Do Root Canals and Dental Crowns Always Go Hand in Hand?

Just because a tooth is a candidate for a dental crown that doesn't automatically mean that it will also require a root canal procedure. A dental crown, whether metal and ceramic, zirconia, or porcelain is a dental restoration and so as long as conditions are ideal, no root canal should be necessary either before or after crown placement. However, in some circumstances a dentist may need to perform a root canal either before or after crown placement. [Read More]

A Family Dentist Provides Oral Care to the Entire Family

Oral and dental care is important for the entire family. Everyone is prone to experiencing tooth and gum problems, from the young toddlers to their grandparents. Rather than running up and down to seek dental services whenever any of you experience dental issues, it can be a great option to have a one-stop shop for your family's oral needs. This is where a family dentist comes in handy. A family dentist is a professional who is licensed to address the dental needs of people of all ages. [Read More]

Lost Retainer Blues: What to do if You Have Lost Your Retainers While out of Town

Retainers are easily misplaced. Come to think of it, retainers are so small--or appetizing where dogs are concerned--that if left lying around, they can fall prey to any number of mishaps. However, if you are out of town when you lose your retainer and unable to get back to see your orthodontist for several days or more, your teeth could shift before you get back. Although teeth that have shifted slightly can be moved back with a new retainer, the longer you go without a retainer, the more severe the shifting might be. [Read More]

Why Placing Veneers over Crowns Is Inadvisable

In general, porcelain dental crowns last at least 7 years. In some cases, they last much longer. However, over time, crowns may leak and begin to appear dull and discoloured due to the presence of decay under the crown. Natural teeth also change colour over time due to staining which means the colour of the crown may no longer match that of the adjacent teeth. When this happens, dentists usually remove the crown and either clean it or completely replace it. [Read More]