At Lacewood Square Dentistry, we offer comprehensive dental care. From dental restorations to quality family dentistry we ensure that every patient’s needs, problems, and concerns are met with the best oral health care possible.
We strongly believe in providing a wide array of options and treatments for our patients. For more information about our services and how we can help, feel free to book an in-office appointment, contact us today.
Tooth decay caused by plaque can lead to the destruction of teeth if left untreated for long periods of time. There are, however, a variety of solutions that dentists can perform to treat developing decay, as well as replace lost or missing teeth.
Small cavities in your teeth caused by tooth decay can be easily replaced by restorative dental materials. In a quick and pain-free procedure, dentists hollow out the decay from the affected areas of your teeth. The cavity left behind is then filled with amalgam, porcelain or dental composites that prevent the decay from recurring.
In the case of larger cavities caused by extreme tooth decay, dental crowns designed to cover affected areas are prescribed. Before a crown is fitted over the affected tooth, dentists either file the tooth down or build it up with smaller fillings depending on the extent of the damage.
Inlays, like fillings, are used to fill cavities that have been emptied of dental decay. Unlike fillings, impressions of the cavity are used to create inlays. Once the inlays are prepared using restorative materials such as porcelain or gold, they are fitted to the damaged tooth.
Onlays are fillings that are prepared in the same way as inlays. They are used when the tooth decay has become too large to be treated by a regular filling, but not large enough to warrant a dental crown.
When a patient has lost an entire tooth to decay, dental bridges can be used to fill in the gap left behind. Dental bridges are composed of an artificial tooth attached to adjacent dental crowns. Dental crowns are fitted over healthy teeth, while the artificial tooth fills in the gap.
While tooth decay is a common oral disease, it can be effectively treated in a number of ways. Depending on the size and extent of the decay, your dentist can prescribe fillings, crowns or full dental bridges to treat the damage. The maintenance of bridges, fillings and crowns is hassle-free and easy, and require the same amount of oral care that a patient gives their normal teeth. Regular flossing and brushing will help preserve your bridges, fillings and crowns for years to come, as well as prevent tooth decay from ever happening again.
If you need more information about Dental Restorations in Halifax, contact us today.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. The benefit of using implants is that they do not rely on neighboring teeth for support and they are permanent and stable. Since the implants are integrated into the structure of your bone they also help prevent bone loss and gum recession which may happen as a result of bridges or dentures.
Millions of Canadians suffer from tooth loss caused by gingivitis, tooth decay, excessive tobacco use, periodontal diseases, or dental injury. The good news is, contemporary advances in dentistry have allowed dentists to treat tooth loss in several ways, the most ideal of which is dental implants.
Dental implants are an optimal, versatile and permanent solution for patients affected by significant tooth loss. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that your dentist installs into your jawbone beneath the gums, and are then used to secure and support dental bridges, dentures and individual replacement teeth. Because they are small, durable and lightweight, dental implants are comfortable, painless and do not disrupt your daily life.
Patients who have a good amount of intact bone beneath their teeth, as well as gums free of periodontal disease are ideal candidates for dental implants. The process of having dental implants installed involves as few as two or three visits to the dentist. Prior to receiving the dental implant, the needs of each individual patient are carefully assessed in order for the dentist to provide dental implant treatment options. The implant is then carefully installed into the bone socket left behind by a missing tooth. During the healing process (which will take several weeks) the implant will bond into the jawbone.
In the meantime, your dentist will create artificial teeth based on impressions taken of your gums and bite. The impression allows your dentist to create teeth that will fit seamlessly and comfortably with the rest of your natural teeth. After your implants are installed, the artificial teeth will be placed over the implants and you will be free to enjoy your favourite foods, speak with eloquence and smile with confidence.
Dental implants are a versatile choice for patients with missing teeth. Because they are made from titanium alloys, they are durable and require less follow-up visits to the dentist compared to dentures and dental bridges. They are ideal because they allow a patient to enjoy their new and functional teeth without hassle and worry that they might become loose. And just like normal teeth, they require the same amount of dental care, such as flossing and brushing — you’ll feel as if you’ve never lost your teeth in the first place.
It goes without saying that your teeth develop, change and grow over time. When your developing teeth has too much or too little space in the mouth to grow, they can eventually become misaligned or crooked. Sometimes misaligned teeth can develop into malocclusions such as underbites, overbites and deep bites that disrupt proper eating or speech. Orthodontics can get rid of crooked teeth for good.
