Oakville Place Dental Office https://www.dentistoakville.com Wed, 05 Jun 2019 10:00:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 Dental Tips for the Summertime https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dental-care/dental-tips-for-the-summertime/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dental-care/dental-tips-for-the-summertime/#respond Wed, 05 Jun 2019 10:00:27 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1721 The post Dental Tips for the Summertime appeared first on Oakville Place Dental Office.

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Ah, summer! You wait for it all winter long. Once it arrives you might indulge in a few more foods, drinks, and activities that can put your teeth at risk. From sports drinks to ice cream and popsicles, summertime can lead to some common encounters with hidden dental threats. There’s no reason to fear enjoying the weather. Just keep these dental tips in mind to make sure you won’t need to squeeze in an emergency dental appointment during your fun in the sun.

Use Bottle Openers, Not Your Teeth

Although most bottles today have twist tops, if you do come across a cap that needs a bottle opener,  use one. Your teeth should never be used as a tool. Even trying to chew a plastic thread to remove the tag from your new bikini or t-shirt can cause damage to your teeth. Over time all this wear and tear can lead to costly dental restorations. This summer, use the right tool for the job and keep your teeth intact!

Use a Mouth Guard

Summer tends to get you outside and participating in more activities and sports. You’ve hung up your ice skates, but you shouldn’t put away that sports mouth guard. Proper protection is a must for many summer activities including:

  1. Cycling
    Whether you are a die-hard BMX racer on the trails, or just going for a casual ride at the park, an unexpected fall, accident or even a rock can shoot up and hit your mouth. Your helmet protects your head, but nothing protects your teeth, so put on that mouth guard.

  2. Skateboarding, scooters and rollerblading
    All the same hazards you face on your bike can be encountered on your skateboard, scooter and rollerblades. That’s why your mouth guard and helmet should go hand in hand this summer.

  3. Soccer and volleyball
    Protect that smile when spiking that volleyball or out on the field. They might not feel hard, but a ball in the face could leave you with a toothless grin!

  4. Baseball and softball
    From thrown bats to sliding into home plate, you can take a hit to your mouth that will cause some serious damage to your teeth.

Beware Summer Food and Drink

Summer brings on some of your favourite foods. Unfortunately, a lot of them can be bad for your teeth including:

  1. Citrus
    Summer drinks such as lemonade, iced tea, sangria, and margaritas tend to contain highly acidic fruit that can damage the enamel of your teeth. The most harmful to your teeth include grapefruits and lemons. Avoid sucking on the citrus slices used to garnish your drinks and opt for store-bought orange juice as it tends to be less acidic.

  2. Sticky candy
    Avoid chewy candies that stick to your teeth. As the residue sits on your teeth it turns into harmful acid that damages enamel and causes cavities. Avoiding candy altogether is smarter, and you can always opt to chew sugar-free gum if you need something chewy and sweet.

  3. Ice
    We all reach for the ice when the heat is getting to us. Adding it to your drink is fine but using it to cool down by chewing it is not. Chewing ice can damage your teeth with chips, cracks, and worn enamel. The same can be said for popsicles, so proceed with caution when biting down on a popsicle right out of the freezer.

  4. Dried fruit
    Since you’re being told to avoid sticky candy it is a natural response to reach for the dried fruit as a healthy alternative. Guess what? It’s just as bad as candy for your teeth! It too can stick to your teeth and leave the natural sugars to build up acid to cause just as much damage as sweets.

  5. Sugary and carbonated drinks
    Sugary, carbonated drinks provide a double threat. Sugar washes over your teeth which can lead to tooth decay, while the acidity of carbonated drinks erodes enamel. Your best bet to beat the heat? Water. Another good choice is unsweetened tea. Chilled it is delicious, refreshing and also suppresses bacteria build up to slow down tooth decay and gum disease.

  6. Alcohol
    Although it’s close to impossible to avoid sipping a cool adult beverage on a patio, poolside or at a barbecue, alcohol dehydrates reducing the saliva in your mouth. Staying well hydrated is a must in the summer as with less saliva in your mouth, bacteria can build up leading to tooth decay and gum disease. If you are dead set on the sugary, acidic or alcoholic drinks, use a straw to reduce contact with your teeth.

  7. Corn on the cob
    We all love it, but corn on the cob is notorious for getting caught between your teeth. You can still enjoy your corn, just make sure you floss immediately after.

  8. Ice cream
    Ice cream and sundaes also contain tons of sticky sugars that stick to your teeth. A rinse with water can help reduce the sugars.

Drink Water

As already mentioned, staying hydrated in the summer is very important. Drinking water is always your best summer choice as it will keep you hydrated and your mouth moist. You will wash away bacteria and help keep your breath fresh. Although bottled water is often more convenient, opting for tap water is best. It is not only good for strengthening your teeth thanks to the fluoride but also better for the environment with less single-use plastics going to landfill. The acid from the gas in sparkling water can also erode your enamel, so stick with still tap water.

SPF 15 Lip Balm

As protectors of your oral health, dentists watch out for your mouth, inside and out. Your lips need protection when out in the sun. Use an SPF lip balm of at least 15 to protect your lips from burning. Remember to reapply throughout the day to keep lips protected from sun damage.

These simple tips will help you enjoy the summer while reducing the many added risks it can present to your oral health.
For more dental tips for the summer, call Oakville Place Dental at 905-842-6030 or contact us here.

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How to Choose the Right Shape and Shade for Your Veneers https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/cosmetic-dentistry/how-to-choose-the-right-shape-and-shade-for-your-veneers/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/cosmetic-dentistry/how-to-choose-the-right-shape-and-shade-for-your-veneers/#respond Mon, 13 May 2019 10:00:32 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1725 The post How to Choose the Right Shape and Shade for Your Veneers appeared first on Oakville Place Dental Office.

