Taking Care Of Your Toothy Smile

 
Whether you want your kids to adopt healthy dental habits or it is your sensitive teeth that are troubling you, we can meet you and your family’s needs at Trinity Family Dental. We perform a wide range of advanced and safe dental procedures as well as therapies that are known to bring effective results. We have specialists to treat patients of all ages – kids, adults, and the elderly.
 
 
 

Amalgam Free Dentistry in Trenton, Ontario

While metal fillings can help to restore teeth, they aren’t very natural looking. The metal materials can be quite noticeable, especially when opening your mouth. In addition, some patients aren’t comfortable with having mercury or amalgam materials placed in their teeth. As an attractive alternative, Trinity Family Dental offers amalgam-free fillings to treat decayed teeth and enhance the health of your smile. Our amalgam-free dentistry treatments contain zero mercury and metal which is better for your oral health.

We offer a wide array of amalgam-free dental solutions including bonded fillings, dental crowns, dental bridges, root canal therapy, non-surgical gum therapy, porcelain veneers and dental implants. Whether you have a loose filling, a damaged crown or gum disease, our dental team can help to improve the health and appearance of your smile. Our dental solutions are customized to your needs so we can guarantee the best results.

If you are looking for a dental practice in Trenton that provides dental care in a quick, comfortable, and gentle manner, look no further. Dr. Waila and the skilled dental team at Trinity Family Dental are here to ensure your smile stays healthy and beautiful. Contact us at Trinity Family Dental to set up an appointment today.
 
 
 
 

Invisalign Invisible Braces in Trenton, Ontario

Are you unsatisfied with your smile? Wish it was more attractive? If crooked teeth or overcrowding is ruining your smile, Trinity Family Dental can help. We offer Invisalign invisible braces as an easy and effective way to straighten your teeth. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners aren’t bonded to your teeth. The aligners can be removed so allow chewing, brushing and flossing without braces getting in the way. In addition, the aligners are made of a high quality durable clear plastic so are incredibly difficult to detect when worn. You can feel confident smiling and speaking knowing that others won’t be able to see your aligners.

How does the Invisalign process work?
You will be required to wear a set of aligners for at least 21 hours a day 2 weeks at a time. You can take your aligners out when eating, brushing or flossing; however, you will have to wear them for the rest of the time. This is because the aligners have to stay in contact with your teeth for a minimum amount of time to make them effective.
Depending on the severity of your misalignment, the number of aligners that you will have to wear will differ, but overall treatment time will last for about a year. Rest assured, each set of aligners gradually moves your teeth more into alignment to create an attractive symmetrical smile. During your treatment, you will have to visit our office periodically to receive new aligners and to allow us to monitor your progress.
How are the aligners made?
To create your custom-made aligners, we will create impressions of your teeth during your checkup. This information will be sent to a dental lab which will create your aligners. Once your aligners are ready, you will return to our office to pick them up. We will give you detailed instructions to care for your aligners so you can get the most of your treatment.
Contact Dr. Appan, dentist in Trenton, to set up an appointment today.
 
 
 
 

Tooth Colored Bonded Fillings in Trenton, Ontario

Not long ago, decayed and damaged teeth could only be treated with metal fillings. While this was a good option, one drawback was that the metal fillings didn’t blend in with the natural shade of your teeth. Another complaint was that some patients weren’t comfortable having metal placed in their teeth.

Fortunately, with the continual advancements made in dentistry, we are able to offer tooth-colored bonded fillings. Bonded fillings are made of composite resin materials that bond to your teeth to create a strong, durable, natural looking appearance. These composite restorations offer optimal amounts of strength and protection for your treated tooth. The special resin is also pleasing to the eye since it can be custom matched to your tooth’s natural shade.

During your procedure, the decayed or damaged tooth is first cleaned and dried. The decayed portion of the tooth is carefully removed and the resin is applied to the tooth’s structure. The composite resin is carefully molded to create a natural looking tooth and a special UV light is used to create a strong bond between the resin and the tooth. The tooth is finally buffed to create a lasting shine.

The great thing about bonded fillings is that they can be applied in a single appointment. This makes them a popular restoration option for many dental problems. Contact Trinity Family Dental at trentonoffice@trinityfamilydental.com to set up an appointment today.
 
