Dentistry

Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry in Thunder Bay to Protect Your Smile

The professional team at Current River Dental offers restorative and cosmetic dentistry options in Thunder Bay to keep our patients smiling! Whether you need preventive dentistry, restorative care or cosmetic treatments, you can count on Current River Dental for personalized service every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

We think you will appreciate the warm and friendly manner in which we treat patients. Our commitment is to apply our dental knowledge and skills in a caring and gentle way, so you can feel at ease as we help you attain the smile you desire.

Employing preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments coupled with a dedicated team, we work with you to achieve a smile that can maximize your personal health and appearance and raise your self-esteem. We’re also a kid-friendly office and we want you to know that we enjoy caring for patients of all ages!

Child patient smiling

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Restorative Dentistry

Count on our team for restorative dentistry services such as:

Silver/White Fillings

We provide either option of silver (amalgam) or white (composite resin) fillings to our patients. We may recommend one over the other for reasons of strength, longevity, or appearance, but the choice is always yours. Typically composite resin is appropriate for the anterior teeth (the ones in front or that show in your smile) and silver recommended for the posterior teeth (molars in the back).

Crowns

Often referred to as a cap, a crown is used to cover an existing tooth that has been comprised by a root canal, a large filling, broken or cracked tooth. It is put in place to restore the tooth’s shape, appearance and function.


Usually made of porcelain, a crown is a hollow tooth that is inserted over a damaged or decayed tooth. Crowns can also be used to cover and improve the aesthetic look of a discoloured or pitted tooth. This procedure is done in 2 appointments, as the laboratory will need time to construct the crown.

Crown illustration

Bridges

A bridge is a dental appliance that provides a replacement for one or more missing teeth. It is created by a laboratory to custom fit your existing adjacent teeth and is permanently cemented into place. Bridges are a great way to keep a natural smile by hiding spaces left by missing teeth. Another advantage with a bridge is that it prevents adjoining teeth from shifting or moving into the empty space. Like the crown, this procedure is also done in 2 appointments, as the laboratory will need time to construct the bridge.

bridge

Implants

Implants are an alternative to bridges, partial or complete dentures. It is an artificial root made of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone. This is most commonly done by a periodontist or oral surgeon. A consultation will need to be performed in order to assess condition of the bone and determine if it is capable of supporting the implant. After the implant is placed some healing time is required and several visits may be necessary to complete the artificial tooth. This includes visits to our office for the crown portion to be constructed, fitted and permanently cemented in place.

implant diagram

Root Canal

root canal diagram

Also referred to as endodontic treatment, a root canal is a procedure done to remove an infected, injured or dead nerve. An infected tooth may be a result of decay, a crack in the tooth or in the existing filling. The infected tooth will abscess, which will likely cause swelling or an ache. An X-ray will confirm the presence of an abscess. The next step is to get into the tooth and remove the nerve and clean the canal or canals (all molars and premolars have 2 or more canals) using very intricate instruments. The empty canal space is filled with an inert material and a filling is put in place to complete the restoration of the tooth. A crown is recommended to maintain structural integrity and strength on the treated tooth.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry from our team can help you enjoy more confidence in your own smile.

Veneers/Bonding

A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or composite resin made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail. Porcelain is stronger and usually last longer than the composite resin veneers. Veneers are typically done to enhance the appearance of your smile by covering a discoloured or chipped tooth or to close in gaps between adjacent teeth. This procedure will require 2 visits, as the laboratory needs time to construct the veneer.

Bonding is a treatment that can be used to repair teeth that are decayed, chipped, fractured or discoloured or to reduce gaps between teeth. Bonding, also known as bonded restoration, is a painless way to make minor repairs to teeth. In most cases several teeth can be bonded in a single dental visit. Bonding uses tooth-coloured material, called composite resin. Composite resin is put on the tooth and then shaped and hardened with light.

veneer illustration

Whitening

We offer the convenience of a take-home whitening kit, which can change the appearance of teeth that may have acquired stains from the use of tobacco products and the consumption of certain foods or drinks. This procedure is only effective on natural tooth enamel; fillings, crowns and bridges will not whiten.

Sheer White!® is easy to apply and adapts tightly to the shape of your teeth with no leakage. Sheer Film® technology ensures a comfortable fit for up to 2 hours of whitening. With its 20% carbamide peroxide formulation, you will have a pleasant whitening experience with less sensitivity and no effect on your daily activities. You can speak normally and even have a drink while wearing Sheer White. You will enjoy the comfort of knowing a dental practitioner is caring for your teeth and still have the convenience to whiten while living life normally.