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Dental veneers are thin shells — often made of porcelain or another composite material — that are designed to fit over teeth. These shells can be fitted to make an individual’s teeth appear more straight, evenly-spaced, and brighter. They can also be used to repair broken or chipped teeth, misaligned teeth, and unsightly gaps. Veneers are a durable option for those who are looking to optimize their bite and improve the aesthetic of their smile.

Why do shape and shade matter?

When choosing veneers for yourself, it is important to find the right shape and shade. There are often two options at this stage: either choosing an individual veneer that matches the shape and shade of your natural teeth or choosing a set of veneers and picking the shape and shade based on your ideal look. This cosmetic solution can be customized based on your own preferences but there are also a few things to keep in mind when picking out your veneers. Here is a breakdown of how to choose the right shape and shade of your veneers:

  1. Identify the issues you have with your teeth

Before exploring your dental veneer options, it is important to first identify what kinds of problems you have with your natural teeth. Are they damaged, chipped, or broken from an accident? Are they misaligned? Do you have gaps between teeth that you would like to have filled? These questions will help direct your treatment plan — whether it is for cosmetic reasons or functionality — so you can choose the perfect veneers for your unique situation. For those who have one or two teeth that may be misaligned, chipped, or have gaps, individual veneers may be the most appropriate options, rather than covering each tooth with a veneer. However, individuals who have a number of issues with their teeth may opt for a complete transformation — often as a cosmetic solution.

  1. Choose a shape that complements your face

Once you have identified why you need dental veneers, you can start to choose individual sizes and shapes. The easiest way to maintain consistency and find a shape that matches your face and smile is to match the shape to your existing teeth. In this way, you can preserve the natural aesthetic of your smile while simultaneously fixing the issues you experience with your teeth. There are many shapes available — from rounded to sharp points — that can be customized to fit your mouth. If the shape of your natural teeth is an issue for you, do some research and find out which shape would provide the aesthetic you desire without sacrificing functionality.

  1. Compare samples of shades

Now that you have identified which teeth require dental veneers and which size and shape you intend to use, you must now choose the shade of your veneers. Once again, the easiest solution is to match the veneers to the shade of your natural teeth. It is important to compare samples of shades before committing, as different shades of white can stand-out if they do not complement the shade of your natural teeth. For those who are looking for a complete overhaul with veneers, you are free to choose any shade without worrying if it will match your natural teeth. However, it is still important to compare samples of shades and see how they will complement your smile, face, and skin tone. In this way, you can ensure your new smile looks both gorgeous and natural.

  1. Experiment with different styles

With today’s photo-editing technology, many people opt to experiment with different shades and shapes of dental veneers by photoshopping different styles on to their own smile. This will help give you an idea of what shapes and sizes will work with your natural aesthetic. By doing as much research and experimentation as possible, you are more likely to be satisfied with the results of your veneers.

  1. Test out temporary veneers

If you are struggling to find a set of dental veneers you are confident about, ask a professional dentist about temporary veneers. These veneers can be installed to individual teeth on a temporary basis, allowing you to “test drive” the shape and shade before committing to an entire set of veneers. This will allow you to experience the veneers throughout your everyday life. From seeing the shade in many different lights to testing out the functionality by eating your favourite meals, temporary veneers can help you avoid uncomfortable shapes and unsightly shades.

  1. Get some feedback

For many people exploring cosmetic solutions for issues with their teeth, choosing dental veneers is a difficult process. Get your friends and family involved in the process, and ask their opinion on different shapes and shades. In this way, you can ensure you get an honest opinion from someone whom you trust, which can give you the confidence to pursue this kind of cosmetic solution.

  1. Talk to your dentist

Always talk to your dentist about your teeth before committing to veneers, especially if they know the history of your teeth. Your dentist will have an innate understanding of the issues you are facing — both cosmetic and functional — and he or she will be able to recommend a variety of solutions to your specific problems based on your individual needs.
To learn more about choosing the right dental veneers for you, call Oakville Place Dental at 905-842-6030 or visit our website here.

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With less job security, more Canadians move across a city, a province, or Canada itself for a new job or a promotion. With these moves, the idea of having a family dentist may seem like something that some people don’t have time for anymore. But family dentistry brings with it some unique advantages that benefit your overall health—today and in the future.

Family Dentistry Is About Your Dental History

  1. A History Of Your Dental Health
    Family dentistry is important because it is consistent and maintains records. When you’ve been seeing your dentist for a while, they will have a record of your dental health, along with any allergies, sensitivities, special needs, or requirements. This type of history is important for a number of reasons. Your dentist will know, for example, when you last had a check-up, the dates any crowns were installed, the need to monitor any teeth with cracks, chips, or other irregularities, along with a measurement of any gingival recession (receding gums). Along with this important information, your dentist will have full details on treatment plans for any dental condition you may have.
  2. Developing A Personal And Trusting Relationship
    Personal relationships are about trust, and trust allows open and respectful communication. Family dentistry means that over time you’ll develop a relationship of trust with your dentist. There is nothing better than knowing that you and your family members feel comfortable at each dental appointment and that they are in trustworthy hands. Communication is easier with someone you trust. You’ll feel able to talk about concerns or fears. For children, getting to know their dentist puts them at ease and makes dental visits easier. As well, if you’re interested in exploring treatments such as orthodontics, you’ll rest assured that your dentist will have excellent recommendations for you.
  3. Knowledge Of Your Teeth And Gums, And What To Look For
    When you see the same dentist, they know how to look out for any changes in your teeth, gums, and surrounding tissues over time. For example, any sudden discolouration or lesion will be readily apparent to your dentist and, if necessary, they can refer you to a specialist for further examination. As a part of your health team, dentists can often detect health conditions first. For example, when oral cancer is identified by a family dentist, treatment is initiated more quickly. As you probably know, early detection is important for successful treatment. This means that family dentistry has saved many lives thanks to early detection!

