Laser Dental Services

Laser Dental Services

At Whites Road Dental Care, we are dedicated to providing you with the best technology dentistry has to offer. Your comfort and health are our highest priority. With this in mine we are proud and excited to introduce laser dental therapy.

In recent years, laser dentistry has superseded many traditional dentistry practices, making treatments more precise and less painful. This newer style of dentistry utilizes intense beams of light projected by a dental laser. Dental lasers, like the Precision Laser, we use in our office, can be used to perform a wide variety of treatments, including soft tissue shaping and removal. The FDA deemed laser dentistry to be safe for public usage in 1990. Since then, many dentists have incorporated dental lasers into everyday procedures reducing bleeding, anxiety and post-treatment recovery times. The beauty of dental lasers is that they damage far less of the surrounding tissue than traditional techniques which means less discomfort and pain. Here are some of the other benefits associated with laser dentistry:

  • Faster healing and tissue regeneration.
  • Preservation of more of the natural tooth.
  • Reduced bleeding during and after treatment.
  • Reduced need for anesthesia.
  • Reduced need for stitches and sutures.
  • Reduced risk of bacterial infections after procedures.

How can laser dentistry help me?
Laser dentistry is incredibly versatile and plays an important role in a growing number of common dental procedures. Though laser dentistry is most notably associated with cosmetic treatments, it is equally effective for preventative purposes.
Here are some of the ways that dental lasers can be used:

 

  • Tooth preparation: Prior to laser dentistry, a drill would be required to prepare the tooth for a filling. Lasers can now completely eliminate the need for drilling and anesthesia. Lasers also successfully kill oral bacteria around the surgical site.
  • Reshaping soft tissue: Dental lasers can dissolve soft tissue to expose more of the natural tooth (crown lengthening), reshape soft tissue to make “gummy smiles” more attractive, and remove uncomfortable soft tissue folds caused by denture wear.
  • Frenectomy: Lasers can improve speech and the feeding habits of babies, children and adults by untying the tongue.
  • Tumor removal: When benign tumors have formed in the soft tissue areas of the mouth, a dental laser can completely remove them without causing pain.
  • Whitening: Lasers can greatly expedite the tooth whitening process by increasing the activity of the particles in the peroxide bleaching solution.
  • Biopsy: Lasers are sometimes used to perform a biopsy on suspicious areas of soft tissue. This biopsy procedure can be performed instantly and with great precision.
  • Bacterial Reduction: low level laser energy kills the bacteria that cause periodontal(gum) disease.

How are laser procedures performed?
Different types of dental laser have been created to treat different conditions. Each laser uses a different wavelength of light, which predicates its best use. The most common types of dental laser are soft diode lasers, which are usually employed to treat soft tissue problems. Our office is the proud owner of a Precision soft tissue laser which allows us to treat infections around implants safely as well as perform minimimally invasive periodontal surgery

The laser beam is extremely bright, and special glasses will be provided to protect the eyes. Dr Bunt or your hygienist will then direct the beam at the affected area and carefully dissolve the soft tissue, harden the filling or whiten the teeth.
The procedure will take far less time than conventional methods, and cause far less anxiety and discomfort.
If you have questions or concerns about laser dentistry, please ask us.

Your Oral Health

Your Oral Health

Why is oral health & hygiene so important? You may take excellent care of your teeth at home with daily brushing and flossing. Yet regular oral hygiene visits are vital for keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy, preventing potentially serious problems. We can help you learn how to keep your smile looking its best!

What happens during oral hygiene visits?

Depending upon your unique situation and dental health, your visit may include any combination of the fallowing diagnostic, preventive or educational services:

Diagnostic services:

  • cavity detecting x-rays
  • assess your periodontal(gum) tissue
  • evaluate existing dental restorations for proper fit, function and aesthetics
  • check your bite, chewing and swallowing patterns
  • review and update your medical history
  • Oral cancer screening
  • identify any cause of bad breath and
  • identify any risk factors for chronic disease: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes etc.

Preventive Services:

  • clean and scale teeth to remove all plaque and calculus(tarter)
  • remove surface stain from your teeth
  • apply pit and fissure sealant to help prevent decay
  • fluoride application(if necessary)
  • apply desensitizer(if necessary)
  • Biofilm removal (latest technology) and
  • polish teeth

Educational Services:

In general, it is recommended that children begin receiving oral hygiene services when their first teeth are erupting. By beginning exams at an early age, we have time to create positive experiences for your young child and to set the stage for a lifetime of quality dental care.

Feel free to call us to book your intital assessment and also visit the  Canadian Dental Association website for the more current news and information.

Digital Dental X-Rays

Digital Dental X-Rays

At Whites Road Dental Care, we use digital dental x-rays to detect, diagnosis and monitor oral health conditions and diseases.

