General Dentistry Services

Magathan Dental Centre is proud to offer a full range of general dentistry services. Please click on the items below to read more or contact us for further details.

 

 

Complete Exams

Only your dentist has the skills, training and expertise to provide a comprehensive diagnosis about your oral health condition, and to advise you on appropriate treatment and care. By taking these simple steps, there’s every reason why you should keep your “oral health – good for life.”

Poor oral health can affect a person’s quality of life. Oral pain, missing teeth or oral infections can influence the way a person speaks, eats and socializes. These oral health problems can reduce a person’s quality of life by affecting their physical, mental and social well-being. A dental exam can include some or all of these procedures:

  • Health History
  • Examination and Treatment
  • Cleaning
  • Advice
  • Maintenance
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Health History

Tell your dentist:

  • If you smoke.
  • About any health problem or medical condition you are being treated for.
  • About any changes in your general health.
  • About any allergies you have.
  • About any medicine you are taking.
  • About any changes in medicine since your last visit.
  • About any fears you have about going to the dentist.
  • About any dental or mouth problems you have.
  • About any way the dental office could make it easier for you to get around (if you have a cane, a wheelchair, or a walker).
  • About stress in your life, because stress can affect your oral health.
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Examination and Treatment

Everybody needs regular dental exams. The reason is simple: even if you brush and floss every day, you cannot see all the parts of your own mouth.

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Dental Hygiene

Our dentist can help you establish a routine of daily cleaning and preventive visits to keep your oral health good for life. ​T​aking proper care of your teeth and gums is a lifelong commitment. It includes a good oral hygiene routine that you follow at home, as well as regular visits to your dentist and an overall “team” approach to your oral care.

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Treatment for Gum Disease

​There is evidence suggesting that periodontal disease can be a risk factor in cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease. People with periodontal disease are at greater risk of heart disease and have twice the risk of having a fatal heart attack than people without periodontal disease.

When periodontitis is present:

  1. Pocket depth increases ​ around teeth deepen ​ due to swelling and bone loss.
  2. The gums may bleed more easily when touched.
  3. The supporting bone level is reduced around the tooth.

​Uncontrolled periodontal disease is a common cause of tooth loss in adults. In its early stages, gum disease is very hard to see. You may not know that you have a problem. But every time you have a dental exam, your dentist looks for signs of gum disease.

Your dentist may use a dental tool called a “periodontal probe” to measure where your gums attach to your teeth. Healthy gums attach to teeth just below the edge of the gum. If your gums attach to your teeth below this point, it is a sign of gum disease.

X-rays show how much bone is around your teeth. If you have gum disease, getting rid of plaque and tartar gives your gums a chance to get better. That’s why in the early stages of gum disease, the best treatment is cleaning by your dentist or dental hygienist to remove built-up tartar, brushing twice a day to remove plaque and flossing once a day to remove plaque.

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Composite or White Fillings

Composite Fillings (tooth Coloured) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures. The decay or affected part is removed and then filled in with a composite filling. Composite fillings are tooth coloured and can be closely matched to existing teeth.

Reasons for Composite Fillings:

  • chipped teeth
  • closing space ​between teeth
  • cracked or broken teeth
  • decayed teeth
  • worn teeth
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Bonding

​Tooth bonding is the application of a tooth-coloured resin material using adhesives and a high intensity curing light. The procedure gets its name because materials are bonded to the tooth. Bonding is typically used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discoloured or chipped tooth. It is also used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or colour of teeth. Often times bonding is used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede.

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Porcelain and Zirconia Crowns

Dental crowns are commonly used with implants to replace missing or decayed teeth. They can also be used as anchors for dental bridges and partial dentures.

Porcelain and gold have long been the traditional materials composing crowns. Porcelain crowns can give a more natural look, but is more prone to chipping. Gold crowns are the least expensive, but they have an non tooth coloured appearance

Crowns can also be made of zirconium. Zirconium crowns produce a great, natural look and don’t bring uncomfortable side effects.

What is Zirconium?
Zirconium is a strong type of crystal that has numerous favorable qualities. Crystal is known for being long-lasting and indestructible. Zirconium is no different. Besides its strength and durability, zirconium is also compatible with the human body, making its use popular in the medical field.

