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Smile Makeover - Cosmetic Dentist

Cosmetic Dental Treatments For A Smile Makeover

Your family dentist can not only keep your smile healthy but can also help you improve the look and feel of your teeth. Cosmetic treatments such as bonding and veneers are non-invasive procedures that can smooth the surface and colour of the teeth. These types of treatments are most commonly used to correct spaces, cracks, chips, and discolouration.

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Holiday Dental Care for Kids

Holiday Tips for Healthy Teeth

The festive season between Halloween and winter holidays is often accompanied by a surge of sugary treats and drinks, especially for children. When sugar mixes with bacteria in the mouth it forms a mild acid that can damage tooth enamel and lead to decay. The longer and more frequently children have sugar in their mouths, the more their teeth are at risk. Your family or pediatric dentist can help you plan for the season and incorporate dental care for children into your holiday routine. Below are a few suggestions to get started.

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Dental Implants North Vancouver

Dental Implants for Tooth Loss

Tooth loss following sports injuries, accidents, and periodontal disease has historically been treated with dental inserts or bridges that are placed over the gap and secured to adjacent teeth. Although overall rates of tooth loss have declined over the past few decades, periodontal disease affects nearly half of North American adults and tooth loss is still common. The first step in maintaining strong and healthy teeth should always be preventative care. However, when needed, modern treatments for tooth loss can offer more permanent solutions that replicate the look and function of real teeth. This more natural result is achieved through dental implants that are rooted in the gums rather than attached superficially.

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Botox at the Dentist's Office

BOTOX® IN THE DENTAL OFFICE

When considering cosmetic dental treatments, the look and brightness of a smile has a big impact on overall aesthetic and confidence. Did you know that a visit to your local dentist can include more than just a lift to your smile? With specialized training in injections and the anatomy of the face, dentists are uniquely qualified to administer cosmetic BOTOX® treatments in the dental office.

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Replace Silver Fillings with White Fillings

Replace Silver Fillings with Natural Looking White Fillings

When it comes to fillings, dentists and patients have often opted for the cheaper and durable amalgam or “silver” fillings. Silver fillings are actually made of a mix of metals including mercury, silver, copper, and tin. Although silver fillings last a long time, the disadvantages are that they don’t match the natural colour of the teeth, can become exposed to bacteria after some wear, and have been associated with health concerns related to the mercury content.

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Flossing - Dentistry North Vancouver

Why Flossing is Important

A common question that patients are asked when they visit the dental office is, “How often do you floss your teeth?” Although daily flossing is recommended, most people don’t do it. Some people floss occasionally, and up to a third of North Americans actually lie to their dentist about how often they floss. Flossing may seem less important or less rewarding because it doesn’t have the immediate benefits of a clean mouth feel and fresh, minty breath. If you don’t floss, however, you are missing more than one third of your tooth surface where your toothbrush cannot reach. If plaque and bacteria are not removed from between the teeth, the plaque hardens into tartar, which can only be removed with professional cleaning. The bacteria between your teeth is also the leading cause of gum disease.

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Wisdom Teeth Removal North Vancouver

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Questions about wisdom teeth are common in the dental office. What are wisdom teeth? Why do they need to be removed? How can you tell if they need to be removed? To help answers these questions, here are some key facts and guidelines about wisdom teeth. The average adult has thirty two teeth. Front teeth are designed to bite, and back teeth (molars) are designed to chew and grind food. Wisdom teeth are referred to as third molars because they are the last of the back molars to grow in (usually between ages 17 – 21). The trouble is, the average mouth is made to hold only twenty eight teeth, not thirty two.

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Pain Free Dentistry in North Vancouver

Pain Free Dentistry

A fear of the dentist or of certain dental procedures is very common, affecting approximately 20 – 25% of the population. Unfortunately, fear of the dentist leads to avoidance, which means that preventative care is often skipped. Without regular visits to the dentist, minor issues can turn into more complex ones, resulting in the need for more invasive treatments. Surprisingly, the number of people afraid of the dentist does not seem to have decreased, despite advances in dental technology. If you have a tendency to avoid dental treatments, or if there are certain procedures that make you feel uneasy, the best thing to do is to speak to your family dentist about gentle treatment options, including laser dentistry and sedation. Your family dentist can also help you create a preventative treatment plan to avoid serious issues.

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Root Canal Treatment North Vancouver

Root Canals: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

Root Canals are performed when an infection in the centre of the tooth, which contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, has become too severe to be reversed through cleaning, fillings, or antibiotics. The infection causes a severe toothache and can lead to complications such as tooth loss and infection of the blood or surrounding tissue if left untreated. Despite their reputation, modern root canals can be completed in as little as one appointment, and are made comfortable with local anaesthesia (freezing) so that the procedure is not too different than getting a filling.

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