November 12, 2022

Oral Issues: Types, Causes & Treatment

November 12, 2022

Oral Issues: Types, Causes & Treatment

Dental

 

Oral Health: Types, Causes & Treatment

Dental and oral health is a key part of your overall wellbeing and health. 

It is a lifelong engagement to preserve healthy teeth and gums. It’s good that you learn oral hygiene habits earlier like brushing, blowing (FLOSSING), and reducing the intake of sugar would save you from costly dental procedures and long-term oral problems.

 

Symptoms of dental problem

You shouldn’t wait to go to your dentist to have symptoms. Visiting Dentists two times a year, help you find a problem in your teeth until you notice any sign by yourself.

If you have any of the following warning signs about dental problems, you should have an

 

Get an Appointment with your us as quickly as possible if you have:

Ulcers, sores, or tender areas in the mouth that won’t heal after a week or two, bleeding or swollen gums after brushing, chronic bad breath, sudden sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures or beverages, pain or toothache, loose teeth, receding gums, pain with chewing or biting, swelling of the face or cheeks, clicking of the jaw, broken teeth, constant dry mouth.

 

Causes of dental disease

Your oral cavity is basically a home of all kinds of bacteria, viruses and fungi in your oral cavity. Some of them are there that make up your mouth’s normal flora. In small quantities, they are usually harmless. A high sugar diet, however, creates conditions for the development of acid-generating bacteria. This acid breaks down tooth enamel and causes tooth decay.

In a sticky matrix called the plaque, bacteria that are near your gum line thrive. Plaque builds up, hardens and migrates the length of your tooth if brushing and flossing do not remove it regularly. This can inflammation your gums and cause gingivitis.

 

There are many factors that contribute to gingivitis and periodontitis, including:

Smoking, poor brushing habits, frequent snacking on sugary foods and drinks, diabetes, medications that reduce the amount of saliva in the mouth, family history, genetics, certain infections, hormonal changes in women, acid reflux heartburn, or frequent vomiting.

 

Types of dental disease

It’s no surprise how many things can go wrong over time, especially if you aren’t taking proper attention to your teeth of giving the proper maintenance. We use our teeth and mouths a lot, a proper oral hygiene can prevent most dental and oral problems. 

 

Cavities

The other name of cavities is caries or tooth decay. It happens when Bacteria, food and acid covers your teeth and form a plaque. The acid starts to eat away at enamel and then comes on underlying dentin or connective tissues. And very slowly with time, it leads to permanent damage.

 

Gum disease (gingivitis)

Gingivitis is a gum disease that is an inflammation of gums.  It is usually due to bad brushing and flossing habits that plaque built on the teeth. Gingivitis could swell and bleed your gums if you brush them or floss them. Gingivitis untreated may lead to periodontitis, an infection that is more serious.

 

Periodontitis

The infection can spread to your jaw and bones as periodontitis progresses. The inflammatory reaction can also occur in the entire body.

 

Cracked or broken teeth

A tooth can crack and crumble during chewing hard food or grind the teeth at night. A splitting tooth may be very painful. If you have a cracked or broken tooth, you should visit your dentist immediately.

 

Sensitive teeth

 If your teeth are sensitive you will feel pain or discomfort after getting cold or hot foods or beverages. Some causes of teeth sensitivity can be: gum disease, receding gums, cracked tooth, worn-down fillings or crowns. Of course, some people have sensitive teeth due to their thinner enamel. 

 

Oral cancer

Oral cancers include cancer of the: gums tongue lips cheek the floor of the mouth the hard and soft palate

The first person to identify oral cancer is usually a dentist. The most important risk factor for oral cancer is smoking and chewing tobacco.

 

 Routine Treatments of dental problems

You think that you have healthy teeth. Even then you must to go for an annual checkup or twice in a year to your dentists because your mouth is the gateway to your health. Your dentist will recommend other treatments if he sees signs of gum disease, infections, or other problems.

Cleanings: What a professional cleaning can do you can’t do by yourself to get rid of any plaque while brushing and flossing. Not only that it’ll also remove tartar. Usually, a dental hygienist performs this cleaning. The hygienist will use a high-powered toothbrush to brush your teeth because it’s a matter to remove tartar from your teeth. After this flossing and rinsing are carried out to wash out any debris.

Deep cleaning is also known as root planning and scaling. It removes tar from above and below the gum line which cannot be accessed when cleaning the routine.

