Tuesday, June 26th, 2018
The wisdom teeth, or third molars, often need to be extracted because there simply isn’t enough room for them to emerge in the average-sized mouth. In most cases, the dental patient needs to see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for the extraction. Typically, all four molars are removed at the same time. In some instances, the oral surgeon chooses to remove only the wisdom teeth that are impacted and causing problems (crowding and misalignment) for the rest of the teeth. What is the protocol for proper oral hygiene after the surgery? Is brushing teeth after wisdom tooth extraction permitted?
Friday, June 8th, 2018
A career in dentistry brings many rewards. Both the working conditions and the compensation can be very attractive for qualified dentists. Dentists must complete several years of training before being allowed to practice independently, but once qualified can enjoy long, stable and satisfying careers. Here are some important advantages of choosing a career in dentistry.
Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
Early childhood tooth decay can occur in infants as a result of ‘early childhood caries’ (ECC). This term is also referred to as baby bottle tooth decay, baby bottle caries or bottle rot.
What are the causes of Childhood tooth decay?
ECC is an infective process inducted by the transmission of oral bacteria from mother to infant and is a very common bacterial infection. The primary culprit for ECC is a group of bacteria called Streptococcus mutans. If that bacteria has been transferred (which can be transferred from the use of shared utensils or from the mother cleaning the baby’s pacifier with her mouth), it can easily multiply.
Friday, March 23rd, 2018
Have you ever wondered what the technical or ‘proper’ dental terms were for certain parts of your mouth, oral diseases or perhaps the correct technical titles for dentists that specialize in specific areas of dentistry? If so, here’s a little help to satisfy that curiosity.
Pediatric Dentist- A pediatric dentist is a dentist that specializes in dealing with the dental needs of children. Theses dentist have received additional training in pediatric dental care. Individuals unfamiliar with this term, may have searched for information on ‘dentist for kids’, ‘children’s dentist’ or ‘child’s dentist’.
Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
What is Dental Bruxism?
Dental bruxism, otherwise known as teeth grinding, is a condition where a person regularly grinds their teeth and/or clenches their jaw. While this can occur consciously or unconsciously during the day, it most often occurs at night during sleep.
When bruxism occurs during sleep, it is considered to be a sleep-related disorder, and is likely just one of several other symptoms of sleep-related issues that include snoring and sleep apnea.
Friday, January 5th, 2018
These days, having a perfect smile is just as important as how we dress and wear our hair when it comes to looking good. A beautiful smile gives the impression that one is healthy and prosperous. And while it’s easy to choose what clothes we wear, and which haircut looks best on us, it’s not as simple when it comes to how our teeth look. Not all of us are born with a perfect white ‘grill’.
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
Vancouver Dentist discusses amalgam fillings in this informative dental article.
Most of us have at least one or two amalgam fillings in our mouths. If you’re unsure,just open your mouth and have a look at your teeth. If you see fillings that are silver in color, you have amalgam or ‘silver’ fillings.
Amalgam fillings are offered to patients for a variety of reasons including budgetary (for patients who don’t have a dental benefits plan), and stability.
Friday, December 29th, 2017
Dealing with Dental Anxiety
Do you suffer from anxiety and fear at the thought of going to the dentist? If so, you’re among a high percentage of Canadians that feel the same way. In fact, the majority of our patients here at Vancouver Dental Group have some level of anxiety about their dental procedures.
And while it’s common for most to experience some fear at the thought of drills and other tools, some people actually suffer from a phobia about having dental work. Either way, any type of fear of the dentist can cause some people to disregard their dental health, and the repercussions of this are much higher than actually facing their fears.
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why people are afraid to go the dentist.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017
When we see a new patient at Vancouver Dental Group, we like to do a full diagnostic work-up of the patient’s dental health so that we have a full understanding of what, if any, treatments the patient will require.
During this initial exam, we will take a full medical and dental history. After a visual examination and inspection of your teeth and gums, we will have X-ray pictures taken. This will enable us to see the teeth, bones and soft tissues of your mouth to detect cavities, problems with wisdom teeth, and many other things.
Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
Are you looking for a way to straighten your teeth, but not have to live with braces for years on end? If so, there’s a fairly new treatment called Accelerated Orthodontics available. Increasingly, adults are seeking to straighten their teeth quickly, and Accelerated Orthodontics is a great option to accomplish this.
Accelerated Orthodontics is a method of straightening teeth that involves remodeling of the bone that holds the teeth, and restructuring the actual teeth so that rapid movement and repositioning is possible. In addition to helping straighten teeth, Accelerated Orthodontics can also help with spacing problems, repositioning the front teeth, and closing gaps in between the teeth.