Your dentist says that you have a cavity that needs to be filled. In 36 years you’ve never once had to have actual “dental work,” so you have some questions. At Pier Dental Centre, these are the most frequent questions we get asked about new and replacement fillings.
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.
If you have healthy teeth, you probably only see your dentist once or twice per year during scheduled visits. Do you know what to do in case of a dental emergency?
Vancouver is home to many athletes and outdoor enthusiasts including skiers, mountain bikers, and cyclists. These activities can lead to dental emergencies including chipped and cracked teeth. Before heading out for athletic or recreational activities, it’s good to know how to respond in a dental emergency.
Pregnant women should take particular care to maintain good oral health. Not only do hormonal changes put pregnant women at increased risk for gum disease, but this gum disease can pose serious health risks for the developing baby.