Posts for: September, 2014

By Mississauga Dental Arts
September 23, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease   loose teeth  
DeterminingtheCauseofToothLoosenessKeytoEffectiveTreatment

A loose permanent tooth isn’t normal — it represents a serious threat to the tooth’s survival. There may be a chance to save the tooth, however, if we can determine the cause of the looseness and treat it appropriately.

Teeth are normally held securely in place by the periodontal ligament, an elastic tissue that attaches to both the teeth and the bone. Certain conditions, however, can disrupt this attachment. The most common is advanced periodontal (gum) disease, an infectious condition caused by bacterial plaque. It can severely inflame and damage the surrounding gum tissues resulting in bone loss. As the bone is lost, the periodontal ligament is lost as they detach from the teeth. In fact, tooth looseness may be a fairly late sign of the disease.

Another major cause is teeth grinding (bruxism) and clenching habits that result in excessive biting forces. Usually stress-related, teeth grinding and clenching generate forces on the teeth outside of their normal range. As a result the periodontal ligament can become stretched, inducing tooth looseness.

Our treatment approach depends on which condition is causing the looseness, best assessed with a thorough dental examination. If gum disease is the culprit, the main treatment is to remove as much bacterial plaque and calculus (tartar) as possible using various techniques such as scaling or root planing (accessing and cleaning root surfaces). It’s also imperative for you the patient to start and maintain an effective hygiene regimen of daily brushing and flossing, along with professional cleanings every three to six months depending on your degree of vulnerability to gum disease. Subsequent healing will stimulate tissue reattachment to the teeth.

In the case of excessive biting forces, we primarily want to reduce their effect on the teeth. Treatment can include muscle relaxants or anti-inflammatory drugs, or a custom-fitted bite guard to minimize biting forces from teeth grinding during sleep. In some cases we may opt to reshape the biting surfaces of teeth through removal of small amounts of surface enamel: this will reduce the biting force by altering how the upper and lower teeth contact. It’s also possible to splint loose teeth to more stable teeth, joining them like pickets in a fence. This helps relieve the biting force on teeth with significant loss of bone support.

If you notice a loose tooth, you should make an exam appointment with us as soon as possible. The sooner we can diagnose the cause and begin treatment, the less chance you’ll lose your tooth.

If you would like more information on loose teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Loose Teeth.”


By Mississauga Dental Arts
September 15, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged
When is it Time for Root Canal Therapy?

Have you putting up with an annoying pain in your tooth? Maybe you thought it would go away on its own or you were hoping that you wouldn’t have to visit your dentist. Unfortunately, pain is often the body’s way of telling you that something just isn’t right. If you’ve been putting off treatment for a while, it might actually be time to have root canal therapy in Mississauga, ON. Here are just some of the reasons why you might need a root canal in Mississauga.

Reasons for a Root Canal

The main reason your Mississauga dentist will recommend a root canal is because the nerve of the tooth is infected or the pulp is damaged. The pulp is the soft part of the tooth’s center and the nerve is found within the root canal of the tooth’s root. The number one culprit of nerve and pulp infections is trapped bacteria or decaying food particles. When the bacteria are left untreated, it attacks the tooth, causing the pain and discomfort you’re experiencing. Facial trauma and dental cracks and chips can also cause the parts of the tooth to become irritated and infected.

So of course you might be crossing your fingers that your dental pain isn’t due to bacteria; however, if you leave pain untreated, a root canal in Mississauga is most likely going to be your answer to getting the relief you deserve.
 
The Telltale Signs

So you’ve been checking your teeth in the mirror trying to decide whether you might need to make an appointment to see your cosmetic dentist in Mississauga, ON. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to pick up the phone and give us a call right away:

-       An intense toothache that occurs when chewing or applying any pressure to the possibly infected tooth.

-       Extreme sensitivity or pain when eating or drinking anything that is hot or cold. If you once got enjoyment out of your evening cup of tea but now it’s just too painful to bear, then a root canal could give you the freedom to enjoy your favorite foods and drinks again.

-       Darkening or tooth discoloration

-       Swelling, tender gums around the infected tooth

-       A recurring pimple on the surrounding gums

If you’ve said yes to any of these symptoms above, then it’s time to get you scheduled for a dental exam in Mississauga. Don’t wait any longer! Call us today at (905) 270-0007. Stop worrying about dental pain and start enjoying life again.

By Mississauga Dental Arts
September 15, 2014
Category: Oral Health

When is it Time for Root Canal Therapy?

Have you putting up with an annoying pain in your tooth? Maybe you thought it would go away on its own or you were hoping that you wouldn’t have to visit your dentist. Unfortunately, pain is often the body’s way of telling you that something just isn’t right. If you’ve been putting off treatmentRoot Canal for a while, it might actually be time to have root canal therapy in Mississauga, ON. Here are just some of the reasons why you might need a root canal in Mississauga.

Reasons for a Root Canal

The main reason your Mississauga dentist will recommend a root canal is because the nerve of the tooth is infected or the pulp is damaged. The pulp is the soft part of the tooth’s center and the nerve is found within the root canal of the tooth’s root. The number one culprit of nerve and pulp infections is trapped bacteria or decaying food particles. When the bacteria are left untreated, it attacks the tooth, causing the pain and discomfort you’re experiencing. Facial trauma and dental cracks and chips can also cause the parts of the tooth to become irritated and infected.

So of course you might be crossing your fingers that your dental pain isn’t due to bacteria; however, if you leave pain untreated, a root canal in Mississauga is most likely going to be your answer to getting the relief you deserve.

The Telltale Signs

So you’ve been checking your teeth in the mirror trying to decide whether you might need to make an appointment to see your cosmetic dentist in Mississauga, ON. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to pick up the phone and give us a call right away:

 

-       An intense toothache that occurs when chewing or applying any pressure to the possibly infected tooth.

-       Extreme sensitivity or pain when eating or drinking anything that is hot or cold. If you once got enjoyment out of your evening cup of tea but now it’s just too painful to bear, then a root canal could give you the freedom to enjoy your favorite foods and drinks again.

-       Darkening or tooth discoloration

-       Swelling, tender gums around the infected tooth

-       A recurring pimple on the surrounding gums

 

If you’ve said yes to any of these symptoms above, then it’s time to get you scheduled for a dental exam in Mississauga. Don’t wait any longer! Call us today at (905) 270-0007. Stop worrying about dental pain and start enjoying life again.




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Mississauga, ON L5A 3S5
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