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March 14, 2021Replacing Teeth With Dental Bridges

Dental bridges in Toronto replace missing teeth in your jaw by holding artificial teeth called pontics in position to fill the gaps left behind by missing teeth. Those artificial teeth are designed and coloured to match your remaining natural teeth. They also restore the ability to chew and speak naturally and prevent your remaining natural teeth from shifting or rotating into the gaps in your jaw. There are four types of bridges. Which type of bridge is appropriate for you depends on how the bridge is intended to attach to your teeth or into your jaw, and on where the bridge will be located in your mouth. Each option has advantages and disadvantages that your dentist in Toronto will explain before recommending the best option for you. What kinds of bridges are there? Traditional bridges This most common type of bridge supports artificial teeth using crowns bonded to natural teeth at both ends of the gap. They’re very strong but rely on the strength of the natural teeth on either side of the gap which, themselves, must be ground down in order to accommodate the crowns. Cantilever bridges Cantilever bridges are anchored via a crown at one end of the gap. This makes cantilever crowns appropriate for supporting replacement rear molars. However, the absence of a second anchoring tooth renders cantilever bridges weaker and less durable than bridges with two supporting teeth. Maryland bridges Maryland bridges support replacement teeth in a metal or porcelain frame that is attached to the rear of the teeth on either side of the gap in your jaw. They’re less invasive and require no alteration of your natural teeth. Although less invasive than crown-based bridges, they are weaker than crown-based options. Implant-supported bridges Implant-supported bridges are a particularly good solution for multi-teeth gaps. They are not connected to natural teeth via crowns, but are anchored to your jaw using dental implants rooted into the jawbone itself. That anchoring of the bridge into your jaw produces the most natural appearance and function. Implant-supported bridges are the strongest but most invasive option. How are bridges provided? The first step to obtaining dental bridges near you is a thorough assessment of the condition of your jaw, remaining teeth, and gums. Your dentist in Toronto will confirm whether you are a good candidate for a bridge, what type is appropriate, and whether there are any underlying conditions that need to be addressed first. Depending on what type of bridge is recommended, a dentist near you may take a set of dental images and may take a set of impressions to be used to design your crowns and replacement teeth. If you have selected implant-supported images, the information gleaned during the assessment and from the images will be used to develop a treatment plan and to identify the precise location implants to support your bridge. Eventually, you’ll attend an appointment for a surgical procedure to insert titanium posts into your jaw to support your new dental bridge. You won’t receive your bridge immediately after the posts are inserted because your jaw and gums will need time to heal. Once the posts have bonded to your jaw completely and your gums have healed, you’ll be fit with abutments — mechanical grips — attach to your ultimate bridge and to hold it in place and fill the gap in your jaw permanently. As you can tell from this very brief and necessarily incomplete introduction, dental bridges in Toronto are a very flexible option for permanently solving the loss of adjacent teeth. The process of being assessed and fit for your bridge will vary depending on your particular tooth loss, any underlying conditions, and what type of bridge you opt to receive. To understand all the options and implications of the wide range of choices, contact a dentist in Toronto for a complete assessment.

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May 20, 2019The Importance of Regular Dental Checkups

  A regular dental visit consists of two parts; checkup and cleaning. During your appointment, the dentist will carefully examine your teeth and gums for signs of decay or infection. They will then examine your tongue, cheeks, mouth, head, and neck to check for any signs of swelling and redness. They will remove any tartar buildup with a special scaling tool and ensure there are no lingering traces of it. Following that, the dentist will clean your teeth thoroughly. As you can see, a regular dentist visit can be very important. The recommendation is that you visit your dentist at least twice a year to ensure your teeth are in good health. We recommend regular visits because: It helps keep teeth and gums healthy. It helps to spot signs of decay and infection early. It helps to spot signs of serious health conditions like cancer early. It helps to keep your teeth clean and strong. It can help you avoid loss of natural teeth. Without regular visits to the dentist, you can potentially miss the initial signs of tooth decay or other oral problems. Such conditions may continue getting worse without treatment which may lead to pain and require a visit to the dentist. That’s why regular visits are necessary. If you want to learn more about routine dental checkups, contact us at Toronto Beach Dental. -Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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May 7, 20193 Benefits of Teeth Whitening

  Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures at Toronto Beach Dental. It is a simple and quick process that can lighten your teeth by several shades in a matter of weeks. Here are some of the benefits of teeth whitening.  Your Smile Is More Attractive Yellowed and stained teeth can be off-putting and make you hesitate to smile. Teeth whitening will help remove these stains and give you the confidence needed to handle various public situations. You’ll Create The Right Impression On Others Most people don’t know that even with healthy teeth and good dental hygiene, people can have yellow or stained teeth. They believe that people with discoloured teeth have poor dental hygiene. This first impression from others can be harmful to your self-esteem. This can also be particularly harmful in a professional setting too. Makes You Look More Youthful People with beautiful white teeth appear more youthful. Your smile can draw attention away from facial lines and wrinkles, making your face appear much younger. White teeth can be a sign of youth, which makes your appearance more appealing. If you want whiter and more attractive teeth, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with us at Toronto Beach Dental, located in the Toronto Beaches area. -Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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April 22, 2019Common Causes for Tooth Pain

Most of the time, tooth pain is often a result of having sensitive teeth. People who usually have highly acidic or sugar-filled diets are the first to complain about tooth sensitivity. This includes consuming sweets, coffee, teas and alcohol. Underneath your tooth’s enamel is a layer of dentin. When your tooth enamel wears down, the dentin of your tooth is exposed. The dentin has tubules that lead to the tooth’s pulp (where the nerves are). Once exposed, they are easily triggered by food or beverages that are hot and cold, signalling pain. Sensitive teeth can also be caused by toothbrush abrasion. Brushing too hard or too often can cause your gums to recede and cause irreversible damage to your tooth’s structure. This is why it is important to use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush gently. Over the counter teeth whitening products are also known to cause some tooth sensitivity. In addition, teeth grinding can wear down tooth enamel causing tooth sensitivity as well. To relieve tooth pain caused by either of these habits, cut back on tooth whitening products and visit your dentist for further assistance. Contact us at Toronto Beach Dental, located in the Toronto Beaches for assistance with tooth pain caused by tooth sensitivity! We are happy to help relieve any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing on your own. -Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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March 25, 2019Importance of Children’s (Pediatric) Dentistry

  Proper dental health care is essential for every child. Just as it is important to visit their doctor, it is important to visit their dentist too! At Toronto Beach Dental, we are dedicated to helping maintain the dental health of our pediatric patients from the time of their very first dental appointment and throughout their life. It is recommended to assess infants within six months to one year or when the first tooth erupts. The main goal is to have children visit us before any oral problems occur. Early assessment will allow us to check for dental problems as early as possible. According to the Canadian Pediatric Society, preventative dental visits improve dental health and decrease dental costs. Children should have regular dental check-ups to understand how to take care of their teeth and gums. Going to the dentist will help children learn the importance of a regular dental checkup early on. Our friendly and professional dental team is experienced working with pediatric patients and will help them feel at ease! Dentistry for children ensures their primary teeth stay healthy and free of cavities and other oral problems. At Toronto Beach Dental we help provide parents with a guide for dental health care so they can teach their children proper oral hygiene as they grow. If you would like to learn more about pediatric dentistry at Toronto Beach Dental in the Toronto Beaches, call or visit us today! -Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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March 11, 2019How to Determine If You Need a Dental Filling

The purpose of a dental filling is to help restore any teeth that have been damaged by decay back to their normal function. Fillings also help to prevent further decay from developing too. A number of methods are used by a dentist to determine if you need a filling. How is this process done? At Toronto Beach Dental, we’d like to help you understand! Observation — Discoloured spots on your teeth can indicate signs of tooth decay. A metal instrument, known as an “explorer” with a sharp tip is used to identify possible decay. Since healthy tooth enamel is hard, it will resist pressure by the instrument. Decayed enamel is typically softer. Thus, the instrument will stick in it slightly. Explorers have to be used with caut X-rays — X-rays can show decay on the sides of teeth and in the dentin that lies under the enamel. X-rays are not always accurate in detecting smaller cavities on the top surfaces of the tooth. Current fillings or other restorations can also block the view of decay in a tooth. A filling can be used for other reasons than decay. Some of these reasons include, a cracked or broken tooth/teeth, or teeth that have been worn from unusual use, such as nail-biting, tooth grinding (bruxism) or using the teeth to open things such as containers. A dentist will be able to properly identify if you need a filling. It is essential to visit your dentist at least once every six months to ensure your oral health is on the right track! Visit us at Toronto Beach Dental to check in on your oral health in the Toronto Beaches! -Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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February 25, 2019Ways to Prevent Tooth Sensitivity

Do you have sensitive teeth or have you experienced tooth sensitivity from a hot or cold beverage. Did you know there are ways to help prevent this? At Toronto Beach Dental we are here to share a few tips to keep you smiling, pain free! Start with daily brushing! When you brush your teeth properly twice a day for at least two minutes, you can reduce the chances of tooth sensitivity. Try using a sensitivity toothpaste when brushing, which usually has lower levels of abrasives. Don’t forget to floss. You may not realize it, but flossing once a day can help reduce tooth sensitivity. Flossing helps to get rid of plaque on the gum line and keeps your teeth healthy and strong! Monitor your diet for acid and try to keep acidic foods and drinks to a minimum. The acid from foods can contribute to sensitive teeth. These are some of the ways you can help to prevent tooth sensitivity. If you are having trouble with sensitive teeth, talk to us at Toronto Beach Dental today! -Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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January 28, 2019The Power of a Smile