 
 
 

Dental Bridges in Trenton, Ontario

If you are missing teeth and having trouble speaking or chewing, or are noticing strain when biting, dental bridges may be the ideal procedure to help make your mouth healthy and beautiful again. Dental bridges literally “bridge” gaps between teeth by filling them with strong, natural-looking artificial teeth. Dental bridges are semi-permanent they can only be removed by a dentist and are comfortable and proven to strengthen teeth.
 
 
 
 

Dental Crowns in Trenton, Ontario

When teeth are severely decayed, worn down, or damaged, one of the best ways to treat it with dental crowns. Dental crowns, or dental caps, are a type of dental restoration that can be used for cosmetic and restorative purposes. Besides improving the appearance of stained, chipped, or damaged teeth, crowns can restore teeth that are decayed or cracked. Crowns offer high amounts of strength, durability, and protection.

Compared to other dental restorations, like bonded fillings, porcelain inlays / onlays, dental crowns cover entire tooth above the gumline. In comparison, most other restorations only treat a specific portion of the tooth, which makes crowns ideal for treating teeth that are more heavily decayed or traumatized. Once placed over the tooth’s structure, a crown effectively becomes the tooth’s new outer surface.
Crowns can be used for a wide variety of reasons including:
  • Replacing a large filling.
  • Strengthening a weakened tooth.
  • Repairing a broken tooth.
  • Covering a tooth that has received a root canal.
  • Covering a tooth that is stained or misshaped.
  • Covering a dental implant.
Crowns can come in a variety of materials, such as ceramic, porcelain, gold alloy, or a mixture of the substances. Because each type of crown has its advantages and disadvantages, you should consult your dentist to determine which type of crown is best for your situation.

It usually requires two appointments to place a crown. During your first appointment, the dentist will check to ensure that your tooth is strong enough to support a crown. If it is, the tooth is prepared so that it can be placed with a crown. A tooth impression is taken and sent to a dental lab where your dental crown is made. You will be placed with a temporary crown to protect your tooth until your permanent crown is ready. Once your permanent crown is ready, you will return to our office, the temporary crown is taken off, and the permanent one is attached with a dental adhesive.

Dr. Appan, Trenton Dentist, is committed to maintaining your healthy smile. Contact Trinity Family Dental to set up an appointment today.
 
 
 
 

Full Mouth Restoration in Trenton, Ontario

Some people may be suffering from a variety of oral health problems that require a more comprehensive approach to treating them. Full mouth restoration often refers to rebuilding the upper and lower teeth to reconstruct your mouth to full health. The dental team at Trinity Family Dental has a wealth of experience with full mouth restoration and will create a treatment plan that is customized to your needs to give you an attractive and healthy smile.

Full mouth restoration may be right for you if you have:
  • Missing teeth due to decay or an injury.
  • Fractured or damaged teeth.
  • Teeth that are heavily eroded or worn down.
  • Chronic bite problems, such as pain or difficulty speaking or chewing.
The amount of restoration that may be needed depends on the state of your mouth. For patients who are suffering from more complicated issues, they may require more procedures to rebuild their teeth, bite, and gums. Your dentist will select the best tools and methods appropriate for the condition of your teeth. We offer a wide selection of full mouth restoration options, including dental crowns, dental bridges, porcelain veneers, non-surgical gum therapy, root canal therapy, and dental implants.

We will create a step-by-step treatment plan detailing exactly how we will restore your teeth and gums and other dental issues. The number of treatments will vary from case to case, but rest assured, when we are done you will have a healthy and beautiful smile. Contact Trinity Family Dental to schedule an appointment with us today.
 
 
 
 

Dental Hygiene Services in Trenton, Ontario

The secret to maintaining a healthy smile is by practicing good oral hygiene at home. Daily habits, such as brushing and flossing, are important for keeping your teeth and gums looking their best. In addition, eating the right foods and avoiding sugary snacks is also key to preventing oral health problems. This means drinking plenty of water and avoiding sugary and acidic food will go a long way to keeping your smile healthy. However, regular dental visits are just as important for maintaining a healthy attractive smile.

