General Dentistry

family General DentistryTooth decay and other dental problems are less prevalent than ever before, thanks to improved awareness of proper home care, water fluoridation and effective preventative treatments. However, problems still do occur that require treatment.

Thankfully, technology and methods are constantly improving, offering more effective, less invasive methods to keep your smile healthy. Our patients need not put off treatment for fear of discomfort or inconvenience. The best way to minimize the severity of problems and the treatment required is to catch problems early with regular check-ups.

 

General Dentistry Services We Offer:

 

Composite Fillings

When decay rots away enamel, the resulting space is called a cavity. Left untreated, the decay will eventually cause extensive damage to the tooth, and potentially cause the root to be infected. However, if the cavity is caught early, your dentist can treat it with a simple filling, typically in one appointment.

Your dentist will first apply a local anesthetic, then use a drill or laser to remove the decay. Then they will apply filling to prevent further decay, and to prevent the sensitive inner layers of the tooth from cold, heat or pressure. The filling is applied in layers and hardened with a special light. The final layers are shaped and polished to restore the tooth’s appearance and function.

Composite (plastic resin) is the modern filling material of choice in most cases. We consider it superior to the silver amalgam fillings commonly used in the past. Silver amalgam fillings contain small amounts of mercury, while composite fillings are completely free of mercury.

Composite fillings are also less likely to result in sensitivity to heat or cold, since the material does not expand or contract as much as silver amalgam. And since the composite material closely matches the colour of the tooth, fillings are nearly invisible.

 

Complete and Partial Dentures

 

Complete Dentures

dentures General Dentistry“Dentures” are a removable dental appliance that replaces missing teeth and tissue. When a patient loses many or all of their teeth, dentures allow the patient to chew properly and speak normally.

Dentures also support a natural-looking smile and facial structure, preventing the sunken lower facial features that can result from loss of teeth and gum tissue.

Complete dentures replace all of the teeth in an arch – the upper (maxillary) arch and/or the lower (mandibular) arch. Partial dentures replace some of the teeth, when some natural teeth remain.

Creating your perfect set of dentures may require several appointments over a period of several weeks. Your dentist will take precise molds and measurements. After the dentures are fabricated, additional fittings and adjustments may be required to ensure proper fit, function and appearance. Your dentist will also provide guidance for optimal care and cleaning.

Partial Dentures

Removable partial dentures generally consist of replacement teeth that are attached to gum-coloured plastic bases. Depending on your case, your denturist will design a partial denture, custom to your mouth. A partial denture can have metal framework and clasps that connect to your teeth, or they can have other connectors that are more natural looking. In some cases, a removable partial denture is created to attach to your natural teeth with devices called, “Precision Attachments”. Precision attachments are generally more aesthetically pleasing than clasps.

Your natural teeth may need Crowns, which are sometimes needed to improve the fit of removable partial denture, and they are typically required with attachments. Partial dentures with Precision Attachments usually cost more than those with clasps. Book a consultation with our office to find out which type is right for you.

Inlay and Onlay Restorations

inlay-and-onlay-300x179 General DentistryPorcelain inlays/onlays are versatile dental restorations used to treat a variety of tooth problems. Besides treating weakened back teeth, they are ideal for restoring teeth under heavy chewing loads or that have been previously restored. Compared to dental crowns, inlays and onlays require less tooth preparation. This is beneficial because it allows your teeth to retain more of its natural structure.

Porcelain inlays and onlays are highly durable and attractive since they are customized to your tooth’s natural shade. The porcelain material strengthens and protects the tooth’s structure while flawlessly blending in with the rest of your smile.

To learn more about our esthetic and cosmetic dentistry, contact Boisson Dental Group in Grande Prairie to set up an appointment. Our modern practice comes equipped with massaging dental chairs, free Wi-Fi, and Vistaclear full office clean water filtration system to give you the best dental experience possible.

 

Bite Guards

 

Athletic Mouth Guards

bite-guards General DentistryAthletic mouth guards (sports guards) should be worn during certain activities to minimize the risks and severity of concussion, jaw and tooth traumas. We offer a wide range of athletic appliance options and have the ability to customize our selection to meet the individualized performance needs of our patients.

Night Guards

Night guards are worn while you sleep to reduce the stress and wear on your teeth. They are preventative appliances that can eliminate the heavy unconscious tooth-on-tooth forces experienced during the night. There are many options for patients including choice of upper or lower jaw appliances. In some cases, even if you are not aware of signs or symptoms your dentist will be able to diagnose signs of progressive wear and will suggest a night guard to prevent the development of additional signs and symptoms (like jaw soreness and headaches).

Extractions

Extractions or “pulling” teeth is performed for a wide variety of reasons, but most commonly to remove teeth which have become unrestorable through tooth decay, periodontal disease or dental trauma, especially when they are associated with a toothache. At Boisson Dental we offer plenty of options to replace missing or extracted teeth, and we would be happy to discuss which option would be best for you.