Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry Services

Here at Polar Dental, we are committed to creating beautiful radiant smiles to last a lifetime. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you which depending on your smile, may make you feel self conscious or uncomfortable at times. If you find yourself covering your smile when you laugh, avoiding smiling in public or showing your teeth in pictures, or even if your simply feel a little nervous when meeting someone new, then we can help!

Our highly trained professionals are dedicated to providing nothing but the best in cosmetic dentistry, ensuring you a solution to almost any condition that may make you feel self conscious about your appearance.

Your Toronto dentist is equipped with the tools and expertise to transform your smile. There are many procedures available such as porcelain veneers, bonding and Zoom teeth whitening that can change your smile is just a few comfortable visits! Our Polar Dental professionals can even change old metal fillings for tooth colored restorations for a more esthetic appearance.

What if I Want a Brighter Whiter Smile?

The most dramatic solution in the shortest amount of time is our Zoom Whitening system which targets even the deepest set stains with a highly concentrated safe bleaching solution which is applied to the teeth under a special laser light used to activate the gel for maximum absorption. With Zoom Whitening, patients can whiten up to 1 shades in just one hour. Porcelain veneers, bonding and dental crowns can also make treated teeth appear whiter.

How Can I Restore a Chipped Tooth?

Teeth that are chipped or cracked can be easily restored with a bonding procedure, a dental crown or a porcelain veneer. First, your Toronto dentist will examine the extent of the damage in order to best recommend the treatment option that will provide the most natural results. Contact Polar Dental for your cosmetic consultation today!

How Do I Achieve that Perfect Hollywood Smile?

Polar Dental is proud to provide Smile Makeovers, a treatment plan specifically designed to your individual needs ensuring you the smile of your dreams! With the latest techniques and affordable financing options your perfect smile has never been more accessible! Choose from a variety of Cosmetic Dentistry treatments to create a smile that best compliments your individual features. During your personalized consultation, our dentists will provide with the a suggested list of recommendations comprised of a combination of procedures custom designed to produce the most radiant smile possible.

Are Your Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures Affordable?

Here at Polar Dental, we believe that everyone desires the smile of their dreams. Smiling is an important part of our daily lives. One smile can create a ripple effect into a thousand smiles from one person to another and so it is important that your smile be a memorable one. We offer flexible payment options and financing to fit comfortably into your budget. Contact your Toronto dentist today for more information.

Temporomandibular Disorder (TMJ) Treatment

TMJ / TMD Temporomandibular Disorder Treatment

TMJ is in fact a series of several disorders that directly affect the jaw joints and muscles ability to chew properly. The pain may vary from minor discomfort in the form of slight clicking to popping sensations when the mouth is open or closed. Some patients experience chronic pain extending into the face, neck and shoulders. However, the discomfort resulting from TMJ is usually occasional and not permanent, sometimes occurring in a series of cycles. Generally the pain goes away with little to no treatment. As of yet, no one knows for sure how many patients have TMJ, the disorders seem to affect more women than men.

TMJ Causes:

All the exact causes for TMJ are not yet known, here we have provided a list of believed causes that contribute to the disorder:

  • Head trauma
  • Head or neck injuries
  • Lost teeth and arthritis within the jaw joint
  • Misaligned or unstable bites that prevent the muscles from functioning properly
  • Jaw muscles that cannot properly function resulting in spasms
  • Mental or physical stress can increase the symptoms of discomfort associated with TMJ
  • Grinding or clenching the teeth can tire the jaw muscles leading to pain and discomfort
  • Frequent Headaches

Symptoms of TMJ:

  • Tenderness in the jaw muscles
  • Popping or clicking noises while opening or closing the mouth
  • Facial or jaw pain
  • Pain or difficulty opening the mouth
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Frequent headaches
  • Jaw sticking or locking up
  • Pain in our around the ear

Diagnosing TMJ:

Your Polar Dental professional will use a series of X-rays of your teeth and jaw to help determine whether or not the discomfort you may be experiencing is in fact the result of a dental problem. If so, treatment is available to improve the alignment of your bite which may include the application of dental crowns or the reformation of tooth surfaces. If your problem is is not dental in nature, your Toronto Dentist may refer you to an orthodontist, oral surgeon, medical doctor, physical therapist or mental health professional. Other types of pain have been known to mimic the symptoms of TMJ and so a complete dental and medical examination is important in achieving an accurate diagnosis.

