Regular dental cleanings support a healthy mouth and a healthy you! Regular professional cleanings with one of our Registered Dental Hygienists are important for maintaining the health of your gums and teeth. Their role is vital to your oral health as they help you maintain the health of your gums and bone – the foundation for your teeth. Our hygienists will also help instruct you on proper home care and are able to answer many questions you may have. You can read more about why cleanings are important here: Teeth Cleanings - Why Do I Need Them So Often?
Taking care of your child's mouth and teaching them to care for it themselves, is an important part of their overall health. From seeing your child at the age of one for their first check up, to teaching them how to brush and floss as they grow up, we treat kids of all ages. Your child's dental needs can vary from your own as baby teeth have different needs. We pride ourselves on trying to make your child's experience as easy for them as possible. From fissure sealants and cleanings to fillings, space maintainers and stainless steel crowns, we will help your child maintain a healthy mouth. Dr. Moreau (Isaacs) recommends that your child start seeing a dentist at age 1, and continue to have exams and cleanings every 6 months after that. By starting young, your child will get used to going to the dentist office and all of the different things that are done there. Teaching your children that their oral health is important will set them up for better dentist experiences as they get older. Check out a few of our blog posts for more information about dental health for children: How to Help Your Child have Better Dental Health Kids Club
Want to add some sparkle to your smile? Adding a diamond to your tooth is minimally invasive and an easy way to add some bling to your smile.
Want to straighten your teeth? Invisalign may be for you. Invisalign is a system that uses a series of clear aligners to gently move your teeth into their proper position. Straight teeth are not just for esthetics - they make it easier for you to keep your teeth clean, which reduces your risks of cavities and periodontal disease. They also align your teeth to ensure that the biting forces of your teeth are hitting your teeth properly to prevent your teeth from chipping or breaking.
Did you wake up with a toothache or break a tooth? Give us a call today and we will get you in as soon as we can to help you out. Not a patient of our office? Not a problem! We are always accepting new patients. Just need emergency services? We will do our best to get you out of pain as quick as possible. An exam and an x-ray will help our dentists diagnose your problem and come up with treatment options for you. Find out more here: What do you do when you have a dental emergency?
Are you in need of a tooth extraction? Wisdom teeth bothering you? Dr. Martin has experience taking out many teeth. Ask us if your's is something we can help with. Looking for information about how to care for your recent extraction? Check out our blog post here.
Inlays and onlays are a conservative option to protect teeth from breaking or to repair teeth that have decay. When a tooth is only partially broken down, or has a medium sized cavity, this may be a good option. Available in porcelain or gold. Onlays are recommended for you when you have a larger filling that puts your tooth at risk of breaking. By covering the weakened part of your tooth with either a gold or porcelain onlay, we are able to protect your tooth and decrease the chance that it will break on you. This procedure allows the dentist to preserve as much of your natural healthy tooth as possible, which will lengthen the lifespan of your onlay as well as the tooth itself.
Preventing dental diseases, like cavities and gum disease, is the best way to help you avoid problems with your teeth. Regular check ups and cleanings are part of preventative dentistry, but doing your part at home is very important. Our team will help teach you how to prevent cavities for you and your family at home. X-rays allow the dentists to diagnose cavities when they are smaller then they would be able to see in your mouth. This will allow you to be able to have the cavity fixed before it gets larger and starts to cause you pain. Brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once daily will help remove the plaque that forms on your teeth. Plaque is made up of many different bacteria, some that cause cavities and others that cause bad breath. By removing these bacteria daily, you can reduce your chances of getting cavities. Using products with fluoride, like toothpaste and mouthwash, will also help lower your cavity rate. Fluoride helps to strengthen your teeth which makes them less likely to get cavities. Fissure sealants help prevent cavities from forming on the deep grooves of some teeth. Check out our post about fissure sealants for more information.
Want a whiter, brighter smile? There are a few different options for whitening your teeth. Come see us to have a take-home kit made to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home. Only have one or two teeth that are darker then the rest? Maybe a whitening pen or internal bleaching will do the trick for you. Talk to Dr. Moreau (Isaacs) about your options and she will help you figure out what is best for you.
We have recently upgraded to digital x-rays. This allows us to see your x-ray instantly on our computers and for us to show you on the monitors, all with half of the radiation that traditional film x-rays needed! From intraoral radiographs looking at one tooth, to a panoramic x-ray looking at all of your teeth and jaw bones. Routine x-rays help our dentists diagnose diseases, from cavities and abscesses, to gum disease and cysts. Many of these problems can go undiagnosed without these x-rays until it is too late. These images help us to monitor the health of your mouth.
Your oral health is more then just your teeth and it affects your overall health. So when Drs. Moreau & Martin do your dental exam, we look at your whole mouth, not just your teeth. X-rays and other diagnostic tests will be performed when needed so that we can thoroughly assess your dental health and provide you with proper diagnoses and treatment options. Our dentists will examine the hard and soft tissues both inside of and outside of your mouth to properly assess your health. They will check your teeth for problems like cavities and cracks, but also check any of your existing dental work (fillings, crowns, etc.) to make sure they are still in good condition. A dental exam is also a great time to discuss any concerns or questions you may have with our dentists.