Family Dentistry And Your Health

  1. Awareness of Serious Health Problems
    Here are just a few examples of why having regular family dentistry is good for your overall health, and not just your teeth and oral health. Let’s take a look at prosthetic joint replacements and heart stents. If you have had a body part replaced, such as a shoulder, hip, heart valve or knee, or a heart stent placed, you will be advised to take what’s called a prophylactic (preventative) antibiotic before dental cleanings and other procedures. It is for the protection of the surgery site from an infection that your surgeon will make this recommendation. It’s really that you tell your dentist if you fall into this category. Once they are informed, they will have this information on record and will know how long you are required to take the preventative antibiotic.

    Another example is high blood pressure, which is increasingly prevalent today. If you have high blood pressure or are on blood pressure medication, be sure to let your dentist know. There are many reasons for this. Some blood pressure tables can lead to a dry mouth, which can create a greater risk of tooth decay. Generally, patients with high blood pressure can manage this condition safely with lifestyle adjustments or medication. However, they may not be up for dental work if the prospect of treatment such as fillings or roots canals has increased their blood pressure. Blood pressure readings will need to be brought down to a safe level before your dentist can treat you.

    Individuals with high blood pressure can also be adversely affected by some local anesthetics. These drugs can cause blood vessels to constrict temporarily, and if this is the case for you, your dentist will need to limit your exposure to these anesthetics to prevent health emergencies or complications high blood pressure. If you suddenly have elevated blood pressure, your dentist may ask you to see your doctor or even send you to an emergency room.

    As you can see, having a regular dentist who practices family dentistry means that these serious health concerns will be documented and your dentist will know what practices and procedures should be followed when you visit for your next appointment.

  2. Proactive Family Dentistry
    Having the same dentist will allow them to be proactive and keep a close eye on your oral health. This may help you stop a dental problem from arising in the first place, or prevent it from becoming a serious concern. At Oakville Place Dental, we are thorough in our check-ups and we always look for underlying problems. This means that we can treat them quickly before the damage becomes serious or permanent.
  3. Making Family Dentistry Work For Your Family
    Oakville Place Dental can provide excellent dental treatment for your whole family—this means that you save valuable time because you do not need to arrange different appointments on different days. Your family dentistry appointments can be scheduled together in one morning, afternoon, or evening, simplifying your busy life.
  4. Your Family Dentist Can Direct Bill

    If you have health insurance with dental coverage, you can provide the details on your first visit. From then on, your dentist will be able to quickly and conveniently direct bill your insurance provider. No waiting or inconvenience to you and your finances.

Oakville Dental Place is an established family dentistry practice with strong relationships with clients who have been coming to our practice for years. We are also ready to take new patients and provide them with the same level of trusting care that our regular patients have received for years. Contact us today at 905-842-6030 and begin a great patient-dentist relationship today!

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Did you have a bit of a rough time at the dentist when you were a young child?

If you did, you’ll understand how your own child feels if they are apprehensive about visiting the dentist. Even if you didn’t, we’re sure you won’t like seeing your child feeling anxious or outright fearful when the next dental visit is due.

Some Kids Don’t Mind Seeing the Dentist

Some kids have absolutely no issues visiting a dentist and enjoy chatting with the dentist and the staff. They like getting a goodie bag at the end of the appointment, too. After all, who doesn’t like free stuff!

So with these kids, there’s really not a lot of preparation to do. Tell them about the visit, and ask them to clean their teeth really well, if they’re old enough. For younger children, cleaning is still the parent’s role. Next, simply arrive at the dentist’s office 10 minutes ahead of the appointment time.

In this blog post, we’re going to focus on two things: children who’ve had the first appointment and, for whatever reason, didn’t like it or were upset; and children who simply don’t like going to see the dentist at all.

What if the First Appointment wasn’t a Great Success?

If your young one’s first appointment caused some stress or upset, your child may not want to go to the dentist again. The first thing to do is to sit down and gently talk to your child. Ask some open-ended questions to discover how your child is thinking and feeling. If you were at that first appointment, you will have some idea what happened. Maybe your child started gagging, or they got a fright from something. Maybe they simply didn’t like the dentist, or have a general sense of unease about going to the appointment.

With the problem out in the open, you should be able to provide solutions. And remember, you are not alone when it comes to sourcing solutions. Oakville Dental Place in Oakville is happy to work side-by-side with you to come up with a plan that will make seeing a dentist much more appealing to your kid.

Taking it Slowly with Anxious Children

To start, have one or two visits where no treatment happens to help your child let go of any anxiety and learn to feel comfortable. Ask the dentist to give your young one a ride in the chair and a goodie bag, too.

If gagging is the issue, then it’s best to take it slowly and go at the child’s pace. The dentist will listen carefully and stop when your child asks so that gagging becomes a thing of the past.

If your child got a fright or simply didn’t like the dentist, ask to see a different dentist and ensure that things go slowly. Explain each next step to your child so there are no surprises.

My Child Won’t Go to the Dentist at All

A child who won’t go to the dentist at all creates a challenging situation for parents. Discuss your concerns with us here at Oakville Dental Place. We’re used to working with young ones who don’t like the dentist and who say they will never go for a check-up. We’ll assist you with options and solutions.

First, with a situation like this, keep the lines of communication open, and let your child know why you value visits to the dentist so much. Find your own words, but try to explain that it’s because you love them and want the best for them—and that means good health and great teeth.

