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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question for our dentist? Every day at our Oakville dental office we speak with our patients to answer any questions that they may have regarding the health and maintenance of their oral condition.
Listed below for your reference are 5 oral health related questions that are asked frequently. If you would like to discuss any of these questions in more detail with our dentist staff or if you have dental questions of your own, we invite you to call us at (905) 827-0301 or ask them though our website's question page.

Why is it important that I visit my dentist every 6 months?
We recommend that patients visit our Oakville dental office at least twice each year to ensure their optimal oral health and to help avoid serious and costly future problems. In addition to cleaning and polishing all the visible and hidden surfaces of your teeth, we also check for many potential problems. Tooth decay, oral cancer and periodontal (gum) disease are just a few examples of problems that can have serious consequences if left undetected. In certain cases, we may even recommend 3 or 4 visits per year in order to properly treat conditions that require more regular attention or if there is a dental emergency.

Maintaining a regular appointment schedule with your dentist isn't just good for your teeth, it's an important part of your overall health.

Am I a Candidate For Dental Implants?
Generally, candidates for dental implants should be in good health, have healthy gums, good oral habits for aftercare and a healthy jawbone to support the implants. Dental implants can adversely be affected by some chronic diseases, existing dental problems, diabetes, bone disorders, smoking and alcohol. Your dentist can evaluate your situation to determine if dental implants are the best option for you.

Can I Replace an Old Crown that Looks Unnatural?
Many of our patients have asked us about replacing very old dental crowns that have deteriorated or dental crowns that do not blend well with their natural teeth.

At our office will ensure that the shade is matched and the crown is shaped precisely for a very natural, indistinguishable appearance that it also functional.

What Is a Root Canal and When Is It Required?
Deep cavities and cracks in teeth can allow bacteria to enter the pulp that nourishes the teeth, leading to irritation and infection. Eventually, the pulp may die, threatening the health of the surrounding tooth. In cases like these, your dentist will try to save the natural tooth with a root canal treatment.

At each check-up your dentist looks for possible signs of infection. If root canal treatment is necessary, your dentist can perform the procedure. It is important that you receive treatment as soon as possible to prevent further infection and possible tooth loss.

Root canal treatments remove the dead or infected pulp through a small opening in the tooth. The root canals are sealed to prevent bacteria from reaching the bone, and the opening in the tooth is sealed with a filling or crown.

With a root canal you can keep your natural teeth and avoid a costly tooth replacement. Speak to one of our team members to learn more.

I have seen tooth whitening advertised on both TV and by my dentist. Is there a difference?
The answer is Yes and No. The whitening agents contained in almost all tooth whitening material products is either carbamide peroxide or a stabilized hydrogen peroxide.

The difference is that the materials prescribed by a dentist are generally stronger concentrations that provide faster, more dramatic and longer lasting results. More importantly, your dentist can provide the personalized advice that you need to determine if whitening is right for you. Your dentist is also trained to recognize and treat any potential problems that may arise from your use of tooth whitening products.

We invite you to call our dental office for more information on teeth whitening alternatives.
A: X-rays help us see problems in the early stages of development; this helps us treat problems long before they become serious. If we catch a cavity early, we may be able to treat it without even having to fill or restore the tooth. If decay is not detected soon enough, you may not know you have a problem until it is causing you some pain or discomfort. Major tooth restoration may be needed to repair a tooth if the decay has advanced enough. X-rays reveal:
  • Cavities between teeth, under the gums and around old fillings.
  • Bone loss due to periodontal disease.
  • Problems below the gums, such as long or crooked tooth roots.
A: It is the most common dental problem, and it can progress quite painlessly until you have a serious problem. The end result is bone loss and the loss of teeth. Even though you may brush and floss regularly, regular visits to the dentist will help detect gum disease in the early stages.

A: If you already have gum disease, getting rid of plaque and tartar gives your gums a chance to get better. That's why in the early stages of gum disease, the best treatment is:
  • Regular cleanings in our practice.
  • Brushing twice a day.
  • Flossing once a day.
A: Many people suffer from bad breath; in fact, 40% of the population has problems with bad breath at some time in their lives. Some reasons for bad breath may be:
  • Poor dental hygiene.
  • Eating certain foods, such as garlic or onions.
  • Smoking.
  • Chewing Tobacco.
  • Diseases, such as cancer or diabetes.
  • Dry mouth (often called morning breath).
You can help reduce the incidence of bad breath by brushing and flossing each day to remove plaque. By avoiding certain foods you can also eliminate a lot of bad breath problems. If you wear a denture or removable partial denture, it is important to clean it thoroughly everyday and remove it at night so your mouth tissues can restore themselves daily. If a bad breath problem persists then let us know and we will try to discover what the problem is and recommend a treatment.

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