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Hopeless teeth

The Audacity of Hope…

types-of-fracturesMost dentists will tell you that the last thing they ever want to have to do is to remove a permanent adult tooth. In fact, they will fight tooth and nail to try to save one (sorry, tacky pun?)

When a patient presents us with a tooth that has severe decay, infection, badly broken down restorative work or has been injured from trauma, the first thing we must do is evaluate the health of the remaining portion of the tooth and its surrounding supportive bone.

To us, it’s not so much what we can see above the gum line that determines treatment options, but the quality and health of what is remaining below the gum line. To that end, our goal is to preserve what remains then develop a sound treatment plan to replace what is missing.

Although treatment may also involve healing nerve and gum tissue, patients are always amazed to learn that as long as their tooth has sound root structure and enough supporting bone surrounding it, we can save it!

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Without the benefit of a crystal ball, there will always be uncertainties, but a good dentist makes treatment recommendations based on all the clinical and x-ray evidence concerning the compromised tooth while giving considerable thought to predicting the likelihood of long-term survival.

At Your Smile Dental Care, we also know from experience that a patient who is willing to care as much about and for an affected tooth as we do is more likely to keep the tooth for as long as possible. Many conditions that the patient may regard as “hopeless” can actually be fixed and the tooth can last for many more years once successfully treated.

Sometimes, a patients will ask us to remove their teeth because they are tired of frequent discomfort and wish to avoid future dental maintenance and associated costs. Others, surprisingly enough, have told us that they’d rather have false teeth (dentures) than have to deal with ongoing dental problems. While no two cases are ever alike and each patient has their own unique set of circumstances, we are bound to explain that removing teeth unnecessarily does not solve the issue of discomfort and dentures bring with them their own assortment of issues.


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Removing a tooth may bring immediate relief from pain, but, unless you replace it with a suitable alternative tooth, a silent breakdown process begins that starts to destabilize the dynamics of the mouth (Dental Collapse).

 

But what happens when a tooth cannot be saved?

The hopeless tooth…

Sadly, there are times when conventional therapies fail or a tooth  is so badly infected, fractured or is so loose from inadequate bone support that we must decide if the dentition is better off without it.

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We call this prognosis hopeless. Nowadays, however, modern dentistry has treatment options that can replace your tooth with one that looks and functions almost as well as healthy, natural ones do. Dental implants have revolutionized the way we replace missing teeth without having to resort to dentures or remodeling adjacent teeth to accommodate a fixed bridge.

Helping our patients understand the thought process that goes into our treatment recommendations is crucial so that they can weigh the information and make well-informed decisions.

If you think that your teeth are in a “hopeless” state of disrepair, you may be surprised to learn that you have more options than you think.

Give us a call at (905) 5SMILES to book a consultation today!

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Yours in Better Dental Health,
The Your Smile Dental Care team
(905) 576-4537
(416) 783-3533
www.yoursmiledentalcare.com

 

 

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Sports Guard Care

Ewww! Did you just put that in your mouth?


It’s hard not to have this reaction when we hear of people never cleaning their sports guards and just throwing them into their smelly equipment bags after use, then the next week, retrieving said guard from same bag and popping it in their mouth again.

Sick, sick, sicker…

Many words may come to mind about this gross habit, but thrush mouth, oral lesions, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and mold-induced asthma are probably ones you have never thought of.

When we think of dental sports guards we think of the teeth they are protecting, yet the cheapest part of your protective uniform can be dangerous and actually make you sick.

When was the last time you cleaned your dental sports guard?

24-08-2015 6-46-47 PMAt a recent soccer practice this summer, one of our staff members took a survey and asked members of both teams this question. Surprisingly, only 1 of the 33 children routinely cleaned their guard and did it properly!

When questioned further about the care of their guards during other sports throughout the year, the answers were the same.  Although shocking, it was just something they had never thought of. In fact, conversations with other people failed to find anyone who cleaned their guards properly or consistently.

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…and you’re putting it in your mouth!  After only one use, without cleaning, germs will begin to accumulate. So imagine the germ growth over time!

Additionally, during activity you move, bite and grind into the guard’s flexible thermoplastic material causing it to wear down over time. The crevices and cracks that develop in the guard will provide breeding grounds for more bacteria, viruses and fungi which can contaminate your mouth. Even rinsing it in water doesn’t truly get it clean.

