Tache Dental Centre offers a full range of treatments to cover all aspects of family dentistry and patients of all ages. Whether you have a child whose first tooth is coming in or you are afraid you may have periodontal disease, come to a dental clinic that has been helping patients for 40 years. Tache Dental Centre offers complete general and family dentistry in Winnipeg to help relieve tooth pain and prevent future dental issues.
Cosmetic Dentistry Services
Cosmetic dentistry is designed to help you feel more confident in your smile. Our dentists are experienced in many cosmetic dental procedures, such as teeth veneers and partial dentures, which help improve the look and feel of your teeth.
Our General and Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
No matter what your age, getting regular dental check-ups can not only save your teeth but also save you money in the long run by helping you to maintain a healthy mouth. Check-ups include X-rays and preventative dental care procedures such as:
Prophylaxis (preventive action against disease)
- Periodontal hygiene maintenance cleanings (with periodontal pocket measurements and fluoride application)
A number of systemic (“throughout the body”) diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, have been shown to be co-related to poor oral and dental health, so maintaining a comprehensive routine of professional dental care could help to prevent the occurrence of much more catastrophic illnesses in your life. Other preventative measures we offer include:
Oral Cancer Screening (similar to a regular skin check-up)
Any type of cancer can have far-reaching and long-lasting effects. A thorough look around the mouth for suspicious looking tissue(s), including around and under the tongue, the palate, and the vestibules of the cheeks and lips, is a very important part of your dental exam. In the event that something suspicious is found, a gentle brush biopsy can be taken and sent to a laboratory for analysis. Catching and treating cancer early is always the best strategy.
Your gum health will be evaluated during every hygiene appointment. Gum disease is best treated when it is caught early, so we check your periodontal health carefully.
Pain serves as the body’s warning system; when you experience tooth pain, it is a good idea to consult a reputable dental centre such as Tache Dental Centre. If left untreated, tooth pain can lead to a more severe condition.
Tooth pain may be caused by a chipped filling. During your check-up, your dentist will check your tooth fillings and may suggest replacement of any loose, broken or cracked teeth. Your dentist also looks for signs of decay, such as brown or black spots, and may require X-rays to make a complete diagnosis.
If you have a cavity, your dentist may choose to keep an eye on it (if it’s small) or fill it right away. If a large cavity is left untreated, it can get bigger and cause pain. The tooth may even have to be removed and replaced with a false (artificial) tooth.
If a cavity is present and a filling is suggested, there are generally two kinds of fillings available:
While dental amalgam is the most common type of filling used in Canada today, other filling materials, such as gold and silver are also available. The dentist can help you choose a material that is right for your specific oral health needs.
Composite fillings and fillings made out of glass ionomer materials and are the same colour as your natural teeth. These fillings are often a good option for children since their teeth are still changing. Also, they can discharge fluoride, which can help in preventing tooth decay.
Dental implants are used to replace missing roots and provide support for replacement teeth, which may be affixed to the implant(s). Or you may be able to take them out yourself.
Tooth bonding is a quick and painless way to repair chips in your teeth. Tooth bonding uses a white plastic paste, called composite resin – a plastic that is semi-liquid at first, becoming hard and durable when cured with light.
Root Planing and Scaling
Root planing and scaling is a non-surgical procedure that removes plaque and dental calculus from the mouth. These substances adhere to the teeth as sticky or hardened residues and are the result of bacterial colonies located under the gums. If the plaque and bacteria are not removed frequently, they can produce acids which promote tooth decay and gingivitis.
Root planing and scaling is the most effective way to treat gum disease before it becomes severe and chronic. It is also usually the first step in treating more advanced periodontal disease. It is an important part of your oral health, cleaning between the gums and the teeth down to the roots.
Some dentists and dental hygienists will use an ultrasonic tool for the planing and scaling. This tool is not as uncomfortable as a standard scraping tool, but not all cleanings require this type of tool.
Your dentist may place antibiotic fibres into the pockets between your teeth and gums. The antibiotic will help speed healing and prevent infection. The dentist will remove the fibres about one week after the procedure.
Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges are fashioned in a dental laboratory using an impression of your teeth that has been made by your dentist. This impression allows a lab technician to examine all the characteristics of your bite and jaw activities.
Ceramic dental crowns enclose the outside portion of a damaged tooth completely, providing protection against further damage and improving the cosmetic appearance, alignment or shape of the tooth. A crown can also be positioned on top of an implant in order to provide a tooth-like shape for functioning.
Unlike dentures, crowns and bridges are cemented prosthetic devices. They are fixed onto existing teeth or implants and can only be detached by a dentist. Bridges are usually used for replacing one or more missing teeth by spanning the space where there are no teeth. They can be affixed to implants, or to the natural teeth surrounding the empty space. While crowns and bridges are for a lifetime, they do sometimes get loose or fall out.
Teeth veneers are thin, made-to-order shells composed of tooth-coloured materials that are designed to wrap up the front side of teeth. Teeth veneers are crafted by a dental technician, normally in a dental lab, according to the model provided by your dentist.
Root Canal Treatment
The primary endodontic procedure is a root canal. Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp chamber of your tooth becomes infected or impacted by decay. This can happen even with a thorough at-home oral hygiene routine.
Fixed Partial Dentures
Dentures offer an alternative for missing teeth that can be readjusted if taken out from your mouth. While dentures may not feel exactly the same as one’s natural teeth and might take some time to get used to, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.
There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Your dentist will help you choose the type of denture that’s best for you, based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.
Removable partial dentures generally consist of substitute teeth that are affixed to a gum-coloured plastic base, which is held in place in the mouth by a metal frame.
The plate may be a combination of metal and plastic or fashioned entirely of plastic. Both types may have clips that help to keep the denture in its place. Some of these clips may be visible while smiling or talking, if they are at the front side of the mouth.
Besides filling in the spaces formed by missing teeth, partial dentures keep other teeth from shifting position. Partial dentures are removable and have internal attachments.
Athletic Mouth Guards
According to the Canadian Dental Association, athletic mouth guards prevent over 200,000 injuries every year. Particularly in contact sports, athletic mouth guards can protect teeth from being knocked loose or knocked out.
By distributing the force of a blow equally throughout the entire mouth, athletic mouth guards can prevent painful injuries and save your family thousands of dollars in unnecessary dental work.
Athletically-minded people in and around Winnipeg may purchase a “one-size-fits-all” mouth guard from a sporting goods store. This is a common and convenient choice for many, especially parents whose children are involved in sports. However, custom-fitted, professionally made mouth guards are superior for several reasons:
Material used in custom mouth guards is stronger
More comfortable to wear
Will not interrupt breathing or speech
Matched specifically to your teeth and offer substantially more support against impact
Custom athletic mouth guards offered at our office are made from exact models of your teeth. This allows us to ensure that every tooth is properly protected and that the jaw and gums are supported. This level of protection is simply not available from store-bought varieties of mouth guards.
The teeth whitening process entails bleaching the teeth in order to lighten their tone. Teeth whitening can’t turn your teeth colour to brilliant white, but it does lighten the present colour by several shades. Teeth whitening won’t work on crowns, dentures, veneers or fillings.