Brantford

Central Dental

201-388 ST. PAUL AVE

BRANTFORD N3R 4N4

Tel: 519.759.7631

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DENTISTRY

All aspects of our dental treatment offer a cosmetic and functional component. Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, teeth can be restored with tooth colored resins and ceramics. These quality restorations are strong, durable, metal free and are bonded to tooth structure. Our team of dental professionals, here at Brantford Central Dental feel they represent an excellent investment in your long-term dental health.

White Fillings

As well, our team offers composite fillings that match the shade of your tooth and are now a great alternative to silver-mercury amalgam. Porcelain and composites offer strength, durability and give you a beautiful white smile!

Crowns & Bridges

What are the benefits of crowns from a cosmetic and health point of view? A crown can be utilized to repair a chipped or fractured tooth! A crown is by far the best way to protect a weak or badly decayed tooth. A crown is also a very good way to cover a single or number of teeth that are stained or have become yellow due to tetracycline, coffee, tea, or other harsh staining properties!

Why is it important to replace a missing tooth? It not only improves the look of your smile, but also contributes to better dental health. Each tooth has its own important role. Some are used for biting or chewing, others give shape to your face. The support that your teeth provide for each other is compromised when one is missing. Before long, evidence of breakdown is noticed in the remaining teeth, the jaw joint and/or the gums. The use of a bridge or 'artificial tooth' can prevent these problems. Talk with any of our Brantford Central Dental team members today for more information on bridges.

Tooth Whitening

A bright white smile can make a dramatic impact on your appearance. There are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of your smile. If you would like to improve the color of your smile, ask us what treatment is best for you! We offer the latest in whitening technology!

EXAMS & CLEANING

One of the easiest ways to prevent the decline of your oral health is to maintain a regular schedule of having your teeth cleaned by our dental hygienist. A professional cleaning will minimize the accumulation of plaque and calculus on your teeth. Our professional hygienist at Brantford Central Dental will also provide you with instructions on personalized home care. By working together, we can prevent the advance of gum disease and ensure healthy teeth and a healthy smile in the years ahead. It is important to know that research shows a direct connection between oral health and heart disease as well as other medical conditions. Our team can aid you in determining the treatment best suited to your specific needs.

CHILDREN

Dr. Liu and her team of dental professionals, here at Brantford Cental Dental, want to make sure that your children have a broad, beautiful, healthy smile. Making sure that your children are healthy is so important, and your child’s oral health is a huge part of their overall health.Our office is designed to treat the early growth and development of your child's dentition through adolescence. As your child grows, Dr. Liu is able to recognize at an early stage any problems that will affect the overall function of your child's dental health. Dr. Liu prides herself in creating an environment that is friendly, caring and fun, allowing for a positive dental experience!

Sealants

Dr. Liu offers children's sealants. The Canadian National Institute of Dental Research indicates that 95% of all cavities in children aged 5 to 17 are pit and fissure caries. These deep grooves and pits appear on the biting surfaces of molars and pre-molars. As parents, it is up to us to opt for non-destructive, painless and preventive procedures for our children, rather than undergoing anesthetic injections and filling procedures which are more costly in the long run.

This decay can be effectively prevented through the use of pit and fissure sealants. Sealants are applied as a liquid which fills in the grooves naturally appearing on these teeth. The liquid quickly hardens, forming a barrier which prevents food particles and bacteria from getting trapped in these crevices and causing decay.

If you have any questions about your child’s oral or overall health, please feel free to speak with one of our Brantford Central Dental team members today.

RESTORATIONS/DENTURES/EXTRACTIONS
Dentures

Dentures are probably the most common way world wide to replace missing teeth especially when a patient is missing many teeth. They are an affordable removable prosthetic that can be worn relatively easily by the patient. In addition, dentures are the most affordable, especially when compared with other alternatives such as dental fixed bridgework or implant-supported restorations. Please feel free to speak to one of the Brantford Central Dental team members today for more details, and get ready to smile!

Implants

Dental implants are designed to provide a secure foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. If you are among the many Canadians who suffer from permanent tooth loss, you can eliminate the problems and discomfort caused by poorly fitting dentures or missing teeth. You can begin to discover the joy of eating healthy, speaking clearly, feeling confident and laughing comfortably! With dental implants, you can rediscover the comfort and confidence to enjoy your life. Dental implants are designed to provide you with a natural looking and functioning smile.

Did you know that even the loss of one tooth might result in the tipping, drifting and erupting of neighboring and opposing teeth? The loss of several teeth can result in the inability to chew and speak effectively. It can also lead to the collapse of your bite causing stress on your jaw joints and facial muscles. There may be a reduction in the vertical dimension of your face resulting in an older facial appearance and noticeable facial lines. Our team of dental professionals consider all these factors when determining how best to achieve dental aesthetics that are in harmony with your physiology.

