Facts About Root Canal (Part 2)

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Are You In Pain and Need A Root Canal?

It is not an easy decision to choose a dentist to have a root canal therapy done by. Most of the time, we wonder which dentist can perform a root canal. Root canal is a very sensitive dental procedure that needs a lot of experience and training. However, Root canal therapy is considered a basic procedure, and can be done by your dentist.

Your Tooth after a Root Canal

Post-root canal therapy, your tooth will no longer have access to the blood and nutrients that the dental pulp provides, and can become brittle over time. Also, the extent of decay and subsequent loss of tooth structure leaves your tooth vulnerable. If the tooth is a molar, and the tooth is subjected to great force daily, the tooth will almost certainly fracture. A tooth that has undergone root canal therapy should have an artificial crown to protect the remaining structure of the tooth, and to provide a solid structure for chewing.

If you are looking for a dentist to educate you about your dental needs, call us at Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam (604) 552-2241.

Facts About Root Canal (Part 1)

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Root Canal and Phobias

For some, root canal therapy is one of the most feared dental treatments. This is perhaps due to the abscess that may have made the root canal necessary in the first place. However, rest assured that modern root canal therapy is relatively painless, as the pain can be controlled with freezing (local anesthetic). Furthermore, pain control medication can be administered before and/or after the treatment is underway to make the patient as comfortable as possible.

root-canalParts of the tooth

The living tissue of the tooth that is made up of blood vessels and connective tissue is called dental pulp. Dental pulp is the medium that allows the flow of blood and nutrients to the tooth. If the dental pulp dies, the tooth is considered non-vital, or dead. Dental pulp lives in the structures of the tooth called the pulp chamber, and the root canals. The pulp chamber is inside the upper part of the tooth called the crown. The pulp in the pulp chamber extends down into the long narrow part(s) of the tooth called the root canals, which are located inside the roots of the tooth.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

A root canal (root canal therapy) is a treatment of the tooth pulp sometimes done in more than one visit. The treatment consists of local freezing and isolating the tooth with a rubber dam for preparation. Then the Dentist or Endodontist will use a drill and other tools to expose the pulp chamber and root canals before cleaning the pulp out of the tooth. Next, the tooth is further decontaminated with an irrigating solution. Next, an inert filling material called gutta-percha is put into the root canals to take up the now empty space inside the root canals. The rest of the tooth is then filled with either a temporary or permanent filling. The result is the elimination of infected pulp tissue and tooth structure, and the protection of the decontaminated tooth from future infections.

root-canal-2Why is the Procedure Performed?

Root canal therapy is made necessary when an infected tooth is present, or when tooth decay is expected to permanently damage the pulp of the tooth. A tooth can be infected without the patient knowing, which is why routine checkups with x-rays are very important. Root canal therapy is designed to save the tooth so that it does not require extraction. Extraction is a last resort for an infected tooth, and is not desirable because a missing tooth in an arch can cause neighboring teeth to drift out of place, and can cause problems with the jaw.

Should you have any further questions about root canal therapy, please contact our Coquitlam dentist, Dr. Ashnaei, at Glen Dental Centre (604) 552 – 2241.

Next week we will discuss who can perform a Root Canal.

Your Teeth, Chewing, and Your Stomach

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Chewing is a vital factor in the digestive process. Many people think that the digestive system includes only the stomach and intestines, and they forget that the digestive process actually starts in the mouth. Chewing is a mechanical action that breaks down large amounts of food into smaller particles. The more the food is broken down, the more it is exposed to saliva for a longer period of time, which puts less stress on the digestive system. Proper chewing is healthy!

