Frequently Asked Questions...
Every day in our office we speak with our patients to answer any questions that they may have regarding the health and maintenance of their oral condition.
Listed below for your reference are the questions that we are asked most often. If you would like to discuss any of these questions in more detail or if you have dental questions of your own, we invite you to call us at 416-694-8144.
- What is Cerec?
- When should I bring my child in for their first visit?
- What Are the Benefits of Digital X-rays?
- What is Periodontal Disease and How Can I Avoid It?
- I have seen tooth whitening advertised on both TV and by my dentist. Is there a difference?
What is Cerec?
CEREC* is a remarkable new technology that allows the restoration of severely damaged teeth more quickly than ever before. With CEREC, you can receive a permanent crown, onlay, or veneer in a single office visit. That’s right — no return visits are required!
With fewer injections, less drilling, less time off work and no waiting between appointments, CEREC provides the best possible dental restoration experience on the market today. The results are superb. CEREC-restored teeth are beautiful, creating the natural-looking, healthy smile that all of us desire.
The CEREC process uses a special computer to take a picture of your prepared tooth; then, within minutes, a chairside device custom designs and makes the all-ceramic restoration. As a final step, the restoration is bonded onto your tooth. That’s it! Your smile is transformed, and you’re out the door!
Considering the power of a smile—its potential to boost your confidence, strengthen personal relationships and even advance your career—why not make your smile the best it can be? Besides, why live with imperfect teeth when dental perfection is attainable in a single office visit? You owe it to yourself: Call us and ask about CEREC today!
When should I bring my child in for their first visit?
Recent studies have shown that by the age of three, a child is already at risk of having cavities which can be caused by something as innocent as putting a baby to sleep with a bottle of juice or milk. Along with taking our first look at your child’s oral condition, this first appointment is also largely focused on the parents and helping them to establish a good oral hygiene program and diet for the child. We believe that a child should have his or her first dental visit when the first tooth erupts or before they reach their first birthday.
It is a little known fact that a child's primary teeth are vital to the long-term health of their permanent adult teeth. The premature loss of primary teeth as a result of accidents or decay can cause serious problems, including poorly spaced and crooked adult teeth. As a result, it is just as important to care for a child's baby teeth as it is for the adult teeth that follow.
What Are the Benefits of Digital X-rays?
Digital x-rays were first used in dentistry in the early 1990s. Since then the technology has improved greatly and the costs have come down, making digital x-rays increasingly common in dental practices.
There are many benefits to digital x-rays, including:
- Less discomfort for the patient. Instead of bulky film, a small sensor is inserted in the mouth.
- Images are instantly displayed on a computer screen, where they can be enlarged and manipulated. This allows patients to be more involved in their treatment and gain a better understanding of their oral health.
- Improved diagnostic capabilities for dentists. Using the magnification capabilities of digital images, dentists get a better view and are more likely to spot small problems.
- Easier transfer of x-rays to insurance companies and other dental professionals.
- No need for harsh photo developing chemicals.
Digital x-rays make diagnostic procedures easier and faster for you and your dentist. If you have any questions about this technology, we invite you to ask a member of our team.
What is Periodontal Disease and How Can I Avoid It?
Periodontal or gum disease is caused by a buildup of bacteria at the gumline. This bacteria, called plaque, eventually hardens into tartar. When the tartar is not removed, it can lead to an infection that may eventually break down the gum tissue and spread to the underlying bone.
In extreme cases, teeth can loosen and fall out. Bacteria can also enter the bloodstream through the gums and lead to other serious health problems.
Good oral hygiene can help prevent gum disease, but regular dental check-ups are essential to early detection, especially in those with a family history of the disease.
When detected, gum disease can be treated. In its early stages, your dentist may recommend a thorough cleaning and improved oral hygiene routine. In later stages, you may be referred to periodontist.
With regular dental check-ups and excellent oral hygiene, you can keep your gums and teeth in optimum health. Talk to us to learn more.
I have seen tooth whitening advertised on both TV and by my dentist. Is there a difference?
The answer is Yes and No. The whitening agents contained in almost all tooth whitening material products is either carbamide peroxide or a stabilized hydrogen peroxide.
The difference is that the materials prescribed by a dentist are generally stronger concentrations that provide faster, more dramatic and longer lasting results. More importantly, your dentist can provide the personalized advice that you need to determine if whitening is right for you. Your dentist is also trained to recognize and treat any potential problems that may arise from your use of tooth whitening products.
We invite you to call our dental office for more information on teeth whitening alternatives.