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Crowns and Bridges

Dental Crowns (Caps) and Bridges

In dentistry, crown and bridge refers to the restoration of natural teeth that have been damaged, decayed or lost. Once your dentist has examined your teeth and has evaluated your dental and medical history they will be ready to provide a diagnosis and treatment options. A crown may be constructed to restore an individual damaged tooth’s original form and function, while a bridge may be utilized to replace one or more teeth. These restorations are cemented onto the teeth and are referred to as “fixed” dentistry as opposed to a restoration of missing teeth with a removable appliance or partial denture.

Porcelain Crowns

A porcelain crown is used to completely cover a weakened, damaged or cracked tooth above the gum line and protect it. Colored and shaped to match your own teeth, crowns can look and feel almost exactly like a natural tooth.

 

The process:
Soft, moldable material is used to make a precise “impression” of the tooth to be crowned and nearby teeth. A dental technician uses the impression to make the crown the exact height needed.

 

A temporary crown made of plastic is put over the tooth until the crown is made. When the porcelain crown is fitted, small adjustments are made to ensure you retain your natural bite. Depending on the strength of the tooth underneath, with good dental hygiene a crown can last for many years.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are appliances used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made out of three pieces that fit into the open space between teeth, ‘bridging’ the gap. Most bridges are made of a pontic tooth (or false tooth), held together by two crowns (a “cap” that covers the tooth, approximating its normal size and shape). This combination is then attached (cemented) to the abutment teeth (the surrounding teeth on each side of the gap).

Dental Implants

Dental Implants in Toronto

If you have lost a tooth, either through trauma (when teeth are knocked out, athletes such as hockey players and boxers often experience this) or due to decay, gum disease or old age, they need to be replaced both for aesthetic and functional reasons. The most common treatments that used to be used to replace missing teeth were denture or fixed bridges. However, dental implants are now a more popular treatment to replace missing teeth as they provide a longer-term solution, slow down bone loss and preserve nearby healthy tooth tissue.

 

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw to hold a replacement crown, bridge, or denture in place. The treatment can be more conservative than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighbouring teeth for support.

 

Dental implant restorations are so natural-looking and feeling that you may forget you ever lost a tooth. Dental implants can be the best solution to the problem of missing teeth. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they can prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompanies bridgework and dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.

 

Some of the benefits are:

 

Cost effective

In some instances, dental implant tooth replacement may actually cost less than the traditional bridgework as no natural teeth are involved.

 

Tooth-‘Saving’

Dental implants do not sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a bridge does because neighboring teeth are not altered to support the implant. Your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health!

 

Comfort

Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence. They are secure and can offer freedom from the troublesome clicks and wobbles of loose dentures. Say goodbye to misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues.

 

Reliable

The success rate for dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.

 

One of the Toronto dentists at our Upper Beaches dental office would be pleased to discuss the benefits of dental implants as well as your other options for replacing that missing tooth. Your smile and your oral health will benefit.

Invisalign

Invisalign

If you’re already self conscious about your smile, traditional braces that may attract more attention to your teeth may have held you back from improving your smile.

 

That is until now!

 

Our office offers Invisalign as an alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign creates custom fitted removable trays which are changed as your teeth progressively straighten. The Invisalign Aligners are clear and virtually unnoticeable to those around you. Although they may notice that you smile more often!

 

Advantages to Invisalign beyond the aesthetic nature of the treatment:

  • The removable aligners allow for easier cleaning and oral hygiene practices.
  • Normal brushing and flossing regimens can be maintained.
  • Trays can be removed when eating.
  • Irritation from metal braces is avoided.
  • Properly aligned teeth aid in speech, chewing, gum and bone health.

 

If you’ve been avoiding straightening your teeth due to the nature of traditional braces ask us about Invisalign on your next visit.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Your smile is important. It’s one of the first things you notice when you meet someone. A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful can help you feel better about yourself and make a memorable impression.

