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 to18 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.

Call our Coquitlam dental office at 604-552-2241 to schedule your complimentary orthodontic consultation today.

Post-Orthodontic Care

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care for bracesThat 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 your retainer 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. If you would like to schedule an appointment for your orthodontic consultation, give our Coquitlam dental office a call at 604-552-2241.

All you need to know about local anesthesia in dentistry

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The capacity to anesthetize, or “numb”, ranges of the mouth is of awesome advantage to patients who might somehow experience unpleasant sensations during dental treatment. The first local anesthetic (LA) in the 1800’s was cocaine, trailed by procaine (also called as Novocaine), and finally lidocaine, which is still the most important LA being used today. Here’s the way it works.

All teeth have nerve supply, which is why they can feel hot, cold, pressure, vibration, sweetness and pain.

The dental needle is put near the nerve supplying the area to be dealt with, and LA is injected. As the nerves are subjected to LA, their capacity to convey messages is interrupted & that region is numb or “frozen” and the dental work can be done without patients feeling pain. Sometimes, dental practitioners will pre-treat the injection site with topical anesthetic gels so that you don’t feel the prick.

Freezing wears off as the LA is redistributed by blood circulation. Later, the chemical is metabolized and removed from the body. After your dental treatment is done, your mouth is may be numb for a while. You may also feel like you can’t move your lips, however, it’s only the numbness. The delicate tissues of the lips and gums stay numb for longer than the teeth.

Local anesthesia is the most integral part in present day dental offices. Don’t hesitate to make inquiries to your dental practitioner about how best to improve your comfort during the freezing procedure.

We offer completely painless dental treatments for the entire family. Call our Coquitlam’s Glen Dental Centre at 604-552-2241 for more information.

Oral Cancer Screening

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Screening is a procedure to search for any cancerous growth before you have any manifestations. This helps to discover any tumour at an early stage. Early detection of the cancerous growth makes it simpler to treat. When symptoms are evident, the growth may have started to spread.

Researchers are attempting to better comprehend which individuals are more likely to develop cancer. They focus on the things we do and the things around us to check if they may cause cancer. This data helps your dentist advice who should be screened for tumours, which screening tests must be utilized, and how often the tests need to be done.

Remember that your doctor does not necessarily think you have cancer just because he or she advises a screening test. Screening tests are given when you have no growth side effects. In the event that a screening test result is abnormal, you may need more tests. These are called diagnostic tests.

Any factor increasing your chance of getting cancer is called a risk factor. Some screening tests are used to detect cancer early and in decrease the chance of mortality from these cancers.

A lot of dental practitioners utilize oral cancer detecting devices, but it should be noted that there is no standard or routine screening test for oral cancer. A complete oral examination conducted at regular intervals is the best way to look for signs of oral cancer.

If it has been a year or more since your last complete oral check-up, call our Coquitlam dental office at 604-552-2241 to schedule an appointment today.

Dental Bonding

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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.

At our Coquitlam dental office we practice “The art of unforgettable smiles”. In order to schedule a consultation for your cosmetic dental treatment, you can give us a call at 604-552-2241 or email us at .


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Inlays and onlays are an aesthetic treatment option to fillings. This treatment alternative is generally advised especially for 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. Call our dental office at Coquitlam to schedule an appointment to know if you are the right candidate for inlays and onlays.


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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:

  • Teething rash.
  • Coughing and/or gag reflex.
  • Crying
  • 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 our dental office at Coquitlam at 604-552-2241 to schedule an appointment.

First Aid for Tooth emergencies

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Colgate-Palmolive describes dental emergencies as “Any trauma to the mouth that may cause bleeding and lacerations to the gums, and dislodge or fracture teeth, and may require immediate medical attention”. Often kids suffer from oro-facial injuries while playing. Similar injuries may be seen in sportsmen. Such cases must be seen by a dentist or a surgeon immediately. Here are some tips that may come in handy in case of dental emergencies at home before you can see your dentist or doctor.