Malocclusions can be diagnosed in children, teenagers and adults. During routine checkups, malocclusions that require treatment are one of the first things that a dentist will search for and identify. We provide corrective orthodontics that can help correct malocclusions and misaligned teeth.
The most common and effective treatment for crooked teeth are traditional metal braces. Made of lightweight titanium and durable stainless steel, they correct teeth by supporting and straightening them over a period of months or years. Braces provide constant but gentle force and pressure on the teeth until they move into the correct position.
Gum diseases that affect the periodontal structures of your teeth — that is, the gum tissue and bone that support your teeth — are a common problem for many Canadians worldwide.
Poor oral hygiene causes harmful bacteria and dental plaque to form between your teeth and gums and your gum tissues become inflamed and the underlying bone degenerates as a result. Preserving your gums and bones is especially important in the face of gum disease because they hold your teeth up, and prevent tooth loss from occurring.
Dentists can treat gum disease regardless of their seriousness and severity. Non-invasive, non-surgical treatments such as scaling, root planing, and root surface debridement are among the many methods of removing dental plaque from your teeth, as well as preventing gingivitis from recurring, and stimulating the healing of gum tissue.
If you suspect that you might have developing gingivitis, or if you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, don’t hesitate to look for professional dental care and treatment.
If you need more information about Periodontics in Halifax, contact us today.
The inside of your teeth is composed of the dental pulp, which is a delicate network of living cells, tissue, blood, and nerves. When your teeth become broken or fractured due to injury or decay, your dental pulp becomes exposed to mycobacterial invasion. Due to the hypersensitivity of the dental pulp, the exposure can be extremely painful and detrimental to your dental health.
Endodontics deals with the study and treatment of the inner structures of your teeth. Endodontic therapy (commonly known as a root canal procedure) is a surgical procedure in which a dentist or surgeon will clear the affected dental pulp from within the tooth and disinfect the hollowed-out cavity. Restorative dental materials are used to fill in the cavity in order to restore your tooth back to health.
Root canal therapy is the most effective method for treating endodontic problems and alleviating the extreme pain that patients may feel as a result of their dental pulp being exposed to infection.
If you need more information about Endodontics in Halifax, contact us today.
Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This helps prevent cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. Through routine dental checkups and cleaning, we will strive to help you improve and maintain good oral health and we will recommend a treatment plan that best suits your needs.
Like any part of your body, your teeth are susceptible to diseases and risk factors that threaten your dental health. The best safeguards against the threats of tooth decay, gingivitis or periodontal diseases are simple preventative measures such as brushing and flossing your teeth every day, and making regular appointments to visit the dentist.
It is a well-known fact that cleaning your teeth preserves them, and keeps the worst of tooth decay, plaque and gingivitis at bay. We offer oral hygiene and cleaning services for patients that will further enhance the maintenance of your teeth. A hygienist will scale, clean and polish your teeth to remove plaque, and apply fluoride, which will make your teeth more resistant to tooth decay. Fluoride treatments can also be used to reverse the beginning decay as well. We also educate our patients on proper brushing and flossing techniques, as well as other behaviors that will promote and maintain good oral health.
Oral cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world, and perhaps among the most deadly because they are often difficult to detect until it is too late. Because the symptoms of oral cancer in the early stages are similar to symptoms of other minor and less threatening conditions, patients often don’t realize the threat until it reaches its later stages. Oral cancer involves the abnormal and rapid growth of cells in various areas of the mouth such as the lips, gums, cheeks, and throat.
During regular appointments, your dentist will also perform x-rays and screenings to see if there are any risk factors that may potentially threaten your dental health. At Lacewood Square Dentistry, we perform routine visual and in-depth screenings for oral cancer and other diseases. Prior, or after, a cleaning session, we make a thorough assessment of your health and medical history, as well as take x-rays that can reveal any hidden, developing abnormalities.
Visual or in-depth screenings are routine and essential. In the former, we perform a visual inspection of the mouth for signs of oral cancer such as red and white patches, sores, lumps, or lesions. In in-depth screenings, dentists will use additional tools to help identify oral cancer such as x-rays and cancer biopsies.
Routine cleaning and dental checkups are vital preventative measures against the worst of oral diseases. Not only do regular checkups allow dentists to help you maintain your dental health, but they can also identify debilitating diseases such as oral cancer in its early stages. Don’t hesitate to schedule regular dental appointments.
If you need more information about Oral Hygiene/Cleaning in Halifax, contact us today.
