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How to Know if You Have an Impacted Wisdom Tooth

Wisdom teeth are typically the last ones to appear and they begin to emerge between the ages of 17-25. If these teeth don’t have sufficient room to develop normally, they are considered to be impacted. We at ToothMatters in Richmond Hill, offer some of the best wisdom teeth extraction services.

Types of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

There are several degrees of impacted wisdom teeth, such as:

  • Soft Tissue Impaction –  This occurs when the tooth’s crown penetrates through the bone. However, the gum flap is still completely covering the tooth.
  • Partial Bony Impaction – In this type, the tooth erupts only partially, but the rest of the tooth remains embedded in the jawbone.
  • Complete Bony Impaction – This occurs when the jawbone entirely encases the tooth.

An impacted wisdom tooth doesn’t always show symptoms, which means you might have an impacted tooth and may not be aware of it. In some cases, only swelling or an infection would indicate that there is an impacted tooth. Some people experience symptoms such as bleeding gums, pain, bad breath, jaw ache, or even a headache.

If you feel like you may have an impacted tooth or would like to learn more, contact ToothMatters today. You can reach us through this contactus form or call 647-953-0727.

-Dr. Gao

What Are Dental Implants?

If you have a missing tooth or even a few, it’s likely that your dentist will recommend a dental implant.

Dental implant procedures can provide excellent results. During the procedure, a titanium root is surgically placed in the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. After the surrounding jawbone fuses with the implant, a crown will be fitted over it to fill the gap left by the missing tooth. We at ToothMatters offer some of the best dental implant services.

Dental Implants Facts

Here are some facts about dental implants that will give you some clarity about what’s involved during the procedure:

  • Dental implants can be used to replace single or multiple teeth or even an entire arch of teeth.
  • Your dentist will administer a local anesthetic in the area where the implant has to be placed; this means you will feel no pain during the procedure. There will, however, be slight discomfort in the week following the procedure.
  •   Generally speaking, it can take three months or longer, for the implant site to heal sufficiently before the prosthetic tooth can be placed on the titanium root.

To book an appointment with us at ToothMatters in Richmond Hill today, you can reach us through our contact us form or call 647-953-0727.

-Dr. Gao

What is General Dentistry?

General dentistry comprises of basic dental care that patients receive when they visit a dentist. It is a broad field that can help with a large number of dental issues. At ToothMatters, we provide primary care to our patients and make sure their teeth are healthy at all times. Here’s a look at what’s included in general dentistry:

Checkups and Maintenance

General dentistry includes preventive care and basic maintenance. Dentists will assess your teeth and clean them to remove all lingering particles, plaque, and tartar, etc. We encourage our patients to visit us at least twice a year to keep their teeth in good shape.

Cavities and Decay

Cavities are a common ailment for many patients and it is often challenging to limit their severity, even through effective treatment. Our dentists will assess the extent of the problem before recommending a solution. In most cases, patients will need a filling, but sometimes the tooth is too damaged and will need a crown.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the very last set of teeth to emerge and they have very little room to grow. That’s why many patients have to deal with impacted or partially developed wisdom teeth. Our dentists can extract them before they contribute to overcrowding or any other problems.

General dentistry covers a large number of services. However, at ToothMatters, we also provide specialized services that are beyond just general dentistry, such as cosmetic dentistry (teeth whitening, implants, veneers, dental bonding, etc.) and specialized treatments (root canals, tooth extractions, etc.).

If you would like to learn more about our dental services or book an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact us at ToothMatters in Richmond Hill. You can call 647-953-0727 or use ourcontact us form.

-Dr. Gao

Why Should I Go to the Dentist Regularly?

