Cosmetic Dentistry

Tissue grafting – CTG and Pinhole Surgical Technique

Sometimes patients would like to cover their tooth roots that are exposed due to recession. Recession can cause root sensitivity, decay, or cosmetic issues. Tissue grafting procedures are not often provided in general dentistry offices, but Dr. Seddon has been doing these surgeries for years. Typically, he would consider either the new innovative pinhole surgical technique or a connective tissue graft.

The Dr. Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is a very popular procedure that was invented by Dr. John Chao in Los Angeles, California. You may have seen in online or on the TV show “The Doctors”. Dr. Seddon received his training directly by Dr. Chao and performs it regularly in his practice. It is a very non-invasive procedure and the results are nothing short of impressive. There are no incisions, no sutures, and no second surgery sites. One of the best parts of this procedure is that you can do all of the top or bottom teeth in the same procedure. Instead of using your own tissue from another part of the mouth, the pinhole surgical technique uses collagen to secure the tissues in place.

Connective tissue grafts are some of the safest and easiest procedures that have incredible success since it uses your own tissue from the roof of your mouth. A very fine incision is made a thin slice of tissue is gently removed and placed over the exposed root with a special surgical grade crazy glue. The area where the tissue was removed is finely sutured with incredibly small stitches that allow healing to happen within a few days. Dr. Seddon typically focuses on just a few teeth with this procedure as it is dependent on how much tissue he can harvest in a single procedure. If you would like to come in for an assessment of your recession to see what technique is right for you, feel free to contact us!

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Porcelain Veneers

These durable shells are custom-made to fit snugly and comfortably over the visible part of the affected teeth. Once bonded to your teeth, veneers can last decades, and provide you with beautiful, natural-looking results and a balanced new smile

Veneers are a great way for one to obtain that perfect, natural-looking smile without the need for braces or  implants.  There are two types of veneers:  composite and porcelain. Porcelain veneers are less likely to stain and last longer than composite veneers.

Why Should I Get Veneers?

There are several reasons to get veneers. They are a quick way to have a smile that is brighter and straighter. Teeth that are discoloured, fractured or worn down can also be repaired this way. Teeth that are too small or out of position may be fixed with veneers. Veneers can also correct diastemas (spaces), misshapen, stained or crooked teeth.

Dr. Seddon has had specialized training in veneer preparation from courses throughout North America. In fact, he is an international instructor with the Frontier Institute (www.frontierdentalinstitute.com), which specializes in the teaching of porcelain veneers to other dentists. Dr. Seddon will ensure to conserve tooth structure as much as possible and will only remove enamel from teeth if necessary – sometimes a veneer can be done without even removing any tooth structure!  After the first appointment, our patients will receive temporary acrylic veneers which will look identical to the finished veneers.  The laboratory will use the impressions taken by Dr. Seddon to make the final finished porcelain veneers.

How Should I Care For My Veneers?

Now that you have the smiles of your dreams, there are a few precautions you should take with your new veneers.

  • Make sure not to eat any foods or candy that may cause the veneers to chip or crack
  • Brush your teeth with a soft or ultra-soft toothbrush and brush lightly in circular motions for 2 minutes
  • Use a non-whitening toothpaste twice a day when brushing
  • Floss daily
  • Wear your night guard every night
  • Ensure that you visit Dr. Seddon every 6 months for your recare exam

Some things you should not do after you get the smile of the your dreams is to grind or clench your teeth. Do not eat hard candy or foods and do not bite your fingernails or paperclips.  Lastly, do not open any packages or bottles with your new porcelain veneers as that may cause them to twist and loosen.

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