Benefits of Dental Implants

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Dental implants are one of the most common and long lasting treatments for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants function similarly to a real tooth by replacing the missing tooth with an artificial tooth and root. In this process, the root of the tooth is replaced with a titanium screw. It is inserted into the jawbone and attached with an artificial tooth.

The natural appearance of dental implants is one of the greatest advantages of this treatment. They look incredibly similar to the natural teeth and look and work better than bridges or dentures. Compared to other treatments for replacing missing teeth,  dental implants have a significantly more natural appearance.

For most patients, dental implants are easy and a more convenient solution than other options. They can also be used as a support for dentures because the titanium root is securely screwed into the jaw. Today, most dentists are choosing implants to replace missing teeth and enhance overall appearance.

Though dental implants are more expensive than other treatment options, they last a lifetime when properly cared for making them very cost effective.

We offer completely painless dental treatments for the entire family. For more information or to make an appointment please call our Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam at 604-552-2241.

Dental Implants: What you Need to Know

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Dental implants are a good long-term solution to replacing lost teeth. Patients need to consider their options and make educated decisions when they are deciding between bridges and implants.

1. An implant beats bridges or dentures

Bridges, dentures, and implants replace missing teeth.

A bridge requires filing two adjoining teeth, which can make them weaker and prone to decay. Dentures often have fit problems and can interfere with taste. For an implant, a titanium screw is placed in the jawbone and a prosthetic tooth is attached. A proper implant has no physical downsides and has good longevity.

2. Implants are more expensive generally.

One of the biggest ‘problems’ patients see with implants is the cost. Implants are rarely covered by insurance. But when considering cost you need to consider value. Implants are a permanent, long-term solution that exactly matches your existing teeth. Implants are for the rest of your life, and can replicate your teeth in appearance and functionality.

If you need an implant near a nerve or sinus cavity, it’s worth paying for a dentist who has specialized training.

3. Not all implants are equal

Most dentists use implants made by the original Swedish manufacturer; studies have found that these implants have high success rates (90% or more).

There are also some newer, generic implants that are cheaper but may not have been studied yet. So ask your doctor what kind of implant he uses and the success rate he’s had with it.

4. Timing can also help

Implants are usually a two-part process — first putting in the implant, then covering it with a crown six to 12 weeks later.

If you know you need one, schedule the initial procedure at the end of a calendar year, then have the crown put on in the following year. That way you can use two years’ worth of your pretax flexible spending account at work to pay a chunk of the cost. You’ll reap as much as 30% savings if you’re in a high tax bracket.

Teething

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At the point when your infant’s first tooth shows up, you may be surprised (“Ow! Was that only a bite?”), or you may very well at last comprehend what each one of those sure fire teething signs — dribbling, night waking, grouchiness — were indicating. Each infant encounters teething in an unexpected way: Some have practically no signs, while different children experience teething pain for a considerable length of time. Luckily, there are a few signs to look for as this formative turning point approaches that can make teething less demanding for your infant — and for you.

Most children develop their first tooth around 7 months old, despite the fact that there’s a wide variation in timing of teething. Teething signs may appear well before the real appearance of a tooth by as much as a few months.

Your baby is not likely to understand why he feels the pain, why he keeps awakening in the night with soreness in his mouth or why his jaw is so bothersome. Here are top teething side effects to look out for:

·      Drooling. 

·      Teething rash. 

·      Coughing and/or gag reflex. 

·      Biting. 

·      Crying

·      Irritability. 

·      Refusal to feed. .

·      Night waking. 

·      Ear pulling; cheek rubbing. 

The type and seriousness of these manifestations may vary from infant to infant — for one infant, teething implies loads of inconvenience and big-time tears, while another baby may breeze directly through to a mouth brimming with teeth without a grievance. Still, you can hope to see in any event a few, and possibly numerous, of these indications, some of which may be preceded before the real appearance of a tooth by as much as a few months.

If you are concerned about your baby experiencing these symptoms, you can call your Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam at 604-474-2510.

Things You Can Do For Your Dental Health This New Year

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As the new year approaches, countless people make big plans to adopt healthier habits that improve their physical and mental well-being. Since dental health is a key part of your overall wellness, here are some smart resolutions for your teeth, gums and smile.

Eat a Better Diet

While good brushing habits can drastically reduce the risk of tooth decay, it’s only part of the equation. It’s also important to avoid certain types of foods that leave your teeth more susceptible to damage. This includes sticky foods that are high in carbohydrates, along with sugary sodas that contain a lot of enamel-corroding acid. On the other hand, there are a number of foods that promote dental health, including apples, carrots, yogurt, leafy greens and celery.

Brighten Your Smile

While we’d all like to love in a world that values our abilities over our appearances. Unfortunately, modern society isn’t a perfect place. Research has shown that people tend to judge others based on the color of their teeth, with some studies showing that whiter smiles lead to more success both in business and in personal relationships. If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth, consider seeing your local dentist for a professional whitening treatment. You should also do your best to rinse your mouth with clean water anytime you consume coffee, tea, wine and other beverages that are likely to stain your teeth.