 

Your lifestyle and the aging process can stain and darken your teeth. Many things we do on a regular basis can contribute to stained teeth, such as drinking coffee, tea, colas and red wine or smoking. When teeth are in good condition but are darker than desired, whitening is often the answer.
Discoloured teeth, whether natural or stained, can be quickly and easily restored to beauty with various whitening techniques. Cosmetic tooth whitening, or “bleaching“, can be performed in our Toronto dental office or at home.

 

Whitening can get your smile looking its best. Non-professional procedures and clinically unproven teeth whitening tips can often lead to unsatisfactory results.

 

You should look for a whitening procedure that is:

  • Convenient
  • Long lasting
  • Low sensitivity
  • Proven to be safe and effective
  • Performed by a Dental professional

 

Teeth Whitening at Home

The most popular method of tooth whitening is the at-home, dentist-supervised option. During your visit to our Upper Beaches dental office, your dentist takes a mould of your teeth and creates a comfortable, customized mouth tray. Once this is complete, the home whitening gel, the tray and the instructions for use are given.

 

Whitening occurs when you wear the tray with the teeth whitening gel on your teeth as directed. Consecutive days are often needed to get the desired shade over the entire tooth. The at-home tooth whitening procedure is very safe and effective. Our Toronto dentists would be pleased to discus professional whitening and over the counter options to help you determine the solution for you.

 

In-Office Tooth Whitening

You can also choose to have your teeth whitened in our office and see instant results. The procedure involves a quick visit to the dentist where impressions are made of your teeth and trays are made. A second visit of an hour and a half two weeks later is schedule for the actual ZOOM teeth whitening service.

 

Our office only provides ZOOM Advanced Power whitening system, the third generation of ZOOM and their most effective solution yet.

TMJ and TMD

TMJ and Mouthguards (Nightguards)

TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome) is a condition created by a number of factors including a bad bite or habits such as clenching or grinding, often due to stress.

 

The patient with a TMJ disorder (also referred to as TMD) can have clicking in the jaw joint, jaw joint pain, headaches, ringing in the ears, or any number of other related symptoms.
Sometimes, in severe cases, the person with TMJ will be unable to open his or her mouth wide, or will hear clicking, cracking or a “pop” upon opening their moth. Headaches are also commonly an associated symptom.

 

Often, patients report the onset of TMJ occurring with some sort of unusual stress, such as final exams, or job-related issues. In a large segment of the population, stress leads to clenching or grinding (known as bruxism), either during the day or at night. Some people demonstrate this habit without a known cause, including children.

 

Sometimes these patients will seek treatment from their general physician, or an “ear-nose-and-throat” specialist, before coming to the dentist to be seen.

 

The first line of defense against TMD is simply to wear a nightguard. This simple treatment often corrects the problem. If not, other treatments options are available which out Toronto dental team would be pleased to discus with you.

Snap-on Smile

Snap-on Smile

Are you considering a permanent change to your smile through veneers or implants, but unsure about the cosmetic results and the benefits to your confidence?

 

Why not “test drive” your potential new smile? While digital imaging can offer you an idea of how your result will appear, the true test will be how others react to your attractive, confident smile.

 

If you are looking for a way to assess a more permanent solution or are simply looking for a relatively quick and cost effective way to improve the appearance of your smile, Snap-On Smile may be the solution for you.

 

Snap-On Smile is a removable aesthetic covering that fits over your natural teeth. Snap-On Smile is cosmetic in nature and can drastically enhance the ‘appearance’ of your smile.

 

Snap-On Smile is thin, comfortable and can be worn all day even while you eat and drink. You simply snap it in place in the morning and snap it out at night. This allows you to brush and floss you natural teeth as well as care for your Snap-On Smile.

 

A consultation and dental examination with Dr. Rabinovich will determine if you are a candidate Snap-On Smile. If you are interested in learning more about Snap-On Smile please contact our office today.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

Although not always the case, the average adult has 32 teeth by the ages of 18-21. Each tooth in the mouth has a specific name and function. The teeth in the front of the mouth (incisors, canine and bicuspid teeth) are ideal for grasping and biting food into smaller pieces. The back teeth, or molars, are used to grind food up into a consistency suitable for swallowing.

