If you are experiencing any combination of these symptoms, you might have gum disease and should visit a dentist. Contact us today to book your appointment.
If you follow these simple steps, you are well on your way towards preventing periodontal disease.
Dental contouring is also known as tooth reshaping or enameloplasty is a cosmetic dental procedure which is done to change the shape, widge, or length of your teeth. Dental contouring is done by removing small amounts of tooth enamel to achieve the shape you want. Even a few millimeters of reduction in the right places can dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth. If you require only a few small fixes to your teeth, dental contouring is a great option.
A dental crown, sometimes called a cap, is an artificial tooth used to cover damaged, decayed, misshapen, or discoloured teeth in order to protect and/or restore it. Dental onlays on the other hand are dental restorations that are used for teeth damaged by cavities, decays, or fractures.
Your dentist is the best person to help you determine whether you should get a dental crown or an inlay. Contact us today to book an appointment to see if you should get onlays or crowns.
Dental implants are recommended for people who are missing a tooth or teeth because of injury, disease, or tooth decay. When a patient has sufficient jawbone available and is in good general health, a dental implant is viable. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate whether or not dental implants are the best option for you.
The dental implant procedure consists of several steps. First, your dentist will examine your mouth and take x-rays to find out if dental implants are right for you. If your dentist determines that implants are suitable.
The actual surgery is often done in several stages to allow the jawbone to heal completely around the implant before the finishing work is done. In some cases, the jawbone must be grafted.
The next step is to place the tooth root implant into the bone socket of the missing tooth. The jawbone will heal around the root implant, keeping it securely within your jaw. This healing process can take between 6 and 12 weeks, depending on the individual.
After you heal, the next step will be to place an abutment – which is a small connector post – to the implant. The new tooth, or crown, which is made based off of impressions of your teeth, is then installed onto the abutment. At this point, your implant will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.
Both dental bridges and dental implants are options for permanently replacing a missing tooth or teeth. The biggest difference between the two is how the new teeth are kept in place. An implant involves inserting a root implant into your jawbone and installing a dental crown on top. With a dental implant, the tooth stands alone and you can floss around it. Dental bridges, on the other hand, involve shaving off the enamel of surrounding teeth and placing a dental bridge across the affected teeth. The bridge’s teeth are all connected, so you are unable to floss between them. This can lead to some complications down the line. Generally speaking, dental implants are more durable, easier to maintain, and have fewer complications down the line. If you are unsure whether to get dental implants or a dental bridge, contact Pretoria Bridge Dental today. We can help you decide.
A dental emergency can be any dental problem that is in need of immediate treatment in order to stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth. Severe infections in the mouth and gums are also considered a dental emergency since they can be life-threatening if they are not treated quickly. If you think you’re in need of emergency dental services, contact our experts today.
The first thing you should do is contact us. If we are able to fit you in for a same day appointment, then we will book it for you. If not, we will direct you to somewhere that you can receive the care you need.
Proper oral care is the first step to avoiding dental emergencies involving tooth pain or bleeding that is caused by tooth decay or a buildup of bacteria in your mouth. That means brushing twice daily and flossing before bed. To avoid dental emergencies involving broken, cracked, or lost teeth, take the following precautions:
If the pain you are experiencing is unbearable and seems like it is spreading along your jaw or neck, or if your mouth is bleeding and won’t stop, then you should head to the closest emergency room for treatment. Once the immediate problem has been dealt with, it is important that you follow up with your dentist to discuss the incident and have them conduct an assessment to see if further treatment is needed.
If you are experiencing unbearable tooth pain and can’t see your dentist right away, there are a few things you can try to soothe the pain until you are able to get to the clinic.
A dentist can assess and diagnose a patient’s TMJ symptoms and recommend effective forms of treatment. For instance, if a patient’s TMJ issues come from teeth grinding or jaw clenching, they can recommend a dental appliance such as a dental plate or splint to keep them from causing further damage and allow the TMJ joint to rest and recover. Furthermore, a dentist can refer the patient to a specialist for treatment, or a physiotherapist if needed.
TMJ disorder is not life-threatening, however leaving it untreated can lead to increased pain, discomfort and tension in the jaw that can affect other areas of your life. Parts of your life may change to revolve around relieving your pain and discomfort. Chronic pain has also been shown to lead to the development of mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Don’t ignore jaw pain, especially when you experience it regularly. Contact us instead to see if we can help!
There are a number of different causes for TMJ pain to flare up including:
Yes, it can. In fact, many people who begin to experience TMJ symptoms tend to have them on one side of their face. As the disorder progresses, it usually begins to affect the other side of the face as well. However, in some cases, it can continue to affect only one side of the face.
If you have TMJ pain that is making it difficult to sleep, try lying on your back. This is the best position to keep your neck and back in good alignment, and keep pressure off of your jaw, alleviating pain, and allowing the joint to rest and recover while you sleep.
In most cases, surgery is not required to treat TMJ dysfunction. Non-surgical approaches are taken to relieve you of the symptoms you are experiencing. Typically, a mouth guard or night guard will be recommended to treat TMJ. In cases that are more severe, your dentist will refer you to an Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon for corrective jaw surgery.
Practice good posture and relax the jaw muscles whenever you can to avoid acquiring a TMJ issue.
Additionally, it’s crucial to have routine dental exams so that your dentist can identify any potential bite or jaw problems early on and give you the chance to take additional preventative steps.
Please get in touch with Pretoria Bridge Dental if you have any additional queries about TMJ or TMD. we specialise in treating TMJ issues in the Ottawa area.
These two terms are related and frequently used interchangeably. Temporomandibular joint, or TMJ for short, is the joint that joins the lower jaw to the skull. Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD, is what happens when the TMJ is impacted by problems that frequently cause discomfort or pain. It’s not uncommon for the term TMJ to be used in place of TMD.
Generally speaking, when it comes to oral hygiene, it is recommended to visit the dental clinic every six months for a dental cleaning. Patients who require deeper cleaning due to excessive buildup of plaque and tartar, or have been diagnosed with periodontal disease will be recommended to have their teeth cleaned as frequently as once every three months.
You will notice that your teeth appear to be a little whiter after a dental cleaning than they were beforehand. Tartar has a yellow tint to it, and when it is removed, that colour won’t be as prominent in your smile. Cleaning will also remove surface stains from your teeth which will also give it a whiter appearance. Deep stains and discolouration are the only things that can’t be removed through dental cleaning. For that, we have teeth whitening treatments that are very effective.
Once the hygienist has finished the cleaning treatment, your dentist will perform a final examination of your mouth. They will check for gum disease, confirm the presence of any cavities, check for issues with teeth grinding or jaw clenching, and check the alignment of your teeth. If you have x-rays taken, your dentist will review them and address any concerns that they find and recommend follow-up treatments.
This depends on if, and what type of fluoride application was completed. The dental hygienist will be able to give you the proper instructions.
Regardless of whether you received a flouride treatment or not, you should avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks like sodas, citrus fruits, tomatoes or red wine, as well as spicy or heavily seasoned foods for at least 24 hours. These foods and drinks can cause some irritation and discomfort in a freshly cleaned mouth.
A regular dental cleaning will remove teeth stains and polish your teeth. A deep cleaning will do this as well, but also include the removal of tartar and plaque through a process called scaling. This deep cleaning is necessary for removing bacteria colonies on your teeth and under your gum line.
We have two free parking spaces in our clinic lot. Also, there are five parking spaces at the Ottawa Chinese Bible Church (on the corner of Main and Graham). On Graham Avenue you will find two-hour parking available; while there is also parking on Hawthorne Street from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and then again from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.