A dental implant is a small titanium post that is inserted below the gum to anchor an artificial tooth. Dental Implants are a more secure and confident solution to uncomfortable or loose dentures. We have made every effort to make sure we offer our dental implants at an extremely competitive fee.  If you have any further questions about how dental implants can improve your quality of life, please feel free to speak to one of our team members today.

Wisdom Teeth/Extractions

Wisdom teeth are extracted for two general reasons: either the wisdom teeth have already become impacted, or the wisdom teeth could potentially become problematic if not extracted.

What are impacted wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth are the third molars, the last teeth to erupt. Impacted wisdom teeth are unable to erupt. They may have grown in at an awkward angle or are blocked by another tooth or even your jawbone. Over time, your impacted tooth could cause problems such as decay, damage to other teeth or pain.

Wisdom teeth appear between the ages of 17 and 21. However, they may begin causing problems years earlier. There is not always enough room at the back of your jaw for your wisdom teeth, this can lead to inflammation, pain and difficulty opening your jaw.

Potential problems caused by the presence of improperly grown-in wisdom teeth include infections caused by food particles easily trapped in the jaw area behind the wisdom teeth where regular brushing and flossing is difficult and ineffective. Such infections may be frequent, and can cause considerable pain and medical danger.

Another reason to have a wisdom tooth removed is if the tooth has grown in improperly, causing the tongue to brush up against it.

Dr. Liu will always suggest saving a tooth whenever possible. Other than wisdom teeth, you may have other problematic teeth that have decay or have been traumatized. There are ways to save your original teeth from extraction and we suggest that you speak with Dr. Liu or one of our Brantford Central Dental team members before you decide which course of action is best for you.

ROOT CANAL THERAPY

There is no reason for concern if you require a root canal. Endodontics, also known as root canal therapy, refers to a filling of the root structure of your tooth. This is usually required as a result of trauma to the tooth or significant decay that involves the nerve or pulp of your tooth.

During an endodontic procedure, the tooth is cleaned, filled and restored to its original shape and size.  Generally, a crown is placed over the tooth to protect it from further problems.

This crown will protect your tooth for years to come, and the endodontic treatment allows your tooth to survive.

As with all treatment provided here, Dr. Liu will ensure your complete comfort and understanding. A root canal is nothing to be worried about, it is however extremely important in the saving of your tooth!

TECHNOLOGIES
Digital X-rays

Digital X-rays help in the diagnosis and treatment of many dental procedures. They illustrate bone height, bone defects, infection, root involvement, tartar, tooth decay and more. Digital X-rays are also beneficial in determining if gum disease is progressing or if arrested.

Here at Brantford Central Dental we realize the benefits for patients when utilizing the digital X-ray system.

A digital X-ray allows for quick on screen reference to facilitate your understanding of any areas of concern. As well, digital X-rays allow for minimal exposure time with 80% less radiation than normal X-rays.

Digital X-rays are scanned into our computer, allowing for the images of your teeth, supporting bone and gums to be large and crisp, stored in your file for future reference. Digital X-rays are faster, safer and environmentally friendly.

Please feel free to speak to any one of our team members on how this amazing technology allows us to bring patient care to a higher and improved level.

Intra Oral Camera

What if you could see what we see? Intra-Oral Video and Photography! The more you know about your mouth, the more able you are to make good choices for your dental care. Intra-Oral Video and Photography! At Brantford Central Dental, we utilize technology to assist clients who want to be an active participant in their own dental care. Ask your dental hygienist for a complete tour of your mouth. Then, we'll immediately print a photograph of any area(s) you would like.  Intra-Oral Video and Photography! A picture is worth a thousand words. If you have any questions about Intra-oral photography, speak to one of the Brantford Central Dental team members today!

SLEEP APNEA & SNORING/MOUTHGUARDS
Sleep Apnea & Snoring

Snoring occurs when the throat structures are abnormally large and/or when during sleep the throat muscles relax enough to cause the airway to collapse and partially obstruct the flow of air. As the lungs try to suck and push air past these obstructions, the structures vibrate as the air rushes past, and the sound we know as snoring occurs. While snoring may be harmless, it can also be a sign of a more serious medical condition, which progresses from upper airway resistance syndrome to obstructive sleep apnea.

The Brantford Central Dental team offers anti-snoring devices or snoring prevention devices to help our patients get a good nights sleep, as well, these snoring devices will help prevent obstructed breathing which can lead to many health issues including possible death. Snoring prevention is extremely important, and even though many people laugh or disregard snoring, it is very important that you utilize an anti-snoring device if you snore. Snoring prevention is not a laughing matter.

Mouthguards

Sports Dentistry is the treatment and prevention of Orofacial athletic injuries and related oral disease and manifestations.

