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Over the past several years the safety of metal fillings has come to the forefront of many a dental discussion. One of the key concerns people have is the presence of elemental mercury found in metal, or amalgam fillings. Mercury is known to be a neurotoxin that, at certain levels, can cause neurological issues, autoimmune disease, chronic illnesses and environmental concerns.
While the jury is out on whether the amount of mercury found in amalgam fillings is dangerous to your health, there are a couple of other considerations regarding amalgam fillings we think you should know about:
- Since metal expands and contracts with heat and cold, your metal fillings can be impacted by the foods and drinks you consume. Expansion can cause your teeth to crack and contraction can leave you with gaps between the tooth and filling, opening the door to decay
- The metal found in amalgam fillings can cause allergic reactions in some people.
- Many people find that metal fillings are the least attractive dental filling material.
So what should you do about your metal fillings? If you are concerned about the material used in your fillings, come in and talk to us at our dental office airdrie. If you and your teeth are healthy, leaving the metal filling in place may the the best course of action. If there is any decay, cracking or other damage to your teeth or fillings, replacing them may be recommended.
The cost of restorative or cosmetic dental treatment is a concern for many people, so, if you are worried about it, you are not alone. While it’s understandable people may feel investing in cosmetic dental treatment is a luxury, there is a health benefit to improving a flawed smile. Damaged, broken, crooked or missing teeth can contribute to oral health issues such as :
- gum disease
- hot or cold sensitivity
- bite alignment issues
- airway and breathing problems
Restorative dental treatments like crowns, bridges, veneers, implants and bonding do come at a price. And, generally, the better quality the materials, the bigger the expense.
The good news is, many restorative treatments are covered by dental insurance. Want even better news? A better smile could result in better health.
If you’re considering dental veneers, you may be concerned about whether they will look like real, natural teeth, or not. Nobody wants fake looking teeth. Or nobody we’ve met so far!
Here are the top three considerations we think are key to getting the most natural looking veneers:
- Pick good quality materials. In many cases, porcelain, while typically more expensive, is chosen by many people for the most natural looking results.
- Talk to your dentist about your expectations. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder so, if you have some esthetic goals in mind, let your dentist know about them.
- Make sure your dentist and the lab he or she uses have proven experience. Ask to see before and after photos of other patients and, if possible, check for reviews.
While snoring is often dismissed as a noisy nuisance, it can be a sign of something more serious – sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a breathing related sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing for several seconds numerous times each night. The consequences of sleep apnea are twofold:
- The constant, brief awakenings can stop you from reaching the deep, restorative stage of sleep, leading to daytime fatigue
- Each time you stop breathing, your body is robbed of oxygen, straining important organs such as your heart
While a visit to a medical doctor or sleep specialist is required for an accurate sleep apnea diagnosis, depending on the cause of your sleep disorder, oftentimes a simple dental device that shifts your jaw into its optimal position while you sleep can be an effective sleep apnea treatment.
Crooked teeth can cause several oral health issues. Beyond the obvious aesthetic impact of crooked teeth, they can also affect:
- the way you chew
- the alignment of your bite
- your ability to keep them decay and disease free
There are a lot of choices when it comes to adult braces. From traditional metal braces – still the most effective for moving teeth – to removable, “invisible” plastic aligners, straightening teeth in adulthood has become very common.
If you have crooked teeth that weren’t straightened when you were a child, it’s not too late. Come in to talk to us dentist about adult braces. We think you’ll like your adult tooth straightening options.
The answer is NO! While tooth loss often occurs with aging, it doesn’t have to be inevitable. There are a lot of things you can do to ensure you keep your teeth as long as you can. In fact, keeping as many natural teeth as possible is a key component of good oral health.
- The first step is regular brushing and flossing
- Step two is regular professional cleanings and dental exams
- Next, make sure you follow your dentist’s advice. Extra cleanings to nip gum disease problems in the bud, or dental restorations to address chips, cracks or decay can mean the difference between keeping teeth and losing them
If you do have missing teeth, it’s important to replace them. Dentures, dental bridges or dental implants are all effective tooth replacement treatment options that your we may recommend. The picture of a toothless senior is one from the past. Today, with good dental care, tooth loss as you age is preventable.
There are many types of dental sedation for people who suffer from dental anxiety or who are afraid of the dentist. At You First Dental, dental office Airdrie, we use nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide helps you to relax through a variety of dental procedures, from routine cleanings to more involved treatments like a root canal or a tooth extraction.
We administer the gas via a mask that fits over your nose. This allows us to control the amount of gas you inhale, helping us ensure you get the right amount. Nitrous oxide typically wears off quite quickly, so you are not affected by the sedation after your treatment.
If you are afraid of the dentist, don’t put off treatment any longer. Dental sedation can help you overcome your fear so that you can keep your mouth as healthy as it can be.