Practice Visits to the Dentist’s Office

One of the easiest ways to deal with a general anxiety about going to the dentist is to plan some practice visits. Tell your child ahead of time that they are going to the dentist just for a visit—no treatment. Remember, children like routine and if they know the visit is happening, they will be more open to going.

Practice visits can be two or three appointments where no treatment is planned, but your child gets to visit the office, chat with people, and have a ride in the dentist’s chair. If they are lucky, we might even let them ride up and down in the chair!

We’ll talk about their interests and hobbies and then slowly move the conversation over to why everyone needs a dental check-up, what’s involved, and how it’s a very simple and comfortable experience.

A Real Check-Up at the Dentist’s Office

All the planning and practice will by now bring about an openness in your child so that they’ll be prepared to sit in the dentist’s chair and have their teeth examined. For children who are still not happy, be prepared to experience some crying and maybe even tantrums. Remember, however, that dentists have a lot of experience with anxious children and will be happy to talk through all your concerns and help make things work for your child.

When Your Child Has Dental Phobia

A fear about going to the dentist is very real for some children and adults. There are a range of options to try so that this fear can be overcome.

1. The Buddy System

This solution is what it sounds like. A parent or special person in your child’s life comes to the dentist with them, holds their hand, and is supportive all the way through the examination. This person talks to the child gently and positively.

2. Sedation Dentistry

For children (and adults) who are unable to deal with anxiety about seeing the dentist, we will discuss nitrous oxide sedation. This is the use of laughing gas to help your child relax but remain conscious while the treatment takes place. It’s very effective for children who are open to going to the dentist, but afraid of the actual treatment.

3. Child Psychologist

For serious phobias, we recommend seeing a child psychologist who will work with your child and try to get to the root of the fear. Even talking about how your child feels with a trained professional can be helpful and, in some instances, the conversation alone can alleviate the phobia.

Contact Oakville Dental Place for Guidance and Support

Know that you’re not alone when you have a child who needs encouragement and preparation for their next dental visit. We are trained professionals who have helped many children work through anxiety and fears. Contact us now; we’re happy to do the same for your child and lead them to a place where they feel okay or even happy about being in the dentist’s chair!

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How to Know if You Need Endodontics https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/endodontics/know-need-endodontics/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/endodontics/know-need-endodontics/#respond Tue, 12 Feb 2019 10:00:10 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1706 The post How to Know if You Need Endodontics appeared first on Oakville Place Dental Office.

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When it comes to dentistry, some not be familiar with the term ‘endodontics’. But chances are you’ve heard of a root canal, which is the same thing. It is the process of removing damaged pulp from your tooth. Dental pulp is essentially the tooth’s blood and nerve supply.

Your tooth is made up of several layers. It includes a hard outer layer called enamel, an inner layer known as dentin and a soft tissue center called the pulp. This pulp contains all the nerves, vessels and connective tissue that keep the tooth healthy. When this pulp, however, becomes infected or inflamed, an infection will build up inside the tooth. If left untreated, it can cause pain and severe dental disease.

Many years ago, the only way to deal with damaged pulp was to extract the entire tooth. But new advances in endodontics are allowing dentists to save damaged teeth. Without a professional examination, it’s impossible to know for certain if you require endodontics. If endodontic surgery is needed, there are some warning signs to watch for.

#1: Ongoing pain even after a cleaning

It is normal to feel slight pain after a cleaning. After all, your dental hygienist is using metal tools to scrape off plaque and other harmful buildup. What is not normal, however, is continuous pain long after the cleaning is over. If you have damaged pulp, the pain will be severe and consistent. A general dentist may be able to treat the tooth using non-surgical means. But if the infection has spread, you may be referred to an endodontist.

#2: Severe sensitivity to hot and cold

When you consume foods that are hot or cold, it’s natural to feel a slight reaction in your mouth. But if the sensitivity is severe and stemming solely from the teeth, it could be a reason for concern. Extreme sensitivity can indicate the enamel on the teeth has worn away or that the inside of the tooth has an infection. In this case, endodontic treatment may be necessary.

#3: Tooth is painful to the touch

If even the slightest pressure on the tooth causes intense pain, you may need to see an endodontic surgeon. It is not normal to feel tenderness when chewing food or using a toothbrush. You may be willing to tolerate the pain for months or assume it is temporary. But this type of discomfort will only get worse, disrupting your quality of life. Schedule an exam with an endodontist to receive proper care.

#4: Abnormal discolouration

It is entirely normal for teeth to gradually change colour from consuming wine, coffee or tobacco. But it is not normal to see sudden discolouration, particularly in one tooth. When a tooth changes colour, it’s usually a sign that there is an infection spreading to the gums and jawbone. This major discolouration is usually a sign that a root canal is required to remove dead pulp.

#5: Swelling and drainage of gums

A root canal may be required if you notice any abnormal swelling or drainage around a specific tooth. When the pulp of a tooth is infected, it can spread to the gums and even the jawbone. Visit your dentist immediately before the swelling gets worse. He or she may refer you to a specialist if endodontic surgery is needed.

#6: You have an abscess at the root of the tooth

An abscess is a collection of pus, typically caused by a bacterial infection. If you have an abscess that starts at the root of your tooth, seek professional treatment immediately. A dental abscess causes significant pain and is not treatable without some form of endodontic surgery.

#7: You feel a tiny bump near the painful tooth

If you feel a bump on the gums near the painful tooth, you will likely need to see an endodontist. This bump may appear similar to a pimple and could cause a stinging sensation. The main cause of this bump is a bacterial infection, meaning a root canal is often necessary.