Benefits to chewing your food thoroughly:

  • Helps your overall health by starting the digestive process properly
  • Helps deliver nutrients to the cells in your body more quickly
  • Helps control your appetite by tricking the brain into thinking you’ve eaten more than you actually have
  • Helps you lose body fat since you end up eating less
  • Helps reduce that heavy feeling that can follow a meal
  • Boosts your energy
  • Increases your immune system
  • Gives you a health boost by stimulating the parotid glands
  • Improves your digestive efficiency
  • Improves your general health

Side effects of not chewing your food thoroughly:

  • Leads to poorly digested food that ferments in the stomach for a long time
  • Results in poor absorption of vitamins and nutrients
  • Contributes to acid reflux, which can damage the lining of the throat and esophagus
  • Causes flatulence, indigestion, heartburn and other discomforts
  • Increases constipation, abdominal spasms and bloating
  • Allows more air to enter, which increases gas and burping
  • Increases the need for digestive aids like antacids or other supplements
  • Increases the energy needed in order to digest the food
  • Results in feeling tired and having low energy

For people who have trouble chewing food, it may be helpful to cut food into smaller pieces and allow extra time to chew food at a comfortable, unhurried pace. Another helpful hint is to put your fork down on your plate after each bite. For people who just do not have the time to chew each bite thoroughly, a well-balanced meal replacement shake is a good alternative.

Chewing thoroughly takes some time to get used to and will be strange at first. Making a conscious effort to be aware of your chewing habits is a good start. A lot of people say that chewing a set number of times before swallowing their food helps them remember to chew thoroughly. If that seems tedious, then do not worry about counting how many times you chew each bite, but make sure each bite is almost in liquid form before you swallow.

Now that you have learned the importance of chewing for the digestive system, don’t forget to get your teeth checked to make sure they are up to the task.

 

Kids, Snacks and Oral Health

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Here are five easy-to-follow tips that will help protect your child’s teeth from decay:

Make sure to read all labeling on food and beverages you are choosing for your family at the supermarket. Consider your family’s usual selection of beverages and stay away from beverages loaded with sugar and acid.

Protect your kid’s teeth with protein! Dietary Protein works remarkably well as a guard against acid, so feeding your kids cheese, nuts and cold cut sandwiches is an excellent alternative to the unhealthy fast food choices your kids may make on their own. The same is true for fruits and vegetables that have high water content.  Apples, pears, and celery are excellent choices to help rinse bacteria from your mouth.

A straw can save your child’s smile. If your kids are going to drink a sugary beverage, using a straw can keep sugar away from their teeth. It’s best to drink sugary beverages with a meal rather than permitting kids to sip on them throughout the day.  Acid penetrates tooth enamel – so follow up sugary beverages with water to rinse your mouth until brushing time!

Nothing beats water. Bacteria are attracted to sugar and together they create an acid, which causes tooth decay and deterioration.  Water rinses your mouth of bacteria and acid in addition to increasing the formation of your saliva.

Consider the length of your snack sessions. We all want to have a treat now and again – the key is moderation. If your children are sucking away on sour candy keys or chewing Swedish berries throughout the day, acid is given the opportunity to erode their teeth. Snacks that can be eaten in one session, like popcorn or baked chips are a better alternative – teeth are exposed to food for a shorter time, and these snacks encourage saliva production to rinse away the food particles.

In addition to the above tips it’s important to maintain oral health habits like daily brushing and flossing throughout the day. Also, take advantage of a routine check up and cleaning. Prevention or early cavity diagnosis is preferred over late diagnosis.

Call us today at (604) 552 – 2241 to book an appointment for your kids – you’ll be glad you did.

Our Coquitlam Glen Dental Centre clinic is located on Glen Drive across from Coquitlam centre in the heart of Downtown Coquitlam, BC. From Cosmetic dentistry, Orthodontics, Invisalign, Invisalign teen, dental Implant, family and children dentistry to laser and oral sedation dentistry, the Coquitlam dentist and his team are dedicated to providing you services in all aspects of dentistry.

Thank you for visiting our website, your dentist in Tri-City is located at 2975 Glen Drive Coquitlam, BC, V3B 2P7
Phone (604) 552-2241 , Fax (604) 552-2246

Cosmetic Dentistry in Today’s Life

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Cosmetic dentistry has evolved rapidly over the last ten years.  Makeover shows such as “Style by Jury” and “Ten Years Younger” have highlighted the amazing changes modern dentistry has made in the realm of smile design. The exciting news is you can experience the outstanding benefits of advanced cosmetic dentistry in your very own Coquitlam, BC neighbourhood.

