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Dental Services

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Dental Check-Ups

Annual and semi-annual dental check-ups are an integral part in keeping optimal oral health. Early detection allows us to monitor oral health and identify any issues in the early stages resulting in minimal and less invasive treatments. We determine the frequency of dental check ups based on your age, oral hygiene, cavity risk and any diet or health factors that are relevant.

During a routine exam you can expect to be in the office for 15-30 minutes. Once seated in a chair a dental assistant can take your X-Rays (Radiographs). Types of X-Rays include bitewings, panoramic and/or PA (periapical). X-rays allow us to see what is happening inside the structure of the tooth, between the teeth, below the gumline and bone levels. 

After the X-Rays are taken, the dentist will then come into the room and do a visual examination as well as talk about any findings from the X-rays. Our team loves to use our intraoral cameras to take actual pictures of anything you should be aware of. This appointment would also include a conversation about any future treatment plans if any is required.

Dental Hygiene

During a dental cleaning, a hygienist will remove any tartar that has built up on the teeth. Think of tartar as a hard layer of calcified bacteria, minerals and food debris. You can minimize it’s growth with optimal brushing and flossing at home, but once it’s attached to the tooth, a dental cleaning is required to remove it.

If plaque is not removed from the teeth it can lead to gingivitis (inflamed and infected gums) and tooth decay (cavities). Tartar that builds up under the gum line can cause cavities, dental abscesses and loose teeth due to bone loss.

During a cleaning, the hygienist will start by scaling (removing) the tartar off your teeth with a specialized ultrasonic machine called a Cavitron and a series of manual handheld scalers. After the scaling is complete the hygienist can move onto polishing. Polishing is done by using a paste and a soft rubber cup. The recommended frequency of how often we remove the stains and smooth the tooth surface varies pending on the condition of your teeth, your diet, and how fast you accumulate stains.

Finally, the last step of a cleaning is to apply fluoride. We have two ways to apply fluoride. With the traditional fluoride trays or a sticky gel called varnish. While fluoride trays require 30 minutes between application and eating. You can eat immediately after the varnish application as long as it is not hot or hard enough to remove the varnish from the teeth. 

A typical cleaning for children can take between 30-45 minutes. Adults can take typically 45-60 minutes. However, in severe cases a patient may need to come back for more than one visit. Generally speaking, if you stay on track with your cleanings, an hour should be sufficient. If you’ve fallen behind on scheduling your cleanings, and more significant and deeper build ups of tartar have developed, multiple appointments may be needed to get you back on track.


Fillings are used to both repair broken and decayed teeth. Depending on the severity of the decay the dentist may use some local anesthetic to numb the area they are doing treatment on. Next, they will remove the decayed area of the tooth using a dental handpiece. After the soft decayed area has been removed, the dentist will then fill the area back up with a tooth coloured material (composite or glass ionomer) or a silver coloured material called an amalgam filling if desired. Once the tooth has been filled, the dentist will match the bite on the filling. If you feel the bite is high once the freezing wears off, please call the office and we can adjust it to ensure a proper fit with your existing bite and polish it for it to be nice and smooth.

Teeth Whitening

At Ocudent, we offer both in house and at home whitening. Patients need approval from their dentist to start whitening their teeth as there are some reasons why whitening may not be a good fit for everyone. After approval from the dentist, the first step to whitening is to come into the office to get a proper mold of both upper and lower teeth. From these molds we will create whitening trays which can be used in future whitening treatments. If completing at home whitening, you come pick up the whitening trays and a pack of the whitening solution. If completing in-office whitening, an appointment will be booked with our lead registered dental assistant for whitening, where they will apply the whitening gel and trays along with a light to enhance the whitening. An average in office whitening is 3 hours and at the end you take the trays home to complete any touch ups needed in the future to maintain your desired color.

Root Canals

Root Canal treatments are a great way to save a damaged tooth. Whether a tooth is in pain due to bacteria that causes an infection in the nerve of the tooth, or the tooth has experienced trauma, root canals are performed to relieve the pain or prevent infection. During the treatment, the dentist will ensure profound anesthesia (ie. freezing) is done first so that you are free to relax comfortably and watch TV during the procedure. Then the Dentist will open a small access opening in the tooth so they can reach and see the nerve space of that tooth. The nerve is then gently removed from the tooth, we disinfect and clean the interior of the tooth and the tooth is filled with filling material. Depending on the severity of the tooth's damage, the location of the tooth, and the expected function and looks of that tooth, a crown is typically recommended after a root canal to maintain the structural strength of that tooth and prevent any bacteria in the mouth from invading the root canal system again in the future. In limited scenarios where a filling would suffice to close the access opening after the procedure, the dentist will advise you of that. 

Crowns, Veneers and Bridges

Crowns are placed to rebuild, restore and protect the integrity of a tooth. When a tooth is cracked or chipped, a crown can often be placed on the tooth to create strength and protect the tooth from further injury.


Veneers are primarily used to improve the esthetics of a tooth or multiple teeth.  Veneers are typically placed on the facial surface of a tooth.


