The natural tooth structure colour changes as we age and is affected by our lifestyles and habits such as smoking, coffee, tea, colas, and red wine. There are a variety of tooth whitening options:
This tooth whitening procedure is completed in one 60-90 minute appointment. The first step is to isolate all gingival (gum) tissue with a coating and gauze to protect the gums, cheeks and lips. The teeth whitening gel is placed on the teeth and removed in cycles until the desire result is obtained.
We also offer a 40% hydrogen peroxide power bleaching gel, Opalescence Boost– in 30 minutes teeth whitening solution.
This type of teeth whitening consists of two appointments. During the first whitening appointment a set of upper and lower impressions are taken to form your custom trays. One week later you come into the office to pick-up the trays and teeth whitening gel. At this appointment a staff member will go over the at home instructions. It is important to know that everyone has different results with teeth whitening treatments. Some clients have gum and teeth sensitivity with this type of procedure. When considering a teeth whitening procedure, some things to think about are: do I have any restorative work (fillings and crowns), work on the front teeth or any exposed root surfaces because these areas cannot be whitened.
1. Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. If possible, after every meal is preferred.
2. Avoid foods and beverages that cause stains.
3. Use a straw to prevent your teeth from being exposed to beverages that can stain.
4. Rinse your mouth with water after each meal.
5. Stop smoking and chewing on tobacco.
6. Stop drinking coffee. If you must, try to cut back on how much you drink daily.
7. Avoid taking medications that contain tetracycline and doxycycline.
8. Use over the counter whitening products.
9. Visit the dentist every six months for checkups and cleaning.
Teeth cleanings are the removal of plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria film) and tartar (calculus) deposits that builds up on teeth over time. Accumulation of the tartar and plaque provides the right conditions for bacteria to thrive next to the gums. When plaque and tartar accumulate over time it can lead to bone loss and periodontal disease.
The purpose of the teeth cleaning and polishing is to leave the surfaces off the teeth clean to prevent the bacteria from sticking to the teeth and aggravating the gums.
During your teeth cleaning, an assessment is made to further understand your current oral health and a personal treatment plan is made to best suit your personal needs. Dental x-rays and an examination are recommended to detect cavities.
Crown ( Cap) & Bridge
Bridge follows the same preparation as a single crown, except two teeth are prepared to accept crowns with one suspended in between.
A denture is a removable appliance used to replace single or multiple missing teeth. A partial denture is used to replace single or multiple missing teeth and is held in place by clasps on the remaining teeth. A complete denture is used when there are no natural teeth remaining. This denture is held in by suction or mini- implants.
Endodontic treatment is performed to eliminate infection of a tooth and surrounding bone structure. Endodontic treatment consists of removal of the nerve and blood vessels, using tiny files and irrigation solution to hollow out tooth canals and decontaminate them. The hollowed canals are filled with gutta percha (special filling material to seal the canals), followed by a filling material to seal the remaining tooth structure.
After this procedure the tooth is classified as “dead”. In most cases a crown is recommended to help strengthen the remaining tooth and to prevent breakage, since without blood flow it is vulnerable to fracture.
In order to repair decayed, broken, and discoloured teeth fillings are used. The tooth is cleaned and decay is removed. The filling material is placed in layers and hardened using a curing light. This continues until filling is level with surrounding tooth structures. The final steps are to shape and polish the filling to give it a natural appearance.
In many cases we can complete your filling without local anaesthetic (freezing). We prepare the tooth using our Waterlase laser to remove and clean decayed tooth structure. The filling material is then placed in layers and hardened using a curing light. This continues until filing is level with surrounding tooth structures. The final steps are to shape and polish the filling to give it a natural appearance. Using painless lasers of the Waterlase System, Dr.Orzech and Associates can complete your dental work effortlessly with no need for injections.
It makes the overall dental experience a lot more pleasant by avoiding needles and the after effects on patients of numbing lips.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. It generally takes several months following the procedure for the implant to integrate with the surrounding bone through a processed called osseointegration. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
Natural Looking Teeth
Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighbouring teeth for support.
Are Dental Implants Right For You?
Take this short quiz to find out if dental implants are right for you:
• Are you in good general and oral health?
• Do you know if you have enough bone in your jaw to support the implant?
• Do you have healthy gum tissues free of periodontal disease?
• Have you had an Implant Consultation?
Periodontal Laser Therapy
It is used as an adjunctive therapy to scaling (cleanings) to assist in the reduction of bacterial infection within the periodontal pocket (gum tissue).
This provides the gums and bone a healthy environment to allow the gums to heal. The procedure consists of several appointments approximately 1-7 days apart, at which time the teeth are thoroughly cleaned, and then the laser light is placed in the gum to reduce bacteria levels. Patients with these types of infections can quickly improve their periodontal health with little or no discomfort.
Mouth guards are a custom made flexible plastic appliance used to help prevent injury during contact sports and we suggest to wear a mouth guard.
Preventable injuries with mouth guards are; concussion, broken teeth, lacerations to tongue or lip, broken jaws.
Sports mouth guard required or suggested to wear; hockey, wrestling, lLacrosse, boxing, martial arts, rugby, baseball, football.
Veneers are used to repair chipped, decayed, or stained teeth, and close gaps. Veneers are generally used for improving the appearance of teeth. The procedure consists of two appointments.
During the first appointment the tooth is reduced (made smaller) to allow for the veneers to sit flat with the surrounding teeth and gum tissues. Several impressions are taken to fabricate the temporary and final veneers. Approximately two weeks following your first appointment, you will be scheduled for a return visit to have the final veneers cemented.