Fluoride treatments: Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral. After the dental cleaning, your dentist will apply a fluoride method to help fight off cavities. This method can help bring back the natural enamel of your tooth and make them strong to fight against bacteria and acid.

Sealants: Dental sealants that are placed on the back teeth or molars are thin protective coating, which helps avoid the cavity. Your dentist may advise a sealant for your children once they are around 6 years of age and they get their second set of molars at age 12. sealants can be applied easily and without any pain.

 

 Major Treatments of dental problems

Antibiotics: Another method is Antibiotics. The dentist starts it when your teeth show signs of a gum infection or a tooth sore has spread to other teeth and your jaw. your dentist will suggest your antibiotics to help get rid of the infection. Antibiotics can be in any form such as mouth rinse, gel, oral tablet, or capsule.

Fillings: A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay. Materials used for fillings include gold, porcelain, a composite resin (tooth-colored fillings), and an amalgam (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc).

Crowns: If after an injury your tooth is broken or cracked or need your dentist will a crown. There are two types of crowns: an implant crown that fits over an already implant, and a regular crown that fits over a natural root.

Root canal: If tooth decay goes throughout the tooth to the nerve, you may need a root canal. During a root canal, the nerve is removed and filled with a biocompatible material, usually a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha and adhesive cement.

 

The bottom line

Your oral health has an influence over all your body and not just your teeth.  But in specific, poor oral and dental health can contribute problems with your confidence, communication, or diet. You cannot notice any oral problems without any symptoms and only if it gets worse. A regular checkup to your dentist is the best way. Although you can’t control cavity, at least you can reduce the problem.

Extra oral health Information 

 

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Versailles Dental Clinic Dubai – Dubai Health Care City.

Disclaimer : The content of this article is not a substitute for professional dental advice.

 

 

November 12, 2021

Is Invisalign a Good Option?

November 12, 2021

Is Invisalign a Good Option?

Get your smile back in no time.

If you have been avoiding braces because you felt they were not the right choice for you, it’s time to talk about Invisalign.

Invisalign is a teeth alignment system using clear aligners. It allows you to achieve that perfect smile comfortably and quickly. On this post, we’ll help you decide whether starting an Invisalign treatment is the best option for you.

How does it work?

Unlike braces, Invisalign does not use brackets and wires to shift teeth, but clear plastic alignment trays. Each tray works to position your teeth into its ideal position. Patients are usually made to wear these trays for two weeks, then a new set of trays will be put in place for the next set of changes. You will be expected to visit the dentist every six to eight weeks for check-ups, with the treatments usually completed in a year.

Invisalign is one of our fortes, if you’re contemplating on getting fitted for these invisible braces in Dubai, have a look of some of its benefits.

What are the advantages?

While some patients still choose to go the ‘braces route’, Invisalign is becoming a popular choice for the following reasons:

  • Comfort: without the wires and brackets that irritate the soft tissue, Invisalign’s smooth trays offer better comfort for the patient.
  • Safety: the plastic trays offer a better experience to patients with metal allergies and sensitive gums.
  • Speed: compared to braces, Invisalign treatments allow patients fewer visits and an overall reduced treatment time to your dream smile.
  • Hassle-free: you won’t need to change your diet or oral hygiene routines to accommodate your treatment. Simply remove your aligners, enjoy your favorite food, brush and floss your teeth as usual, and pop them back in place to continue treatment.
Why choose Invisalign Aligners?

Smiling is one of the most important things we can do to express ourselves and our emotions. A perfectly aligned smile can make us look more attractive, approachable, and confident. Invisalign Clear aligners are a great way to get that perfect smile, and at Versailles Dental Clinic, we can help you get the best possible results as a well-balanced occlusion is highly important to keep your teeth and jaw bone in good health!

Here is a short video on how what to expect if you wish to start an Invisalign treatment.

If you are you looking to start your Invisalign treatment in Dubai, look no further than Versailles Dental Clinic!

 

To book a consultation with our team, contact us now!

Versailles Dental Clinic Dubai – Dubai Health Care City.

Disclaimer : The content of this article is not a substitute for professional dental advice.

   

January 15, 2018

Flossing For Kids: What to Do.

January 15, 2018

Flossing For Kids: What to Do.

Flossing your child’s teeth might be a different type of adventure. It is difficult enough to brush their teeth, you imagine a fiddling 4-5-year-old running around the bathroom and you trying to brush and floss. We are here to tell you that flossing can be fun and easy to make it a habit. So where do you start?

