About us


Dr. Charles Kamel’s dental practice located in Ottawa, Ontario. The MYsmile team has been providing preventative and cosmetic dental treatment since 1995, and we are proud of every smile that we achieve.

 

Recent advances in cosmetic dentistry technology have served to change the way we modify, and see a smile. At our office, we assure you that we are moving in stride with these technologies, and that our patients receive the full spectrum of care, from their first “hello,” visiting our office, to a brilliant, beautiful, and healthy smile.

The MYsmile team has extensive experience in dental needs for the whole family. Our philosophy is to ensure that your smile is healthy and beautiful. Whether you are concerned about your child’s oral health, or are in need of complex restorative work, our team is ready to provide high quality dental care for children, teens, adults, and the elderly. We serve all ages and all smiles!

 


Our team

  • Dr. Kamel

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    dentist

    Dr. Kamel has been operating a successful private dental practice in Kanata, Ontario since 1995. He brings a broad range of knowledge to his practice after a 1-year residency at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, and extensive continuous training in a variety of areas within dentistry.

  • Sandra

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    Office Manager/Administrator

    Sandra joined the MYsmile team as our office manager. Her positive attitude and ability to think on a grand scale has allowed our office to grow. Sandra ensures that our patients have an unforgettable dental visit, offering first-class customer service.

 

Services


Here are some of the services MYsmile has to offer.

 

CEREC

CEREC

Cosmetic dentistry demands the best, high quality treatment available. Today it also demands as few visits to the dental office as possible while maintaining excellence of care.

The CEREC (CERamic REConstruction) system, used in our office is designed to do just that. It is the solution to providing restorations that match the color of your tooth in a rapid, dependable manner. Dr. Kamel has trained extensively in utilization, and customization of CEREC designed crowns, inlays, and onlays. These have become the normal standard of practice in dental restoration within our office.

The CEREC system is developed to craft a uniquely shaped, and suitably colored crown, inlay, or onlay for your specific treatment plan. This means that you no longer need to come into the office multiple times for a single crown placement. At the MySmile office, crowns are not sent out for manufacturing, which has the potential for a shaping or color error. They are done on the spot.

CEREC is wonderful technology that will effectively design a strong ceramic addition to your tooth with the perfect fit. All CEREC restorations are made to last, and blend in to match the color of your tooth. This means, no more amalgam or gold fillings!

Inlays and Onlays are designed to restore teeth with only mild to moderate decay, therefore salvaging any remains of the natural tooth preventing further decay. Inlays, are used to fill any cavity within the tooth, whereas onlays are placed on the tooth surface.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and Bridges

Among the many types of dental restorations are crowns and bridges. Crowns are designed to completely cap a decayed tooth or to cap an implant.

Crowns provide a sure way to strengthen an unhealthy tooth. They are designed to improve the look of the tooth, and its overall strength. Crowns are created and applied to mimic the natural crown of your tooth.

The application of a crown to a compromised tooth can reduce pain, strengthen your bite, and improve your smile. Crowns are designed and applied to last a very long time.

Bridges (fixed partial dentures) are designed to replace missing teeth by attaching them to implants or to adjacent teeth. These are developed in order to make a uniform, straight smile. Missing teeth can impact your self-confidence in social situations, determine how and what you eat, and can severely impact your teeth. The placement of a bridge can fill this void with a secure array of customized porcelain restorations that can restore your bite, and your smile. Like crowns, they too are crafted to last for a number of years.

Grafts

Grafts

Dental grafts are a common procedure done to transplant a piece of bone or tissue to compensate for a loss of that substance elsewhere in the oral cavity.

Bone grafts are done in order to fill in an area of bone that has receded, in many cases so that an implant can be securely placed. Bone grafts are carried out for specific cases, including severe trauma or congenital defects. If you are in need of an implant, or have known bone loss, set up an appointment with Dr. Kamel today, and have your unique treatment plan prepared.

In certain cases, brushing hard or if gum disease progress to a point where gum grafts are necessary in order to prevent the loss of gum tissue, and halt the disease from reaching the underlying bone.

A cosmetic concern many individuals have is a “gummy smile” which can be resolved by the removal of gum tissue.

Gum (Periodontal) Disease

Gum (Periodontal) Disease

 

What is Periodontal Disease or Gum Disease?

