CEREC and One-Visit Crowns FAQ
CEREC teeth crowns offer all the benefits of safe, biocompatible porcelain crowns but without the wait and without the often uncomfortable temporary crown.
Yes. Our teeth crowns are made with advanced dental materials that hold up to heavy wear.
Yes. Our crowns can be used on any tooth.
CEREC teeth crowns are ideal for restoration of teeth that have been severely damaged on the surface but still have an intact root.
We use state of the art CEREC crowns with a number of our procedures, including root canals (endodontic treatment), full mouth reconstruction, and dental implant procedures.
Neuromuscular Dentistry FAQ
TMJ/TMD is caused by misaligned teeth, due either to natural causes or to poorly done dental work. When your bite doesn’t close correctly, the temporomandibular joints (that connect your upper and lower jaws) try to correct it. This creates chronic strain and stress in the area of the temples. Since there are three large nerves running through the temples, across the face, and down the neck to the shoulders, pain can be felt in all these areas.
Take our Neuromuscular Dentistry Test to find out. There are many possible symptoms of TMJ including:
- Pain in the jaw and face
- Clicking of the jaw
- Limited range of jaw motion
- Headaches and neck aches
- Difficulty biting and chewing
- Swallowing problems
- Postural problems
- Excessive snoring
- Sleep apnea (periods of non-breathing during sleep)
- Ear congestion
- Sensitivity in the teeth to heat and cold
- Loose teeth
- Ringing in the ears
- Jaw clenching and teeth grinding
- Nervousness and insomnia
If you are suffering from these or other symptoms that you think may be associated with TMJ/TMD, contact our Delta, BC office today to schedule your comprehensive professional consultation.
Yes. TMJ/TMD can be corrected and its effects halted or reversed, by realigning your bite so that your jaw moves correctly.
We offer a range of options for treatment of TMJ, depending on your specific problems and your individual needs.
- TENS treatment: The TENS unit delivers mild electrical stimulation via patches which we’ll place strategically on the face and neck areas. You can lean back comfortably and read or snooze. After about a half-hour, your jaw will be relaxed and the pain will have gone. This new relaxed position of the jaw gives your neuromuscular dentist a template, or goal, for how to modify your bite so that the symptoms won’t return.
- An orthotic: An orthotic is a custom made appliance fabricated of plastic that can be worn over the teeth to maintain the neuromuscularly derived bite position. At this point, nothing is done to permanently alter your teeth or your bite. You typically wear this plastic appliance for a prescribed period of time to verify that this new jaw position solves or reduces the problem. If it does, it has proven that the imperfect bite was the cause of the problem and you may elect to go on and have your teeth treated to permanently maintain that new bite position. If symptoms are not substantially alleviated, the bite position is most likely not the cause of the problem. Your natural bite has not been altered and other causes may then be further explored. (Although this latter circumstance is possible, it is not likely since the dentist will only proceed with an orthotic if there are strong indications that the bite is a major factor in your problem.)
- Tooth realignment: After the orthotic proves that the bite was the cause of the problem, we can go ahead and plan specific treatments to re-align your teeth permanently. A full mouth reconstruction could be done in a series of visits. Or perhaps less work might be needed.
Contact us today for an initial consultation! There’s no need for you to continue suffering these symptoms. We can do a thorough examination, review your dental history and start making life more comfortable for you.
Some of these options may include dental treatment to permanently alter your bite to the new position, fabrication of a more permanent type of orthotic, or using a TENS device to relax the muscles at those times that headaches are most bothersome.
For more information on TMJ/TMD, visit our dedicated Neuromuscular Dentistry webpage.
Porcelain Veneers FAQ
Properly planned and fabricated veneers are a safe and effective solution to a host of issues.
However, it is essential that your porcelain veneers are made and fitted by a dentist with training and experience in neuromuscular dentistry. A poorly fitted or incorrectly sized veneer can affect the overall alignment of your bite, which can affect the function of your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ.
For this reason, it is important to seek out a dentist who has experience not only in cosmetic dentistry but in neuromuscular dentistry as well.
Yes. Our porcelain veneers and adhesives are composed of safe, biocompatible materials, and contain no toxins.
Our porcelain veneer procedure usually can be completed in a single office visit. Thanks to our advanced CEREC Technology, your custom-fitted veneers can be fabricated quickly and precisely right here in our office while you wait.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent solution for a variety of cosmetic issues. Because they completely replace the visible surface area of your teeth, they are appropriate for problems such as:
- unevenly sized and shaped teeth
- gaps between your teeth
In addition to these cosmetic uses, porcelain veneers are an integral part of our full mouth reconstruction procedures for patients with temporomandibular disorder (TMJ/TMD).
Yes. Quite often back teeth and lower teeth have unsightly cosmetic needs that are well-addressed by veneers.
No. Sometimes, in complicated situations, the veneers will be done in two appointments and are then made by an outside laboratory.
Professional Teeth Whitening FAQs
Yes. A great deal of research and many clinical studies have indicated this procedure is safe. It’s important to keep the gel and light away from soft tissue, so you’ll be wearing goggles to protect your eyes from the light and your gums and lips will be securely covered. Before having the procedure, you’ll be given a complete examination so that you’ll have no cavities, and any fillings and crowns you have will be tightly sealed.
No. Neither professional nor at-home tooth whitening should hurt. If you have unusually sensitive teeth, we can use a lower strength whitening gel, to avoid making your teeth even more sensitive. In all cases, after the in-office procedure a gel is applied which reduces sensitivity. If you’re using an at-home kit, a tube of this desensitizing gel comes with it. With the new, patented bleach used by Zoom!, your teeth are mineralized at the same time and this virtually eliminates any sensitivity that might have been felt for a day or two previously.
We offer a range of tooth whitening choices, including at-home tooth bleaching kits, in-office Zoom! whitening procedures, and, if the discoloration of your teeth is not removable by tooth-whitening, we offer the best quality porcelain veneers.
After bleaching procedures, your teeth may become re-stained as time progresses. To prolong the whitening effects of your procedure, avoid smoking, and limit your consumption of coffee, tea, red wine and other substances that might cause staining.
The teeth whitening solution that’s right for you will depend on the cause and extent of the staining, and your personal preferences. The best way to determine which procedure is right for you is to discuss it with one of our dentists.
Tooth Bonding FAQ
Dental bonding is an excellent solution for:
- Broken teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Stains and spots
- Slight crookedness
Yes. Dental bonding is a safe, effective procedure for repairing damaged teeth.
The procedure is completed in a single office visit.
For more information or to book an appointment at our Tsawwassen, Delta BC dental practice please contact us today.