South Surrey Dentist Gives Patients Tips on How to Maintain Whitening Results at Home

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 | by

Professional whitening treatments are truly amazing. With whitening treatment you can rejuvenate your smile and allow your teeth to shine again. But what should you do after you leave our South Surrey dentist office? How do you keep your smile as bright and sparkling as possible? That’s what we are going to discuss today, so keep reading to get the information you need…

The biggest threats to your teeth are oral bacteria. Bacteria accumulate in your mouth in the form of plaque and tartar. These substances slowly eat away at your healthy oral tissues, causing cavities, gum disease, and dental discoloration.

Here are some things that you can do to keep oral bacteria in check:

· Brush and floss as recommended

· Use a mouth rinse for added protection

· See your dentist as recommended for professional dental cleanings

· Replace your toothbrush every 3 months

The next biggest threat to your bright white teeth is environmental dental staining. These stains come from foods and drinks that we consume. Drinks like coffee, tea, soda, red wine, and red juices can discolor enamel. Using tobacco products will also make your teeth look dirty and turn brown.

To minimize the effects of daily environmental staining you should:

· Avoid staining substances when possible—especially ones that are not good for you body, like soda and tobacco

· Brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water shortly after your teeth are exposed to staining substance

· Use touch-up at-home whitening kits to minimize the appearance of these stains in between dental appointments

By following these simple suggestions, you will keep you smile white and luminous for a long time. To learn more about cosmetic dentistry options, including teeth whitening treatment, give our South Surrey White Rock teeth whitening dentist office a call, or contact us online!

South Surrey White Rock Dentist Reviews How Gum Disease Damages Your Smile and Your Health

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 | by

Gum disease is one of the most insidious dental problems out there. Many patients suffer from gum disease for years before they even realize that they have a problem—and by this point the gum disease has firmly taken root in their oral tissues. Our South Surrey White Rock dentist office believes that early detection and treatment for gum disease is the best way to avoid long-term complications of this disease. So today we are going to talk a little bit more about what gum disease does to your smile….

Gum disease is caused when oral bacteria are able to infect your gum tissue. From your gum tissue this infection may eventually travel to other oral tissues, bone tissue, and to the teeth in your mouth. If you are suffering from gum disease, you may notice…

· Bleeding gums

· Red gum tissue

· Persistent bad breath

· Plaque and tartar build-up along your gum line

If left untreated, gum disease will continue to grow out of control and wreak havoc on your smile. You may suffer from…

· Loose or shifting teeth

· Tooth loss

· Receding gums

· Bone tissue deterioration

Additionally, gum disease has been linked to a number of systemic health problems. Patients with chronic gum disease are more likely to suffer from….

· Heart disease

· Strokes

· High blood pressure

· Diabetes

In order to prevent these health issues, it is important that you follow a diligent daily dental hygiene routine at home, and additionally complete professional dental cleanings at least twice a year (or as recommended by your dentist).

If you do notice any signs of gum disease, let your dentist know right away. Gum disease is easiest to treat in its beginning stages. If we can treat it when it arises, you will be much less likely to suffer from lasting complications of this condition.

To learn more, feel free to contact our White Rock South Surrey dentist office today!

South Surrey White Rock Dental Implant Dentist Explains how the Different Parts of the Dental Implant Work

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | by

Dental implant replacement teeth are natural looking and feeling dental restorations. If you have lost a tooth, you may want to use a dental implant rather than dentures or bridges. Today, our White Rock dental implant dentist is going to outline the structure of a dental implant, so that you can better understand how these replacement teeth function. Get the information you need below!

When your dental implant is complete, all you will see is a white, natural-looking replacement tooth sitting above your gum line. However, the totality of the dental implant is more complicated than this one restoration.

The implant begins with a root—meant to take the place of your missing natural tooth root. The implant root is made out of titanium, because titanium bonds to natural bone. So once your implant root is surgically inserted, it will form a stable foundation for the rest of your implant.

