DENTAL THERAPY:

Dental Therapists receive specialized training to meet the basic preventative and restorative dental needs of both children and adults. This includes oral hygiene and periodontal treatment, extractions of baby teeth, and direct restorative dental treatment. Dental Therapists provide us with disease prevention and oral health promotion, aiding to maintain and improve oral health.

For our younger patients, dental therapy is a positive start to regular dental visits. It lets them know that the dentist is a “friendly” doctor who is going to help them keep their teeth healthy. Therapists are specially trained to work on children and we feel that by offering this service to your child we are providing the care and attention that our little patients need and deserve. We strive to deliver dental care to children in the most positive way possible. As a parent or caregiver, set a good example by brushing and flossing daily, as well as visiting the dentist regularly. We recognize that children’s early experiences in the dental office can have lasting effects. It is our commitment to make these early experiences good ones. This helps build dental confidence in your children and ensures a rewarding dental experience.

HYGIENE:

Dental Hygienists are licensed dental professionals who specialize in preventive oral health care. Cleaning and polishing of your teeth are important parts in maintaining your oral health. Scaling and root planing are the only ways to get rid of calculus (tarter) that contributes to gum disease. The removal of plaque and tarter helps polish and smooth the surfaces of your teeth and restorations, preventing future deposits and decay. In addition, hygienists provide periodontal assessment, oral-cancer screening, taking of radiographs, administering fluoride, and providing instructions for proper oral hygiene. They examine the gums, detect any present gum disease, and establish a periodontal and preventative treatment plan for you. This is very important as most teeth are lost due to periodontal disease (unhealthy gums).

Everybody, including adults and children, should have a cleaning and check up at least every twelve months. If periodontal disease is present, your hygienist will want to see you more frequently. Dental hygienists advise patients based on individual treatment needs, and aid in maintaining proper oral health

Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC®) has revolutionized dental procedures. Traditionally, crowns, onlays, inlays or dental veneers, required to restore damaged teeth, multiple procedures and visits to the dentist would be inevitable. CEREC® creates these ceramic restorations within minutes right in the dental office. This means that many treatments can be completed in one single visit.

CEREC® is comprised of several computer-assisted design tools and a milling machine that creates custom ceramic restorative devices. CEREC® can make almost any ceramic restoration to order, allowing the dentist to place it immediately. This is a great benefit to patients, and it can also reduce the cost of treatment.

With CEREC® there are no temporary restorations, less drilling and discomfort, fewer dental visits, more of the natural tooth is saved, and the restoration is longer lasting than anything offered before due to its enhanced strength and durability.

The Procedure:

Once your dentist decides a CEREC® restoration is the right option for you, the dentist will administer anesthetic and prepare your tooth for the restoration. The decay is removed and the tooth is prepared for an impression, called an optical impression (picture). This is much quicker and more convenient than having traditional moulds taken. Within minutes the image is uploaded to the CEREC® computer where the restoration is designed. This insures a perfect fit and a life like match to your real teeth. The design data is then sent to a separate milling machine located in the office, where your pure ceramic restoration is made. Finally we color match and glaze your restoration in our porcelain oven to create a beautiful finished product. About 20 minutes later, your new tooth is ready to be bonded into place. Your tooth is restored with no temporary crown, or return trip needed!

DENTAL IMPLANTS:

Dental implants are the modern method for tooth replacement.  Implants are permanent restorations used to replace missing teeth. They can replace a single missing tooth, multiple teeth, or even to stabilize a full denture. They provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability combined with these dental appliances. They are extremely strong, and durable and will last many years.

Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance and restore a patient’s smile. They are an attractive alternative to more traditional methods, providing greater stability and security, also giving you the natural feeling of your own teeth. Dental Implants are a remarkable advancement in dental science.

Implant benefits include:

  1. Stabilizing a bridge or denture
  2. Restoring or enhancing facial tissues
  3. Resolving joint pain or bite problems
  4. Restore chewing, speech and digestion
  5. Renew a patient’s confident smile
  6. Replacing one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.

TEETH WHITENING:

At Melfort Dental Group we offer at home whitening. We have found this to be very effective and safe. Carbamide Peroxide and Hydrogen Peroxide are the active whitening ingredients. Together they lighten discolorations of enamel and dentin. The whitening gel is placed in custom fitted plastic trays made for your teeth only. The trays are worn for a few hours each evening. One of our dental assistants will give you step by step instructions to achieve the best results. Since you are the one in control, you can stop the teeth bleaching whenever you feel you have achieved your desired color. The typical teeth bleaching time is one to three weeks, but it may be longer.

