When you visit Fairmont Dental Centre, you will find a well-trained team that is passionate about providing quality care for your whole family. We offer general and cosmetic dental services for adults, children and seniors. Our staff consists of 3 dentists, 3 dental assistants, 5 hygienists and front desk staff who are well-equipped to serve a diverse patient population. We are always ready to address your concerns and discuss your options prior to treatment. Let us know how we can help you achieve a beautiful smile; contact us today to schedule your appointment.
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Nitrous Oxide Sedation (Laughing Gas)
Dental anxiety can be a real issue and experienced by many. Nitrous oxide sedation can safely help to alleviate that anxiety without giving you the “hangover” after effects that can result from IV sedation. If you have dental anxiety, a sensitive gag reflex or do not respond well to local anesthetics, sedation may be for you.
A dental filling is material that restores the function and appearance of the tooth while stopping the decaying process. Materials include amalgam (silver), gold or composite (tooth coloured). Composite fillings are a popular choice for replacement fillings as well. Depending on the size of your silver fillings, you can have them replaced with tooth colored restorations at one appointment.
Although we will work with you to save your teeth, rather than extract them, extractions are sometimes a necessary last resort. You may need oral surgery to overcome congenital growth issues, control serious oral disease, treat trauma-related damage or if receiving an implant, bridge, partial or dentures. We can also work with you to ensure you will receive the best treatment plan to restore your smile while ensuring optimal oral health.
Although feared by many, a root canal can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for implants or a bridge. This overall less expensive option consists of removing decay that has reached to the centre of your tooth (pulp area). The diseased pulp is removed and the root is cleaned and sealed off. A protective cover (crown) is then put over the exposed part of the tooth (cusps).
Our goal is to provide dental restorations that are undetectable and feel like your natural teeth. A dental crown is recommended when there is not enough remaining solid tooth structure to maintain function. The lack of structure may be due to decay, accidental damage, hairline cracks or the deterioration of an old filling. A crown is a custom made prosthetic used to cap or completely cover and protect a tooth. Crowns provide protection from fracture and recurrent decay as well as maintain your physical appearance and are highly recommended with a root canal.
Teeth were designed to complement each other. If one or more teeth are missing, unusual stresses are placed on the gums and remaining teeth. This can cause an increased risk for gum disease, cracked teeth, misalignment of teeth, and a decrease in chewing efficiency. A dental bridge attaches artificial teeth to natural teeth or dental implants to restore your dental health and appearance.
Dentures Complete and Partial
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Complete dentures are ones that comprise a full set of upper and lower teeth. This type of denture uses suction to stay in place and is made of a pliable material which makes suction easy. Partial dentures replace only a limited number of teeth, and not an entire set. They are a single piece fitting that is supported by the remaining teeth and gums. Because complete dentures are not as secure as partials, retaining as many of the original teeth as possible and building a partial would ensure greater patient comfort and performance.
According to the American Journal of Peridontology, as many as 75% of adults over 30 suffer from some stage of gum disease. Additionally, new research has found that the advanced stage of gum disease, periodontitis, is linked with health problems such as heart disease and stroke. Regular dental cleanings and exams can prevent these problems and identify other issues such as oral cancer as well as provide you with good oral hygiene. People routinely clean their own teeth by brushing and flossing. Dental hygienists can remove the hardened deposits (tartar) that can lead to periodontitis, which cannot be removed by routine cleaning.
Teeth whitening or bleaching is a process that uses a concentrated percentage of hydrogen peroxide or its derivative carbamide peroxide, which is suspended in a gel and lightens discoloured enamel. Take-home kits involve a tray that is custom-fitted to your teeth and holds a special bleaching gel that is provided by us. You wear the tray for a prescribed length of time each day. Whitening should always be done under the supervision of a dentist in order to rule out any underlying cause for enamel discolouration and enable you to achieve the best results for your smile.
Sealants are thin layers of resin that are placed on the pits, fissures, and grooves of molars to prevent decay on these surfaces. They are one of the most effective methods of preventing decay on the surfaces where they are placed. This is perfectly suited to children who are not as adept at cleaning their teeth as adults. Although it is still a possibility that decay may develop on surfaces in between teeth, sealants significantly reduce the overall chance of having cavities.
Porcelain veneers can enhance the shape of your teeth, make your teeth as white as you want and give you the smile you have always desired in a very short period of time. In this procedure, a thin shell of porcelain is bonded to the surface of the teeth. This can change their shape, shade and position to improve the cosmetics of your teeth and smile. They are also used to replace and restore any lost tooth structure. Additionally, veneers are bonded to your tooth structure, which gives them strength and longevity.
Bonding can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discoloured, misaligned, or as an alternative to porcelain veneers. This restorative option can significantly improve or completely change the appearance of a tooth. Many different shades of composites are utilized to blend with the existing tooth in order to achieve the optimum esthetics. Although bonding is less costly and is completed in a shorter time period than veneers, porcelain veneers typically last three times longer than bonding before repair is needed.
Sports Mouth Guards
Mouth guards are crucial pieces of equipment for any child, or adult, participating in potentially injurious recreational or sporting activities. An impression is made of the patient’s teeth using special material, and then the mouth guard is constructed over the mold. Customized mouth guards are more comfortable and orthodontically correct than over the counter models. They fit snugly over the upper teeth and protect the entire oral region from traumatic injury, preserving both the esthetic appearance and the health of the smile.