Dentists recommend that you must have the following items in your dental first aid box:, dental floss, cotton balls and swabs, sterile gauze, toothbrush, tweezers, wash cloth, aspirin, ice pack, bottled water, salt, dental wax, an oxygenating oral cleanser, oral pain relieving gel, and examination gloves.

Dentists recommend that all sports professionals must wear a mouth guard in order to protect the teeth from sports related injuries. Chewing on hard candies and ice cubes must be avoided to prevent injury to teeth. In case some object or food particle is wedged between your teeth, try to remove it using floss or a waterpik, if it does not come out, don’t try to remove it with a sharp object as it can injure your gums. If you suffer from tooth ache, rinse your mouth with warm water or if you have a swelling apply an ice pack from outside the mouth. You may also take over-the-counter painkilling medication like Advil. In case of bitten lip or tongue, apply pressure externally for few minutes to help bleeding to stop. You can also apply an ice pack from outside to curb the swelling. If you have a broken tooth with a sharp edge, which may lacerate your tongue or lips, you can cover the laceration with dental or paraffin wax to prevent cutting of the tongue or cheeks or lips.

The ideal way to deal with dental emergencies is to see your dentist or medical doctor immediately.

Our dental team recommends having regular dental check-ups and cleaning twice per year. If you would like to book an appointment with us, give us a call at 604-552-2241 or you can e-mail us at and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Is tooth polishing good or bad for your teeth?

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         After you regular dental cleaning appointment, you may have noticed that your hygienist usually finishes off by polishing. Polishing involves the use of rubber cups and a tooth polishing paste which is made up of fine granules, which help to remove any roughness on the tooth surface and also get rid of stains that are difficult to remove by scaling. But more often than not, a lot of patients end up asking if it is necessary or if it is beneficial for your teeth.

Polishing teeth makes them feel smoother and shiny. “There is no health benefit to polishing,” said Julie Frantsve-Hawley, the editor of The International Journal of Evidence-Based Practice for the Dental Hygienist.

Polishing is a measure taken to remove stains from your teeth that are otherwise difficult to get rid of using routine procedures of dental cleaning. Polishing is helpful in case the stains are on the external tooth surface. Good example of this kind of stains is staining due to smoking, coffee or tea, staining due to tartar deposition. It must be noted that only external stains can be taken care of by polishing any type of internal tooth stains must be removed by teeth whitening procedures.

Call our Coquitlam dental office at 604-552-2241 to schedule your regular dental cleaning appointment. Prevention is better than cure so we recommend that you get your cleaning done regularly.

Do you have gaps between your teeth?

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Here are some of the treatment options for you:

Gap between teeth is also called as a diastema. Most commonly seen in the front teeth, a diastema may affect a person’s appearance drastically and may sometimes be the cause of underlying depressive conditions caused due to embarrassment, low self-esteem and lack of confidence.

Gap between teeth may be caused due discrepancy between the size of the jaw bone and the teeth. Missing teeth may also be one of the causes of a diastema. A high attachment of the upper lip may also be one of the causes of a diastema. Sometimes, a diastema may also develop as a result of incorrect swallowing action. Gaps between teeth seen in children, however, are considered to be a normal finding if they still have baby teeth. Children may also develop temporary gaps in their front teeth between the ages of 9-11 years as the permanent teeth are erupting. Certain oral habits like thumb sucking and tongue thrusting, may also be the cause of diastema between teeth.

When you see your dentist with the concern of treating your diastema, your dentist may offer you a wide range of treatment options from a simple restoration to orthodontic treatment involving braces or invisible braces (Invisalign) depending upon the type of teeth involved and the cause of the diastema and the severity of the discrepancy.

We offer a free orthodontic consultation for all our patients who desire to undergo orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth. If you would like to schedule an orthodontic consultation you can call our Glen Dental Centre Coquitlam office at 604-552-2241 and our dental team would be happy to help you.

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