It is important to whiten prior to having any major restorations completed. Once crowns and bridges are made, it will not be possible to change their color without redoing them. They will not lighten. Only natural tooth structure will respond to the whitening agents. Talk to your dentist about the color of the teeth prior to beginning any major dental treatment. Whitening may be a good option for you.

Some patients do experience sensitivity when whitening. This sensitivity is not permanent and will subside and go away when you stop bleaching. To decrease the sensitivity, an option could be bleaching every other night, allowing your teeth and tissues a resting period. Also using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.

For some patients, teeth whitening may not last forever and touch ups may be necessary. The most common causes of tooth discoloration are consuming staining substances, (tobacco, coffee, tea, cola), certain medications, genetics, trauma, diet and aging. Touch ups are simple, and usually only require minimal bleaching. 1-2 days, once or twice a year.

At Melfort Dental Group, we proudly use Nite White® whitening system

ORTHODONTICS:

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Orthodontics specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities, with the use of braces. The technical term for these problems is “malocclusion” which means “bad bite.” Teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease, cause stress on chewing muscles, and can detract from one’s appearance. It is critical to correct any functional or jaw problems as soon as they are diagnosed. This requires skill in design, application, and control of corrective appliances, in order to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment to achieve facial balance.

Without treatment, orthodontic problems can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction, underdeveloped jaws, snoring problems, and chewing and digestive difficulties. A “bad bite” may contribute to speech impediments, tooth loss, chipped teeth and other dental injuries.

The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, can alleviate or prevent physical health problems, an attractive smile as the jaw and lips become properly aligned, and the teeth are more likely to last a lifetime.  

At Melfort Dental Group, we believe in meeting your child’s orthodontic needs as early as possible. An advantage of early phase treatment is that children will need to wear fixed braces and appliances on their adult teeth for less time. By guiding facial development early, through the use of functional appliances, 80% of treatment can be corrected before adult teeth are present.

PHASE I.
Functional Appliances - Ages 5-12
Early treatment should be initiated for:

  1. Habits such as tongue thrusting and thumb sucking
  2. Mouth breathing and snoring problems
  3. A bad bite
  4. Narrow or underdeveloped jaws
  5. A constricted airway
  6. Jaw joint problems
  7. Crowded teeth, deep overbites

PHASE II.
Braces - Ages 12-14

  1. Teeth are straightened with braces
  2. Braces are usually worn for 12-24 months

The purpose of  II phase orthodontic treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, and aesthetic results that will remain stable throughout your child's life. Not all children need two phases of orthodontic treatment. It is difficult however, to determine if your child needs early orthodontic care without a consultation. Early treatment is  key! By treating problems early, you save money and may prevent the need for more extensive treatment in the future.

Orthodontic treatment is not just for children and teens. Today's orthodontic options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Options include invisalign treatment and traditional metal braces.

Common reasons why adults consider orthodontic treatment:

  1. A bad bite (malocclusion) causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
  2. Teeth that are crowded or spaced apart
  3. Abnormal pain or pressure, caused by crooked teeth
  4. To have a healthier mouth and a more confident smile

At Melfort Dental Group, we proudly offer Invisalign. Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a series of clear, removable aligners created for you and only you. The aligners are changed every two weeks. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move - week by week - until they have straightened to the final position prescribed by your dentist.

The advantage to Invisalign is that the aligners are completely transparent. There are no metal brackets and no wires to tighten. This makes the method popular among adults who want to straighten their teeth without the look of traditional braces. In addition, the aligners are marketed as being more comfortable than braces. They are made of smooth and virtually invisible plastic. Another advantage to the removable aligners is that you can continue to eat your favorite foods, and brush and floss normally. Ask your dentist how Invisalign can work for you!

The VELscope Vx exam is quick, painless and effective. It is the most powerful tool available to assist in discovering oral abnormalities.  In about 2 minutes, the VELscope Vx helps us improve our assessment of your overall oral health, ensures that all tissues of your mouth are healthy, and protects you from oral disease - including oral cancer.

The VELscope Vx helps us discover oral disease before it can be seen under ordinary light.

  1. Found early, oral cancer’s 5-year survival rate is good. Approximately 83%
  2. Found late, oral cancer’s 5-year survival rate is poor. Approximately 32%

Tobacco and chewing tobacco, along with alcohol are the leading causes of oral cancer. Over the last few decades, the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), known for its role in cervical cancer, has been showing up in increasing numbers of oral cancer cases.

Melfort Dental Group provides you with the most advanced standards of care available today. Please ask us about a VELscope Vx exam.