Oakville Place Dental Office https://www.dentistoakville.com Fri, 03 Dec 2021 07:05:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.2 The 4 Best & Worst Holiday Treats for Your Teeth https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dental-care/4-best-worst-holiday-treats-teeth/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dental-care/4-best-worst-holiday-treats-teeth/#respond Mon, 06 Dec 2021 10:00:04 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1874 Most of the treats on this naughty food list make the cut because of their high sugar content, stickiness, or potential for tooth cracking disaster. As with any delicious snack, it’s okay to eat in moderation, but be mindful that you are brushing regularly and flossing to remove any leftover food particles as you enjoy … Continue reading "The 4 Best & Worst Holiday Treats for Your Teeth"

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Most of the treats on this naughty food list make the cut because of their high sugar content, stickiness, or potential for tooth cracking disaster. As with any delicious snack, it’s okay to eat in moderation, but be mindful that you are brushing regularly and flossing to remove any leftover food particles as you enjoy your holidays.

The top 4 foods to avoid this holiday season are:

1. Frosted Fruitcake

Fruitcake is a common dessert served throughout the holidays. Whether plain or frosted, this confection is loaded with sugar and usually packed with syrup-soaked fruit as well.

One of the major problems with fruitcakes is the sticky fruit pieces, which stick to the grooves in your teeth. If you opt for lots of fruitcake slices, don’t forget to check out local family dentistry services in Oakville for an end-of-year cleaning!

2. Popcorn

Popcorn is such a versatile treat and doubles as a decoration. What tree is complete without a few strings of popcorn and cranberries to brighten the room. Whether picking popped corn from or mixing up a batch of caramel corn for your holiday party, be careful when brushing.

Popcorn kernels pose a double threat to your chompers. The seed’s hard shell can hurt or even crack a tooth if you bite down on one. A thin layer also covers the kernel, which flakes off and gets stuck between teeth and under your gums. If not properly cleaned away, this could cause tooth pain or a gum infection.

3. Chewy Toffee

Chewy treats are trouble! Not only are they packed with sugar, but they easily get stuck on your teeth. If you have an uneven bite or if you grind your teeth, you may notice deeper indents and grooves in your molars. These spaces can capture sticky toffee and make it difficult to clean away, even when brushing.

While it’s nice to enjoy a sticky candy treat from time to time, too many during the holidays could lead to cavities. If you do indulge, be sure to brush right after!

4. Candy Canes

Candy canes and hard peppermint candies are a holiday staple, but they’re not so festive for your teeth. Aside from being about 70% sugar, they’re also a hard candy that tempts you to bite instead of suck.

Sugar that stays on your teeth too long creates a sticky film of bacteria called plaque which produces acids that eat away at the surface of your teeth. As the acids break down the protective coating on your teeth, bacteria get deeper into your teeth and gums, causing corrosion and gum infection along with sensitivity and pain.

The 4 Best Treats to Eat This Holiday Season

As you can imagine, your family dentist will recommend healthy snacks over those high in sugar. But there are plenty of delicious, nutritious alternatives to the treats that made our naughty list, including:

1. Veggies and Dip

Who doesn’t love to dip things at a party? Healthy dips made with yogurt and spices are a festive way to enjoy veggies like:

  • Celery sticks
  • Carrot sticks
  • Pepper slices
  • Broccoli florets
  • Cauliflower florets

One of the great things about these healthy veggie snacks is that they are packed with fiber and will help clean your teeth as you eat them. Of course, you still need to brush and floss before bed, but your family dentist in Oakville will thank you at your next teeth cleaning!

2. Nut Platters

Break out the nutcracker and get the dance of the sugar plum fairies playing on the sound system because nothing says holidays like a nut platter. Walnuts, chestnuts, and pecans are all holiday classics, and they’re much healthier for your teeth than sugary squares and candies. Nuts are another great source of fiber, but also offer protein and a variety of healthy nutrients.

3. Hummus and Pita

Looking for a savory snack that’s easy on the teeth? Hummus is made of chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and seasonings! It’s easy to make and a big hit for holiday gatherings. Serve hummus with a side of mini pita for dipping and you’ve got yourself a snack that’s sure to get gobbled up in no time.

Hummus is loaded with iron, vitamin B, and folate. You can create different hummus combinations by adding sweet red peppers, chilies, or shallots to the mix.

4. Frozen Yogurt and Berry Parfait

Opting for healthier holiday fare but still need a sweet finishing touch? Make your own frozen yogurt with a thick and creamy Greek or Icelandic yogurt base. Add whatever toppings you and your guests enjoy, including berries, pears, apples, and nuts.

Yogurt is full of protein, and berries are packed with antioxidants, add them together, and you’ve got a powerhouse of a dessert. Forget worrying about cavities and indulge in an extra serving!

You still need to take care of your teeth after eating a healthy snack, but it takes less time to brush and floss after yogurt and berries than it does candy canes and sticky toffee!

For more help keeping your teeth clean this holiday season, call Oakville Place Dental at 1-647-496-2721 or contact us here.

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Tooth Sensitivity: Causes and Remedies https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dentistry/tooth-sensitivity-causes-remedies/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dentistry/tooth-sensitivity-causes-remedies/#respond Mon, 08 Nov 2021 10:00:23 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1871 Are you suffering from pain caused by having sensitive teeth? When you take a sip of your coffee in the morning, do you feel discomfort? Or, does it hurt when you brush or floss? If so, these are some of the initial signs that you might have sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth can be caused by … Continue reading "Tooth Sensitivity: Causes and Remedies"

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Are you suffering from pain caused by having sensitive teeth? When you take a sip of your coffee in the morning, do you feel discomfort? Or, does it hurt when you brush or floss?

If so, these are some of the initial signs that you might have sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth can be caused by any number of factors, such as your genetics, toothy decay, a fractured tooth, gum disease, having an exposed tooth root, and more.

At Oakville Place Dental Office, we are committed to protecting your oral health and taking care of any pain you might have. If you need a dentist to help support your needs, our team of qualified dental experts can offer you a wide range of services from teeth whitening and cleanings to dental implants or even Invisaligns.

Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Teeth can become sensitive once the enamel, which is the top protective layer of the tooth, becomes worn down. When the enamel wears down, it exposes the dentin underneath, which can cause it to become more permeable. This means that it will let liquids and gasses pass through more easily.

Underneath your dentin, there is something called the dental pulp that has many nerve endings and blood vessels. When things pass through the dentin, they are able to reach these nerve endings; if that happens, the person can experience pain. Consuming hot or cold things and chewing can also trigger pain.

Here are some common causes that can wear down enamel and cause tooth sensitivity:

  • Gingivitis
  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth whitening
  • Brushing too much or too hard
  • Eating acidic foods
  • Grinding or clenching the teeth frequently

If you’re looking for ways to relieve your tooth sensitivity from the comfort of your own home, then here are some remedies that you can try:

Use Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth

Using a toothpaste made from sensitive teeth can help, as it is designed with special ingredients like fluoride to help protect your enamel and to reduce sensitivity if used regularly. Cleaning your teeth with products that contain fluoride can also reduce risks of getting cavities.

Try Oil Pulling

Oil pulling refers to the practice of swishing oil in your mouth for a few minutes and then spitting it out. You can use either sesame or coconut oil to do this. Oil pulling is a traditional Ayurvedic practice that originates from India. Studies show that oil pulling with sesame oil could prevent or reduce symptoms of gum disease. In turn, it may also lessen tooth sensitivity by thoroughly cleaning off any harmful bacteria from the surface of your teeth.

Do a Saltwater Rinse

Rinsing your mouth with saltwater is another good way to get rid of bacteria and improve your overall oral hygiene. Some studies have shown that a saltwater rinse is as effective at cleaning your mouth as mouthwash. To make a saltwater rinse, add half a teaspoon of salt to 8 ounces of warm water. Then, swish it in your mouth a few times before spitting it out.

Make a Turmeric Paste

You might be familiar with using turmeric in your cooking, but it can also be used as a remedy to reduce sensitivity in teeth. It is often used in Ayurvedic medicine to lessen inflammation. Turmeric contains something called curcumin, which can also help with relieving pain. You can make a turmeric paste using turmeric and water mixed together. Then, rub the solution onto your gums to help reduce pain and sensitivity.

Use a Desensitizing Agent

You can find oral products with desensitizing agents in them, like toothpaste, which help make dentin less permeable. Dentin is the hard tissue that is beneath the layer of enamel in the teeth. When your dentin is less permeable, it is more difficult for liquids to pass through, thus protecting the nerves underneath and decreasing tooth sensitivity.

Get Capsaicin Gel

Capsaicin is what gives chili peppers their natural spice. So, if you like to eat spicy foods, then you could try using it to help alleviate tooth pain. Applying capsaicin topically can help relieve certain types of pain. In fact, scientists believe that it might numb your nerves, thus causing them to deliver less pain signals to your brain.

Some examples of desensitizing dental agents include metal ions, potassium, and oxalates.

Preventing Sensitive Teeth

Individuals can help protect their enamel and prevent sensitive teeth by:

  • Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily
  • Flossing at least once per day
  • Taking a break from using teeth whitening products
  • Limiting the consumption of sugary or acidic foods
  • Wearing a mouthguard at night to prevent teeth grinding and clenching during sleep
  • Seeing your dentist regularly
  • Quitting habits like smoking
  • Limiting your alcohol consumption

Dealing with tooth sensitivity can be challenging and frustrating, but you don’t have to handle it on your own. You can rely on the help of professionals to help you diagnose the problem and to get the right treatment. You’ve made a great decision to begin learning more about tooth sensitivity. Anytime is a great time to start taking extra care of your teeth so that you can avoid difficulties in the future and you can confront sensitivity by sticking with a proper oral hygiene routine.

To learn more about dentistry services in Oakville, contact Oakville Place Dental Office today and our team of experts can help you with your tooth sensitivity or with any other dental issue that you might be experiencing. Call us at 905-842-6030 or contact us here.

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How to Avoid Cavities This Halloween https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dental-care/avoid-cavities-halloween/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dental-care/avoid-cavities-halloween/#respond Mon, 11 Oct 2021 10:00:50 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1868 It’s almost time for that sickly sweet holiday again! You guessed it, Halloween is just around the corner! Halloween can be one of the scariest holidays out there, that is, for your teeth. With all of those bags of candy sitting in your pantry, Halloween should be known as “National Day of Cavities”. However, Halloween … Continue reading "How to Avoid Cavities This Halloween"

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It’s almost time for that sickly sweet holiday again! You guessed it, Halloween is just around the corner! Halloween can be one of the scariest holidays out there, that is, for your teeth. With all of those bags of candy sitting in your pantry, Halloween should be known as “National Day of Cavities”.

However, Halloween can be a great time to teach kids about the importance of keeping teeth healthy and making healthier choices. Here we have listed some fun and easy ways that you can prevent cavities for kids.

Even an exciting holiday like Halloween can be a great learning opportunity for your young ones. Knowing how to prevent cavities might not be as thrilling as eating mouthfuls of candy, but later on your child will be grateful not to have to suffer from cavities. You can get ahead with these healthy oral habits, and your children will also learn to enjoy their sweet treats in a responsible way.

Get the Timing Right

It’s always best to eat Halloween candy (or other sugary foods) with meals or right after meals. The saliva production increases while you eat meals, and this can help break down and cancel out the acids produced by the bacteria found in your mouth, and help to rinse away any leftover food particles.

Brush That Sweet Tooth

Candy and good dental hygiene don’t go hand in hand, but having your children brush their teeth with toothpaste is vital in the prevention of tooth decay, so this is an important habit for them to get into for life. You can try getting your kid excited to brush their teeth by dropping a new toothbrush into their Halloween treat bucket, with some floss as well. You can make brushing and caring for their teeth feel like a fun activity rather than another boring chore.

Be sure that your children are brushing and flossing their teeth after they enjoy some Halloween goodies. Keep in mind that candy can get easily stuck between teeth. This can be a great time to be reminded about proper brushing techniques so you can teach your children how they should move the brush against their teeth and gums.