Adults in their 30s and beyond, the threat of gum disease (periodontal disease) is a very real and potentially dangerous condition. Over 70% of the nation’s population has some stage of the disease by the age of 40. Although genetics may play a small role in its development, doctors agree that gum disease is directly related to how well one cares for their teeth and gums. Gum disease is particularly dangerous because the progression of the disease is often painless and undetected until it creates serious problems.

 

The Stages of Gum Disease

Periodontal disease is a gradual infection of the gums and eventually the underlying bones of the mouth. It is caused by the build up of plaque on and around the teeth that eventually calcifies into tartar. This tartar releases bacteria, which contains toxins and a sulfur compound that slowly decay the teeth and gums. In the first stage of gum disease (known as gingivitis), the bacteria begin to weaken the fibers that hold the gums to the teeth. Gingivitis is characterized by a swelling, inflammation, and bleeding of the gums. In the advanced stage of gum disease (referred to as periodontitis), the gum tissues have decayed significantly and have pulled away from teeth. The bones below the teeth have usually become infected and begun to dissolve.

The Procedure to treat Gum Disease

Treatments to alleviate the effects of gum disease depend on the severity of the tooth and gum erosion. Dr. Kamel begins by removing the diseased tissue, scraping the tartar and plaque from the tooth’s surface and from below the gum line. The root of the tooth may need to be planed and smoothed in order to allow gum tissue to properly heal. If deep spaces between the teeth and gums have formed as a result of periodontitis, re-evaluation in three months will be needed.

 

Prevention

The ravages of gum disease are best prevented by early detection and proper dental hygiene. Brushing your teeth twice a day helps to remove the thin layer of bacteria that release the dangerous toxins into your mouth. Flossing or other interdental cleansing is also important to keep your mouth free from residual food and bacteria. Finally, maintaining a balanced diet and taking regular trips to the dentist helps stem the advance of gum disease and keeps you healthy and smiling.

Gummy Smiles

Gummy Smiles

A beautiful smile shows most of the 8-10 upper teeth with almost no gum above the two front teeth.

Certain pathologic/physiologic conditions result in too much exposure of the gum above the upper front teeth which people refer to as a “gummy smile”.

“Gummy smiles,” can be addressed in our office to show less of your gums, and more of your teeth. In such cases, Dr. Kamel will simply reshape and reposition the gums so that they are not as visible in order to achieve a more beautiful smile.

Implants

Implants

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a cosmetic dentistry option designed to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are artificial teeth that are implanted into the jaw, having the look and feel of natural teeth. Dental implants are placed in the bone, and are made of surgical grade titanium and porcelain.

The Dental Implant Procedure

The surgical procedure used to insert dental implants is done under local anesthetic. Dr. Kamel begins by making an incision in the gum, exposing the bone in the jaw, and making a hole for the dental implant. The implant is then placed into the bone and the gums are closed with stitches.

Once the implant has been successfully placed, the bone is given 3-6 months to grow and fuse around the dental implant a process known as osseointegration. For implants in the lower jaw this will take approximately three months and for implants in the upper jaw this will take approximately six months.

When the bone has grown around the implant, a porcelain crown can then be placed into the implant, or in some cases, a bridge or denture can be fitted to the implant.

Inlay/Onlays CEREC

Inlay/Onlays CEREC

 

What are Dental Inlays and Onlays?

Inlays and onlays are restorations that are made to rear teeth that have a mild to moderate amount of decay. They can also be used to restore teeth that are cracked or fractured if the damage is not severe enough to require a dental crown. They are made of porcelain or gold by a dental laboratory; ceramic inlays / onlays are fabricated on site. Once completed, Dr. Kamel will adhere them to the tooth. An inlay is placed in a hole inside the tooth while an onlay is placed on top of the tooth to build up its shape. Their use helps to conserve much of the natural tooth structure. Inlays and onlays can be created from tooth-colored materials. As a result, they are often used to replace metal fillings for patients who desire a more natural looking smile.

 

Inlay/Onlay Treatment

Treatment involves isolating the tooth and removing any old fillings or damaged tooth structure under local anesthesia. Dr. Kamel will make an impression of the tooth, then the inlay or onlay is created on site from ceramic using the CEREC system, or they are created from porcelain or gold. The inlay/onlay is cemented securely into place. Adjustments may be made to ensure the tooth is comfortable to bite on.