If you’re not keen on putting a petri dish-like container full of germs back into your mouth, at Your Smile Dental Care, we suggest that after your activity you rinse it thoroughly before placing it in a well ventilated container until you can clean the guard and container properly at home.  Use one of the methods below to thoroughly clean your guard before storing it until next use.

Cleaning your Sports Guard

There are several methods of cleaning that we suggest:

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Rinse – Always rinse your sports guards with water immediately after use or as soon as you get home.

Soap and Water Method – Using antibacterial soap with lukewarm water in a sudsy mixture along with your toothbrush or fingers to clean your guard is also a common method. Be sure to rinse well with clear water so that you don’t end up with a soapy tasting mouth.

Toothbrush and toothpaste Method – Using a soft toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste as you would to clean your teeth is an easy way to clean your guard. Use a gentle action to prevent scratching the material and make sure to rinse it well afterwards to remove toothpaste that can get stuck in any crevices already present. Allow your guard to air dry before placing it back into it’s clean, ventilated container

Mouth Rinse Method – Another good choice is antibacterial mouth rinse. Use products that boast about being 99.9% effective at killing germs. However, rinsing will not be sufficient enough to rid your guard of bacteria and saliva without using your toothbrush to gently work the rinse around and into all areas of your guard. Again, rinse well with lukewarm water afterwards and air dry the guard before storing.

Final Rinse – Give your sports guard a final rinse before allowing it to air dry.

By using one of, or a combination of methods above to keep your guard clean you can reduce your risk of mouth sores and bacterial infections that can grow to become more serious conditions affecting your heart and lungs.

Not Recommended

We have been told that some patients have been advised to clean their guard using denture cleansers, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, vinegar or with a sanitizing unit. We have found that many of these methods are too strong or abrasive for the guard and can cause them to wear more quickly and their colour to fade.

Just keep it simple and replace the guard as needed.

 

STORAGE

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Storage

Placing your sports guard into a clean, well-vented container will protect it from damage and contamination after cleaning. Ensure that your guard is dry before storing and keep it in a section of your activity/equipment bag that is also clean.

Be sure to keep your container clean by using the same methods above. You can also place it in a good quality dishwasher to cleansing.

Replacement

Sports guards aren’t meant to last forever. Be sure to check your protective sports guard regularly for signs of breakage and wear and consider replacing it with a new one if it becomes very worn, warps or you are beginning a new athletic season. Chewed up  guards can pose an even higher risk since that may have sharp edges that can cut mouth tissues  and allow a portal of entry for bacteria into your bloodstream.

Sports Guard Special

Dental sports guards are a wise investment for your oral health, but improper care can have a tremendous affect on your overall health.

Each September, Your Smile Dental Care offers offer a Sports Guard Special where you and your family can get sports guards made that will provide a custom fit for the protection you need.

 

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Play Safe ~ Use Protective Face Gear

A word about the benefits of using protective dental guards, helmets, face shields etc.

Insurance 1Ultimately, we want our patients to have fun, but understand that injuries to the mouth are often severe and costly. Losing a tooth is a common dental injury. Some sports groups/teams offer insurance to their players that include dental. The cost is not usually not too expensive and the benefits of having this added insurance can help you reduce your costs significantly should an accident occur.

Lastly, you may want to decline signing off permanently with your insurer after your injury has been repaired and consider asking your dentist for their advice regarding the long term future care for this tooth/teeth. Oftentimes, an injury will require future maintenance, repair and replacement that can cost much more than the initial repair’s cost in terms of frustration, discomfort and associated fees.

24-08-2015 4-22-44 PMWe have one patient who is very glad that his parents enrolled in his school’s optional medical/dental policy and did not settle permanently with the insurer after he had a playground accident involving his front tooth. Years later, he needs to have the tooth replaced and the insurer will be paying. Another, purchased the insurance offered by his adult men’s team. He got a stick to the mouth and lost his two front teeth. The insurance company is picking the full cost for two dental implants and crowns.


Accidents
~ they’re unpredictable so be prepared,
The Your Smile Dental Care Team
http://yoursmiledentalcare.com/
(905) 576-4537
(416) 783-3533

 

 

 

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Feeling Anxious about your next Dental Visit?

