Patient care at the Caledon East Dentistry office begins with prevention of dental disease, and prevention begins with the dental hygienists. The best strategy for optimum oral health is obtained with a proper routine at home, regular dental office cleanings and oral examinations. The hygienists are trained not only to clean the teeth and gums, but to assess the overall health of all the tissues, which includes an oral cancer screening. The Caledon East Dentistry’s team of hygienists work with each patient to suggest the best tools to use for brushing and flossing or oral rinsing, and may suggest diet alterations to improve the overall condition of the mouth. We’re happy to say, all our hygienists are mothers too, they take pride in the gentle care of all children, and work hard to make each visit a positive experience.
Whether your visit is for a routine oral examination or a restorative procedure, we deliver a full range of services for your oral health care needs. Dr. King, Dr. Gautam and Dr. Kalsi, are always happy to offer their expert opinions on what is the right option for you. Some of these options are listed below.
- Dental Fillings: There are two materials which are used to fill the majority of dental cavities. Resin (white) fillings are often used if aesthetics are a concern. These fillings cost a bit more and often dental insurance companies will not pay the entire cost of placing white fillings. Amalgam (silver) fillings are often more durable and are sometimes the better and less expensive alternative.
- Crowns: Often referred to as “caps”, crowns are fabricated to protect a heavily filled tooth, a tooth that has had a root canal or just to improve the aesthetics of discoloured or unsightly teeth. Crowns may be fabricated from porcelain or gold alloy, but the dentist will decide which is the best choice, often determined by a patient’s bite alignment.
- Bonding: This is a treatment that can be used to repair teeth that are decayed, chipped, fractured, or discoloured. Bonding can also be done to close gaps between teeth, or to splint teeth that have loosened in the mouth.
- Implants: When the natural tooth has been lost, teeth can now be replaced using titanium implants which fuse to the bone and can then be restored like a normal tooth. A dental specialist will place the implant and once it has healed, our dentists will work with their laboratory technicians to fabricate the implant supported crown, bridge or denture.
- Bridges: When one or two teeth are missing these dental appliances can fix the unsightly space and restore the proper bite. They are made of porcelain or gold alloy or a combination of both and are cemented or bonded to the teeth on either side of the space, meaning they are permanently fixed in the mouth.
- Partial Dentures: When several teeth are missing, it may be easier to fill in all the spaces with removable dentures. A partial denture is fabricated with metal alloy, plastic teeth and clasps which grip the remaining teeth to hold it in place. They are an inexpensive alternative to implants or bridges, but have some limitations with comfort and patient acceptance.
- Complete Dentures: These artificial teeth replace an entire set of missing teeth. Once the only option for this situation, complete dentures can now be fabricated combined with miniature dental implants for a much more satisfying result.
- Sealants: These coatings are placed on children’s permanent teeth to protect the deep pits and grooves from the harmful cavity causing effects of bacteria.
- Desensitization: Often teeth roots once exposed to the harmful effects of food and natural mouth acids or through natural wear, become extremely sensitive to hot and cold. Desensitization materials can be applied to protect the sensitive areas.
- Mouth Guards: For most active sports it is mandatory that protective athletic devices be worn. Custom made mouth guards, fabricated in our office, are the best protection against tooth injuries and concussions.
- Night Guards: This clear plastic appliance is worn to help prevent the damaging effects of continuous night-time teeth grinding or clenching. Grinding not only destroys the tooth enamel and flattens the teeth, but it can also lead to joint pains, headaches or muscle aches which are often symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). At Caledon East Dentistry, we can discuss using a night guard, which is one of the best treatment aids for this painful condition.
Other Dental Services
- Extractions: Our office will handle all routine and some complicated extractions. Should a procedure be beyond our level of expertise, you will be referred to one of the local oral surgical offices, where deeper levels of sedation can also be offered.
- Root Canal Treatment: Once decay or infection involves the nerve of the tooth, pain or an abscess is the result. A root canal (also called endodontic treatment) eliminates the problem. Routine uncomplicated root canals are treated right in our office by Dr. Kalsi, who works with our Caledon East Dentistry team for the best outcome. Otherwise they are referred to the many specialists called endodontists who work with Dr. King and Dr. Gautam for the best outcome.
- Teeth Bleaching (Whitening): We offer a take-home bleaching system for a simple, effective and safe procedure to lighten teeth that have darkened with aging, smoking or eating. Discuss this popular technique with one of the Caledon East Dentistry team.
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation: Our office is certified in the use of nitrous oxide sedation, which offers an option for the very anxious patient to cope with dental treatment. Available at a reasonable cost per appointment, this may be the solution for the patient who has avoided necessary treatment out of fear or phobia.
- Digital X-rays and Intra Oral Imaging: Our office uses state of the art digital X-ray imaging which significantly reduces the level of radiation and eliminates the use of harsh processing chemicals. The enlarged images have a significant advantage for diagnosing decay and dental problems. We also have a digital intra-oral camera which is a fabulous tool for showing patients anything they cannot see in their mouth and for patient education with oral issues. Digital X-rays and images can be printed or e-mailed to insurance companies or specialists, which facilitates patient care.
- Infection Prevention: We are very rigorous with infection prevention and take numerous steps to protect you and all patients. All instruments that go into your mouth are thoroughly sterilized. This includes hand instruments, air syringes, suction tubes and the drills used. If it can’t be sterilized, it is thrown out. The sterilizers are tested daily to ensure they are working properly. The surfaces of dental chairs and countertops are wiped between each patient with a disinfectant. Surfaces that can’t be thoroughly wiped, such as buttons or handles, are plastic wrapped, and the wrapping is discarded between patients. Suction lines are flushed between patients and at the beginning of the work day. The staff wear protective gloves and masks, and hands are washed with disinfectant soaps or hand disinfectant as dictated by our college guidelines.
T.L.C: Offered with a smile, free of charge from all of us, to all of you.