The American Dental Association recommends that patients visit their dentist for a checkup twice a year. These checkups are important because oral health problems can develop without you realizing. Decay and gum disease can develop gradually and often with little to no symptoms. Your dentist can perform a thorough examination of your teeth and gum tissues to check for oral health problems. If there are any issues detected, they can be treated there on the spot before they can become serious. Your dentist will also give you oral hygiene tips to follow so you can keep your mouth healthy between visits.

At Trinity Family Dental, we offer professional dental hygiene services to keep your mouth in an optimal healthy state. In addition to routine checkups and cleanings, we offer:

Fluoride treatments: Our fluoride treatments help to keep your enamel strong and protect against decay. Compared to over-the-counter dental products, our fluoride treatments are stronger and more effective at protecting your teeth.

Gum therapy: We combine a number of techniques, such as curettage, root-planing, and local medication, to eliminate gum disease and bring your gums to full health by providing gum therapy service.

Professional breath freshening treatments: For people who are suffering from chronic halitosis (bad breath), our breath freshening treatments can eliminate bad breath and ensure your mouth is minty fresh.

Our skilled hygienist team will work with you so that your smile is healthy and amazing. Contact our Dr. Appan, Trenton dentist, to schedule an appointment. Our practice has been open for over 25 years and we proudly serve Quinte West and the surrounding locations.
 
 
 

Non-Surgical Gum Therapy in Trenton, Ontario

Gum disease is one of the common oral health afflictions that people suffer from. Because gum disease progresses gradually and often without any painful symptoms, you may not realize you have it. Early signs of gum disease include sensitive and inflamed gums and bad breath. As it becomes more serious, it can cause bigger problems, such as excessive gum recession, loose teeth, and tooth loss.

For these reasons, it’s important to visit your dentist for checkups. Using the latest tools and methods, such as digital X-rays, your dentist can check the state of your gums to see if gum disease is present. If gum disease is present, your dentist will devise a suitable treatment plan for you. For early signs of gum disease, such as during the gingivitis stage, proper consistent flossing is enough to stop or even reverse it. However, if the gum disease has progressed to the periodontal disease, more aggressive treatments may be needed to eliminate the excessive amounts of plaque and infection below the gumline.

To eliminate the chronic infection, we may recommend a number of techniques such as local medication, curettage, and root-planing.

Specific medication may be injected into the infected site to contain the infection and prevent it from spreading to other areas.

Curettage is the process of removing the surrounding soft tissues around a tooth. By eliminating the source of infection, we are allowing your gum tissues to regrow and heal.

Root-planing is a technique that gets rid of and smooths the tooth’s root surface. This gives you a smooth and clean surface to allow the soft tissues to heal.

These techniques are often performed simultaneously by our hygienist. To ensure your comfort, local anesthesia is given as well. Because gum disease takes time to properly treat, your sessions will be spread out over several sessions to allow us to continue to check your condition. Depending on how your tissues heal and the state of the infection, we may recommend a periodontist should a surgery be required. Our skilled dental team will create a treatment plan to effectively treat your gum disease and restore your mouth to complete health.

Contact Trinity Family Dental, family dentist, to schedule an appointment.
 
 

Implant Supported Dentures in Trenton, Ontario

An implant supported denture is a type of denture that stays in place with implants. Conventional dentures rest on top of your gum tissues so can become loose or slip out. This can be embarrassing when speaking, eating or laughing. However, because implant supported dentures are attached to implants, they won’t move around or fall out. As a result, this creates a stable fit, which gives you a better fitting and more comfortable denture.

Implant supported dentures are ideal for people with enough jaw bone tissue to support the implants. Implants are imbedded into your lower jaw bone. Once the tissues heal around the implant, it fuses with your surrounding tissues. This healing process can vary from person to person but usually takes at least 3-6 months.

Additional surgeries will be needed to expose the tops of the implants so that the dentures can be attached to them. Both the implants and dentures will have special attachments to allow them to be snapped together.

While implant supported dentures can be made for both your upper and lower jaw, they are usually made for the law jaw. This is because regular dentures usually fit better for your upper jaw so don’t require the help of implants to keep them in place.

Just like regular dentures, you should remove your implant-support dentures every day to clean them. Proper care and oral hygiene are needed to keep your dentures and oral health in tip-top shape.

