Regular hygiene visits are important! Aside from checking for cavities, maintaining extensive and often expensive dental work, keeping your five-year warrantee valid, fresh breath, and maintaining healthy gums, there are many other compelling reasons to visit Family Dental Centre!
You may have heard the recent reports in the media there is a mountain of evidence linking gum disease to stroke, heart attack, diabetes, respiratory disease and premature birth. If you think you are exempt from gum disease and you have no worries, think again. The Guinness Book of Records has ranked it as the most common disease in the world with up to 80% of adults as victims. We call it the silent killer of your teeth because it causes no pain, and can only be detected and maintained by your dentist and hygienists in its most destructive phases
If you are one of our many clients who never miss a scheduled maintenance check up kudos to you. If not, CALL NOW, we are waiting for you!
We dont call ourselves the Family Dental Centre without good reason! Toddlers as young as 1 year old should visit the dentist to check on the progress of their emerging baby teeth. From then on, whether you are making regular hygiene appointments to braces, to wisdom teeth, fillings and cosmetic dentistry, the Family Dental Centre is here for you (and your teeth and gums!).
What makes a root canal necessary?
The most common factors contributing to a need for root canal treatment are: physical irritation caused by deep decay or a very large filling, severe gum disease, or trauma (such as a physical blow to a tooth or a constant striking of a tooth in the opposite jaw that traumatizes the tooth). Regardless of the initial cause, the tooth pulp becomes irritated and infected. Bacteria grows, which causes pressure and pain (sometimes accompanied by swelling of the face). Sometimes the deterioration of the pulp happens so gradually that little pain is felt. Eventually the bacteria can destroy the pulp. As this happens, the bone surrounding the tooth may become infected and abscessed, which may lead to the destruction of the bone surrounding the tooth.
If a root canal treatment is necessary, what is the procedure?
- When necessary, an anesthetic is used to numb the tooth and surrounding area. Or, you can take advantage of our sleep dentistry procedures. The tooth may be isolated with a rubber dam, which confines the treatment area and protects the mouth from bacteria and chemical agents. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp.
- We carefully remove the diseased pulp. The root canal area inside your tooth is cleaned, enlarged and shaped (then, depending on your individual case, the root canal and pulp chamber may be permanently filled and sealed).
- A temporary filling is placed in the opening of the tooth until the next visit. In some cases, the tooth may be left open in order to allow the infection to drain. We will decide what is right for your case, and do whatever is necessary to assure your comfort.
- At the next appointment, we sterilize the inside of the tooth to remove the bacteria. Throughout the root canal procedure, we take x-rays to ensure that all of the infected pulp is removed and that the walls inside the canal are smooth.
- To complete the process, the root canal and pulp chamber are permanently filled and sealed.
- Finally, the tooth is restored to chewing function.
At the Family Dental Centre, we use a product called, composite fillings. Also called coloured fillings, composites are designed to match the natural appearance of your teeth. Composite fillings are also used to restore decayed teeth instead of mercury silver fillings that tend to darken teeth and leak over time. Composite fillings are prepared and placed in just one visit.
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Are your wisdom teeth threatening the health of your mouth? An evaluation by a Family Dental Centre dentist can answer this question. Your dentist will take your dental and medical history, examine your teeth, and take x-rays to assess the health of your teeth. If your evaluation pinpoints a problem with your wisdom teeth, your dentist may recommend surgery to remove your wisdom teeth and eliminate your symptoms. To protect your mouth from future problems, your dentist may recommend early removal of your wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth (your third molars) are the last teeth to come in and the ones least needed for good oral health. They may not erupt, or emerge from your gums, until late teens or early twenties if they erupt at all. Most often, they're impacted, or trapped in the jawbone and gums, usually because theres not enough room for them in your mouth. Because wisdom teeth often do more harm that good, their removal may be recommended.
Whether wisdom teeth cause your mouth harm depends on several factors, including the size of your jaw, and how your wisdom teeth grow in. Sometimes problem wisdom teeth cause symptoms like pain and swelling. Or, you may have no symptoms at all, but the other teeth in your mouth could be at risk for damage. Depending on the diagnosis, your dentist may recommend surgical removal of one or more wisdom teeth, close follow-up of the situation, or another treatment option.