Covering mouthWe get a lot of calls at Your Smile Dental Care from patients that suffer from what we call dental anxiety. Some people describe themselves as being dentalphobes and it is not uncommon for people to tell us that it has taken more than a year just to summon up the courage to make their first telephone call to our office.

Most people tell us that their fears stem from previous traumatic experiences as a child or in the past and this is usually the most common reason for dental fears. However, there are plenty of patients who confess that, although they have never had a bad experience at the dentist, the deep seated fears they harbour were instilled in them from another fearful person.


FACT: Dental Fear is one of the most common fears worldwide


At Your Smile Dental Care, we pride ourselves on making you feel happy that you finally walked through our doors. Putting you at ease and making you feel comfortable throughout your experience is just as important to us as it is to you.

Our dentists and hygienists ensure that you have a complete understanding of your dental health and treatment recommendations. Not only will they take the time to explain things to you, but they will also encourage you to ask all the questions you need to without being made to feel rushed. Our in house treatment coordinator, Tracy, will also go over everything with you so that there’s no confusion nor any apprehension about what kind of treatment you will be receiving.

We’re here to help alleviate any of the fears or anxieties you may have about going to the dentist.

23-11-2015 3-37-08 PMOftentimes, patients just want to have a pleasant distraction available during their appointment. Whether you prefer a movie, music, a soft blanket and pillow, a friend to accompany you into the treatment room or just a caring hand to hold, we’re here to make your experience as comfortable and as relaxing as we can for you. In addition, we offer conscious sedation dentistry (laughing gas) to help calm you during your appointment.


Many Big Journeys begin with Small Steps


25-02-2016 11-19-50 AMDon’t let fear keep you from the health you deserve. Take time for yourself and begin your journey to dental wellness today. Your first step can be a quick phone call, then next maybe an office visit just to meet us. It doesn’t cost a thing to start making inquiries and you need not commit to anything. First steps, baby steps, whatever you want to call it, taking it slowly, carefully and thoughtfully in the beginning is sometimes the best way to get things done eventually.

We understand this. Dental care is our job and our passion!

With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Sam and his long term, committed, dental team know and appreciate the extra efforts some people have to make and the patience and understanding they need from us.

We care about you and Your Smile.
Let us help you make those first steps!


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Yours in Better Dental Health,
The Your Smile Dental Care Team
(905) 576-4537
(416) 783-3533
www.yoursmiledentalcare.com

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Chewing Ice: The Cold Hard Facts!

Ice is for chilling, not for chewing

22-02-2016 8-26-03 PMChewing on ice can be hard on your teeth and possibly your pocketbook! Restoring teeth that have been damaged by ice can become very costly in terms of pain and dental fees. In fact, some teeth have been fractured by ice severely enough that they have had to be removed.

What does chewing on ice say about you?

The need for ice chewing can be an incredibly addictive habit, and like any craving, difficult to kick. It can be especially hard for people who are satisfying a compulsive disorder involving the uncontrollable consumption of ice or iced drinks (called pagophagia).

Underlying Issues

From the world of medicine, we are now told that, for some people, the need to chew on ice may be an indicator of an iron deficiency called anemia. Although there is no iron in iced cubed water, research is showing that it can be a symptom of this underlying medical condition. A thoroughly medical evaluation can help determine if your ice chewing habit is the sign of nutritional deficiency.

On the flip side, we have a female patient who has abnormally high levels of iron in her blood and her blood tests are often mistaken for a male reading. Ironically, she is also  highly addicted to chewing ice as a means of relieving the stresses of her high-pressured job. She buys a jumbo-sized cup of just ice from a nearby variety store on the way home from work everyday, insisting that this particular store serves the tastiest ice for miles around.

Despite our warnings, she continues this daily ritual and we continue to check her teeth for signs of fracture. When we asked her if she is starting to notice an increase in tooth sensitivity since she is starting to show some slight signs of gum recession she answered, “The cold doesn’t bother me anyways.”

We laughed, but ice chewing is no longer a laughing matter for people who have had to have a tooth heavily restored or removed because of breakage.

