Dr. Andrea Stevens offers a variety of general dentistry services including oral examinations, treatment planning, fillings, extractions, cleanings, polishing, and preventive maintenance. Our team is here to provide you and your family with the gentle care that you deserve.
Enhancement dentistry includes a variety of different procedures above and beyond basic dental treatment. This care may be designed to improve the appearance and function of your teeth, helping you to maintain your smile for life. An improved smile can increase your confidence, happiness and overall quality of life. Gaps and misaligned teeth can increase your risk for bacterial infections and tooth loss.
The type of dental procedure required depends entirely upon the needs of the individual patient. From chips to stains, worn or missing teeth – each patient’s mouth and dental condition is different. While each procedure is unique to the individual, enhanced dental procedures are safe and virtually painless. A whiter, healthier smile is more affordable and available sooner than you think!
Enhancement Treatment Services
Lasers have been used for years in the medical field, from laser eye surgery to cosmetic procedures. Our team has completed extensive laser training to be able to bring our patients the many advances of this new technology. Many treatments with a dental laser do not require any dental freezing, and cause no discomfort. Patients will only hear a rush of air, as suction is used to keep the area cool and clean. Dental lasers allow for faster and more comfortable healing, and:
• Destroys bacteria in seconds, even from deep pockets between the tooth and the gum
• Eliminates the need for dental drilling or anesthetics
• Removes plaque and tartar
• Gives your dentist continuous feedback as to whether tartar is still present, and when none is left, switches itself off
• Penetrates microscopically tiny pockets where gum disease can begin
• Provides a fast, safe, and effective way to do root canals, scaling of tooth and root surfaces
• Seals the gum tissue to prevent infection and promote faster healing after dental surgery
Mouth-breathing, Snoring and Sleep Apnea
An adequate airway is the most important factor in facial development. Mouth-breathing in early development can alter proper oral posture and causes changes in a child’s growth pattern. Growth of mouth breathers tends to be in a downward and backward direction rather than a downward and forward direction.
Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing during sleep. While snoring is often the subject of teasing, it could be an indication of a more serious health problem. When breathing stops, lower oxygen levels force the heart to work harder, causing high blood pressure. Some of the conditions associated with untreated sleep apnea include obesity, heart disease, gastric reflux, diabetes, and depression.
There are a number of solutions to these problems, which may include orthodontic treatment, surgery, dental appliances, or breathing machine called CPAP (Constant Positive Airway Pressure device). If you are experiencing any symptoms related to snoring, sleep apnea or airway obstruction, please contact Dr. Stevens for a consultation.
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD) include behaviours and patterns created by inappropriate muscle function and incorrect habits involving the tongue, lips, and jaws. A tongue thrust, or what is more accurately known as an incorrect resting posture and swallowing pattern, is the most common Oral Myofunctional Disorder.
Restoring a normal rest posture of the tongue and lips and eliminating a tongue thrust can guide the teeth into a more desirable relationship, assist an orthodontist in aligning the teeth and jaws properly, assist stabilization of the teeth during and/or after orthodontic treatment, relieve facial pain, and enhance overall appearance.
Dr. Stevens and her team have been trained by the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy to provide treatments to patients of any age, although the most significant benefits occur in growing children and teenagers. This therapy can occur before, during and/or after orthodontic treatment, or when no orthodontic treatment is planned.
Dental bonding is a procedure used to correct dental gaps, chips, cracks and other cosmetic dental issues. Dental bonding involves a tooth-coloured resin material which is applied to the teeth, and hardened with a special light. This causes the resin to bond to the tooth, restoring and correcting your smile.
Dental bonding is the perfect option for decayed, chipped, or discoloured teeth, and can be used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings. Dental bonding can also be used to protect the tooth’s root if exposed when gums recede.
Dental implants are substitutes for roots of missing teeth. Implants act as an anchor for a replacement tooth or crown, or for an entire set of replacement teeth. The most commonly used type of dental implants resemble a screw and are placed directly into the location of the missing tooth, under the gums. If several implants are to be placed, it may be necessary to have a special type of x-ray to create a computer model for more precise positioning. Once the bone and gums heal around this implant, Dr. Stevens can attach a crown to the implant to replace the biting surface of the tooth that was missing.
Newer technology allows us to provide treatment for patients currently wearing a full denture or for whom the remaining teeth are failing. The All-On-4 technique allows the patient to have full tooth replacement, held in with four dental implants per jaw, all in one day! An oral surgeon places the four implants and then Dr. Stevens and a dental laboratory technician customize an attached-to-implants restoration while the patient waits. With an extremely high success rate, this treatment is perfect for those patients who would like more security than their current dental condition allows.
The All-On-4 technique also makes implant treatment possible for patients who may have previously been told their jaw won’t support dental implants due to loss of bone. Patients who may have been dealing with ill-fitting dentures for years can now enjoy the security of teeth permanently attached to implants, or the ease and reliability of teeth that are incredibly secure all day but can still be removed in the evening for easy cleaning. A history of great success for patients of varying ages makes the All-On-4 treatment an excellent investment in your dental health as well as your overall health.
A dental crown is a restorative device which covers a tooth in order to strengthen a decayed tooth, repair a broken tooth or improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth. A crown completely covers the visible area of a tooth, creating a brand new outer surface. By contrast, a filling covers only a portion of a tooth. We use only crowns made without a metal lining which makes them more natural-looking and also avoids the dreaded “black line” you can sometimes see around an older-type crown. The best dental crowns are ones that blend in with your smile!