Benefits of Dental Inlays and Onlays

In treating dental decay, inlays and onlays help to eliminate tooth sensitivity and eventual tooth loss. Inlays and onlays also offer the following benefits:

  • Made from tooth-colored material, inlays and onlays are virtually invisible.
  • Unlike metal fillings, inlays and onlays will not expand or contract in response to temperature changes caused by hot or cold foods diminishing the possibility of fracture.
  • Inlays and onlays require less tooth reduction than metal fillings allowing Dr. Kamel to conserve more natural tooth structure.
  • The durable material from which inlays and onlays are made helps them last up to 30 years, much longer than that of conventional amalgam fillings.
  • Inlays and onlays can replace silver fillings to create a healthier, more natural-looking smile.
  • By saving decayed teeth, inlays and onlays prevent the need for more extensive treatment later on.
  • Inlays and onlays can be completed in 1 visit.
Invisalign®

Invisalign®

It is no secret that a great looking smile contributes significantly to one’s self-confidence. Aligned teeth, and an optimal bite play a significant role not only in how your smile looks, but also in the digestive process.

Over the years, many advances have been made in orthodontics. For younger patients, who are less compliant, and cases that demand significant attention, braces have always been suggested, and successful. However, braces do lack certain appeal, most commonly among growing adults, professionals, and are often considered “for children.”

Fortunately, Invisalign® technology provides an alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign® consists of a series of custom-made clear aligners that are switched about every two weeks in order to shift your teeth precisely into their desired positions. Dr. Kamel will tailor the aligners according to your specific treatment plan using specially developed computer software.

The advantages of the Invisalign® system are effectiveness, comfort, and clarity of the aligners. The clear aligners can be easily removed for meals, brushing, and flossing; making them a convenient alternative to braces.

Furthermore, so long as oral hygiene is maintained, there are no restrictions as to what you can eat, in contrast with the presence of brackets and wires in conventional braces. Invisalign® is safe, and aligners contain no Bisphenol-A.

Invisalign® is also a preferred alternative to braces for individuals who have previously had orthodontic treatment, and have had some teeth shift since having braces removed.

Invisalign® is an affordable, clear, orthodontic treatment option that is becoming more common among many patients. Invisalign® is effective among a variety of cases, including crowded teeth, spaced teeth, crossbites, overbites, and underbites.

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral Cancer Screening

In 2010, the Canadian Cancer Society identified cancer as the leading cause of death in the country. Oral cancer has been a topic of increasing concern among many patients over the past decade.

In light of the increasing rate of cancer diagnoses, many patients have chosen to undergo oral cancer screening in order to rapidly identify any potential cancers that may arise in the oral cavity. Frequent screenings with Dr. Kamel can foster early interventions that may be needed to prevent the spread of cancer throughout the body. Identifying specific types of oral cancer as early as possible has been shown to increase patient survival rates.

Some classic symptoms and signs can be attributed to oral cancers. These include:

  • Small and painless lesions, lumps, or ulcers in the oral cavity
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Stubborn mouth sores

There are several risk factors that can contribute to increasing rates of oral cancer, the highest among these are:

  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Infection with human papilloma virus (HPV)

Any of these risk factors combined, increases the likelihood of developing oral cancer.

Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

Root canals treatments are the most commonly referred to dental procedures among the general public. This treatment is usually carried out on a tooth that has a very deep cavity or decay.

Inside each healthy tooth’s hard outer shell, is a canal of nerves, blood and lymph vessels which extend to the bone. If a cracked tooth or one with a very deep cavity is not treated, it can become heavily infected, affecting the nerves, tissues, and blood supply around the tooth, and may eventually result in an abscess. This can manifest itself through sometimes severe, intolerable pain.

A root canal is a straightforward, single office procedure. Initially, Dr. Kamel will anesthetize the tooth, access the pulp, and clean out the canal. The canal is then filled, in order to prevent subsequent infections. A crown is then placed over the tooth. Dr. Kamel can complete a root canal in a single visit because of the on-site CEREC system, which is used to create the ceramic crown.

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Dr. Kamel is proud to offer his patients the ability to be completely relaxed through their dental appointments with Sedation Dentistry.

Dr. Kamel has trained with some of the world’s most prominent Sedation Dental Specialists and is rapidly becoming known as Ottawa’s leading dentist for people who want to sleep through their dental treatment.

Facts About Sedation Dentistry

  • It works.
  • It is safe. You take a small pill prior to treatment. No needles.
  • You have little or no memory of the experience and you will not remember any sounds or smells.
  • You snooze for 5-6 hours after taking the pill.
  • Work requiring 6-8 appointments can be done in 1 visit!
  • People who have difficulty getting numb have no problem when relaxed and asleep.
  • It is safely used to reduce the fatigue of extended dental treatments that require long visits.