About dental fractures…

Teeth, although very hard, are also very brittle when subjected to forces like ice chewing. Think of a porcelain plate. It is very hard, but if you look closely, you will notice an array of tiny fractures running across it’s surface. This is what can happen to your teeth from constantly chewing ice. You may not notice it, but under our intense scrutiny and magnified dental lights, we can see all the tiny fractures running across the surfaces of your enamel. Fortunately, the underlying and supportive tissues of the teeth and surrounding structures provide a cushioning effect against biting forces. However, sometimes the resiliency of enamel is put to the test and it is usually just a matter of time before you chip a piece of enamel off , or worst case scenario, the big one hits and fractures your tooth beyond repair.

Even if you are just an occasional chewer of ice, all it takes is a bite with enough force and at just the right angle to fracture your tooth. While most teeth can be rebuilt using dental filling materials or crowns if the break is larger, some breaks are severe enough to cause a fracture the runs deep into the root of the tooth. When this happens, repair is almost impossible.

Can’t kick the habit?

If you insist on chewing ice or are finding it hard to stop the craving, perhaps you will consider allowing the ice to dissolve as your swish it around in your mouth. Be careful not to bang the cubes against your teeth by using too forceful of a swishing action. Another alternative is to switch to slushed ice or sugar-free chewing gum.

Ice chewing can appear to be a seemingly harmless habit, but from our side of the dental chair, we see the damage. Small fractures can turn into larger ones that can eventually cost you your tooth. Ice may be cheap, but the consequences can be very costly indeed!

Yours in Better Dental Health,
The Your Smile Dental Care Team
(905) 576-4537
(416) 783-3533
www.yoursmiledentalcare.com

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The Smile You’ve Always Wanted

What is the first thing about the face that you notice when you first meet a person?

26-10-2015 11-16-00 AMUnquestionably, it is either the eyes or the smile that first impresses upon you.

When it comes to the smile, however, it can light up a room and be a very disarming asset for a person.

No one has a perfect smile, but oftentimes people will ask for one. What we try to achieve is the smile they wish they had – the smile of their dreams!

The advances in dentistry have been tremendous and now it is easier than ever to design the smile that’s right for you!

Perhaps your teeth are discoloured, misaligned, heavily restored or broken down. You may want a less toothy grin or have a gummy smile you want fixed. Whatever your “specific to you” circumstances are, we have an array of cosmetic solutions at our fingertips to replace, correct, align, modify or reconstruct your smile.

Just as people comes in all shapes, sizes and colours – so do teeth!

25-01-2016 12-22-55 PMA very important consideration when selecting the best dental makeover for you is ensuring that the final result compliments the overall shape and characteristics of your own facial features. A smile on one person may not necessarily look good on another.

This is where skill and technique comes in to play. Without this careful and experienced attention to detail, the teeth can be off colour, improperly positioned, too masculine or too feminine looking, disproportionate in length, improper in curvature, and so forth.

Many things have to be taken into account to achieve a final result that is both appealing and natural looking. At Your Smile Dental Care, the procedures we recommend consider both the overall health AND cosmetic wellness of an individual.

We invite you to call us at (905) 576-4537 OR (416) 783-3533 to schedule a consultation appointment. We’ll discuss the possibilities for your oral health and ideal smile so that you can be one step closer to the smile of your dreams!

Browse our smile gallery and see the amazing results of our
quality cosmetic dentistry.

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Yours in Better Health,

The Your Smile Dental Care Team,
(905) 576-4537
(416) 783-3533
www.yoursmiledentalcareteam

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The Sexy Six

All I want for Christmas is my….

Broken 21We welcomed a new patient last week who works in construction. He was having difficulty with a jackhammer that kept jamming on him. It eventually misfired unexpectedly and it hit him right in the mouth and his upper left front tooth broke off at the gum line. He was looking forward to attending his company’s Christmas party with his family and his wife wanted it repaired before this event.

We are pleased to say that he left with a very confident smile a short time later and we were happy to be a part of his holiday cheer!

We have the pleasure of helping many people get their teeth camera-ready for holidays and other important events all throughout the year. December is always a busy month for us as we help patients finish up their treatment before the end of the year and assist others looking to find smile solutions for the holiday season.

The “Sexy Six”

This got us thinking about a phrase we heard a few months back – “The Sexy Six”  Sexy SixIt is a reference to the upper front 6 teeth and the suggestion that some people are primarily concerned about the appearance of these teeth while concentrating less on the teeth that are not as visible when speaking or smiling.

