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A note to our community,

A note to our community,

Dr. Peter C. Fritz Periodontal Wellness & Implant Surgery is temporarily closed effective Tuesday, March 17th in our effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. This closure will be re-evaluated in the first week of April. If you have an appointment scheduled with us...

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What to expect on your next visit with us

What to expect on your next visit with us

To ensure the health and safety of our community, we have instituted a few changes to your next appointment with us. Some things that you can expect to experience include: 1. Patient Wellness Screening Prior to your visit with us, you will be contacted by a member of...

What constitutes a dental emergency?

What constitutes a dental emergency?

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario has recommended that all non-emergency dental services be postponed to help to prevent the spread of the virus. So, what's an emergency? In dentistry, an emergency is a potentially...

Dental Implants 101

Dental Implants 101

As adults, we lose teeth for many reasons.  75% of adult tooth loss is due to periodontal disease.  However, we may also lose teeth into adulthood due to traumatic injury.  After tooth loss, it’s important to replace with an artificial root and crown. We tend to think...

How does a dental implant integrate?

How does a dental implant integrate?

A dental implant is an artificial root that is used to replace a natural tooth root that has been lost.  Dental implants are made of titanium.  Titanium is a natural element with non-reactive properties.  That is, it causes very little, if any immune response in the...

How do I care for my implant?

How do I care for my implant?

Just like natural teeth, dental implants require care and attention to remain healthy and viable.  Although the implant is artificial, the gum and bone tissues that anchor and support it are living and susceptible to infection and deterioration. When the tissues...

Periodontal Disease 101

Periodontal Disease 101

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, begins with chronic bacterial growth in the mouth.  If left untreated, periodontal disease can eventually lead to tooth loss.Initially, bacteria build a home in the spaces between the tooth and the gum, called the...

What is my periodontist measuring?

What is my periodontist measuring?

Your periodontist and hygienist collect several values that give a good indication of your periodontal health and wellness at every appointment.  To collect these values, a periodontal probe is used.  A probe is a very thin, small ruler.  The probe is gently inserted...

Classifications of Periodontal Disease

Classifications of Periodontal Disease

Everyone lives with a small amount of inflammation and bacteria in their mouths, but it is when this bacterial infection in the gums proceeds to chew away at the bone that supports the tooth that we are diagnosed with periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease often...

Conventional Crown Lengthening

Conventional Crown Lengthening

First things first, what is crown lengthening?  Often when a tooth fractures or has a very large filling and your dentist has recommended a crown to restore the tooth to its normal function and appearance, a crown lengthening procedure is required. This procedure...

Aesthetic Crown Lengthening

Aesthetic Crown Lengthening

First things first, what is aesthetic crown lengthening? It is possible that during normal growth and development, too much gum tissue forms around the teeth.  This if often referred to as a "gummy smile." Teeth will appear shortened and the gum margin where the gum...

What is a frenum?

What is a frenum?

A frenum is a small fold of tissue that secures our lips and tongue to our mouths.  Sometimes, we experience structural disorders or abnormal attachments of our frenums. An abnormal attachment can affect our speech, breathing, swallowing, our smile, and even the...

Dental Sedation Experience

Dental Sedation Experience

We are aware of the anxiety that many people have when undergoing dental treatments.  While we promise not to bite, we are completely committed to keeping our patients as comfortable as possible.  For this reason, we work with a team of registered nurses to provide...

Gum Recession 101

Gum Recession 101

A healthy tooth is surrounded by gum tissue, but sometimes gum tissue can breakdown in a process called recession, resulting in an exposure of the root surface. Gums can recede away from the teeth for a number of reasons, including: improper brushing, using a brush...

Oral Biopsy Post-Operative Instructions

Oral Biopsy Post-Operative Instructions

After your oral biopsy surgery, there are some steps to follow for quick and smooth recovery.  Healing after an oral biopsy can be broken into periods. In the first 24 hours: Only after freezing has completely warn off, you can apply ice to the area as needed in 10...

How to Care for my Stent after Gum Grafting

How to Care for my Stent after Gum Grafting

Prior to your soft tissue grafting surgery, a periodontal stent will be created based on a model of your mouth.  The periodontal stent is a hard, thin piece of plastic that functions to protect the palate (roof of the mouth) after soft tissue grafting surgery. After...

Care after Conscious Sedation/Sleep Dentistry

Care after Conscious Sedation/Sleep Dentistry

Many patients opt to undergo their periodontal surgery under conscious sedation, also known as sleep dentistry. Recovery from the medications administered by one of our Registered Nurse's takes several hours and during this time you must be accompanied by a care-giver...

3D Dental X-rays

3D Dental X-rays

Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a recent advancement in dental imaging and provides a 3D image of the tooth and jaw with high spatial resolution and diagnostic ability. The dental CBCT does not replace conventional 2D x-rays, but is an additional tool that...

Dental Radiation

Dental Radiation

Radiation exists in many forms, not all of which are ionizing, the form of radiation that poses a risk to our health. Low frequency radiation, such as radio waves, thermal/microwaves, infrared, and visible light waves are to low penetrating power to cause changes to...

Cannabis Use and our Oral Health

Cannabis Use and our Oral Health

We know of the negative effects of smoking cigarettes and other nicotine products on our oral health, but does cannabis cause the same outcomes? Yes.  Marijuana impacts our oral health and has been directly linked to a higher prevalence and earlier onset of...

Impact of our Diet on our Oral Health

Impact of our Diet on our Oral Health

They say you are what you eat and this is especially true when we consider how our diet impacts our oral health and wellness. Some aspects of our diet that have been shown to have a positive effect on our oral health include: Anti-inflammatory foods - tomatoes, fatty...

Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT)

Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT)

The major culprit in gingivitis and periodontal disease is bacteria and the sticky biofilm that it creates as a byproduct of living, breathing and growing.  This sticky biofilm coats our teeth and makes for an even more appealing environment for bacteria to reside. To...

Care after a Frenectomy

Care after a Frenectomy

When a strong frenum pull impairs our oral anatomy, sometimes a frenectomy is the answer.  A frenectomy involves releasing the excess fold of tissue that secures the tongue to the floor or the mouth (lingual frenectomy) or the lips to the gingiva (labial frenectomy)....

Tooth Anatomy

Tooth Anatomy

The structure and function of a teeth all play an important role in how we eat, drink, speak, and smile. The root is the part of the tooth anchors it into place in the jaw bone.  Like an iceberg, most of our tooth is located below the surface. The root is made up of...

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Our office is happy to announce our re-opening after a shutdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We will be calling all of our patients to confirm their upcoming appointments with our team.

webteam@drpeterfritz.com

(905) 892-0800

165 Highway 20 W, Suite 1 Fonthill, Ontario, L0S 1E5

The Current Hours of our Office are:

Monday: 8:00 - 4:30
Tuesday: 8:00 - 4:30
Wednesday: 8:00 - 8:00
Thursday: 8:00 - 8:00
Friday: 8:00 - 4:00
Saturday: 8:00 - 4:00