General Dental Services

Children’s Dentistry

Do you know it's possible to keep your teeth for a lifetime? Learning good habits early on makes this possible. At Hunter Dental, we see children as young as 2 years old. Worried that your child may be nervous coming to visit the dentist? Our friendly staff will put your child at ease. The first visit often entails a "ride on the chair" and "counting of teeth". An examination will be done to assess development, and to check the health of the child’s primary teeth. Parents will also receive information on caring for their child's teeth. If your child does require dental treatment, such as cleanings, fillings, extractions, it can be done comfortably at our office. We also offer nitrous oxide sedation, but we find many of our young patients forgo it as our team is so gentle. We welcome your child at Hunter Dental!

 

White Fillings

These tooth-coloured resin materials have largely replaced silver fillings to treat cavities.

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Conventional Crown

A crown is a thin coping that is made out of porcelain and/or metal and cemented over the top of your tooth to decrease the risk of future breakage.

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Conventional Bridges

A bridge (or fixed partial denture) replaces missing teeth where the missing tooth (teeth) is anchored between adjacent teeth forming a SOLID UNIT. The adjacent teeth need to be prepared or trimmed down first for the best results.

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Gum Surgery

 

Pocket Reduction Surgery

This minor gum surgery is used to treat gum disease.  It may be recommended for people with moderate or advanced periodontitis. Usually, a non-surgical treatment is performed first. This is called scaling and root planning.  If this initial treatment does not eliminate the gum infection, a surgery may be recommended. In order to gain access for proper cleaning of the root surfaces, an incision is made and the gums are pushed away from the teeth to be scaled and detoxified. The bone is recontoured and the gums put back to eliminate any residual pocketing.

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Your gum tissue should fit snugly around your bone and teeth like a turtleneck around your neck. When you have periodontal disease, this supporting tissue and bone is destroyed, forming "pockets" around the teeth.

Over time, these pockets become deeper, providing a larger space for bacteria to live. As bacteria develop around the teeth, they can accumulate and advance under the gum tissue. These deep pockets collect even more bacteria, resulting in further bone and tissue loss. Eventually, if too much bone is lost, the teeth will need to be extracted.

The dentist routinely measures the depth of your pocket(s). A pocket reduction procedure is recommended when you have pockets that are too deep to clean with daily at-home oral hygiene and a professional Care routine.

During the pocket reduction procedure, your dentist folds back the gum tissue and removes the disease-causing bacteria before securing the tissue into place. In some cases, irregular surfaces of the damaged bone are smoothed to limit areas where disease-causing bacteria can hide. This allows the gum tissue to better reattach to healthy bone.

What are the benefits of this procedure?

Reducing pocket depth and eliminating existing bacteria are important to prevent damage caused by the progression of periodontal disease and to help you maintain a healthy smile. Eliminating bacteria alone, however, may not be sufficient to prevent disease recurrence. Deeper pockets are more difficult for you and your hygienist to clean, so it's important for you to reduce them. Reduced pockets and a combination of daily oral hygiene and professional maintenance care decrease the chance of serious health problems associated with periodontal disease and vastly improve the chance of keeping your natural teeth.

 

Soft Tissues Graft

This procedure is indicated to treat gum recession and inadequate protective pink tissue attached to bone. Gum recession can result in dark root exposure and poor esthetics, root sensitivity and/or root caries, and most importantly a lack of protection from the bad gum bacteria. The goal is to cover the exposed root surface, using either the person's own gum or a dermal membrane. The new gum integrates and blends as it heals with the surrounding tissues. Soft-tissue grafts are used to add more gum tissue to prevent further recession, cover the exposed root, stop the sensitivity and improve the look of the tooth. The new gum also adheres to the bone and root underneath forming a barrier to bacteria and toxins.

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Periodontal procedures are available to stop further dental problems and gum recession, and/or to improve the esthetics of your gum line.

Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession. Perhaps you wish to enhance your smile by covering one or more of these roots that make your teeth appear too long. Or, maybe you're not bothered by the appearance of these areas, but you cringe because the exposed roots are sensitive to hot or cold foods and liquids.

Your gums may have receded for a variety of reasons, including aggressive tooth brushing or periodontal disease. You may not be in control of what caused the recession, but prior to treatment your dentist can help you identify the factors contributing to the problem. Once these contributing factors are controlled, a soft tissue graft procedure will repair the defect and help to prevent additional recession and bone loss.

Soft tissue grafts can be used to cover roots or develop gum tissue where absent due to excessive gingival recession. During this procedure, your dentist takes gum tissue from your palate or another donor source to cover the exposed root. This can be done for one tooth or several teeth to even your gum line and reduce sensitivity.

What are the benefits of this procedure?

A soft tissue graft can reduce further recession and bone loss. In some cases, it can cover exposed roots to protect them from decay. This may reduce tooth sensitivity and improve esthetics of your smile. Whether you have soft tissue grafting to improve function or esthetics, patients often receive the benefits of both: a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health - your keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence.

 

Root Canal Therapy

This is a procedure in which the diseased nerve (also called the pulp) of an unhealthy tooth is removed from the root system. The root system is disinfected and then filled with an inert rubber material called "gutta percha" which seals off the root system from bacteria.

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Routine and Surgical Extractions

An extraction is the removal of a diseased tooth that can no longer be restored and/or function properly. We also extract teeth for orthodontic purposes, and wisdom teeth to decrease the risk of potential infection and to provide room for adequate oral hygiene.

