Everything You Need to Know About Tooth Bonding
September 6, 2022 / DENTISTRY
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No matter how careful and attentive we are, accidents happen and unfortunately these accidents often involve damage to the teeth like cracks, chips, or breakage. Chips and cracks can happen through sports, biting down on something hard, or simply through tooth weakening or decay that occurs over the years.
A damaged tooth does not always require invasive, uncomfortable, and expensive treatments. As is the case with most dental problems, if you act fast and see your dentist regularly, chips and cracks in the tooth can often be treated using minimally invasive procedures like tooth bonding.
What is tooth bonding?
To repair minor chips and cracks, the cosmetic dentistry team at Lawrence Avenue Dental will use a composite resin material (the same material used in tooth-coloured cavity fillings). One of the main benefits of this material is that it can be custom-made to match the precise colour of your natural teeth.
How does tooth bonding work?
First, your cosmetic dentist will remove any decay and clean the tooth. Then they will apply the composite material in layers to replicate the appearance of natural tooth enamel. The material is then shaped to match the rest of the tooth and cured under a special light to make sure its strong and solid. The last step is to polish the tooth, and then you’re free to leave! All of this can be accomplished in a single visit.
After the repair
Once you’ve gone through the process of repairing a broken tooth, it’s important to amplify your oral hygiene routine and protect your teeth as much as possible.
If you’re into sports, wear a mouthguard. A hockey puck or baseball to the teeth is a common cause of chips or cracks.
If you don’t have a thorough, consistent home-based oral hygiene routine that includes twice daily brushing and regular flossing, it’s time to start. Teeth with thin or decayed enamel are much more likely to chip or crack when an injury occurs compared to teeth that are strong and healthy. Luckily, decay can often be reversed if caught early, and you can prevent it from getting worse by taking good care of your teeth. It’s also extremely important to continue with regular dental visits to give your dentist and team the chance to ensure the tooth repair is holding up well, and to identify any areas likely to chip or crack in the future.
If you have a cracked or chipped tooth and are interested in learning more about dental bonding, call our team today. We’ll schedule an appointment to assess your condition and determine a treatment plan that works for your unique situation.
The 5 Most Common and Effective Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
August 5, 2022 / DENTISTRY
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It’s important to be happy with your smile. It’s one of the first things people notice about you and it can impact your self-confidence which influences every element of your personal and professional lives.
As cosmetic dentistry improves and advances, there are more and more options available for people looking to improve the look and function of their smile. Here are the five most common cosmetic dentistry treatments provided by your Toronto cosmetic dentist.
1. Dental veneers
Veneers are a common treatment used to repair teeth that are crooked, too far apart, stained or unnaturally shaped. They are made from porcelain and placed over the natural tooth. Depending on the amount of enamel under the veneer, they can last anywhere from 5-15 years.
2. Composite fillings
Remember those dark, shiny, metal fillings used to correct cavities? While they’re still in use, there are now alternatives that look much more natural. Composite fillings are made using a composite resin that can be colour-matched to your natural teeth, making them nearly invisible to the naked eye.
While these fillings are more esthetically pleasing, it should be noted that they are not as durable or long-lasting as traditional metal fillings.
3. Professional whitening treatments
While the whitening strips you can purchase at the pharmacy do have their place, nothing replaces the results of having your teeth professionally whitened. Whitening removes stains inside and outside your teeth and can lighten their colour 5-10 shades in a single visit with your cosmetic dentist. Each session takes about 30-60 minutes, and the results usually last about a year.
4. Dental crowns
Dental crowns are a common and effective treatment to correct broken or damaged teeth. Crowns completely encapsulate the natural tooth and are custom made to match the shape, size, and colour of your natural teeth. Dental crowns are usually made of porcelain as it most closely matches the appearance of the natural teeth. Dental crowns are cemented to the natural tooth or a dental implant, and if properly cared-for they can last up to 15 years.
5. Dental implants
Dental implants are one of the most common solutions for missing teeth because they are effective, permanent, and easy to care for. Dental implants essentially act as a replacement for the root of the tooth. They look like a screw that is surgically embedded into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. Once the implant is given time to heal, the dentist will install a custom-made crown that will act as the tooth replacement. Patients must have enough bone density in their jaw to sustain a dental implant to be a candidate for this treatment option.
If you’re unhappy with the look of your smile and are considering cosmetic dentistry, call Lawrence Avenue Dental in Toronto today. We’ll schedule a time to assess your situation and discuss the treatment options that best meet your needs.
Handling Dental Emergencies with a Clear Head
July 7, 2022 / DENTISTRY
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Tips from your Lawrence Avenue Dental experts to help you avoid panic in dental emergencies
There’s nothing like that feeling of panic when you, or maybe even your child, has chipped a tooth, lost a crown or, worst-case scenario, has broken a jaw. Whether you feel pain in the moment or not, dental emergencies do happen and they should be addressed quickly to avoid potentially larger issues.