Endodontic surgery may seem overwhelming, but it is an effective treatment when performed properly. Endodontics can usually be completed in 1 or 2 appointments. Your tooth may be tender for about a week, but severe pain is not common. If this occurs, be sure to contact your dentist or endodontist immediately.

It’s also important to note that root canal treatment does not protect your tooth from other types of damage, such as cavities or gum disease. With proper care and regularly scheduled dental checkups, you can ensure the affected tooth lasts as long as your other teeth.

For more information on endodontics, please call Oakville Place Dental at 905-842-6030 or contact us here.

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How Can You Fix Dental Bridge Problems? https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dental-bridge/can-fix-dental-bridge-problems/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dental-bridge/can-fix-dental-bridge-problems/#respond Mon, 03 Dec 2018 10:00:20 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1703 The post How Can You Fix Dental Bridge Problems? appeared first on Oakville Place Dental Office.

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A dental bridge is a wonderful solution to lost teeth. It will return your life back to normal after losing some teeth. You’ll be able to eat with ease, speak, and be intimate without feeling uncomfortable or even embarrassed.

Before implants and veneers were developed, bridges were used on all teeth, including front teeth. Today, for the most part, bridges are used to replace molars. Implants and veneers are often better for front teeth, particularly from a cosmetic point of view.

If your bridge precision-made and fitted with care by your dentist, it’s likely that it will give you years of satisfaction. You’ll be able to speak clearly and eating will be just as it was before you lost the teeth. You’ll feel comfortable and confident kissing and being close when you want.

Dental Bridge Problems

Despite the best technology and a dentist’s skilled and caring hands, bridges can still occasionally cause the dental bridge problems.

A bridge is fixed in your mouth, so you can’t remove it to clean it. There are some particular things that will cause dental bridge issues. Most of them can be avoided, particularly if you clean carefully on and around your bridge, and report any issues, such as loose fit, to your dentist.

Let’s take a look at the problems that can occur with dental bridges and how, if possible, they can be fixed.

Food Particles Under Around Your Bridge

One of the main problems with bridges is food. Even though the particles are tiny, they can build up over time and cause dental bridge problems if not cleaned away immediately. Diligent cleaning with a quality brush, as well as flossing, will resolve this issue. When your bridge is new, be sure to speak to your dentist about what kind of brush to use, as well as your brushing technique.

Food Particles Under Your Bridge

Bridges should fit seamlessly against the gumline. If your bridge is new and does not seem to have a snug fit, return to your dentist for an adjustment. You and your dentist should ensure that your bridge is tight and comfortable and that you can eat with ease.

The second cause of food debris under your bridge will occur over time. This is because as years pass you will experience bone loss in the area where the teeth have been removed. This, in turn, will lead to your bridge becoming loose. You may not notice it at first, but eventually, that seamless line between your gum and bridge will reveal a small space and you may start to notice that something doesn’t feel right. Make a call to see your dentist immediately, and keep your regular checkup appointment – your dentist may notice your loose bridge well before you do.

Calculus Build-Up

Calculus, or tartar, is the name given to plaque that builds up on the teeth. This plaque hardens fairly quickly and can build up around the bridge and teeth. If the tartar is not cleaned off from the bridge, it can damage the appliance and also cause bleeding around the gums. If left, will lead to gum disease.

Some people get more calculus than others. So if you’re one of those unlucky folks who is prone to it, discuss it with your dentists and reach out for solutions.

Poor Bridge Hygiene

All dentists will tell you that the solution to calculus/tartar is good and regular oral hygiene. Properly brushing your bridge and teeth, and using floss or a proxy brush (micro-brush) to remove debris and plaque is essential. Do this at least once a day, but ideally more often. At the end of your teeth cleaning session use a good quality antiseptic mouthwash to take care of any tiny micro-pieces of bacteria that may have been left behind.

Most dentists can’t overemphasize cleaning your teeth too much. It’s really important because not doing so will lead to bits of food and bacteria building up in your mouth. This will quickly lead to tartar, bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. Ultimately, you could be looking at the loss of more teeth!

Dental Bridge Damage

Having a dental bridge is similar to wearing braces in one way – you’ll need to stay away from hard foods. Even raw carrots, nuts, or super fresh broccoli could damage your bridge. If you’re a big fan of fresh veg, cut it into smaller pieces and only chew on the side without your bridge. Otherwise, give these hard foods a miss.

If you’re unfortunate enough to damage or fully break your bridge, you probably already know the next step to take – make a call to your dentist and ask for an emergency appointment. In the meantime, be sure to clean carefully and regularly around the bridge and the surrounding teeth until you arrive in the dentist’s chair.

How to prevent dental bridge problems

We’ve touched on the key dental bridge problems and outlined the main solutions. As repetitive as it sounds, cleaning and flossing two or three times a day is the number one piece of advice to people with bridges – and non-bridge wearers, too!

Let’s quickly review the other important things that will help keep your bridge and your teeth in top shape for years to come!

  1. Clean, clean, clean . . . .ooops, we just said that, but we wanted to say it again!
  2. Be confident with your bridge’s tight fit and enjoy life! Watch out for any signs of a loose bridge, and let your dentist know right away.
  3. Stay away from the hard stuff – ice, nuts such as almonds, fresh veg, solid candies, and crunchy foods, that is.
  4. Buy a toothbrush designed to clean those small and tight spaces where plaque can gather, and then use a proxy brush to get into the places where food or plaque may gather.
  5. Don’t be too hard or rough with your brushing and your proxy brush technique.
  6. Finish your cleaning with a 30-second swill around the mouth with antiseptic mouthwash.
  7. Go to your regular checkups, but be sure to make an appointment sooner if you sense that there might be something wrong with your bridge. Even if everything looks the same but something about your bridge feels different, see your dentist.
  8. If you decide to invest in an electric toothbrush, your dentist is happy to offer guidance and recommend the best types for your teeth and bridge.