Pre-season screenings and examinations are essential in preventing injuries.  Examinations include health histories, at risk dentitions, diagnosis of cavities, bite relationships, orthodontics, loose teeth, dental habits, crown and bridgework, missing teeth, artificial teeth, and the possible need for extractions for orthodontic concerns or wisdom teeth.

Determination of the need for a specific type and design of athletic mouth guard for injury prevention is made at this time. Here in Brantford, Dr. Liu and their team are specifically trained on the prevention of sports injuries.

A sports mouth guard is one of the most important pieces of athletic equipment. If you treasure your child’s or your own smile, a custom designed sports mouth guard is a must!

There are three types of sports mouth guards, the most efficient and effective type of sports mouth guard is custom designed here at Brantford Central Dental by Dr. Liu and our Dental Associates. The other two guards are a fitted mouth guard which is pre-made and fitted to your mouth and a ready-made sports mouth guard which is available in most sports equipment stores. Although inexpensive, these two alternatives are also the least effective!

Protect both you and your child from serious injuries, have Dr. Liu and the team here in Brantford at Brantford Central Dental custom design and build a proper, professional sports mouth guard for you or your child.

ORTHODONTICS
Early Treatment Orthodontics

Give Your Child the Gift of a Beautiful, Healthy Smile! Here at Brantford Central Dental in Brantford,

Dr. Liu offers early orthodontic care for children. By treating your child’s problems early, you save money and may prevent the need for more extensive future treatment. Dr. Liu can get your child’s smile off to a healthy start by treating your child early! Parents want the best for their children; straight teeth, properly sized jaws, straight profiles and beautiful smiles.

75% of 12-year-olds need orthodontic treatment, yet 90% of a child’s face has already developed by that age!  Here at Brantford Central Dental in Brantford Dr. Liu guides your child’s facial development early with functional appliances. Up to 80% of your child’s treatment can be corrected before the adult teeth are present!

Many children who need orthodontic treatment due to a bad bite have underdeveloped lower jaws. Dr. Liu utilizes functional appliances which can reposition the lower jaw forward, improve your child’s profile and correct the bite problem within 7 to 9 months!

Why are functional appliances so important?

Dr. Liu utilizes functional appliances which can help correct and can often prevent: Bite problems, underdeveloped jaws, narrow arches, crowded teeth, deep overbites, jaw joint problems, airway problems and thumb-sucking habits.

Many children with narrow jaws, deep overbites or receding lower jaws have unhealthy jaw joints which can cause:

• Headaches and neck pain
• Dizziness and fainting
• Earaches or ringing in the ears
• Clicking and locking jaws, or difficulty opening jaws

Deep overbites and receding lower jaws may cause earaches, stuffiness or ringing in the ears. If infection has been ruled out, functional appliances can eliminate these symptoms effectively.

Mouth breathing can lead to orthodontic problems as well as other problems such as poor sleep habits. This can leave children prone to daytime fatigue, an inability to concentrate in school and headaches. Mouth breathing can cause narrow arches and unattractive smiles. By using functional appliances while children are actively growing, Dr. Liu and her team here in Brantford can help them achieve a broad, beautiful smile and prevent many issues.

Due to the fact that younger children between the ages of 8 and 11 are often much more cooperative than children between the ages of 12 to 14, the use of functional appliances becomes very smart! As well, early phase one treatment with functional appliances will probably mean that your child will need to wear fixed braces on their adult teeth for less time.

Crowded teeth are caused by narrow arches. Developing the arches at an early age may prevent or eliminate the crowding of permanent teeth and often eliminates the need to remove any adult teeth. Narrow jaws can confine the tongue and interfere with normal speech. Functional appliances help ensure proper growth and greatly enhance your child’s ability to speak normally.

Dr. Liu and her Brantford Central Dental team’s early use of functional appliances can prevent or eliminate the need for the removal of adult teeth and lengthy use of braces, speech difficulties and crowding.

Early phase one treatment with functional appliances, (ages 5 to 12), should be initiated for habits such as tongue thrusting and thumb sucking, a constricted airway due to swollen adenoids or tonsils, mouth breathing or snoring problems, a bad bite or narrow or underdeveloped jaws. Dr. Liu suggests that it is critical to correct any functional or jaw problems as soon as they are diagnosed. During phase two, (ages 12 to 14), your child’s teeth are straightened with braces, which usually take about 1½ to 2 years.

A functional appliance may provide your child with improved appearance and speech. Dr. Liu and her Brantford team of professionals here at Brantford Central Dental take great pride in helping children to have the healthiest most beautiful smile possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to speak with one of our Brantford Central Dental team members.

Adult Orthodontics

Are you under the impression that orthodontics is just for children?  Definitely not!  It’s never too late to look your best.  If you suffer from bite problems, twisted teeth, gaps, uneven, crooked or protruding teeth, you may want to consider orthodontics.  Please feel free to ask us for more information.