TMJ Treatment:

Early detection is crucial in the process of eliminating the discomfort caused by TMJ. Here a Polar Dental, we are sure to keep up with the latest research and techniques to effectively alleviate TMJ symptoms. There are several options of treatment available. Your Toronto Dentist will sit down and discuss with you which options are best suited to your individual needs. For example, patients who exhibit teeth grinding can be provided with a custom- made guard to separate the upper and lower teeth for either daytime wear or while you sleep. In rare cases, surgery may be used to correct a TMJ disorder. However, surgery is generally the last option of treatment after all other forms have failed to prove successful.

Some short term solutions may include the following:

  • Prescription and nonprescription medication
  • Ice packs or heat packs to help ease the symptoms
  • Switching to a softer diet
  • Avoiding consuming ice and chewing gum
  • Cutting food into smaller pieces to help alleviate stress on the jaw
  • Muscle stretching relaxation exercises

Dental Care for Infants and Children

Dental Care for Infants and Children

It is important to care for your child oral health even before the development of teeth. After each feeding, gently wipe the infant's gums with a damp cloth of gauze. This will help to remove plaque.

Your baby's first visit to Polar Dental will allow your dentist to monitor and evaluate the development of the facial bone and teeth and to identify hidden signs of possible decay.

Your Toronto dentist will also discuss with you tips on how you can best care for your child's developing smile. The first tooth should emerge somewhere between six to twelve months. When this happens, you may gently begin brushing the tooth with an appropriate sized soft bristled brush and a pea sized amount of children's toothpaste. Encourage your children to brush their teeth independently once their have acquired the coordination to do so.

Avoid the Following:

  • Too much sugar in diet
  • Putting your baby to bed with a bottle containing milk or other sweet liquids. (This will cause the sugar content to pool within the baby's mouth resulting in tooth decay.) If a bottle at bedtime is a must, fill it with water (preferably distilled). 
  • Thumb sucking and pacifiers: These can cause abnormalities in the tooth and palate structure which will later require corrective treatment. Most children will out grow thumb sucking by the time permanent teeth grown in. If not, they should be discouraged to protect the alignment of their developing teeth and facial bone structure.

Good Dental Habits for Children:

Encouraging proper and consistent dental habits for children while their young is directly reflected in how they continue to care for their oral health as they grow older. By the age of two, most children can be shown the basic brushing techniques. However, young children should always be supervised while brushing and use only a small dab of toothpaste. Discourage the swallowing of toothpaste.

Some children are likely to resist brushing at first and it can become quite the battle. Below we have listed some techniques that may help you:

  • Make brushing fun. Show you child videos or tv shows of their favorite characters brushing such as Barney or Elmo.
  • Brush together. Brushing isn't just for kids, if your child sees you brushing he/she will try to copy.
  • Get your child involved. Allow them to come with you to pick out their toothpaste or toothbrush.
  • Make up a song and incorporate it into teaching more advanced brushing and flossing techniques as new teeth develop.

By promoting good health, you can also help ensure your child's oral health. Provide fruits and vegetable snacks as opposed to sweets high in starches and sugar. Change your child's toothbrush at least 3 to 4 times a year. Ask your Toronto Dentist about available protective plastic coatings that can be applied to permanent molars to dramatically reduce the occurrence of cavities.

General Dentistry Services

General Dentistry Services

General Dentistry Services

Your oral health directly affects the state of your general health. Here at Polar Dental, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide no less than the best of care available to our patients. Polar Dental Centres offer a full range of general dentistry services, providing quality care for patients of all ages. Check out our pages on dental care for children, dental care for seniors, and the "Check-Up" for additional information.

