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Dental Implant Maintenance

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How do you take care of dental implants? Are they really that much different than caring for other types of restorations? In short, your new implants need to be cared for the very same way you would your natural smile. Not only do implants resemble anatomical teeth; they’re maintained in an identical manner. Flossing Your Implant Like your other teeth, implants must be flossed daily. Since a toothbrush can’t reach between teeth or just below your gums, flossing is crucial. Wrap the floss around your implant, so that it’s shaped like a “C” against the side. Gently rub the floss … Continue reading

How Often Should I Have My Teeth Cleaned?

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Regular scale and cleans are central to your preventative dental care routine. But how often should you be booking checkups? If Your Gums and Teeth are Healthy As a general rule, people with healthy teeth and gums book a routine check-up and clean every six months. This is to prevent any dental disease from becoming a significant problem. During your visit, our dentist at Purity Dental Mulgrave, will check all your teeth to ensure there are no new cavities, perform a routine oral cancer screening, measure the health and strength of your gums and clean away any soft plaque and … Continue reading

Handling a Dental Emergency

If you’ve ever broken a tooth, had a bad toothache, or found yourself with a dental abscess while you’re out of town, you know how disheartening a dental emergency can be. Knowing what to do first can help you get out of pain and save your smile, limiting the extent of treatment you need. Here are a few tips from Purity Dental if you or your family are in the middle of a dental emergency: What to Do if You Break or Knock Out a Tooth: Act fast. Locate your tooth fragment and store it in milk or your saliva, … Continue reading

Dentures vs. Dental Implants

When you need to replace your missing teeth, you have a few options to consider: bridges, dentures, partials, and dental implants. About Dentures Dentures are fast and affordable. Whether you opt for a full or partial design, it can replace all of your missing teeth with one, removable prosthesis. However, dentures can take a lot of time to adjust to. You’ll need to practice speaking and eating with them. Even then, you’ll find that you need to cut your food into smaller pieces and opt for softer textures since you won’t have as strong of biting and chewing forces as … Continue reading

Why Should I Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

It almost seems like a rite of passage for teens and young adults to need their wisdom teeth extracted. Not everyone has problems with their third molars, but when they do, removing them is usually the best recommendation. Why is that the case? They Decay and Develop Gum Disease Easily Because of a lack of space, it’s normal for wisdom teeth to only partly erupt. Partial eruption means a portion of the tooth is visible, while the rest is still nestled under the gumlines. Combined with being difficult to reach, both of these factors make it so that wisdom teeth … Continue reading

Caring for Your New Dental Crowns or Veneers

You’ve just completed your recent treatment, and for the first time, you have a new crown or veneers. Whether you underwent full mouth reconstruction or a smile makeover, you want your new investment to last as long as possible. Our Purity Dental Mulgrave dentist are here to share specific steps you can take to get the most out of your new dental work. Floss Daily Many people are scared that flossing around a crown or veneer will cause their restoration to pop off accidentally. Not so. In fact, if floss pulls your crown off, it was going to come out … Continue reading

What is Cosmetic Teeth Straightening?

If you’ve ever wished that you could get braces for a short period of time just to straighten your front teeth, then cosmetic alignment options are a great treatment to consider. Cosmetic teeth straightening is done for aesthetic purposes only, rather than comprehensive procedures that address your entire bite. As such, they’re limited to the teeth in your “smile zone” — that is, the ones people notice when you’re smiling, talking, or laughing. Quicker Results, Less Time in Appliances Since fewer teeth are adjusted in a cosmetic teeth-straightening case, the process takes much less time. Most of our patients see … Continue reading

Why Everyone Needs an Annual Oral Cancer Screening

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Think you’re not at risk for developing oral cancer? Think again. While factors such as tobacco use (smoking or dip tobacco) or alcohol consumption do increase your risk of oral cancer, they’re not the only ones. Healthy people can develop this deadly disease, too. It turns out that other risk factors like sun exposure and certain viruses (like HPV, which is also linked to cervical cancer) can make you more prone to oral cancer. As such, people of all demographics and ages are at risk. Early Screening Saves Lives The best treatment for oral cancer is — and always has … Continue reading

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

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The temporomandibular joint, or “TMJ” is one that can cause significant pain and discomfort if a disorder develops inside of where the jaw attaches at each side of the mouth. Symptoms of TMJ disorder can vary, depending on the underlying cause. Let our dentists at Purity Dental Mulgrave, know if you’re experiencing any of the following: Popping noises when you open or close your mouth. Grinding, clicking, or popping noises are some of the first signs to look for if you suspect a TMJ disorder.   Your jaw deviating to one side when you open your mouth. Ideally, your jaw … Continue reading

Do Root Canals Hurt?

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If there’s been a rumor that has hurt dental patients the most over the past several years, it’s the one you’ve likely heard about root canals. That is, “root canals hurt” or “having a root canal was the worst experience of my life.” But are these rumors true? Or is there more to the story and root canals have unnecessarily been linked with a painful trip to the dentist’s office? Modern Anaesthetic and Dental Sedation Today’s effective numbing medications and dental sedatives make it essentially painless to go to the dentist. Although there may be a tiny pinch when an … Continue reading