Our primary focus is prevention: The better you take care of your teeth at home the less likely you will end up gumming food like a new born in 20 years. That said, teeth and gums can be finicky and problems do arise – no matter how well you brush and floss. From tartar buildup and tooth decay to veneers and implants, we take care of all of your dental needs with sensitivity, advanced tools and techniques, and a healthy sense of humour.
A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire surface of your tooth. We apply crowns to teeth that need protection and strengthening, are cannot be restored with fillings.
Most times, crowns are made of porcelain and look just like your real tooth. They are highly durable and last several years until they require replacement. We use the most perfect crown available to date: e.max
Crowns are the ideal solution for:
If you need a crown, you’ll need two appointments: The first will include tooth preparation and a temporary crown. Two weeks later, a customized crown arrives from the lab. We cement it on permanently and you’re good to go!
A bridge is a dental restoration that fills the gap left by a missing tooth and prevents teeth from moving into the space and getting misaligned. When an implant isn’t ideal and the surrounding teeth are strong, a bridge is an excellent solution to maintain alignment, restore function, and keep your smile beautiful (or handsome) as it may be.
Contrary to popular belief, the root canal is not the devil of dental procedures. In fact, Dr. Tom Cragg specialized in root canals. And in the last few decades, modern science and technology has provided our team with an arsenal of tools and techniques to make the process even more comfortable.
You need a root canal if you have an abscess – an infected nerve in your tooth which is often accompanied by swelling and discomfort. A root canal saves your tooth (and your sanity) by treating the infection, removing the infected nerves and blood vessels, and filling and sealing the tooth.
The root canal procedure feels much like a cavity filling – it just lasts longer (We apologize in advance! But it’s worth it.). We apply a local anesthesia, isolate the area, then drill a small opening in the biting surface of the infected tooth. We remove the infected nerve, sterilize the space, and fill it up with a natural rubber like material called Gutta Percha. We add a crown to create stability, prevent further infection, and get you smiling again in no time!
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. When your TMJ becomes inflamed, it can result in:
It isn’t fun, that’s for sure. The good news is: we can treat TMJ. First, we examine your jaw and review your medical history. Then we recommend a course of action based on the cause of your specific TMJ pain:
A composite filling is a tooth-coloured filling. We use it to repair teeth with fractures, chips, or decay. We simply remove the affected portion of your tooth and replace it with a bonded composite material.
Composite fillings look nice, require less tooth removal than amalgam (the silver filling), and are cured directly to your teeth. They are very durable but are not permanent, and will likely have to be replaced after years of wear and tear.
In some situations, however, amalgam is more ideal for tooth restoration. Your dentist will discuss your options and the benefits of each before moving forward.
Plain and simple: Veneers are thin layers of porcelain fixed onto your teeth to make them look nice(r). And everyone likes nice teeth! Veneers can dramatically change the look of your smile, improve confidence, and last 10-30 years.
Veneers usually require 2-3 appointments. Your first appointment is a consultation. We work with you to understand your goals and plan the shape of your veneers to achieve the desired look.
During your second visit, we prepare your tooth surfaces by removing a thin layer of enamel and taking impressions of your teeth.
The third visit is the fun stuff: We clean your teeth (to optimize bonding) and cement on the veneers. You leave with a smile that WOWS!
Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC) is an advanced 3D tooth mapping system that allows us to design and fabricate custom crowns or onlays right in our own lab using digital technology, infrared camera, and a CAD/CAM milling chamber. CEREC carves inlays, onlays, crowns, and veneers from a block of ceramic in a single appointment.
It looks nice, is proven to be almost as strong as a real tooth, and can be applied in one appointment. CEREC is ideal for replacing old amalgam (silver) fillings and provides patients with long-lasting results in just one visit.
It’s comfortable and convenient for our patients, and super cool for us.
Missing teeth can negatively affect chewing, speech, and alignment. Dental implants are titanium screws that are placed into the bone space of the missing tooth. They are bio-compatible with human bone (we love science) and feel and function like natural teeth.
The procedure is an in-depth one with lasting results. We make a small incision through the gum tissue followed by a series of shaping drills that allow space for the titanium implants. You’ll require sutures and 6-8 weeks of healing time. This allows the bone to integrate around the titanium. Once the integration has occurred, we prepare the crown and get you smiling again.
Whitening is a bit of a trend these days. There are hundreds of products out there – from kits at the corner store, dental office take-home kits, laser whitening, and even mall kiosk whitening. All of which make teeth whitening a little daunting. We want to simplify it for you.
At Ocean Park Dental, we recommend that every patient a simple over-the-counter product first. Most of the products on drug store shelves have the power to give you the results you want – as long as you follow the directions closely.
If over-the-counter products are unsuccessful, then we provide you with custom, reusable trays for an at-home bleaching. This occurs over one to two weeks for a couple hours each night.
Another alternative is LASER WHITENING! (There’s an inside dental joke that if you yell the word “laser”, people come running.) In our opinion, take-home trays are equally as effective as Laser Whitening at a more affordable price point. Although we like money, we prefer not to take your money for services you don’t need. So try the former two options first. Then we’ll bleed you dry if we must.