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06 Oct What You Need to Get Started with Your New Toronto Dentist

If you haven’t been to the dentist for a while, or if you’re just moving into town, finding the best Toronto dentist can take some effort. Then, once you’ve connected with your new dentist, you’ll need to get started on a positive note. A respectful and reliable dentist will understand your hesitancy in trying something new, but it’s also a good idea to do your part in making a smooth transition. Here are some tips for getting started with a new Toronto dentist.

Ask for Your Dental Records to Be Transferred to Your New Toronto Dentist

Your dental records show every procedure and treatment that’s been done to your teeth and gums. The record can be a valuable tool for your new dentist to use in diagnosing dental problems and planning treatments. It’s your job to ask for past records, but your dental office can help you make that request. It’s a great idea to go in and sign the documents needed to transfer those records before the date of your first appointment with the new dentist if you have time.

Put Together a Detailed Medical History

Your dentist needs to know about any medical conditions that might affect your oral health. Since you’re not a dentist and don’t necessarily know which medical conditions can affect your teeth and gums, it’s a good idea to write up a medical history ahead of your first appointment. Include all current illnesses, diseases and medical conditions as well as surgeries, medications and past injuries. Then, when you go into your first appointment with your new Toronto dentist, you can relay this information without fear of forgetting something.

Prepare for Your First Appointment

On the day before your first appointment, you can get ready to have a more satisfying and pleasant meeting with your new dentist. Take a look at the map, usually located on the dentist’s website, to make sure you know how to get to the office. Put the medical history you’ve prepared in your wallet, glove compartment or purse. Then, get a good night’s sleep so you’ll be more relaxed during this crucial first visit. Take extra care when you go through your daily dental routine. When you’ve done all these things, you’ll be ready to leave from home or work when your appointment time comes.

Imagine the Best Possible Outcome

Taking care of all the details is only part of the preparation for going to your first visit with a new dentist. You also need to have the right attitude if you want to have the most satisfying experience. You can do this by taking some time, perhaps while you are on break at work or when you’re waiting for your appointment time, to imagine the best possible results from your association with your new dentist. What would you like to accomplish here? A healthier mouth? A brighter smile? Straighter teeth. Think of all the various changes you’d like to make to your oral health, and then go into your appointment ready to help your new Toronto dentist make it happen.

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In-house Full Orthodontist

29 Sep The Advantages of Working with Our In-House Full Orthodontist

Most of our patients who are preparing to have orthodontic work are unaware of the difficulties dental offices can have in providing the best care when they outsource dental services like orthodontics. Fortunately for you, we have an in-house orthodontist to make the treatment easier for the dentist, and more importantly, for you. Here are some of the advantages of working with our in-house full orthodontist.

Saves You Time

You don’t have to wait as long when your orthodontist is on-site to take care of all your orthodontic needs. You don’t have to wait as long for the orthodontic devices to be made and fitted. And, you don’t have to drive to a different office for adjustments. The time savings can be substantial.

Saves You Money

Because our orthodontist is a member of our dental care team, you save money. How does this work? You need fewer dental appointments because your dentist and orthodontist are located in the same building. You also get the expertise of a trained specialist who doesn’t have to foot the bill for office expenses alone. By combining these services with our full-service dental office, the orthodontist saves money on these expenses and thus doesn’t have to pass the added cost on to you.

Ensures Exceptional Communication with Primary Dentist

Even when you’re working with our in-house orthodontist, there may be times when you need the services of your primary dentist. You’ll also need to have routine checkups and teeth cleanings throughout the orthodontics treatment. Our orthodontist is in the same location as your regular dentist, so communication between them is easier. In addition, face-to-face communications can be much more accurate and beneficial than electronic communications or even phone conversations.

Many Excellent Options for Orthodontic Treatments

Just because your orthodontist is in the same building as your regular dentist, it doesn’t follow that you’ll be limited in options for orthodontic treatments. Our in-house orthodontist can fit you with your selection of braces, whether you choose traditional braces, hidden braces or invisible aligners. You also have options like retainers, headgear, and about any other orthodontics treatment you might need.

