Hello Stoney Creek!
The friendly staff at Fruitland dentistry, strive to provide patients with a range of options, coupled with the information they need to make a more educated choice. We take the time to address the concerns of our clients because we’re committed to their complete satisfaction. We’re available for appointments Monday through Saturday, and offer competitive rates that you’ll appreciate. Our facility is comfortable and relaxing because we want you to feel at ease when you visit us.
Why Choose Us?
- Accepting New Patients
- Free In-Office Whitening
(with new patient exam and cleaning appointment)
- Comfortable, Relaxing Environment
- Committed To Continual Education
- Conveniently Located Downtown
- Electronic Claim Submissions
- Emergency Appointments
- Friendly and Helpful Office Staff
- Kid Friendly Office
- Personalized, Gentle Care
- Same Day Appointments Available
- State-Of-The-Art Amenities
We are a comfortable, friendly dental clinic that welcomes the entire family.
New Patient? What Should You Expect?
We recommend starting with your new patient check-up and cleaning. Regular dental check-ups are the best way to make sure your gums and teeth stay healthy. The check-up allows your dentist to diagnose any problems, and take preventive action to stop problems before they develop.
Our dentist will look for anything unusual in your mouth, throat and neck, including the oral manifestations of diseases, oral cancer, infections, early signs of gum disease, eroded fillings and dental decay.
X-rays may or may not be a regular part of your check-up. X-rays help your dentist see problems long before they get too serious. Your dentist will only take x-rays if there is a need for them.
In the same appointment, we will do your scale and polish, the hygienist will make a careful assessment of the condition of your gums. Your teeth will then be scaled, using ultrasonic and hand scalers. This removes any calculus (tartar) and staining, leaving your teeth and gums very clean. The teeth are then polished to make them smooth, this makes it easier for you to keep them clean at home.
What do we have to offer?
We believe in preventive dentistry. A scale and polish is very important in helping keep your teeth clean, as well as prevent gum disease (gingivitis). It makes your mouth feel fresh and brightens your smile.
Every day a white, sticky film of bacteria, called plaque, forms on the surface of the teeth. It is these bacteria that cause gum disease. After 24-hours, the plaque hardens into calculus (tartar), which can only be removed by the dentist.
If you have gum disease, your gums will look red and swollen and tend to bleed very easily. You may notice this when brushing your teeth. If the disease progresses, the bone anchoring the teeth in the jaw is lost and the teeth loosen. If not treated, the teeth may eventually fall out. However, gum disease is reversible in the early stages.
In order to treat or prevent gum disease, it is important to see your dentist regularly for a scale and polish, (usually every 6 months, but for some patients we recommend every 3 months). It’s also important to brush and floss carefully every day at home.
Unlike silver (amalgam) fillings, white filling material sticks to teeth and can form edges, so it may be effectively used to repair front teeth that are chipped, broken, decayed or worn. It can also be used as a veneer to cover marks or discoloration that cleaning won’t remove. White fillings are less noticeable than silver fillings, which turn black in the mouth. White fillings come in a range of shades so they can be matched to the color of your own teeth. A tooth needs less preparation for a white filling than a silver filling.
What will my dentist do?
- Usually numb the area around the tooth with an injection- but some small fillings may not need an anesthetic.
- Remove any decay, together with any old filling material, using a small, high-speed drill.
- Remove any weak part of the tooth which might break later.
- Wash and dry the tooth by blowing water and then air onto it (the dentist will be holding something which looks like a water pistol).
- Etch the surface to be restored with a mild acid to help the filling stick better.
- Coat the surface that is to be restored with a bonding agent (which acts like cement) and then place the filling material – this is pushed into the cavity that is to be filled and it is shaped as required.
- Harden the filling by pointing a bright light at it inside your mouth, (you will see the dentist and dental nurse protecting their eyes) – this is called “curing”.
- Trim and polish the filling as necessary
A bridge fixes a replacement tooth (or teeth) to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. Some bridges have crowns at each end. Others are fixed to the surface of the teeth next to the gap. Sometimes a bridge is only fixed to the tooth on one side of the gap.
Bridges are made of metal and porcelain or sometimes just porcelain.
What are the benefits?
- A bridge lets you almost forget that you have missing teeth.
- It can improve the way you look, bite, and chew and speak.
- The teeth can be matched to the color of your own teeth.
- A bridge can last many years, if you keep it clean and if there is no accidental damage.
- Natural teeth are protected from wear and tear, and from moving or tilting out of line, which could cause your teeth to bite together incorrectly.
Whether you are missing one, many or all of your teeth, dentures are a practical and aesthetic method of tooth replacement. They fit into your mouth through adaptation to your soft tissues or remaining teeth and restore functions such as eating, speaking and smiling in an aesthetic and comfortable way. A removable denture replaces missing teeth. Partial dentures replace a few missing teeth and “full” or “complete” dentures are needed if all the natural teeth are missing. Complete dentures are best made of acrylic (plastic). Partial dentures can also be made of acrylic. Alternatively, they can consist of acrylic teeth on a light metal alloy base: this type of partial denture is more secure and less bulky, but also more expensive.
What are the benefits?
- If you have lost some teeth, dentures can improve the way you look, bite, chew and speak.
- They are custom-made to match your mouth and can be made to look as natural as possible.
- The teeth that are left are protected from wear and tear. Without dentures, the natural teeth may move or tilt, stopping your teeth biting together properly.
- Dentures can be fitted immediately after teeth have been taken out so that nobody will know that you have had a tooth out. These are called immediate dentures.
Would you like to look your best with a sparkling white smile? Professional teeth whitening will brighten your smile, make you look great and feel good.