Our panoramic x-ray machine is digital and allows us to check the health and position of your teeth. It also allows the dentists to see the bones of your jaw to check for disease, monitor growth or locate wisdom teeth. Our dentists recommend that you have one taken every 5-7 years to monitor your overall oral health. We routinely take them once a child is about 8 years old to see if they are developing normally and if all of their adult teeth are developing. This allows us to intervene if necessary to help correct abnormalities. Panoramic x-rays are taken before orthodontic treatment (braces) is started to plan the course of treatment. We also take them before wisdom teeth are extracted to locate the wisdom teeth as well as the location of the nerves and sinuses to assess the risks of the procedure. Routinely taking a panoramic x-ray helps our dentists detect problems while they are hopefully small - from impacted wisdom teeth to missing adult teeth, from cysts growing in your jaw bone to oral cancers. These panoramic x-rays give the dentist and you a great overall view of your mouth. Check out our blog post about panoramic x-rays for more information.
Crowns are used to protect your teeth from breaking, restore them if they are broken or to change the appearance of a tooth. Our dentists will recommend a crown for you when they see a tooth that has a large filling in it. The large filling weakens your tooth and makes it more likely to break. In order to try to prevent it from breaking, a crown will be made to cover over the tooth. Many teeth that have had root canal treatment done also need crowns. The root canal procedure can weaken the tooth and make it more prone to breakage as well as reinfection. Putting a crown on a root canaled tooth can help protect it from fractures and reinfection. If your tooth has already broken, a crown is often the only way to fix your tooth and prevent it from breaking more. Crowns can also be used to reshape a misformed tooth, to change the colour of an unsightly tooth, to close an open space or to straighten a rotated tooth. Available in porcelain or gold. Ask Dr. Moreau or Dr. Martin which option would be better for you. For more information, check out our blog post about crowns: "My dentist said I need a crown. I must be special, right?"
Veneers are porcelain coverings that can change the shape and colour of your teeth. If you are looking to makeover your smile, veneers are a great way to accomplish that. Veneers can be used to cover over discoloured and misshapen teeth, giving them that ideal look. If your front teeth are slightly crooked, veneers can give the illusion of straight teeth. And if you have some spacing between your front teeth that you do not like, veneers can be used to close those spaces. Ask one of our dentists today about using veneers to improve your smile!
Do you or your children play sports? Did you know that a blow to the teeth could cause a tooth to break, or worse, be knocked out? A sports guard will help cushion the teeth from the blow and help protect your teeth from damage. The sports guard is custom made to fit around the teeth comfortably. Call our office today to have a sports guard made. Available in many colours.
Do you grind or clench your teeth? Have lots of crowns or veneers? A night guard helps protect your teeth from the wear and tear of grinding and helps protect your crowns and veneers from fractures. Many people clench and/or grind their teeth at night and don't even realize it. The constant pressure of your teeth grinding together all night long does a lot of damage to your teeth. Many people will see their front teeth getting shorter or wear spots forming in their back teeth. Often people who grind or clench wake up with headaches or sore jaw muscles. The forces you can create while grinding and clenching can even break your teeth. Once the wear has happened, there is no way to regrow the lost enamel. The best thing you can do is to address the problem early and protect yourself from further wear. A night guard will do just that for you. A night guard is a custom made appliance that you wear while you are sleeping. This helps to protect your teeth from wear because you will be grinding or clenching on the appliance instead of your teeth. The night guard also protects your teeth from breaking, especially if you have porcelain crowns, veneers or large fillings. If you think a night guard will help you, ask our dentists about it at your next appointment and they will be happy to discuss it with you.
Missing teeth? Come visit us to learn how we could replace that tooth!
BridgesBridges are a great way to replace a lost tooth. They can be made in porcelain or gold. Using an anchor tooth in front of and behind the missing tooth, they offer a non-removable option to replace teeth. Ask us if this would be a good option for you.
Partial DenturesPartial dentures are a good option to replace more than one tooth. If you have multiple missing teeth, this option allows you to replace them with a removable appliance that is comfortable and easy to use. Ask us if you would benefit from having one made.
DenturesDentures are the way to replace a full arch of missing teeth. We work with our wonderful lab technicians to make a realistic looking set of teeth for you to be comfortable with.
Implant CrownsMissing a tooth? We can help you find a specialist to have an implant placed. Once the implant is healed, we will make the crown to go on top of the implant. We work closely with the specialists to make sure that your missing tooth is replaced in the best possible manner.
Have a cavity or broke a tooth? Our white composite fillings repair your teeth in an aesthetic way. Our composite fillings come in a variety of shades to allow us to match the colour of your teeth.
Root canals are not as scary as they seem. If your tooth is infected, the infection inside of the tooth needs to be removed — that's what a root canal treatment is for! Teeth can become infected and die for a few different reasons. Most commonly, a large cavity is or was present in the tooth and the bacteria that caused that cavity infected the nerve of your tooth. Other times, a fracture or trauma to the tooth causes it to die and become infected. And sometimes, the nerve dies for no good reason at all. Either way, once the nerve inside of your tooth is infected or dead, you have two options: have a root canal done to save the tooth and get rid of the infection, or have the tooth pulled. Root canal treatments can be performed by our dentists or an endodontist (root canal specialist). Depending on the degree of difficulty and the reasons for the root canal being done, Dr. Moreau (Isaacs) and Dr. Martin will decide whether they can perform the root canal for you or if you would be better off seeing one of the wonderful specialists here in Kelowna. Once the root canal is finished, either by Dr. Moreau (Isaacs), Dr. Martin or the specialist, they may recommend you have a crown placed to protect your tooth from breaking and your root canal from being reinfected. Talk to one of our dentists to answer any of your root canal questions!