Oakville Dentist Blog

Welcome to Oakville dentist blog. Here you find valuable information about your teeth and oral health.

We discuss:

  • Tips on oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing.
  • Common dental problems and how to prevent them.
  • Beautiful smiles and healthy white teeth.
  • Dental issues in kids.
  • Other dental related issues.

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This Website contains general information relating to dental and oral health. This information is not intended to provide medical advice. You should always consult a physician or other qualified health professional for medical advice and treatment.

Tooth Sensitivity

Most common causes for teeth sensitivity

teeth sensitivity

A lot of people are very familiar with tooth sensitivity and can describe the exact feeling they get. For some it can be sudden sharp pain, for others it’s just a tingly sensation. People also experience sensitivity in different areas, on a single tooth, or all of their teeth. Sensitivity can be present all the time, or come and go from certain triggers like cold and hot drinks or foods. Tooth sensitivity can be mistaken for multiple things for example root damage, consulting your dentist is always important.

 

There are many causes to tooth sensitivity some include:

Gum recession

causes of teeth sensitivity

Gum recession can be one of the most common cause for teeth sensitivity. Recession happens when the gum line migrates leaving the exposed dentine vulnerable to hot and cold sensation. This results in discomfort and pain when people drink cold and hot dirnks. Theory is not very conclusive but studies show that the internal tooth structure contains fluid which move with any stimulus. When enamel is not present, fluid moves more freely and can conduct and stimulate the nerve inside the tooth.

Drinking too much soda, or other acidic drinks that weaken the enamel

causes of teeth sensitivity

You guessed it, yes. Soda drinks is very acidic and acidity is very bad for teeth. It causes enamel loss, which can cause sensitive teeth

Grinding or clenching your jaw

causes of teeth sensitivity

Similar to mouth acidity, grinding can result in losing the enamel from the surface of the tooth. If enamel is gone, teeth become sensitive.

 

Brushing too hard

causes of teeth sensitivity

Brushing your teeth too hard causing wear to your enamel potentially exposing the next layer (dentin) results in losing the enamel around the gum line. Remember that enamel is very thin where the tooth brush touches the teeth. Be careful and brush less forcefully.

Teeth whitening

causes of teeth sensitivity

Teeth whitening is very common to cause sensitivity. Although many people feel pain during or short after the procedure, most of the sensitivity is gone after the whitening is done. Use sensitive tooth paste if you are planning to whiten your teeth

Dental cleanings

causes of teeth sensitivity

Well, I know what you are thinking. No, dental cleaning by itself doens’t damage teeth. Removing the deposits on the teeth expose fresh tooth structure which is very sensitive for few day. If you maintain your regular cleaning schedule, you may prevent pain after cleaning.

Braces and Orthodontic appliances

causes of teeth sensitivity

Braces are made to move teeth. In the process, some teeth may get sensitive because of the pressure. Avoid biting on the very sore teeth and be assured that this type of sensitivity is temporary.

Fillings

causes of teeth sensitivity

 

Sometimes, teeth become sensitive after a filling is placed. This sensitivity normally fades away within few weeks. Stay away from extreme cold and hot drinks to prevent irritation.

Root damage

causes of teeth sensitivity

If the root is damaged then teeth become sensitive. In fact, any trauma to the tooth can result in sensitivity. Dont bite any hard food and don’t use your teeth for any thing other than chewing.

Gum disease

causes of teeth sensitivity

Gum disease can cause sensitivity on the teeth. Sensitivity is causes by inflammed ligaments around the tooth that carry some sensations inside the tooth.

Fractured teeth

causes of teeth sensitivity

This one is very obvious. If you fracture a tooth, expect to feel pain or sensitivity. Have your tooth fixed as soon as possible to prevent any further damage.

I have a tooth sensitivity, what I should do now?