A stunning smile is the trademark of a happy, successful, and confident person.  Investing in an attractive set of straight white teeth will also improve your overall quality of life and allow you to talk and laugh with confidence.  We love seeing our patients leave our office overjoyed by the new found confidence that comes along with the smile makeover.

Our cosmetic dentistry solutions will dramatically brighten and improve your smile, also taking years off your overall appearance. When you come into our office for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, we take the time to create an individualized treatment plan which addresses all of your aesthetic needs. At Glen Dental Centre we offer a wide range of professional cosmetic dentistry services which include but are not limited to:

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Porcelain Crowns (Caps)
  • Porcelain Fixed Bridges
  • Inlay and Onlay Restorations
  • Teeth Whitening
  • White or Composite Fillings

An attractive smile is an important personal asset. Invest in your personal and professional success – Contact us at (604) 552 – 2241 to book your smile consultation with our gold medalist dentist, Dr. Kayvan Ashnaei.

Our Coquitlam dental clinic is located on Glen Drive across from Coquitlam centre in the heart of Downtown Coquitlam, BC. From Cosmetic dentistry, Orthodontics, Invisalign, Invisalign teen, dental Implant, family and children dentistry to laser and oral sedation dentistry, the Coquitlam dentist and his team are dedicated to providing you services in all aspects of dentistry.

Thank you for visiting our Glen Dental Centre website, your dentist in Tri-city area located at 2975 Glen Drive, Coquitlam, BC, V3B 2P7. Book your appointment by calling us today. Our phone number is 604-552-2241.

Want Whiter, Brighter Teeth? Teeth Whitening is your Answer

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Teeth Whitening

If you have yellow or stained teeth or simply want to brighten your smile whitening is the answer for you.

Teeth whitening is an easy way to adjust the color of a few, or all of your teeth. It is a non invasive method to change the color of your teeth and thus enhance your smile. It’s important to note that tooth whitening is effective only when applied to natural tooth enamel. Cleaning before whitening is a must. Also if you have old crowns, implants, fillings, etc., it will be important to factor in the color and or shade of your restorations in order to match your natural teeth.

The most popular teeth whitening option nowadays is laser Whitening. Laser Whitening is extremely effective and you will notice dramatic results right away. This method can change the teeth color up to ten shades. Our dentist will consult with you to choose the proper color based on your skin tone. Not experiencing tooth sensitivity is one of the most popular advantages of laser whitening that we get comments on all the time.
Keep in mind that Tooth whitening is not permanent. Depending on the desired outcome, a touch-up maybe needed time to time, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
If you are interested in learning more about Teeth Whitening please contact us at (604) 552 – 2241 to discuss your options for teeth whitening and book an appointment.

Our Coquitlam dental clinic is located on Glen Drive across from Coquitlam centre in the heart of Downtown Coquitlam, BC. From Cosmetic dentistry, Orthodontics, Invisalign, Invisalign teen, dental Implant, family and children dentistry to laser and oral sedation dentistry, the Coquitlam dentist and his team are dedicated to providing you services in all aspects of dentistry.

Thank you for visiting our Glen Dental Centre website, your dentist in Tri-city area located at 2975 Glen Drive, Coquitlam, BC, V3B 2P7. Book your appointment by calling us today. Our phone number is 604-552-2241.

Vitamin K and Your Oral Health

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If you are deficient in vitamin K, your mouth can be affected. Vitamin K helps in making proteins and blood clotting. Vitamin K deficiency may cause liver disease. Also, people with a deficiency in vitamin K may heal slower than usual and bruise easily. This deficiency can also cause excessive bleeding after tooth extractions such as wisdom teeth removal. Sometimes it may even cause bleeding after normal teeth cleaning. Vitamin K is produced by bacteria in your intestines, and can also be found in certain foods. Some good sources of vitamin K include:

  • leafy green vegetables
  • brussel sprouts
  • broccoli
  • eggs
  • milk
  • beef

Eating healthy foods on a daily basis and taking multivitamins regularly are the keys to maintaining your oral and general health. Be healthy and happy!