Full-Fledged Orthodontist

Our in-house orthodontist is a member of our team, but he or she is also a full-fledged orthodontist in his or her own right. You can count on superb care and treatment just as you would with any orthodontist who practices in his or her own office. Our orthodontist has the skills and training you expect.

Early Orthodontics Treatment for Your Children

Getting a jump on your children’s orthodontic issues can prevent dental problems in the future. With an orthodontist on the premises, it’s convenient to take your children to the dentist without looking for a new professional to take care of your child’s teeth. Your regular dentist can refer your child to our orthodontist for evaluation and treatment if needed. The good news for your child is that he or she doesn’t have to get used to going to a strange place. The same dental team and the same office provide your child with a sense of security and comfort through any orthodontic work needed.

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In-house denturist

22 Sep What to Expect from Your In-House Denturist

Our in-house denturist provides a valuable service to patients who are missing teeth and need some type of denture. Rather than outsourcing the creation of your new dentures, our in-house denturist makes them right here, in our dental office. What can you expect from our denturist? Here are some of the services provided.

Pre-Denture Examination

If you have already lost all your teeth, our in-house denturist can examine your gums using visual and/or digital inspection. In case you still have some of your teeth, our dentist will examine them first to discover any problems that need to be corrected before the denture is fitted. Then, when your mouth is ready to go, our denturist examines your mouth to detect any problems with fitting the dentures and plan for creating the dentures.

Making Impressions

In many dental offices, the dentist makes the impressions of your gums and sends them out to a dental lab. Because we have an in-house denturist, he or she can make the impressions for you. Denturists have specific training in making the impressions. It’s a part of their main job, so you can expect that your dentures will be well-fitted when you receive them.

Preparing to Make the Dentures

Our in-house denturist explains the process of getting dentures and helps you make any necessary decisions. For example, the denturist shows you several different colors to choose from so you can have dentures that look like your natural teeth  or opt for a whiter, brighter color. Also, if you had a slight gap between your front teeth, you can choose whether your dentures will retain that gap or not. People who have the gap because of genetic reasons often like to keep the gap so they will look like their other relatives who have it. Others are happy they will no longer have it.

Creating the Dentures

With all the specification gathered, our denturist goes to work making your dentures. You can expect our denturist to make dentures that fit the shape of your gums and suit your individual tastes you have already stated. He or she uses high-quality materials to make the dentures from and puts them together in a skillful way. If any dental technicians help with the creation of your dentures, the denturist supervises them closely to ensure the best possible quality.

Fitting the Dentures

Once the dentures are made, your denturist can fit them to your mouth. You can expect the denturist to take adequate time to make sure your dentures fit snugly but don’t pinch or irritate your gums. The fitting session usually isn’t very long, but when it is finished, your new dentures should fit well.

Adjustments, Relining and Repairs

Our in-house denturist is also available for other denture services besides making them. He or she makes adjustments as needed before and at any time after you leave our office with them for the first time. Sometimes, after wearing the dentures for a while, they need to be relined. Our denturist can do this in a very short time, right here in our office. He or she can also make certain repairs. This allows you to keep the same dentures after some accidents or after they have worn down due to age. And, if you ever need new dentures in the future, our denturist is always here to help!

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Dental implants

15 Sep Health Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants can improve your smile dramatically. They can make you feel more self-confident and at ease in social situations. You don’t have to worry about them slipping or falling out. And, they are quite possibly the best solution to missing teeth. But dental implants mean more to you than convenience and appearance. They provide many benefits for your health, too. Here are some great things about dental implants beyond the way you look.

Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss

When you have missing teeth, the jaw that would normally support those teeth can begin to deteriorate. Your jawbone can become soft or uneven. Dental implants are the only type of tooth replacement device that can not only prevent bone loss but can even stimulate bone growth.

Allow You to Get the Vitamins and Minerals You Need

Chewing power is a major health advantage over living with missing teeth or even over some other types of tooth replacements. Dental implants work just like real teeth. You can eat hard to bite fruits and vegetables like apples and raw broccoli, both of which are valuable additions to a healthy diet. You get more of the vitamins and minerals you need without taking a vitamin supplement. This is an important point, because getting these micronutrients from whole foods has been proven much more effective than taking them in a pill.