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Conventional Removable Partial Dentures

Conventional removable partial dentures are a prosthetic option for patients missing a number of teeth. Advantages include the fact that this option is relatively cost efficient, requires few appointments to fabricate, and for the most part they are quite durable. Their construction includes a cast or mesh framework overlaid with pink acrylic and plastic or porcelain teeth. They are held in place by metal or thermoplastic clasping that is fitted over healthy adjoining teeth. Partial dentures can improve chewing, aesthetics and the movement or migration of adjacent teeth.

The main disadvantages of partial dentures are that they are not fixed in the mouth, as well the metal framework increases plaque retention, and proper design is extremely important so that the clasping does not lead to unhealthy forces on the adjoining healthy teeth. Finally, it is difficult, at times, to conceal the metal clasping so that it is not visible while smiling. As an alternative therapy check out ‘Implant Supported Dentures’ for improved patient comfort, function and stability.

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Conventional Complete Dentures

A conventional complete upper and/or lower denture is the first and simplest option for a patient who is missing all of their teeth or is about to lose the remainder of their natural teeth.

These dentures are fabricated out of acrylic and plastic or porcelain teeth. The process takes place during a series of appointments that allow the doctor to consider the patient’s bite, smile and the best fit, or retention, we can create. The dentures are held in place by a combination of suction and correct extension of the dentures’ borders so that the muscles surrounding them are unable to dislodge the denture when eating, talking or smiling.

Typically patients have a harder time adjusting to the complete lower denture because of its potential instability. The lower denture functions with and is in intimate contact with the underlying lower ridge of the mouth. The lower ridge slowly remodels, or shrinks, over time, leading to instability of the lower denture. Therefore, on average, a complete denture should be relined every 3-5 yrs to adjust the fit. As an alternative therapy check out ‘Implant Supported Dentures’ for improved patient comfort, function and stability.”

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Single Tooth Implant

Implant restorations are a dental solution to replace a single missing tooth. They consist of a root portion (fixture), a post which screws into the fixture (abutment) and a crown which is cemented onto the post. Benefits: 1. No need to prepare adjacent healthy teeth. 2. The patient is able to floss individually between teeth.

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Why Dental Implants?

Once you learn about dental implants, you finally realize there is a way to improve quality of life. Even if you have lost just one tooth – whether it’s a new situation or something you have lived with for years – chances are you have never become fully accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.

Now you can start over! With titanium tooth roots your dentist can offer replacement teeth that look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed self-confidence and peace of mind.

Dental implants fuse with the jawbone to form a secure foundation for tooth replacement. This concept for oral rehabilitation was developed more than thirty-five years ago by a Swedish scientist and orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark. With his pioneering research, Dr Branemark opened the door to a lifetime of renewed comfort and self-confidence for millions of individuals facing the frustration and embarrassment of tooth loss.

The Treatment Steps:

  1. The first step is the placement of the titanium implant. The implant will remain covered underneath the gum for approximately 3-6 months. During this time, the implant should fuse to the bone.
  2. The second step of the procedure involves uncovering the implant and attaching a post. This completes the foundation on which your new tooth will be placed. In some instances your surgeon may decide to place the healing adjustment at the time of the initial surgery.
  3. The final step is the placement of your new tooth by your dentist. With techniques that ensure optimal size, shape, color and fit, this replacement tooth should blend with your remaining teeth.

What One Tooth Can Restore:

A missing single tooth surrounded by healthy teeth has unique demands. The challenge is to replace your missing tooth for both function and appearance, without harming your remaining teeth or gum issues.

Appearance:

Besides good function, the ideal replacement must look like a natural tooth, both to you and to others. The solutions possible with an implant supported crown take advantage of the best appearance possibilities available in dentistry.

Confidence:

The ideal replacement for your missing tooth must also feel like a natural tooth and easy to keep clean. Knowing your tooth is stable while eating and talking means a lot. You’ll also be glad your treatment didn’t require grinding your remaining natural teeth.

Security:

The long term safety of single-tooth replacement is well established. Your doctor will discuss with you a treatment plan for long term results.

Implants can be used in a full range of solutions including: Single Tooth Replacement, Posterior Replacement, Anterior Replacement, Full Lower Replacement, Full Upper Replacement.

The hope of restoring something important that’s been lost, especially in the human body, is an exciting possibility. With Nobel Biocare implants, it’s not just a hope. It’s a reality.

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Implant Supported Bridges

This implant solution replaces multiple missing teeth. It also avoids the preparation or cutting down of otherwise healthy teeth. It decreases the overall span of the prosthetic unit and, therefore, harmful forces caused by chewing, etc.

Implant Bridge

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Implant Supported Dentures

As we age, the bone in our mouths starts to shrink, which can cause improper fitting of dentures and partials. This is especially problematic in the lower arch. The upper arch, however, has the benefit of the palate for suction to compensate for the loss of bone. There are many different variations of this solution, but essentially the denture is fully or partially supported by an implant substructure which makes the denture much more secure. A comprehensive evaluation and discussion will determine the patient’s best option .

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Markham Economist & Sun's Reader's Choice Award

Congratuations to Dr. Rory Hunter who was awarded Markham's Dentist of the Year for 2014.

 

Dr. Hunter also received this award in 2012 and 2013.

 


 

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