Archive for March 2017

I’ll repeat that again. Cavities don’t hurt. Sometimes even when they get very deep they still don’t cause any pain. That’s why many people feel as though they have no cavities.

It is very important to visit your dentist at least every 6 months. A dental exam is a critical part of your oral health. A lot more goes on during an examination than just a cleaning.

Why go to the dentist?

People usually see their dentist more often than their family doctor. A medical questionnaire is reviewed and all medications are inquired about.

A comprehensive examination is performed by the dentist at the initial appointment.

A full set of x-rays will be taken of new patients. X-rays are now digital and in high definition. The smallest of cavities can be detected with digital x-rays. The dentist will also be on the lookout for bone loss, gum disease, infections, and impacted teeth (think wisdom teeth). Occasionally a cyst, or even a tumor can be found – and treated early.

An oral cancer screening exam is done. The lips, tongue, floor of the mouth, neck and throat are checked for signs of cancer.

Dental examination: The teeth are examined for decay (cavities), decalcification (loss of mineral), wear (from grinding or brushing). The nerves of the teeth (the roots) are examined for infections.

Restorative Exam: The existing restorations - fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals are checked to ensure that they are sound. Yes you can get a cavity under a filling or a crown. Old fillings can also wear down, get cracks, or even fracture.

Gum and bone evaluation: The teeth are held solidly in place by the gums and jawbone. Bone loss is also a silent, painless disease. Plaque, bacteria, and tartar cause inflammation that can lead to bone loss around the teeth.

What is done during a cleaning?

Tartar removal (scaling): Tartar (calculus) is the food and bacteria that have calcified onto your teeth. I use the analogy of food that has hardened on dishes overnight. Tartar is removed gently with ultrasonic and hand instruments.

Plaque removal (prophylaxis): Plaque is the sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. The bacteria is the reason for having red, inflamed gums (gingivitis), that leads to gum disease (periodontal disease) if left untreated. A polishing with a fluoride paste removes the plaque and stains from the surfaces of the teeth.

Fluoride is applied to the teeth to strengthen the enamel and to prevent cavities.

Oral hygiene instruction: Brushing and flossing techniques will be reviewed and reinforced to improve overall oral hygiene.

Your dentist is a vital member of a team dedicated to keeping you healthy. The importance of preventing disease and detecting problems early cannot be stressed enough.

When is your next dental checkup?

Dr. Nilesh Salgar graduated from McGill Dentistry in 1994.

He maintains a private practice in Kirkland, Quebec, focusing on Esthetic and Implant dentistry.

Dr. Salgar is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) and a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)

He can be reached at (514) 697-9947

www.drnileshsalgar.com


Straight Teeth. Less Time. Clear Braces.

Millions of adults are unhappy, self-conscious, or embarrassed by their smile. They spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk. Are you one of them? 

Six Month Smiles is an easy, safe, and affordable cosmetic braces solution that has helped thousands of people regain their confidence and a have beautiful smile.

My patient in the photo above had severely crowded teeth. I required just over 6 months to straighten her teeth.

Six Month Smiles eliminates the problem of being stuck with metal braces that take 2-3 years to complete orthodontic treatment. Gone is the worry that teeth straightening procedures could be too invasive or too expensive. Most cases require only 5 to 9 months to complete the treatment. Six Month Smiles has white brackets, white wires, and clear elastics.

More and more people today are looking to have white, perfect, straight teeth. Orthodontic treatment has become extremely common and very accessible to almost anyone.

What most motivates adults to improve their smile?

- A feeling of self-consciousness when speaking, laughing or smiling.

- Having a new smile for an upcoming life event (wedding / graduation / job etc...).

- A dramatic increase in self-confidence at work due to being in close proximity with customers or colleagues.

- Improving the smile because of a career involving speaking in front of large groups.

What do people want to change about their smile?

- Spaces in between some teeth.

- One or two teeth are out of position.

- Some teeth are crooked.

- Having teeth that are crowded together.

- Wanting to change the overall shape of the teeth.

- Wanting the teeth to be whiter.

There is more to orthodontic treatment than having beautiful teeth.

Improved oral hygiene: It is more difficult to clean crooked teeth because food tends to get stuck in the irregular spaces between misaligned teeth. This may lead to having more cavities and potentially more teeth being lost due to gum disease.

An improved bite: Chewing and eating may be more difficult due to misaligned teeth. The joints and muscles of the jaw may also experience pain, tension, or stress due to a crooked bite.

Remember: Braces are not only for kids and teenagers.

Six Month Smiles gives adults the chance to enjoy a perfect white smile!

Dr. Nilesh Salgar graduated from McGill Dentistry in 1994.

He maintains a private practice in Kirkland, Quebec, focusing on Esthetic and Implant dentistry.

Dr. Salgar is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) and a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)

He can be reached at (514) 697-9947

www.drnileshsalgar.com



Dental implants are the best and most advanced way to permanently replace one or more missing teeth.
 
What exactly is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium fixture is placed in the jaw and allowed to heal (integrate). A connector (abutment) is fixed to the implant, which can then be used to support a single tooth, several teeth, or all the teeth.
Dental implants have been used to replace teeth for over 30 years. More and more patients are choosing to replace their missing teeth with implants.



 
What happens when a tooth is lost?
Teeth can be lost for many reasons such as cavities, bone loss, or trauma. Your teeth keep the bone in your jaws healthy. The action of chewing makes your jaws produce new bone. When a tooth is lost or removed, that area of the jaw stops making new bone. In fact, almost 50 % of the volume of bone around the lost tooth can be lost in a year.

The loss of a single tooth can have other detrimental effects on the neighboring teeth as well. The other teeth will shift, tip over, extrude, or loosen. This starts a vicious circle of additional tooth loss and bone loss.
 
Dental implants are the only treatment that stops bone loss in the jaws. The jawbone actually wants to bond with the implant by a process called osseointegration.
 
What are the options for a missing tooth?
Dental implants replace the previous two other choices which are:
A removable denture, which is removed after meals and at night.
A bridge, which involves drilling the neighboring teeth and the possibility of root canals.
 
If an extraction is the only option for your tooth, then the best treatment is a dental implant. Dental implants are very esthetic. They look, feel, and chew just like natural teeth. Patients with implants can chew and eat any foods they enjoy without having to worry.

Who can get dental implants?
Almost anyone over the age of 16 who is missing a tooth is a candidate for dental implants. Patients must be in good general health. The teeth, gums, and bone must also be in good health and free from severe periodontal (gum) disease. Patients must be willing and able to maintain good oral hygiene (brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings).
 
An experienced dentist can assess the possibility of dental implants and make you smile again!
 
Dr. Nilesh Salgar graduated from McGill Dentistry in 1994.
He maintains a private practice in Kirkland, Quebec, focusing on Esthetic and Implant dentistry.
Dr. Salgar is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) and a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)
He can be reached at (514) 697-9947
www.drnileshsalgar.com