Teeth Whitening products

Preventive Dentistry

Maintaining proper oral health can have long-lasting benefits for your whole body.

Oral Health & Maintenance

A healthy mouth is an important part of a healthy body. As diet and exercise are necessary for a healthy body, regular visits to your dental hygienist can help to prevent gum disease, cavities and other mouth/body diseases including diabetes, heart disease and oral cancer.

Research has shown there is an association between oral disease and other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, respiratory illness in older adults, as well as pre-term and low-birth-weight babies. Although researchers are just beginning to understand this relationship, evidence shows that oral disease can aggravate other health problems and that keeping a healthy mouth is an important part of leading a healthy life.

Oral disease, like any other disease, needs to be treated. A chronic infection, including one in the mouth, is a serious problem that should not be ignored. Yet bleeding or tender gums are often overlooked or ignored. Bacteria accumulations in the mouth are absorbed into the blood stream and carried throughout the body, contributing to pre-existing conditions that can be prevented with proper oral maintenance that includes brushing, flossing and regular visits to see your dental hygienist.

Dr. Mason with a patient

Fluoride

Fluoride is a naturally existing mineral found in soil, water (both fresh and salt) and various foods. It has a positive effect on oral health by making teeth more resistant to decay. Tooth decay results from the effects of acid on the minerals in your tooth enamel. These acids are produced by bacteria in the mouth and literally dissolve the minerals right out of your teeth. Not only does fluoride protect your teeth from the damage caused by acids, it also stops bacteria from producing the harmful acids in the first place. Fluoride is present in many community water supplies; however, it is not present in Thunder Bay.

The availability of fluorides from a variety of sources must be taken into account before advising the method of fluoride delivery. This is particularly important for children under the age of 6, where exposure to more fluoride than is required to simply prevent dental caries can cause dental fluorosis. Provided that the total daily intake of fluoride is carefully monitored, fluoride is considered to be a most important health measure for maintaining oral health.

Fluoride mouth rinses are an effective preventive measure for at-risk individuals and should be used according to the specific needs of the individual. Fluoride mouth rinsing is not recommended for children under 6 years of age.

Professional topical applications of fluoride gels, foams and varnishes are recommended to keep the incidence of dental decay to a minimum.

fluoride tray

Dental Sealants

before and after dental sealant

Dental sealants are also called pit and fissure sealants, thus indicating their purpose, which is to seal the pits and fissures on teeth. Usually sealants are recommended for the molars and premolars to protect the deeper grooves that exist on those particular teeth. These pits and fissures are a part of normal tooth development but may be difficult to keep clean. A sealant is placed to reduce the collection of bacterial plaque by creating a barrier in a cavity prone area. Permanent teeth or newly erupted molars in a child are indicated for this simple and quick procedure.

Mouthguards

Investing in a mouthguard for sports and high-performance activity can be a smile-saving choice.

Nightguards

A nightguard is worn while sleeping to prevent grinding or clenching. Also referred to as a bruxism appliance, a nightguard is constructed in a laboratory using a mould of your teeth. It is a hard clear plastic on the outer surface with a soft inner layer that fits to the teeth. It is an effective tool to reduce stress on the jaw or wear on the teeth while you sleep.

nightguard

Sportsguards

Protect injuries to your teeth, jaw, face and head while playing contact sports by wearing a mouthguard. Almost mandatory in many sports, mouthguards are custom fitted and flexible, composed of a plastic material and made at our dental clinic.

boys with sportsguards in mouths

Do's

  • Do use a properly constructed mouthguard fabricated by a dental professional.
  • Do consider a coloured mouthguard as it may be easier to find than a clear one on a playing field.
  • Do rinse your mouthguard with cold water or with a mouthwash before and after each use. To properly clean it, use toothpaste and a toothbrush or clean it in cool, soapy water and rinse thoroughly.
  • Do store and transport your mouthguard in a firm, perforated container to prevent damage and permit air circulation.
  • Do remove retainers and other removable dental appliances such as orthodontic retainers, removable bridges, or dentures (complete or partial) before inserting your mouthguard.
  • Do replace your mouthguard every 2 to 3 years under normal use. Earlier replacement is recommended if it becomes cracked, torn or split, or if the fit deteriorates, significant wear appears, or there is unsatisfactory retention. If your mouthguard absorbs a strong blow, it may need to be replaced immediately.

Don'ts

  • Don’t chew on your mouthguard or use hot water to clean it; don’t leave it in direct sunlight or alter the mouthguard in any way as this will affect the fit and may damage it or decrease its effectiveness.
  • Don’t share your mouthguard with others.
  • Don’t close the mouthguard container until your freshly washed mouthguard is dry.
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