As we grow older, our teeth develop and change. As children, our primary (or baby) teeth will make way for permanent teeth. As older teens or young adults, an extra set of molars begin to develop beneath your gums and jaw bone. While these wisdom teeth can grow properly, they are often misaligned and cause problems in many cases. When a wisdom tooth is misaligned, it must be removed by a dentist or oral surgeon to prevent further dental problems.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth can grow improperly when they are positioned horizontally, or aligned away or toward your molars. They can damage neighboring teeth and destroy the jawbone or nerves. In situations when your wisdom teeth partially erupt through the gums, openings form around the tooth and allow bacteria to enter and infect the area. Such infections result in swelling, illness, pain, and expose your teeth to periodontal disease and tooth decay. They can also be difficult to clean by regular brushing and flossing because they are situated in an awkward, unreachable position in your mouth.
Wisdom teeth surgery can be performed by a trained oral and maxillofacial surgeon or your dentist. Prior to the procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic that will effectively numb the area, as well as a sedative that will ease anxiety and keep you calm throughout the procedure. Different types of sedatives such as a nitrous oxide (laughing gas), intravenous sedation, or general anesthetic will ensure that you will feel no pain or discomfort throughout the procedure.
The procedure usually lasts for either 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how many teeth require removal. During the procedure, the gum tissue concealing the wisdom tooth is carefully cut open, allowing the dentist or surgeon to remove the offending tooth. Afterward, your gums are carefully stitched back together.
The healing process following a wisdom tooth extraction lasts for a few days to a week. Patients are advised to rest and to continue careful and consistent oral care. Gauze pads, painkillers and soft foods can also help with the recovery, and the stitches in your mouth will disappear over time.
It is recommended that wisdom teeth extraction be performed as soon as possible in order to avoid the many risks and problems that can occur if your wisdom teeth are left to grow in improperly. While the thought of wisdom teeth surgery may be daunting for some patients, you can be assured that the team at Lacewood Square Dentistry will be with you throughout the process to provide optimum care and to facilitate a quick and easy recovery.
If you need more information about Wisdom Teeth Extraction in Halifax, contact us today.
Your teeth are protected by enamel, which is the hardest natural material in your body. Despite this, however, your teeth are still susceptible to wear and damage over time due to excessive grinding and dental injury if they are not well-protected.
Good teeth protection from injury is especially important if you’re an athlete, particularly an athlete who engages in highly physical sports such as football, boxing or wrestling. Sports guards worn over your teeth act as effective shock absorbers, cushioning your teeth and jaws against extreme blunt forces.
While standard guards can be found and bought at stores, they often fit poorly and provide minimal protection as a result. At Lacewood Square Dentistry, we provide custom-made sports guards that are tailored to smoothly fit the shape of your mouth and jaw, allowing them to remain firmly and comfortably in place during extreme physical activity, and to effectively protect your teeth.
Bruxism, or excessive teeth grinding and clenching, is a relatively common condition that affects patients of all ages. Patients who suffer from bruxism suffer from headaches, jaw aches, tender cheek muscles and tooth hypersensitivity. Over time, a patient’s tooth may wear or become fractured.
Occlusal splints, or bite appliances made of smooth and flexible plastic, can be prescribed to ease the symptoms caused by bruxism. Worn over the teeth while sleeping, bite appliances absorbs the shock caused by excessive clenching and grinding, and consequently prevent your teeth from further trauma and damage.
At Lacewood Square Dentistry, we recognize that each patient is unique, and therefore requires different treatments for the same problem. We are more than happy to accommodate your specific needs with customizable guards and bite appliances.
If you need more information about Guards, Bite Appliances in Halifax, contact us today.
Dentures are an optimal solution for patients who have suffered significant tooth loss caused by periodontal diseases, developmental dental defects, injury, or tooth decay. At Lacewood Square Dentistry, we provide custom-fitted dentures that can replace your teeth, restore your smile, and preserve your dental health for years to come.
Dentures come in two available types: partial or full. Full dentures can replace either the full row of upper (maxillary) teeth, lower (mandibular) teeth, or both. Partial dentures can be used instead of dental bridges to restore partial tooth loss.
No patient is the same when it comes to tooth loss. At Lacewood Square Dentistry, we design the size and shape of our dentures in a way that meets a patient’s requirements and effectively restores gaps in your smile. We construct our dentures from the impressions we make of the gaps left behind by your missing teeth. The dental impressions ensure that your dentures will not just fit into your gaps, but will feel comfortable as well.