At Polar Dental, each patient is treated on a unique and individual basis. Our dentists will discuss all of your oral health concerns, needs and desires with you to ensure that you always leave our office with a healthy and radiant smile. Your Toronto dentist is dedicated to ensuring that each visit to our office is a pleasant one free from anxiety. Patients who may feel intimidated by the dental chair, or simply want to feel more comfortable during a procedure can opt for sedation dentistry to put their nerves at ease.

The Importance of Dental Check-Ups:

It is just as important to see your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings as it is to maintain proper and consistent brushing and flossing in your own home. While brushing and flossing everyday helps to fight off plaque that may lead to tooth decay and gum disease, there are many things that you simply cannot see that your Toronto dentist can. For example, our offices are equipped with state of the art technology to aid in the early detection of cavities, abnormalities, tooth impaction, gum disease etc. At Polar Dental we have to tools necessary to clean the areas of your mouth that your toothbrush and floss cannot reach. Regular check-ups ensure early detection of minor oral health issues before they are able to evolve into more serious complications requiring extensive treatment. Depending on your treatment plan suggested by our dentist, visit our office every 3-6 months for routine care- it could save you years of costly dental treatment in the future.

Dealing with Dental Anxiety:

Knowledge is by far the greatest defense against anxiety. Our highly trained professionals at Polar Dental welcome the opportunity to discuss and explain our procedures so that you may have a better understanding of our care. If you have specific fears, talk to any one of our dentists about them. We will do our best to dispel any negative or frightening images you may have. Here we have provided a list of things that may help to alleviate stress before your appointment:

Refrain from caffeinated beverages before your visit as it can make you more anxious.
Eating foods that are high in protein may help to calm nerves, foods that are high in sugar.
Focusing on breathing during the procedure can help to alleviate anxiety. Patients often hold their breath when they are nervous, decreasing the oxygen levels in your body and increasing the panicky sensations.
If you have questions, talk to one of our dentists. They will be happy to explain the procedure so that you feel more comfortable.
What Causes Dental Anxiety?

There are many different reasons why patients are apprehensive about going to the dentist. Some worry about the safety of local anesthesia and worried that the dentist may appear hasty or neglecting their concerns. Other components may include pain anticipation, procedure costs, past experiences or even the sterile smell of the dental office. Changes to daily routines to visit the dentist is also a factor of general anxiety.

Welcoming you to Polar Dental:

Even before you step foot in our office, our staff is working diligently to reduce your anxiety. The process begins on the phone when you speak with our receptionist. Upon making your appointment, our staff will inform you what to expect and answer any questions to ensure your confidence and comfort during your visit.

Once you arrive for your appointment, our dentist will have ensured that every aspect of your visit is designed to ensure your optimal comfort. All of our offices offer magazines, newspapers, and dental health information and resources for your leisure and information. Our offices also accommodate a play area for children in addition to television and music in our waiting room and operatories. Your Toronto dentist will also be sure to discuss your treatment options to offer you a better understanding and help relieve any potential anxiety.

Sedation Dentistry Candidates:

If you feel uncomfortable with the noises, smells, and tastes associated with dental care and offices, then you may be interested in "twilight sleep" while our Polar Dental professionals perform your procedure. Recent research has indicated that the number one reason why patients postpone their dental visits was fear. That's right! Not time, not money, but fear. Patients have ignored crucial warning signs such as pain and swelling and have not received that treatment they need simply because they were afraid of the dental chair. Unfortunately, tooth decay and periodontal disease take no vacations. Don't deprive yourself of the dental care you need. Take control of your oral health and ask one of our specialists about sedation dentistry today!

Sedation Dentistry can help with the following concerns:

Apprehension towards dental procedures
Unpleasant past experiences in the dental chair
Sensitivity towards anesthesia
Strong gag reflex
Sensitive teeth and/or gums
Treatment time constraints associated with insurance, travel etc.
Complex case requiring extensive treatment or surgery
Fear of anesthesia
Feeling self conscious about your smile
Postponing treatment until pain is too severe to ignore
Years without dental work that now require several procedures
Relying on painkillers to alleviate dental pain
Canceled dental appointments due to fear or anxiety
If you experience any of the following concerns, then YES! YOU ARE A CANDIDATE!