Dr. Appan will examine your mouth to determine if implant supported dentures are right for you. Contact Trinity Family Dental to speak with us today.
 
 
 

Dental Implants in Trenton, Ontario

Dental Implant restoration involves replacing a missing tooth with a metal post. A dental crown is attached to the post of the dental implant to restore your smile. Dental Implants restoration replaces the missing tooth with an artificial one that closes mimics a real natural tooth. Implants are highly suitable when a dental bridge or denture doesn’t fit properly.

Successful implant surgery requires multiple procedures and time for the implant to fuse with the tissues. In fact, it can take several months for an implant to successfully fuse with your bone tissues. However, once bonded, an implant acts and functions just like a real natural tooth. Unlike dentures that can slip or move around, an implant won’t shift or become loose. Also, the strong titanium materials of the implant means that it won’t decay or breakdown like your natural teeth can.

One of the biggest benefits of an implant is that it supports your surrounding teeth and bone tissues. Once placed, an implant strengthens neighboring teeth and prevents shifting from occurring. An implant also helps to keep your bone tissues healthy and maintain your facial structure.

One of the consequences after a tooth falls out or is removed is that the bone tissues start to break down. This process is known as bone demineralization and can cause your jaw bone tissues to shrink since they are not being used. Because an implant replaces a missing tooth’s root, it prevents this from happening.

Dental implants are appropriate if you:
  • Have missing teeth.
  • Have sufficient amounts of bone tissue in your jawbone.
  • Have healthy teeth and gums.
  • Don’t have other oral health complications.
  • Aren’t able or don’t want to wear dentures.
  • Want to enhance your speaking ability.
  • Have several months to commit to the implant restoration process.

Because implant restoration is more invasive and requires multiple procedures, a thorough evaluation is needed to determine if you are a suitable candidate. Dr. Appan, Trenton Dentist, will perform a thorough examination to ensure dental implants are right for you. Contact our practice in Trenton to speak with us today.

 
 
 

Orthodontics & Orthopedics in Trenton, Ontario

Orthodontics is a type of treatment that aligns your teeth and jaws into optimal position. Crooked teeth are more difficult to clean, which increases your chances of developing decay and gum disease. Misalignment can also place additional stress on your chewing muscles, which can cause TMJ symptoms like headaches and jaw, neck, and shoulder pain. In addition, crooked teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile, negatively impacting your self-confidence.

Orthodontic treatments aim to enhance your mouth’s overall health and give your smile a more attractive appearance for the long-term.

To determine if you require orthodontic treatment, you will need to visit your dentist or orthodontist for a checkup. During your checkup, the dentist will use special X-rays and photographs to see whether orthodontics would help your smile. Everything from your dental and medical history, the unique position of your teeth, and specific needs will be taken into account to determine if orthodontic treatment is right for you.

People with the following problems may benefit from orthodontic treatment:
  • Overbite – When the upper teeth stick out (also known as buck teeth).
  • Underbite – When the lower teeth stick out.
  • Crossbite – When the upper teeth fail to come down in front of the lower teeth when closing your mouth.
  • Open bite – When there is a space between your upper and lower teeth’s bite when closing your mouth.
  • Overcrowding – When there isn’t enough space in your mouth to accommodate your teeth.
  • Spacing issues – When there are gaps due to missing teeth.
Orthodontic treatment can involve both orthopedics and orthodontics. Orthopedics is often the first step of orthodontic treatment and involves using removable appliances to promote healthy teeth and bite development. Removable appliances can include aligners that shift your teeth into a better position without having to use metal wires or brackets. The benefit of aligners is that they can be removed prior to eating, brushing, or flossing. Other removable appliances can include removable space maintainers, palatal expanders, and removable retainers.

If removable appliances aren’t enough, fixes appliances may be required. Fixed appliances often involve using braces that are comprised of metal wires, bands, and brackets that are bonded to your teeth. Braces are often adjusted and tightened monthly to put tension on your teeth and give the dentist greater control to move your teeth into their desired position. This process can take several months to years depending on your case.

Trinity Family Dental is committed to working with you to give you your dream smile. We strive to gain your trust and confidence and we are here to help you through every stage of your dental care. Contact us to set up an appointment today.
 
