General dentistry in London, ON consists of diagnosing, treating, and preventing dental issues like cavities or gum disease before they can worsen. Our London, ON dentists and dental team will thoroughly examine your mouth and teeth for any signs of complications. We’ll work with you to find the best solution to your dental issues.
Your regular exam will take about 45 minutes. Each exam includes a detailed teeth cleaning, in which we’ll clean, polish, and rinse your teeth to remove any tartar and plaque that have built up on the tooth’s surface.
Visiting our office every six months allows you to talk to the doctor about any questions about your oral health. Regular exams are offered by appointment only, so please contact our practice today to schedule your next dental exam and teeth cleaning.
Dental crowns are a restorative procedure used to improve your tooth’s shape or to strengthen a tooth. We use dental crowns for teeth that are broken, worn, or have portions destroyed by tooth decay. A crown is a cap cemented onto an existing tooth that usually covers the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.
When there’s insufficient tooth strength to hold a filling, crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed. Unlike fillings, which apply restorative material directly into your mouth, we fabricate a crown away from your mouth. Your crown is created in a lab from your unique tooth impression, which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.
There are times when it’s necessary to have a tooth extraction. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay it puts the surrounding teeth at risk of decay, so your doctor may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require tooth removal.
When your dentist determines you require a tooth removal, your dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or request another visit for this procedure. Each tooth’s root is encased within your jawbone in a tooth socket, and your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. To extract a tooth, your dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. This procedure is typically quick. However, it’s crucial to share concerns or preferences for sedation with your doctor.
Once we remove a tooth, neighbouring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend replacing the extracted tooth with dental restorations.
Wisdom teeth are the molars found in the very back of your mouth. They usually appear in the late teens or early twenties but may become impacted (fail to erupt) due to lack of room in the jaw or angle of entry. When you have an impacted wisdom tooth, it may need to be removed. You may develop gum tenderness, swelling, or even severe pain if it’s not removed. It tends to be difficult to clean impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted. They’re also susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and even gum disease.
Wisdom teeth are typically removed in the late teens or early twenties because there’s a greater chance the tooth’s roots have not fully formed and the bone surrounding the teeth is less dense. These two factors can make extraction easier and shorten the recovery time.
At Alba Dental Centre, we’re devoted to providing our patients their personalized dental care. Our dentists proudly provide general dentistry services to patients in London, ON, and the surrounding areas like Strathroy, St. Thomas, and Ingersoll, ON.
If you would like to learn more about our preventive services like fluoride treatments, call our London office at (519) 777-2020 to schedule an appointment with one of our expert dentists. You can also request an appointment, and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.
Good oral hygiene is crucial to keeping your smile looking and feeling its best. Failing to practice a healthy oral hygiene routine may lead to:
Brushing and flossing daily in combination with routine dental visits to your dentist’s office is a great way to keep your smile healthy and strong.
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