Our Services

With a holistic emphasis on preventive dental care and patient education, our practice provides a full range of general dentistry services including:
Preventive Dental Care
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In keeping with our holistic philosophy, "Prevention is better than cure", we believe that preventive dental care is important throughout your life, regardless of your age. By practising good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular check- ups with your dentist, you can help keep your smile bright and healthy for many years to come. Some of the preventive dental care measures include:
  • Professional dental cleanings

    In addition to brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily, we encourage you to schedule appointments with your dentist to have your teeth professionally cleaned once every six months. People presenting with periodontal disease may require cleanings at shorter intervals- this will be customised to individual presentations and needs.
  • Dental Sealants

    Sealants are thin clear coatings that protect hard to clean back teeth from the sugars and bacteria that cause tooth decay. Dental sealants are a great preventative measure in children to reduce the incidence of tooth decay. It is also helpful in elderly people that are on medications or other treatments that cause a reduction in salivary secretions.
  • Fluoride Treatment

    Professionally applied fluoride treatments help to fortify and strengthen tooth enamel and ward off cavities. Because most bottled and RO treated water does not contain fluoride, your child may be deficient in this important essential mineral. These are quick and easy protective measures that can save your little ones from cavities.
  • Sports guard / Atheletic mouthguards

    Sports is an integral part of childhood and whether it be cricket, soccer, basketball or volleyball we strongly recommend custom fitted protective mouth guards for your family. Custom sports guard provide excellent protection from serious, permanent dental injuries that can necessitate prolonged, expensive dental treatment. As children grow and develop, their mouth and teeth change – in order to accommodate and facilitate this, we recommend that a new guard be made each year.
Periodontal / Gum disease treatment
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Gum disease is a serious and common problem. Don’t let gum disease go undetected or untreated – it can cause tooth and bone loss, heart disease, stroke and complicate diabetes, not to mention bad breath and unsightly gum tissue that can make you feel very self- conscious.
Periodontal disease is the inflammation of the soft tissues and the bone that houses your teeth. The same plaque and tartar that cause dental decay and cavities can cause gum disease when they form below and along the gum line. Gum disease is a silent disease as symptoms often don’t show up during the initial phases and therefore people, don’t realize they have it. The earliest warning signs are red, swollen, tender gums and bleeding when you brush your teeth.
Periodontal therapy for gum disease involves scaling and root planning. Following the administration of local anaesthesia, the pockets of infection that have formed around your teeth will be cleaned, flushing out bacteria, toxins, plaque and tartar. We will then smooth and plane the tooth root, so that the area below the gum line is less susceptible to re-infection. Subsequent to this treatment, we usually indicate follow-ups at frequent intervals (frequency is determined based on your tissue response) to facilitate the recovery and continued good health of your periodontal and gum tissues.
There are various phases of gum disease with gingivitis being the earliest and least severe form. If we can initiate your periodontal therapy during this phase, the procedure should be relatively simple and successful. The more advanced forms of gum disease may require surgical intervention.
Brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist for check- ups twice a year go a long way in preventing tooth decay. In the event that you do develop a cavity, we want to restore your teeth and your smile with durable dental fillings. Dental fillings are one of the most common dental procedures to stop and eliminate decay and prevent infection. At Family Smiles, we provide aesthetic tooth coloured composite fillings and silver amalgam fillings.
Root Canal Therapy
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There are many reasons a root canal therapy may be needed- the most common cause is dental decay. When tooth decay begins, it penetrates the outer layer of enamel and creates a cavity. If that process is not stopped, the decay will continue toward the nerve of the tooth. Once decay has penetrated the nerve or pulp chamber of the tooth it can cause infections and/or abscess , that can be terribly painful.
Trauma to the tooth can sometimes cause injury to the nerve- such injuries can be caused by an automobile accident, a blow to the mouth, sports related injury or when a tooth cracks or breaks spontaneously while eating.
When this situation presents itself, you are faced with the decision of saving the tooth with the help of root canal therapy versus extraction. No replacement is as good as your natural tooth , so every attempt should be made to save it.
Root canal therapy involves removing the diseased or dead pulp, cleaning and preparing the root canal system and filling it with a compatible material which will keep the canal intact and help preserve the function of the tooth. Typically, a permanent restoration (crown) is then prepared and applied to the tooth. Modern techniques have made this tooth saving procedure much more acceptable than in the past.
Pediatric / Children’s dentistry
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Children enjoy a special welcome at Family Smiles – we are committed to not only addressing a child’s dental needs but also on instilling, at an early age, a positive attitude towards dental hygiene and a mind-set towards wholesome dental habits to ensure a lifetime of robust dental health.
Along with the procedures outlined in "Preventive Dental Care", our practice provides a full range of children’s dental services including:
  • Children’s oral prophylaxis, sealants, fluoride treatments.
  • Sports guard / Athletic mouth guards.
  • Dental restorations / fillings.
  • Pulpotomy.
  • Stainless steel crowns.
  • Extractions.
  • Space maintainers.
Aesthetic Dentistry and Smile Makeovers
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Welcome to this new avenue that dentistry has to offer!