 

Very often, there isn’t enough space in the mouth to accommodate all 32 teeth. The last tooth in each corner, known as your third molars or wisdom teeth, are usually the ones that don’t have enough room to erupt properly.

 

Why Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt in the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed.

 

Unfortunately, this is often not the case. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when they are prevented from properly erupting within the mouth. They may grow sideways, partially emerge from the gum and even remain trapped beneath the gum and bone. Impacted teeth can take many positions in the bone as they attempt to find a pathway that will allow them to erupt successfully.

 

Poorly positioned, impacted teeth can cause many problems. When they are partially erupted, the opening around the tooth allows bacteria to grow and will eventually cause an infection. The result: swelling, stiffness, pain and illness.

 

The pressure from the erupting wisdom tooth may move other teeth and disrupt the orthodontic or natural alignment of teeth. The most serious problem occurs when tumors or cysts form around the impacted wisdom tooth, resulting in the destruction of the jawbone and healthy teeth.

 

Removal of the offending impacted tooth or teeth usually resolves these problems. Early removal is often recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure.

Dental Veneers

Veneers

A porcelain veneer is thin, custom-made covering that conceals the front and side surfaces of your tooth, much like a mask or an artificial fingernail.

 

Veneers are versatile. They can cover stains, breaks, and odd shapes, and they can lengthen the appearance of individual teeth.

 

During a two-step procedure, the dentist first prepares one or more teeth, then fits the veneer. A major benefit of veneers is tooth conservation, as little enamel is removed in preparation for the restoration. Porcelain veneers, however, aren’t ideal for people with severe bite problems or for those who grind their teeth (a habit that can break the veneer).

 

One of our Toronto dentist would be pleased to discus the effectiveness and appropriateness of Porcelain Veneers as an option for enhancing your smile.

Dental Bonding

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is an effective dental tool that allows us to correct the appearance of many imperfections a tooth may have. It can be used to fill minor gaps, cover dark stains, and more. As it involves molding material directly onto your tooth and can be used either to rebuild a part of your tooth or in conjunction with other procedures, such as porcelain veneers.

 

Bonding material is made of a composite resin combining the elasticity and durability of plastic with the strength and appearance of ceramics. Using an etching technique bonding adheres well to teeth and can last for several years. Bonding is also comparatively inexpensive to other dental procedures such as crowns or veneers.

 

The dentists at Toronto Dental Care Clinic can use bonding to improve your smile, often in a single visit. The decision to use dental bonding is based on the size and part of your tooth that needs restoration or enhancement. One of the skilled dentists at our Upper Beaches dental office would be pleased to discuss dental bonding as well as your other option for creating the smile you deserve.

Dental Sealants

Pit and Fissure Sealants

Sealants are plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces and are designed to prevent the intrusion of bacteria and other debris into the deep crevices on the tops of teeth.

 

Sealants were developed about 50 years ago, but didn’t become commonly used until the 1970s. Today, sealants are very popular and effective. The best time to seal teeth is when they first erupt into the mouth, effectively preventing decay before it gets a chance to begin.

 

Application:

Sealants are applied by first cleaning the tooth surface. The procedure is followed by “etching” the tooth with a chemical substance, which allows the sealant to better adhere. After the sealant is applied, a light source is directed to the site to cure the material. Sealants may need reapplication every five to 10 years but are well worth the time.

Non-Mercury White Fillings

White or Tooth Coloured Fillings

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.

 

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings are widely used today as they are durable and can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. Being tooth coloured, they are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth and more visible areas of the mouth.

 

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.

 

Reasons for composite fillings:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Closing space between two teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Worn teeth

 

 

How are composite fillings placed?

Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

 

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.

 

You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.

Dentures

Dentures

Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one’s natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.

 

There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. We can help you choose the type of denture that’s best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.

 

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are a removable option if you have lost all of your teeth. If some teeth are remaining and they all need to be removed ,an immediate denture is inserted at the same appointment as the extractions. While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted. The reason is that the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.