Choose Your Candy Wisely

Try to avoid letting your children consume hard candy and other types of sweets that stay in the mouth for a long time. Besides how often you snack, the length of time that sugary sweets are in your mouth also plays a role in tooth decay. Unless they are sugar free, candies that stay in the mouth for a long while will subject teeth to a greater chance of tooth decay.

Try to also stay away from sticky candies that can cling to the teeth easily. The sticker the candies are, such as taffy and gummy bears, the more time they will take to get washed away by saliva, which will also increase risk for tooth decay.

Plan Ahead Before the Fun Begins

Before your children begin with the Halloween fun, make some plans with them before they fill up their trick-or-treat bins. This can give your children the chance to choose. For example, you can give them a choice between keeping the candy to enjoy slowly, or trading it in for a sugar-free reward, such as a toy that they have been wanting.

You can also give your child a smaller trick-or-treat bag to fill, while limiting the number of houses that you go to while trick-or-treating. If they end up getting less candy to begin with, they can enjoy their treats responsibly without feeling left out.

Whatever you decide to do, it’s important to make rules before the Halloween excitement has a chance to take over. You might need to remind younger children of the rules as you go, so be ready to repeat them.

Drink Plenty of Water

If your kids are snacking on candy, make sure that they have some water to drink to wash it all down. Drinking fluoridated water will help to prevent tooth decay. If you choose to give your children bottled water, then look for the ones that are fluoridated.

Stay in Control of How Much Candy is Being Eaten

While you can have fun during the trick-or-treating, you don’t have to give them free access to fill their bellies with candy. Try and have them choose to swap their candy out for a fun activity or new toy.

This sort of swap has the benefit of your child experiencing the feelings of earning a reward by using the candy as currency. You don’t have to do this all at once; you can let them eat their candy, but stretch it over a longer period of time. For example, they can pick one piece of candy per day, while you present alternatives like trading the candy in for something else.

It might take some planning, but these tips can help make your Halloween less scary as a parent who cares about their children’s oral hygiene. Think about this as a teaching moment and as a bonding experience that can be even more meaningful than trick-or-treating. Remember, you will be setting your kid up for a future of healthier choices.

For more information, please contact Oakville Place Dental Office at 647-496-2721 or at our contact page. We are your reliable and professional family dentistry in Oakville.

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What You Need to Know Before Getting Your First Root Canal https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/general-category/need-know-getting-first-root-canal/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/general-category/need-know-getting-first-root-canal/#respond Mon, 13 Sep 2021 10:00:37 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1865 If your dentist has recently told you that you need a root canal, you probably have a lot of questions about what to expect at your next appointment. In this article, we’ll address some basic things you need to know before you get your first root canal. Why do I need a root canal? If … Continue reading "What You Need to Know Before Getting Your First Root Canal"

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If your dentist has recently told you that you need a root canal, you probably have a lot of questions about what to expect at your next appointment. In this article, we’ll address some basic things you need to know before you get your first root canal.

Why do I need a root canal?

If one of your teeth is infected because of decay or trauma, then a root canal is the most comfortable and affordable option to preserve the tooth. It’s typically the go-to treatment in order to save the natural tooth. A root canal procedure is usually a lot less painful than extraction and it also has a shorter recovery time. Many patients say that root canal pain is similar to the discomfort of getting a filling.

Some other reasons your dentist might suggest a root canal include:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Suffering from positional pain; for example, if your pain gets worse when you lie down
  • Spontaneous pain
  • An abscess in your jawbone
  • A fistula on the gum

What happens during a root canal?

During a root canal procedure, your dentist will be working to get rid of all the infected pulp surrounding your problem tooth by drilling into it. Then, they will clean it out as well as shape the inside of your tooth before filling and sealing it to prevent future issues.

Sometimes, you will only need a filling; however there are other situations where that is not enough. Your dentist might need you to come back for a follow-up appointment to have a crown put on your tooth. This helps further protect your tooth so you can use it to chew comfortably again.

A root canal can take a couple of hours, where you will be seated in a chair with your mouth open. This can be uncomfortable, but it’s necessary. Ask your dentist if you are allowed to listen to music or a podcast during the procedure. It could help you pass the time and distract you from what’s going on.

Your dentist will use a local anesthesia to help you feel as comfortable as possible. It will make the area around your problem tooth numb so you won’t feel anything. They’ll likely take some x-rays to use as guides while they work. Your dentist might also choose to use a rubber dental dam to help prevent contamination once the tooth is opened up. It also prevents any objects from falling and getting into the mouth and throat.

Here are a few examples of some questions you might consider asking your dentist before agreeing to a root canal treatment:

  • Is a root canal absolutely necessary?
  • What are my other options?
  • Is it possible my tooth will recover without a root canal?
  • Should I see a specialist?
  • Will my infection spread to other teeth or parts of my mouth?

After the Procedure

After your root canal procedure, you can expect your gums and lips to be numb for a few hours. You might think that you can go back to normal daily life, but your dentist may ask you to wait until a crown is in place. This is because chewing using your treated tooth can result in new cracks if it is still fragile.

Once your anesthetic has worn off, you might feel sore, sensitive, or have some pain. This can last for a few days after the procedure. Try to keep your head in an elevated position while you sleep to help with this, or your dentist might also recommend some medications for the pain.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s important to get in touch with your dentist right away:

  • Swelling
  • Signs of infection
  • A rash or any other type of allergic reaction
  • Uneven bite
  • Excessive pain
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Fever
  • Itching

Don’t Wait to Get Your Root Canal Done

Once your dentist recommends a root canal, it’s best to get the procedure over with sooner rather than later. This is because the infection can worsen, causing more damage and further complications. Make sure you receive the appropriate treatment in a timely manner, as it will help get you back to chewing and speaking normally without any mouth pain.

What if my root canal fails?

Root canals have a high success rate. However, even the best root canal treatments can sometimes fail due to anatomy and resistant bacteria. The good news is that most treatments that fail can be successfully retreated.