If you have ever felt that your smile could use a little extra lift or an added oomph, you are at the right place! Contemporary dentistry offers a vast array of smile makeover options and we look forward to discussing these with you. We will provide you with the information you are interested in so that you can understand what’s involved in aesthetic dentistry. We would love to help make your dream smile come true. Call us today to find out more about changing your smile.
Bleaching / Teeth Whitening
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Stains on teeth can be surface/ extrinsic stains or intrinsic stains. Stained teeth can be caused by drinking coffee, tea, cola drinks, and wine, consuming other stain producing foods such as blueberries, betel nuts or tobacco. These stains are called surface stains. Some medications such as tetracycline, minocycline etc. taken at the time of enamel formation can cause brownish grey bands on the enamel surface and these are called intrinsic staining.
Bleaching is often used to treat mild to moderate surface and intrinsic stains. This may be a good option for you if:
  • You have mild to moderate staining.
  • Are happy with the shape and proportion of your teeth but would like to improve on the colour
  • Prefer a more conservative and non-invasive approach.
Bleaching uses a strong oxidising agent to lighten the teeth and is a relatively conservative and often very effective way to brighten your smile. Please contact our office to find out more about bleaching and whether it would be the right option for you.
Bonding / tooth coloured composite restorations.
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In recent years, bonding has proved to be a very effective treatment for correcting chipped, discoloured or crooked teeth and for closing spaces and gaps between the teeth. This may be a preferred option if you:
  • Want immediate results.
  • Would like a less invasive option than veneers and crowns.
  • Would prefer a procedure that is reversible.
Composite resin (which comes in a wide range of shades that mimic tooth shades), is placed in layers on prepared and conditioned tooth enamel and hardened by exposing it to a high intensity light. Following this, the filling is shaped and polished such that it seamlessly blends with the tooth.
Porcelain Veneers.
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Porcelain veneers provide a more aesthetic and durable option than bonding. These may be a preferred option if you:
  • Desire the often superior aesthetics provided by veneers and welcome the added value obtained at an extra cost
  • Are comfortable with the required enamel reduction
This procedure requires a minimum of two office visits: the first visit involves tooth preparation following which an impression is taken and sent to the lab to custom make your veneer. The prepared tooth is then temporized. The second visit involves trying in the custom fabricated veneer and placing it in your mouth.
Crowns are indicated when:
  • Teeth are broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay.
  • There is a trauma related tooth fracture.
  • Teeth have had root canal therapy.
  • There has been application of very large fillings when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold and support a filling.
  • You look for an aesthetic solution that allows for a change in tooth shade and shape.
Crowns are "cemented" onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth's new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.
Unlike fillings which apply the restorative material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated away from your mouth. The tooth is prepared to facilitate the placement of a crown, following which an impression of your tooth is made. This impression is sent to the dental lab. Your crown is then sculpted just for you so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.
A bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite.
A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, and literally bridges the gap created by the missing teeth. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. A bridge restores both the aesthetic and functional aspects of teeth alignment
The success of any bridge depends on its foundation — the other teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached. Therefore, it's very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong.
It is extremely important to replace any missing tooth to restore the aesthetic and functional integrity of dental occlusion. Missing teeth that are not replaced can cause adjacent teeth to shift, which in turn causes your bite to shift and eventually leads to a collapsed (or a discordant) bite. "Unreplaced" missing teeth may even cause your face to sag and to look older. Dental implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth and, if properly maintained, can last a lifetime!
An implant is a new tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. It's composed of two main parts: One is the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root, and the second part is the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant.
In addition to tooth replacement, implants may be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. For patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth so that you have a more natural–looking smile.
Removable Dentures
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If some or all of your teeth have been lost or cannot be restored and require to be removed, it is imperative that you not allow too much time to elapse between tooth removal and tooth replacement. Tooth loss causes the bite to collapse. This in turn causes the face to collapse and the mouth begins to look sunk-in. Dentures can help you avoid all of these problems and give you a brand new smile.
There are two types of dentures: full and partial.
  • Full dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed.
    1. Conventional full dentures are placed after the gum tissue has healed, which can take several months.
    2. Immediate full dentures are placed immediately after the teeth have been removed and may require frequent adjustments during the first couple of months of use.
  • Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are considered a removable alternative to bridges.
If you are interested in learning more about removable dentures and would like to know if they would be the correct option for you, please feel free to contact our office. We will be happy to answer all your questions and guide you towards the best course of treatment for your continued dental care.
In keeping with our holistic and preventive philosophy, we, at Family Smiles strongly believe that, "No replacement is as good as your natural tooth, so every attempt should be made to save it". However, in the event that we cannot salvage the tooth, we will recommend extracting the tooth.