Kyle Hornby, Dentist
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Kyle Hornby


77 Water Street North Kitchener ON, N2H 5A6


At Enamel Republic (formerly Danube Dental Clinic), our Kitchener Dental Team has been providing award-winning Family and Emergency Dentistry in Kitchener-Waterloo for 40 years. Our Dental Office is located in the heart of Downtown Kitchener and we are proud to be owned by a local family that is serious about supporting the community. We have built a longstanding tradition of providing transparent care that is conservative and based on minimal intervention. 


Our Kitchener Dentist keeps it simple: we only recommend treatment when it is absolutely necessary for keeping your teeth and gums in proper function. No fluff. No unnecessary extras. In an era of crafty marketing and high-pressure salesmanship, we take the opposite approach: full transparency, complete information, and unwavering support regardless of the treatment you choose. Rest assured, the Patient-First model of dental care is alive and well in Downtown Kitchener. That’s the Enamel Republic difference!

Education and Training

University of Western Ontario DDS 2012

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Kyle Hornby's Expert Contributions
  • If I Use a Waterpik Do I Still Need to Floss?

    Hi, I'm Kyle Hornby and I'm a Kitchener Dentist. I operate a dental clinic that has been a staple in Downtown Kitchener since 1977. Every week I write about 2-3 dental issues and answer commonly asked patient questions to help improve the dental content available to the public. This week, I'd like...

  • How to Keep Your Dental Implant Forever!

    Ok, so dental implants...what are they and why are they so popular? Here are what I think are some pretty good answers to those questions.A dental implant includes a surgical screw that threads into your jawbone and a tooth crown that attaches to it. It's a tooth replacement solution and it's...

  • Should partial dentures hurt?

    Partial dentures may be uncomfortable for the first month while your gums get used to the friction from contact with the denture. Teeth may be sore due to pressure from the denture and this most commonly occurs with teeth that are anchoring your denture through a metal clasp attachment. It's best to consult your Dentist or Denturist about a regimen for gradually easing into the use of your new denture - this will maximize the adaptation of teeth and gums and minimize discomfort! READ MORE

  • Can you clean under a dental bridge?

    To get under a dental bridge for adquate cleaning, use a Waterpik for powerful irrigation. You can also use a thin plastic floss threader to manipulate floss under your bridge tooth to clean tighter spaces that you might not be able to adequately irrigate. READ MORE

  • Can a tooth bridge cause gum pain?

    A dental bridge can cause gum pain if the pontic or "bridge tooth/teeth" are pushing on the gums too hard. Also, if there is excess hardened cement under the bridge that might not have rinsed out at the cementation or delivery appointment, this can cause pain as well. READ MORE

  • How can I keep food from getting under my partial denture?

    Sometimes getting food stuck under the edges of a partial denture is inevitable. However, it's often due to gaps between the appliance and your gums. In these cases, relining the underside of the denture to better adapt it to your gums will seal gaps and eliminate food impaction. Ask your Dentist or Denturist about relining your denture as it can be a fairly inexpensive way to improve fit and reduce the likelihood of getting food stuck underneath it. READ MORE

  • Can I straighten my teeth in 2 months?

    If you have 1 or 2 teeth that you'd like to re-position slightly, then you may be looking at a 2-month Invisalign case. Typically, however, if you have crowded teeth or are looking to fix a large overjet or underbite, you'll be looking at longer than 2 months. When teeth are moved too rapidly, you can interfere with gum and bone support and you can even harm the teeth themselves. Orthodontic tooth movement relies on slow progress to ensure dental health and proper physiology are intact throughout treatment. As a reference point, typical straightening cases take 12-24 months. READ MORE

  • How do you maintain a dental bridge?

    To keep a dental bridge clean, you'll want to brush and floss around it diligently, in the same way you'd care for your natural teeth. The one difference is that you cannot floss around the bridge tooth (pontic) as the bridge is a continuous, fused unit. To clean underneath a bridge tooth, you have 2 options: you can either rinse/irrigate under the bridge tooth with a Waterpik or you an use a plastic floss threader (available at local pharmacies) to work dental floss between the bridge tooth and gum tissues. Both techniques will allow you to remove dental plaque (a possible source of tooth decay and bridge failure) from around your beautiful dental bridge! READ MORE

  • Can you put a dental bridge on an implant?

    Yes, placing a bridge on dental implants is very predictable with high success rates. You will want to make sure that your Dentist manages changes in your bite over time as it can affect your implant bridge. You'll also want to have regular dental cleanings and checkups to increase the likelihood of long-term treatment success. READ MORE

  • How soon after tooth extraction can you get a bridge?

    It's generally good practice to wait at least 3 months after tooth extraction to have your bridge made. This allows your gums and jaw bone to stabilize and provide a predictable shape. You will be placing the bridge in an area that is not likely to change shape significantly after delivery or cementation. If you place the bridge immediately after tooth extraction, you run the risk of gums changing shape as your extraction site heals. This can mean the bridge could eventually be poorly adapted to the gum tissues upon which it rests. READ MORE

  • Do gums grow over the dental bridge?

    It is uncommon for gum tissue to grow over the artificial surface of a dental bridge. Your gums can rebound after treatment and appear to be a little higher on the dental bridge itself but you won't grow or attach over the new bridge. READ MORE

  • How long does it take to recover from a dental crown?

    When your dentist prepares your tooth for a dental crown, they will shave about 1mm of enamel and dentin from around your tooth. This "prepping" of your tooth can cause some post-appointment sensitivity. Your tooth may be a little achy or sensitive to temperature extremes for 3-4 days post-appointment. READ MORE

  • Can loose-fitting dentures cause gum pain?

