When you run your tongue across your teeth after you receive one of our thorough professional cleanings, you’ll absolutely love the way your teeth feel! Dr. John Tulloch’s office uses ultrasonic technology so your teeth will feel exceptionally smooth and super clean. We’ll also show you the most effective ways to brush and floss at home so you can maintain the best oral health and that smooth squeaky clean fresh-from-the-dentist feel between visits.
Have you ever wondered why we recommend you and your family see Dr. Tulloch for a professional check-up every 3 to 6 months? Because a lot can happen in the time between those checkups. Exactly what happens depends on your overall health and how attentive you are to taking great care of your oral health like brushing and flossing. Usually a check up (typically accompanied by a thorough professional cleaning) can reveal many dental problems while they are still small and relatively harmless.
A thorough checkup which may include digital x-rays, not only keeps cavities and gum disease in check, it may also find other oral, mouth and tongue diseases in their early stages. Prevention and early detection can protect your health and save you real money in potential future treatments when the problem is caught early.
Contact sports offer the possibility of significant risk and injury to the mouth and teeth, depending on the sport. Often adults and children alike, resist wearing off-the-shelf mouthguards for protection due to the bulk and discomfort. Some people have difficulty breathing through the bulkier store bought mouthguards as well.
Dr. Tulloch recommends custom sports mouthguards because they are made to fit your own individual and unique mouth. A custom fit mouthguard offers a cushioning wall to protect the teeth from chipping, fracture and loss and can protect the gums, lips and inner cheeks if the person has braces. Most often the custom mouth guard is recommended for the upper teeth only, but sometimes, especially if there are lower braces, the bottom teeth should be protected by a guard as well. A custom mouthguard allows for easier mouth-breathing, is lower profile and much less bulky than the generic store bought guards.
Anti- Grinding Night-Guards (Occlusal or Bruxism Guards)
Many people grind and clench their jaw in their sleep and are completely unaware of the damage it’s causing to their teeth. More often than not, it’s your Richmond Hill dentist, Dr. Tulloch, who is the first to notice the tell-tale wear patterns on your teeth caused by clenching and grinding.
Stress and anxiety can be two of the biggest causes of grinding and clenching. Prolonged grinding can cause headaches, neck pain and often, permanent damage and wearing away of the teeth. It’s much more common than people think and can be expensive to repair. That is why when we make you a custom anti-grinding mouth guard, it can slow or stop this process, avoiding you expensive dental repairs.
After a great professional cleaning, many of our patients like to have tooth whitening with our take home custom tooth whitening tray systems. A whiter, brighter smile will always boost confidence: you’ll look younger and healthier, you’ll feel fantastic and you’ll make even better first impressions. After we make a mold or impression of your teeth, you’ll have the perfect custom-fit whitening tray, and the convenience of at-home whitening treatments while still under the supervision of Dr. Tulloch.
We use only the safest, highest quality whitening agents to restore your smile to a healthier shade while avoiding over-whitening. Over-whitening can give teeth a very unnatural look. The main drawbacks of the drug store over-the-counter treatments are their strength and the improper fit of the generic trays and strips, which can produce uneven, non-uniform colouration and inconsistent results. Your teeth have many contours and angles and sometimes crowns and other dental work which may not colour match when using improper fitting trays. Some whitening toothpastes use abrasive ingredients that wear away enamel and can damage the tooth structure. This is why dentist-supervised custom whitening trays give the most satisfying, longest lasting results.
Veneers are thin ceramic or porcelain shells that are bonded over the front of existing teeth and have the look and feel of natural teeth. They’re durable, stain resistant and can last decades depending, of course, on how well you take care of your overall dental health. They cover up chipped, misaligned, or discolored teeth. They can also “hide” gaps, heavily stained or discoloured and worn down teeth. Veneers can be a fantastic way to restore a beautiful smile.
Dental veneers are typically more conservative than crowns or tooth replacement because they only cover the visible portion of the tooth. Ask Dr. Tulloch for the full range and types of veneers that best suit your needs
Cavities, Tooth Decay & Fillings
Cavities – also called tooth decay or dental caries – are often painless until they get big and bad enough to cause sensitivity, pain when biting or even a full-on toothache. A poor sugary diet, sugared soft drinks, insufficient brushing and flossing and not having regularly scheduled dental preventative visits can all contribute to cavities.