The power of a smile can transform you and the world around you. Just one smile can affect millions of people! When you see someone smile, it has a contagiously positive effect. That’s why it is essential that you take care of your precious smile! At Toronto Beach Dental, we understand the power of a smile and want you to make the most of it. Our primary goal as dental practitioners is to help you maintain a healthy smile with regular dental checkups and cleanings. We make sure to assess your overall oral health and provide you with the best possible care. According to a study, gum disease can negatively affect a person’s willingness to smile. Experimented at the University of Michigan, the study assessed the smiling patterns of 21 periodontal patients as they watched a part of a comedy program. At prearranged points throughout the segment, the examiners evaluated three dimensions of the patients’ smile: the open width of the mouth, the number of teeth shown, and the horizontal width of the mouth. The study revealed that the more symptoms of gum disease found in the study subjects’ oral cavities, such as gum pockets, the more likely they were to shield their mouths when smiling or to limit how broadly they opened their mouths while smiling. The key to maintaining the power of your smile is through good oral habits and consistent periodic dental visits. At Toronto Beach Dental, we want to help you keep a healthy, bright and powerful smile. To schedule a consultation, visit or contact our office in the Toronto Beaches. -Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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January 14, 2019Oral Hygiene Resolutions for 2019

  At Toronto Beach Dental, it’s our goal to offer every patient the opportunity to improve their oral health and smile. We aim to achieve this through our high-quality services. Some of these dental services include professional dental cleanings and exams, Invisalign, root canal therapy and many more. To achieve a healthier smile, one of the basic steps is to ensure a proper oral care routine on a daily basis. Since it’s the first month of the year, it’s a great time to start off on the right foot. Here are some helpful oral hygiene solutions to get you started. Stop Your Bad Oral Habits What is the best solution to maintain healthy teeth besides proper oral care? The answer is to stop any bad oral habits you may have developed. Some habits that can cause adverse effects to your teeth include smoking, drinking alcohol, biting fingernails, drinking soda, and chewing inedible objects (such as pens). All of these can wear down your teeth over time if you don’t stop now. Maintain Routine Oral Care Whether you are busy at work or school, you should always make the time to maintain a proper oral care routine. It only takes two minutes to brush your teeth, and this should be done twice daily. As a result, it will help you to have healthy teeth for the rest of your life. Don’t forget to floss at least once daily! Have a Healthy Diet Eat healthy food that is rich in vitamins and minerals. Stay away from sweets, starchy and high acidic foods that can harm your teeth. See the Dentist Twice a Year Home oral care isn’t enough to keep your teeth healthy. You still need to visit the dentist every six months for a professional dental cleaning and exam. If you need a dental appointment, contact or visit our office, Toronto Beach Dental located in the Toronto Beaches. We look forward to hearing from you! -Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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December 31, 2018What You Need to Know About a Dead Tooth

  You may not know that your teeth are alive, but in fact, they are! The tooth is composed of three different layers – the enamel, dentin, and pulp. The pulp contains the blood vessels and nerve tissues that keep the tooth viable or ‘alive’. If the blood supply to the pulp is cut off, the tooth will no longer have any blood flow to it, which eventually leads to a condition called a non-vital tooth or widely known as a ‘dead tooth’. Signs of a Dead Tooth Discolouration is a common first symptom of a dead tooth Mild to severe pain (but some people don’t suffer any pain at all) Halitosis or bad breath Swelling around the gum line A pimple on the gums A bad taste in the mouth If you experience any of these symptoms, see a dentist as soon as possible. Causes of a Dead Tooth The two leading causes of a dead tooth are poor dental hygiene, resulting in tooth decay, and a tooth injury or trauma. Poor oral care can cause decay and tooth decay if left untreated can cause infected pulp. Once the pulp is infected, the blood supply is cut off, and the tooth dies. On the other hand, a dead tooth can be due to a physical injury or trauma. For example, a sports injury could be the incident that caused the dead tooth. If one was hit in the mouth while playing basketball, they could damage or burst the blood vessels in the pulp of their tooth. Ultimately, this could create a case of a non-vital tooth. If you are concerned, you may have a dead tooth, consult with us at Toronto Beach Dental as soon as you can! We can perform an extraction or root canal treatment depending on the severity of your condition. The sooner we treat the problem, the better! -Dr. Jay Rabinovich

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