    Loose-fitting dentures can certainly cause gum pain. A loose denture will shift around more and even rock sometimes during eating and all of this movement creates tissue friction and even trauma. The friction can irritate the gums over time leading to inflammation and pain. Soft denture liners and tissue conditioners are available and they can deliver some cushioning between an ill-fitting denture and the gums to provide relief. Ultimately, you may need to have your existing denture fit improved with a hard reline or you might need a new denture. READ MORE

  • What can you eat with Invisalign?

    It's a best practice to remove your Invisalign aligners when eating. This is so that they don't get damaged and also so that you don't get dental plaque and food bits in your aligner. If dental plaque is under your aligner and compressed against your teeth, you could develop cavities very rapidly. Even with your aligners out, you'll want to avoid hard and firm foods like popcorn kernels, hard candy, nuts, granola, and even carrots. Invisalign requires button attachments that are bonded to your teeth during treatment. These can chip and break off when you bite through harder foods. READ MORE

  • What is the cheapest way to replace a missing tooth?

    When replacing teeth, removable solutions cost far less compared to fixed or "non-removable" solutions. A single-tooth denture, or "flipper", can typically be made for $200 - $400. This denture is functional and you can eat with it in place. Another alternative costs about $100 and is called an "Esthetic Essix". This is a clear plastic retainer that anchors on all your teeth in the dental arch where you've lost your tooth. The lost tooth is "filled in" on the Essix to give the appearance that your tooth is still in place. Importantly, you must take this kind of appliance out when eating as it can break easily. READ MORE

  • Are lingual braces painful?

    Any Orthodontic technique used to move teeth can cause discomfort. When appliances are tightened to produce tooth movement (whether it be standard braces, lingual braces, or Invisalign), there is typically a 2-3 day period where teeth are "achey" or tender. Lingual braces are also more likely to cause irritation and ulceration of your tongue which can be quite painful. READ MORE

  • Can I chew gum with dentures?

    Because gum can be sticky and generate a pulling force between teeth, it's not recommended to chew gum with complete dentures. Doing so can cause your dentures to loosen and fall away from your gums. READ MORE

  • How can you get rid of sore gums from dentures?

    There are soft denture liners and tissue conditioners available at your local Dentist or Denturist. You may be able to locate similar products on an over-the-counter basis at your local pharmacy. These materials allow for cushioning between the underside of a denture and your gum tissues. This will provide relief of irritation, inflammation and pain over time. READ MORE

  • When can I brush my teeth with toothpaste after an extraction?

    The toothpaste on its own won't harm an extraction site although it may cause a stinging sensation. Agitation and damage with a toothbrush is the greater concern as it can harm and disturb clots and early healing tissue effectively creating setbacks in healing. I usually encourage patients to avoid the teeth neighboring an extraction site for 48 hrs. After that, they can brush gently those teeth with a soft bristle brush. READ MORE

  • How do you make wisdom teeth pain go away?

    Wisdom tooth pain can occur during an eruption or later on in life. If you're experiencing wisdom tooth pain when you're 14 - 20 years of age, it may be because of eruption. If you're 20+ and experiencing wisdom tooth pain, it could be due to an infection around a partially erupted wisdom tooth (i.e. you can see a bit of the tooth in the mouth already). If your pain is due to the eruption, then it will subside on its own, and anti-inflammatories like Advil, Motrin, Alleve will help to diminish the pain you're experiencing. You can also request a consult with an oral surgeon regarding removal but this may be a bit aggressive and unnecessary. If your pain is due to infection (this happens when dental plaque settles under the gums around a partially erupted wisdom tooth for long periods), then you'll need an antibiotic in the short term. If you have a WaterPik or Monoject/Elbow Syringe (these are much cheaper and can be found at your local Walmart, Shopper's Drug Mart, or Walgreens), then use either of these to flush water under your gums around the wisdom tooth. This process can remove contributory dental plaque, food bits, and bacteria from around your wisdom tooth and it may even flush out some pus from the infection. The key point is if you can maintain your wisdom teeth whether submerged, partially erupted, or fully erupted (i.e. completely into the mouth) over time. If you're battling recurrent pain and infections, you'll likely be better off having the wisdom tooth/teeth removed. However, if the pain/infection is a one-time thing and you learn how to maintain the tooth over time using the instruments described above (WaterPik or Monject), then you may be able to avoid undergoing costly removal procedures. READ MORE

  • Should you use mouthwash before bed?

    The kind of mouthwash that you use really matters. The big brand mouth rinses like Scope and Listerine have removed alcohol from their formulas, but they still include ingredients that can dry your mouth. A dry mouth is more susceptible to cavities and inflammation. Also, big brand mouth rinses harm bad bacteria, but they also harm some of the good bacteria in our mouths. These bacteria help to protect us against inflammation, gum disease and cavities. Generally, I don't recommend that patients use mouthwash prior to bed. The ideal mouth (right before bed) is one that is free of dental plaque and other fuel sources for harmful bacteria and that is moistened by plentiful saliva. A mouth in this condition will be ready to remineralize tooth enamel and heal from inflammation. Big brand mouth rinses won't help and aren't necessary. READ MORE

  • Do crowns weaken the teeth?

    Teeth receiving dental crowns need to be prepared and this is done by shaving 1-2 mm off the outer walls of the tooth. This "shaving" or "prepping" results in loss of some tooth enamel and dental filling material as well. This does not weaken your tooth/teeth. Subsequent placement of dental crowns in fact reinforces your teeth. This is because the dental crown acts like a helmet for your tooth, channeling destructive biting, chewing and grinding forces down the outside walls. Dental crowns prevent tooth fracture in this way! READ MORE

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Enamel Republic Family Dentistry

77 Water Street North -
Kitchener, ON N2H 5A6
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