Understanding why flossing matters so much.

As an adult, you understand the benefits and necessity of flossing. With brushing, we can remove only 40-50% of plaque. Flossing removes the food collected from between your teeth as well as helps you clean the gums. All is clear but how to explain it to a child?

Children are visual creatures, use the following games to make them understand why we floss:

  1. The fake teeth game Use some cartoon eggs or similar on a construction paper to imitate teeth and to create a fake mouth. Use 10-12 eggs. Use non-toxic playdough to recreate the food and plaque between the “teeth” and let your child experiment to remove it first using a toothbrush and then with the floss. This “hands-on” experiment will help their understanding and the importance of flossing.
  2. Flossing your fingers We recommend using these 2 games in this sequence. Once the kids understand the importance of flossing, all they need to learn now is technique. Wrap gently the dental floss around their middle finger and encourage them to floss your fingers. Keep your hand straight and upright with your fingers pressed against each other. Let your child practice flossing between your fingers, the main thing is to teach them how much pressure to apply. Flossing using too much pressure can possibly damage their gums. Practice the game and they will remember the right amount of pressure they should apply.

Creating the habit as early as possible in your child’s life will help them adopt it as an indispensable part of their morning and evening routine.

When to start flossing your child’s teeth?  

Your child will probably be able to floss independently around 5-6 years of age. Before this, you should start flossing their teeth around toddler age. When you see that they have teeth that are growing close together, this is a good time to start flossing. Set the stage for success, you can play some music or sing to your child while flossing. Do it regularly, every evening to start, consistency is very important.

How to floss with your child?

  1. Begin early.
    If you start flossing your baby’s teeth while they are 2 years old, flossing will become a habit and when their dexterity is at the level that they can floss themselves, they will be eager to do it independently.
  2. Lead by example.Floss your own teeth in the presence of your child, make it look like fun! Your kid will tend to follow what you do, not what you say should be done.
  3. Be clear about the steps of flossing.Teach your child the steps of flossing: How to pull the floss and the amount of floss they need per “session”, it is usually about 30-40 cm. Wrap the thread loosely around their middle fingers.
  4. Alternatives to dental floss

    Observe how they insert the floss between their teeth, the main thing is the correct the amount of pressure, if applied too much they can damage their gum and result in a painful experience.Teach them to move the floss or tape along to ensure a clean piece of string is used for each tooth.Don’t forget to show them how to clean their gums by using C shaped movements.
  5. Visit your dentist every 6 months

    Proper brushing and flossing are great, but some stubborn plaque can hide in hardly accessible places in a child’s mouth. Book your bi-annually visits at Versailles Dental Clinic and our dentists will perform a checkup and see if the flossing is done efficiently.At the clinic the dentists have professional equipment to do a pediatric cleaning and polishing, just to give your child a “boost” cleaning.We are also happy to teach your child our tricks and secrets, don’t hesitate to book a dental appointment anytime.
The content of this article is not a substitute for professional dental advice.

To book your next appointment or schedule a regular check-up, Contact Us now!

Versailles Dental Clinic Dubai – Dubai Health Care City

The content of this article is not a substitute for professional dental advice.
January 11, 2018

I need my wisdom tooth removed, what should I expect?

January 11, 2018

I need my wisdom tooth removed, what should I expect?

Extraction probably is the least favorite procedure among patients. In the case of wisdom teeth, it is often necessary to avoid an array of dental problems.

Why do we have wisdom teeth?

They are an inheritance from our biological past of hunter-gatherer. As our diet comprised raw meats, hard nuts, tree bark and lots of other raw food, we needed one more pair of molars to help chomp down the “paleo” foods. With the advancements in cooked and processed foods, our species needed less and less the extra pair of teeth. As our brains got bigger and due to the change in our diet our jaws became smaller and the wisdom teeth had less or no space to grow.

Why do I have problems with the wisdom teeth and why do I need to extract it?

From the biological point of view, wisdom teeth are quite useless to the modern homo sapiens. Our bodies had adapted to live without them and our jaw shrunk due to the increase of the brain size.

In many cases, wisdom teeth have less or no space to grow and they create all kinds of problems: inflammation if they are growing inside the bone and don’t have space to erupt, misalignment of other teeth, pain and infection.