Many people may shy from dentist appointments and find reasons to avoid them altogether. Some patients don’t book appointments because they want to save money, while others don’t because they may think that it’s uncomfortable. At ToothMatters in Richmond Hill, we always encourage patients to take their dental health seriously. Here are some reasons why you should go to the dentist regularly:

Spotting Problems Early

Regular dentist appointments include a thorough checkup. This allows dentists to examine your teeth closely and spot early signs of cavities, tartar, gum infections, and even cancer. If the dentist spots a problem early, it can be treated before it can lead into more severe problems.

Cleaning And Removing Tartar

While regular dental hygiene goes a long way to keep your teeth healthy, it doesn’t always  clean the harder to reach areas effectively. A regular dentist appointment includes a thorough clean. The dentist will remove all lingering debris, plaque, and tartar completely.

Long-Term Dental Health

If you visit a dentist two or three times a year, you will be able to preserve your natural teeth well and avoid major tooth loss as you grow older.

If you want to learn more about our dental services or would like to book an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact us at ToothMatters. You can call 647-953-0727 or use our contact us form.

-Dr. Gao

Do You Only Need To See A Dentist If Your Teeth Hurt?

Most people tend to avoid dentists unless they have no other choice. Some patients see routine dental check-ups as uncomfortable, which is why they only visit the dentist when they have a dental problem. At ToothMatters Dental Clinic, we encourage patients to visit their dentist regularly – whether they have a problem or not. Here is some advice from our experienced dentists:

Visiting Twice A Year Will Keep Your Teeth Healthy

Experts recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year. This allows them to monitor your oral health and spot signs of trouble early. They can limit the damage to your teeth and ensure the problem doesn’t have the opportunity to become worse.

Regular Cleaning Is Vital

Even patients with the most diligent dental hygiene habits need a professional cleaning every once in a while. Dentists can remove hidden pockets of plaque, clean stains, and address any decay. You’re more likely to experience dental problems if you skip these professional cleaning sessions.

Retaining Natural Teeth 

While dental technology has advanced by a considerable margin, nothing can replace your natural teeth. It is easier to retain your natural teeth if you visit the dentist regularly and receive timely treatment.

Don’t wait for your teeth to hurt or other dental problems to occur. Book your dental appointment with us at ToothMatters Dental Clinic today. You can reach us through our contact us form or call 647-953-0727.

-Dr. Gao

The Difference Between Sensitive Teeth vs. Sensitive Gums

Sensitive teeth and sensitive gum issues can sometimes be confused with one another. At ToothMatters Dental Clinic we are happy to help our patients understand the difference!

Pain related to sensitive teeth occurs when your tooth enamel is worn down, or your gum line has receded exposing the dentin of your tooth. Dentin is the the layer inside the tooth’s enamel protecting the tooth’s pulp. Dentin contains tubules that run to the pulp (where the nerves of the tooth are located). If the flow in these tubules are exposed to external hot or cold food and drinks – it signals pain. Sensitive teeth do not necessarily show visual signs for sensitivity.

Sensitive gum issues on the other hand will usually be red and often bleed without being prodded by brushing. They do not have the same discomfort that sensitive teeth have. With sensitive gum problems they can sometimes feel sore. The longer sensitive gum issues are left untreated the worse they will become.

Whether you are experiencing sensitive teeth or sensitive gum problems, it is important to visit your dentist. We can help provide relief and solutions for dental problems you may be experiencing. Contact us at ToothMatters Dental to learn how to care for your teeth. We can help you make your smile last a lifetime!

-Dr. Gao

Why Whiten Your Smile?

Everyone wants to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile. What’s holding you back from yours? Often one of the most common problems is stained or discoloured teeth. It can be due to yellowing over time or stains from consuming coffee or tea. If you would love to whiten your smile, at ToothMatters Dental Clinic – we can help!

Why whiten your smile? There are many reasons a whiter smile can be great for you! It can help achieve a more youthful appearance, boost confidence or self-esteem, help you prepare for a special event such as a wedding or job interview, to make a positive first impression on others, or for a healthier overall appearance.