The major advantages of zirconium include:

Biocompatibility.
Because the body won’t reject the zirconium, there will lower chances of infections, complications, pain, discomfort, and allergic reactions to the crowns.

Great at hiding tooth damage.
Zirconium is preferred over porcelain in covering up and hiding tooth damage caused by staining or fractures.

Durability.
Being made of crystal, zirconium is nearly indestructible, easily withstanding the most vigorous chewing and biting activities. In fact, zirconium is five times as strong as porcelain! Zirconium crowns are milled in a way that they are nearly indestructible.

Long-lasting.
Going along with its durability, zirconium crowns also last longer than porcelain crowns. This is, mainly due to zirconium being more resistant to chipping and cracking.

Less tooth structure has to be removed.
Typically, when a crown is needed, a layer of the original tooth is removed for the crown to fit over it properly. The strength of zirconium means that a thinner layer of it is required for the crown. A thinner crown results in less of the original tooth to be removed.

Aesthetically pleasing.
Zirconium crowns are translucent being made from crystal. The clear, translucent appearance of zirconium allows for the perfect tooth coloring that best matches the patient’s natural tooth color, better than gold or porcelain crowns.

No metal is needed.
Unlike gold or porcelain crowns, zirconium crowns don’t require to be fused with a metal base which make traditional crowns more noticeable.

Zirconium crowns give you the comfort, security, feel, durability and appearance of natural teeth.

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Night Guards

A mouth guard is put in place to protect the teeth from grinding (BRUXISM).

The mouth guard used for treating bruxism acts as a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth.

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Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium metal or Zirconia. It is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth. An artificial replacement tooth is attached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place.

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Bridges

A bridge, also called a “fixed bridge” or a “fixed dental prosthesis,” is a dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. It extends across an area that has no teeth and is typically made up of an artificial tooth fused between 2 crowns. (A crown is a hollow, artificial tooth that fits over a natural tooth or a dental implant). The bridge is held firmly in place by your own teeth on each side of the missing one(s) or by dental implants. A bridge is permanent and cannot be removed.

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Partial and Full Removable Dentures

Dentures are artificial replacements for your natural teeth and gums. If an accident, a disease or poor oral health care has left you with only a few healthy teeth or none at all, your dentist or prosthodontist might suggest dentures to replace your missing teeth. There are 2 types of dentures: partial and complete. For both types of dentures your dentist or specialist makes a model of your teeth by taking impressions. The models are used to custom-make your dentures.

PARTIAL dentures are also called “partials.” They may be used when nearby teeth are not strong enough to hold a bridge, or when more than just a few teeth are missing. Partial dentures are made up of one or more artificial teeth held in place by clasps that fit onto nearby natural teeth. You can take the partial denture out yourself, for cleaning and at night.

COMPLETE dentures are what we most often refer to as “false teeth.” They are also called “full dentures” and are used when all your natural teeth are missing. Complete dentures are removable as they are held in place by suction. They can cause soreness at first and take some time to get used to.

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Implant Supported Dentures and Overdentures

Implant supported dentures are fixed, meaning they stay in at all times.

For a mouth missing all or nearly all of your this may be an option.

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Root Canal Therapy

Root canal treatment is an often straightforward procedure to relieve dental pain and save your teeth. Patients typically need a root canal when there is inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth. Treatment consists of carefully removing the pulp inside the tooth, cleaning, disinfecting and shaping the root canals, and placing a filling to seal the space.

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Extractions

Sometimes teeth need to be removed due to decay disease of trauma. A tooth extraction is having a tooth “pulled”.  When you have an extraction there will be changes that happen in your mouth. It is important to follow the instructions given for “post extraction care” that you will be given after the extraction.

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Zoom Whitening

Zoom whitening is an in-office treatment.

For example, “whitening” is any process that will make teeth appear whiter. A product can bleach the tooth, which means that it actually changes the natural tooth colour. Bleaching products contain peroxide(s) that help remove deep (intrinsic) and surface (extrinsic) stains.

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