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at Glen Dental Centre (604) 552-2241 or visit us for more information on oral health and vitamins.

Vitamin D and Your Oral Health

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Vitamin D, which is created in your body after exposure to sunlight, helps your body absorb calcium and should be taken with foods that are high in calcium. A lack of vitamin D can lead to burning mouth syndrome, which includes a bitter, metallic taste and dryness in your mouth. Children need to get enough vitamin D so that they will develop healthy teeth and bones, so it is often added to milk. If you are deficient in vitamin D, you could end up with brittle bones. In the mouth, vitamin D deficiency could increase your risk of getting jaw fractures and gum disease. If you are deficient in vitamin D during the early stages of your life, the formation of your teeth will be affected. People with kidney disease could have deficiencies in vitamin D as well.

Here are some sources of vitamin D:

  • exposure to sunlight for several minutes two to three times a week
  • fish liver oil
  • fortified milk
  • egg yolks
  • cereal

If you consume too much vitamin D, you could end up with too much calcium in the blood, excessive urination and/or excessive thirst.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at Glen Dental Centre (604) 552-2241 or visit us for more information on oral health and vitamins. Our next topic is: Vitamin K and Oral health.

Vitamin C and Your Oral Health

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Vitamin C, which is also known as ascorbic acid, assists with the absorption of iron, maintains healthy connective tissues and promotes strong teeth and gums. In the other words, Vitamin C plays an important role in maintaining healthy teeth and preventing gingivitis. A lack of vitamin C can cause your gums to bleed and your teeth to become loose. Vitamin C deficiency can lead to dental implants, gum surgeries or other dental services. Vitamin C can be acquired from the following sources:

  • citrus fruits, such as oranges
  • tomatoes
  • dark green vegetables
  • strawberries
  • cantaloupe
  • raw peppers

Vitamin C becomes depleted in a smoker’s body. Smokers will need extra doses of vitamin C. And because vitamin C is water-soluble, any excess is removed from the body. Since overdosing isn’t a serious problem, people can take in vitamin C every day.

If you have any questions or concerns, call us today at Glen Dental Centre (604) 552-224.

Vitamin B and Your Oral Health

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Vitamin B helps oral health in many ways. Vitamin B deficiencies are one of the most common deficiencies that can affect your teeth and your mouth. Vitamin B3 deficiency can affect your oral health by causing bad breath and mouth sores. Common oral effects of vitamin B deficiency are burning sensations in the mouth and on the tongue, trouble swallowing, swollen tongue, and pale tissues in the inner cheeks that could break apart easily and come off. Some good sources of vitamin B include:

  • B1: pork, whole and enriched grains, nuts, dried beans and legumes
  • B2: eggs, liver, shellfish, almonds and milk
  • B3: liver, meat, poultry, whole grains, fish and peanuts
  • B6: poultry, meat, fish, leafy green vegetables, bananas, legumes, fruits and nuts
  • B12: meat, poultry, milk, fish, eggs, pasta, bagels, spinach and almonds

Deficiencies in vitamin B can increase your risks of getting:

  • a painful inflammation in the mouth (also known as a fungal infection)
  • recurrent aphthous stomatitis or canker sores
  • chronic oral mucosal candidiasis (a fungal infection in the mouth)
  • a tongue that looks “bald” and an affected sense of taste (when there is a severe vitamin B deficiency)

As a general rule, B vitamins are considered non-toxic, so overdosing isn’t a serious problem. B vitamins are water soluble and cannot be stored by the body. Excess amounts of these vitamins are usually filtered by the kidneys and removed from your system.

Please visit us for more information on oral health and vitamins. Our next topic is: Vitamin C and Oral health.

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 info@glendentalcentre.com.

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