Abbotsford Root Canal Dentist Offers Restorative Treatments To Transform Smiles

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 |

Let’s be honest, despite our best efforts, sometimes our smiles sustain damage and need to be restored. Luckily, our Abbotsford dentist office offers the treatments that you need to regain a healthy, happy smile. In cases of serious dental damage, our dental team uses root canal therapy to save decimated teeth. Keep reading to learn more…

What is root canal therapy?

As you may already know, root canal therapy is a restorative dental treatment that is designed to save unstable teeth. This treatment involves clearing away the inner core of the tooth, and then filling and capping the tooth with dental-grade materials. Basically, root canal therapy makes sure that your tooth is still standing and functional despite preexisting damage.

Is root canal therapy right for me?

Your dentist is going to be able to tell you whether your tooth can benefit from root canal therapy. A thorough dental examination will allow your dental team to assess the extent of your dental damage. In general however, if your tooth is so damaged that the inner core of your dental structure is affected, you may need root canal therapy.

This can happen when:

· A cavity moves through the dental enamel, to the dentin, and finally to the inner dental core

· Your tooth is fracture in a dental accident, exposing the inner dental core

· Bruxism (chronic dental grinding) leads to dental fracture

· Rampant gum disease infects the tooth from the dental root up

Whatever you do, do not avoid root canal therapy if you have been told it is necessary. This will inevitably lead to further dental infection and deterioration.

Our Abbotsford dentist is here to answer your questions and give you the details you need about root canal treatment. Just contact our office to start moving forward toward the healthy smile you deserve.

Abbotsford Cosmetic Dentist Explains The Basics Of The Dental Implant Root

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 |

One of the greatest threats to your dental health is premature tooth loss. In order to preserve your oral health (and the appearance of your smile) after tooth loss, it is vital that you find a replacement tooth treatment that works for you. Our Abbotsford cosmetic dentist is here to tell you more about one of your restorative options—dental implant treatment.

The dental implant is a unique replacement tooth that is designed to mimic a natural tooth.

· Dental implants are able to stand alone in the mouth—they require no adhesive, and they do not need to be attached to neighboring teeth

· Dental implants are permanent replacement teeth, so once they are in place they are not removable

· Dental implants are comprised of three different pieces—the restoration, the abutment, and the dental implant root

The dental implant root is a crucial component of the dental implant. The root is what allows this replacement tooth to act like a natural tooth, rather than simply sitting on top of the gum line.

Here are some key facts to know about the dental implant root:

· It is made of titanium

· It is shaped like a small, thin screw

· Our dentists surgically insert the implant root as the first step of dental implant treatment

· Once the dental implant root is in place, it begins to bond with your natural bone tissue

· Consequently, the dental implant root helps to keep your bone tissue strong and dense

The dental implant root is what sets dental implants apart from other tooth replacement options like dentures and bridges. Many patients are choosing implants because they are so long lasting, natural seeming, and simple to maintain.

Want to learn more? Our Abbotsford cosmetic dentist office can answer any questions you may have!

Abbotsford Teeth Whitening Dentist Answers Your Questions About Dental Enamel Staining

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 |

Teeth whitening treatments are designed to take stained teeth and make them look refreshed, whitened, and rejuvenated. These treatments are very simple, fast, and effective. Do you want to learn more about dental discoloration and the corresponding treatments? If so, keep reading, because our Abbotsford teeth whitening dentist is here to give you the information that you need.

Dental discoloration has many causes, and you may be surprised to learn that not all of them are within a patient’s control.

Some patients have dental discoloration built into their teeth, because they were exposed to staining substances as their teeth were forming—this is the case with dental fluorosis and tetracycline staining.

Your tooth may also look dark or discolored if your inner tooth is damaged in some way. If you sustain a dental injury, and your dental core is damaged, your tooth may look dark and “dead.”

One of the most common causes of dental discoloration is environmental staining. Environmental stains accumulate when discoloring substances come in contact with your dental enamel. You probably consume many staining substances already: coffee, tea, red wine, cola, chocolate, red sauces, and berries. These stains accumulate over time, and can intensify with age.

The good news for patients with these problems is that our Abbotsford dentist office is here to help you turn back the clock with high-quality cosmetic dentistry treatments. Generally, the first dental treatment that we recommend for patients with discoloration is professional dental whitening. For patients with enamel that is resistant to whitening formulations, we can enhance the patients’ smiles with restorative dental veneers.

No matter what the current state of your smile, our dentist can help you reclaim a smile that you love. Give our dental office a call to get started on your path to a stunning smile—we are here to help you!

Abbotsford Dental Implant Dentist Explains How We Insert and Complete Dental Implants

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 |

When you lose a tooth prematurely, your mouth is immediately put at risk for dental decay and further dental damage. The best thing that you can do for your smile is to seek professional dental care, and find a restorative dental treatment that works for your smile. Our Abbotsford dental implant dentist is going to walk you through the process for receiving dental implants.