In our office, we use digital x-ray sensors to produce detailed computer images of your teeth and gums.  These sensors are super comfortable for patients to tolerate, and provide us with high resolution images for early detection of oral health concerns. The interpretation of these X-rays allows Dr. Bunt  to safely and accurately detect hidden abnormalities.

How often dental X-rays (radiographs) should be taken depends on the patient`s individual health needs. It is important to recognize that just as each patient is different from the next, so should the scheduling of X-ray exams be individualized for each patient. Your medical and dental history will be reviewed and your mouth examined before a decision is made to take X-rays of your teeth.

The schedule for needing x-rays at recall visits varies according to your age, risk for disease and signs and symptoms. Recent films may be needed to detect new cavities, or to determine the status of gum disease or for evaluation of growth and development. Children may need X-rays more often than adults. This is because their teeth and jaws are still developing and because their teeth are more likely to be affected by tooth decay than those of adults.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

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Wisdom teeth have earned a reputation for making trouble in this day and age when many of us have smaller jaws than our ancestors. The tendency for wisdom teeth to become “impacted” or unable to move into their proper position is the cause of most problems. Impacted wisdom teeth grow in any way they can, such as sideways or at an angle. Some may partially break through the gum surface, while others remain trapped beneath the gum and bone, leading to a host of potential complications.

Infected gums

When the tooth has only partially broken through the surface, bacteria can enter through the opening or flap around the tooth and cause the gum to become infected. This uncomfortable condition is best avoided by having the wisdom teeth removed before infection can develop.

Decay

Because partially-emerged wisdom teeth are difficult to clean, plaque containing bacteria may form on the surface and create a cavity in the wisdom tooth and adjacent teeth.

 Crowding and structural damage to other teeth

When teeth become crowned, they lose their proper position in the mouth. Thorough cleaning becomes more difficult and teeth may wear unevenly or prematurely with structural damage as a result. These are just a few problems that may occur.

How do I know if my Wisdom Teeth need to be removed?

Because problems with wisdom teeth develop gradually and symptoms may or may not be present, the best way to prevent trouble is to visit us regularly for a dental check-up and panorex x-ray to see if wisdom teeth are present.

At what age should Wisdom Teeth be removed?

The best time is between the ages of 16 -19 – before the roots have a chance to become firmly anchored in your jaw. Also, the older we get, the denser our jawbones become, making removal more difficult as time goes on.

What steps are involved with Wisdom Teeth removal?

During an examination, a panorex x-ray will be taken to evaluate the location of your wisdom teeth.  Sometimes when wisdom teeth are fused to the jawbone you will require referral to an oral surgeon to surgically remove them. Otherwise the procedure is as straightforward as any other extraction. We will use local anesthetic and possibly other types of anesthesia such as nitrous oxide(laughing gas) to freeze that area of your mouth. Dr Bunt will then make an incision in your gum around the wisdom tooth and lift the wisdom tooth out of place. Dr Bunt uses a gentle atraumatic approach to wisdom teeth removal so that healing will be quick and painless. Often a suture will be needed to close over the area where the tooth was removed. These sutures will dissolve on their own over a period of 7-10 days.

During the healing process, you may experience initial swelling and discomfort in your gums and jaw, making it wise to plan on “taking it easy” for a few days after the surgery. Discomfort and swelling can be relieved by placing ice packs on your cheeks.  Dr Bunt might also prescribe pain medication to increase your comfort during the healing process and antibiotics if necessary.  Other things you can do to help with the healing process include:

-Drink lots of liquids and limit your diet to soft foods after the bleeding stops. Avoid hard or crunchy foods for at least two weeks.

– Avoid brushing the teeth next to the ones that were removed until at least a day after the surgery. When you do begin brushing the area again, be very gentle so as not to disturb the blood clot that forms in the socket. For the same reason, don’t rinse your mouth vigorously, smoke, spit forcefully or drink from a straw during the healing process.

– avoid and alcohol the day of the surgery and do not mix with pain medications.

-avoid smoking or sucking through a straw as this can lead to a very painful dry socket.

– Can us if you have a fever, persistent and severe pain, excessive swelling or bleeding, or an y adverse reaction to your medication.

Following surgery, we will schedule a follow-up appointment to make sure you’re healing properly.

Watch this excellent video for additional information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv0w_uoesks

Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Dental implants are accepted by dental professional for over 40 years, as a successful and trusted method of tooth replacement used today. They act like your natural tooth, you do not feel a difference. They are made of biocompatible materials and as a result are accepted by your body. Dental implants osseointegrate into your jaw bone and can last a life time with proper oral home care and regular dental cleanings. They maintain natural bone, and minimize further bone loss due to bone stimulation – one of their most important advantages.

