Composite fillings are also called white fillings. This kind of filling depends on where the tooth is in your mouth. For example, we bite down hard on our back teeth (molars), so a plastic filling may not be a good choice in this area of the mouth.
To place a composite filling, we clean all the decay from the tooth and put glue (or bonding material) on the inside of the hole. Then, composite resin is put into the hole in thin layers. Each layer gets hard with the help of a special light that we hold over the tooth. When the last layer of the filling is hard, we shape the filling, so it looks and feels natural.
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Glass ionomer materials are only used in teeth where you do not bite down hard. There have not been many studies about how long this kind of filling lasts. Newer forms of the filling may be stronger and last longer.
Advantages of glass ionomer fillings?
Disadvantages of glass ionomer fillings?
Results depend on the concentration of the product. Most whitening products contain Hydrogen Peroxide in concentrations ranging from 5-35%. Whitening strips are standard and come in concentrations around 10% (relatively weak). Over-the-counter gels can also come in concentrations of 5-10%. Professional whitening trays that you use at home come in concentrations of 15-35%. Professional in-office whitening is the most vital type of whitening and usually comes in strengths more significant than 30%—the higher the concentration, the more dramatic the whitening.
Research shows that lasers and lights do not work as well as they often claim. At-home lasers typically include home bleaching with Carbamide Peroxide to get the desired results. The best outcome and most minor sensitivity are achieved using custom trays made by a dentist. Our office uses the Pola advanced whitening system (https://ca.polawhite.com.au/?changeRegion).
Root canal treatment also referred to as endodontic therapy, removes infected or injured tissue (pulp) from inside the crown and roots. It is an effective and safe treatment for teeth whose pulp has become inflamed and infected or in situations where we are trying to save and restore a tooth. We sometimes refer our patients to an endodontist specializing in endodontic therapy for complex cases.
Before the root canal is performed, you will be given a local anesthetic to minimize any pain or discomfort during the procedure. A rubber dam is placed around the tooth to protect the tooth from bacteria found in your saliva. Next, the dentist makes an opening in the tooth to reach the root canal system and the damaged pulp. While using very fine dental instruments, the pulp is removed by cleaning and enlarging the root canal system. Once the canal is cleaned, it will be filled and sealed and then capped with either a temporary or permanent filling.
In many cases, a root canal becomes the only viable option to retain a tooth that has suffered severe damage or has become infected. The best way to prevent the need for root canal treatment is to follow a good oral hygiene routine by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting your dentist regularly.
Your tooth needs to be restored to look, feel and work as much as a natural tooth as possible. Depending on how much of the natural tooth is intact, we will either use a permanent filling or crown to restore your tooth. A back tooth will likely need a crown because chewing puts great force on back teeth. If there is not enough of the tooth left, the posts can be used to support the crown.
After root canal treatment, your tooth may be tender for the first week or two. Bad pain or swelling is NOT expected. If this happens, please call our office.
Root canal treatment does not protect your tooth from other types of damage. You can still get a cavity or gum disease after a root canal. With proper care and regular dental visits, the tooth could last as long as your other teeth. A tooth with a root canal treatment can be saved most of the time. However, there are cases where everything possible has been done to save a tooth, and still, the tooth must be extracted.
Considerable advancements in diagnosis, radiographic imaging, equipment, and techniques allow dentists and endodontists to complete successful root canal treatments. Yet, in some rare cases, root canal surgery is needed when regular root canal treatment cannot be done or when it has not worked. Root canal surgery allows the dentist or endodontist to check the end of the root for fractures or cracks, remove parts of the root that could not be cleaned during regular root canal treatment and clear up an infection that did not heal after standard treatment.
Approximately 60-80% of the population carries the virus, making it more common than you think!
Unfortunately, due to sterilization standards, we are not allowed to practice dentistry on these patients when cold sores are in the vesicle stage. However, our dentists do offer a laser treatment that can be utilized at the first sign of an outbreak.
Most patients report an “itch” or “tingle”, this is the best time to laser the sore so as not to reach the vesicle stage. Although the laser can be used as a treatment option when the sore appears visibly, the chances for stopping it in its tracks are reduced but a prescription can also be issued to combat the symptoms at home.
If you are able to get in to see us for laser therapy before the sore appears, we can usually stop an outbreak before it surfaces. Most people get their sores in the same spots, so they are able to sense when one is developing.
If you don’t catch it in time, and you already start to develop a blister, our laser treatment can still provide aid, as the laser works to break down the nerve cells creating instant relief and increases the production of collagen which helps the patient heal faster.
To understand what you’re looking for, you must first understand the basics about tongue and lip-ties. Medically, this condition is usually known as “Tethered Oral Tissue”. Tongue-ties are also referred to as “Ankyloglossia”.
Tongue and lip-ties are caused by thick or malformed oral tissues. Tongue-ties are caused when the lingual frenulum (the membrane which connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth) is thick, short, or otherwise malformed.
Lip-ties are essentially the same thing. This condition occurs when the frenulum which connects the upper or lower lip to the gums is thick, too short, or is otherwise improperly formed, causing mobility issues with the lips.
Partial dentures are also called “removable partial denture prostheses” or “partials.” They may be used when nearby teeth are not strong enough to hold a bridge, or when more than just a few teeth are missing. Partial dentures are made up of one or more artificial teeth held in place by clasps that fit onto nearby natural teeth. You can take the partial denture out yourself, for cleaning and at night.
Complete dentures are what we most often refer to as “false teeth.” They are also called “full dentures” and are used when all your natural teeth are missing. Complete dentures are removable as they are held in place by suction. They can cause soreness at first and take some time to get used to. There are 2 types of complete dentures: immediate dentures and conventional dentures.