Because dental implants are replacement teeth that are grounded in a patient’s jawbone, the first thing that our dental team will do is to assess your mouth to establish if you are a candidate for dental implant treatment. If your bone tissue and gum tissue are healthy enough for treatment, we will move on to inserting your implant root. If you have diminished bone density or gum health, you may need to complete preliminary restorative treatments before we can move on to inserting your dental implant.

The next step of treatment involves placing the foundation of your dental implant. Our dentist will place a small titanium root into your jawbone. This titanium root will bond with your natural bone over time, so it will support your smile as a tooth root would.

After the implant root has had time to heal and stabilize, it is time for us to place the dental restoration on top of the root. The dental restoration is held in place by a small piece called the abutment. Once this process is complete, you will have a replacement tooth that is stable like a natural tooth, and also natural looking.

Dental implants allow patients to enjoy healthy, stunning smiles even after tooth loss. Please feel free to call our Abbotsford cosmetic dentist office to get the information you need in order to keep your smile in tiptop shape. We look forward to meeting you!

Abbotsford Veneers Dentist Provides Answers to Common Questions About Cosmetic Veneers

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 |

If you don’t feel proud of your smile, it can affect your entire life. The good news is that cosmetic dentistry treatment can help you reclaim an attractive smile and strong self-esteem. One popular treatment option is dental veneers treatment. Let’s learn a little bit more from our Abbotsford veneers dentist about how veneers help patients.

Q: How big are dental veneers?

A: The size of your dental veneers will depend on what you are trying to correct about your smile, and how large your natural teeth are. Our team will ensure that your dental veneers will look natural and proportionate to your natural teeth.

Q: Are dental veneers right for me?

A: Dental veneers may be a viable option for you if you are interested in changing any of these common cosmetic problems

· Teeth that are spaced too far apart

· Dental enamel that is dull or stained

· Poorly proportioned and shaped teeth

· Damaged or broken teeth

· Narrow smiles

The best way for you to find out if you can benefit from veneers is to contact a professional dentist and have a proper evaluation.

Q: How many dental veneers can be used at one time?

A: You can choose to correct anywhere from one tooth to your entire smile with dental veneers. During you cosmetic dentistry assessment, our dentist can give you a better idea of how many dental veneers would be necessary to improve the appearance of you smile.

If you are ready to take the next steps to improving the appearance of your smile, our Abbotsford veneers dentist office is here to give you the information and the support that you need. Our friendly dental team is easy to reach either by phone or through our inquiries page on our website. We look forward to meeting you!

Abbotsford Teeth Whitening Dentist Reviews Why Teeth Become Discolored

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 |

If you have ever looked in the mirror and noticed that your smile is losing some of its luster, you’re not alone. Dental discoloration is one of the most common complains that adult patients have. The good news is that there are very effective treatments that can enhance the appearance of your smile.

Today our Abbotsford teeth whitening dentists are explaining how, exactly, dental discoloration develops. There are several causes of dental staining, and many of these causes actually complicate each other.

Let’s start with the structure of the tooth, and how this structure can contribute to dental staining. A healthy tooth has a strong, thick layer of dental enamel that protects the tooth as whole. This enamel is white and luminous.

However, as the tooth ages, the enamel begins to thin due to abrasive substances and oral acid. Thinner dental enamel shows more of yellow dentin, which is the second layer of the tooth. Consequently, your tooth may begin to look darker or yellower due to diminished dental enamel.

Older or chipped dental enamel is also more susceptible to environmental staining. So certain foods and drinks can deposit color onto your dental enamel, thus making your teeth look dark or streaked. Some of these substances are quite common, like red wine, coffee, tea, cola, tomato sauce, berries, and chocolate.

No matter what the cause of your dental discoloration, there are steps that you can take to improve the appearance of your smile. Professional whitening treatments can restore your dental enamel to its original whiteness. Dental veneers are especially effective for lightening teeth that have been resistant to professional bleaching treatments.

Our Abbotsford teeth whitening dentist office will give you even more information about your treatment options during your first consultation. Give our office a call, or submit your question online to learn more.

Abbotsford Cosmetic Dentist Explains How We Can Improve Your Smile

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 |

When you come in to meet with our Abbotsford cosmetic dentist, we will ask you a number of questions about how you feel about your smile. We believe that every person deserves to have a smile that makes him or her feel great. The good news is that we offer a number of different cosmetic dental treatments to help make your ideal smile a reality.

Let’s say, for example, that you are suffering from the very common problem of dental staining and discoloration. Your enamel may change color because it has accumulated environmental stains, or because your enamel itself is weakening and thus looking dull and dark. No matter what the cause, we can help you reclaim a bright smile. Teeth whitening treatment is highly effective against environmental stains. Teeth that do not respond to whitening treatments often benefit from dental bonding and dental veneers.

