If you want a whiter more brighter smile but have stained teeth caused by everything from tea and coffee to soft drinks and tobacco, you’ll be happy to know that our office can help. Our practice offers a variety of professional-grade teeth whitening solutions, including customizable teeth whitening kits you can do in the convenience of your own home. If your teeth are looking dull, or you’re ready to rid yourself of the stains that have made you feel self conscious or embarassed for too long, contact us today for a consultation.
Dr. Pamela Wigle Dentistry located in the heart of downtown London, practices general, family & cosmetic dentistry. Family Dentistry provides careful planning for teeth replacement options that may include complete dentures or partial dentures. In times of complex cases, collaboration with denturists and prosthodontic specialists may be the recommended or ideal treatment route. This is determined on an individual basis meeting the specific needs of the patient and their circumstances.
An excellent alternative to crowns, porcelain veneers can perfect your smile by masking stains, hiding chips, correcting misalignment, and creating uniformity. Veneers, which are made of thin, customized material, are disigned to slide over the teeth, look incrediably natural, are long-lasting and are relatively easy to apply.
Crowns are used for both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Crowns can help enhance the visual appearance of discoloured, chipped or otherwise traumatized teeth. They are also used to rebuild teeth that have suffered decay, breaks, root canals, or other issues that have caused them to lose strength.
A crown is a type of dental restoration intended to cover the entire tooth from the gums up. Cemented onto your natural tooth, which acts as a core, a crown effectively serves as your tooth’s new surface because it completely covers your natural tooth.
Crowns can be fabricated from a variety of materials including ceramic, porcelain, gold alloy or even a combination of both. Dr. Pamela Wigle can provide you with additional information on your crown options, including which type of material would work best for your crown.
Bridges are named for the way they “bridge” the gaps between teeth lost to trauma or decay. Bridges can replace missing teeth by placing artifical teeth where your natural teeth are missing, restoring your smile’s health and aesthetics. The tooth on either side of the space is prepped to support an abutment crown (bridge anchor) and the missing tooth is replaced with a tooth pontic (attached to both anchors). Crown and Bridge procedures requires two appointments, one for preparation and temporization and a second for cementation. Bridges are fabricated out of the same materials as the above mentioned crowns, including ceramic, gold alloys, or a combination of both.
Each of our teeth contains a long thin canal of dental pulp – which provides the tooth with nutirents and nerves – that extends down to the tooth’s root tip. If the pulp becomes infected or injured, the tooth’s nerves and blood supply die and, often, without endodontic treatment, the tooth will require extraction. Root canals are designed to save such damaged teeth. It is standard recommendation in posterior teeth that following root canal therapy that the tooth be prepared for full cuspal crown coverage. In many cases the tooth’s root anatomy can be very complex and the need for a referral to an endodontic specialist may be necessary and strongly recommended for treatment success.
Dr. Pamela Wigle Family Dentistry provides comprehensive mercury free and silver-free dentistry. Restorative dentistry seeks to repair or replace damaged or carious natural teeth in order to return your mouth to full functional and aesthetic balance. The restorative work can range from simple fillings and crowns to more complex root canal therapy and tooth replacement implants. No matter what stage of restorative care your teeth require, we can offer solutions through comprehensive treatment plans with dr. pamela wigle and/or a select group of local specialists in the London area.
Composite Tooth Restorations
If the thought of unsightly metal fillings leaves you less than thrilled, you’ll be happy to know that dental science has made many advances since metal fillings were invented. If you need a cavity filled dr. pamela wigle Family Dentistry can use strong composite resin that looks much more natural and is much less noticeable than a metal filling. Composite restorations provides the peace of mind concerning the mercury found in restorations. When choosing to remove a silver restoration the use of rubber dam isolation is ideal to establish isolation and remove the silver with little to no ingestion of fine debris.
Gum disease doesn’t spring up overnight, it progresses slowly and chronically, in many cases, you may not even realize you have it. Left untreated gum disease can lead to larger issues, including tooth loss. Should your dental visit indicate the presence of gum diseae, our office will develop an appropriate treatment plan depending on the disease’s severity. Our office may recommend more comprehensive therapies that move beyond the surface of the teeth and below the gum line. Curettage or root-planing may be suggested with specific medications administered at the disease site.
Curettage is the procedure where diseased soft tissue is removed from around the tooth. Removing diseased tissue allows proper healing to occur by removing a source of chronic infection.
Root-planing involves removing and smoothing microscopic amounts of the tooth’s root surface. Once complete you are left with a clean, bacteria reduced surface that promotes optimal healing of the soft tissue surronding it.
Often currettage and root planing are done at the same time by our skilled hygienist. Local anaesthetic is often suggested and used as a way to minimize discomfort. Over your next several visits, we will assess the current state of gum disease and determine if additional steps are necessary. We may recommend a consultation with a periodontist who specializes in gum disease-related surgery.
Twice-daily brushings and regular flossing are excellent for maintenance between office visits, but a healthy mouth and beautiful smile require routine general and preventive care. Our practice offers general care that includes regular oral examinations and cleanings. Our preventive hygiene services include updated medical history, oral cancer screening, periodontal (gum disease) treatments, evaluation of gingival health and bone levels, fluoride application if applicable, oral hygiene instruction and much more. All designed to keep your teeth and gums healthy and disease-free. Contact our office to schedule an exam and professional cleaning or consultation.
Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry focused on the diagnosis and treatment of dental and associated facial irregularities. The results of orthodontic treatment can be dramatic beautiful smiles, improved dental health and an enhanced quality of life for many people of all ages. Orthodontic problems, which can result from genetic and environmental factors, must be diagnosed before treatment begins. Pamela Wigle Family Dentistry works with orthodontic specialists in the community to provide the specialist care required for desired orthodontic results. Proper diagnosis involves taking photographs, x-rays, and dental impressions, which enable your orthodontist to make informative decisions about the form of treatment necessary.
Treatment typically lasts from 6 to 30 months, depending on age and the severity of the orthodontic problem. Guidelines established by both the Canadian and American Associations of Orthodontists recommend that an orthodontic evaluation take place at age 7 for all children. This early evaluation can help to determine the best time to begin any necessary treatment.
Many progressive treatments are now available for patients 7 to 11 years of age that provide significant benefits, especially when jaw irregularities are present. These treatments may also prevent certain conditions from worsening. Treating children with these types of problems during their growth stages allows your orthodontist to achieve results that may not be possible when face and jaw bones have fully developed. This early treatment can simplify or eliminate additional treatment for the child.
In the most extreme or necessary cases, teeth are recommended for extraction. Teeth are extracted for a number of different reasons but always as a last resort when restoration or a good long term prognosis can’t be provided. For instance, teeth may be extracted because the tooth has fractured and is unrestorable, the roots are damaged beyond repair, gum and bone structure surronding the tooth is periodontally hopeless, acute or chronic abscess where root canal therapy is not a viable treatment option. At our office it is always our goal to keep patient’s teeth healthy and functioning, but at times of loss we can discuss replacement of missing teeth with implants, bridges or dentures.