Straighten Your Teeth

Crooked teeth can have a big impact on a person’s well-being. Not only do they contribute to low self-esteem, misaligned teeth can cause people to be less outgoing in business and social environments. If you’ve been living with misaligned teeth, the new year provides an ideal opportunity for you to do something about it. These days, there are a number of options available for adults, who want to straighten their smiles without the use of noticeable, metallic braces. Consider a consultation with a local dental professional to see if these subtle straightening treatments are appropriate for you.

Dump the Tobacco

Cigarettes and smokeless tobacco increase the risk of gum disease, oral cancers and discoloration. If you regularly use tobacco products, take the new year as an opportunity to leverage free online tools, nicotine gums, patches, smoking cessation groups or modern progress-tracking apps to help you quit for good.

See Your Dentist

This year, resolve to make regular visits to the dentist every six months to check for signs of oral disease. This is especially important if you have any previous or existing conditions that could point toward continuing issues down the line.

Post-Orthodontic Care

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That day may not be far when your braces would be taken off. You’ll be free of brackets and bands and elastics, able to eat whatever you like and run your tongue over smooth, clean teeth. Yet, you need to bear in mind that you’re not exactly finished with orthodontic treatment yet: The following stage, called maintenance or retention, is simply the beginning of what is called as post orthodontic treatment care.

Retention is the next step following orthodontic treatment that consists of wearing an orthodontic appliance called as a retainer. Different types of retainers are available, all of which are custom made to fit your teeth and mouth tissues. Your dentist will advise you the correct type of retainer suited to match your dental needs and also tell you how long you must wear them in order to maintain the outcome of your treatment.

Even though your teeth are straight now, why do you require a retainer by any means? The answer is pretty simple and straight forward- you don’t wear one, your teeth will begin moving right back to where they were!

Teeth are held in the jaw bone by a system of strands called the periodontal ligaments. After they are moved, it takes a while for the periodontal ligament to get accustomed to their new position.

Generally, your maintenance phase or measurements taken for yourretainer are taken around the same time your braces are taken off. After your teeth are completely cleaned, your dentist may take another set of x-rays and/or impressions, to check how well your braces functioned and to perceive how much your wisdom teeth have developed.

Most people get used to their retainer almost immediately or in a few days. At first, your dentist may ask you to wear your removable retainer all day, every day. This period of 24/7 retainer use usually may last for a few months or a year depending upon your situation. Later, you may be recommended to use it only at night. Finally, you’ll probably be told to put it on just a few nights every week. You must also make sure that you have your regular dental hygiene appointments and take care of any cavities that need to be filled.

Glen Dental Centre offers you a free consultation for your orthodontic treatment. For more information or to make an appointment please call our Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam.

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Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a technique in which a tooth-coloured resinous material (a sturdy plastic material) is put in the tooth and solidified with a special light, which eventually “bonds” the material to the tooth to re-establish or enhance individual’s smile.

Dental bonding may be the choice of treatment:

§  As a filling material to restore decayed teeth (cavities).

§  To repair chipped or broken teeth.

§  To enhance the appearance of discoloured teeth.

§  To close spaces between teeth (diastema).

§  To make teeth look longer

§  For changing the shape of teeth.

§  As an aesthetic alternative to silver fillings.

§  To cover the tooth’s root that has been exposed due to gum recession.

Advantages: Dental bonding is among the simplest and most economical of cosmetic dental techniques. Unlike veneers and crowns, which are fabricated in a lab, bonding is possible in one office visit unless more teeth are involved. Another advantage is that minimal amount of tooth substance is cut. Also, dental bonding does not require anaesthesia unless it is being used to fill a tooth cavity.

Drawbacks: Although the material utilized for dental bonding is fairly resistant to staining, it is not as effective as crowns. Another disadvantage is that the bonding materials are not as strong or long lasting as others like crowns, veneers, or fillings.

Post-Operative care following dental surgery

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Here are somethings you must do if you have undergone dental surgery or extraction.

Day 1:

Ø Continue biting on the bandage for half to one hour after your surgery. Try not to spit, wash, suck (utilizing a straw), smoke, drink carbonated or mixed refreshments for at least 24 hours.

Ø Swallow any saliva that may accumulate in your mouth. This helps to keep blood clot in place. This also helps in preventing a painful, inflamed complication called as “DRY SOCKET” which may develop after dental extractions.

Ø Try to limit your food intake to soft foods that are not too hot or spicy. You can have soups, rice, juices and ice-creams.

Day 2:

Ø On the second day after your surgery, you may experience the following symptoms: Minor pain, swelling, wounding, trouble opening or shutting your mouth, jaw pain, pain radiating to the ear, sore throat.

Ø Avoid any strenuous work or exercising, spitting, sucking, consumption of alcoholic beverages or smoking.

Ø Oral hygiene techniques: Brush delicately. A warm water & salt water mouth wash can be used. In any case, once more don’t spit; simply let the liquid latently void. The sides of your mouth may get to be broken and dry – moisturize them frequently.

Ø In case of pain you can use over-the-counter-pain medication like Advil, Aleve, and Tylenol.

