Today’s advanced dental treatments and materials can give you a healthier, more complete smile that can last you a lifetime.
We recommend regular visits to have your teeth professionally cleaned. This helps prevent cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, and periodontitis and is part of a complete program of oral hygiene. This involves the use of various professional-grade instruments or devices to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth.
We help calm and reassure our youngest patients who may be nervous about their visit. Additionally, questions and concerns from parents are always encouraged and welcomed! From thumb-sucking to hygiene habits, we’re here to help you navigate your child’s evolving dental health needs.
Also known as gum disease, this is a serious infection in your gums that is mainly caused by bacterial plaque that is constantly forming on your teeth. Regular checkups and professional cleanings including scaling and root planing, will help keep your gums healthy and free of periodontal disease and infections.
If you have stained, broken or uneven teeth, cosmetic dentistry can help. It's aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and to your smile. Most think of tooth whitening or veneers when cosmetic dentistry comes to mind, but a cosmetic dentist can provide much more. A skilled, experienced cosmetic dentist can help improve your appearance, your smile, even your self-esteem and confidence.
Veneers are thin, custom shells crafted of tooth-colored materials to cover the front side of teeth. They are an option for correcting stained, chipped, decayed or crooked teeth. Veneers are made right in our office by Dr. Sweeney, or in some cases by a specialty lab working from models we have made from your teeth.
Bleaching is a process used to brighten your own natural teeth. Your tooth enamel is not etched. A professional brightening is performed with the aid of active oxygen, which decolorizes the distracting color pigments present in the tooth.
Fluoride is a mineral that can be found naturally in food and water. Fluoride treatments are simple, painless and help strengthen tooth enamel and repair any holes in it by replacing the nutrients that are lost over time. After your teeth have been exposed to fluoride, they tend to become more resistant to acid, making it less likely that they will decay in the future.
Dentures continue to be a popular alternative for people who are missing teeth. Fashioned with acrylic material, a denture is a removable appliance that simulates the appearance of teeth and gum tissues and improves chewing. Dentures can also be improved by the use of dental implants. They can be secured to dental implants to prevent movement and dramatically improve chewing strength and function dramatically.
For patients missing several teeth, but not all of their teeth, a removable partial denture may be recommended. This type of denture uses the remaining teeth to hold or anchor the removable bridge in place. There are many different types and designs for removable partial dentures, which can be discussed during your appointment.
Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.
Digital radiography is a type of X-ray imaging that uses digital X-ray sensors to replace traditional photographic X-ray film. This produces enhanced computer images of teeth, gums, and other oral structures and conditions, to better detect, diagnose, and monitor oral conditions with a fraction of the radiation for traditional dental film. This has been a standard in our office for many years.
A crown is used to cover a dental implant, seal a tooth from decay, prevent fracturing in a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy, and support the replacement teeth in a bridge. They are usually recommended when there is very little tooth structure left to retain filling material. It also has applications in cosmetic dental work to cover discoloured teeth and even out irregularities.
Dental implants are the preferred method of replacing missing teeth, placed directly where the roots of missing teeth were. We coordinate this with specialty surgeons. Dr. Sweeney can finish your smile with one custom tooth, or many teeth, as part of a denture that firmly stays in place.
A dental sealant is a thin plastic film painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth (typically the permanent back teeth- molars and premolars) to prevent cavities and decay. This is a simple procedure that can be completed relatively quickly during an appointment. This is most often recommended on children, approximately 7-12 years old, as their adult molars come out.
Sometimes damage occurs to a tooth (often from a deep cavity or injury) and the inside of the tooth becomes infected. This infection damages the pulp of the tooth – the network of blood vessels and nerves inside. If the damaged tooth becomes infected, you may need endodontic treatment (often called Root Canal Therapy) to save it. Endodontic treatment involves opening the tooth, removing the damaged pulp, cleaning, shaping, filling and sealing the tooth.
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, extraction is necessary when complications arise, such as infections or impacted teeth. Dr. Sweeney always discusses potential future problems, and can help refer patients to trusted local surgeons.
Dentists often refer their patients to orthodontists, specialists in aligning teeth and jaws with braces and orthodontic appliances, for functional as well as aesthetic concerns. Dr. Sweeney and your chosen orthodontist will work together to help you establish, achieve and maintain your oral health goals.