Here are some reasons why a root canal treatment may fail:

  • Not maintaining proper oral hygiene
  • Getting a crack or leak to the crown placed over the treated tooth
  • An endodontic tool getting lodged in the canal
  • The presence of an extra canal
  • An inability for the dentist to navigate the canals

If you have a failure during the procedure, your healthcare provider will try their best to take the proper next steps to minimize complications and ensure the best outcome possible as a patient. If there is a failure after the procedure, it could take a while for symptoms to be detected due to the nerves and blood vessels being removed from the tooth.

This is why regular checkups with your dentist are important for early detection if the root canal fails. Failures occur more often in the back teeth, since they have more roots and are harder to remove, clean, and treat.

Root canals can seem like a frightening procedure, but once you learn more about them you should be able to overcome your fear. Your dentist will be able to treat your tooth and you will see that it was all worth it in the end, because you will feel much better after it is finished.

To learn more about root canals, or family dentistry in Oakville, call Oakville Place Dental at 647-496-2721 or contact us here.

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The Top 8 Benefits of Getting Dental Implants https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dental-care/top-8-benefits-getting-dental-implants/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dental-care/top-8-benefits-getting-dental-implants/#respond Mon, 02 Aug 2021 10:00:34 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1861 If you need to replace any missing teeth you have a lot of choices. But there is one option that stands above the rest: dental implants. Although there are a few negatives to dental implants, including that there is generally a waiting period of 4 months while they integrate into the bone, and they usually … Continue reading "The Top 8 Benefits of Getting Dental Implants"

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If you need to replace any missing teeth you have a lot of choices. But there is one option that stands above the rest: dental implants. Although there are a few negatives to dental implants, including that there is generally a waiting period of 4 months while they integrate into the bone,
and they usually cost more than dental bridges, the benefits definitely outweigh the negatives for the majority of patients.

Let’s take a closer look!

What is a dental implant?

Before we get into listing the benefits of dental implants, you should understand exactly what a dental implant is. A dental implant is an artificial replacement tooth that imitates your natural tooth structure. It is anchored by a titanium “root” which is inserted directly into your jawbone and used to support a crown, bridge or denture. It will look, feel and act like a real tooth.

If you are looking for dental implants in Oakville, our dentists at Oakville Place Dental have placed hundreds of dental implants and we are happy to answer any questions you might have as well as explain all of the procedural details. We often use dental implants to replace both single and multiple missing teeth.

Who can get dental implants?

If you have one or more missing teeth or are suffering from broken or decayed teeth, then dental implants are typically the best solution for you. If you are uncomfortable with wearing your dentures or bridge, then you can also benefit from dental implants which feel completely natural.

Back in the day, patients who had insufficient jawbone strength, or certain health conditions or habits could not be considered as candidates for dental implants. But with advances in diagnostics and bone reconstruction surgery, more patients are now able to get dental implants.

Benefits and Advantages of Dental Implants

These are the top benefits of getting dental implants:

1. They are built to last

Dental implants are designed to replace any missing or damaged teeth as a long-lasting means of tooth replacement. They are made from durable materials. During the installation process, titanium rods will be implanted into your jawbone in order to mimic the tooth’s natural roots. Once the implants completely fuse with your jawbone, the bond will be incredibly strong, just like with your natural teeth. You will only need to undergo the procedure once, then you will be left with a long lasting form of tooth replacement.

Dental implants last much longer than other solutions, like dentures or dental bridges which will eventually need to be replaced. Dental implants will not shift or move while you’re talking or eating, so you never need to worry about any embarrassing situations.

2. They will help you look younger

As you age, you start to experience bone loss which naturally occurs with the loss of your teeth. Dental implants make you look and feel younger because they help to restore and maintain your jawbone structure. This reduces your chances of wrinkling and looking older as your jawbone stays strong and intact.

For example: every day that you wear dentures you will also experience slight jawbone loss, and this will make you appear much older over time. If you get dental implants, your facial features and jaw structure will stay strong as the implants maintain healthy blood flow and stimulation to the jawbone.

This is very important if you have many missing teeth because the lower portion of your face will start to collapse if implants are not placed to help preserve your jawbone.

3. They behave like natural teeth

The main advantage of getting dental implants is that they can restore your full chewing power. Almost all patients cannot tell the difference between their natural teeth and their implants. They can eat with them completely normally and naturally, and also brush and floss them as if they were their original teeth.

4. They help with your natural speech

Other dental solutions, like dentures, will impact your ability to pronounce words correctly. Having missing teeth can also negatively impact your speech. Since dental implants will give you the same support for your face as natural teeth, they will not impede your speech.

5. They will never get cavities

Artificial teeth will still need to be brushed and flossed as usual to prevent the buildup of bacteria in your mouth, but dental implants are made from a material that cannot suffer from decay. This means that you will never need to worry about getting cavities in your dental implants.

6. They help keep bordering teeth stable

The gap caused by a missing tooth can cause the bordering teeth to shift towards the gap, making them crooked. The gap will pull your teeth out of their proper position and it can affect your bite, your ability to chew and your appearance. This can also lead to difficulties with tooth replacement later on. Having a poor bite can cause a variety of other issues that can result in pain and other difficulties.

7. They help prevent gum disease

If you have a missing tooth or missing teeth, bacteria in your mouth will have an easier time gaining access to your gums, increasing the chance of gum disease. This is the main reason why it is critical to replace missing teeth as soon as you can.

8. They enhance your quality of life

With dental implants, your overall quality of life is enhanced. Dental implants help increase your confidence in social situations, enabling you to feel more relaxed and enjoy smiling, eating, laughing and speaking with others. Your chewing will be improved, helping you get the nutrition you need, preventing malnutrition and stomach problems. In turn, this results in a longer life while enjoying the foods that you love.

Timely attention from a skilled and experienced dentist can make all the difference when it comes to dental implants. At Oakville Place Dental, we can provide high-quality dental implants so you can be treated quickly, comfortably, and cost-effectively.

Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss. To learn more about dental implants, call Oakville Place Dental at 905-842-6030 or contact us here.