Tooth decay causing bacteria (Strep mutans) feeds off sugars and other food particles causing acid to demineralize and then breakdown the enamel and other tooth structures. This tooth-damaging bacteria can grow quicker if unchecked in certain conditions like diabetes, suppressed immune system diseases, dry mouth (from diabetes and medications) and other disease processes. The molars are the most prone to cavities because they are harder to reach for brushing and flossing and their surface area has lots of deep grooves are excellent hiding places for bacteria.
To repair the tooth, the damaged areas need to be removed and a filling material – most often tooth coloured composite material – seals and protects the tooth. See Dr. Tulloch, your Richmond Hill dentist for regular check ups and preventive measures to reduce your risk of tooth decay.
Root canals are usually needed when tooth decay has reached the deeper levels of a tooth. In order to explain what a root canal is, it’s easier to first understand the anatomy of the tooth. Teeth are made of three layers: the outer enamel, the inner dentin and the deepest layer, the pulp. In the past, if a cavity was deep enough to affect (and infect) the pulp, there was no other choice but to remove the whole tooth. This came with potential problems such as excessive bleeding, infection, broken bits of the tooth and even changes in the surrounding bone structure itself if enough teeth are removed. It is always better to save a natural tooth if possible.
A root canal replaces infected pulp deep in the tooth with an inert material to help keep bacteria from getting back in and to keep the structure of the tooth sound. If the infection is not removed it could lead to severe complications like chronic infection or infection of surrounding bone. Once the infected material is removed from the inner tooth and root canals and the area is disinfected and filled with inert material, it is then either filled on top with composite material or a crown if the tooth structure needs more strength.
Gingivitis & Bleeding Gums
Red, swollen and irritated bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis or gum disease. It can be made worse by pregnancy, smoking, diabetes, some medications and certain diseases. It is Dr. Tulloch’s job to determine the cause of the bleeding gums, find any other aggravating factors making it worse and to reverse it if possible.
If gum disease is the cause of the bleeding, a deep cleaning effectively removes tartar and plaque build up underneath the gum tissue. The procedure is typically completed in several appointments depending on the severity and works very well in removing the cause of the problem. More frequent cleanings may also be necessary and sometimes gum surgery is warranted if the problem is longstanding and severe. Proper brushing with soft or super-soft bristle toothbrushes only, together with proper gentle flossing one to two times daily helps prevent its reoccurrence.
Crowns And Bridges
Dental crowns are special lab-made caps placed over a tooth to restore its normal size, shape, looks and function. Bridges are a combination of two or more crowns that act to anchor to false teeth in between them. They “bridge the gap” caused by one or more missing teeth. By getting crowns or bridges or a combination of these restorations, a patient not only gets back the functional quality of their teeth, but they also help maintain better oral health.
Crowns and bridges are some of the most common procedures performed at Dr. Tulloch’s office. Some of the benefits of crowns and bridges are: to maintain the structure and shape of your face, to realign existing teeth, the better anchor and support remaining teeth, to restore the proper distribution of the biting force of the mouth and to rebuild and reshape the aesthetics of your smile.
Great dentures have the look and feel of natural teeth. They help restore your bite, they help maintain the natural shape of the face and the jawline and they fit properly and feel comfortable. Dentures are a great option for those who have lost a few or all of their teeth due to gum disease, tooth decay or injury.
When a partial denture is used to replace one or a few teeth, or a full denture is used to replace all of the teeth, it may be transitional (or temporary) until the gums and surrounding tissues heal. This ensures that as the shape of the gums change while they shrink and heal, you still have the ability to bite and chew until a permanent denture can be fitted. To keep you chewing effectively and smiling brightly, Dr. Tulloch repairs, adjusts or replaces the denture as they wear over time.
Call us now at 905-884-0652 to schedule your appointment or email us if you have any questions. Because we’re glad to help!