Our Halifax Dental Services
At Park West Dental Office, we strive to provide you with optimal dental health. With years of experience between our dentists and staff, you can rest assured that you’re in professional hands. We understand that dental health is more than just a beautiful smile. Good oral hygiene isn’t simply about the esthetics and brightness of your teeth. The health of your mouth can affect your speech, your eating habits, and even your breathing. Spread of disease can be thwarted with the simple upkeep of your oral hygiene. When it comes to all things dental, Halifax residents trust in our expertise. Check out our complete dental health services and discover how we here at Park West keep your smile healthy.
SCALING, CLEANINGS AND EXAMS
New patient exams and recall exams are performed to assess the health of the entire mouth. We will examine the hard tissues (bone and teeth) and soft tissues (gums) to determine if there is anything requiring treatment. During your exam, we will explain what we have found in terms of what is healthy, what needs treatment, and instruction with home care. It is very important that we take regular radiographs (x-rays) to aid in this assessment. Unfortunately, without radiographs, we will not be able to provide you with the complete and proper assessment that you deserve.
Scaling and prophylaxis is the treatment that is performed by our hygienists. These are the building blocks for us to help you achieve your dental health. During this appointment, the hygienist will scale (clean) the root surfaces of the calculus (tartar) that has built up since your last hygiene appointment. This treatment should be performed every 6 months. However in some cases when there is a diseased condition, more frequent appointments may be required.
Find Restorations and Endodontic Treatment in Halifax
Restorations (fillings) are treatment required due to carious lesions (cavities or decay). A cavity is a hole in the tooth that has occurred over time because of bacteria. It is important to treat all cavities (even if they presently do not cause you any discomfort). If left untreated, a cavity will continue to grow and can lead to more costly, timely, and unpredictable outcomes. There are two basic filling materials: composite resins (white) and amalgams (silver). Both of these materials are used at our office, and we are more than happy to sit down and discuss the rationale for using either material. Of course, ultimately it is your mouth and you do have the final say as to which material is used!
ENDODONTIC TREATMENT (ROOT CANALS)
This is the treatment required when there is an infected or inflamed pulp (nerve and blood supply) of the tooth. There are many reasons for a tooth’s pulp to become affected including a large cavity, trauma, and developmental defects. The prinicipal function of a root canal treatment is to allow the tooth to remain in the mouth. Root canals are performed with local anesthesia followed by the cleaning and disinfecting of the tooth.
Keep Your Teeth Intact with Crowns, Veneers, and Bridges from Park West
Crowns (caps) are used to cover an entire tooth. Crowns can be for functional or esthetic purposes (or both). A heavily restored tooth (a large filling) is more likely to break than a tooth with a small or no filling. Covering the tooth completely prevents it from breaking during regular biting and chewing. To place a crown, the tooth has to be reduced in size (shaved down) and then, through an impression, our lab will make a crown that will only fit that tooth. Crowns can be all gold, porcelain with a metal substructure, or all porcelain. They each have positive and negative points. We will be more than happy to explain these to you.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your front teeth, we can improve them through placement of one or more crowns or veneers. Veneers are a thin shell of porcelain that is placed on the front surface of the tooth. Veneers are used when the tooth that is being treated is in good shape and does not have a large filling.
In dentistry, bridges provide a connection between teeth to replace a missing tooth. The teeth on either side of the space are reduced (shaved down) and crowns are placed on each of them with a pontic (fake tooth) fused between the two.
Park West Helps You Maintain a Healthy Smile with Implants, Extractions, and Dentures
Implants are titanium screws which are placed directly in the mandible or maxilla (jaw bones) to replace a missing tooth (or multiple teeth). The implants can be restored with a single crown (to replace an individual tooth), a bridge, or act as anchors to help give a denture a good hold.
Extractions are the removal of teeth. We perform this treatment for a number of reasons. We have to extract a tooth when the decay has reached a level where we are unable to restore (repair) the tooth. Teeth can also be extracted when there is severe periodontal disease (disease of the bone and gums) that has led to the loss of bone support for the tooth. Dental extractions also may be required when the patient is having orthodontic (braces) treatment and there is a need to gain space in order to straighten the teeth. Most people, of course, are familiar with wisdom teeth extraction. This is generally performed by an oral surgeon when there is inadequate space in the patient’s mouth to allow for the wisdom teeth to erupt into a healthy position.
Dentures, both full and partial, are the treatment used to replace multiple missing teeth. A full denture is when all of the teeth are missing. Partial dentures are used when one or more teeth are missing, but there are still natural teeth existing. A partial denture relies on natural teeth to act as anchors or support of the partials. Partials can be made of a combination of metal and acrylic or all acrylic.
Invisalign allows you to straighten your teeth without unsightly metal braces.
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- Address 287 Lacewood Dr. Suite 118, Halifax, NS, B3M 3Y7
- Phone 902-457-7787
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- Business Hours Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM Tuesday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM Thursday08:00 AM - 08:00 PM FridayClosed