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The ABCs of Dental Care – Part 3

ABCs of Dental Care - Part 3

We understand that dental terminology can sound foreign and confusing. That’s why we devoted the last three blog posts to explaining some common dental terms. To read the first part, click here, and to read the second, click here. Last but not least, here is the final installment of our dental terms list:

Root canal therapy may be needed when a tooth cannot be filled or restored in another way because the tooth’s decay has reached the nerve. The pulp (inside of the tooth) is then treated to prevent further decay and save the tooth.

Sealants are plastic, tooth-coloured coatings that can be added to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. This preventative treatment is used to protect teeth from cavities.

Temporary Dentures can completely or partially replace missing teeth. They are placed immediately after teeth are removed and, like the name suggests, are meant to be temporary. Eventually, they will need to be replaced by permanent dentures or a fixed bridge.

Unerupted teeth remain below the gum’s surface. They are either impacted (covered by only the gum) or embedded (covered by the gum and bone).

Veneers are thin layers of tooth-like material, applied to the front of a tooth’s surface using strong adhesive cement. They can be used to change the shape, position, and colour of your teeth, to create a natural, beautiful smile.

Wear on teeth has three major causes – abrasion (from a foreign body, such as a toothbrush), attrition (caused by clenching/grinding the teeth), or erosion (due to acid dissolving the outer surface of the tooth). Each of these situations can cause tooth sensitivity.

X-rays are used to determine if there is any decay or infection in your mouth. Common dental x-rays include bitewings (showing upper and lower teeth) and periapical (showing the whole tooth – crown to root).

Your oral health is so important to us. Since your mouth is the gateway to your entire body, we want to remind you to maintain regular dental appointments. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, now is the time to book an appointment. We are here to help you care for your oral and overall health.

If you have any questions about any of the dental terms above or about anything that we didn’t mention, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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The ABCs of Dental Care – Part 1

ABCs of dental care

While at the dentist office, you may hear a word or phrase that’s unfamiliar to you. We want you to feel completely at ease in our office. That’s why we are devoting the next three blog posts to explaining some common dental terms. Here are the first few.

Abrasions occur when a tooth shows signs of abnormal wear. This usually appears along the tooth’s gum line and is often caused by a hard-bristled toothbrush, or overaggressive brushing. Grinding can also cause similar wear.

Bonding is a tooth-coloured material that can be used to change a tooth’s shape and/or colour. It also refers to the way fillings, orthodontic appliances, and fixed dentures attach to the tooth.

Canines are teeth that can be distinctively longer, pointier, or more fang-like than our other teeth. These teeth are also called cuspids.

Dentin is a hard layer of the tooth, just below the outer enamel. It is softer than the enamel, darker in colour, and contains the tooth’s nerves. If the enamel wears away and the dentin is exposed, it can cause tooth sensitivity.

Enamel is the hardest part of the human body. It is the outer, white layer of the tooth.

Fracture is a broad term used to describe a broken tooth. The break can be slight, requiring minor treatment, or the break can be more severe and the tooth will need to be replaced.

Gingivitis occurs when the gums are inflamed – red, swollen, and bleed easily. Proper home care and regular dental appointments can reverse gingivitis. But if it is not dealt with, gingivitis can lead to more serious, painful, and irreversible gum problems.

Halitosis is the clinical name for bad breath. There are a number of causes, including cavities, gum disease, oral bacterial, and oral cancer. Regular dental appointments and daily brushing and flossing can greatly reduce the signs of bad breath.

If you have any questions about any of the dental terms above or about anything that we didn’t mention, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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