We always warmly welcome new patients to our office and make every effort to schedule emergency visits in ASAP.
We’re single handedly changing the perception of going to the dentist!
We understand that most people don’t like going to the Oakville dentist. We’ve done everything possible to ensure you have a great experience.
We believe your visit should be an experience…
Our goal is to change the perception that going to the dentist is no fun. Our friendly team and highly regarded dentists will do everything we can to make sure you have a world class experience.
We minimize pain…
Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be painful. We invest in the latest and greatest technology and apply the most gentle techniques to ensure a comfortable visit.
We’re a 5 star, award winning clinic…
We pride ourselves on excellent care. Our office has an exceptional rating across all relevant review sites and has been awarded the top dental clinic in our city.
What to Expect
We believe that informed patients make the best decisions. Whether you have been a patient for years, or are booking your first appointment, we pride ourselves in delivering the highest quality of care every time.
Your First Appointment
What can you expect?
- Examine all intra-oral & extra-oral soft tissues
- Examine all tooth structures, including existing fillings & crowns, etc.
- Assess range of motion of TMJ (jaw joints)
- Assess health of gums and bone
Once all the appropriate information is collected, and we have discussed all the of your dental concerns and past experiences, you and Dr. Iacovino will develop a plan together that best suits you needs. Any questions you have will be answered. For your convenience, please print this form and bring the two completed pages with you to your first appointment.
Located in the heart of beautiful Oakville, Elm Hill Dentistry is a dental practice for all ages and walks of life. From a complex restoration to a simple cleaning, Dr. Iacovino and our team are ready to serve your oral health needs.
Dental Excellence with Compassionate Care
Elm Hill Dentistry is committed to providing dental excellence with compassionate care. We continuously strive to raise the bar on patient education, and take the time to walk our patients through their treatment options step by step. At our office, we provide you with the most advanced dental equipment and digital x-ray technology. You will enjoy the most up-to-date treatments available in dentistry, including Straumann implants and Invisalign ® braces.
Oakville’s downtown area is rich with character and history, and Dr. Iacovino is proud to be a part of such a vibrant community. We strive to make our office worthy of such a wonderful location. And we were excited when Disney filmed our office’s front lawn and sign in the first moments of the movie, Cow Belles. Even Hollywood has an appreciation for the traditional beauty of our area!
Inside the clinic, you’ll enjoy our inviting, comfortable atmosphere and pleasant team members. Each sun-filled treatment room feels relaxing and features a full bank of windows overlooking our lovely garden. Behind the office, you’ll find free parking at our doorstep.
Our wheelchair ramp makes access very easy for our elderly or mobility-challenged patients.
Our warm and inviting office offers convenient hours, including early morning and evening appointments as well as Saturdays appointments. In addition to preventative dentistry, we offer cosmetic and restorative services, and dental implants (replacement of missing teeth). We are currently welcoming new patients and we invite you to contact us for your next appointment.
At Elm Hill Dentistry we are committed to educate our patients on oral health conditions, dental procedures, and proper oral hygiene techniques. We believe that education is the key to a productive and successful patient/dental office relationship.
How often should I have my teeth cleaned?
Maintaining a regular dental appointment schedule isn’t just good for your teeth, it’s an important part of your overall health. Every person’s periodontal health is unique and dynamic. The recommended continuous care interval can range from every three months (for someone with periodontal disease) to every 6 months (for an optimally healthy person). This interval is influenced by patient susceptibility, oral hygiene effectiveness and systemic health.
My past dental experiences have been painful. Does it have to be this way?
Absolutely not. At Elm Hill Dentistry, we know that if we take our time and are careful, we can treat you with little to no discomfort. You are the boss – we’ll stop any time you need us to.
Know that your comfort is our primary focus, and we will constantly check in with you to ensure you’re okay. We have many patients who previously believed they needed to be sedated to have their dental work done. Those patients now visit us with no significant anxiety!
How do you work with people who are afraid?
We all know that some people are nervous about dental treatments, while others are downright afraid. At our dental clinic, we welcome you warmly and sit down in a comfortable, relaxing place to hear your story and concerns. We will be happy to take the time answer any questions that you may have. As the patient, you have total control – we’ll ask permission prior to continuing with any procedure. You’ll never be rushed; we’ll make time to answer your questions and treat you with optimal TLC.
Why is it important to floss?