Dental implant treatment consists of 3 phases:

  1. The first phase of treatment is the placement of the implant (the root shaped, titanium screw that is commonly referred to as the ‘implant’) by the surgical specialist. We only trust our local highly educated oral surgeons for this step. Implant placement is key to a successful long term outcome.
  2. The second phase of the implant treatment is performed after the appropriate healing time. Bone heals slowly. A period of approximately 3-6 months is required for the process of osseointegration to be complete.The second phase of treatment consists of screwing a small abutment to the implant and a digital impression is taken to fabricate the final restorative phase.
  3. The third and final phase of treatment consists of the restorative phase. In this phase the new replacement teeth are fabricated and placed on the implants and abutments.

Dr. Bunt has restored many dental implants over his 25 year career and they are absolutely the best option for replacing missing teeth. Whether or not you are a candidate for implants depends on your existing bone structure and how much space is available. At Whites Road Dental Care, we pride ourselves in taking the time to discuss all your options to enable you to make a well informed decision for your oral health. We will co-ordinate any referrals to specialists if necessary and send a predetermination to your insurance on your behalf. If you’re interested in replacing missing teeth, let’s discuss it at your next visit, or give us a call to schedule!http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/procedures/dental_implants/

Veneers

Veneers

A conservative procedure usually requiring minimal anesthesia, veneers are an excellent option to improve the appearance of front teeth. These extremely thin shells of either composite resin filling material, or the more durable ceramic (porcelain), are bonded to the teeth.

Whether enhancing tooth color or shape, masking discolorations, closing moderate spaces, or straightening out minor crowding, veneers can be an excellent alternative to full crowns to create pleasing and esthetic smiles. They have the added advantage of requiring less tooth preparation than full crowns.

Cases involving front teeth with deep staining (eg. discoloration of teeth due to exposure to the antibiotic tetracycline- in utero or in infancy), older discolored fillings, damage due to injury or wear, or unattractive gaps or minor crowding of front teeth may only require a few appointments to achieve pleasing cosmetic results that last for years.

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, is often viewed as a harmless, though annoying, habit. Some people develop bruxism from an inability to deal with stress or anxiety.

However, teeth grinding can literally transform your bite relationship and worse, severely damage your teeth and jaws over long periods of time.

Teeth grinding can cause abrasion to the chewing surfaces of your teeth. This abnormal wear and tear will prematurely age and loosen your teeth, and open them to problems such as hypersensitivity (from the small cracks that form, exposing your dentin.) Bruxism can also lead to chronic jaw and facial pain, as well as headaches.

If no one has told you that you grind your teeth, here are a few clues that you may suffer from bruxism:

  • Your jaw is often sore, or you hear popping sounds when you open and close your mouth.
  • Your teeth look abnormally short or worn down.
  • You notice small dents in your tongue.

Bruxism is somewhat treatable. A common therapy involves use of a special appliance worn while sleeping. Less intrusive, though just as effective methods could involve biofeedback, and behavior modification, such as tongue exercises and learning how to properly align your tongue, teeth and lips. Dr Bunt will assess what is causing your grinding or clenching and recommend the best, most effictive treatment for your unique dental needs.

The Oral Systemic Link

The Oral Systemic Link

Poor dental hygiene (lack of brushing and flossing) can lead to other health problems not related to the mouth, including problems associated with the heart. Inflammation, which is the human body’s natural response to irritation, injury, or infection of tissue, has been shown to be a is a major risk factor for heart disease, stroke or diabetes. While inflammation is meant to have a protective effect, untreated chronic inflammation can lead to more severe health complications. Both periodontal disease (severe, chronic gum disease) and cardiovascular disease are inflammatory diseases, and inflammation is the common factor that connects these two disease states.

Medical research is now showing that periodontal disease may increase the inflammation level throughout the body. Since several studies have shown that patients with periodontal disease have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and The American Journal of Cardiology ® have developed clinical recommendations for periodontists (dental specialist with training in diagnosing, preventing and treating gum disease), dentists, cardiologists, and internists.

This is why it is so important to practice good oral hygiene at home, including a twice daily routine of brushing and once daily regimen of flossing. By sustaining this habit of cleaning at home, you will keep the level of harmful bacteria low, thereby reducing the level of infection and resulting inflammation.

Antibiotic Prophylaxis

Prophylaxis is the prevention of an ‘occurrence’; For example, dental prophylaxis consists of removing plaque and cleaning the teeth to prevent cavities and gum disease.

Antibiotic prophylaxis is used in order to prevent the occurrence of bacterial infection from spreading from the mouth to the rest of the body, particularly during a dental cleaning or invasive procedure. It is possible for bacteria to move from the mouth via the very thin lining of the gum tissue that forms a collar all the way around a tooth (the sulcus; or base of the pocket around a tooth). Scanning electron microscope studies have found this lining to be only a single cell layer thick, therefore easily penetrated by bacteria.

