Using digital impressions, and some pretty amazing software we can now mill a crown in most cases in just a few hours.

Because the material is milled from a solid block it is strong. It is also very esthetic, biocompatible and forms a strong bond with the adhesive we use to place a crown onto the tooth.

The technology has been around for about 20 years and is rapidly taking over as the way to do restorative dentistry.

Our body is slow to tell you things are going wrong. Hence, you don't know you have high blood pressure, cancer or most illness till it advances pretty far.  This includes tooth decay. We often see tooth decay into the nerve that doesn't even bother a person.  

Trauma on the other hand is pretty immediate in its "hurt". This includes surgery, often taking a year to recover from surgery. 

Did you know having a filling done is considered a surgical procedure. It traumatizes the tooth and recovery time is required. Not long ago we considered it normal in dentistry to have sensitivity issues for months after a tooth was worked on. This has changed with the many advances in dental materials and techniques. Now we advise that after a week of sensitivity to let us know about it and we can start making adjustments to the stress level on the tooth, helping it to settle faster. This is an expected result of dental treatment, so let us know if a tooth or gums are giving yoiu problems after a week postoperatively. Every tooth, every procedure, every person is different, but we are here to help your body/tooth to recover.

Most people function with their jaw joints slightly out of position. While it won't always cause noticeable problems, it is potentially very dangerous, including such things as breaking teeth and dental work, TMJ pain, headaches, ringing in the ears, gum disease, bone loss and sensitive teeth to name just a few. Come in and have us evaluate your jaw position and the health of your jaws and related structures.

Time Magazine has a great edition out on the shelves -- "YOUR BODY"  Including lots of references about the mouth.

We recommend you check it out. There's a copy in our reception area for your convenience.

The Alberta Dental Association and College seems to be of the opinion that advertising is wrong for professionals. They allow us to do a certain amount only because they've had to acquiesce to the demands of the majority of dentists. In our most recent newsletter it is stated that "Educating patients is a noble pursuit perhaps not suited for a yellow pages ad, a website or a sign but rather an operatory or classroom."

So I ask-- in an age where the internet is for most of us an information source (though I admit a guarded one, just like any other one)  and considering that time is money (either directly or indirectly) How do you feel about the ADA & C's attitude? Tell me, so that I may best direct my advertising without "stepping on anyones toes". And let the ADA & C know--I'm sure they'd appreciate being told how you really feel.

I think good information/education should be readily available and that it is easy to distinguish between good and bad.

A lot of seniors we see neglect their health (especially their dental health) worse than children and teenagers. It is sad. 

As we age pain management is very difficult. Our bodies don't recover well. We may be on multiple medications that interfere with other medications and with our body's natural healing abilities. We have developed allergies and sensitivities that we didn't have when we were younger.

You don't want to suffer the pain of dental infections. And dental infections -- even those that are not yet painful will affect your overall health. Our mouth is full of bacteria and once the tissues become inflammed, the blood vessels in our mouth are permeable to the bacteria. Once in the blood, the bacteria are able to spread throughout our body.

The best advice is that before retirement have all the problems in your mouth fixed. It may cost a lot in dollars but it will save you future dollars at a time when it money will be a bigger factor in your life and it will save you a lot of pain and health problems.

Be regular with your check ups-- 3 months is a magic number for keeping down destruction by bacteria. Daily use of products such as Perio Protect (hydrogen peroxide gel in special trays) will do so much good for yoiur health. I cannot go without my daily application.

Ask us for more advice. Your hygienist is an excellent source of information.

Hygiene appointments are one of the best things you can do for your overall health. If you have any areas of disease (and over 90% of adults do), the hygienist can reach spots you can't with the brush, floss or mouth rinses. The goal is to reduce bacteria and inflammation. Both are major causes not only of destruction of tissue in the mouth but also of our body. The hygienist can help you live healthier. And in offices such as ours we have added the use of lasers for those with high levels of destructive bacteria. The results are amazing. The procedure is very comfortable.

Prior to any surgery we recommend a good dental cleaning within 90 days of the surgery. 3 months seems to be the critical period of time to keep the bacteria down to low enough levels to not destroy tissue.

This same principle applies to the frequency you may require for regular hygiene visits. 3 months will be recommended if you have moderate to advanced gum disease. It may be even more important if you've spent a lot of money over the years on fixing teeth. Protect your investment.

For the healthy person, visits of 6 to 12 months may be appropriate. Ask us what the best recare frequency is suited to you and do your best to maintain that frequency. It is in your best interest and will pay dividends as you age in both less need for dental care and healthier bodies.

While there are lots of different reasons for headaches, dental appliances and altering the bite have been shown to have an 80% success rate in treatment of headaches. For someone with a headache problem, this is a huge opportunity for relief. The best way to see if you are a candidate is to ask your dentist for a trial bite appliance. Should you achieve an acceptable amount of relief in a short period of time, then a full analysis of your bite, including models, a record of your jaw joint position, a full set of photos is the next step allowing the dentist to develop a plan. Planning in dentistry is underdone, often because insurance companies don't pay for some of the steps. It is however invaluable for treatment of headaches, bite disorders and the like. Success is dependent upon a good plan.

We all like to give a helping hand to other people, but I know from research that a lot of our charitable donations don't actually make it to where we want it to go. According to MoneySense magazine (2010, 2011, 2012) Chalice is the number one Canadian charity providing International Aid and Development (a 93% efficiency rating). We at 22nd @ Taylor Dental Care have chosen this year to sponsor a 9 year old girl from Cameroon through Chalice.

So when things are breaking down in your mouth; it leads to eventual pain, greater expense and an unesthetic smile that ages us more than wrinkles.

Repair worn teeth as soon as possible to keep the expense down and reduce the future need for root canals or extractions. It's worth the expense, even when dental plans won't cover the work, because it's only going to get worse-- teeth, gums, muscles and joints never fix themselves.