The spaces between your teeth are difficult, if not impossible to clean properly by brushing alone. Flossing cleans the surfaces between your teeth that cannot be reached by your toothbrush. It disrupts bacteria which live in your gum tissues. If those bacteria are not removed, they can cause bleeding gums, decay and possible bone loss. It takes just a few minutes per day, and the payback is a cleaner and healthier mouth.
How often should I brush and floss?
Brushing and flossing every day is an integral part of your dental care. Elm Hill Dentistry recommends brushing your teeth at least twice per day with fluoride toothpaste. Flossing should be done at least once per day, preferably before bedtime.
At what age should I bring my child in for their first dental visit?
The first step to ensuring a lifetime of good dental health comes in creating a positive attitude in our children towards their oral health. It is recommended that a child’s first visit to the dentist should be between two and a half and three years of age. At Elm Hill Dentistry we take special care to ensure that our younger patients are made to feel safe and comfortable.
How does tooth decay happen?
Without proper oral hygiene and regular dental exams, the bacteria in your mouth can reach dangerously high levels, resulting in serious oral infections such as tooth decay. Tooth decay is a complex process mediated by bacteria living on our teeth as part of a complex bio-film.
Does the health of my mouth really affect the rest of my body?
Yes. Many people do not realize that poor oral health can contribute to all kinds of medical conditions. Chronic oral infections like periodontitis can negatively affect people with heart disease and stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, premature birth and low birth weight and many other conditions. Acute oral infections can be life-threatening.
How do my medications affect my oral health?
Some medications can affect the amount of your saliva. A dry mouth increases the likelihood of tooth decay and gum disease. If you have questions about the effects of your medication, ask your dentist at Elm Hill Dentistry.
How do I replace a tooth (teeth)? How long does it take?
You now have more choices than ever for replacing missing teeth, including bridges, partial dentures, crown or dental implants, and implant secured dentures. Dr. Iacovino at Elm Hill Dentistry will be able to determine which option is best for you.
How long do implants last?
Although there are many restorative options for replacing missing teeth, none have proven as functionally effective and durable as dental implants. Implants are a permanent solution to replace missing teeth. We recommend implants because most conventional crown and bridge work fails due to decay, while implants cannot decay.
How long does it take to replace a tooth with an implant?
Implants are suitable for patients in good general health with healthy gums. Again, the length of time depends on many factors. The time that is required to place and restore the implant ranges from immediate to one year.
Why do my gums bleed?
Bleeding gums are a sign that your gums have become inflamed or infected as a result of plaque and tartar buildup along and below the gum lines. This condition can become very serious if left untreated and can eventually lead to receding gums and tooth loss. It’s important to visit a dentist if gum bleeding occurs, as inflammation can also cause bone loss in susceptible people.
What is teeth grinding, and how can I treat it?
Tooth grinding or bruxism, is a serious issue that can result in damage to your teeth. Bruxism is the grinding or clenching of the top and bottom teeth during the day or when sleeping.
We can treat teeth grinding with a night guard. Ask us about treatments available to relieve tension and discomfort in the jaw and neck. We can help your bite fit harmoniously and prevent grinding and clenching.
Why do I need X-rays?
X-rays are a critical part of the dental diagnostic process. They let us see bone levels, cavities, issues under fillings and aid pathology. We recommend X-rays based on each patient’s individual needs and current risk status.
How much radiation do X-rays have? Are they safe?
The average dental X-ray contains around 0.150 mSv of dental radiation, similar to the dose you’d receive during a cross-country airplane flight. Your exposure is further reduced by the use of a lead apron. The Canadian Dental Association has deemed dental X-rays safe to use for examination purposes.
Learn more about our practice and about services and techniques provided.
- Veneer: A thin restoration made out of porcelain. Veneers are like a new layer of enamel for your teeth. They can be used to change the shape and colour of a tooth and make it stronger.
- Inlay: A replacement of a filling using a definitive material like gold or ceramic/porcelain. Inlays are very durable and can last a lifetime.
- Onlay: A partial crown that is used to structurally reinforce a tooth when it’s been weakened.
- Crown: Used to fully cover a tooth that has been weakened.
- Dental Implants: Titanium implants that are placed into bone. They are used to replace missing teeth or secure removable prosthetics.
- Invisalign: An alternative to metal braces, Invisalign braces are clear, custom-made aligner trays which gradually shift the placement of your teeth.
- X-rays: Dental radiographs used to find hidden dental structures, malignant or benign masses, bone loss, and cavities.
- Intraoral Photographs: Photographic techniques used in dentistry, within the mouth.
- Study Models: Plaster model of teeth and adjoining tissues.