Tooth Fairy

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The tooth fairy is a popular tale of childhood, the same way we affectionately recollect Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny, we think back on the Tooth Fairy with sweet memories. Unlike other mythological heroes and characters, the Tooth Fairy exists globally in almost all cultures and religions.

Here’s an insight into the concept of tooth fairy. The Tooth Fairy as we probably are aware it is a moderately late creation, as are some myths, developed after some time. There are conventions, legends and myths going back centuries about losing your baby teeth. In different cultures, the concept of the tooth fairy has involved beavers, cats, dog or even squirrels. Some of the common beliefs or customs involve:

  • Throwing the tooth into the sun
  • Throwing the tooth in fire.
  • Throwing the tooth backwards between the legs.
  • Throwing the tooth onto or over the roof of a house.
  • Thrown in a mouse trap.
  • Burying the tooth
  • Hiding the tooth from animals.
  • Putting the tooth on a wall or on a tree.

Eventually, the reason the tooth fairy legend keeps on developing and gives a level of comfort to kids. As you develop, your body experiences numerous changes, yet ostensibly the first and most traumatic for kids is losing their teeth. The tooth fairy offer comfort and make tooth loss a pleasing experience.

 

Today dentists utilize the tooth fairy to motivate dental health, even motivating parent to support the idea that the child with a clean mouth gets more rewards. This motivation from parents makes it a lot easier for dental professionals and parents to get the kids’ dental work done.

Our dental team at Coquitlam believes that children should be taught the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene. Your Coquitlam dentist recommends that you get your children to see a dentist early in their childhood to get them accustomed to regular dental visits. If you would like to schedule your child’s dental visit, you can give our Coquitlam dental office a call at 604-552-2241.

Why does your denture need to be re-lined?

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The pink part of your denture, also known as its base, lies on the gum tissue of your missing teeth, whether you wear a partial or a complete denture. It is critical to the fit and stability of your denture that the base that rests on this gum tissue. In the event that it doesn’t, your denture won’t fit your mouth. Additionally, it could, make your denture unstable in the mouth and cause irritation. This constant irritation may also cause sores underneath the denture due to ill fit of your denture.

The cause of this instability is the changing pattern of your gum tissues following tooth extraction. Following tooth loss, your jawbone that supports the tooth starts to contract since it is unable to support any tooth root. Essentially, majority of this shrinkage happens over the initial three months or so after loss.

Relining your denture is a simple procedure whereby extra base material is adjusted to the tissue surface of your denture so it precisely fits on to the new tissue surface. This is accomplished by utilizing your current denture as a plate to take an impression of your tissues in their current form. Base material is then added to the tissue surface of your denture and your denture is then compacted onto the new model which has the record of your new tissue contours. The space between the present condition of your tissues seen in the new model and its past shape as reflected in the tissue surface of the denture base is filled by the additional base material. Thus, your newly relined denture fits in your mouth effectively.

If you have lose or ill-fitting dentures, or if you need advice on your old dentures, do not hesitate to call our Coquitlam dental office at 604-552-2241 or email us at info@glendentalcentre.com

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • Avoid any strenuous work or exercising, spitting, sucking, consumption of alcoholic beverages or smoking.
  • 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.
  • In case of pain you can use over-the-counter-pain medication like Advil, Aleve, and Tylenol.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Call our Coquitlam dental office if you would like to schedule an appointment for your dental troubles and our dental team will be glad to help you with any questions or concerns that you may have. You can also e-mail us at info@glendentalcentre.com .

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 info@glendentalcentre.com .

DENTAL INLAYS & ONLAYS

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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.

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:

  • 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.

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