On the other hand, if you have irregularly sized teeth, there are things that our dental team can do to give your smile a more balanced appearance. Dental contouring and gum contouring treatments will refine the proportions of your smile quickly and comfortably. Many patients choose contouring treatments because these options do not require a lengthy recovery period post-treatment. Dental veneers can also make small teeth appear larger, and close gaps between teeth. Veneers are crafted of natural-looking and luminous porcelain, so you will love the final look of your smile.

This is just a sampling of what our dental team can accomplish with modern dental technologies and techniques. Are you ready to learn more? Our Abbotsford dentist office can give you all the information you need in order to make the best decision for your personal smile. We look forward to working with you to achieve a smile that makes you feel happy and confident.

Abbotsford Dentist Helps Patients Enhance Oral Health Even While Ill

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 |

Did you know that your oral health and your overall wellbeing are closely connected? This can affect your daily life in a number of ways—today we are going to be talking about what happens to your mouth when you are sick. We hope that this explanation from our Abbotsford dentist will help you maintain your oral health, even when you are not feeling well!

Your immune system is responsible for keeping your body healthy. However, your immune system has a finite amount of energy to expend. So if you are already battling an illness, your immune system may be less able to neutralize oral bacteria and infections.

One way that your immune system may become suppressed is if you are suffering from a chronic illness. Diabetes, for example, can tax your immune system and make it more difficult for your body to fight new infections. Over time, this can lead to increased instances of cavities and gum disease.

To take care of your smile, talk to your dentist about whether you should be augmenting your current dental routine with any additional steps. Many patients with chronic conditions benefit from professional dental cleanings more than two times a year. There may also be specific oral tools and product formulations that will enhance your oral health.

Head colds and short-term illnesses may also lead to bacterial build up in your mouth. Make sure that when you are sick you are flossing as recommended, and brushing at least twice a day (studies show that colds actually abate faster when patients brush more than two times a day!). You also want to switch your toothbrush after an illness, as your toothbrush may harbor bacteria.

Keep in mind that your oral health may change in relation to your overall wellbeing. If you want more information about proactive steps that you can take to keep your smile healthy, please contact our Abbotsford dentist!

Abbotsford Dentist Uses Gum Contouring Treatment to Improve Smiles

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 |

The different components of your mouth all work together to project the appearance of one unified smile. While it is certainly important that your teeth look great, it is also vital for your overall smile that your gum tissue is healthy and appears in balance. Our Abbotsford dentist office regularly enhances patients’ smiles through gum contouring. Here is some more information about what gum contouring is and how exactly it works….

The concept of gum contouring is actually quite simple; our dentist uses a dental laser to modify gum tissue, improving the health and/or appearance of the patient’s smile. This treatment is effective and efficient—you will see results after only one dental appointment.

Patients experience a number of gum-related dental problems that can be ameliorated with gum contouring. Have you noticed any of these issues with your own smile?

· Extraneous gum tissue—especially tissue that hangs down over your teeth or in between your teeth

· Long gum tissue that makes your teeth appear short and out of proportion with one another

· Changes in your smile due to periodontal disease—one common change is that a patient’s gum tissue begins to pull away from his or her dental enamel

· Uneven, jagged gum tissue

Using a comfortable dental laser, our dentist simply trims and shapes the gum tissue to improve its appearance. The laser is a much better option than traditional dental surgery, because the dental laser actually seals the gum tissue as it goes. This promotes your mouth’s natural healing process!

To get more information about gum contouring treatments, contact our Abbotsford dentist office online or by giving us a call. When we meet you for your first appointment we will be able to give you an even better idea of how gum contouring can work to improve your smile!

Abbotsford Dentist Reviews the Process for Oral Conscious Sedation

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 |

It used to be that dental patients did not have many options when it came to sedation treatment. Thanks to advancements in modern dentistry, however, it is now easier than ever before to get the sedation treatment you need in the dentist’s chair. Our Abbotsford sedation dentist office is proud to offer oral conscious sedation to our patients. This treatment improves the patient’s experience from start to finish. Read on to learn more…

The oral conscious sedation process actually begins before you even get to our office! Before your treatment, when we decide that oral conscious sedation is a good fit for you, our dentist will prescribe you a small pill. You will take this pill while you are still at home, about an hour before you come in for treatment.

Once you take the pill you will start to feel very calm and worry-free. Because you will be under the influence of sedation, you will need someone to bring you to and from the office.

When you get to our office you will be conscious, but feeling quite comfortable. We will administer any additional numbing agents that you need before we begin treatment. While our dentist is completing your dental work, you will be completely conscious and able to respond to our dental team. However, once your treatment is over, you probably won’t remember much of what happened in the dentist’s chair!

You will start to come out of the effects of oral conscious sedation shortly after you return home. You should not experience any lasting effects of the sedation treatment—you’ll be back to normal in no time.

This treatment is ideal for patients with dental anxiety as well as patients who are undergoing significant dental treatment. To learn more about what oral conscious sedation can do for you, call our Abbotsford dentist office!