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How to Avoid a Dental Emergency https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/emergency-dentistry/avoid-dental-emergency/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/emergency-dentistry/avoid-dental-emergency/#respond Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:00:13 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1857 A dental emergency can be one of the scariest and painful situations you will experience, so it is important to have a plan in place in case something happens. This means you should understand how to cope with a traumatic dental event, as well as have an emergency dental clinic in mind. Dental emergencies are … Continue reading "How to Avoid a Dental Emergency"

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A dental emergency can be one of the scariest and painful situations you will experience, so it is important to have a plan in place in case something happens. This means you should understand how to cope with a traumatic dental event, as well as have an emergency dental clinic in mind. Dental emergencies are not only painful for your body, but they can be painful for your wallet too. By being cautious and taking preventative measures, most dental emergencies can be avoided.

Here are some tips on how you can avoid a dental emergency.

Always Practice Good Oral Hygiene

The first step to avoiding a dental emergency is to always keep a good oral hygiene routine daily. Make sure that you are brushing and flossing, as this will keep your mouth healthy, clean, and free of any cavities, which can lead to something severe if not treated in time. Make sure that you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes every session. This amount of time will help you make sure that every surface of each tooth is cleaned thoroughly. Electric toothbrushes will usually have a built-in 2-minute timer, but if you are using a manual brush, you can simply set a timer.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Regularly scheduled dental check-ups and cleanings allow your dentist to identify problems with your teeth and gums before they become a dental emergency. Not only can your dentist find cavities before they cause pain, they can also see any small fractures or weak spots that might chip or break a tooth if left untreated.

You might think that you should go in for a dental exam once or twice a year, but the American Dental Association actually recommends that you create a personalized dental care plan with your dentist. This is because some people are fine with yearly exams, yet others might need more frequent visits if they have weak enamel or a high level of oral bacteria.

Take Note of Persistent Dental Pain or Changes to Your Teeth

This could be a nagging toothache, or a filling that is crumbling. Tooth pain is usually a sign that something is wrong, but if it goes away, you might be tempted to ignore it altogether. But you shouldn’t! When it comes to a severe tooth infection, it can damage or kill your tooth’s nerve causing you to think the infection has disappeared. Dental infections never go away on their own and require professional dental care. The quicker you can see a dentist, the more likely you will be able to save your tooth.

You should also be aware of any changes to your gums or oral tissues (the inside of your cheeks and lips, the roof and floor of your mouth and tongue). Any injuries, mouth sores, or ulcers that do not heal properly need to be examined by a dental professional.

Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly

We recommend replacing your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months, or even more frequently if you notice it looking worn or splayed. Electric toothbrush heads will typically have built-in wear indicators, so it is easy to know when it’s time to replace the head. If your toothbrush is too worn down, then it won’t be able to clean your teeth effectively. A new toothbrush or toothbrush head will run you a few dollars compared to thousands of dollars on dental care had you not taken preventative measures.

Chew with Care

Even though they are quite hard, your teeth aren’t indestructible. It’s important to avoid chewing on things that could cause them to crack and to also be mindful when you chew. Ice, hard candy, or popcorn kernels can damage your teeth and crack them. Once your tooth becomes cracked, it’s easy for bacteria to gather in the cracks of your teeth, which cause severe pain and can even cause an abscess in the worst case. Being aware of what you are chewing on can save you time, pain, and money.

Wear Protective Gear

It only takes one accident or one wrong move to cause damage to, crack, or lose a tooth. This can be quite painful and costly to fix. If you play any contact sports or take part in any other physical activities, like mountain biking or rock climbing, then consider getting yourself a mouth guard. You can either get one custom-made for you by your dentist or you can purchase a “boil and bite” one from the drugstore. Both of these are good options to help prevent any accidental tooth damage. This is especially important for children, who tend to be a little reckless and more prone to damaging their newly developed adult teeth.

Take Your Vitamins

This tip might come as a surprise, but part of maintaining great oral health in general will depend on whether or not you are getting enough vitamins to support your body’s natural defenses. Different vitamins have different benefits for your oral health and they can be found in your diet or by using supplements. Vitamins A and B are responsible for healthy gums. Deficiencies in vitamins can cause gingivitis and lower your ability to fight off gum disease. While most of us are aware that vitamin C is good for our immune system, it also helps our oral health. Studies have shown that those who do not consume enough vitamin C are 25% more likely to develop gum disease.

Prevention is the greatest way to avoid dental emergencies, but accidents can happen at any moment. If you are in need of emergency dentistry in Oakville, then call Oakville Place Dental at 905-842-6030 or book an appointment with us here.

Timely attention from a skilled and experienced dentist can make all the difference when it comes to an emergency. At Oakville Place Dental, we can help you deal with any type of dental emergency so you can be treated quickly, comfortably, and cost effectively.

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Why Should I Get Tooth Bonding? https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dental-care/get-tooth-bonding/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dental-care/get-tooth-bonding/#respond Mon, 07 Jun 2021 10:00:58 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1854 Dental bonding is a popular solution to many cosmetic dentistry woes. If you’re feeling a wee bit self-conscious due to certain things about your smile, like a chipped tooth or a large gap, a dental bond can help. What is dental bonding? Dental bonding is the process where your dentist bonds material to your teeth … Continue reading "Why Should I Get Tooth Bonding?"

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Dental bonding is a popular solution to many cosmetic dentistry woes. If you’re feeling a wee bit self-conscious due to certain things about your smile, like a chipped tooth or a large gap, a dental bond can help.

What is dental bonding?

Dental bonding is the process where your dentist bonds material to your teeth in order to help improve a minor issue. Usually, it is made from a composite material as this is the most cost-effective. It is applied to your teeth and then moulded into the correct shape. Next, your dentist will remove the resin, apply a gentle acid to your tooth to remove a small layer of enamel so that they can make room for the mould.

Once the tooth or teeth have been prepared, the bonding will be reapplied and shaped and moulded once again. Then a special UV light is used to cure the bonding, adhering it to your teeth. The bonding might be adjusted again to ensure that the look and feel are perfect.

Once it reaches its ideal shape, the final product will be buffed and polished to match the rest of your natural teeth.

What problems does tooth bonding fix?

Chipped or Cracked Tooth

If you went through trauma that left you with a chipped or broken tooth, then tooth bonding is an easy solution. It can help improve the look of your smile while also restoring the structure of the damaged tooth, which helps prevent the problem from worsening. However, there is a limit to how much damage dental bonding can fix. It can only be used to fix small to medium chips. If the breakage is large enough, your dentist might suggest a crown or veneers.

