A: It is unfortunate that nothing in the dental world has a lifetime guarantee. The life of your dental restoration depends on many factors — such as regular dental care, your brushing and flossing habits, and your diet. It's different for every patient, but it is likely that future restorations will be required at some point.
A: When you are missing a tooth (or multiple teeth), the adjacent teeth will shift in an attempt to fill the gap, and your jawbone may begin to break down. This can change the shape of your mouth over time causing your skin to shift — making you appear older. It also allows food and bacteria to become trapped more easily, leading to further decay.
Talk to Urban Oasis Dental today about a bridge or a dental implant to replace your missing tooth.
A: Tobacco is only one of the culprits where dental stains are concerned. Red wine, coffee and tea are notorious for staining your teeth. Diet soda is also a problem, because its acidity breaks down your tooth's enamel — leaving it prone to stains. You don't need to cut out these beverages entirely in order to protect your teeth — just be mindful of what they might do to your smile, and try to limit your intake.
A: On the first visit, we secure the implants into your jawbone. It takes time for the implants to fully integrate into the one, so the next visit takes place several months later. We take impressions so that our lab can begin making your custom crowns. During that third and final visit, we attach your final crowns and reveal your new smile — that’s our favorite part!
A: According to the Canadian Dental Association, a child should visit the dentist for the first time within six months of getting their first tooth, or by the time they are one year old. This initial visit is just a simple assessment, and the child should continue to see the dentist every six months. Your child will begin getting regular dental exams at age two or three. These examinations will help you determine if you are cleaning their teeth properly, and give your dentist the chance to spot any problems in the early stages. For more information about your child’s first dental visit, please contact your Calgary family dentist at Urban Oasis Dental.
A: It is recommended that you visit us at least twice per year for a hygiene visit. This allows us to monitor the state of your teeth as gums, as well as provide a thorough cleaning.
A: Fluoride is one of the minerals that builds up the enamel of your teeth, keeping them strong and helping to prevent tooth decay. It is a natural element — found in meat, fish and eggs — and is often added to municipal water sources. Children are given fluoride treatments to protect their still-developing teeth, but the treatments are beneficial to adult teeth, as well. Talk to your Calgary hygienist at your next visit about the benefits of fluoride, and the different varieties available.
A: Absolutely. In the last decade, there have been reports of potential links between periodontal diseases and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and preterm low-weight babies. Contact Urban Oasis Dental to learn more about gum disease in Calgary residents.
A: Root canals are a very common endodontic procedure, and they are absolutely nothing to fear. You will be given a local anesthetic (freezing) before the procedure, and shouldn’t feel anything. For about a week after the procedure, the tooth may be tender, but the pain will be minimal.
A: Insurance coverages differ. The front office staff of Urban Oasis Dental would be happy to help you understand your available coverage, so call us today.