Here are some common dental emergencies and recommendations on how to proceed. Please note that these are just general guidelines… you should always consult your family dentist in person or seek emergency care if you are unsure, concerned or in significant pain.
Toothache: A general toothache may not be considered an emergency, but we recommend getting into your East Toronto family dentist as soon as possible to determine the underlying factor behind the pain. If you have a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water and ensure no food particles are stuck between the teeth. If you are still experiencing pain, you’ll want to make an appointment to address any small problems before they get too big.
Chipped, Cracked or Broken Tooth: If you can, find and keep any pieces that have separated from the tooth and bring with you to your appointment. While a chip or broken tooth is easy to diagnose, a crack is often not visible, even in an x-ray, but your dental team will be able to identify based on the symptoms you report. The fixes for chipped and broken teeth can range depending on location and severity, but may include a crown if the enamel and/or dentin of the tooth has been compromised; root canal therapy; or extraction.
Lost Tooth: If your tooth happens to fall out, or is knocked out, don’t panic. If you can find the tooth, rinse thoroughly in water and place back in the socket if possible. The key is to keep the tooth from drying out. Next, get to a dentist within a half-hour if possible. The longer you wait, the less success you will have in re-attaching the tooth. If re-attachment is not an option, your family dentist at Lawrence Avenue Dental will discuss next steps and options to rebuild your smile.
Lost Filling: This can be quite common and can cause significant pain if the root of the tooth is exposed. Until you can get to a dentist to replace the filling, we suggest placing a piece of softened sugarless gum in the spot to protect the area from the elements that could cause pain.
Gum Abscess: If you notice a yellow, red or clear pimple-like substance on your gums, it could mean an infection or a gum abscess. You’ll want to take note and get to a dentist to have it checked out. Do NOT attempt to pop the abscess as you could do further damage and spread the infection within the mouth. You should keep brushing and flossing as normal.
Broken Jaw: Likely the most panic-inducing emergency for anyone is a broken jaw. If you suspect a broken jaw because of pain, bruising, swelling or a recent injury to the area, apply ice or a cold compress to minimize swelling. Never apply heat as it will only exasperate the situation. Call your Lawrence Avenue Dental team immediately or go to emergency if it is causing significant pain.
If you want a team that cares about your dental health as much as you do, give Lawrence Avenue Dental a call. We are a family dental practice located at Lawrence Avenue and DVP that treats people of all ages.
TMJ – Symptoms, treatment and dental tips by your East Toronto Dentist
April 15, 2022 / DENTISTRY
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What is TMJ
TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, which is found on either side of your head where your jawbone meets your skull. This joint is required for everyday activities like eating, swallowing and talking. When someone consistently and excessively grinds their teeth or clenches their jaw, they often feel pain in their temporomandibular joint. This pain can cause very severe tension and headaches as well.
Botox to relieve TMJ Pain
Something that many people don’t know is that by getting Botox it can be a way to help decrease pain in the TMJ. General dentists at Lawrence Avenue Dental have found Botox therapeutics to be a very useful tool in their dental office to treat patients suffering from TMJ and other oral pain that results in symptoms like headaches, clenching or grinding and sleep bruxism. Botox therapeutics help to relieve tension in your jaw, it accomplishes this by making it so that the muscles can’t engage in the powerful, yet unconscious movement of the jaw, which is what encourages headaches and pain. When you receive Botox from your dentist in East Toronto, you will witness significant improvement in pain, function, and ability to open your mouth.
Since this is a relatively new treatment in the dental world a lot of patients are new to the idea of Botox to relieve pressure caused from constant grinding or clenching.
Let’s start with the procedure and recovery. Some things to expect:
Dr. Lily Lo, your dentist in East Toronto will sort out with you how many injections you will be requiring.
The injections will be given throughout your facial muscles, which cause very little discomfort. It is recommended that you treat your injections with an ice pack after treatment.
Your daily activities are not affected as you can get right back to your routine once you leave your TMJ Botox appointment from your general dentist. It is recommended that you do not rub or massage your face for a few hours following.
You’ll notice improvements as soon as one to two days following treatment, but it can take up to several days before you witness the biggest difference.
Treatment lasts about 3-4 months before you may feel like you need to visit your dentist at Lawrence Avenue Dental for another round of TMJ Botox.
For further information about this treatment, schedule an appointment with your general dentist to figure out what options are best for you as you navigate eliminating your TMJ pain. Lawrence Avenue Dental is welcoming new patient and emergencies. Call us today.
