At Harborn Dental, our goal is to get to know your unique dental health status and then recommend and guide you through decisions about treatments that, in our professional opinion, would suit your personal needs. Harborn Dental is a family dentistry clinic in Mississauga. Our family dentist provides services like dental sealants, fluoride treatments, dental fillings, and emergency dental services. This means we offer a variety of general dental services to family members of all ages, from children to seniors.
Our General Dental Services Include:
Not sure about which services you need? Please get in touch and we’ll provide you with more information.
We recognize that dental issues can be unique to your current stage of life. As family dentists, we are familiar with the needs and requirements of each age group, so you can bring yourwhole family. However, it is not always the case that only children need orthodontics, or only senior citizens need crowns. We’ll investigate your unique dental situation in order to recommend what we believe is the right treatment for you.
As family dentists in Mississauga, we meet people of all ages from many walks of life. We understand that some people, especially children, can get very anxious and nervous when they visit the dentist. Fortunately, we are experienced in treating patients like you with the care and respect you deserve. We will do our best to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
If you experience major dental anxiety, have sensitive teeth, or will receive an extensive dental procedure (such as a wisdom tooth extraction), ask us about sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry at Harborn Dental can come in either a pill or IV form, depending on the procedure you’re receiving and your health history. Please note that if you’re interested in being sedated during any procedure, you will need to consult with us first. Patients who have been sedated also require someone to escort them home.
Better Technology to Better Serve You
Our family dentistry clinic in Mississauga is dedicated to giving you the best experience we can. That’s why we take pride in using modern dental technology to serve you better. For example, our laser dentistry services can provide cavity treatment with reduced stress, pain, and noise. Our facility also uses digital radiographs, which produce less radiation than conventional X-rays, while having a greater diagnostic ability at the same time.
A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars, and any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of teeth. More than 75% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves. Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean and are very susceptible to decay. A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves, creating a smooth, easy to clean surface.
Sealants can protect teeth from decay for many years, but need to be checked for wear and chipping at regular dental visits.
Reasons for Sealants:
Children and teenagers: As soon as the six-year molars (the first permanent back teeth) appear, or any time throughout the cavity-prone years from 6-16, to prevent tooth decay.
Adults: Teeth surfaces without decay that have deep grooves or depressions.
Baby teeth: Occasionally done if teeth have deep grooves or depressions and the child is cavity prone.
What Do Sealants Involve?
Sealants are easily applied by our dentist or dental hygienist and the process takes only a couple of minutes per tooth. The teeth to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned and then surrounded with cotton to keep the area dry. A special solution is applied to the enamel surface to help the sealant bond to the teeth. The teeth are then rinsed and dried. Sealant material is carefully painted onto the enamel surface to cover the deep grooves or depressions. Depending on the type of sealant used, the material will either harden automatically or with a special curing light.
Proper home care, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new sealants.
Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. It’s a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. The benefits of fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.
Fluoride Works in Two Ways:
Topical fluoride strengthens the teeth once they have erupted by seeping into the outer surface of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more resistant to decay. We gain topical fluoride by using fluoride containing dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels. Our dentists and dental hygienists generally recommend that children have a professional application of fluoride twice a year during dental check-ups.
Systemic fluoride strengthens the teeth that have erupted as well as those that are developing under the gums. We gain systemic fluoride from most foods and our community water supplies. It is also available as a supplement in drop or gel form and can be prescribed by your dentist or physician. Generally, fluoride drops are recommended for infants, and tablets are best suited for children up through the teen years. It is very important to monitor the amount of fluoride a child ingests. If too much fluoride is consumed while the teeth are developing, it may result in a condition called fluorosis (white spots on the teeth).
Although most people receive fluoride from food and water, sometimes it is not enough to help prevent decay. Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend the use of home and/or professional fluoride treatments for the following reasons:
Deep pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of teeth
Exposed and sensitive root surfaces
Fair to poor oral hygiene habits
Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake
Inadequate exposure to fluorides
Inadequate saliva flow due to medical conditions, medical treatments, or medications
Recent history of dental decay
Remember, fluoride alone will not prevent tooth decay. It’s important to brush at least twice a day, floss regularly, eat balanced meals, reduce sugary snacks, and visit your dentist on a regular basis.
Dental emergencies are quite frightening and often painful. Prompt treatment is almost always required to alleviate pain and to ensure that your teeth have the best possible chance of survival.
Sometimes, teeth become fractured by trauma, grinding, or biting on hard objects. In other cases, fillings, crowns, and other prosthetic or orthodontic devices can be damaged, or fall out of the mouth completely. If there is severe pain, it is essential to contact our office immediately. The pain caused by dental emergencies almost always gets worse without treatment, and dental issues can seriously jeopardize physical health.
There Are a Few Steps You Can Take If You Have a Dental Emergency:
Pick up the tooth by the crown and rinse it under warm water. Do not touch the root.
If possible, place it back into its socket - if not tuck it into the cheek pouch.
If the tooth cannot be placed in the mouth, put the tooth into a cup of milk, saliva, or water as a last resort. It’s important to keep the tooth from drying out.
Get to our office, quickly and safely.
Are you a candidate for sedation? There are several reasons that may qualify you for sedation. If you’ve experienced any of the following with your dental care, then we can help:
High fear or anxiety
A history of traumatic dental experiences
Very sensitive teeth
Extensive dental problems (including wisdom teeth extractions, surgical extractions, bone grafting, and implant placement)
Difficulty in becoming numb with local anesthesia
Sedation Modalities Available in Our Office:
Oral Sedation or Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Oral sedation is a simple, safe, and comfortable sedation option that allows you to be relaxed and anxiety-free throughout your entire dental treatment.
Your sedation appointment will begin in our comfortable office. Once you have arrived, your pre-operative vitals will be checked. If your vital signs are within normal limits (evaluated by your dentist), you will be given sedation medication (in pill form) which will cause you to feel very relaxed. For your continued safety, your pulse, blood pressure, and other vital signs will be continually monitored during the procedure.
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is an alternative sedation that can be administered to help you relax during your dental treatment, and only then we’ll begin your dental treatment. You’ll be conscious of the verbal instructions from the dentist. For your continued safety, with oral sedation or nitrous oxide, your pulse, blood pressure, and other vital signs will be continually monitored during the procedure.
When we have completed your dental treatment, you will be ready to have your companion escort you home, where you can rest comfortably for the rest of the day.
Please note: each patient who is interested in any of the above sedation options needs to have a consultation appointment with the dentist administering the sedation prior to the treatment appointment.
If you are interested in finding out more about how you can be relaxed and comfortable throughout your next dental appointment and to see if you are a candidate for sedation, please contact us to book a free consultation.
Our dentists will ensure that they give you the best treatment available. Call us to make an appointment.