How does it work?

You are given a pill to take one hour prior to your dental appointment. Your companion will accompany you to the office. When you arrive, you will be very drowsy. You will relax into a very comfortable chair, covered with a thick, warm, cozy blanket. Your vital signs will be monitored. After you are comfortable, our experienced clinical team will take care of your dental needs. When your treatment is completed your companion will return you home to finish your relaxing sleep.

Who is a candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Adults who:

  • have high levels of fear.
  • have had traumatic dental experiences.
  • have difficulty getting numb.
  • have a sensitive gag reflex.
  • have very sensitive teeth.
  • have limited time to complete their dental care.
  • have complex dental problems.
  • hate needles and shots.
  • hate noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care.
  • are afraid and embarrassed about their teeth.
Veneers

Veneers

Veneers are applied over existing teeth to improve their shape and colour and can be used to correct stained, uneven or cracked teeth. They are made from either porcelain or composite resins. Porcelain is both longer lasting and is more stain resistant than composite resins, however, it is also more expensive.

A veneer treatment usually requires about two appointments:

  • Dr. Kamel assesses whether a veneer is the best option and, if so, works with you to select the appropriate material;
  • Dr. Kamel prepares your teeth for the veneer, and may need to remove some of the tooth enamel;
  • Dr. Kamel applies the veneer using a bonding cement which is hardened with a blue curing light.
Whitening

Whitening

Whitening is perhaps, the most requested procedure within the field of cosmetic dentistry. Many individuals desire a whiter, brighter smile.

Aside from the natural process of aging, a number of other factors can contribute to the staining and discoloring of teeth, including tobacco use, consumption of certain types of foods and drinks, and the use of specific antibiotics.

Prior to any whitening procedure, whether done at home, or in the dental office, a thorough examination by a dentist should be done.

A number of kits have been developed as “Do-It-Yourself,” where you can apply a specific bleaching product at home, usually in the form of a bleaching pen, strips, or generic trays that fit on the bottom and upper teeth. These kits are usually low concentration, and are not very effective.

A number of kits have been developed as “Do-It-Yourself,” where you can apply a specific bleaching product at home, usually in the form of a bleaching pen, strips, or generic trays that fit on the bottom and upper teeth. These kits are usually low concentration, and are not very effective.

Whitening teeth is a rewarding process when done right, however, many people are unaware that simple kits purchased in pharmacies or other providers will not whiten previous dental work. In our office, Dr. Kamel will ensure that you achieve a uniform, brilliant smile, and will offer you solutions to achieve that white smile, even if you have previous dental work.

Teeth whitening, done within the dental office, is far more effective, and safe. Dr. Kamel will identify the whitening system that is best for your situation, determining the exact concentration, and length of treatment required to achieve the white smile that you have always wanted. At times, this may include custom trays or solutions that are administered in the office, and continued at home.

 

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Sedation Dentistry

Questions and answers about Oral Conscious Sedation (OCS)

 

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the answer both patient and practitioner have been looking for to bring together what dentistry can provide with patients in need. Studies show that 30% of the population avoids the dentist due to fear. Sedation dentistry provides a safe and comfortable experience for them to get the care they need and want. The protocols can be customized to the patient’s anxiety level and medical history allowing them an incredibly comfortable, relaxing and safe experience. And with your patients totally comfortable, you can do the dentistry you love and be rewarded with gratitude that to date has been uncommon for dental patients to express.

What patients are appropriate for OCS?
  • Patients with anxiety. They wiggle and squirm and say, “What is that for?” and “Are you going to hurt me?” With OCS these patients will become your easiest patients to treat because they are no longer afraid, but are relaxed and comfortable. Patients seldom remember much about the procedure. Their anxiety often falls to a very low level and they become much like your most relaxed patient.
  • Existing patients who have put off needed treatment, or who abandoned treatment plans.
  • Patients who suffer from acute or chronic jaw soreness. Patients can comfortably be treated for several hours. The sedation medication has a muscle relaxation property. Patients can have extensive treatment completed in one visit comfortably and they experience little to no jaw soreness after treatment.
  • Patients who have a gag reflex.
  • Patients who complain that they can’t get numb.
  • Patients with physical limitations such as back or neck problems. These patients can comfortably sit in the chair for lengthy procedures and experience little or no post-operative back or neck soreness.
How does OCS get existing patients to accept the treatment they’ve long put off?