In our experience, there is an element of truth to this as in the case of patients wanting to start treatment on their front teeth before other any teeth that may require more immediate attention. Unfortunately, sometimes a patient may decide not to continue treatment once their front teeth are taken care of. If left untreated, the cavities in the remaining teeth will spread and eventually cause pain and infection.

Sometimes, back teeth are left in such a state of disrepair that they must be removed. If they are not replaced with bridges, implants or partial dentures a person naturally uses their front teeth for biting and chewing their food. However, these smaller, single-rooted teeth are designed for cutting and biting into foods and the forces that go into chewing and grinding are too ex7-14-2014 8-59-39 AMcessive for these slender teeth. Eventually, these front teeth begin to breakdown and eventually become loose from the extra stresses brought to bear on them.

We do understand that the “sexy six” (or twelve, if you include the lower front teeth) are the first teeth that people will notice when you smile and we can appreciate why these may receive more of your consideration. We’re here to give you a reason to smile. At Your Smile Dental Care we work in consultation with you to develop a treatment plan and schedule that is agreeable and is in the best interest of your overall dental health and appearance.

Smile Solutions

We offer products and services to help you regain your smile and enjoy healthier teeth and gums! Dr. Axelrod will be happy to discuss your options with you. Our friendly staff is committed to personalized care and you will always be treated in a gentle and compassionate manner.

We certainly hope you will have lots to smile about this upcoming year and we are always happy to help you find the smile solutions you are looking for. And, although some accidents are avoidable, others are unforeseeable – like jackhammers!  We understand the urgency of some dental issues.  If you have a dental problem that needs immediate attention over the holidays, give us a call. Our emergency instructions are on our answering machine and we will assist you in finding the help you need.

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Yours in Better Health,

The Your Smile Dental Care Team.

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Are Implants Right For Me?


It’s hard to believe but dental implants are not the new, they have been around for over 50 Years!

Where people once chose more traditional options such as bridges or dentures, today, they are now more likely to opt for dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth or to support dentures. This is by far a superior option as implants don’t have to be attached to healthy adjacent teeth which would usually have to be cut down and sacrificed to “bridge the gap” created by a missing tooth. When an implant is placed, it is essentially replacing the root of the missing natural tooth, and in doing so, prevents the loss of remaining jawbone.

Bone integrity is essential for a healthy dentition!


But I have other teeth….

The adult dentition can have up or 32 teeth, so it is understandable why some people would believe that one or two missing teeth shouldn’t make that much of a difference, but it does!  Even a single missing tooth compromises the support of the other surrounding teeth and bone leading to dental collapse.

The forces of chewing are meant to be distributed among all of the teeth.  Teeth that are shaped and designed for biting into food do not have the bone support that is required for chewing and grinding. Expecting them to do the work of larger teeth, such as molars, will eventually cause them to break, wear down and become loose. This is an example of such a situation:

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We have found over the years that most people have never really become accustomed to having missing teeth nor the dentures or bridges that were designed to replace them. There are many people who simple refuse to wear the dentures they paid for and that is unfortunate. We’ve had patients come to see us about implants who have been “chewing” with their gums for years.  And oftentimes, people are not diligent in maintaining the level of dental care that is required for bridges. This can lead to bone loss, gum disease, loose bridges, tooth decay under bridges, broken anchor teeth, and eventually – more missing teeth!

Implants are literally changing the quality of  people’s lives!

For some, conventional dentures can be a terrible nuisance and can cause the wearer a lot of aggravation.  Bone loss associated with the prolonged use ofHidden Smile - Copy dentures is inevitable. With your jawbone constantly changing shape and becoming smaller with age, dentures need to be relined constantly to adapt to these changes. Mouth sores associated with dentures can be annoying and paying for dentures that you are not using is no solution at all!

Are your dentures loose and ill-fitting? Are you constantly worried about keeping them in your mouth while you chew or speak? Dental Implants can be inserted to stabilize and support your dentures and are literally changing the way people’s ability to enjoy life.

If you are missing out on life because of missing teeth and would like to regain the ability to eat and speak with confidence give us a call today at (905) 5SMILES to book your no-obligation consultation. We have been in the smile business for over 30 years and are experienced at listening to your expectations and discussing your options.

See if Dental Implants are Right for You!

 

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