The abutment piece is used to connect your implant root with your visible dental restoration. Basically, this piece holds the root and the restoration in place while allowing enough flexibility to allow you to chew without the implant snapping. This piece will be added right before your restoration is attached.

Now we already mentioned the dental restoration that caps off the dental implant, but there are a few more things you should know. Importantly, every restoration is colored and shaped to match each patient’s dental enamel. They are also designed to hold up to the rigor of every day life. So you can eat your favorite foods and speak easily with your completed dental implant.

If you think you may benefit from dental implant treatment, our South Surrey White Rock dentist is here to answer all of your questions. Give us a call to get started today—our dentist really can restore your smile after tooth loss!

South Surrey White Rock Dentist Reviews How Composite Resin Fillings Are Used to Repair Teeth

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 | by

When a patient has an existing cavity, our dentist needs to remove the damaged material and restore the tooth. Generally all it takes to restore a smile post-treatment is a simple dental filling. But what kind of filling is right for you? Our South Surrey White Rock dentist office is here to help you figure it out!

Traditionally, there was only one option when it came to dental fillings—metallic amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings are made of a number of combined metals, which generally includes mercury. Amalgam fillings effectively seal teeth, but they have a number of disadvantages:

· Amalgam fillings can expand and contract in response to hot or cold temperatures. Over time this may put strain on your surrounding tooth material, and lead to cracking or chipping.

· Because metallic fillings are not white, they give the treated tooth a generally dark and gray appearance.

· Over time metallic fillings can leach into the surrounding natural tooth structure.

The preferable alternative to amalgam fillings is white composite fillings. These fillings are made of white composite resin—so your final fillings will blend with natural dental enamel. Once your filling is applied your tooth will look white, healthy, and fresh!

Unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings are not heat-reactive, so they do not strain healthy dental enamel. They are also designed to hold up to the wear and tear of daily life—you will be able to eat, drink, and speak normally with your composite fillings!

Whether you have a cavity right now, or you have amalgam fillings that you would like replaced, we are here to help you achieve your dental goals. Feel free to call our South Surrey White Rock dentist office to get started. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you achieve a healthy and happy smile.

South Surrey White Rock Root Canal Dentist Explains the Basics of Root Canal Therapy

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 | by

Whether you have undergone this procedure or not, you have probably already heard of root canal therapy. This treatment is often feared by new patients, but the truth is that, thanks to modern dentistry, root canal therapy is more comfortable and stress-free than ever before. Today we are explaining how we perform root canals in our South Surrey White Rock dentist office, so read on to get more information!

Root canal therapy is designed to save teeth that are severely damaged or infected. Each one of your teeth has two protective layers—the dental enamel and the dentin—that shield the inner core of your tooth. If a cavity wears through your dental enamel and dentin, the core of your tooth will become infected. The inner core of your tooth is filled with nerves, blood vessels, and tissue, so once this material is exposed, you will probably experience significant pain.

If left untreated, this infection can progress to other teeth, bone tissue, and gum tissue. Root canal therapy prevents these complications.

During root canal therapy our dentist

· Clears away the infected dental material, including the infected and damaged dental pulp

· Once all of this material is cleared away down through the dental roots, we will sterilize the inside of your tooth

· Then we reseal the tooth with a dental restoration

At the end of root canal therapy, you are left with a tooth that is stable, functional, and healthy looking again. This treatment can save your damaged tooth, and prevent tooth loss. Don’t hesitate to seek prompt treatment if you notice serious dental problems in your own smile.

If you want to learn more about how root canal therapy works, give our South Surrey root canal dentist office a call to get started. We can walk you through the process and help you get the care you need.

