5 Denture Myths Busted

Dentures are a tooth replacement option used by a huge number of people around the world. Despite their prevalence, dentures are still poorly understood by many. Here are a few of the biggest myths that prevail about false teeth. 1. People With Dentures Have No Natural Teeth Full dentures are used by people who have lost all their natural teeth. However, these are not the only kind of dentures that exist.

Tips to help you protect your veneers

Everyone dreams of having the perfect, white smile. However, there are certain stains that even the best whitening procedures cannot fix, which leads to the need for veneers. Veneers are also a great solution for people whose teeth are chipped and cracked. Porcelain veneers are normally attached to the surface of the tooth using special bonding techniques. When they are attached correctly and properly maintained, they can last for years before needing a replacement.

5 Holiday Staples That Might Damage Your Teeth

During the holidays, many people are usually worried about adding more weight from the overindulgence that characterises this particular season. But what about your teeth and gums? The lure of delicious drinks, sweet treats and decadent desserts may overpower your otherwise healthy food choices. Regrettably, holiday foods take a toll on your teeth and while it's crucial to brush and floss daily, eating the right foods is equally important. Based on the advice of a dentist, here are some of the top five foods to avoid in the holiday season.

The Root of Things: Dental Implants in Detail

If your dentist has advised you to have a dental implant installed, you may be wondering exactly what you're getting yourself in for—even if you're perfectly happy to take their advice and have one installed.  It's a very commonplace procedure, and certainly not something that will cause you discomfort or pain.  In fact, once the implant is installed, it's likely to make you more comfortable, making it easier to eat and speak than it was with the gap or damaged tooth.

Two ways to lower the cost of your dental bills

Certain types of dental treatments can be very costly. Here are two things you can do to keep your dental bills as low as possible. Never skip a check-up One of the best ways to avoid having to pay for costly complex dental treatments is to make sure that you always attend your routine check-up appointments. During this appointment, a dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums for signs of disease, decay and damage.

4 Activities You Should Stop While Your Dental Implants Heal

When you exercise regularly, stopping for any length of time is difficult. In order to stay in optimal shape, your body needs constant exercise. Stopping is like pushing a reset button. However, if you are planning to get a dental implant or have recently had an implant installed in your jawbone, you need to take extra care not to disturb the healing process. That means that for at least the first few days, you should avoid strenuous exercise.

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.

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.

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.

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.