Discolouration

Staining and discolouration are inevitable, despite brushing and flossing regularly, but this issue can be easily fixed using tooth bonding. Teeth whitening is a good option for restoring or improving the shade of your smile, but it might leave behind stubborn stains or marks. Tooth bonding is the only effective solution for this problem and is usually done if only a few teeth are affected.

Tooth Decay

Composite resin can fill part of a tooth which has crumbled away due to tooth decay. This helps give the tooth more support and strength because the composite is attached directly to the tooth. It also acts as a better alternative than a filling, since it can be matched to the shade of your tooth for a natural appearance.

Gaps Between Teeth

If you have gaps between your teeth that you don’t like, your dentist can fill them using tooth bonding. Since it can be sculpted into any shape, it is the perfect material to give you the smile you desire. It can help make your teeth look longer, change their shape and close the gaps in between.

Sensitivity

If you experience sensitivity this is because over time your tooth enamel has worn away, exposing the dentin layer. This can also happen if you have a receding gum line that exposes the roots of the teeth. The composite resin can be used in bonding to help protect the roots of your teeth when the gums start to recede.

Reasons You Should Get Tooth Bonding

If you’re experiencing any of the problems above, getting them fixed as soon as possible helps reduce the risk of more severe problems occurring. Tooth bonding has many benefits, such as:

1. Treatment only takes one appointment

If you’ve chipped your tooth you can have it repaired in only one sitting by using tooth bonding as the solution. This means you can go back to living life regularly in no time. The other solutions are getting veneers or crowns, which take multiple visits to your dentist’s office.

2. Natural look and feel

The composite materials used to make the bonding are designed to blend in with your natural teeth. This means that it will be virtually impossible for anyone to tell if a person has a tooth repaired using bonding. Tooth bonding also allows your dentist to only cover the part of the tooth that has been damaged, instead of needing to cover the entire tooth to make things appear uniform.

3. Tooth bonding is a non-invasive procedure

Having your tooth repaired via tooth bonding is a non-invasive treatment. There is no pain and therefore no anesthetics are needed. This is very different from other treatments like veneers or crowns. Both crowns and veneers require the removal of some tooth enamel before they can be applied. In the end, a tooth treated with either of those needs to be protected using a dental prosthetic at all times since it will no longer have protection from bacteria in the mouth.

4. Easy maintenance

Maintaining a tooth with dental bonding is no different than caring for your natural teeth. It simply requires the same regular brushing and flossing you would normally do. Keep in mind that a repaired tooth won’t be as strong as a natural tooth, so you must be careful when eating hard food items.

Is dental bonding worth it?

Dental bonding can be an affordable and practical solution for you. The benefits you get from dental bonding will depend on your exact situation and your priorities, such as cost, longevity etc. The first thing you should do is have your options assessed by your dentist.

If you would like to know more about cosmetic dentistry in Oakville, call Oakville Place Dental at 905-842-6030 or contact us here.

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6 Signs It’s Time to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dentistry/6-signs-time-get-wisdom-teeth-removed/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dentistry/6-signs-time-get-wisdom-teeth-removed/#respond Mon, 03 May 2021 10:00:29 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1850 Wisdom teeth don’t make you any wiser, in fact they have quite the opposite effect by causing more pain than gain. So why do we have them? Researchers believe that they were an evolutionary answer to the need for us to eat raw meat, veggies and roots. Wisdom teeth are late-stage molars that erupt from … Continue reading "6 Signs It’s Time to Get Your Wisdom Teeth Removed"

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Wisdom teeth don’t make you any wiser, in fact they have quite the opposite effect by causing more pain than gain. So why do we have them? Researchers believe that they were an evolutionary answer to the need for us to eat raw meat, veggies and roots.

Wisdom teeth are late-stage molars that erupt from the gums after your permanent teeth have already grown in. They can cause extreme pain and discomfort and they can cause crowding with your existing teeth.

This third set of molars can grow in at the ages of 17 and 21, which are known as the wisdom years. Wisdom teeth are not always functional, in fact most of the time they simply cause problems and need to be removed.

If wisdom teeth are not removed they can contribute to problems like overcrowding, crooked teeth, jaw alignment, sinus problems, long-term, damaging cavities and cysts. Still, some lucky individuals don’t actually experience any of this pain and discomfort and so the question becomes should they have them removed? Or, just because wisdom teeth removal is standard practice, do all wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Here are 6 common signs that you might need to get your wisdom teeth removed:

1. Sensitivity and pain in the back of your mouth where your wisdom teeth are located

If you experience pain while you are eating, brushing your teeth or doing nothing at all, this can be a sign that you need your wisdom teeth removed. If you have pain, sensitivity or any slight throbbing sensation then you should schedule an appointment with your dentist to have them checked out. Any pain associated with your teeth should not be ignored, and it can usually be fixed quickly and easily if caught early on.

If the pain is left untreated, it can progress into something much more serious and need a more complicated treatment. One common example is a cavity that can be fixed with a simple filling, compared to one that was left untreated and now needs a whole new crown, or even a root canal. With wisdom teeth, the first signs of pain can turn into severe pain resulting in infection.

2. Causing damage to nearby teeth and/or jaw

Since you already have your permanent teeth when your wisdom teeth start coming through, this forces them to shift their position. This shifting can lead to pain, bite problems and overcrowding, making your daily routine of flossing or brushing harder and less effective.

This will eventually lead to cavities or tooth decay. If it goes untreated you might need to undergo additional procedures to help straighten out any impacted neighbouring teeth.

In addition, some individuals start to feel their jaw stiffen with pain as their jawbone becomes damaged, thus negatively impacting the mouth’s function and motion. In some cases, wisdom teeth will grow impacted within the jaw if there is no room for them to erupt through the gums.

This can even result in a shift in your jawline. This will limit the movement of your mouth, causing pain when you open or close. Cysts can also start forming along newly erupted wisdom teeth, which can hollow out your jaw bone, damaging the nerves of healthy teeth if left untreated.

