in breathing or teeth grinding while sleeping; or if you have already been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea and have trouble using your CPAP, we can help. Continuous Open Airway Therapy appliances work by optimally positioning the jaw slightly forward opening the airway and preventing it’s collapse during sleep. SomnoDent® appliances are some of the most comfortable, high quality and clinically proven appliances available. If you or anyone you know suffers from a sleep disorder or suspects they do, call and book a consult.
Patients today have several esthetic choices when it comes to selecting materials to repair missing, worn, damaged or decayed teeth.
Dental implants can offer a treatmen option that will look and feel as natural as your original teeth. Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, implants integrate with the jawbone and serve as a base for individual tooth replacement or to support a bridge or denture.
A crown supports your tooth when there isn’t enough natural tooth structure left. A crown can also protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that is already broken. This treatement option is a good way to aesthetically cover teeth that are discolored or misshapen. It is also the best option available to protect a tooth that has had a root canal.
Bridges are one option to replace missing teeth to restore your bite, while alleviating the stress on your remaining dentition. Bridges are a great treatment option when teeth on either side of the missing tooth require the protection of crown.
There are several procedures and appliances that can help with crowding and crooked teeth while children are younger. They may minimize the comprehensive orthodontic treatment required in the future and in some cases eliminate the need for conventional orthodontic treatment altogether.
Dentures are a removable treatment option often used to replace missing teeth and restore a functional bite. If you’ve lost all or even some of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete or partial dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile.
When the nerve of your tooth becomes infected or abscessed, a root canal treatment lets you keep the tooth rather than having to pull it out. Keeping your natural tooth helps to prevent your other teeth from drifting out of line which can lead to jaw problems. Saving a natural tooth avoids having to replace it with implant or bridge.
When having an extraction, todays’ modern procedures and follow up care, as recommended by your dentist, are there to provide you great benefit and comfort.