General Dentistry in Halifax

Preventive Care

The cleanliness of your mouth is important to ensure the longevity, beauty, and comfort of your smile, as well as to protect your general health. If there is disease and a lot of germs (bacteria) in your mouth it’s not healthy for the rest of your body. We explain the reasons and importance of establishing and maintaining good oral hygiene. We educate our patients so they can effectively practice this hygiene care at home. We understand that exceptional care of your mouth is paramount to achieving both comfort and confidence in your smile.


Fillings are used to replace areas of teeth that have a cavity. The material used is a composite resin and is very similar to the colour of your teeth. A patient needs a filling when there is a cavity within the tooth, if an old filling has begun to break down or if there is damage to the tooth.

Comprehensive Exams and Screenings

During your check-ups Dr. Thistle and Dr. Ryan thoroughly assess everything from the neck up. This includes an oral cancer screening confirming that all of your tissues, glands, bones, and muscles look and/or feel normal. Although teeth are very important to us, we know that there are many other important structures in and around your mouth.

Root Canals

Root canals are needed when the nerve inside a tooth dies and becomes irreversibly inflamed or dies and becomes infected. This can be caused by a deep cavity or trauma. The inflammation or infection can cause a great deal of pain. Root canals involve removing the offending nerve tissue within the tooth. Dr. Thistle and Dr. Ryan can treat almost any tooth needing a root canal and only refer to specialists (endodontists) in very complicated situations. Root canals can save your tooth instead of having an extraction.


Crowns are usually used to improve the strength and longevity of a tooth. They are recommended when the tooth structure is severely compromised by a large cavity, fractured from old fillings, cracks in the tooth, and/or when a tooth has had root canal treatment. A crown fits like a helmet over your tooth and prevents your tooth from fracturing. Crowns are made most often from a strong ceramic material that will look like your tooth.

Bridges involve fusing an artificial ceramic tooth between two crowns that are placed over the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth space. Bridges are designed to be permanent and cannot be removed.


Dr. Ryan and Dr. Thistle offer different types of oral surgeries depending on your needs, ranging from biopsies to wisdom tooth extractions. These can be done with the understanding that if your needs would be better addressed by an oral surgeon, we would make the appropriate arrangements for you.

Jaw Pain & Headaches

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is pain of the jaw joint. It can also include frequent headaches as well as neck and shoulder aches. It is believed that TMDs are caused by a combination of factors including, but not limited to, injuries, arthritis, joint diseases, clenching or grinding. The most commonly recommended initial treatment involves the use of an occlusal splint to help the jaw joints and muscles relax. Successful use of this appliance, which is usually worn at night, means less discomfort from your condition and a better night’s sleep! If a reasonable improvement in your symptoms cannot be obtained by splint therapy, there are specialists that we can send you to for more options.


Complete dentures can be made if you are missing all of your teeth, while partial dentures can be made if you are missing just some of your teeth. There are many different types of complete and partial dentures that can be made to suit your needs. Generally though, complete dentures are held in place by the gums, suction from the roof of the mouth, and sometimes dental implants, while partial dentures use the remaining teeth to help keep them stable.

Purdy's Wharf Dental Group
201-1959 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3N2

Office Hours

Monday 8:00am – 5:30pm

Tuesday 8:00am – 5:30pm

Wednesday 8:00am – 7:30pm

Thursday 7:30am – 5:30pm

Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday and Sunday: Closed

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