Patient Care / Dental Care Services in london, ontario

Dr. Lacombe has more than 20 years experience as a general practitioner helping his patients maintain the functionality and aesthetics of the teeth and associated tissues and structures. He can prevent, evaluate, diagnose, and treat diseases of the oral cavity and associated structures.

General dentistry

General dentistry has changed from simply doing fillings and cleanings to dental professionals who strive to maintain and improve your oral health. This encompasses many facets of dentistry that can include:

  • restorative dentistry
  • cosmetic dentistry
  • simple cleanings (prophylaxis)
  • complex periodontal procedures
  • extractions
  • prosthetic dentistry such as bridgework and full or partial dentures

Restorative dentistry

Healthy oral habits and regular dental care will always be best, but in some cases decay and cavities are not preventable. Restorative dentistry can repair teeth that have been damaged, lost or decayed.

Immediate treatment for decay can be provided with a small filling. However, if you've already had restoration on a tooth, Dr. Lacombe will carefully evaluate your individual situation. If the seal between the tooth enamel and restoration breaks down, you risk developing additional decay in that tooth.

If the restoration is large or recurrent decay is extensive, there may not be enough tooth structure remaining to support a replacement filling. In these cases, Dr. Lacombe may suggest replacing the filling with a crown. A crown is a restoration that covers a tooth to protect it and restore it to its normal shape and size - strengthening and improving the appearance of your tooth.

In situations where the restoration required is large, or the decay is recurrent, a crown can cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't enough tooth left. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discoloured or badly shaped. It's also used to cover a dental implant.

A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge spans the gap left by the missing tooth and is usually anchored to the two existing teeth on either side. A bridge can protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that is broken.

A fixed bridge is a cemented replacement for missing teeth. It restores normal function and stabilization and can help balance a normal bite, prevent unnatural stress on the dental ridge, help prevent formation of decay in abnormal areas and help retard the onset of gum/bone disease.

Cosmetic Dentistry

If you are unhappy with your smile - discoloration, gaps and spaces, unsightly fillings – Dr. Lacombe can give you a smile you will want to share. Dental implants, veneers, whitening treatment and bonding can transform your smile. Dr. Lacombe will work with you to create a smile that is natural and beautiful, using today’s most advanced techniques. A healthy, attractive smile can boost your confidence and improve your life – personally and professionally.

Dr. Lacombe improves teeth, using the latest techniques in cosmetic dentistry: straightening, reshaping and whitening teeth. With every cosmetic dentistry procedure, he transforms a person's smile. And, of course, with the benefits of sleep dentistry techniques, Dr. Lacombe can make your cosmetic dentistry transformation a comfortable and painless dental experience.

Endodontic (root canal)

Decay that is left untreated can progress to infect the tooth's nerve or dental pulp. Today, root canal treatment provides a safe alternative to removing teeth. When the pulp is diseased or injured and can't repair itself, the tooth dies.

Left untreated pus builds up at the root tip, in the jawbone, forming a "pus-pocket" called an abscess. A root canal removes the infected pulp of the tooth. When not removed, pain and swelling can result, and could injure your jawbones.

Sleep dentistry has made root canal a much more comfortable and pain-free procedure for patients.

Periodontal (gum) therapy

For adults, periodontal (gum) disease is the major cause of tooth loss. Periodontal diseases are caused by bacterial infections that attack gums, ligaments and bone. Often painless, these diseases may develop at any age and can start slowly or progress quite rapidly.

The warning signs include:

  • gums that bleed easily
  • red, swollen or tender gums
  • gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • or any change in the fit of partial dentures.

Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. The first step is usually a thorough cleaning that may include scaling to remove plaque and tarter deposits beneath the gum line. When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, surgery may be needed.

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