Senior Dental Services

Senior Dental CareDental Care for Seniors

Dental care is important for patients of all ages. Maintaining a healthy and radiant smile is possible throughout your entire life. However, it is important to keep in mind that as we age, so do our teeth and as a result older patients may need extra care to ensure their oral health remains in good standing. At Polar Dental, we are committed to providing the best care available to all our patients. We offer treatment solutions for every oral health issue to guarantee that all our patients leave with a smile! 

Senior Patients and Cavities:

There are two main reasons why adults get cavities:

1. Restorative fillings are not as smooth as the surfaces of natural teeth, and so bacteria and debris can sometimes become lodged within the edge of a filling resulting in tooth decay. If a restoration is damaged, part of the tooth becomes exposed and may also be more vulnerable to decay.

2. Tooth grinding, along with years of brushing too hard can cause the gums to recede(pull away) from the teeth. Sometimes the gums will simply recede due to old age and genetics. Gum recession exposes the tooth's roots will are filled with nerve endings. Once exposed, these roots may cause the patient to experience sensitivity to hot or cold. In addition, tooth roots are naturally protected by gum tissue for a reason: they have no layer of enamel to protect them and so are much more vulnerable to cavities. 

Senior Patients and Gum Disease:

Gum Disease is a major oral health concern faced my many adults. Below we have listed a number of facts you should be aware of regarding gum disease. If you feel that you may have gum disease in any of its stages, contact your Toronto dentist to schedule an appointment.

  • Gum disease can be painless
  • Gum disease is more common in middle age than in old age
  • Most of the time gum disease is a slow process that can be prevented with proper treatment. If allowed to evolve into its later stages, gum disease will result in tooth loss and structural bone damage.

Senior Patient Check-Ups:

Regular dental check-up are crucial for maintaining oral health at all ages. As you age, you may require dentures or dental implants which will need to be monitored by your dentist to ensure that they are functioning properly and causing no discomfort. Patients who take medications, may experience a lack of saliva flow resulting in dry mouth or gum tissue growth.  Staining is also more common in adult patients. As the  enamel wears away with age, the yellow colored dentin found underneath the enamel is enabled to show through. Stains are also more prevalent due to cracks in the weakening enamel's surface. Ask your Polar Dental professional about our teeth whitening options to find out how your can keep your smile at it's brightest.

Caring for Natural Teeth:

Regular check-ups and good oral hygiene go hand in hand. However, it is imperative that you continue to care for your teeth at home on a regular basis by brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist.

Brushing and Flossing:

Brush your teeth and least twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Be sure to brush well, but not too aggressively as you may do more harm than good. Regular and consistent brushing effectively fights off and removes plaque, the unseen culprit of decay and gum disease.

Flossing removes debris and bacteria in between teeth that is left behind by your toothbrush. By not flossing, patients are neglecting to clean 1/3 of their tooth's surface. Floss at least once a day. You can even floss while watching TV or listening to music. Remember, flossing is only important for the teeth you plan on keeping. 

Problems with Brushing and Flossing:

Patients with arthritis and other health conditions may find it difficult to properly grasp a toothbrush or floss comfortably. At Polar Dental, we are dedicated to ensuring your oral health and comfort in and outside of our office. Here we have provided a list of techniques you may find helpful:

  • Patients can make their toothbrush larger and therefore easier to maneuver by wrapping a sponge or some tinfoil around the handle.
  • A bicycle grip may also be helpful to provide comfort if applied to the toothbrushes handle.
  • Electric toothbrushes tend to be larger and therefore more comfortable.
  • Plastic floss holders are available at your local drug store. Ask your Toronto dentist for more information.
  • Dental tape is easier to hold onto as it is slightly wider than floss and may prove more helpful.

Senior Patients and False Teeth:

With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to your Polar Dental office, your teeth will last you a lifetime. However, if you do lose a tooth it may be replaced with an artificial restoration. Failure to replace missing teeth can cause further damage and the remaining teeth to shift out of place to fill the space. Once teeth are out of alignment they become more difficult to clean and are more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. Tooth loss can also cause jaw problems. If you experience tooth loss, come visit your Toronto dentist to see which options are available for you.

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