Before coming to a conclusion about your sensitivity, you should consider meeting with your dentist to discuss what the underlying cause is and how to treat it. Dentists usually check the location of sensitivity by spraying air onto all the tooth surfaces, the painful ones will be evident. The dentist must eliminate that restorative work is not the cause of this sensitivity to proceed in treating you. An in office desensitizing agent may be used to help pain, it is a sticky coating applied to a specific area. Depending on how severe the pain is, your dentist or dental hygienist will recommend different products for you to try.

How to prevent teeth sensitivity

If the sensitivity is low and only occurs sometimes, a home care product will likely be recommended, for example fluoride gels, toothpastes and rinses (over the counter) can remineralize enamel, building it back up and reducing the sensitivity. For individuals who experience a higher level of sensitivity, in office treatment will be more effective and longer lasting. Using the right toothbrush is also very effective in reducing sensitivity, often recommended is an ultra soft brush. Your dental team will advise you with the best suggestions to combat your sensitivity.

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Lets talk about veneers

dental veneers

What is dental veneer?

Considering the cost, veneers have become more common in dentistry. Two types are available, Porcelain or composite resin (direct or indirect), one is more expensive than the other. Porcelain veneers are a little pricier than composites however last longer, approximately 10- 15 years and both of these options have different price ranges. The amount you pay has many different factors, including where you get them done, who’s performing the service for you (specialist fees), which material you decide to have used and how many teeth you’re getting done. Private insurance coverage doesn’t cover cosmetic dentistry, however you can always double check and see what you are eligible for. Our particular office does offer payment plans for larger procedures, consulting with your dentist before making any decisions is crucial. Before the start of any treatment a consultation would be needed to determine if you are the right candidate for veneers. This step by step process allows you to discuss and determine the full procedure with your dentist including the color, size, length and your expectations. This process is irreversible, therefore understanding each step and asking questions if you need to is very important.

dental veneers

How to make a dental veneer?

The actual veneer procedure is not very long and can be completed over two different appointments within 6 weeks. The appointments should be long enough to prepare the tooth or teeth, length of time varies and depends on the dental team. Before treatment a detailed exam is completed to diagnose any health issues that should be addressed before starting such as swollen gums. Your custom preferences will also be decided. Special imaging is used to show you what the expected outcome looks like and your dentist may also take before and after pictures to show you the difference.

The first step will include your dentist administering local anesthetic (freezing) to help with any uncomfortable feelings. The dentist will then prepare the tooth by removing very little of your tooth surface and reshaping it. Depending on which material is used for your veneers, it is then placed according to the shade of color you decided on or for porcelain an impression is taken of your teeth. The impression is then molded and sent to an outside lab to be customized and sent back for placement.

Shape and length is then adjusted to match the treatment plan created for your new smile. If an outside laboratory is being used for fabrication, temporary veneers may be used by the dentist until final placement. Using temporary veneers after the preparation of the tooth may cause sensitivity since some of the enamel was removed. Consult your dentist about the use of temporary veneers they are not the choice for everyone, however they do provide a preview of what the end result will look like. Some dentists use CAD/CAM technology where everything is done in one day and temporaries are not needed.

dental veneers

What are the instructions of care of the dental veneers?

With the right care veneers can last many years, maintaining dental appointments for teeth cleanings and examinations done by your dentist is essential. Of course with any treatment completed damage can occur afterward, like fracturing the veneers which cannot be fixed by your dentist. Veneers if damaged must be replaced, your dentist will inform you about the procedure and costs.

To minimize the risk of damaging your veneers you should avoid chewing/biting on hard foods like nut shells or bones, being careful not to open packages with your teeth. Any other recommendations about what foods to avoid should be given to you by your dentist.

For home care using a non abrasive toothpaste is important not to damage the surfaces of your veneers, brushing and flossing should be completed regularly. Veneers are not easily stained, but after drinking coffee, red wine, teas, etc. it is advised to brush your teeth if possible to avoid any possible damage.

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Different types of dentists

Different types of dentists

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