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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

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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