South Surrey Dental Implant Dentist Explains How Dental Implants Work

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 | by

If you are suffering from tooth loss, it is very important that you see a dentist to get the restorative treatment you need. The truth is that premature tooth loss not only damages the appearance of your smile, it also degrades your dental health. Our South Surrey/White Rock dentist office provides patients with effective, personalized replacement teeth. Today we are talking about one of those options, dental implants.

Q: What are dental implants?
A: Dental implants are free standing replacement teeth that are designed to look and feel just like natural teeth. Our dentist surgically implants dental implants in the patient’s jawbone to ground the dental restorations.

Q: What are dental implants made out of?

A: A dental implant is actually comprised of three distinct parts. The dental root is made of titanium—this part of the implant is embedded into the jawbone’s tissue. The visible dental restoration is made of porcelain so that it can be shaped and shaded to suit your specific smile. A piece called the abutment connects the dental root and the visible restoration.

Q: How long does the dental implant treatment process take?

A: The dental implant placement process is multi-phased, and the entire process generally takes a few months. The first step of dental implant placement is to insert the titanium root into the jawbone. We then leave the surgical site alone for a month or two, so that it can heal. Once you have recuperated, we will complete your dental implant by attaching the abutment and porcelain restoration.

Do you have more questions about dental implants that you don’t see answered here? If so, feel free to call our South Surrey/White Rock cosmetic dentists to get more information or to schedule your own appointment! We can help you restore the structural integrity and the appearance of your smile with this revolutionary treatment!

South Surrey White Rock Veneers Dentist Explains How Dental Veneers Transform Unsightly Teeth

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 | by

When Cheri came in to our South Surrey White Rock cosmetic dentist office, she was ready to improve the appearance of her teeth. After years of avoiding cosmetic care, Cheri wanted to enhance her smile in time for her daughter’s wedding. How did we help Cheri achieve her dental goals?

Our dentist recommended dental veneers for Cheri’s smile. Cheri was actually suffering from three common cosmetic complaints—stained dental enamel, crooked teeth, and a few small cracks in her enamel. Veneers allowed Cheri to correct all of these problems at once!

Porcelain veneers are designed to completely cover your existing teeth. Consequently, they are able to completely transform your smile in one quick step.

Porcelain veneers are designed to…

· Make crooked and misaligned teeth appear straighter

· Close gaps and spaces between teeth

· Whiten the appearance of dark, stained, or dull teeth

· Cover cracks and chips in the dental enamel

· Widen the appearance of a narrow smile

Because Cheri had veneers strategically placed on some of her teeth, rather than covering her entire smile with veneers, we shaded her veneers to match her natural smile. Once we placed her cosmetic veneers, her smile looked perfected, natural, and balanced.

One major advantage of veneers over other treatment options is that the veneer’s treatment process is quite fast. Because Cheri was improving her smile for her daughter’s wedding, she needed a fast cosmetic solution! We were able to complete Cheri’s treatment process in just three appointments.

Cheri is thrilled with her post-veneers teeth, and she was able to smile confidently in the wedding pictures! If you, like Cheri, want to improve the appearance of your teeth, our South Surrey/White Rock veneers dentist office is here to help you. Feel free to give us a call for more information or to schedule your appointment—we look forward to working with you!

South Surrey White Rock Dentist Reviews the Basics of Professional Dental Care

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 | by

A solid dental health plan involves combining daily at-home dental care with professional dental treatments. It takes both the patient and the dentist to keep a smile bright and healthy long-term. Today we’re going to be talking about how exactly professional dental care benefits your dental and overall health. Our South Surrey White Rock dentist has put together this brief explanation for you!

The American Dental Association suggests that every patient have a professional dental cleaning about every six months. Regularly scheduled dental appointments help you stay on track with a healthy smile, and they allow your dentist to accurately assess any changes in your dental health.

When you have a professional dental cleaning, you’re receiving a deeper, more thorough clean than you’d bet by brushing and flossing alone. Only a dentist can remove calcified plaque from your teeth—commonly referred to as tartar. And tartar is a primary cause of dental cavities and gum disease.

