Services We Provide

At Conlin Dentistry, we are committed to helping you achieve a better health through a comprehensive whole body approach to dentistry. We address specific issues such as dental fear, cardiac conditions, sleep apnea, diabetes, acid reflux, migraines, pregnancy concerns and more. We are committed to your well-being, so we take the time to listen to you and your concerns. It is not just about your dental problem - we care about you!

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A dental visit is not just about teeth. The mouth is a gateway to your body.

Bacteria that build up on teeth make gums prone to infection. The immune system attacks the infection and gums become inflamed. The inflammation continues till it is controlled.

Over time, the inflammation results in gum disease called periodontitis. This inflammation can cause symptoms in the rest of the body too.

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Preventive Dentistry is a modern approach to caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. Preventive Dentistry includes; daily brushing and flossing, as well as annual dental cleanings. Caring for your teeth ahead of time can reduce the pain of dental procedures as well as ensuring your teeth stay clean, strong and white.

It is also recommended that people change their toothbrush about three to four times a year to ensure a thorough clean each and every time! By working with our dentists by keeping up with good dental habits, it enables us to discover and treat small problems before they become serious. It will also help you keep your own teeth for a lifetime as opposed to needing dentures and other treatments.

After looking at your teeth, the dentist will devise an individual plan for you. Typically, these plans include regular check-ups, good brushing habits, flossing, and proper eating habits.

If you would like to learn more about our Preventative Dentistry practices click here

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At Conlin Dentistry we offer a wide selection of cosmetic services that can improve your smile:

  • Recontouring is a fast way to change (very slightly) the shape of your teeth and improve your smile.
  • Veneers are a wonderful option to change color or cover deep stains, change the shape or length of teeth, repair cracks or chips, and give it a smooth even appearance.
  • Tooth whitening is the easiest way revitalize your smile.

Learn more about our cosmetic dentistry services here.

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Dental Implants
Dental implants act as replacement tooth roots that provide a strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth, these are made to match with your natural teeth.

Dental implants are designed to be firmly anchored in the jaw and they hold the teeth in place. 

Typically dental implants are well tolerated by the body and are made of one of three things:

  • Titanium
  • Titanium alloy
  • Ceramics

Dental implants are surgically inserted by a periodontist or an oral surgeon under local anesthetic. Once healed, the artificial root acts as a base for the visible part of the tooth.

Dental implants can be used to:

  • Replace an individual tooth
  • Replace two or more teeth
  • Replace all teeth

What does the implant treatment involve?

  1. Your dentist will carefully examine your mouth and take x-rays of your head, jaw and teeth to determine if dental implants are necessary for you. It is important that you have the sufficient amount of bone for an implant to be placed.
  2. The implant is inserted under local anesthesia, and a temporary restoration may be placed on the implant during the healing stage.
  3. Typically, the healing stage lasts between 6 weeks and a few months, depending on the particular situation of the patient.
  4. The dental laboratory uses an impression to produce the crown, bridge or denture necessary. After the dental implant has healed the bridge, crown or dentures are inserted.
  5. Similar to natural teeth, implants require regular check-ups and good oral hygiene. With appropriate care, the long-term function of the dental implants can be maintained.

TIP: During the healing stage it is a good idea to keep good oral hygiene to make the implant process much easier and more comfortable for you!

For more information on dental implants and other services we provide, click here.  

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Children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child’s newly-erupted teeth (erupting at six and 12 months of age) receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning.

Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason – many children and adolescents do not practice regular, good oral hygiene habits.  Also, the enamel in baby teeth are thinner and more susceptible to decay than in adult teeth.  Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits help keep tooth decay away.

Your child should visit the dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest. Tooth sealants are also recommended because they “seal” the deep grooves in your child’s teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be monitored at your regular checkups.

A child’s first visit to the dentist should be enjoyable. Children are not born with a natural fear of the dentist, but they can fear the unknown. Our office makes a special effort to use pleasant, non-frightening, simple words to describe each treatment. We want you and your child to feel at ease from the moment your family arrives at our office. The more you and your child know about the first visit, the better you will feel. We offer laughing gas and children’s programming on our TV to make the dental appointment fun for kids.

Learn more about our Dentistry For Kids here.

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Sedation dentistry uses medication or gas to relax patients during dental procedures. Patients are usually awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia. Sleep dentistry has helped many patients overcome the barriers created by profound anxiety about dental procedures that stand in the way of optimal oral health.