Why do I need a consultation first before wisdom teeth removal?

Wisdom teeth can create all kinds of problems, therefore, is very important to establish what is the exact problem in each case.

Some of them will represent an easy case, simple extraction. Others might be buried deep down in the bone, close to the nerve or sinus. Your oral surgeon Dubai at Versailles Dental Clinic will perform a thorough consultation. Expect to have diagnostical investigations such as Panoramic X-Ray and 3 D scan, the procedures will show exactly the position of the tooth and its roots.

How exactly is the procedure of wisdom tooth extraction? Will I experience pain?

During your first consultation, one of our dental surgeons, Dr. Caron or Dr. Mosca will assess your case, take X-Rays and 3 D scan if necessary and explain you exactly what type of extraction is necessary, duration and post-operative instructions. Any of your considerations or preferences will be taken into the account, during this visit is the right time to ask all the questions that you might have.

As a rule, the removal procedure is straightforward. If your case is more complicated your practitioner will go into details about the procedure.

If you agree with the treatment plan the surgeon will go ahead with the extraction during the same appointment.

Removal of the tooth/teeth will be carried out under local anesthesia, we use a stronger anesthetic than we do for treatments such as dental fillings. You will not experience any pain during the extraction.

If you suffer from dental phobia, extreme fear of dental treatments, we can arrange the procedure to be done under general anesthesia.

 

What happens after my wisdom tooth was removed?

24 hours after the procedure you might experience a small amount of bleeding, discomfort and bruising. In most cases, you will recover within 48 hours after the surgery.

After the procedure plan to rest for the remaining of the day or reduce as much as possible your physical activity.

As with any other dental surgery, we are concerned about a possible post-operative infection. To avoid potential problems, it is very important to keep a good oral hygiene post extraction. Brush your teeth as usual and gently brush the site of the extraction with a special surgical brush. Don’t use your normal brush to clean the site of the surgery.

Rinse your mouth thoroughly after you consume any drinks except water. You can also rinse few times a day with warm water with salt.

Follow the post-operative instructions provided by the clinic.

Refrain from smoking 1 week after the procedure.

At Versailles Dental Clinic your dentist will arrange a follow-up appointment 5-7 day after the extraction to check the healing.

To book your next appointment or schedule a regular check-up, Contact Us now!

Versailles Dental Clinic Dubai – Dubai Health Care City

The content of this article is not a substitute for professional dental advice.
January 9, 2018

How To Clean Your Retainers: Advice and Practical Tips

January 9, 2018

How To Clean Your Retainers: Advice and Practical Tips

How to clean your retainers: advice and practical tips.

If you or your child recently got retainers or Invisalign aligners, here is all you need about keeping your retainers clean and safe.

How often should I clean my retainer or aligner?

By the rule of thumb, you should clean your retainers or aligners just as often as you brush your teeth. If not cleaned properly, unfortunately, the retainers will become a breeding ground for bacteria that can make you ill in various ways. Besides daily cleaning, reserve 5 minutes once a week for a deeper, more thorough cleaning.

What do I need to maintain my retainer clean?

First off, you need to dedicate a separate soft-bristled toothbrush solely for cleaning your appliance.

The brand of the toothbrush is not important, you can use any generic brand if the bristles are soft. You don’t want to damage your aligner with a hard brush.

You must be very careful if you have an Invisalign aligner, make sure you don’t brush too hard, otherwise tiny scratches might form that will turn cloudy over usage.

How can I clean my retainer at home?

There are few easy ways to care for your retainer or aligner at home. But first, if you are on the go and the cleaning brush is not available, water is your best friend. Make sure you rinse thoroughly your aligner with water. When you get home, however, use any of the methods described below:

  1. Toothpaste or mild soap
    The easiest way to clean your retainer is to use the same toothpaste that you use for your dental routine. Make sure the product is non-abrasive and non-whitening. Gently brush the retainer for 30 seconds and rinse thoroughly. The toothpaste will not kill all the bacteria but at least will remove a good part of the bacteria build-up. The same applies the soap, choose a non-abrasive, non-scrubbing soap. Brush the retainer gently and rinse with warm water before placing it in your mouth.
  2. Commercial retainer cleaning products
    Ask your dentist about a retainer or denture cleaning product like Efferdent or Polydent. Use the cleaning product no more than few times a week. Follow the instructions for the product you use.The professional cleaning products will remove most of the bacteria from the retainer or aligner.
  3. A mixture of vinegar and waterPrepare a mixture of 50% white vinegar and warm water and soak your retainer for about 20 minutes. While the retainer is soaking, you can gently brush it for about 2 minutes to remove any deposits. Rinse the appliance abundantly after the soak. The retainer might taste a bit funny when you place it in your mouth due to the vinegar.

