January 22, 2016
It is amazing to look back even 20 years and to marvel at all of the many changes in our society.
The world of dentistry is also a rapidly changing place. Fluoridation of our drinking water has made dental cavities much less prevalent and new techniques and materials have given dentists the ability to repair and restore their patient’s teeth more quickly and comfortably than ever before.
Many of us who grew up before the time of fluoridated water have a mouth full of silver fillings. These fillings known as amalgams, have proven to be extremely durable restorations, but let’s face it, they are not very pleasing to the eye. At the time they were placed, however, they represented the best that dentistry had to offer.
Fortunately, recent advances in dental materials have made it possible to use tooth coloured filling materials that can be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth to achieve long lasting and attractive restorations. In our practice, we use tooth coloured materials for almost all of the fillings that we place. We even use these materials to replace old amalgam fillings that have started to deteriorate or that simply detract from the appearance of our patient’s smiles.
Feel free to contact our office if you have any concerns about your old silver fillings or if you would like to know more about the new techniques and technologies that can make your next dental appointment easier and more comfortable than ever before. We are always happy to answer your questions.
January 21, 2016
Cerec, an acronym for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic, is essentially a CAD/CAM machine that produces crowns (caps), veneers, inlays and onlays right in our office in Maple, Ontario.
Restoring the beauty of your smile is easier than you think! With the exciting technology in the CEREC system, we can create ceramic dental restorations in just one visit.
The CEREC system uses 3D imaging technology to create a virtual impression of your tooth. From this image, we can create a ceramic crown, onlay or veneer to match the shade and shape of your tooth. Unlike older technologies, which could take several days, the CEREC system fabricates the restoration in under 30 minutes. During a single visit, we can mill the restoration and bond it to your tooth. The entire process is less invasive and conserves more of your tooth’s natural structure.
CEREC is that it allows our staff to perform a variety of dental restoration procedures in a single visit including:
- Cracks and chips
To learn more about whether CEREC is right for you, please ask a member of our team.
January 20, 2016
Wisdom teeth, so-called because they are the last teeth to emerge after childhood, usually erupt from ages 16 to 18, when people are considered “wiser” or more mature.
Located at the very back of the jaw, wisdom teeth are also referred to as the “third molars.” Dentists often advise the removal of wisdom teeth when they are impacted, or emerge sideways. Impacted wisdom teeth can be painful, cause infection, or crowd the mouth and shift surrounding teeth. Cysts can sometimes form around impacted wisdom teeth, putting bone at risk. Wisdom teeth may also only partially erupt, irritating gums and making proper cleaning difficult.
Wisdom teeth removal is a common oral surgery performed by dentists or oral surgeons. Patients are given local anesthesia or general anesthesia (sedation) prior to extraction. After extraction, the gum may bleed for several hours. Facial swelling and pain are common for the first 24 hours but manageable with ice packs and pain relievers.
The recovery period for wisdom teeth removal is normally five to seven days, although normal activity can usually be resumed within 12 to 24 hours. Patients are advised to stick to a soft diet for the first 36 hours and to avoid drinking alcohol or smoking. Sipping through a straw is also not advised as it could play havoc with stitches.
January 17, 2016
Until recently, orthodontic treatment was focused mainly on teenagers and the preferred method was metal “train track” braces. Thanks to Invisalign, orthodontic treatment has become easier, more comfortable and accepted by more and more adults seeking a straighter smile.
Here’s how it works! Upon an initial consultation, we decide if Invisalign is right for you. We then formulate a treatment plan, make an impression of your teeth and submit it to Invisalign. Using the latest 3-D computer technology, Invisalign translates our instructions into a series of medical grade plastic aligners. Each one of these plastic aligners is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit snuggly over teeth and gently move them through every stage of your treatment plan.
With no more metal braces and usually a shorter treatment time…, Invisalign truly is something to smile about.
January 15, 2016
Your oral health is inextricably linked to your overall health. 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 and periodontal (gum) disease.
Many people do not realize that poor oral health can contribute to all kinds of medical conditions including heart disease and stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, premature birth and low birth weight and many other conditions.
To maintain good oral health, you must brush your teeth after every meal – bacteria begin growing just minutes after eating. Flossing daily is just as important as brushing. It removes plaque and bacteria that you cannot reach with your toothbrush. Other steps to maintain good oral health include:
- Eating healthy (see Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating) and drinking plenty of water
- Visiting your dentist every six months
- Never smoking cigarettes
- Avoiding soft drinks sweetened with sugar
- Carrying a travel-sized toothbrush and brushing after meals, especially after eating sweets