If you have lost teeth and want to look at a dental bridge as a solution or have a dental bride problem, Oakville Place Dental Office is ready to help you. Contact us for a consultation and let us tell you what we can do for you today!

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4 Types of Dental Bridges for Missing Teeth https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dental-bridge/4-types-dental-bridges-missing-teeth/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dental-bridge/4-types-dental-bridges-missing-teeth/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 10:00:50 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1697 The post 4 Types of Dental Bridges for Missing Teeth appeared first on Oakville Place Dental Office.

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What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a method used to anchor a replacement tooth to your natural teeth to keep it in place. Dental bridges are designed to fill the gap between your teeth with a replacement tooth or crown. A false tooth is placed in between two existing teeth and anchored in place. A gap in your teeth can cause significant damage to your gums and jaw, as it will change your bite pattern and could cause you to overcompensate in other areas to make up for the space in your teeth. By filling the space with a replacement tooth, a dental bridge can fill out your smile and return your bite to normal.

Benefits of Bridges:

For those who have suffered dental injuries that have resulted in missing teeth, dental bridges have a number of benefits. First, they will fill the gap caused by missing teeth. This will help restore your smile. Bridges and implants are designed to match the size, shape, and colour of your natural teeth, so your smile will look exactly how it used to look. The replacement tooth will also fill in your bite pattern, improving your ability to chew and speak. By filling the gap in your teeth, you will also disperse the pressure of your bite to your entire jaw, which can help relieve tension caused by overcompensating in different areas because of gaps caused by injury. Finally, dental bridges can help prevent your natural teeth from drifting out of position.

How is this Procedure Done?

If you have a remaining tooth on either side of the gap, your dentist can attach the bridge to these teeth, mounting it in place and keeping it from shifting. This process includes the installation of a dental implant that is often surgically attached to the jaw. This implant acts as an artificial root for your new tooth, keeping it anchored in place so it can hold up to daily biting and chewing. Your dentist will make a model of your teeth by taking impressions of your bite, ensuring the new tooth will have a comfortable, secure fit. After the first visit, your dentist will set you up with a temporary crown. At the second visit, you will have your new dental bridge installed. After taking the time to heal, you will be able to talk and chew like normal. Here is a breakdown of the four main types of dental bridges:

1. Traditional Bridges

The most popular kind of bridge, traditional bridges consist of one or more fake teeth held in place by dental crowns. They are cemented to the adjacent teeth, holding your replacement tooth in place. These bridges are strong enough to replace molars, but they require teeth on both sides of the gap. As well, since the crowns must be cemented on top of your adjacent teeth to hold in your new tooth, much of the enamel must be scraped away to achieve a secure fit. These teeth will always need to be protected by crowns and will be more susceptible to cavities and gum disease.

2. Cantilever Bridges

Another option for replacing missing teeth are cantilever bridges. These bridges are similar to the traditional model, except they only require one side of the gap to have a natural tooth, rather than both sides. Since cantilever bridges only need one tooth for mounting, they are ideal for back molars or other complex injuries. However, they do not offer as much strength and durability compared to traditional bridges. Patients who opt for cantilever bridges are more likely to suffer fractured teeth or loosened crowns due to uneven pressure and tension on their crowns and their replacement tooth. It is a more versatile solution, but it can also result in further complications.

3. Maryland Bridges

Maryland bridges are a much more conservative option compared to traditional bridges. These bridges use a metal of porcelain framework to hold the new tooth in place. The frame is bonded to the backs of the teeth on either side of the gap, holding the replacement tooth in place. Maryland bridges do not require crowns to hold the new tooth in place, so you do not need to file the enamel off your natural teeth. However, while they are more convenient and less-invasive, Maryland bridges offer less security. The strength of the bridge is only as strong as the adhesive connecting the bridge to your mouth, and this adhesive is more likely to fail over time compared to other mounting solutions. It may not be able to hold up to the bite force of your molars. As well, the metal framework causes more discomfort when biting, chewing, and talking, compared to traditional bridges that are mounted directly on your teeth.

4. Implant-Supported Bridges

Finally, the fourth type of bridge is known as an implant-supported bridge. This bridge can be used when you are missing more than one tooth in a row, which is common with dental injuries. Rather than being held in place by crowns like traditional bridges, this alternative is supported by dental implants installed directly into the jaw, which provides ultimate security and the most realistic representation of your natural teeth. This alternative is much stronger and more reliable than the other options, but it does require dental surgery to install the implants.

Why Us?

At Oakville Place Dental, our team of trained dental professionals has been providing dental care to families for years. We offer a full range of dental services including dental check-ups and cleanings, teeth whitening, dental implants, and emergency dental services.

For more information about our dental services or to book an appointment with one of our dental professionals, call us at 905-842-6030 or contact here.

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Fast Food and Oral Hygiene in Kids https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/oral-health/fast-food-oral-hygiene-kids/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/oral-health/fast-food-oral-hygiene-kids/#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2018 10:00:31 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1694 The post Fast Food and Oral Hygiene in Kids appeared first on Oakville Place Dental Office.

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How does fast food impact your dental health?

Most of us are aware of the negative impact fast food has on your overall health; however, many people don’t acknowledge that it can also negatively affect your oral health. In fact, the convenience that fast food offers people when they are on the run, compared to making their own healthy meal at home, has now turned into one of the major causes of poor oral health.

Fast food can lead to an increased risk of developing cavities, gum disease, and many other oral diseases. It’s imperative for young children to understand the importance of eating healthy and how it can help their oral health, including preventing painful procedures at the dentist!