Bridges (also known as Fixed Partial Dentures) are used to replace missing teeth. Bridges are anchored to the teeth on either side of a space.


Crowns, Veneers and Bridges are typically completed in two appointments. The first appointment consists of preparing and shaping the tooth for the final treatment. In most cases, the patient will leave with a temporary restoration while the case is sent to a Dental Laboratory.  The final prosthetic (crown, veneer or bridge) is constructed and returned for try in and cementation or bonding in about 2 weeks.


Implants are used to replace one or multiple missing teeth. To get an implant is a multistep process that can span the length of 9 months to a year. The beginning step of an implant can be completed in office or referred to a periodontist. The beginning step may require a extraction of the intended location. A bone graft is then placed to build up the jaw bone where the implant will be located. Approximately 3-4 months after the bone graft an abutment placement is done. 3-4 months follow the abutment placement we do an integration check and if the area is healed properly we will take impressions for the final implant crown. Three weeks later the final appointment is the placement of the crown.

Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Wisdom teeth are typically removed between teenage to early adult years. Their removal has several indications, including treating or preventing the following issues:

-Inadequate space for wisdom teeth to erupt properly without causing issues to surrounding teeth and tissue.

-Cavities on the wisdom tooth itself, or adjacent tooth

-Crowding of your other teeth

- Infection and inflammation of the surround tissue, also known as pericoronitis

- Resorption of the adjacent tooth’s roots

- Bacterial accumulation leading to bone loss on adjacent teeth (periodontitis)


-Cysts, Tumors and Mandibular fractures


The ease of removing wisdom teeth, and the subsequent expected healing period, varies widely. Some of the most important factors which can help predict how smoothly the procedure and healing period will go include:

-Patient’s age, current medical history, medications and any allergies

-Position of the tooth, angle of the tooth, and how developed the roots are

-Patient’s current oral hygiene, and if any active infections are present

-Location of any important anatomical structures, such as nerves, sinuses, and adjacent teeth.

-Patient’s level of cooperation and ability to follow post-operative healing instructions


Sedation is offered at our office and will be discussed during the consultation process. If sedation is a part of your treatment plan, do NOT eat 6 hours before your appointment or drink 4 hours before. Sedation patients are usually in the office for a total of three hours and would require a responsible driver to take the patient home and look after them for the rest of the day. Non-sedation patients are in the office for approximately two hours and are able to drive themselves home after treatment. We always advise patients to wear comfortable clothes to the appointment and to bring headphones/book/phone to keep them occupied if they choose not to watch our TV while they are waiting for the sedation or anesthetic to take effect.

Sedation and Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas):

We offer a range of sedation options for our patients, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, or a combination of both. Your doctor will discuss your options with you and make a recommendation of what would be more appropriate for your individual scenario. These drugs have differences in their level of sedation, the time it takes to have effect and wear off, ability to be used safely with certain medications/medical histories and at different ages. It is very important you inform your dentist of any drugs you are taking, whether it be prescription, over the counter, illicit drugs, or herbal drugs. Effects of sedation will vary pending the type and amount of drugs given to you, but will range from decreasing your anxiety and level of apprehension, to allowing you to sleep during the procedure and impair any memory forming of your visit at the dental office.


Neuromodulators such as "Botox", "dysport" and "xeomin" are drugs used medically to treat many muscle disorders. In dentistry,  patients who have overactive muscles due to clenching and grinding , may be prescribed neuromodulator injections to help alleviate associated symptoms . 

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Frequently asked questions: 


  • How much does Botox cost? 

Cosmetic botox is charged pending how many units of Botox are used. 

The number of units required varies according to age, gender and muscle activity. 


  • Is Botox covered by insurance ?

Therapeutic Botox (for jaw pain) may be covered by your insurance depending on your plan. 


  • Does it hurt?

Everyone has a different pain threshold, however botox is injected with very tiny needles just below the surface of the skin making most injections virtually painless. 

  • What if I am not a current patient of ocudent ? 

No problem! You may schedule a Botox consultation even if you go to a different dentist. 


  • Are there reasons I may not be able to get Botox? 

Yes. Pregnant or breastfeeding woman should not have Botox injections.


Night guard 

A night guard,  also known as a splint or a Bruxism appliance is a rigid acrylic mouth guard that is worn by patients who clench or grind their teeth. The Material used is very durable and is meant to withstand very heavy biting forces. Night guards may be prescribed to protect teeth from excessive wear , or to help relax overactive jaw muscles associated with clenching and grinding. 


Sport guard

A sport guard is a thick but flexible mouthguard intended to be worn during activities that may involve impacts to the face or jaw.  Unlike generic sports guards purchased at drug stores or sports stores, A dentist fabricated sport guard does not need to be placed in hot water prior to wear and is custom made to fit your teeth. 

Sports guards are intended to protect teeth and soft tissue from impacts to the mouth and help reduce concussions by cushioning impacts to the face and jaw. 



Thin plastic slipcovers are worn most commonly after orthodontic treatment to prevent teeth from moving back to their pre-treatment position. Most often your orthodontist provides retainers at the completion of treatment however in the event they break or become lost, we are able to make replacement retainers at our office.

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