Our Dental Services
At Spencer Dentistry, our goal is to help you maintain your healthy smile throughout your life. By offering services that range from general family dentistry to reconstructive and cosmetic treatments, Spencer Dentistry meets all of your family’s oral healthcare needs.
We are committed to being an enthusiastic dental team, excited about caring for our patients and their families by offering a wide range of General Dentistry services. Healthy teeth and gums not only help you maintain a beautiful smile, they also contribute to your overall health by preventing infection and reducing the incidence of oral decay.
Dental hygiene is important because your oral health can affect your overall health. Periodontal disease (gum disease) has been directly linked to other health concerns, such as heart disease.
The good news is that periodontal disease is preventable and treatable! If caught early, it can be reversed. Good oral hygiene can help prevent gum disease, but regular dental check-ups are essential to early detection, especially in those with a family history of the disease.
Fillings are used to fix broken teeth, to fill a cavity, or to replace old fillings that might be damaged or need repair. We will first remove all of the decay from the tooth and then place the filling to prevent further infection or decay. At Spencer Dentistry, we recommend the use of tooth colored composite fillings but they may also be fabricated out of amalgam (silver filling), gold or porcelain.
Practicing good oral hygiene at home, in combination with regular visits to the dentist, can help you avoid gum disease.
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in Canadian adults. However, most cases of gum disease are actually preventable. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, results from a bacterial infection in your gums. It affects the gum tissue surrounding your teeth.
We use soft tissue management to help you prevent issues and maintain your oral health. During your routine check-up, your dental hygienist will check for signs of gum disease. Our team will then develop a personalized treatment plan based on your current status.
Root Canal Therapy
Our dentists may recommend root canal therapy for patients who have developed an inner soft-tissue infection. At the center of your tooth is the pulp. Pulp is a collection of nerve tissue, blood vessels and other cells that help to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature which leads to a toothache, or constant pain in the tooth and gums.
Since this type of infection cannot clear up on its own, a root canal might be necessary. Dr. Spencer will evaluate your oral health and in order to help prevent infections from worsening, root canals may be recommended.
Your smile is often one of the first things people notice when they meet you and having straight, clean, beautiful teeth is a great way to build confidence. If you have missing, broken, or damaged teeth, you may be a good candidate for cosmetic dental procedures, including porcelain crowns, veneers and dental implants that look just like your natural teeth.
On your first visit to our office, we can take x-rays and provide you with advice about the cosmetic procedures that would help you get the best results for your smile. All of our cosmetic procedures are designed to help you achieve that beautiful smile you desire.
Having a beautiful smile may be even easier than you think. In our daily lives, teeth are easily yellowed and stained. Coffee, tea, sodas, cigarettes, and many foods contribute to the discolouration of our teeth. Many people achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of with our simple bleaching procedures. We offer in-office whitening or take-home whitening kits to help you restore the natural glow of your smile.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
Our goal is to provide dental restorations that are undetectable. The latest technologies in fabricating crowns allow for restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth. A dental crown refers to the restoration of a tooth using materials that are fabricated by a lab which are then cemented into place. A crown is used to “cap” or completely cover a tooth.
An all-porcelain bridge is a non-removable appliance used to replace up to four adjacent missing teeth. They are custom made to fit each patient, thus providing an aesthetically pleasing, long lasting solution to missing and/or damaged teeth.
Porcelain veneers are custom made out of ceramic and are bonded to the front of discoloured, uneven or damaged teeth to create a beautiful, healthy smile.
Dental implants are extremely popular choices for people who have lost a tooth, or multiple teeth, due to periodontal disease, injury, or a medical condition. A dental implant is a replacement for your tooth’s roots and is anchored to your jaw bone. Once put into place, these implants enable the dentist to attach a cap, denture, or bridge to them. These are designed to be long lasting and with care can last for many years. They are not your natural teeth but can function just like them.
The dentists at Spencer Dentistry have extensive experience performing oral surgery procedures for patients of all ages. Regardless of what your specific needs are, it’s our goal to ensure that any oral surgery appointment is quick, efficient, and safe as possible for all of our patients. Here are two types of oral surgeries that we perform regularly:
It may be determined that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed. Others may have advanced gum disease or may be broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted wisdom teeth) or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
While this can be a stressful event, we strive to make our patients as comfortable and pain-free as possible. We will always ensure excellent anaesthesia before we begin any procedure, and we check in with our patients often to confirm an informed and comfortable appointment.
Wisdom teeth usually appear between the ages of 16 and 25 at the back of the mouth. Often they erupt in an unfavourable position and get stuck or “impacted” trying to come in, creating a condition known as “pericoronitis”. This is an uncomfortable inflammation of the gum tissue around an impacted wisdom tooth. These wisdom teeth can often grow unnoticed until they suddenly start to cause issues in the mouth. During your visit, our dentists will use a panoramic view of your mouth to analyze the position of your wisdom teeth and discuss whether they will need removal.
At Spencer Dentistry, we have principally two types of custom dental appliances that we recommend for our patients: sports mouth guards and night guards. By taking an impression of your teeth, we’ll be able to create a guard that gives your teeth the precise protection that they need.
Sports Mouth Guards
Whatever your sport may be, we can help protect your smile with a custom fitted Pro-Form Sports Guard. Compared to the standard one-size-fits-all, “boil and bite” mouth guards sold in sporting goods stores, these mouth guards:
have much more consistent thickness of material throughout the guard
fit snugly, so they won’t pop out when you open your mouth
won’t impede your breathing or speaking
Night guards may be recommended for patients who are clenching and grinding their teeth. Teeth grinding, also known as Bruxism, can lead to cracked or broken teeth, headaches, and a stiff or a sore jaw. The first step in handling bruxism is awareness. Understanding the source of this pain is important for both you and your dentist. Dr. Spencer may recommend a night guard to help relieve symptoms. A night guard helps by propping open your bite and protecting your teeth from direct wear. Any grinding will wear down the appliance instead of your teeth.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Dental anxiety is a real issue experienced by many patients. Sometimes it is rooted in a bad experience from the past or it can be for different reasons altogether.
Even with that in mind, we think it’s vitally important that you don’t allow anxiety to prevent you from receiving the care that you deserve. That’s why we offer nitrous oxide sedation. Sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a colorless, sweet-smelling sedative that has been the dental standard for decades and will help you overcome your fears. Nitrous oxide is completely safe, ensuring that you’ll be able to breathe normally and retain full control of your bodily functions.