 
 

Porcelain Veneers in Trenton, Ontario

Porcelain veneers can instantly turn an unattractive smile into a beautiful work of art. These cosmetic dental restorations are ideal for people looking for a quick and effective way to cover stains, fix chips and close gaps. However, because the cosmetic procedure can’t be reversed, it’s important to have the right information before making a decision. So before you decide to have them placed, here are some things you should know:

Porcelain Veneers are thin porcelain shells that aim to enhance the appearance of your teeth while also providing strength and protection. These thin porcelain shells are bonded to your teeth’s enamel and can be customized to unique contour and shade of your natural teeth.

Compared to other cosmetic procedures, such as dental crowns and invisalign Invisible braces, veneers are less obstructive. Porcelain veneers can correct minor imperfections, such as masking stains, closing gaps, fixing chips, and creating a straighter smile.

Porcelain is the popular material used for veneers due to its natural looking appearance and durability. Porcelain veneers can last over a decade or longer with proper care. This makes them a suitable mid to long-term solution for people who want to achieve a more attractive smile without needing orthodontic or other cosmetic procedures.

Placing a veneer usually takes a couple of appointments. During your first appointment, your dentist will clean the tooth and choose the shade of the veneer that best matches your natural teeth. A small amount of enamel is removed so that the veneer can be placed on the tooth. A tooth impression is taken and sent to a dental lab to create your veneer. A temporary veneer is placed on the tooth to protect it while you are waiting for your permanent restoration.

Once your permanent veneer is ready, your temporary one is removed, the tooth is cleaned and the veneer is applied to the tooth with a cement. A special curing light is used to create a secure bond between the veneer and tooth. Any excess material is removed and the veneer is polished to give it a perfect shine.

Contact Trinity Family Dental, cosmetic dentist, to set up an appointment today.
 
 
 
 

Root Canal Therapy in Trenton, Ontario

A root canal therapy is performed when the inner tissues of the tooth, dental pulp, is decayed or damaged. Root canals allow the dentist to remove the injured or decayed dental pulp without having to remove the entire tooth. The dental pulp contains many nerves, blood vessels and other tissues to keep the tooth healthy. It extends all the way from the crown to the root in the jaw bone.

When a dental pulp becomes severely injured or infected, it can possibly die. This can be caused by a number of reasons, including severe decay or an injury to the tooth. As a result, bacteria can enter inside the tooth which can cause an infection. If the tooth is not treated, it can cause an abscess to form which can cause pain and swelling as well as damage to surrounding teeth. To save the tooth from dying, a root canal therapy may have to be performed.

Contrary to popular belief, a root canal treatment doesn’t increase your tooth pain. In fact, it’s purpose it to alleviate the pain by removing the infected dental pulp. A root canal treatment can take anywhere from one to several appointments to perform. During the procedure, an incision is made in the tooth and the injured dental pulp is carefully removed. The inner pulp chamber and root canal are thoroughly cleaned and the tooth is resealed. A dental crown is placed on top of the tooth to strengthen and protect its overall structure.

Following your root canal therapy, you will have to continue to take care of your tooth to keep your smile healthy. This includes regular brushing and flossing as well as visits with your dentist. Contact Trinity Family Dental, emergency dentist, to improve your dental health today.
 
 
 

TMJ (TMD) Therapy in Trenton, Ontario

TMJ, also known as temporomandibular joint disorder, occurs when there is impairment with the joint connecting your upper and lower jaw. This joint allows you to move your lower jaw in a variety of positions, such as up and down and side to side. When there are issues with the joint, it can cause popping or clicking sounds or your jaw getting stuck. Doctors are still determining the exact cause of TMJ, but it’s believed to be caused by injury, genetics, or environmental factors like stress.

TMJ symptoms can vary from person to person so it can be difficult to know if you have TMJ. Your dentist can determine if you have TMJ with a complete diagnosis. This includes getting a complete overview of your dental and medical history as well X-rays to get an in-depth look of your oral tissues.

