About Family Dentistry
We accept all ages of patients, from adults and seniors to children and teenagers. We even have patients as young as infants and toddlers.
Imagine Dental is focuses in providing dental care for every family member needs. You can find dental solutions for everyone in your family, making easy and effective one trip to the dentist.
The dentist looks in your mouth for things that can affect your oral and your overall health.
When performing a complete oral exam (COE), we will check the condition of your teeth (damaged, missing or decayed), condition of your gums (inflammation or other signs of gum disease), and also look for early signs of oral cancer, such as white lesions and
other suspicious growths or cysts.
The dental exam can catch problems early before you see or feel them when they are much easier and less expensive to treat.
During the complete exam, we will take some x-rays and review your medical history with you.
After all that, we will have a fully understanding of your oral condition and needs, and we also will be aware about any health conditions that may affect the success of dental treatments or that may be associated with oral health problems.
Teeth that have been damaged by cavities or are fractured due to trauma are repaired using different materials, such as composite, amalgams, or prosthesis.
On some occasions, old restorations may need to be replaced by a new one or fixed to prevent the development of underlying caries.
When a restoration is performed, the dentist makes sure to eliminate caries and leave the tooth clean and healthy before applying the filling material, that mimics the tooth colour and its original form and anatomy.
It is a treatment performed on teeth with extensive (big) lesions to preserve them and prevent infections and extraction.
The pulp is the soft tissue inside each tooth that possesses blood vessels and nerves. It goes from the end of the root to a chamber in the middle of the tooth. Deep cavities can affect the pulp and permanently damage it, causing pain and infection.
When this happens, the dentist performs a root canal to save the tooth. This treatment consists of making an opening inside the tooth to remove the pulp. Then the place is disinfected and widened using specialized instruments called Files.
Afterward, the roots are filled with a specific dental material, and the tooth is restored with composite, and a Crown is usually recommended to fully restore the tooth.
When a tooth is damaged beyond repair, the only solution left is tooth extraction.
Before doing so, the dentist will make a thorough evaluation of the case, using an x-ray and clinical examination. This will allow him to plan the extraction considering every detail, such as the tooth proximity to the nerve and sinuses.
Once everything is ready, the extraction is performed under local anesthesia to prevent pain and discomfort. The dentist uses special instruments called forceps and elevators or luxators to help loosen the tooth and extract it.
A bone graft is a procedure that allows the dentist to increase the amount of bone on the jaw.
One of the main side effects of tooth loss is bone loss. This defect can interfere with the correct placement of dental implants and other prosthetic restorations, such as dentures.
Bone graft allows to fix these defects and fill the gap with new bone, leaving the mouth ready for prosthetic rehabilitation.
The most common type of bone graft is called Socket Preservation , where a graft material is placed in the socket after tooth extraction .This allows more predictable healing with minimal bone loss , that in turn makes it more favourable to place a Dental implant later on.
Crowns are prosthetic restorations used on teeth with extensive lesions.
They act as a cap cemented on top of the tooth, completely covering it while mimicking its shape and color. Therefore, restoring both function and aesthetics.
They are usually made of porcelain fused to either metal or ceramic core.
To make a prosthetic crown, the dentist will prepare the tooth in a special way, obtaining enough room for the restoration to fit.
Afterward, he will take a dental impression to be delivered to a dental laboratory that will be making the crown. In the meanwhile, he will cement a temporary crown over your tooth.
Once the dental laboratory sends back the crown, the dentist replaces your temporary restoration with the final crown.
Bridges are prosthetic restorations used to fill the gap left behind by missing teeth.
They act the same way as crowns. However, instead of covering just the tooth, they are cemented on, they are attached to an extra prosthetic tooth that will be replacing the missing one.
A bridge is made of a prosthetic tooth attached to a crown at both ends. Both ends will be sitting on top of the teeth next to the missing tooth gap.
The tooth preparations performed for a bridge are the same as the crowns. However, the dentist needs to make sure the preparations are parallel to each other, so the bridge can be inserted properly.
The Canadian Dental Association recommends the dentist first visit should happen within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or around the age of one. The goal is to have the child getting familiar with the dental office environment.
While “riding” on the dentist chair and counting how many teeth they already have, we will be able to check the child’s gums and teeth and address any issues. In most cases, the dental visit can be scheduled every six months. On that way, we will detect any problems early.
Procedures aimed to treat children’s primary teeth, fixing cavities, and performing tooth extractions when needed. Each procedure is done with the goal of maintaining the tooth in the mouth until its biological replacement time.
Children dentistry differs from adult’s one as the dentist uses special adaptation techniques to ensure the child’s first experiences are pleasant and relaxed.
Children dentistry is also responsible for giving parents all the information they need about their children’s oral health and the home care they must have regarding diet and oral hygiene. We offer all these services and much more at Imagine Dental in Niagara Falls. Contact us to book your appointment today.