A dental bridge has a false tooth, known as a pontic. Used to replace a missing tooth, the false tooth is fused between two porcelain crowns. The crowns are attached to the teeth on each side of the false tooth, and the false tooth is suspended between them, like a bridge.
Missing spaces between teeth increase the risk of other dental problems. Other teeth can drift out of position risking gum disease and decay. Bridges fill that missing space, and can reduce those risks. Bridges also help correct bite issues and can even improve your speech. Bridges must be properly maintained by regular brushing and flossing, and can last upwards of ten years.
Experienced in treating TMD/TMJ problems using Neuromuscular Dentistry concepts, Dr. Stevens understands the importance of proper bite relation with muscles in balance. We’ve come across a number of patients who don’t have a perfect bite relation – but also don’t experience pain – and through applications of Neuromuscular concepts, we can help them achieve better bite alignment for overall sports performance improvement.
Neuromuscular mouth guards are made to align the jaw to an unstrained Neuromuscular position, so the energy that was once used to compensate for poor jaw and body alignment is released for improved power.
Porcelain veneers – also called ceramic veneers – are thin shells of ceramic material which are bonded to the front surface of teeth. They are custom-made for your mouth, and are custom-coloured to match the surrounding teeth. Porcelain veneers can be applied to multiple teeth on both the top and bottom rows. Porcelain veneers are a more conservative alternative to crowns, and can be used to completely change the appearance of your smile. During this process, Dr Stevens involves her patients in designing a new smile. A "trial smile" is always a part of this treatment so patients are confident we can achieve the smile of their dreams!
Dr. Stevens uses the patented Kor Whitening Deep Bleaching technique, which can include at-home treatments, or a combination of at-home and in-office treatments. In-office techniques typically take one office visit, after which there will be a very dramatic, sudden change of colour. The procedure takes about two hours, although times may vary based on the degree of discolouration you may have.
The in-home technique involves the creation of a custom-fitted tray. A small amount of bleaching gel – available only from Dr. Stevens – is placed in the tray and worn during the night while you sleep. This is a more gradual process than in-office procedures, with results usually finalizing in about one to two weeks.
Invisalign refers to a custom-made series of aligners, or clear plastic appliances, that you wear over your teeth. Wearing these will gradually and gently shift your teeth into their proper position. Patients will require a new set of aligners every 1-2 weeks until the treatment is complete. We typically treat patients with Invisalign whose treatments we feel can be completed in approximately 12 months or less. The length of time can be affected by how far the teeth have to move, and how dedicated each patient is to wearing aligners full-time.
TMJ / TMD
Dr. Stevens recognizes that dentistry is more than just teeth and focuses on neuromuscular dentistry – a service that evaluates and treats conditions affecting the way your muscles, teeth and joints work together. We are able to use this information to correct your bite so that the muscles that control your jaw movement are in the best position for both comfort and function.
If your jaw is misaligned, both your hard and soft tissues are affected resulting in pain referred to as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). TMD is a broad term for a collection of jaw conditions characterized by pain in the face, jaw and teeth, and limitations in jaw movement. TMD problems often manifest during teenage years as relentless, sharp pain, chronic discomfort, or grinding and clenching of the teeth.
Many TMJ patients have been treated by various doctors, physical therapists, and chiropractors without relief. Neuromuscular dentistry addresses and corrects the root of the problem – jaw misalignment.
Bleeding gums are never normal, and neither is bad breath. Both of these common problems do have a solution, and this begins with Bacterial Testing. With a very simple and painless swab, your dental team will take samples of bacteria from your tongue, teeth, and throat. We work with a Canadian laboratory to determine what kind of harmful bacteria are causing bleeding gum disease and bad breath. An antiseptic or antibiotic rinse will then be prescribed along with a home care protocol specifically designed to rid your mouth of these nasty bugs. After 2-4 weeks of treatment, and with proper maintenance, bleeding gums and bad breath can be a thing of the past!
Tongue Tie and Lip Tie
We’ve all heard about the benefits of breastfeeding our babies, but for some new mothers nursing is anything but easy. In some cases, this difficulty can be the result of a tongue or lip tie, or both. If the tongue and lip don’t have good mobility, it may not be possible for a baby to effectively nurse, and a mother’s milk supply may not be properly stimulated. Hungry and cranky babies, sore and tired mothers, and eventually switching to (easier) bottle feeding is often the result.
As these babies grow, issues can continue throughout childhood and into adulthood, including feeding and speech difficulties, higher rates of cavities, poor dental arch development and crowded teeth, and even TMJ or sleep disorders. These issues can be avoided with lip and/or tongue tie release using a dental laser; while treating newborns is best for prevention of problems, treatment of older children or adults can also have excellent results.
Hate the sounds in the dental office or seeing the instruments we use during treatment? Does the whole process just make you nervous? We now have a solution…NuCalm! NuCalm is a four-part system for relaxation in the dental office with an all-natural, patented technology making it physically impossible for you to feel stress. In just 45 minutes, through the use of noise dampening headphones, micro-current stimulation, a light-blocking eye mask, and a topical cream (or chewable dietary supplement), NuCalm relaxes your mind and body in such a way that is equivalent to 2-5 hours of sleep. In fact, you may need to remind yourself that you’re in the middle of a dental procedure! If you’re like most, your appointment will be over before you even know it. Our patients can leave their appointments feeling relaxed, refreshed…AND in better dental health!