Can Help You Lose Weight

When you first get your dental implants, you might be so excited to eat properly that you overindulge. But eventually, you settle down and get back to a regular diet. When you do, you’ll find that you can eat healthier foods than you could before. Instead of snacking on a dish of fatty, sugary ice cream, you can kick back with a dish of carrot sticks. Rather than having a bowl of macaroni at supper because it doesn’t require much chewing, you can eat a crisp salad instead. Many of our patients report that after they get used to having the implants, they stop relying on soft carbs to fill them up and eat more fruits and vegetables instead. The natural result is often weight loss.

Protect Your Cheeks and Gums

Having a missing tooth opens up a space between your remaining teeth where you can easily catch your cheeks and tongue. If you bite your cheeks, you can cause infections. And, if you bite your tongue, you may need stitches to allow it to stop bleeding and heal properly. Do you have any idea how painful it is to get stitches in your tongue? Ouch! Suffice it to say, it isn’t pleasant!

Avoid Damaging Healthy Teeth

Some of the other solutions to missing teeth cause damage to the healthy teeth surrounding the tooth you lost. For example, if your dentist fits you with a bridge, it can allow you to chew and talk fairly normally. However, to install the bridge, your dentist needs to file down the teeth on each side of the missing teeth. This damages them to a certain extent and leaves them more vulnerable to problems later on. But, with dental implants, your dentist can leave all your other teeth completely intact. The implant takes the place of the root, right where it was originally located in your jaw.

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Dental Emergency

08 Sep Dental Emergency: How to Plan Ahead of it?

You can’t always keep dental emergencies from happening. There are simply too many variables involved. Everyday life poses a number of risks that you can’t avoid. And, although you may take great care of your teeth, you can’t always control your environment. So, what can you do to prepare yourself and your family in case something goes wrong with your teeth or gums? Try these tips now, before a crisis can happen.

Set Up a Dental First Aid Kit

You probably have some sort of first aid kit with bandages, tape, antibiotic ointment and other items you might need if you damage your skin, muscles or bones. But, you might not have a special kit for your dental emergency needs. You can make up a separate dental kit or simply add the items to your medical first aid kit. Here’s what you should have on hand:

  • Medical-grade exam gloves
  • Dental mirror
  • Small flashlight
  • Save-a-Tooth System

A Save-a-Tooth System consists of a special fluid that you can hold in your mouth to keep your tooth and its socket ready for your dentist to re-implant a lost tooth.

  • Temporary filling material
  • Dental wax

This wax can be used to relieve soreness from braces or a chipped tooth.

  • Toothbrush
  • Tweezers
  • Gauze
  • Tea bag

Why do you need a tea bag? It can help stop any bleeding that gauze won’t stop.

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Floss

You can use floss to loosen food or other debris that gets stuck between your teeth. This often relieves the pain.

  • Toothpicks
  • Clove oil

Clove oil can stop pain in the pulp of your tooth.

  • Ice pack
  • Oragel
  • Pain medications

Take Care of Your Teeth Now to Avoid Dental Emergency Later

You can avoid many dental emergencies by taking good care of your teeth. Brush and floss, of course, but also be sure to see your dentist regularly. If you notice any signs of infection, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to avoid complications that might come up outside the dental office hours. When you keep regular appointments, your dentist can often find signs of trouble before they become emergency situations.

Don’t Put Off a Needed Root Canal

If your dentist recommends you have a root canal, don’t put it off until later. A tooth that is badly decayed or damaged is likely to become infected if you don’t allow your dentist to do the root canal necessary to avoid it. And, of course, it’s better to deal with the potential of infection before it becomes a crisis situation.

Wear a Sports Guard

When you wear a sports guard, you can prevent many dental emergencies from happening as you play sports or engage in vigorous activities. Some coaches require you to wear a sports guard, but even if they don’t, it’s best to wear one anyway.

Have Your Dentist’s Information Handy

Keep your dentist’s contact information where you can get to it at a moment’s notice. You can make cards with the details and put them in your wallet, the glove compartment of your car or at your work desk. If you don’t already have a regular dentist, a moment of crisis isn’t the right time to find one. Start looking for a dentist now so you’ll be ready if you need dental care immediately.

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