3. Sinus-related problems

Your mouth and nose are intricately connected so any major issues that are happening in your mouth can also have a negative impact on your sinuses. Wisdom teeth removal is recommended when they start to cause sinus pain, congestion and pressure as they start to come through. Oral health is a key part of staying healthy overall, so this is why it is extremely important to pay attention to any symptoms.

4. Sensitivity and pain

Wisdom teeth grow in pretty gradually and may only be noticed when the patient feels pain and impaction. You should not ignore any toothache or sensitivity when it comes to your teeth or even any slight throbbing sensations. Always pay attention to where the pain occurs. If it happens on contact at the back of your mouth when eating or brushing, then that probably means your wisdom teeth are starting to erupt. It won’t take long for them to start growing out at an angle that will impact your jaw or displace other teeth.

5. Gum inflammation

Your oral health doesn’t just include your teeth, it includes your gums as well. Gums play a huge role and they can also suffer from impacted wisdom teeth. When wisdom teeth grow in at an odd angle and impact other teeth they cause the gums to swell up which makes it difficult to brush properly.

The red or dark pink areas along the gum line will typically feel sensitive and sore to the touch. This prevents you from flossing or brushing properly, and this will eventually lead to cavities and tooth decay.

6. Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth

When your gums are swollen around impacted or misaligned wisdom teeth and they become more difficult to clean, more and more food and bacteria get trapped there and start to create plaque. This plaque can then lead to infection and the resulting bacteria releases sulphur compounds which create extremely bad-smelling breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth.

Getting your wisdom teeth removed is a very common dental procedure. We encourage you to have your wisdom teeth checked out before you start to feel any of the above symptoms.

For more information about wisdom teeth removal or family dentistry in Oakville, call Oakville Place Dental at 905-842-6030 or contact us here.

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8 Important Questions to Ask Before Getting Veneers https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/cosmetic-dentistry/8-important-questions-ask-getting-veneers/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/cosmetic-dentistry/8-important-questions-ask-getting-veneers/#respond Thu, 01 Apr 2021 10:00:51 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1838 Many of our patients have discovered the beauty of dental veneers. They offer affordable and attractive cosmetic dental treatments to help address a long list of smile imperfections.  However, as with any dental treatment, you want to ensure you understand what is involved so you can decide if it is right for you. It also … Continue reading "8 Important Questions to Ask Before Getting Veneers"

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Many of our patients have discovered the beauty of dental veneers. They offer affordable and attractive cosmetic dental treatments to help address a long list of smile imperfections. 

However, as with any dental treatment, you want to ensure you understand what is involved so you can decide if it is right for you. It also offers the opportunity to discuss a range of other cosmetic dentistry treatments in Oakville. Here we offer eight important questions to ask your dentist before getting dental veneers.

1. Am I a good candidate for dental veneers?

When considering cosmetic treatments, it’s important to understand if the treatment you have in mind is right for you. Many people do their research online and get excited about a cosmetic option that turns out isn’t suitable for them. There are a few reasons dental veneers might not be recommended for you including:

  • If you have tooth decay, cavities or gum disease
  • If you have fractured teeth
  • If you have large dental fillings
  • If your tooth enamel is inadequate
  • If you clench or grind your teeth

First, we always check your oral health before providing any cosmetic treatment. If we find any of the above issues, dental veneers aren’t suitable for you. However, if you have issues such as cavities and gum disease, we will treat those first, and can then determine if veneers will be an option once your oral health is improved. 

In the case of inadequate tooth enamel, veneers will not be an option because we have to sand down some of your enamel to allow the veneers to fit comfortably when veneers are applied. If you already have thin enamel this process is not advisable. Also, if you grind your teeth or clench your jaw you can more easily crack or chip your veneers. In this case, we can discuss other cosmetic dentistry treatments. 

2. Are there other options that might be better or more affordable for me?

Cosmetic dentistry offers many options so it is always good to understand other suitable treatments. As mentioned above, since there are some cases where veneers won’t work, there might be other treatments to discuss. Plus, if you are seeking a solution such as filling in a gap between your teeth, perhaps Invisalign treatment might be something to consider. Understanding your options allows you to make an informed decision so you choose the treatment that suits your budget, lifestyle and gets the results you want.

3. How are dental veneers applied?

Porcelain veneers require two appointments: the first to prep your teeth and the second to apply your veneers. Porcelain veneers are crafted at a dental lab and require moulds of your teeth to ensure a proper fit. Your teeth also have to be prepped by removing a bit of the surface to make more room for your new veneers. 

We use a local anesthetic at this stage just in case you experience sensitivity during the process. Once your teeth are prepped, we apply temporary veneers to protect them while you wait for your next appointment. We also discuss colour and shape to get the desired look for your veneers. At the second appointment, we do a final colour match before bonding the veneers to your teeth.

4. Are veneers high maintenance?

This is a good question to ask, as many patients envision their dental veneers will be difficult to care for. Although your temporary veneers definitely need some special care as they are quite fragile, once your new veneers are applied, they simply require the same daily care as your own teeth.

5. Can I choose to remove my veneers if I decide I don’t like them?

Because of the prep required to apply the veneers, once you have this step completed you can’t reverse the treatment. You have to be certain you are committed to your dental veneers as it does alter your tooth enamel. While we certainly can adjust your veneers to help get the look you desire, the procedure itself is not reversible.

6. Do my veneers last a lifetime?

No, veneers require replacement on average every 10 years or so. This number varies depending on how you care for them as well as if you use your teeth for things you shouldn’t, such as biting your nails or opening packages! These things can cause your veneers to wear down more quickly.

7. How do I know my veneers will look natural?

We take a number of steps to ensure you get the results you expect. This includes:

  • Discussing your goals: First, we discuss what you want and identify the issues you plan to correct. This way we get a better idea of what approach to take when we craft your veneers.
  • Tooth shape: Next we consider your tooth shape and consider how to ensure consistency with your veneers to match your smile and face.
  • Tooth shade: We also look at your smile and choose a tooth shade that will blend with your natural teeth. We do a thorough colour matching session using samples before we commit to the shade. In the case where you are having a complete smile makeover using veneers, you can simply choose a shade from the samples that will match your skin tone or the preferred shade of whiteness you want for your new smile.
  • Some photo editing: Technology makes it easier for us to show you what your veneers will look like when your new smile is finished. We can experiment with the look and shades until you find the look you want.
  • Temporary veneers: Last but not least, your temporary veneers are the best way to give your new smile a trial run. You can see what they’ll look like and how they’ll feel before committing.