A huge percentage of patients who come in for regular cleanings put off routine work, often for years and years. The reason is that many patients are secretly anxious. Although they will go for a hygiene appointment, they stop when it comes to more extensive treatment because they are secretly afraid. However, once these existing patients are made aware that a dentist offers sedation, they want to have the treatment they’ve been postponing.

What post-operative effects can my patients expect?

Our protocols require the patient be dismissed to a responsible caregiver who will drive them home. Once home, the patient will stay with their companion until all of the effects of the sedation have worn off.

What are some of the common side effects of these sedation medications?
  • Retrograde amnesia. The patients have little or no recollection of the treatment. It is not uncommon for patients who are amazed that they don’t remember the appointment. The front desk then says, “Have you looked in the mirror yet?” The patient excitedly realizes that they have a new smile and they have no memory of the treatment being performed at all! They are so happy because memories of dentistry are not something they savor.
  • Less post-operative soreness. Patients will no longer routinely require postoperative pain medications. They often recover sooner, and are less sore than they would have been without sedation.
  • Dry mouth
  • Hiccups: A small percentage of patients (3%) will experience a period of hiccups lasting no longer than ten minutes. They are self-limiting.
How safe is OCS?

There has never been a documented report of a serious adverse incident (mortality or serious morbidity) due to the use of oral sedation in adults. DOCS members alone have completed an estimated 1,000,000 successful sedation procedures over the past six years. One reason for our outstanding record is that we monitor patients’ vital signs using a pulse oximeter/blood pressure monitor. This monitor is easy to use yet sophisticated enough to measure blood pressure every five minutes and continuously measure pulse rate and blood oxygen before, during and after a sedation procedure.

 


Whitening

Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth Whitening

 

Is whitening a new procedure?

Tooth whitening was discovered about eighty years ago as a side effect of a product that decreased inflammation and bleeding after gum surgery. In 1989, the American Dental Association approved the first whitening product for consumers. Today there are over 70 such products available.

How do teeth become stained in the first place?

There are two major types of stain: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic stains result from a change in the internal colour of the tooth caused by agents such as fluorosis, the antibiotic tetracycline, or from trauma to the tooth. Extrinsic stains result from repeated exposure to substances such as coffee, tea, and cigarettes and affect only the surface of the tooth. Our teeth also become more susceptible to staining as we age.

How do whitening products work?

Whiteners contain carbamide, peroxide, carbapol, and water. These ingredients release oxygen molecules to break up the chains of protein that comprise tooth stains. As a result, light travels through the dispersed protein links and makes the teeth look whiter.

Can problems occur with whitening?

Many over-the-counter products don’t have enough water in them, which leads to premature dehydration of the tooth and increased sensitivity.

Problems can also result when whitening does not take place under dental supervision. For example, if you allow the whitening agent to sit on a portion of the tooth called the dentin, containing 40,000 nerve endings per cubic millimetre, the tooth will become more sensitive. In addition, if you ingest the whitening gel, it can lead to digestive problems. If you taste whitening agent flavouring, this is actually a warning that you are ingesting the product.

What are the advantages of having a dentist supervise the whitening of my teeth?

There are many advantages. For example, he or she will determine the cause of the stain and select the safest treatment, bearing in mind any cavities or other problems that could complicate the whitening process. Instead of the one-size-fits-all approach of over-the-counter products, your dentist will ensure that the whitening product is applied using a tray that is customized for your teeth. This customized delivery prevents sensitivity as well as ingestion of the chemicals in the whitening gel.

In addition, your dentist will choose the optimum length of time for your treatment so you avoid over-whitening, which can change the composition of the teeth and lead to their breakdown. Finally, certain parts of your teeth may whiten more or less than you hoped — only your dentist can give you a realistic idea of what to expect.

 

 

We are affordable!

Reaching the peak of your oral health, and having that beautiful smile should not be an unachievable goal, especially when finances are a concern. Our office provides different payment options, along with financial plans that are designed to suit your needs.

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Business Hours

    • monday - 7:30 – 4:30
    • tuesday - 7:30 – 4:30
    • wednesday - 7:30 – 4:30
    • thursday - 7:30 – 4:30
    • friday - closed
    • saturday - closed
    • sunday - closed

We are located in the lobby of the luxurious Brookstreet Hotel
525 Leggett Drive, in Kanata, Ontario.

 


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