Dentures are an ideal treatment for tooth loss because they effectively restore the functionality of a patient’s mouth. With the help of dentures that look and feel like your natural teeth, a patient will be able to chew their food without worry, speak more eloquently, and smile with confidence.
If you need more information about Dentures in Halifax, contact us today.
Have you ever suffered from the lack of a good night’s rest because of loud, excessive snoring from yourself or your sleeping partner? Snoring is a pervasive and common nuisance, but it can worsen with age and potentially impair the quality of your sleep. While it is mostly harmless, snoring can also be a symptom of a more serious, underlying condition such as sleep apnea.
There are many reasons why certain people snore. Snoring is generally more common in men and in overweight individuals, and can be a symptom of blocked airways in the nose and mouth. Allergies deviated from septums, large tonsils, excessive throat tissue, and colds also contribute to habitual snoring. Consequently, treatments for snoring vary depending on its causes and can be prescribed by your dentist.
Sleep Disorders and Sleep Apnea
Excessive snoring is a symptom and indicator for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea describes a disorder where an individual stops breathing for short but frequent periods while asleep. The disruptions in breathing occur for a variety of reasons, including the brain failing to send the signals required for breathing muscles to continuously regulate respiration. In untreated sleep apnea, oxygen is prevented from flowing to the brain, and the risk of stroke, high blood pressure, and heart failure increases as a result.
The goal of many sleep apnea treatments is to incorporate changes in behavior that will promote better breathing. Such changes include permanent but healthy lifestyle changes, like quitting smoking and losing weight. Serious cases of sleep apnea can be treated by continuous positive airway pressure, in which a mask attached to a machine is worn over the patient’s nostrils. The machine provides consistent airflow through the nostrils and down to the lungs. Dental devices can also be prescribed to help keep airways open.
At Lacewood Square Dentistry, we can diagnose sleep apnea, and help patients through the first steps of treatment. If you suffer from frequent sleep disruptions due to snoring or apnea or know someone who does, feel free to book an appointment with us.
If you need more information about Snoring Treatment in Halifax, contact us today.
If you’ve ever felt less than confident about your smile because of crooked, damaged, or yellowed teeth, then we have excellent news for you. Cosmetic dentistry can improve everything you’ve ever disliked about your teeth, from their color to their crooked positioning, and give you the beautiful, healthy-looking smile you’ve always dreamed of.
Your dentist will use safe and effective techniques that can correct all the flaws that hamper your smile.
If you need more information about Cosmetic Dentistry in Halifax, contact us today.
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Having stained and discoloured teeth is mildly embarrassing for many at best, and a complete let-down of one’s self-confidence and esteem at worst. White, natural-looking veneers made of thin but durable layers of porcelain or dental composites can be applied to any stained tooth and instantly brighten and whiten your smile.
Bonding helps correct crooked or cracked teeth. During bonding, a composite resin is applied to the damaged or unsightly areas of your teeth before being sculpted to cover up visible gaps and fractures on the tooth surface. They can even be molded to make your crooked teeth appear straighter.
Works exactly as bonding, but without the composite resins. Changes are made on the tooth itself. Your dentist will subtly alter the shape, position and size of your teeth in order to make them appear straight and uniform.
We know teeth. And we know what our patients in Halifax and throughout Nova Scotia want from their teeth, which is a dazzling, healthy smile. Contact us today for an appointment, and learn how we can help you get the most out of your smile.
Have you ever felt like you couldn’t make a good first impression — whether on a job interview, at a social function, or even on a first date — because you were afraid to smile and reveal a set of stained, yellowed teeth? Although your teeth can become naturally discoloured over time, and is not an indicator of the state of your oral health the thought of having off-white teeth may be incredibly embarrassing for many people.
Don’t let the thought of having stained teeth get you down! Our teeth whitening service can help patients improve the colour of their teeth. Psychological studies have demonstrated that whiter teeth is considered to be healthier-looking, and that people who have undergone teeth whitening procedures tend to be more vigilant in their dental care in order to maintain the colour of their teeth. And the benefits don’t stop there: whiter teeth and a brighter smile can boost your self-esteem and confidence. The best part? Teeth whitening requires zero cosmetic surgery in order to achieve beautiful, dramatic results in a short period of time.
If you need more information about Teeth Whitening in Halifax, contact us today.
Looking for a family dentist in Halifax? Your search can stop here. One of our aims at Lacewood Square Dentistry is to provide complete and total oral care for every patient at any age.
