Tuesday, July 17th, 2018
One of the most common fears in North America is the fear of dentists. Up to a fifth of the population reports some level of anxiety associated with the dentist’s office. And while most people can bear down and overcome their fear, many of us can hardly even contemplate making a trip for even the most basic procedures or maintenance appointment. While there are many recommended techniques for handling your dental fears, some patients do not respond to the most caring dentist or psychological treatments. For these individuals, sedation dentistry might be their only hope. Sedation dentistry relies on the use of different pharmacological agents in order to help patients experience a more calming and relaxing dental appointment. Various levels of sedation may be used, depending on the level of fear experienced by the patient. For the most part, dentists want to use minimal levels of sedation that can reduce levels of anxiety while allowing patients to respond to verbal and physical cues. More moderate levels of sedation bring deeper levels of relaxation but limit responses only to purposeful stimulation. Finally, in the deepest levels of sedation, the patient will essentially be unconscious and unresponsive to verbal, physical, and purposeful stimulation.
Tuesday, July 10th, 2018
A gum lift is a dental procedure that involves reshaping the gum line. While this procedure has traditionally been used to treat gum disease, modern applications of the procedure have been developed to address cosmetic concerns associated with excessive gummy smiles or asymmetrical gum lines. Indeed, many patients express concern and embarrassment about a visible gum line when they smile, and a gum lift is a popular solution. A gum lift not only sculpts the gum line, but the procedure can create the appearance of longer and more symmetrical teeth. After all, an aesthetically pleasing smile goes a long way to enhancing your self-esteem. There are many situations where your dentist may recommend a gum lift. In some cases, gums may not recede naturally after a permanent tooth has erupted; your lips may have a natural shape that allows a lot of gum to show; or gum recession may be so extreme that more of your tooth surface is exposed than you would like. Regardless of why you and your dentist have decided that a gum lift is appropriate, the procedure today is more advanced and more common than in the past.
Friday, July 6th, 2018
A recent study has revealed a possible link between poor dental health and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK compared the brains of 10 patients with dementia to 10 healthy brain samples. This study found that a type of bacteria that causes gum disease, Porphyromonas gingivalis, was present in four of the brains affected with dementia.
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018
What options do you have to whiten a dead tooth? Is it even possible? This is a tricky situation Using whitening treatments to whiten a dead tooth works well for some individuals, while for other people, the results are not quite so successful. The quality of the outcome actually lies in the procedural steps that are taken during this process as well as the method that is chosen to whiten a dead tooth.
Friday, June 29th, 2018
Many British Columbians suffer from improper or inadequate knowledge about dental care. Dental problems are often easy to prevent but are allowed to continue for too long because people don’t know about them or don’t think these problems will seriously affect their health. If you want to maintain the best health possible, it’s important to know the truth behind these common dental myths.
Tuesday, June 19th, 2018
Useful diagnostic components of annual dental checkups, x-rays, which are also referred to as dental radiographs, are essential to an individual’s oral health. They allow your dentist to see tooth decay, discover cysts or tumors, and identify the causes of pain that you might be experiencing. There are various types of x-rays such as bitewings, panoramic, occlusal, and periapical. Today, digital x-rays are more commonly used than traditional x-ray films. Just how safe are the digital x-rays being used in your dentist’s office?
Friday, June 1st, 2018
Dental alveolar inflammation, also known as alveolar osteitis or “dry socket,” often occurs after a dental extraction procedure. This procedure, more formerly known as exodontia or tooth removal, is performed to treat a variety of medical conditions such as tooth decay, dental caries (cavities), gingivitis, and other severe gum disease. Teeth are also extracted for cosmetic reasons, such as fitting braces. In the past, the teeth of institutionalized and mentally unstable individuals were also extracted; it was believed that this procedure would aid in the treatment of mental illness.
Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
Designed specifically to offer protection for the teeth, different night guards provide better results because of the materials and procedures used to fabricate them. These differences are clearly noticeable if you compare different night guard styles (store-bought versus made-by-a-dentist versions) on your own. However, there’s no need to go out and buy two different night guards so that you can form an opinion as to which type is going to be best for your needs. It’s simpler to look at a portrayal of the advantages of night guards made by dentists over the ones that you can purchase in the store.
Friday, May 25th, 2018
Surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains, Vancouver is a beautiful city no matter which direction you look. In addition to its breathtaking landscape, it also has a trendy downtown core, great natural areas, and many attractions to visit. With a city that offers so much, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. This guide offers four attractions that no person should miss while visiting Vancouver.
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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
With so many claims being made about dentistry and what you can expect from your dentist, it is unsurprising that there are dozens of unhelpful yet popular dental myths. While some of these dental myths are harmless, there are many dental myths that could lead to delayed diagnoses, unnecessary fears and a higher likelihood of suffering from poor oral health. Here are four of the worst.