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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

oral cancer screening

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

Woman with TMJ pain

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?

Root canal sedation

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

When to Replace a Tooth

man needs to replace tooth

If you have a problematic tooth or recently experienced an injury to your mouth, you may be wondering if it’s best to have your tooth extracted and replaced, or if you should try to keep it as long as possible. While natural tooth preservation is usually the ideal option for our patients at Purity Dental, it’s not always what’s best. Here are a few instances where you may want to discuss tooth replacement with our team:   A non-restorable tooth At a certain point, severely damaged or decayed teeth can no longer be repaired. Investing in a crown or filling … Continue reading

Your First Filling

getting ready for a tooth filling

Thanks to modern preventative dentistry techniques, our patients and their families have a lower tooth decay risk than generations past. But cavities still happen, and if you’ve just found out that you have tooth decay for the very first time, you may be wondering what it’s like to get a dental filling.    Filling Material Selection Dental fillings are generally made of a tooth coloured composite material. The type of material is important, especially depending on the location and size of your cavity. If your cavity is large, one of our dentist may show you a stronger filling material made … Continue reading

3 Causes of Cold Sensitivity and How to Prevent It

woman with cold sensitivity having ice cream

Cold sensitivity in your teeth is one of the most common issues we see in dentistry.  The symptoms can be temporary, or in some cases, mean something more serious that should be addressed. When you come to Purity Dental for your exam, we’ll perform a thorough evaluation to see what the cause of your cold sensitivity is and how it should be addressed. Common Causes of Sensitive Teeth and How to Deal with Them Gum Recession Our gum tissue covers the roots of our teeth, which aren’t meant to be exposed.  The roots don’t have protective enamel like the body … Continue reading

Dealing with Gum Recession

woman with receding gumlines

Gum recession can cause sensitivity and make you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your smile.  It’s a very common dental condition but it should be addressed quickly so that it doesn’t get worse. What Causes Gum Recession?  There are different factors that lead to gum recession.  It can be something that you can’t help, like your genetic makeup and oral anatomy, or a problem that can be easily fixed, like brushing too hard. Bite issues, gum disease, tobacco use, and grinding or clenching your teeth are also causes of gum recession. Purity Dental in Mulgrave can help you figure … Continue reading