The Negative Effects of Salts and Sugars

One of the main reasons why fast food is so bad for your oral health is because there is a lot of added salt and sugar in the food. The debris caused by these foods allow large amounts of acid to build-up on the enamel lines of your teeth. In fact, even over a relatively short period of time, this can cause tooth and enamel decay. Salts and sugars can stick to your teeth for a very long time, so it’s extremely important to brush meticulously after eating any of these foods, and if you can, avoid these foods altogether.

Pop Wears Down Enamel

When you pick up your favourite fast food, you will likely complement the meal with some form of soda pop. Unfortunately, these soda drinks are sugar filled and have a negative impact on your oral health. The sugar in these carbonated beverages can very easily break down the enamel on your teeth. Unfortunately, your enamel cannot be replaced, so it’s important to take care of it. Due to the sugar in these drinks, your teeth will become more prone to developing cavities and sore gums.

Diabetes Impacts Gum Disease

When you eat poorly all the time or you regularly stop to get fast food, you are increasing your chances of getting diabetes, a disease that has been known to cause a long list of dental problems. In fact, studies have shown that diabetics are at a higher risk of developing periodontal disease. Diabetics who want to reduce the impact it has on their oral health need to make sure that they maintain a good blood-sugar level.

Find Alternatives to Junk Food

Just because you don’t have time to prepare your own food, doesn’t mean that you have to order fast food. There are always healthier options for you to choose from when you are out and about. If you are stuck with having to buy food when you are out, make sure you spend some time figuring out places that sell healthy alternatives to fast food. When you are at a restaurant, choose items on the menu that are less likely to wreak havoc on your oral health such as salads, wraps, and fresh fruits and vegetables. And remember — always choose water over sugary soda drinks!

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

At the end of the day, your oral health has a major impact on your overall health and lifestyle. When you eat fast food and pop, your entire body will feel the negative impacts of that choice. Make sure you are eating healthy, drinking lots of water, and brushing and flossing your teeth between meals. Chewing sugar-free gum after meals is a great way to remove some of the plaque in your mouth, especially if you’ve had some fast food.

For more information on oral hygiene for children, call Oakville Place Dental on 905-842-6030 or contact us here.

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10 Items Every Dental Emergency Kit Needs https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/emergency-dentistry/10-items-every-dental-emergency-kit-needs/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/emergency-dentistry/10-items-every-dental-emergency-kit-needs/#respond Wed, 26 Sep 2018 10:00:13 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1690 The post 10 Items Every Dental Emergency Kit Needs appeared first on Oakville Place Dental Office.

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Many homes and schools are equipped with a medical emergency kit for common things like bumps, cuts, scratches, and other minor accidents. But, how often do you see a dental emergency kit? Not as often as you should. There are thousands of dental emergencies every year in Ontario so, it’s more common than you think. It’s always best to be prepared since dental emergencies can be quite painful and uncomfortable. What if you experienced a bad toothache in the middle of the night or while on a road trip with your family? There’s never a convenient time to deal with the stress caused by toothaches or pain, but you should have a dental emergency kit on hand to provide some ease until you’re able to see a dental professional.

If this is the first time you’ve considered the importance of preparing for dental emergencies, you’ll want to check out our list of ten items every dental emergency kit needs:

1. Disposable gloves

Whenever you are dealing with any type of injury that involves blood or other fluids, disposable gloves always come in handy to keep things sanitary.

2. Oral Analgesic Gel

An oral analgesic gel is used to provide temporary relief to toothaches. Using a q-tip, apply one or two drops of topical benzocaine gel and apply to the gums around the tooth that is aching.

3. Clove oil

Clove oil works as a natural source for pain relief. If you are experiencing a lot of pain and have reached the recommended dosage of pain relief meds, you can turn to natural properties like clove oil to provide a bit more pain relief until you’re able to see a dentist to treat any issues.

4. Cotton balls and q-tips

Cotton balls and q-tips are always good to have when cleaning injuries or applying medication. These are absolutely essential when you’re travelling or on the road. Using sanitary materials to clean injuries can help make recovery a lot easier by minimizing the chance of infections.

5. Dental floss

This is a staple when dealing with dental care needs. Dental floss can be helpful during dental emergencies as well as in everyday situations where you might be out of floss during your oral hygiene routine.

6. Toothbrush

Again, another staple of dental care needs. Having an unused toothbrush can be helpful in many situations where someone might need one and it’s not the kind of thing you can share from person to person.

7. Temporary cavity fillings

Most people don’t realize that this amazing product even exists in your average drugstore. It could be your saving grace if a cavity filling actually falls out. If you’ve ever felt the pain and discomfort of a lost filling, you’ll know why a temporary cavity filling is a total necessity in any emergency dental kit.

8. Hydrogen peroxide

This will act as a proper disinfectant in any dental emergency. Hydrogen peroxide will eliminate bacteria and prevent infections when dealing with a dental emergency on your own.

9. Pain relief medication

Dental injuries are painful. The only thing that will get you through the pain until you’re able to see a dentist is pain relief medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Take as recommended to help relieve any toothaches and pain.

10. Gauze

In situations where you might experience bleeding, gauze can help stop and control the bleeding. Always keep gauze in your dental emergency kit to ensure you have a sanitary material that won’t fray or shed fibres into the wound.

If you find yourself in an unfortunate situation of a dental emergency, whether it’s a toothache or a cracked tooth from a hit or fall, contact your local emergency dental office. Dental emergencies can cause a considerable amount of pain and discomfort. If you’re on vacation or visiting a place where it might be challenging to find a trustworthy dentist, your dental emergency kit may be enough to provide you comfort until you get home.