 

Removable Partial Denture (RPD)

Missing teeth are replaced by plastic or porcelain teeth supported by a metal or plastic framework. This type of prosthesis has the advantage of economy (many teeth can be provided for a relatively lower cost than fixed bridges or implants). And it is easy to clean and maintain.

 

Relines

When your denture feels too loose we can make it fit again. Our professionals will refit and stabilize your dentures so that it fits perfectly again. Most repairs or additions can be completed in one day if you make an appointment. If you do not have an appointment, or are having an emergency, we will work you into the schedule as quickly as possible.

 

Denture Care

Over a period of time, your denture will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear. Also, as you age, your mouth naturally changes. These changes cause your dentures to loosen, making chewing difficult and irritating your gums. At a minimum, you should see your dentist annually for a checkup.

 

Here are tips for caring for your dentures:

  • When handling your dentures, stand over a folded towel or basin of water. Dentures are delicate and may break if dropped.
  • Don’t let your dentures dry out. Place them in a denture cleanser soaking solution or in plain water when you’re not wearing them. Never use hot water, which can cause them to warp.
  • Brushing your dentures daily will remove food deposits and plaque, and help prevent them from becoming stained. An ultrasonic cleaner may be used to care for your dentures, but it does not replace a thorough daily brushing. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures. This stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps remove plaque.
  • See your dentist if your dentures break, chip, crack or become loose. Don’t be tempted to adjust them yourself. This can damage them beyond repair.

Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you’d probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called root canal treatment, you may save that tooth.

 

All teeth are hollow and contain what is known as the pulp. The pulp is the vestige of the tissue that originally formed the tooth, and contains nerve tissue and blood vessels.

 

When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp. Germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. Left without treatment, pus builds up at the root tip in the jawbone, forming a “pus-pocket” called an abscess. When the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result. Certain by-products of the infection can injure your jawbones and your overall health. The infected nerve must by removed either by root canal therapy or by removing the tooth as a whole.

 

Treatment involves from one to three visits. During treatment, your general dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in problems of the pulp) removes the diseased pulp. Next the pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are cleaned and sealed. Most often, teeth that have had root canal therapy should have a dental crown placed in order to strengthen the remaining structure. Then, as long as you to continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.

 

Most of the time a root canal is a relatively simple procedure. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!

Dental Exams and Cleanings

Dental Exams

A comprehensive dental exam is integral to your oral health. As with most medical topics, early detections of a potential problem will help to minimise the trouble as well as the cost. At Toronto Dental Care Clinic in Toronto’s Upper Beaches neighbourhood a throrough dental exam is performed by your dentist during your initial dental visit to determine your condition and help ensure you stay on a path of good oral health.

 

Each check-up exams will include:

  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs) if necessary
  • Oral cancer screening: Check of the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with specialized dental instruments.
  • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.

 

Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings (scaling and/or polishing) are performed by one of our Registered Dental Hygienists.

 

Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam followed by:

  • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with specialized dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
  • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

 

 

X-Rays

There are three basic types of x-rays, also known as radiographs:

  • Bitewings: Taken, on average, annually to check for cavities
  • Periapicals: Taken when necessary to show the entire tooth, including the roots and surrounding bone
  • Panorex: Taken when necessary to show the entire mouth
    (all teeth including wisdoms , jaws, TM joints, etc.) and have been used to find cysts and tumors.

 

Radiation Concern

Exposure to radiation is extremely brief and minimal. Safety precautions such as high-speed film minimize exposure time, and lead aprons prevent exposure to surrounding areas of the body such as the head, neck and upper chest.

Sports Mouthguards

Sports Mouthguards

Do you have a budding athlete on your hands? Then you’re probably already buying protection for a host of vulnerable body parts including knees and elbows. Make sure you add your child’s teeth to that list.

 

Surprisingly, the mouth is the most commonly injured area of the body in contact sports, but you can prevent or minimize the possibility of injury by wearing a mouthguard.

