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Tartar: Everything You Need to Know

You’re probably quite familiar with tartar: the hard substance that forms on your teeth over time. Tartar tends to calcify in place when allowed to set on your tooth for too long. Despite your regular brushing and flossing, this often doesn’t remove the buildup entirely. Over the period of 24 hours, any small amounts of soft plaque remaining will harden into tartar. Once tartar forms on your tooth, this can’t be brushed or flossed away. This is why we recommend a professional cleanup by a dentist in order to have it cleaned off. Our dentists use special tools that are … Continue reading

Why You Need to Whiten Before Cosmetic Treatments

Considering a cosmetic dental treatment? Be it veneers, bonding, replacing your fillings or any other dental procedure, you may want to consider whitening your teeth first! Here’s why: Your dental work won’t whiten If you’ve had any dental restorations done, they’ll stay this color. Your composite bonding, fillings or crowns are made out of ceramic materials that won’t respond to the bleaching agents used during whitening treatment. It is possible to remove superficial stains but the foundation colour will remain the same even if you decide to whiten your other teeth. Gives a brighter base for comparison We can make … Continue reading

Affordable Cosmetic Dentistry: A Guide

A smile makeover doesn’t necessarily have to be such a big investment. There are several cosmetic dentistry treatments that are affordable for all our patients that have a more restricted budget to follow. Here are some options that will easily fit into your long terms goals and give you a straighter, whiter smile. Bonding Cosmetic bonding is a good option for patients who have crooked or discolored teeth. In this process, a composite material made according to the natural shade of your teeth is used and bonded to the front of your tooth in order to cover irregularities. Bonding needs … Continue reading

Do You Need Dentures?

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Ever suffered from recurring dental problems with no apparent solution? You might have noticed older dental patients opting to remove their teeth and having them replaced with dentures. While dentures come in quite useful when you want to replace your teeth in one go, here are some things you’ll want to keep in mind: The perks of natural teeth If you think dentures are a great way of getting your natural teeth replaced just for aesthetic purposes and with no underlying dental condition, keep in mind that it requires quite a bit of adjusting to as this is a larger, … Continue reading

Everything You Need to Know About Your First Filling

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Over the years, preventative dentistry techniques have evolved making our patients have a much lower risk of tooth decay when compared to generations in the past. This doesn’t eliminate your risk entirely, however. So if you’ve found out you have a cavity or suspect you have one for the very first time, here’s the process you can expect when getting your first filling: Selection of Filling Material Depending on the location and severity of your cavity, the type of material used for your filling is important. Usually, a tooth colored composite material is used but when your cavity is large, … Continue reading

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Miss Your Six-Month Dental Visits!

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Ever been told you need to visit the dentist every 6 months? How many times have you skipped this appointment because you feel like there’s nothing wrong with your teeth? There are several reasons why scheduling a dental appointment every 6 months is important, here’s what you need to know: Oral Cancer Screening Most people diagnosed with this deadly disease aren’t aware of their condition until they’re in an advanced state with severe symptoms. As your dentist, we can screen for oral cancer by evaluating any changes in your oral tissues from one session to another. An early diagnosis of … Continue reading

3 Reasons Why Your Missing Tooth Needs to Be Replaced Fast!

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Ever found yourself in excruciating pain over a tooth that needs to be removed? A quick visit to the clinic would have your tooth extracted in no time but as much timely relief as this offers, you’ll definitely want to get this tooth replaced ASAP and here’s why! Opposite tooth will erupt Each of your teeth are specifically designed to have a partnering tooth in terms of your overall bite on the opposite arch. If you remove one, the tooth meant to bite against it is likely to erupt further outwards to have a partnering tooth to rest against. Misalignment … Continue reading

Have Sensitive Teeth? Here’s Why!

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Have you noticed your teeth becoming more sensitive to certain beverages, foods or changes in temperature? Your teeth feel a little tender every time you brush? There could be many reasons for this but here are some of the most common culprits! Receding Gums When your gums recede, they leave your roots exposed to external stimuli. The roots of your teeth are the most sensitive because they aren’t covered by a protective layer of enamel. When your shrinking gums expose this surface, they tend to be rather tender when coming into contact with other elements. Our dentists may recommend desensitizing … Continue reading

Why Are Dental X-Rays So Important?

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It’s standard dental care for your dentist to recommend a dental x-ray at least once a year. Modern dental x-rays can serve many purposes. Some may be needed in order to give you a specific diagnosis of your teeth in specific areas or to screen for decay in areas your dentist can’t reach during checkups. There are also x-rays to give you broad imaging of your entire mouth. Many of our patients, however, are reluctant to get x-rays due to concerns regarding radiation involved. Allow us to put these fears to rest- when you come to SDG for your appointments, … Continue reading

Do You Need Root Canal Therapy? Here are 5 Signs

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If you have a dental abscess, root canal therapy is a form of treatment you’ll want to seriously consider, as this is one problem that won’t go away on its own! If you notice any of the below signs and symptoms, make sure to contact us straight away for professional root canal treatment! Toothache What starts out as a dull ache will soon escalate into a throbbing pain that could potentially even keep you up at night when left unattended! These types of toothaches won’t even be eased by over-the-counter medication. Sensitivity to hot/cold If you’re experiencing sensitivity to cold … Continue reading