The Comprehensive Exam is an assessment of the head, neck, TMJ and mouth, including an oral cancer screening. X-rays are taken to help detect cavities between teeth and under existing fillings and crowns. Through the collection of this information, Dr. Clayton will be able to make an accurate diagnosis and suggest a treatment plan.
A Dental Cleaning is the removal of dental plaque and calculus from the teeth. Having your teeth cleaned regularly is an essential part of preventative dentistry. It allows us to remove the bacteria that sits in the gums, which is the leading cause of bone loss and loose teeth.
Fluoride is a mineral that is absorbed by the enamel of teeth, making it stronger. As a result, teeth can better resist the attack of bacteria and acids in the diet. Fluoride is also incredibly effective in the treatment of sensitivity caused by gum recession.
The application of Fluoride is a very simple procedure. Since teeth must be very clean for the fluoride to be absorbed effectively, we will normally apply it at the end of a patient’s cleaning appointment.
Root Canal Treatment is most often necessary when decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or the tooth has become infected. Soon after the root canal if performed, the tooth is restored with a dental crown or filling which both protects the tooth and restores it to normal function.
Dr. Clayton believes that natural teeth should be preserved for as long as possible. There are times, however, when a tooth cannot be saved and tooth extraction is the best course of action. This procedure is performed after the tooth area is numbed with anesthesia.
Dentures are an affordable option for the replacement of missing teeth. Unfortunately, jawbone shrinkage is a common occurrence which can lead to unstable dentures, gum irritation and improper chewing. Dr. Clayton will fit the denture in a manner that minimizes (or eliminates) shrinkage of the jaw bones, hence reducing the need for periodic maintenance.
Frequently used in sports, the custom mouth guard covers the gums and teeth to provide protection for lips, gums, teeth, and arches. A properly fitted mouth guard can reduce the severity of dental injuries.
Custom night guards are effective for the treatment of Bruxism, a condition where a person unconsciously clenches their jaw and grinds their teeth. This common problem can severely wear down teeth, making them more sensitive to temperature change and more vulnerable to tooth decay. It can also cause damage to the jaw, resulting in chronic pain. A custom-fitted mouth guard, which is only worn to bed, provides a protective cushion between teeth.
Everyday factors such as coffee, wine, tobacco, aging and genetics can leave one’s smile looking dull and discoloured. teeth whitening treatments can quickly and effectively give a patient a beautiful white smile again.
Porcelain Veneers which are bonded to the front of teeth, are the ideal solution for a smile that has multiple imperfections. They will instantly whiten teeth, fix chips and cracks, lengthen short teeth, close gaps and straighten misaligned teeth.
Cosmetic Bonding is a treatment that can adjust the size, shape and colour of teeth that have chips, cracks and gaps. A composite resin is applied to the tooth, it’s sculpted where necessary, and then a curing light is applied. It’s a quick and effective way to improve your smile.
Dental Implants offer the most natural-looking and long-lasting results to replace missing teeth. If there are several missing teeth, several implants can be placed with a bridge or implant-supported dentures. Dr. Clayton will provide the pros and cons of implants versus a bridge so the patient can make an informed decision regarding their dental health.
Crowns are a common treatment to restore teeth that are heavily chipped, cracked or decayed. They improve the strength, appearance and longevity of what’s remaining of the tooth. The crown is custom-fitted, manufactured porcelain that resembles the contour and colour of natural teeth. Dr. Clayton believes that natural teeth should be preserved for as long as possible.
Bridges are a frequent solution for replacing a missing tooth. The bridge spans the space left by the missing tooth, which restores ability to chew, provides solid support to the structure of the jaw, and prevents adjacent teeth from shifting.
White or tooth-coloured fillings are used to repair minor to moderate tooth damage, such as decay, minor fracturing or chipping. The filling will restore the tooth to its original structure and function, and restore the patient’s smile to good health.
Orthodontics is a treatment that allows correcting dental mispositioning through correct alignment and ordering of teeth in their supporting bone. This allows to achieve an ideal result that combines a functional bite with aesthetic results, both in children and adults.