Sedation can be of different levels. The following types of sedation are used in dentistry:

  • Inhaled (minimal) sedation – The patient breathes nitrous oxide (laughing gas) through a mask placed over the nose. The gas helps the patient to relax and they are awake. Once the procedure is completed, the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.
  • Oral sedation – Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. Generally, the medication given is within the same drug family as Valium, and it is usually taken about an hour before the procedure. This pill will make you drowsy, although you will still be awake. It relaxes patients and lessens anxiety associated with the dental procedure.
  • IV moderate sedation – Patients receive a sedative drug through a vein, so it goes to work more quickly. This method allows the anesthesiologist to continually adjust the level of sedation while the dentist performs the procedure.
  • Deep sedation and general anesthesia – These types of medications will allow patients to be either almost unconscious or totally unconscious (deeply asleep) during the procedure. While under general anesthesia, patients cannot easily be awakened until the effects of the anesthesia wear off, or are reversed with medication.

Regardless of the type of sedation, we always use a local anesthesia at the site where we work to numb the area and make it comfortable.

Please learn more about the kind of sedation best suited to your needs here.

nightguard

Nightguards can be made of many different materials and are also referred to as a “bite splint” or “occlusal splint”. Grinding of the teeth is a medical condition called bruxism. Over time, bruxism will result in the wearing down of your natural tooth enamel. In fact, studies suggest that those who grind and clench their teeth may experience up to 80 times the normal wear per day compared to those who do not.

Bruxism can result in:

  • jaw pain, earaches or headaches
  • it can result in fracturing fillings or chipping of teeth
  • damage to the bone and surrounding teeth
  • cause tooth sensitivity as outer layers of teeth are worn out

A nightguard protects your teeth and prevents damages to your hard and soft tissues.

Learn more about the nightguards and snoring appliances offered at Conlin Dentistry here.

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Crowns are used for teeth that are broken, partially destroyed by tooth decay or post root canal therapy. They strengthen the tooth and increase longevity of the tooth. They can be fabricated of porcelain or metal, or both. They are designed to match the colour, size and shape of the natural tooth. A bridge is non-removable restoration used to replace a missing tooth or teeth and may be an alternative.

Find out all about Conlin Dentistry’s crown and bridge treatment options here.

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White composite fillings are a popular choice because the material can match the shade and translucency of your own natural teeth.  It also provides a much better result that the old amalgam fillings.

Fillings referred to as “restorations” can be direct or indirect. A direct restoration is made from white composite or resin material and completed in a single appointment. Indirect restorations (referred to as inlays and onlays) are made from tooth-coloured ceramic and made in the dental laboratory. This process and requires 2 appointments. Ask your dentist about which restoration is best suited for you.

Find out all you need to know about Conlin Dentistry’s white filling service here.

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Root canal therapy involves removing the infected or dead pulp or nerve from the tooth and cleaning the roots from inside. The dentist fills the canal to prevent bacteria from getting into the tooth, and seals the hole in the tooth with filling material. Root canals help you to keep the tooth rather than having it pulled out and replaced. In certain circumstances, it is recommended that root canal teeth be protected by a crown. This is because after removing the nerve, the tooth is fragile and can easily fracture under function.

To learn more about Conlin Dentistry’s root canal therapy, click here.

Dentures are prosthetic devices “false teeth” generated to replace missing teeth; they are supported by the soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity and can be partial or complete.

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What is the difference?

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are typically removable, and are replacement teeth that are attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases for complete comfort. Sometimes, partial dentures have metal framework and clasps that connect to your teeth. They can be of pink acrylic or a flexible material called Valplast with clasps. The clasps can be tooth coloured to provide a more natural look.  

Complete Dentures

These can be either conventional or immediate. Typically, complete dentures involve removing all of the teeth and after the healing process the dentures are placed into your mouth, these are known as conventional. Immediate dentures on the other hand, are made in advance and can be positioned in the mouth as soon as the teeth are removed. 

If you would like to know more about our denture services, click here

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Tooth extraction - or having teeth pulled is among patients’ most dreaded prospects. Before your dentist considers extraction, every effort will be made to try to repair and restore your tooth. However, sometimes a tooth extraction is necessary. Teeth may need to be removed because they are blocked from coming in, the tooth is severely damaged/decayed or the tooth is impacted or partially erupted (like wisdom teeth).

We make every effort to help ensure your comfort during and after the procedure through appropriate use of anesthetics and pain medications. We have the option of removing teeth with laughing gas, sedation or being put to sleep to remove them. Please inquire more about what is best suitable.

Find out all you need to know about the oral surgery and extractions we offer at Conlin Dentistry here.