SERVICES

Complete Oral Examination

Comprehensive Coassessment

Early Detection

Individualized treatment plans

Patient education

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Dental cleanings

Our team of hygienists is responsible for dental cleanings. Plaque/calculus/biofilm which formed on surfaces of the teeth are removed mechanically and the teeth are polished. Regular dental x-rays are taken at this time. If caries risk is high, fluoride treatments may be performed at this time too.
The goal of dental cleanings depends on the health of a patient’s gums and supporting tissues.

Periodontal maintenance therapy:

Refers to the 3m/4m/6m/9m/12m interval recommended for cleanings. Used to maintain the gums in a healthy/stable state. The interval is decided by the patient’s risk factor for gum disease.

**Note that regular cleanings are NOT used to treat gum disease.

Management of periodontal disease:

Refers to a dental cleaning used to stabilize active gum disease. Once gum disease is stabilized, a patient is placed on maintenance therapy to maintain a state of health.

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Fillings

A carious tooth lost an amount of tooth structure. That missing tooth structure is replaced with a variety of restorative materials chosen to maximize strength, durability and esthetics of the tooth. Different materials may be recommended depending on the case and patient goals.

**Cavities can be found in the pits/fissure system, between or on the smooth surface of teeth.

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Crown and bridge

When a tooth’s strength is compromised or a tooth already cracked, a crown is recommended in order to prevent tooth fracture.

Crowns:

For a single tooth. A ceramic or metal crown is placed on top of the tooth to increase a tooth’s strength, durability, esthetics and function.

Bridges:

For a specific scenario when two viable teeth are separated by a missing tooth/teeth. A false tooth (pontic) is bonded to the two crowns placed on the teeth. Strength is borrowed from the crowned teeth to replace the missing tooth/teeth. Recommended when implant replacement isn’t feasible.

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Cosmetic dentistry

Composite bonding

Esthetic composite resin bonding onto the tooth to improve shape and color of teeth. Adequate esthetics, durability and strength.

Veneers

Lab fabricated ceramic veneers have the highest level of esthetics, durability and strength for a cosmetic restoration.

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Teeth whitening

Falls under the category of cosmetic dentistry but patients ask so often it deserves its own section.
Carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide gel to remove internal staining of the teeth. External stains are tackled by the polishing during the dental cleaning. Home whitening kits available. Results can be noticed within 2-3 whitening sessions and will require touch-ups approx after 6m.
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Implants

Implants are used to replace a missing tooth/teeth. An implant is placed into the jaw and once it’s fully integrated, a crown or bridge is loaded on top.

Implant supported crowns and bridges

Note that we do not place implants in this practice. Placement is referred to periodontists or oral surgeons depending on the case.

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Extractions

The tooth is being removed.
Note that a bone graft may be recommended at the time of extraction to preserve jaw shape for future implant placement.
Reasons for extraction may include:
– Caries (cavity). Tooth isn’t restorable because the decay is too extensive
– Periodontal disease. There is no bone supporting the tooth.
– Endodontic disease. The nerve in the tooth is inflamed or necrotic
– Impacted teeth. The tooth isn’t coming out in the right position (ex. wisdom teeth)
– Non functional tooth. The tooth isn’t in occlusion.
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Root canals

The nerve inside the tooth is being removed while preserving the tooth in the mouth. Both crown and root remain after the procedure.
Note that a crown is usually recommended following a root canal to preserve tooth strength. The #1 failure post root canal is due to tooth fracture.
Reasons for root canal may include:
– Inflamed nerve tissue
– Necrotic nerve tissue
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Dentures

When multiple teeth need to be replaced with a single removable or fixed prosthetic. Dentures can be supported by teeth or by implants.

Partial dentures

Metal or acrylic base replacing some of the teeth in a single arch.

Complete dentures

Acrylic base replacing all the teeth in a single arch.

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Nitrous oxide sedation

Minimal sedation to relieve the anxiety related to any dental procedure.
Note that an escort to/from dental appointments using sedation IS NOT required.
Note that patients are expected to fast (water and food) for 2h prior to their appointment.
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Digital technology

Trios intraoral scanner:

Digital scanner used to build a digital model of a patient’s dentition. Captures tooth color and bite as well. Faster and more comfortable compared to traditional analog impressions.

Digital radiographs

CMOS sensors used to capture high definition radiographs of a patient’s dentition

Panoramic radiographs

Captures the entire dentition and surrounding anatomy in a single radiograph. Key screening tool for abnormalities in jaw/tooth development, oral cancer screening and pathology screening ,

Intraoral camera photography

Small cameras which can take high definition close up shots of teeth. Essential for patient communication for treatment planning and treatment.

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Cancellation Policy

We here at Dr. Wendy Low & Dr. Marc Candeliere Family Dentistry strive to render excellent dental care to you and the rest of our patients. In an attempt to be consistent with this, we have an Appointment Cancellation Policy that allows us to schedule appointments for all patients. When an appointment is scheduled, that time has been set aside for you and when it is missed, that time cannot be used to treat another patient.

Our policy is as follows: We require that you give our office 24 hours notice in the event that you need to reschedule your appointment. This allows for other patients to be scheduled into that appointment. If you miss an appointment without contacting our office within the required time, this is considered a missed appointment. A fee of $100.00 will be charged to you; this fee cannot be billed to your insurance company and will be your direct responsibility.

No future appointments can be scheduled nor can records be transferred without the payment of this fee. Additionally, if a patient is more than 20 minutes late without prior notice for a scheduled appointment, we will consider this a missed appointment and the $100.00 cancellation fee will be charged. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please let our staff know and we will be glad to clarify any questions you have. We thank you for your patronage.