 

How NOT to clean your retainer?

It is very important to keep your aligner clean, however, there are some things that might damage your appliance. Never boil your retainer or soak it in boiling water. The retainers and aligners are made of high-grade medical plastic, if soaked in hot water the appliance might distort and lose its shape.

Bleach is harmful to the plastic; no good amount is good to use to clean your retainer. Eliminate the option of using bleach completely.

Avoid using any type of cleaning product that contains alcohol and is not designed specifically for cleaning retainers and aligners.

Washing the retainer in a dishwasher is not a good idea, the hot water, and the abrasive dishwasher liquid will damage it.

I cannot remove the build-up on my retainer, what should I do?

Sometimes despite all the efforts of cleaning the retainer, a tough layer of build-up might accumulate. Take your retainer to your dentist, in the clinic, there are professional cleaning tools available. The dentist will clean the thoroughly the retainer without damaging the appliance.

I broke my retainer, can it be replaced?

It all depends on how long you’ve been using the appliance. If it is only for a few months, then replacing the retainer will be easy. If you are using the retainer for a longer period, the doctor might find necessary to take new impressions of your teeth.
To book your next appointment or schedule a regular check-up, Contact Us now!

Versailles Dental Clinic Dubai – Dubai Health Care City

The content of this article is not a substitute for professional dental advice.
December 28, 2017

5 Surprising Truths About Root Canal Treatment

December 28, 2017

5 Surprising Truths About Root Canal Treatment

There are many misconceptions about root canal (endodontic) treatment. If you are confronted with this procedure in your treatment plan, you must read the facts below.

As always, before proceeding with any dental treatment, make sure you ask all the questions during your consultation. If you did not have the chance to do it, here are the 6 surprising facts about the procedure:

    1. Root canal treatment is not painful. Yes, you read it correctly.

      The myth of a painful root canal treatment started decades ago. At the time dentists did not have access to the high-tech equipment and performant anesthetics we have available today.

      The treatment is not more painful than having a filling done. According to a recent study, patients that have had root canal treatment describe it as “painless”.

      Most patients come to the dentist when they have a bad toothache that is caused by the damage to the tooth. The treatment will eliminate the pain by eliminating the problem.

    2. Root Canal treatment is better than extracting the tooth, whenever possible.

      Root canal treatment is the very best option. Even with all the performant solutions available today, including dental implant, there is no better equivalent for our natural roots.

      Whenever possible, the endodontist’s first choice will always be to save your tooth. It is in the interest of the patient, root canal treatment is better for your overall oral health, cheaper expensive and less lengthy. The natural roots contribute to a healthy jaw bone and gums. Extraction of the tooth and dental implant is the very last option when the infection is too big, or the natural roots are broken.

    3. A root canal is necessary even if you don’t have any pain. You are lucky to have avoided the pain point.

      Coming back to the advanced diagnostic solutions available, your endodontist can detect a tooth that must be treated even before you get to the point of pain or severe pain. A panoramic X-ray or a local X-ray will reveal the state of the roots. In such case consider yourself lucky, you can do the treatment in safe and quiet conditions.

    4. Root canal treatment is not a complicated nor lengthy treatment.

      At Versailles Dental Clinic, a root canal treatment including the core build-up (base for the crown) and crown, is done in one visit only of about 2-3 hours.

      In some very rare cases, if the tooth has a big infection, the dentist will have to control the infection first, usually with antibiotics and after proceeding with the treatment.

    5. Root canal treatment does not cause illnesses.

      On this subject, you will find a lot of contradictory information. The truth is that there is no scientific evidence that root canal treatment is related to any illnesses. What is certain, if the infection is left untreated, the complications can affect your overall health.

If you have any more doubts or questions about the root canal treatment in Dubai, send us an email at info@versaillesdentalclinic.com.

December 28, 2017

What Is The Right Age For Kids To Get Braces?

December 28, 2017

What Is The Right Age For Kids To Get Braces?

As a parent, you must wear many hats and know what is best for your child in every aspect of their life.