The two general categories of patients requiring antibiotic prophylaxis are 1) those who must take the protective measure of an antibiotic in order to prevent bacteria from moving from the mouth to other vital organs. These are people that either have certain cardiovascular conditions (e.g. weakened heart valves) or who have a compromised immune system, and 2) those who receive it to prevent a severe local infection as a complication of a procedure, e.g. complicated wisdom tooth removal.

All of our patients with any heart condition or weakened immune system are strongly advised to inform us before undergoing any dental procedures in our office. Dr Bunt will assess your condition, and if necessary, confer with any attending physician(s) that you may have, in order to determine if you require antibiotics before any procedure.

Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive Teeth

If you wince with pain after sipping a hot cup of coffee or chewing a piece of ice, chances are that you suffer from “dentin hypersensitivity”, or more commonly, sensitive teeth.

Hot and cold temperature changes cause your teeth to expand and contract. Over time, your teeth can develop microscopic cracks that allow these sensations to seep through to the nerves. Exposed areas of the tooth can cause pain and even affect or change your eating, drinking and breathing habits.

At least 45 million adults in the United States suffer at some time from sensitive teeth.

Sensitive teeth result when the underlying layer of your teeth (the dentin) becomes exposed. This can happen on the chewing surface of the tooth as well as at the gum line. In some cases, sensitive teeth are the result of gum disease, years of unconsciously clenching or grinding your teeth, or improper or too vigorous brushing (if the bristles of your toothbrush are pointing in multiple directions, you’re brushing too hard).

Abrasive toothpastes are sometimes the culprit of sensitive teeth. Ingredients found in some whitening toothpastes that lighten and/or remove certain stains from enamel, and sodium pyrophosphate, the key ingredient in tartar-control toothpastes, may increase tooth sensitivity.

In some cases, desensitizing toothpaste, sealants, desensitizing ionization and filling materials including fluoride, and decreasing the intake of acid-containing foods can alleviate some of the pain associated with sensitive teeth.

Sometimes, a sensitive tooth may be confused by a patient for a cavity or abscess that is not yet visible.

In any case, contact our office if you notice any change in your teeth’s sensitivity to temperature.

Snoring/Sleep Apnea

Snoring/Sleep Apnea

IS SNORING KEEPING YOU AWAKE?

Did you Know?
24% of men and 18% of women suffer from snoring.
60% of men and 40% of women over the age of 60 snore (female snoring increases after menopause).

Snoring occurs when the tongue falls to the back of the throat partially blocking the airway. Even though light snoring is not life threating it does affect the quality of sleep of your significant other.

If snoring is left untreated it can advance in obstructive sleep apnea, that’s when you should consult your doctor and request a sleep test. Snoring & sleep apnea treatment cannot only alleviate symptoms of disrupted sleep but also improve your overal health.

A CAA official stated that as much as 50,000 auto accidents happen in Canada as a result of sleepy drivers. Many of which suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

With Obstructive Sleep Apnea, muscles of the soft palate at the base of the tongue and the uvula (the small conical, fleshy tissue hanging from the palate) relax and sag, obstructing the airway, making breathing laboured and noisy snorting). Collapse of the airway walls blocks breathing entirely. When breathing periodically stops, a listener hears the snoring broken by pauses. As pressure to breath builds muscles of the diaphragm work harder. Sleep is then temporarily interrupted, sometimes only for seconds. This, in turn, activates throat muscles and “uncorks” the airway.

The effort is akin to slurping a drink through a straw that is stuck in a lump of ice cream. A listener hears deep gasping as breathing starts. With each gasp, the sleeper awakens, but so briefly and incompletely that he or she does not remember doing so in the morning. Someone with obstructive sleep apnea may stop breathing for ten seconds or more…dozens, even hundreds of times each night, thus resulting in daytime sleepiness.

Symptoms Of OSA

There are many symptoms that could indicate obstructive sleep apnea. These symptoms listed here are only a partial representation and should not be the only criteria used to diagnose OSA:

Clouded intellect
Short term memory impairment
Morning headaches
Generalized muscle pain
Irritability Mood swings
Impaired judgment
Decreased sex drive

Dr Bunt, at Whites Road Dental Care is highly trained in the screening and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Dr Bunt works closely with your family physician, sleep specialist, local sleep clinics and your medical insurance to for seamless management of your OSA. Mild to moderate sleep apnea and those patients who are CPAP intolerant have a high degree of success with Oral Appliance Therapy. It is worn in the mouth during sleep to prevent the soft throat tissues from collapsing and obstructing the airway. Dentists with training in dental appliance therapy can prescribe these special appliances to meet their patients individual situations and conditions.

Call today to book your screening appointment 613-392-4757