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Saving your Tooth!
A Word or Two About Dentures
Food & Your Teeth

Saving your Tooth!

Our Etobicoke dentist says that there are many reasons to save a compromised tooth, and in most cases, they far outweigh the loss of a tooth.

Deciding to save your tooth today can make a significant difference in the way you chew, talk, smile and interact with others. Retaining your natural teeth for a lifetime helps ensure a more youthful appearance and social ease as well.

What are the most common causes of tooth loss?

People often seek out emergency dental care when they are in pain. Some of the most common reasons for emergency visits to the dental office include:

  • A broken or fractured tooth
  • An abcess (infection) of the pulp (nerve) of the tooth
  • A periodontal infection or inflammation
  • Mobile (loose) teeth
  • A badly decayed tooth
  • A lost filling
  • A knocked out tooth

How can my tooth be saved?

Firstly, one of our Etobicoke dentists must make an accurate diagnosis to determine the exact nature of the problem. This usually involves taking an X-ray, making a clinical examination, and taking a thorough medical and/or dental history. Depending upon the diagnosis, the dentist will usually make the following recommendations to save a compromised tooth:
Broken tooth – Full crown; in cases where a tooth breaks at the gumline, the dentist may also elect to do a reinforcing procedure to build up the tooth before placing a crown.

Abcessed tooth – Root canal therapy; in 95 percent of cases today, an abcessed tooth can be saved with endodontic therapy especially when diagnosed and treated early.

Periodontal (gum) infection/involvement – A periodontally involved tooth can often be saved if the diagnosis is made early. Depending upon the nature and severity of the case, your dentist can initiate periodontal therapy which may require you to return to the office for several treatments.

Badly decayed tooth/lost filling – A new filling. A lost filling or heavily decayed tooth can often be restored with a new filling. A crown may be necessary if the amount of tooth structure is insufficient to support a filling.

Knocked out tooth – Occasionally, a direct blow to the face will result in knocking out a tooth. If this occurs, you must get to the dentist quickly! If possible, soak the tooth in milk, place it under the victim’s tongue, or between the victim’s cheek and gum (this will help preserve the vitality of the tooth). Often times, a knocked out tooth can be re-implanted especially when professional help is obtained within 30 minutes after the accident.

Your healthy smile is of the most concern to our dental team here at Etobicoke Dental Clinic. Helping you achieve and attain an optimal level of oral health is very important to us. We are open six days a week and offer convenient hours of operation. If you have any questions, please call (416) 255-3333.

A Word or Two About Dentures

Dentures are removable prosthetic devices replacing missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures available – complete (full) or partial dentures.

Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, and are often referred to as “false teeth”, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.

Conventional full dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the gums have had a chance to heal, usually eight to twelve weeks after the teeth extraction.

Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be inserted into the patient’s mouth immediately after the teeth are removed. This way the patient does not need to be without teeth during the healing process. But because the gums and bones shrink over time (especially during the healing period after the extractions), therefore these types of dentures would require more adjustments than conventional full complete dentures.

Should you have any questions, please contact our dental office to arrange a consultation with our Etobicoke denturist. Call (416) 255-3333.

Food & Your Teeth

Just like our bodies, our teeth and gums need many essential vitamins and minerals to stay strong and healthy. Moreover, it will ensure proper tooth development and strength within babies, children, adults and seniors.

Calcium, with help from phosphorous (e.g. eggs, beef, chicken, turkey, halibut) and Vitamin D (e.g. trout, salmon, tuna, egg yolk, mackerel, milk) are the main components of teeth and bones and a prime ingredient for preventing tooth decay, especially for growing children.

Dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese, are a great source of calcium.

Other options are leafy greens such as broccoli and bok choy, canned fish (with bones), almonds, Brazil nuts, and dried beans.

Fruit, Fiber and Veggies

Good sources of fiber are dried fruits such as dates, raisins and figs, and fresh fruits, like bananas, apples and oranges. Other options include veggies such as beans, brussels sprouts and peas, peanuts, almonds, and bran. Eating high-fiber foods keeps your saliva flowing, which helps create mineral defenses against tooth decay.

Whole Grains

Whole grains provide B vitamins and iron, which help keep gums healthy. Whole grains also have magnesium- an important ingredient for bones and teeth. In addition, whole grains are high in fiber. Look for foods such as bran, brown rice, whole grain based cereals, and pasta which are good sources of whole grains.

Let’s not forget about vitamin A which is found in liver, pumpkin, carrots, sweet potato, mango, spinach, broccoli. Vitamin A is necessary for the formation of tooth enamel, while vitamin C is essential for healthy gums. So we should include citrus fruits, cantaloupe, strawberries, tomatoes and cabbage in our daily diet.

Fluoride will help prevent tooth decay. In children, it works with calcium and phosphorous to help strengthen enamel, and in older adults, it helps restore and harden enamel.

Sugary Snacks

When you get the munchies, focus on choosing healthy foods. Try to avoid sweets, because sugar partners with plaque to weaken enamel, leaving you vulnerable to tooth decay.

Contact Etobicoke Dental to arrange a consultation with our dentist. Call (416) 255-3333.

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