A dental filling, also commonly referred to as a restoration, is special materials designed to fill and restore damaged teeth that were caused by tooth decay. Fillings allow the tooth to function normally and go undetected as the shade is closely matched to the natural tooth. The materials used are durable and can last several years with proper oral hygiene.
A cavity, also referred to as tooth decay or dental caries, begins with permanent softening of the enamel or a break in the enamel. Interestingly enough, tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body and is the protective layer of the tooth, however, tooth enamel is also very susceptible to degeneration which leads to cavities. Unfortunately, once damaged, tooth enamel cannot be regenerated, thus requiring a restoration/filling. Cavities can be caused by a number of reasons, to name a few, dry mouth, certain foods and drinks, bed time infant feeding, frequent snacking, inadequate brushing and flossing, and many more. Cavities can go undetected in its early stages which is why it is important to maintain regular checkups with your dentist to detect them before they progress.
X-rays help your dentist identify any potential problems that the naked eye normally cannot detect. X-rays are an important aspect of your dental health that can detect cavities, bone loss, infections, tooth impactions, and more. The frequency of x-rays are determined by each individuals oral hygiene. Your dentist is the only person that can determine and prescribe the frequency of x-rays. The Home of Dentistry uses a digital x-ray system that delivers very low levels of radiation to capture the images of the teeth. We strictly follow the ALARA principle (As Low As Reasonably Achievable), and all x-ray units are also monitored and tested annually to ensure compliance with the Ministry of Health X-ray Inspection Service.
Many children, and even adults, fear going to the dentist and avoid it all together., this fear commonly stems from a previous bad experience whether in childhood or adulthood. Luckily, modern dentistry has many advances which ensures optimal patient comfort and can reduce high levels of anxiety. If you happen to suffer from a fear of dentists, we recommend dropping by the office, having a look around, and getting yourself familiar and comfortable with the environment. At the Home of Dentistry, we have a highly skilled team to handle all patient concerns. Our main priority is to ensure the patient feels safe and comfortable at all times. We also offer sedatives (Nitrous Oxide/Laughing Gas) for patients who suffer from extreme anxiety. Speak to our dental team about your concerns, we promise to help you through them!
Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding or clenching is common and can be painful and damaging to your teeth and many people may not even be aware of their own grinding. Some signs that you may experience if you are a teeth grinder are waking up with dull headaches, jaw soreness, face pain, and fatigue since it can disrupt sleep. In some cases, it’s the bedroom partner who hears the grinding. When grinding occurs regularly over time and is not cared for it can cause broken teeth, loss of tooth enamel, and in severe cases, loss of teeth. Luckily, a night guard - which a protective oral device custom made to fit each patient to prevent further damage to the enamel, gum tissue, and bone caused by grinding. Talk to your dentist if you suspect you may be grinding your teeth.
All instruments used in a patient’s mouth have gone through a strict sterilization process regulated under Provincial Law by The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario - RCDSO. The sterilization process kills all microorganisms and spores. Autoclaving is the most common method for sterilizing instruments, this method involves the instruments undergoing saturated steam at a high pressure to remove all microorganisms and bacteria. Under very strict guidelines, the Home of Dentistry ensures optimal patient safety by maintaining a safe and hygienic work environment at all times. Our main priority is our patients health and safety and we will take each and every precautionary measure to ensure optimal level of care for each individual.
Contrary to popular belief, the myth that dental cleanings wear away enamel is false. Dental cleanings remove harmful plaque and tartar build-up that promote gingivitis, tooth decay, bone loss, gum recession, and many other oral conditions if not removed. Your hygienist is the most qualified provider that can perform the cleaning and will do so only to benefit you as the patient without causing harm or discomfort. Regular dental cleanings are an important component in maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle.
Ideally, brushing and flossing should be done after every meal by the recommendation of the Canadian Dental Association (CDA). Thorough brushing removes harmful plaque and bacteria that can cause gingivitis and tooth decay if not removed, flossing on the other hand removes plaque and bacteria that your toothbrush couldn't reach otherwise. Plaque build-up is the leading cause of gum disease and cause lead to other serious oral conditions if not removed daily. If you find yourself not having the time to brush and floss after every meal, it is strongly recommended to brush and floss every morning and night.
