Posts for: June, 2014

cosmetic dentistry MississaugaThe advent of social media, “selfies” and a camera phone at every turn mean that you are constantly reminded of your smile. If your smile is pleasing to you, then that’s a good thing. If it’s not, that can negatively impact your self-esteem and confidence level.
Many studies have suggested a smile is important. For example, a poll from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found 85 percent of Americans believe an unattractive smile may make a person less appealing as a potential mate. Not only that, but three-fourths of those polled also believe that an unattractive smile could affect a person’s ability to advance their career successes.
At Mississauga Dental Arts, we understand that your smile is important to you and is closely linked with your self-confidence. That’s why we offer numerous cosmetic dentistry services to help you improve your smile if heredity, time or injury has affected your smile. If you know you aren’t happy with your smile, but aren’t sure where to start about fixing it, you can schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation at our Mississauga dentist office. While each individual patient is unique, here are some common concerns and complaints we receive from patients and how we can address them through cosmetic dentistry.
Concern: My teeth have become stained and/or darkened over time.
Professional teeth whitening at our office can help to remove built-up stains from foods, drinks and cigarette smoking. Professional-grade products are significantly stronger than over-the-counter products. In the past, if you have tried whitening at home, professional whitening can likely offer more dramatic results.
Concern: My front teeth are chipped and/or gapped, but I don’t want to wear braces.
Solution: Veneers
Dental veneers are like a concealer for imperfections on your front teeth. From masking stains and discolorations to covering up small gaps or misshapen teeth, veneers are a way to reveal an entirely new smile if your concerns are mainly regarding your front teeth.
Concern: I chipped a tooth when I was little and never had it fixed.
Solution: Dental bonding, contouring and/or re-shaping.
Our cosmetic dentists are well-versed in using dental bonding material to repair a single tooth that is chipped, cracked, broken or has irregular spacing. In typically one office visit, your dentist can re-shape your tooth or cover over a damaged or stained area through dental bonding. They can also contour the teeth to a more desirable shape.
Whatever your cosmetic concern, there are several relatively simple fixes through cosmetic dentistry that can make you wonder why you never opted for treatment before.
In addition to improving cosmetic concerns, our dentists are also focused on the health of your teeth before ever applying a whitening gel or dental veneer. By ensuring you have a strong foundation, your cosmetic treatments are more likely to last longer and withstand the test of time.


Root planing is a procedure that allows us to achieve your — and our — basic goal in dentistry: healthy, clean gums and teeth.

At a level in between scaling by your hygienist and periodontal (from peri, around and odont, tooth) surgery, root planing is a conservative treatment that attempts to eliminate the need for gum surgery.

The Problem:
Plaque is a film of bacteria (a biofilm) that adheres to your teeth at the gumline. This is what you try to remove with daily brushing and flossing. Plaque that is not removed can form a hard coating called calculus or tartar. These substances irritate your gums and cause inflammation, which in turn causes your gum tissues to lose their attachment to your teeth. The resulting gaps between the teeth and gums are called pockets, and they act just like pockets in your clothing.

Your teeth are fastened in your jaws by a combination of bone and soft tissue including the gums and the periodontal ligament, tissues that holds each tooth in place. When pockets form and bacteria move into them, the bacteria and the toxins they emit can become ingrained into the surface of the roots of your teeth (the bottom parts that are below the gumline) and cause further inflammation and infection. This can lead to loss of attachment of the gum tissues and bone that anchor your teeth. In the worst cases you can lose the teeth.

The Solutions:
1. The first level of defense is your own daily brushing and flossing. Ask us to check your technique to make sure you are effectively removing plaque.

2. Second, your dental hygienist can remove superficial collections of calculus by scaling, using hand tools or a sonic scaler.

3. Third, root planing actually planes the surface of the roots of your teeth, in the same way as a carpenter planes a piece of wood. It removes calculus, bacteria and toxins ingrained into the root surfaces so that the infected gum tissues can heal.

Root planing is usually done using local anesthesia to numb the teeth and surrounding soft tissues. The planing may be done first with an ultrasonic device that cleans by vibrating particles off the root surfaces and simultaneously flushes the pockets with water. The root planing is finished with delicate hand instruments called curettes. The area may then be flushed with antibacterial medication to fight infection.

The response to root planing is usually evaluated three to four weeks later. The gum tissues are checked for healing, and probing measurements of the pockets are retaken. Depending on the results, additional root planing may be needed.

4. Finally, in cases of the worst periodontal infections, you may need periodontal surgery. Each person's situation is unique and should be based on an examination and evaluation.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about dental hygiene and root planing. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor article, “Root Planing.”

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Mississauga Dental Arts

(905) 286-1569

Mississauga, ON Dentist
Mississauga Dental Arts
350 Burnhamthorpe Road East #2
Mississauga, ON L5A 3S5
(905) 286-1569