Porcelain Veneers Toronto – A Dental Restoration Solution
January 11, 2022 / DENTAL VENEERS
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Dental porcelain laminates also called Porcelain Veneers are customized, wafer-thin shells of tooth-colored composites designed to cover the exteriors of teeth. In simple terms, it is used to improve the overall appearance of your mouth.
Many people are afraid to smile since they are embarrassed by their teeth structure. Whether it is an interview, the first date, or simply a group photo, people are insecure about how they look. Cosmetic dentistry is intended to assist such kind of people, helping them regain their lost confidence. If it is gaps in your smile, cracks, damage, or tooth discoloration, Porcelain Veneers can provide an excellent solution.
What are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain Veneers are thin, small shells composed of medical-grade ceramics that are attached to the front of the teeth with an objective of instant smile transformation. The veneers hide any tooth crack, chipped teeth, or discoloration, thus boosting self-confidence. Getting a dental veneer typically requires 2-3 appointments – one for the consultation and the rest to make and apply the veneers. Multiple teeth can simultaneously undergo this dental procedure.
The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
Keep more natural tooth structure
Once the enamel of your teeth is removed, it is gone for good. Veneers act as a shield that protects the enamel from external forces. It is a non-invasive procedure that doesn’t require you to undergo local anesthesia. It helps in keeping the natural tooth structure intact while enhancing the beauty of your smile.
Covers cracks, chips, and discoloration
Porcelain Veneers can easily fix small dental cosmetic issues that are visible when you talk or smile. It is only after the consultation that the dentist is able to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for dental veneers. For instance, your dentist will recommend you veneers if there is a slight gap between your front teeth or there is chipped front teeth due to a childhood injury. However, if your tooth is fragile than expected, the dentist may suggest you other dental cosmetic procedure to restore your smile.
Unlike resin composite, porcelain provides a long-lasting, stain-free solution to your teeth. Given that you take proper care, dental veneers can last for more than a decade. It also safeguards your teeth from coming in contact with acid and plaque, which can cause tooth decay and discoloration.
Easy to maintain
Dental veneers are easy to maintain as compared to other dental cosmetic solutions. You can take care of your veneers the same way you take care of your natural teeth – brush twice a day. Moreover, flossing will help in reducing plaque and tartar buildup. However, you are advised to schedule a regular checkup with your dentist in order to safeguard the possibilities of your dental veneers remain intact, offering a healthy natural smile.
Porcelain Veneers Toronto
Dental veneers are much less invasive as compared to other dental restoration procedures like dental crowns. It only requires the removal of a small portion of the enamel from the front to create room for the veneers.
Talk with our Lawrence Avenue Dental team and we will answer all your questions, on porcelain veneers toronto, so you can make the decision that’s right for you.
Our office welcomes families of all ages. We are conveniently located at 1200 Lawrence Avenue in Toronto, just a short distance away from the DVP and Lawrence Avenue. Call us at 416.444.9045 to schedule your dental appointment or with any questions. Your visits make us smile!
Straight Teeth Are Healthier Teeth
November 15, 2021 / INVISALIGN
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A straight bite is good for more than just your appearance. While straight teeth are often something people strive for in order to make themselves look better and increase their confidence level, a straight bite also helps with your overall wellbeing.
Your teeth are made to fit together in a certain way to help them function properly when you eat, drink, smile and chew. When your teeth are misaligned, this can impact all these activities and lead to a range of problems with your oral health.
Here is how straight teeth contribute to your overall health and wellness:
- Straight teeth are easier to clean. When teeth are aligned, it’s less complicated to remove plaque, as there are fewer nooks and crannies for dirt and bacteria to hide. The buildup of plaque can lead to cavities, so removing it regularly is important to keeping your teeth, and the rest of your body, healthy.
- Protruding teeth and misaligned bites are more likely to be injured. This makes people more prone to chipping, clenching and grinding, which can cause premature wear-and-tear on the teeth, cracking, headaches, and jaw and neck pain.
- When your bite doesn’t line up as it should, it can be difficult to speak properly, or to chew food efficiently and comfortably.
Today, there are many more choices for people with misaligned teeth than there were in the past. Your dentist in Toronto’s East End offers options like Invisalign to help straighten your teeth in a way that is less invasive, more comfortable, and more visually pleasing than the metal braces you might remember from decades past.
Just like the name implies, Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible. The wearer will know they’re there, but if you choose Invisalign you won’t have to worry about walking into your next class or meeting with a mouth full of shiny metal. Invisalign aligners are also more comfortable than standard braces because they can easily be removed for eating or cleaning.
If you have crooked or protruding teeth or a misaligned bite, call Dr. Lily Lo and team at Lawrence Avenue Dental today. We’ll schedule an appointment to assess the state of your teeth and your bite and discuss the various options available to reposition your teeth in a way that’s comfortable, affordable, and leaves you feeling happy and confident.
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