Halitosis, also known as bad breath, is one of the most common concerns in patients. Bad breath is caused by many factors like diet, health conditions, poor oral hygiene, smoking, dry mouth, medications, infections and many more factors. Bad breath can generally be improved and eliminated by maintaining regular cleanings, brushing and flossing regularly, and using an antibacterial mouth rinse. If the issue persists after these implementations and changes, there may be an underlying issue and it's time to see your dentist to determine to cause.
Although brushing and flossing are excellent ways of preventing oral conditions like gingivitis and cavities, many patients due several reasons are more susceptible to cavities. Some factors to take into consideration are diet, dry mouth, genetics, crowding of teeth, root exposure, and more. By visiting your dentist regularly, brushing and flossing regularly, reducing and avoiding known cavity causing food and drinks, you can lower your chances of getting a cavity. Talk to your dentist to determine the cause and work together towards a treatment plan to ensure optimal oral hygiene.
Cleanings are generally prescribed based on each individuals oral condition. For an individual with ideal oral hygiene, a visit to the dentist every 6 months is adequate, whereas a patient with gingivitis or more advanced oral conditions may be advised to be seen every 3-4 months. It's important to maintain a regular schedule that's been recommended by your dentist or hygienist because each visit consists of oral cancer screenings, detecting cavities, identifying gum disease at an early stage before it progresses, and more. A full evaluation with your dentist and hygienist is the best way to determine what cleaning schedule is best for you based on your oral health.
Teeth whitening, when performed safely under the care of a professional, is a safe and effective method to get a bright smile. Side effects of any whitening system - whether in office professional whitening or store bought - can cause sensitivity. In advanced dentistry, teeth whitening solutions are made to be as comfortable and effective as possible for the patient. Aside from sensitivity and mild tissue irritation, there is little evidence to prove whitening is harmful otherwise. It's best to discuss with your dentist or hygienist to determine whether teeth whitening is a good option for you.
Bleeding gums can be caused by several factors. The most common causes of bleeding gums are: gingivitis, lack of brushing and flossing, brushing too hard, certain medications, pregnancy, diabetes, and gum inflammation. By brushing and flossing regularly and getting regular cleanings, bleeding gums can be reversed over time. Your dentist and hygienist are the most qualified providers that can determine the frequency of your cleanings as well as determining a routine that can help you eliminate the bleeding. Speak to your doctor/provider for a personalized treatment plan to ensure healthy gums.
Yes! Our 0% interest payment plans allow our valued patients to achieve the smile you've always wanted. Whether its orthodontics, implants, or cosmetic work, our treatment co-ordinator is more than happy to determine a custom payment plan that work s for you.
The Home of Dentistry is always happy to add new patients to our dental family! We know it's a stressful process trying to find a new dentist and we can assure you that your experience with us will always be a pleasant one! We offer evening and weekend appointments to accommodate your busy schedule. Call us to book your first visit (905) 785-8444.
Dr. Harjinder Girn prides himself in being the only doctor at the Home of Dentistry. Backed by a skilled team of hygienists, assistants, and administrative staff, we promise your experience will be a pleasant one each and every time. Dr. Girn's skills and experience will ensure all your needs are met, whether you need just a cleaning, a filling, orthodontics, implants, cosmetic treatment, and so much more, we've got you covered!
We understand how important your oral hygiene is and how difficult choosing a dental provider is, which is why we offer complimentary consultations to answer any questions or concerns you may have about any dental treatment. Whether you have a specific concern or general questions you need to address, a consultation is the best place to start.
We are committed to making your dental visits as convenient and pleasant as possible, which means yes! We are pleased to offer direct billing. Your job is to provide us with accurate insurance information and we submit all claims on your behalf. Please be sure to inform the administrative staff if there have been any changes in your insurance to avoid any charges.