It is not easy for a parent to know when to start Orthodontic treatment for their children. There is a lot of information out there to navigate and understand.

As a parent, you might be confused because even if your child’s teeth look aligned in the front, the malocclusion may lay in the back teeth, something that is difficult to see with an untrained eye.

Dr. Firas Haj Ibrahim, our specialist orthodontist, advises:

It is a good idea to get an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7-8 years old. By that age children have enough permanent teeth that allow me to diagnose if there might be future problems. Early detection of potential orthodontic issues is key since in many cases the early diagnosis and prevention makes future treatment easier for the patient and the doctor.

If I detect a future problem, the age of the actual treatment can widely vary depending on each individual case.

For some rare cases, I might use the interceptive approach, which involves using dental appliances (not braces) at an early age. This will be the first phase of the treatment. Once the child has all adult teeth out, I will continue with the second phase (braces) if needed. The benefit of the first phase is big, usually, the second, braces phase, will be shorter and lighter treatment.

For most cases, I will start the treatment once all adult teeth erupt. Depending on each individual case the age might vary.

What is important to remember:

  • Early detection is key, book the first consultation around ages 7-8.
  • If necessary, return every 6 months for follow-up appointments to monitor the situation.
  • An orthodontic consultation is different from a dental consultation, make sure to follow-up your child dental care with your regular dentist.
  • Untreated orthodontic issues might contribute to tooth decay, gum diseases, tempo mandibular problems and loss of teeth.
  • Crooked teeth can also affect a child and teen self-confidence.
  • If left untreated, orthodontic problems do not go away, unfortunately, down the road, they will be more complicated and costly.

The bright line is:

  • With early detection, the treatment will be done safely in shortest terms possible.
  • Even if the treatment can be lengthy, you will give your child a smile for life.
  • The greatest reward for a parent is a healthy smile of their child.

You can book a free, 15 minutes orthodontic assessment for your child with Dr. Firas.

December 26, 2017

6 Reasons Why Invisalign Is Better Than You Thought

December 26, 2017

6 Reasons Why Invisalign Is Better Than You Thought

There is a lot of hype these days about Invisalign as well as many misconceptions. Invisalign IS an efficient orthodontic treatment for adults and kids that solves most of the orthodontic problems. Invisalign is NOT a purely cosmetic treatment.

As the technology progresses, so does Invisalign treatment. Here are 5 reasons why Invisalign is better than you think compared to braces:

  1. Increased comfort

    Patients using wired braces have more discomfort and pain. With Invisalign the only time you might feel discomfort is when you start wearing a new set of aligners, every 2 weeks. The pressure on your teeth is of a very low degree.

    Invisalign aligners are removable and you have the freedom to continue eating a normal, balanced diet. You can also remove the aligners for an important evening out.

  2. Discrete

    Invisalign are almost invisible and it looks as though you are not wearing braces at all. If you feel anxious to wear a “train track” to work especially if you are an adult, then Invisalign is the perfect solution for you.

  3. Fast treatment

    Invisalign treatments are generally faster than traditional braces. What is more fascinating is that since the treatment is designed by a special software, you can see how your teeth will look like at the end of the treatment. As a patient, you can even add modifications to the outcome before your treatment had started.

    One more thing: using an Acceledent device, you can half the duration of your Invisalign treatment. The soft pulse technology helps your teeth move safely faster, for example, a treatment of 12 months can be reduced to 6 months.

  4. Reduced restrictions

    One of the biggest downsides to traditional braces are the required bi-monthly visits to the dentist. In our fast-paced world, where people’s lifestyles are directly related to travel, committing to monthly or bi-monthly visits for 1-2 years is virtually impossible.

    With Invisalign, you have the freedom to travel extensively and plan your dentists’ visits according to your schedule.

  5. Hygienic and safe

    Oral health is significantly improved with the use of Invisalign aligners, which can be easily removed for cleaning. You will also tend to consume more water as it is the only liquid you can drink while wearing the aligner. Less sugary drinks – healthier teeth.

  6. Get those few pounds off!

    Along with your Invisalign treatment, you can plan a diet as well. As you must remove the aligners for every meal, snaking is naturally reduced. Combine 2 in one, Invisalign treatment and a lite diet, the result will be amazing.

December 26, 2017

Dental Implants and Smoking

December 26, 2017

Dental Implants and Smoking

DENTAL IMPLANTS AND SMOKING

You are a smoker and would like to have dental implants surgery. Of course, smoking is bad for your health and you know it, but how exactly to prepare for the dental implant surgery if you still enjoy tobacco?