Common TMJ symptoms include:
  • Difficulty opening your lower jaw, moving it forward or backward, or from side to side.
  • Jaws that temporarily get locked or stuck.
  • Popping or clicking sounds when opening or closing your mouth.
  • Chronic headaches or migraines.
  • Pain in your ears, neck, shoulders.
  • Pain while yawning or chewing.
If it is determined that you have TMJ, your dentist will create a customized treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms. Recommend treatments can include:
  • Relaxing the tense muscles by applying moist heat.
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers to help reduce pain.
  • Wearing an oral appliance to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching. Because stress is a common contributor to TMJ, people who are stressed are more likely to grind or clench their teeth while sleeping, which can cause TMJ symptoms.
  • Relaxation exercises to ease your tense jaw muscles.
  • As a last resort, surgery may be recommended.
Dr. Appan, Trenton Dentist, is committed to helping you relieve your TMJ pain once and for all. Contact Trinity Family Dental to schedule an appointmentwith us today.
 
 
 

Teeth Whitening in Trenton, Ontario

One of the common questions that we get is “How can I get my teeth whiter?” It’s safe to say that most people would benefit from a whiter smile. However, over time, things such staining foods, aging, and smoking, can darken your teeth. Stained or yellow teeth can make us feel self-conscious about our smile and impact our self-esteem.

One of the easiest ways to improve your self-confidence is with an attractive white smile. There are a variety of ways to whiten your smile including using whitening toothpaste or mouthwash or other whitening products like whitening pens, strips, or mouth trays. In addition, reducing your exposure to staining foods, such as coffee, tea, and sodas will help too.

While all these will help to keep your smile whiter, for some people that may not be enough. People who have heavy stains or who are looking for dramatic whitening results are likely to be disappointed by over-the-counter whitening products. While most of these products are suitable for light to mild stains, they simply aren’t strong enough for heavy stains. So, is there another option?

Trinity Family Dental offers professional teeth whitening solutions for people who are serious about whitening their smile. We offer a number of ways to whiten your smile including:

Home whitening kits:
We will create a home whitening kit that includes a bleaching gel and custom-made mouth trays. You will have to fill the mouth trays with bleaching gel and wear the trays for a short period of time every day for about 1-2 weeks. Compared to over-the-counter whitening kits, our bleaching gel is stronger so produces better whitening results.

Professional teeth whitening:

Our in-office teeth whitening treatment using a whitening gel that is much stronger than the ones you will find at your local drug store. The gel is placed on your teeth and left on for a short period of time. This process is repeated several times as your teeth get closer to achieving their optimal shade of white. In about an hour, our treatment can whiten your teeth by up to 8 shades.

Dr. Appan, dentist, will help you to choose the best whitening option for your smile. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.

 
 
 
 

Wisdom Tooth Extraction in Trenton, Ontario

A tooth extraction refers to when a tooth has to be removed from its socket. When a tooth is decayed, damaged or is extremely loose, your dentist will attempt to restore it with a bonded filling, dental crown, root canal therapy or another type of treatment. However, sometimes the tooth is too heavily damaged to be saved and may have to be extracted.

Other reasons to remove a tooth are to create room for teeth to be moved into alignment during orthodontic treatment or if a tooth is blocking other teeth from erupting.

Another common reason to extract a tooth is if it’s a wisdom tooth. Wisdom teeth can be found at the very back of your upper and low jaw and often appear when the patient is in their late teens to early 20s. Wisdom teeth can cause problems for nearby teeth including pain, inflammation, and even infection. These teeth can also cause pain and swelling of your gum tissues and cysts to develop.

A wisdom tooth can become impacted when it fails to erupt from the jaw and has to be removed. Depending on your case, you may have 1 to 4 wisdom teeth; however, in rare circumstances, some people may not have wisdom teeth appear or may have more than four.

It’s also important to note that if the wisdom tooth is not causing any problems and the mouth has enough room to accommodate it, it doesn’t have to be removed. During your examination, your dentist will perform a comprehensive examination, including digital X-rays, of your oral tissues to determine if a tooth has to be removed. You should provide your complete medical and dental history to your dentist as well as any medications that you’re taking.

During your procedure, you will be given an anesthesia so that you will remain completely comfortable and that you won’t feel anything. Dr. Appan and his dental team have a wealth of experience performing this type of surgery so you can feel confident that you’re in good hands. Contact Trinity Family Dental in Trenton to speak with us today. Our practice has been open for over 25 years and offers free wifi, Netflix, and Nintendo DS for your enjoyment.
 
 

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