Ø In case of swelling: Apply icy packs to affected area every 10 minutes externally for the initial 24hours to minimize swelling. Most swellings generally start to subside within72 hours; call your dental office if there is no change.

Ø Bleeding: Some bleeding is considered to be normal for the initial 12-24 hours. To control any excessive bleeding, apply firm pressure with 1-2 gauze packs or damp tea bag on the affected area for 30-60 minutes. Call your dental office if your bleeding does not stop.

Ø Diet: Have a lot of liquids. Avoid pops/sodas and alcoholic beverages. A soft diet is recommended. You may include yogurt, milkshakes (no straw), soups, rice, fish, and pasta in your diet. Avoid spices in your food.

Ø Stitches: If you have gotten sutures, abstain from playing with them. You may need to see your dentist again in 7-10 days to get the stiches out.

Ø Medications: If you have been recommended antibiotics, make sure that you take them as advised. You may also be advised to use a pain killer or a mouth wash.

In the event of any abnormal disturbances, questions or any post-surgical issues, please call the office.

         For more information or to make an appointment please call our Coquitlam dental centre at 604.552.2241.

Corrective Jaw Surgery

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Jaw surgery, also called orthognathic surgery, realigns the jaws and teeth to enhance the way they work and also to enhance your appearance. Jaw surgery might be a treatment alternative if you have moderate to serious jaw issues that can’t be treated with orthodontics alone.

Orthognathic surgery involves a combination of jaw surgery and orthodontics or braces. Jaws that don’t close correctly, or the teeth that don’t normally contact the teeth of the opposing jaw bone, are the most common indications for jaw surgery.

The ideal times for corrective jaw surgery is after development stops, about the age of 13 to 15 for females and age 16 to 18 for males.

Corrective jaw surgery is helpful to:

  • Making chewing easier for teeth that don’t contact normally.
  • Minimizing excessive wear of the teeth caused due to an abnormal bite.
  • Correcting facial asymmetry.
  • Improve “gummy” smiles, caused due to lips that don’t fully close.
  • Improve “toothless” smiles, where the lips cover all the teeth.
  • Reduce the risk of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD).
  • Repair and correct post-traumatic facial injury, defects and abnormalities.

Jaw surgery is done in a hospital set-up and requires a one-to two-day stay. Complete recuperation at home generally takes three to six weeks.

 Usually, an orthodontist places braces on your teeth before surgery. Braces are placed on for 9 to 18 months before surgery to level and adjust your teeth. After your jaw disturbance is corrected from surgery — regularly around six weeks after surgery — your orthodontist completes the treatment and in the end removes the braces. The whole orthodontic procedure, including surgery, may last 12 to 24 months.

We offer completely painless dental treatments for the entire family. For more information or to make an appointment please call our Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam at 604.552.2241.

Dental Inlays & Onlays

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Inlays and onlays are an aesthetic treatment option to fillings. This treatment alternative is generally advised especiallyfor the individuals who suffer from extensive tooth decay. After the tooth is cleaned, the inlay is the filling that is put inside your tooth and the onlays is the sealant that is connected to the surface of your tooth. Together, they work towards decreasing the harms of tooth decay to keep your teeth sound and clean.

Putting inlays and onlays onto your teeth is a two-step process. During the first step, your tooth is cleaned and shaped and impressions of your tooth are taken and sent to a lab to fabricate your inlay or onlay which is made up of either porcelain or gold or resins. In the second part of the treatment, your inlay and onlay are fixed onto your tooth.

Inlays and onlays are made up materials like porcelain, gold or resins which are superior in quality. Since the materials are of superior quality, they have exceptional strength and may last for several years provided it is cared for and kept clean. Tooth shaping for inlays and onlays is less than that for crowns so it is considered as a conservative treatment that preserves a large portion of your tooth structure. They may also help to curb tooth sensitivity to a certain extent.

Although inlays and onlays may sound to be a good treatment choice, not every person is the correct candidate for this treatment. For more information or to make an appointment please call our Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam at(604) 552-2241.

What to expect on your dental recall visit

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A dental recall visit involves removal of your tartar, plaque and any stains on your teeth surfaces. Recall visits are essential to keep a check on the gum disease. This is done by controlling the levels of thee harmful bacteria in the mouth.

So, what would you expect when you come in for your dental recall visit? Your recall visit generally involves a session of thorough dental cleaning, polishing, topical fluoride treatment and a dental exam and x-rays if you are due for your x-rays.

The general strength of your gums will decide the kind of treatment required which in turn will decide your recall schedule. The most common recall schedules are:

  • 6 Months Recall- Best suited for people with good oral hygiene and no sign of gum disease.
  • 4 Months Hygiene- It is advised for patients with moderate gum disease and moderate build-up.
  • 3 Months Hygiene- Highly recommended for patients suffering from severe periodontal disease and who have a tendency of having large amount of build-up.

Recall visits are very crucial in the maintenance of the overall oral health. When you come in for regular recall visits, it is easier for the dentist to detect your dental diseases early thereby having the opportunity to offer you a more conservative treatment plan with better outcome.

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