Why Would I Need Teeth Whitening? Your teeth can become discolored and stained by:
- Food and drink such as tea, coffee and red wine.
- Poor oral hygiene and ageing.
- Teeth Whitening provides the solution by brightening up your natural teeth without damaging the tooth surface.
Benefits of Teeth Whitening include: Look and Feel Younger, Fast and Effective Way to Remove Stains, Carried Out Safely by a Dental Professional.
Teeth are held in the jaws by their roots. Front teeth normally have one root, but teeth further back have more. At the core of each tooth is a soft mass of tissue called the pulp. In a healthy tooth, the pulp contains living fibers, cells, nerves and a blood supply, extending into the root(s) through the root canal(s).Decay or injury can destroy the living pulp. Because dead pulp lacks a blood supply, it is more prone to infection, leading to an abscess and toothache. Root canal treatment (also known as root filling or endodontic) means removing damaged or dead pulp and filling the space left. The remaining tooth can then be repaired.
What will me dentist do?
- An x-ray can show the number and shape of the root canals, and also signs of infection in the surrounding bone. Teeth can have a number of roots and some roots are easier to fill than others, because of their shape.
- To keep root canals dry during treatment the dentist may stretch a sheet of thin rubber around the tooth, on a frame outside the mouth; this is called rubber dam. Having this fitted makes the treatment more comfortable.
- You will be given a local anesthetic, and then an opening is made through the top of the tooth, down into the pulp.
- The dentist then uses narrow files to remove the dead pulp from the core of the tooth and from the root canal(s).
- At this point, the dentist may put in a temporary filling and possibly also give you antibiotics if any infection has spread beyond the tooth. If so, you will have to return at a later date, once symptoms have settled, so the dentist can complete the treatment.
- In the next stage, the dentist fills the root canal(s). A filling is then placed in the remaining cavity in the top of the tooth. Or, if necessary, a crown can be placed on top of the tooth, supported by a post placed inside of the filled root canal.
- Root filled teeth can become darker than other teeth, but bleaching can be used to make them look lighter.
A tooth which is very decayed or damaged, or lose because of gum disease, may have to be extracted (taken out of your mouth).
Wisdom teeth sometimes have to be extracted if they have come through at an awkward angle and are causing problems.
Teeth are sometimes taken out from children’s mouths to help other teeth grow straight, when they are crowded.
What will me dentist do?
Some teeth are easier to take out than others. A local anesthetic (an injection in your mouth) will be used to numb the tooth before it is extracted. In some cases, for children or nervous patients, or where a tooth might prove difficult to remove, sedation (something to make you drowsy), along with a local anesthetic, may be used. On rare occasions a general anesthetic may be considered. If a general anesthetic is needed, you will have to go to a hospital (you will normally be able to go home the same day).
After working out the best way to take the tooth out, your dentist will discuss with you:
- How to make sure you don’t feel the extraction while it is happening.
- Whether you should bring someone with you if you are to have sedation or general anesthetic.
- When it would be convenient for you to have the tooth removed.
You might also discuss other treatments you need, for example whether you may require a denture or dental implants to replace the missing teeth.
Crowns are used to restore and improve the aesthetics and function of teeth that are heavily filled or broken down. Aesthetic crowns are used in areas of the mouth where appearance is important. They are made of porcelain or porcelain firmly bonded on to a precious metal substructure. A crown can strengthen your teeth when fillings become too large to stay in place. Used correctly crowns can improve your smile, strengthen weak teeth, restore your ability to chew in some areas. They are also used on back teeth after root treatments to re-inforce the tooth.
Procedure – To prepare the tooth for a crown, it is reduced so the crown can fit over it. An impression of the teeth and gums are made and sent off to the lab for the crown fabrication. A temporary crown is fitted over the tooth until the permanent crown is made. On the next visit, the dentist removes the temporary crown and cements the permanent crown onto the tooth.
Gingivitis can often be cured simply with good mouth hygiene. Brushing twice a day and using other mouth hygiene aids, such as floss and a medicated mouthwash, as advised by your dentist or hygienist.
What is Gum Disease?
The simplest form of gum disease, gingivitis, is often a reaction to a buildup of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is a soft, sticky, substance made up of bacteria which live on the sugars from things we eat and drink. If plaque has been present for some time it hardens and is called tartar or calculus.
The earliest sign of gum disease is bleeding of the gums. They may also look red and swollen. Gingivitis can often be cured simply with good mouth hygiene, brushing twice a day and using other mouth hygiene, such as floss and a medicated mouthwash, as advised by your dentist or hygienist. Occasionally, even in healthy mouths, gums may become infected or sore and you may notice an unpleasant metallic taste. This is acute gingivitis and you should seek urgent treatment.
As the disease progresses the tissues holding teeth in place start to break down and pockets in the gum form around the teeth, which allow even more plaque to gather. This stage is called chronic periodontitis. It is usually painless and can become quite severe if not treated, resulting in teeth becoming loose, appearing to move position or to fall out.
Symptoms to watch out for include:
- Gums that have come away from the teeth.
- Pus between the teeth and gums.
- Persistent bad breath or a bad taste.
- Permanent teeth that are loose or are changing position. Scaling and polishing by a dentist or hygienist can remove tartar and stains. This will help you to keep your mouth clean. In more severe cases of gum disease, deep cleaning below the gum line by a dentist or hygienist may be necessary. Occasionally surgery s required in which the gum is reshaped under local anesthetic, to allow affected areas to be treated. If gum disease has progressed too far, the tooth or teeth involved may have to be removed.