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When to Replace a Tooth

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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

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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

5 Signs That You May Need Root Canal Therapy

man with tooth pain

Needing root canal therapy is not something that should be ignored. A dental abscess doesn’t get better on its own. It must be treated.  So, if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should see a dental professional right away.     You have a toothache:  It may start out as a dull achiness but if left unattended the pain can become so bad that it’s unbearable, waking you up at night and not being relieved by over the counter pain medications.   Temperature Sensitivity: If you experience discomfort when something cold touches your tooth you may possibly have … Continue reading

Why You Shouldn’t Prolong Your Dental Treatment

woman getting a dental check up

Is the thought of dental treatment leading you into a panic attack? Well you are not alone! Many adults fear having dental treatment done and will avoid it as long as possible. However, in doing so it can lead to some of the following; Risking Severe Infection Serious dental infections can spread quickly to other parts of your body, such as your throat which can lead to closing off your airway! Losing the entire tooth Large cavities and fractures cause teeth to become weak and break.  If a significant amount is fractured and breaks underneath the gum, there’s a possiblity … Continue reading

Getting the Most Out Of Your Teeth Whitening Treatment

Teeth whitening

Yay! You’ve decided to brighten your smile! Seeing a dentist will help you get a better result than using a whitening kit sold over the counter. Is there anything extra you can do to ensure your smile responds better to the product? Here are a few tips and tricks that we want our teeth whitening patients to know about: Get a Check and Clean First For your whitening gel to work as effectively as possible, you want to have a clean surface to apply it to. Getting a scale and clean (with a polish) will make it easier for the … Continue reading

The Health Impact of Gum Disease

health risks of gum disease

It’s not uncommon to see a toothpaste or mouthwash commercial mention the dangers of gum disease. You may have heard the subject mentioned during your exam with one of our dentists. But aside from swollen or bleeding gums, it’s extremely important to note that there are repercussions on your overall health if periodontitis (gum disease) goes untreated. The Oral-Systemic Connection Oral biofilm that cause gum disease tend to accumulate under the soft tissues, working their way deeper as time goes by. These same bacteria can become dislodged and spread directly into the bloodstream. As they move throughout the body, they … Continue reading

Five Advantages of Dental Implants

man with dental implants

Are you ready to replace your missing teeth or find an alternative to your conventional dentures? Dental implants offer several tremendous advantages to our patients. Here are just a few that are worth considering:   They’re Stronger Than Natural Teeth Once an implant has integrated with the body and bone has fused it permanently in place, it can withstand more weight than healthy teeth. Their strength means implants typically outperform removable conventional prosthetics like dentures or partial plates.   Implants Last When properly placed and well cared for, today’s implants have the potential of success rate is close to 98%, … Continue reading

Is Flossing Really Necessary?

Woman flossing

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t like flossing. At Purity Dental we know it’s no secret that flossing is a hard habit to get into. And chances are, if you’ve never had a cavity, you may be asking our Mulgrave dentists, “is flossing really even necessary?” Yes. It is. And here’s why: Your Toothbrush Can’t Clean Between Your Teeth Brush as long and hard as you want, and the bristles will never be able to reach in between your teeth. Only flossing will physically remove the acids, bacteria, and food debris that have accumulated throughout the day. Wrap … Continue reading