Dr. Dominique Caron, senior oral surgeon, answers:

Smoking is considered a big factor in implant failure. As with any surgery, smoking negatively affects blood flow to the bone and tissues surrounding the gums and teeth, which impairs bone healing.

If you are spending a lot of money on the implants, then why would you want to hinder their success? Quitting is very difficult, but this could be a great incentive for you to quit.

The good thing about smoking is if you stop smoking as little as 2 weeks before, you can drastically improve your chances for a very good healing.

Here is a recap of the most frequently asked questions:

How long before the surgery should I stop smoking?  Ideally 2 weeks before.

  • The surgery can be done regardless if you are smoking or stopped smoking prior to the procedure.
  • However, you can help speed up the healing process after dental implant surgery, studies have shown that smoking patients refraining from smoking 2 weeks before the procedure benefit from a much faster recovery.

How long after the surgery should I stop smoking? Mandatory 3-4 weeks.

  • The time after the surgery is the most important period of healing. 3-4 weeks after the surgery is the critical time when the bone heals around the implant. If you smoke, the blood flow is considerably reduced and it is much more difficult for the implant to fuse with the bone.
  • The risk of failed dental implants is higher in smokers specifically due to smoking immediately after the surgery. Plan accordingly and avoid smoking altogether.

I will stop smoking for the surgery, but I don’t plan to quit, how should I care for my dental implants?

  • If you take this decision to continue smoking you must understand that you are taking more risk of complications down the road.
  • I advise my patients, that had dental implants and still smoke, to be seen every 3 months for hygiene and implant maintenance consultations. The main risk for a smoker is the danger of periodontitis, as smokers are 50% more likely to get gum disease. As in the case of healthy teeth, dental implants are affected by the gum disease just as much.

As a conclusion, remember that smoking is a big factor that negatively influences your overall health and poses a risk to your dental implants. Weight in all the pros and cons and hopefully by stopping smoking for the dental implants surgery might be a step to quitting altogether.

December 19, 2017

My Gums Are Bleeding

December 19, 2017

My Gums Are Bleeding

My gums are bleeding, how worried should I be?

This question is asked more frequently than you might think.

It is unsettling to see blood on your gums while you are brushing. Depending on the situation, it can be an indication of a bigger, more serious problem. But how can you know?

We turned to our general dentist, Dr. Sylvain Mosca for answers:

Why do my gums bleed?

The most common reason behind bleeding gums is gingivitis.

If you don’t floss or brush regularly, bacteria (also called plaque) builds up around your teeth. Sometimes you can even see the plaque as white or yellowish marks on your gums. The plaque is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria that then easily move under your gum and creates inflammation. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease, and its most common symptom is bleeding gums. Besides bleeding gums, you could also have gingivitis symptoms like red gums, sensitive gums, and bad breath.

The most important thing to remember is that this stage of gum disease is reversible. Your dentist can help scrape away plaque and bacteria. Brushing and flossing keep the bacteria away for good, so you can enjoy healthy gums.

In some cases, bleeding gums can be caused by other reasons such as severe vitamin deficiency, hormonal changes like pregnancy or menstruation, chemotherapy, some diseases like diabetes, certain medication like blood thinners. Smoking also damages your gums and makes the gum disease progress faster.

My gums bleed while I brush my teeth, should I stop brushing?

If you see that your gums are bleeding, instinctively you would like to stop brushing to stop the bleeding. However, the best thing to do is to continue brushing, even more, add the flossing as well.

By doing so, you will remove all the plaque from your teeth that most likely caused the bleeding in the first place.

My gums are bleeding, should I visit the dentist?

Sometimes, if you practice good oral hygiene habits, your gums will get better without a visit to the dentist.

If your gums bleed regularly, such as every time you brush your teeth for a few weeks, I encourage you to make an appointment to see your dentist soon. You should also call your dentist if your gums bleed for a long time after you have stopped brushing or flossing.

I also recommend that you see your dentist if you experience other symptoms of gum disease, such as:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Sensitive gums – especially to hot or cold temperatures
  • Gums that seem to be separating from teeth, leaving a gap between the gum and the tooth
  • Frequent bad breath or taste in your mouth
  • Loose teeth as an adult
  • Changes in the way your top and bottom teeth align
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