Parents want their children to be treated as soon as problems arise. They do not want treatment to be delayed until all the permanent teeth erupt and costs could escalate. Early treatment minimizes the time that children need to wear braces and is the treatment of choice. The ideal time for treatment is any time after age 4 when problems such as narrow jaws, a thumb sucking habit, mouth breathing or malformed jaws are recognized. Since ninety percent of the face is developed by age 12, we must treat early in order to guide the growth of our younger patients.
Most children and parents prefer to be treated without the extraction of permanent teeth. If treatment is delayed until all the permanent teeth erupt, this increases the incidence of extractions.
In many situations, Orthodontic treatment requires two phases. The goal of the first phase is to treat all functional problems including mouth breathing, snoring, jaw joint problems, and habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusts. Any skeletal (bone) problems such as narrow jaws or underdeveloped jaws are also treated in this first phase with functional appliances. Recessive or underdeveloped chins are consistently moved forward with functional appliances while the patient is still growing. This simple solution is much more desirable than waiting until all the permanent teeth erupt, and moving the lower jaw by means of surgery.
Once the arches are developed in Phase One and all the permanent teeth erupt, braces (brackets) may be utilized to straighten the teeth in Phase Two. The combination of these two phases of treatment ensures beautiful faces, full lips and outstanding facial profiles.
Metal Brackets made from stainless steel brackets and wires remain the most popular choice for braces, and are very effective.
Virtually invisible, Clear Brackets offer several advantages over traditional braces and aligners. Clear braces combine tieless brace with high technology arch-wires that are clinically proven to move teeth fast and comfortably. The smile and facial results are truly spectacular.
Invisalign clear braces are a great solution for adults who would like to discretely get crooked, crowded teeth straightened. Invisalign is a series of custom-made clear plastic aligner trays that gently straighten the teeth. The patient wears each one as directed to attain the desired orthodontic improvement. Invisalign is practically invisible, and the trays are easily removed so the patient can take the tray off to eat and to brush their teeth. Invisalign is discreet, comfortable and effective.
It’s natural to feel nervous before a dental procedure. Dental procedures can induce fear, anxiety and apprehension. It is not uncommon for patients to delay and ignore treatment due to crippling phobia. Conscious sedation is a technique in which the use of a drug or drugs produces a state of depression of the central nervous system (CNS) enabling treatment to be carried out, but during which verbal contact with the patient is maintained throughout the period of sedation. Stress and Anxiety is minimalized and the patient experiences a soothing, relaxing feeling.
Nitrous Oxide, which is sometimes referred to as “laughing gas”, is a safe and effective sedation agent. The gas is simply inhaled through a mask. It helps the patient relax by elevating the general mood and evoking a general sense of well-being. Most importantly, it relieves anxiety and reduces discomfort. In addition, some tingling and numbness may be felt. Although it is administered during the entire procedure, the effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly after the small mask is removed.
Oral Sedation produces feelings of relaxation and drowsiness, and allows the patient to remain awake but relaxed. Dr. Clayton will prescribe oral sedatives (pills),that are to be taken by mouth before the dental procedure. The use of oral sedation will be combined with local anesthetic so there is little to no discomfort. The patient should plan to have someone bring them to the appointment and also be available to drive them home following the treatment.
Technology is reaching all areas of our day to day life, and dentistry is no exception. At Clayton Dentistry we have state-of-the-art x-ray and digital scanning equipment. The Advanced Technology at Clayton Dentistry improves diagnoses, facilitates the work of dentists and achieves a more precise and comfortable treatment for our patients.
Panoramic X-rays show a broad view of the jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal area, and temporomandibular (jaw) joints. These X-rays show problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts, solid growths (tumours), infections, and fractures.
The Ceph x-ray in digital format, allows for zooming into area of interest, such as potential TMJ problems, and/or impacted/ non-erupted dentition. The digital x-ray also has the advantage that it allows for measurements of teeth and bone and enables annotations to be made directly on the digital Ceph image.
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