Before undergoing any whitening procedure at ToothMatters Dental Clinic, we will first provide a consultation to discuss the goals you are looking to achieve. We will provide a solution and treatment that is best suited for your individual needs. Contact us today to discover your new white smile at ToothMatters Dental Clinic in Richmond Hill!

-Dr. Gao

Busting Myths on Flossing!

The public generally knows that flossing is an important part of good oral health care. Although knowledge and practice are two different things! The Canadian Dental Association encourages flossing daily for a clean mouth. At ToothMatters, we are here to help understand the truth behind some of the common myths about flossing!

Myth #1: Flossing is hard to do

The truth is that flossing is now easier than ever before. At ToothMatters we can show you the recommended technique to floss daily. If you are still having difficulties, you can also try a floss holder. Many people find these easier to manage in one hand.

Myth #2: Flossing only needs to be done when I have food stuck in my teeth

Yes, flossing helps to remove trapped food between your teeth. However, it also helps to remove plaque build up too! If plaque sits on your teeth for too long, it can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss in some cases!

Myth #3: Flossing should be stopped if my gums are bleeding

Seeing blood isn’t pleasant, but it is not something to instantly panic about! Some bleeding when flossing is normal. Just know It’s not a reason to give up flossing! Bleeding can mean that you are flossing too enthusiastically. Be sure to floss gently! If you have inflamed gums or gum disease, you may experience some bleeding too.

If you are having trouble flossing or have questions, contact us at ToothMatters Dental Clinic in Richmond Hill. We can help you achieve a healthy smile!

-Dr. Gao

Dental Fillings, Explained!

Dental fillings help restore teeth damaged by decay back to their normal function. Fillings can also help to prevent further tooth decay. A number of factors are considered by a dentist when determining which type of filling material is best suited for a patient. These factors include the extent of the repair, where in your mouth the filling is needed and the cost.

What to Expect During A Dental Filling:

  1. A Local anesthesia can be given at the beginning of a filling procedure. This is used to help numb the area around the tooth.
  2. Tooth decay removal is performed by the dentist. They will cut through the enamel using a drill to remove any decay that they find. After the dentist removes the decay, they will shape the space to prepare it for the filling.
  3. Etching is required for a bonded filling. Your dentist will etch the tooth with an acid gel before placing the filling.
  4. Resin application is needed for certain types of fillings. Resin is layered and hardened using a bright light. This makes it strong.
  5. Polishing is completed after the filling has been placed.

If you have questions about dental fillings in Richmond Hill or dental procedures, contact us at ToothMatters! We are here to help improve your oral health care and provide you with your best possible smile!

-Dr. Gao

The Breakdown: Anatomy of the Mouth!

The mouth is a small but important part of our human anatomy. It is responsible for many functions including eating, drinking, speaking and of course showing off a beautiful smile! Here is a quick overview of the parts in our mouth and the roles they play:

Incisors – these are the chisel-shaped front teeth (four upper, four lower). They are sharp and used for cutting food.

Canines – these are shaped like points and are used for tearing and grasping food.

Premolars – these have two pointed cusps (biting surface), used for crushing and tearing food.

Molars – have several cusps on their surface to help with grinding and chewing food.

Crowns – these are the top parts of the tooth and the most visible part to the eye. The shape of the crown plays a part in the tooth’s function. For example the front teeth are sharp for cutting and molars have flat surfaces for chewing and grinding.

Gum line – this is where the tooth and gums meet. Plaque can build up at the gum line and lead to gingivitis or gum disease if proper routine brushing is not done.

Enamel – is the outer layer and hardest part of the tooth.

Dentin – is the layer under the enamel of the tooth.

Pulp – is the soft tissue found in the centre of all teeth. This is also where the nerve tissue and blood vessels are located.

To learn more about your oral health care, contact our dental team, ToothMatters Dental Clinic in Richmond Hill. We are here to help you achieve your healthiest smile!

-Dr. Gao