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Dental CT scans

A CT scan provides us with a 3D image of the structures of the mouth. Traditional x-rays are 2D images and have limitations in the information they provide. In some cases, such as planning for implants, the 3D dimensions are necessary. When a tooth is lost, over time the bone in that area shrinks in all dimensions. When planning for an implant we need to ensure there is sufficient volume to fit an implant into that space. For this reason we use CT scans when a tooth has been lost for many years and we need that 3D information to choose the appropriate sized implants and have the best chances of success.

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Aug 26, 2015 | Posted by
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Dental Anxiety

We know the dental office can be a scary place for some. Especially those who have had bad experiences in the past (not at our office of course!). So here are some tips to help with that dreaded dental anxiety. Find a dentist you can trust. Sometimes it comes down to personality. You need to feel comfortable and secure that your dentist cares for your best interests. Distraction. Aren’t the 40 inch TVs on the ceiling the best. Watching television or listening to music can help you tune out and relax. So bring your headphones or tell us your favorite channel and you can escape into your favorite show or music. Sedation. Margolian Dentistry provides laughing gas and oral sedative pills to relax and make patients a bit drowsy during procedures. These work for children and adults. Regular check ups. Regular cleaning appointments are crucial for preventing cavities but are…

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Are baby teeth important?

There is a misconception that it is okay if kids get cavities or loose baby teeth because they will just get permanent replacements. This is not the case. We need these baby teeth for chewing and appearance but also very importantly these teeth function as natural space maintainers. Every baby tooth has a permanent replacement and if a child looses a tooth too early, the teeth around it will drift forward into its place. The adult tooth will have then lost its spot to erupt into, causing crowding and bite issues that could lead to a need for orthodontic intervention in the future. Every baby tooth is intended to come out naturally at a specific age that corresponds to when the adult tooth below is developed and ready to erupt into the mouth. If the baby tooth is lost long before the adult tooth is ready, space loss and crowding…

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Fluoride Toothpaste for Children

The Canadian Dental Association recommends that a child under 3 should be using only a rice grain sized amount of toothpaste and children 3 to 6 a pea sized amount. If your child under 3 has low risk for cavities (based on diet, history of cavities, amount of plaque, and even mom’s history of cavities) then it is sometimes recommended to use a toothbrush with just water. This is because we don’t want children to swallow too much toothpaste with fluoride as it can affect the developing adult teeth and potentially make your child sick as it actually contains properties that induce vomiting. If too much fluoride is ingested while permanent teeth are developing, they can appear chalky or mottled when they do finally erupt into the mouth. Fluoridated water supply is balanced so that the perfect amount of fluoride is ingested to help protect teeth from cavities without causing…

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Child’s First Dental Visit

Children get their first tooth around 6 months. This can vary from child to child, and by the age of 3, they will have their full set of baby teeth. Many people think there is a specific age when you should first bring in children to the dentist, but in fact the best guideline is when the child’s first tooth comes in. This is usually before the age of 1. The first visit is all about getting young children comfortable in the dental office and with the dentist. Simply showing them some of the more fun dental tools, such as a spinning polishing brush, allows them to become familiar and comfortable in this new environment. In this way, as they age and perhaps need dental treatment such as a cleaning or a filling, the environment does not intimidate them. From then on, children should have regular cleanings and check ups…

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