The best way to prevent a dental emergency is to be proactive and visit your family dentist for regular cleanings. It is usually during your regular dentist visits that any dental problems can be detected and treated before they result in an emergency.

Even though toothaches feel like they just happen instantaneously, it’s usually a prolonged issue that hasn’t been treated like tooth decay, gum disease, or an infection. It is likely that these issues were present for quite some time and left untreated. Visiting your dentist every six months is the recommended time frame and your best way of taking preventative measures.

For more information about dental emergencies and how you can prevent them, call Oakville Place Dental at (905) 842-6030 or contact us here.

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How Dentist’s Help in Treating Bruxism https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dentistry/dentists-help-treating-bruxism/ https://www.dentistoakville.com/blog/dentistry/dentists-help-treating-bruxism/#respond Wed, 15 Aug 2018 10:00:45 +0000 https://www.dentistoakville.com/?p=1692 The post How Dentist’s Help in Treating Bruxism appeared first on Oakville Place Dental Office.

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Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding, and can also include gnashing or clenching your teeth. Although bruxism is common, there are many different reasons you or your child might be grinding. This might seem like a harmless “habit”, however, bruxism can lead to serious damage, tooth pain and even headaches.

Understanding Bruxism

Bruxism is a medical condition in which grinding tends to take place at night and clenching is more common during the day. Despite day clenching, bruxism is considered to be a sleep-related disorder which is often associated with other sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and snoring.

Milder forms of bruxism cause fewer issues and therefore you might not need treatment. However, when it becomes more severe you can have many issues from jaw pain to damaged teeth and headaches. One of the main challenges with bruxism is that it occurs at night so many people do not even realize they have the condition. As well, although there are many symptoms of bruxism, most people do not relate them to their teeth grinding.

Symptoms of Bruxism

The most common symptoms of bruxism include:

  • Teeth grinding and/or clenching
  • Damaged teeth such as fractures, chips, flattening or loosening
  • A wearing of your tooth enamel
  • Exposure of your inner tooth layers
  • Tooth pain and/or sensitivity
  • Tired or tight jaw muscles
  • Locked jaw or difficulty opening and closing your mouth
  • Pain in the jaw, neck and/or face
  • Earache
  • Headaches, especially in the temples
  • Damage to the inside of your cheek
  • Sleep disruption

What Causes Bruxism

Although causes are not necessarily clear, there are a number of factors that can lead to bruxism such as genetics, and physical and psychological reasons. Bruxism during the day is often caused by emotional factors brought on by stress, frustration, tension, anger and anxiety. Often people don’t even realize they are doing it as it is an unconscious attempt to ease tension or in some cases can even help someone to concentrate.

There are some risk factors at play as well including:

  • An increase in stress and anxiety
  • Heightened emotions such as anger and frustration
  • Age, as children tend to have bruxism that leaves by adulthood
  • Personality traits such as aggression, competitiveness or hyperactivity
  • Medications such as antidepressants
  • Smoking
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Recreational drugs
  • Family history of bruxism
  • Mental health disorders
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Dementia
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD)
  • Epilepsy
  • Sleep apnea
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Complications of Severe Bruxism

If you tend to have a more serious form of bruxism you can suffer from complications that include damage to your teeth and jaw, severe headaches and pain in your teeth, face and jaw. In fact, one of the most common complications is temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJs) which can include difficulty chewing, opening your mouth and clicking sounds when chewing. TMJ can also cause mild to severe pain in the jaw, face, ear and head.

Speaking to your Dentist

Whether you, your partner or child have symptoms of bruxism it is always a good idea to book an appointment to see your dentist. The sooner you can speak to them about your symptoms, the better as they will be able to recommend treatment while also helping you to avoid more serious side effects from bruxism.

Treating Bruxism

When you speak to your dentist, they will have a number of suggestions to help you avoid damage to your teeth and jaw including:

  • Mouth Guards or Mouth Splints: If you have bruxism at night we will usually recommend a mouth guard to help protect your teeth and jaw while you sleep. Your mouth guard will help relieve pressure in your jaw and also provide protection between your top and bottom teeth. This will ensure your grinding does not cause damage to your teeth. Mouthguards are made of rubber, while splints are made of plastic. Both are customized to fit your teeth. Mouthguards are less expensive as splints tend to last longer. You can discuss which one is best for your needs. Splints and mouthguards are also sometimes covered by your insurance provider.
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation (TENS) and Bite Registration: A TENS unit provides electronic stimulation applied for about 45-60 minutes. It works to exercise the muscles and relax them in order to find the perfect position for your bite at rest. We can then take a bite registration using a fast setting putty to create an orthotic to keep your bite in that position. Unlike the mouthguard, this orthotic device is worn full time until the proper bite is achieved.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: If it is found your bruxism is caused by stress and anxiety cognitive behavioural therapy might also help. This will provide you with coping techniques and help you manage how you react when under stress. You will also be taught relaxation techniques to help improve your sleep. This can include deep breathing techniques, yoga, massage or a warm bath. By releasing stress before you go to bed, you can become a more restful sleeper.
  • Habit-Reversal Techniques: If you are grinding and clenching during the day, you can record events that lead to the grinding. This can help you become aware of the habit and allow you to train yourself to relax your jaw when you are feeling tense.

Bruxism due to Dental Problems

When you speak to your dentist about bruxism they might also identify dental problems that could be causing your issues. These issues can include missing teeth or poor bite. With an examination, they will be able to identify issues and provide treatment that will help you with your bruxism. They will also look at the damage caused by your bruxism and recommend restorative treatments that can help correct damage. This can also help with the appearance of your teeth depending on where the damage has occurred.

If you or a family member has bruxism, call our office today at (905) 842-6030 or contact us here.

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