It’s five in the morning, your face is on fire and you just want the dentist to be open so you can end the pain. In most cases, a trip to the dental hospital will put right any problem that’s causing you pain such as an abscess, a dead tooth or even more painful experiences such as wisdom teeth trying to break through or the need for a root canal. These are standard procedures for the modern dentist, but the need to expand service offerings in order to compete with other private medical institutions has seen the average Kitchener dentist‘s portfolio burgeon into an extremely impressive offering.
Let’s start with whitening. Many of us are guilty of loving foods and drinks that stain and darken our teeth and no matter how much you scrub and polish with on-the-shelf tooth whitening kits, soda based toothpastes and other home remedies, it’s simply impossible to get the level of whiteness you need without taking a lot of risks and spending a lot of money. It’s best to go to the professionals, spend a little more and make sure you get the work done right first time, without risk, without fuss and in a timely manner.
A good dentist will bring your teeth to pearly whiteness by using a combination of 25% hydrogen peroxide gel which is activated by a powerful UV light. Most dentists will carry this procedure out in up to four fifteen minute sessions after each of which a unique whitening gel is applied to the teeth to further assist the process. Home whitening kits do sometimes work, however a dentist will always get the results you require.
The next service on the list is becoming ever more precise and improving constantly – tooth replacement. Tooth replacement is a process whereby the dentist is able to precisely model your gums and provide exact replacements for any missing teeth. When a tooth is knocked out or falls out, the bone starts to immediately shrink which will cause adjacent teeth to fall in. Sometimes if you act quickly enough, a dentist can actually place the tooth back where it was and secure it in place with a splint to encourage it to re-grow into its socket. This isn’t always possible and sometimes an implant will need to be arranged, however these days implants look amazing and are an extremely viable alternative.
Implants are a very cost effective solution to replace rotten or broken teeth. The dentist will simply remove the affected tooth as normal, using a local anesthetic before drilling small holes into the bone where the last tooth was. An exactly modeled implant is then screwed firmly into these holes and there you have it – your tooth is replaced and functions just as well. The materials used in producing implants is so advanced that a good one will last up to 20 years before having to be replaced which is a simple and cost effective process.