 

A mouthguard covers the upper teeth (and sometimes the lower as well) and helps to prevent injuries to the teeth, lips, cheeks, tongue and jaw. Talk to your dentist about which of the type of mouthguard is right for your child.

 

Your dentist can design and construct a custom-fitted mouthguard. While this type of guard is more expensive than store bought ones, it is custom fit for better tooth protection and eases your child’s breathing and speech.

 

Caring for your mouthguard is simple. Just rinse it under cold water after each use and occasionally clean it with soap and cool water. Since mouthguards can tear or wear out, be sure to replace it after each sporting season.

 

Talk to us about preserving that all-star smile today.

Snoring Devices

Snoring Devices

Anti-Snoring Intraoral Devices, or mandibular advancement splints, have been effective for many snorers, including those suffering from mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea.

 

They are usually small plastic devices worn in the mouth during sleep to prevent the soft throat tissues from collapsing and obstructing the airway. They do this by bringing your lower jaw forward and/or by lifting your soft palate. Some devices also stop the tongue from falling back over your windpipe.

 

The Klearway™ Appliance

At our Toronto dental office we offer The Klearway™ Appliance. This appliance has been extensively tested and is in use worldwide to help its users get a peaceful night sleep. The Klearway™ Appliance works by easing your lower mandible (lower jaw) forward, opening your airway while you sleep. This appliance allows you to adjust the device (moving your lower jaw slightly forward in intervals) over time as you become more comfortable with it. The design of this sleep appliance allows you to move your jaw up and down and side to side (so you can yawn and swallow) often making it more convenient than rigid devices.

 

Our Toronto dentists would be pleased to discuss the option available to help you as well as your partner get a better and quieter night sleep.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral Cancer Screenings

Were you aware that Oral Cancer accounts for about 5% of all cancerous growths diagnosed in North America and that men over 40 are diagnosed twice as often as women?

 

The good news is that if detected early, treatment is easier, less invasive and treatable in more than 90% of cases.

 

An important step in the early detection of the disease is regular visits to your dentist. As part of your regular cleaning and check-up we screen you for the signs and symptoms of oral cancer.

 

Symptoms of Oral Cancer Include:

  • Sore, lump or ulcer
  • May be a deep hard-edged crack in the tissue
  • Most often pale coloured, but may be dark or discoloured
  • On the tongue, lip, or other area of the mouth
  • Usually painless at first (can develop a burning sensation or pain when the tumour is advanced)

 

Other Symptoms include:

  • Abnormal taste is mouth
  • Chewing problems
  • Mouth sores
  • Pain or difficulty when swallowing
  • Speech difficulties
  • Tongue discomfort
  • Unexplained weight loss

 

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle as well as regular professional check-ups will help to increase the chance of early detection and minimize your risk.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about oral cancer please feel free ask one of our friendly team members on your next visit.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease

The word periodontal means “around the tooth“. Periodontal disease attacks the gums and bone that support the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone.

 

Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums.

 

Four out of five people have some level periodontal disease and don’t know it! Most people are not aware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.

 

Not only is it the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy. Researchers are determining if inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease affects these systemic diseases and conditions. Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.

 

Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.

 

Signs and symptoms of periodontal disease:

  • Bleeding gums – Gums should never bleed, even when you brush vigorously or use dental floss.
  • Loose teeth – Also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers (fibers that support the tooth to the bone).
  • New spacing between teeth – Caused by bone loss.
  • Persistent bad breath – Caused by bacteria in the mouth.
  • Pus around the teeth and gums – Sign that there is an infection present.
  • Receding gums – Loss of gum around a tooth
  • Red and puffy gums – Gums should never be red or swollen.
  • Tenderness or Discomfort – Plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth.

 

Dental Factoid

Toothpaste as we know it emerged in the 1800s, with ingredients that included soap and chalk. In 1892, the first collapsible tube was marketed and reigned supreme until 1984 when the pump-dispenser was introduced.. In 1956, Proctor & Gamble introduced Crest brand toothpaste with fluoride.