8. Do you have before and after pictures of patients with veneers?

This is a good way to see the positive effects that veneers can make to a person’s smile. Before and after pictures of real patients, as opposed to “photoshopped” smiles, provide a realistic glimpse of what you can expect from your own treatment. 

Schedule a Consultation for Porcelain Veneers Today

At Oakville Place Dental, our experienced dentists can help you achieve a beautiful smile, and porcelain veneers are often an important part of a smile makeover.

If you would like more information about dental veneers or would like to schedule a consultation with our dentists, call Oakville Place Dental at (905) 842-6030 or contact us here.

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The Most Common Dental Emergencies and What to Do About Them https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/emergency-dentistry/common-dental-emergencies/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/emergency-dentistry/common-dental-emergencies/#respond Mon, 15 Mar 2021 10:00:31 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1840 Patients often think that dental emergencies only occur if they experience a lot of pain or have severe damage following an accident. However, dental emergencies come in many different forms. As a result, many emergencies might be less obvious to the average person. The problem with not recognizing dental emergencies is that the longer they … Continue reading "The Most Common Dental Emergencies and What to Do About Them"

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Patients often think that dental emergencies only occur if they experience a lot of pain or have severe damage following an accident. However, dental emergencies come in many different forms. As a result, many emergencies might be less obvious to the average person.

The problem with not recognizing dental emergencies is that the longer they remain untreated, the more serious they become. To help you recognize dental emergencies, here are some of the most common situations requiring the emergency dental services and what to do about them.

Abscessed Tooth

This tops the list, as it is a serious issue affecting either the root of your tooth or the area between your gums and teeth. Abscesses appear as almost a “pimple” on your gums, with a red sore and white head. Never try to “pop” the abscess. Instead, call our office immediately because, if left untreated, the infection can spread. Unlike many other tooth issues, your only choice to treat the infection is to seek emergency dental services.

Sudden Tooth Pain

If you wake up to find you are experiencing tooth pain, then call us right away. Ongoing tooth pain is not normal and can indicate issues that aren’t always obvious. First, call and ask if you can set up an appointment to find out what is causing the pain. Be sure to explain the symptoms, so we know you require immediate attention.

To help manage pain, you can take an over-the-counter painkiller. You can also use an ice pack applied to the outside area where you feel the pain. Applying heat is not advised, as it can make the pain worse. You can also rinse your mouth with warm water, and then try flossing and brushing in case there is something lodged in the area causing irritation. Be gentle to avoid making the pain worse.

Knocked Out Tooth

This is a more obvious dental emergency. However, often, if there is no pain, or the lost tooth is not visible, people don’t bother to call the dentist. Always call the dentist when a tooth is knocked out because we can usually save the tooth. If possible, gently put your tooth back in place, and go to the dentist right away; your chances of saving the tooth will be greatly increased.

If you feel nervous about putting the tooth back in place, you can place it in a small container of milk or water and bring it with you. Never rub the tooth to try and clean it off, as you can remove vital tissue that will help us save it. As long as you see us within an hour, you should be able to avoid losing your tooth.

Damaged Tooth

If you break or chip a tooth, even if it doesn’t hurt, this is considered a dental emergency. You should save any pieces of the tooth in a small container with milk or water. Then, wash your mouth with warm water to rinse away blood. If the tooth is still bleeding, you can apply gauze to the area to help control it. Apply a cold compress on the outside of the mouth in the area of the damaged tooth and then head to your appointment. If the tooth left behind has sharp edges, you can place sugarless chewing gum over it to help avoid cutting your cheek or tongue.

Lost Filling

Losing a filling is never good, as it exposes the cavity. While not all lost fillings reveal decay, often, it is new decay that caused the filling to become loose in the first place. As above, you can use sugarless gum to fill the cavity temporarily. Give us a call, and we can set up an appointment to examine the tooth and then restore the filling.

Lost Crown

When a crown falls out, hopefully you can find it and bring it to our office. Often, the crown is in good condition and can just be recemented. You might experience pain, which you can ease by applying a small amount of clove oil to the area. You can also try to replace the crown using toothpaste to help hold it in place. Never use glue! We use a special cement to put it back in place permanently.

Loose or Snapped Braces

If you notice a piece of your braces has come loose or has snapped and is sticking out, you should see us right away. The broken piece can cause injury, but also interferes with the integrity and progression of your treatment. Never try to clip the wire. Instead, you can use dental wax to put the loose piece back in place, or use wax to help protect your cheek and tongue from cuts. We will recement the damaged area or, in some cases, it might need to be replaced.

Dislodged Tooth

This is different from losing a tooth outright. In this case, the impact to the tooth has forced it out of position. While chances are the tooth will eventually fall out, it is best to visit our office to see what can be done. If you feel pain, take an over-the-counter pain medication, and apply cold compress to the outside area.

You Can’t Remove Something from Between Your Teeth

While this might seem more of a frustration than a dental emergency, having something caught between your teeth can lead to a whole lot of woes. First, try to see if you can remove it yourself using floss. Don’t use anything else, as this can damage your teeth or gums. If the floss doesn’t work, give us a call and we will see you as soon as possible to safely remove it before it can cause an infection.

How to Avoid Dental Emergencies

While you can’t necessarily avoid all dental emergencies, there are some precautions you can take to reduce risk, including:

  • Maintain proper brushing and flossing at home, and schedule regular dental check-ups.
  • Be fitted for a customized mouth guard if you are an avid athlete.
  • Always wear your seat belt to reduce injuries.
  • Discuss any dental issues at your check-ups.

If you do require emergency dental services in Oakville, or aren’t sure about the changes you notice to your teeth or gums, always call our team at Oakville Place Dental to discuss your concerns.

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