Along with an effective oral cleaning, our dentist will perform an oral cancer screening at your appointment. Early signs of oral cancers can be difficult for patients to spot themselves, which is why it’s so important for your dentist to see you regularly.

Dental appointments also allow our dentist to spot any signs of gum disease and dental decay before they become too serious. Gum disease, for example, is reversible with proper dental care when it’s caught in its earliest stage—called gingivitis.

We understand that many patients of all ages feel a good amount of anxiety when contemplating dental treatment. We want to assure you that our dental team is here to help you, and we’ll do everything we can to keep you at ease during treatment. Give our White Rock dentist office a call to schedule your appointment and get started today!

South Surrey White Rock Teeth Whitening Dentist Reviews Some of the Different Types of Dental Discoloration

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 | by

Many patients notice that their teeth begin to look darker or stained as they age. However, not all types of dental discoloration are the same, and it’s important to understand what type of discoloration you have so that you can find a cosmetic treatment that works for you! Today our White Rock teeth whitening dentist office has put together this explanation of some of the different types of dental discoloration. Read on to get more information…

When we’re young, our teeth appear white and bright because we have young, thick dental enamel. Dental discoloration, therefore, results when your dental enamel changes.

1. Your enamel may change in that it collects stains from environmental factors, and specific food/drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine. These stains are extrinsic stains, because they exist on the outside of the tooth. Extrinsic stains are usually very receptive to professional dental whitening treatments, which lift stains off of the enamel.

2. Sometimes teeth appear dark or discolored because a patient’s dental enamel has started to thin. As your teeth age the dental enamel will diminish due to normal dental wear and tear. Consequently, the dentin (the tooth layer below the enamel) begins to show through the surface of the tooth. Dentin is a darker color than enamel, and consequently your teeth my start to look dark. This is an intrinsic source of discoloration, because the dark color comes from within the tooth.

3. As dental enamel wears down it develops micro-cracks and chips. These cracks and chips make enamel more prone to extrinsic staining than young enamel. So as you age you may actually experience a double whammy of increased extrinsic and intrinsic staining.

Our South Surrey White Rock teeth whitening dentist office will help you determine what kind of cosmetic treatment is right for your specific type of dental discoloration. Give our dentist office a call to get started!

South Surrey White Rock Sedation Dentist Explains What Sedation Dentistry is Used For

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 | by

It’s so common for patients to feel anxiety or fear when they come into the dentist’s office, but you can’t let this anxiety keep you from the smile you deserve. Our South Surrey White Rock dentist office is proud to offer sedation dentistry services to help anxious patients get the treatments they need when they need them. So who can benefit from sedation services? Read on to find out…

Sedation dentistry treatments are designed to make dental treatment more pleasant and comfortable for patients undergoing routine or extensive dental procedures. If you see yourself in any of these patients, sedation dentistry may be right for you…

1. The patient who suffers from dental fear

Some patients have had bad experiences with dentists, many times in childhood. This can lead to dental fear in adulthood. Sedation dentistry can help to calm anxious patients in order to get them in the dentist’s chair, getting the dental care they need.

2. The patients who is sensitive to dental treatment

If you have sensitive teeth, or you experience considerable pain during dental treatment, sedation dentistry treatments can help you stay comfortable throughout treatment. Our dental team can help you decide what type of sedation dentistry is right for your needs.

3. The patient undergoing extensive dental treatment

If you’re planning to have extensive reconstructive or cosmetic dentistry procedures, you’ll probably benefit from sedation dental services. Sedation dentistry will keep you comfortable during dental treatment, and it will allow you to undergo lengthier dental treatments without becoming stressed or fatigued.

Do you see yourself represented in this list? If so, you may want to learn more about sedation dentistry and what it can do for you! Give our South Surrey sedation dentist office a call to get started today. We look forward to meeting you and helping you get the dental care you deserve without fear and anxiety.