Our practice is warm, friendly and family-oriented. We are happy to provide oral hygiene services, oral cancer screenings, orthodontics and many other services for the whole family. Children are given the same optimum oral care as mom and dad.
The dental needs of young children and teenagers is especially important to us because we understand that maintaining proper tooth development throughout childhood and adolescence is vital for good dental health. As your family dentist, we will also teach children the importance of regular flossing, brushing and dental appointments, and why such measures are the best safeguards against dental diseases and problems that can otherwise affect them later on in life.
If you need more information about a Family Dentistry in Halifax, contact us today.
Invisalign® treatment is a low-maintenance and gentle tooth-alignment option. It is a quick method of teeth straightening and improves the appearance of your smile.
Invisalign is the clear way to straighten teeth without braces by using aligners. Aligners are removable and virtually invisible which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.
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The many benefits of Invisalign® treatment
- Nearly invisible braces
- Eat whatever you want
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- Less maintenance
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Invisalign® treatment?
Invisalign® is a custom-made set of clear plastic aligners that are comfortable and invisible as compared to traditional braces. If you are looking to straighten your teeth using the latest technology, Invisalign® is your best choice. Invisalign aligners are often called ‘invisible braces’.
What is Invisalign® treatment for?
Patients who can wear the Invisalign aligners for at least 20- 22 hours a day are eligible for Invisalign®. It is also the most recommended treatment for older teenagers and adults.
What is the treatment process?
Custom aligners are created after taking a mould of your teeth which can be used to create a digital scan or by scanning your teeth directly using the latest imaging technology. These scans are used to create your custom aligners. Aligners are shaped such that they apply pressure in the right places to shift the alignment of the teeth. Based on your orthodontist’s recommendation, your aligners might need to be changed every one or two weeks.
How does Invisalign® treatment work?
These 3 easy steps can put you on the path to your brand-new smile.
1. Meet with your doctor and get a sneak peek at your new smile
2. Start transforming your smile right from your first fitting
3. Keep your brand-new smile beautiful
What if I've had braces or other type of dental work?
A significant number of patients who have previously opted for traditional braces have switched to Invisalign® which is a more discrete solution to improve their smile further. The best person to guide you would be your Invisalign provider after the initial consultation. Please make sure to let your provider know of any other dental work you’ve had done.
How will Invisalign® treatment affect my life?
It may take a day or two for your mouth to get the feel of the Invisalign aligners. This depends on person to person and is a temporary effect. Though it is recommended to keep the aligners for 20-22 hours per day for best outcomes, you may remove them for important occasions like weddings, job interviews etc.
However, removing the aligners for the purpose of smoking or using tobacco is a bad idea as the aligner trays get impacted and leads to overall wellness of your mouth and other organs as well.
What happens when I am done with Invisalign® treatment?
Following an invisalign® treatment, the steps to be followed are:
Wear your retainer
Clean your retainer
Schedule regular dental checkups
What can Invisalign® clear aligner help with?
Invisalign® can help with the following problem areas
Gaps between teeth
Will teeth move back after Invisalign® treatment?
Yes, your teeth will move back if you do not wear a retainer. Retainers maintain the tension on your teeth to hold them in place after the Invisalign® treatment.
How much does it cost to replace Invisalign® aligner?
There are various options if you lose or damage an aligner. In some cases, your orthodontist can provide you the next set of aligners after conducting a thorough examination. However, in some cases, if your teeth have not moved enough to fit the next set of trays as part of the treatment plan, your orthodontist can get you the same set of aligner trays to continue the course of treatment which can cost around $100.
How long should I wear retainer after Invisalign® treatment?
It is essential to wear the retainer for around 22 hours a day after Invisalign. This should continue for nearly 6 months – for some people, it might be longer than 6 months. After a couple of months of following the above routine, the patient’s teeth will be adjusted to the new alignment. The orthodontist may now suggest the patient put on the retainers only at night.
It is advisable to wear the retainer as long as the duration of the orthodontic treatment or as prescribed by the Orthodontist.
What material are the clear aligners made from?
Invisalign® aligners are usually made from acrylic material or plastic and fit firmly over the patient’s teeth. It is nearly invisible and also does not disrupt normal day-to-day activities.
How often should you replace your retainer?
Retainers last for a couple of years but in case you notice discoloration, distortion, calcium build-up, or there occurs any accidental damage to the retainers, it needs to be replaced or repaired.