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Referrals & Collaborating Dentist Services

An interdisciplinary Approach!

Did you know that your dental hygienist collaborates with many professional such as dentist, medical doctors, pharmacist, physiotherapist, massage therapist, occupational therapist, naturopathic doctors and many more…. regarding your dental health needs?

Fresh can provide information regarding many dental services you may have questions about. We have invested in a sophisticated dental software system that allows our patients to view educational dental videos. These videos are easy to understand with excellent graphics. They can be emailed to yourself to view at a later time, or can be forwarded to our collaborating dentists to review with you. Please feel free to call or ask at your next “fresh” appointment about any dental issues you may need more information on.

Dentist and Specialist play an important part when it comes to your overall dental wellness. They provide a wide range of services from basic general dentistry to elective cosmetic procedures. Please review the detailed list of dental specialties below.

More and more patients want to enhance their smiles!

Orthodontics (braces): The dental specialty and practice of preventing and correcting irregularities of the teeth, as by the use of braces, one means to straighten your teeth. However, with advances in dental technology, more and more options are available. For example, “Invisalign”  are a more conspicuous alternative to braces. While everyone may not be a candidate, it is defiantly and option worth investigating.

Veneers & Lumimeers are also alternatives to straighter and whiter teeth.

veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth surface, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth, or to protect a damaged tooth surface. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer, composite and dental porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory, and later bonded to the tooth, typically using a resin cement such as Panavia. In contrast, a porcelain veneer may only be indirectly fabricated. One type of veneers, are lumineers.Lumineers are made of a unique porcelain known as Cerinate.

Sedation Dentistry: many offices can use different forms of sedation to relax you during more complicated dental procedures

TMJ problems can cause some patients a great deal of discomfort. A mouth appliance can be fabricated to relax you jaw while sleeping, however you may need the assistance of an Orthodontist or oral surgeon to help manage pain more efficiently.

Root Canal Therapy- is when the nerve inside your tooth is removed due to many reasons, like infection or death of the nerve. The nerve is removed in the efforts to save the tooth and prevent the spread of infection. Often your general dentist can provide this service. If the treatment is beyond the dentist scope of practice or is simply a more complicated case, often a referral will be made to a Endodontist- and deals with the tooth pulp and the tissues surrounding the root of a tooth. Endodontists perform a variety or procedures including root canal therapy, endodontic retreatment, surgery, treating cracked teeth, and treating dental trauma. Root canal therapy is one of the most common procedures. If the pulp (containing nervesarterioles and venules as well as lymphatic tissue and fibrous tissue) becomes diseased or injured, endodontic treatment is required to save the tooth.

Pediatric Dentistry are specialist that provide care to children. Although your dental hygienist and general dentist can provide some of the same service, some children are better treated at a children dental facility.

Oral Surgeons play an important role when it comes to more accurate diagnosis of oral conditions, such as oral cancer . The are also equipped to remove wisdom teeth as well as other surgical procedures. The often have surgical suites with an on site anesthesiologist - a doctor that can put your to sleep before treatment.

Periodontist: specialize in the supporting structures of teeth, diseases, and conditions that affect them. The supporting tissues are known as the periodontium, which includes the gingiva (gums), alveolar bonecementum, and the periodontal ligament.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is surgery to correct a wide spectrum of diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. It is a recognized international surgical specialty and it is one of the nine specialties of dentistry.

All the above information was quoted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dentistry