Many people have heard of dental crowns, but not many people know what they actually are – and what they do.
Interestingly, dental crowns play an important role in securing a tooth that is at risk of breaking, and they also provide numerous cosmetic benefits.
In this installment of #AskDrCurrie, we uncover everything you need to know about dental crowns. (more…)
From the moment we start visiting the dentist, the goal is clear… Avoid cavities.
But what actually causes cavities? Is it simply sugar, or is there more to the story?
In this installment of #AskDrCurrie, we uncover everything you need to know about the cause of cavities, how to avoid them – and the answers might surprise you! (more…)
When you love your smile, it can make all the difference in the world.
A great smile can provide confidence, comfort, and it can warm a room. But unfortunately, it is reported that up to 30% of people in North America are unhappy with their smile. For many of these individuals, they simply do not like to smile at all. But solutions are available, and one of the best options to create a perfect smile is dental implants.
When considering the option of dental implants, there is a lot to consider, and the research process yields a wide variety of questions… (more…)
If you are considering the All on 4 dental implant procedure, there are a variety of items to consider.
How do I select the right dentist, and how will I know if they are experienced?
Will I leave with a new set of permanent teeth on the day of the procedure, and how long is the recovery time?
There are certainly a lot of questions related to the procedure itself. But for many individuals, the decision to select a dentist and book the procedure comes down to your level of comfort with the dentist – and the cost. So, how much should dental implants cost? (more…)
Dr. Currie and the team at Pearl Dental would like to wish our patients, Lori and Laurent Pinci, the best of luck in their new venture.
Lori and Laurent will soon be opening a multi disciplinary wellness centre in Burlington called Pillars of Wellness offering alternative and integrated healthcare services.
We’re certain the new facility will be a resounding success and fill a much needed healthcare niche for Burlington residents.
It’s important to get your kids excited about their trips to the dentist so that when they grow into teenagers and adults, they won’t be holding on to any fear or negative associations with dental visits. Cultivating this excitement while children are young requires only a little extra effort on your part, and the benefits will last a lifetime.
For many people, the thought of having to go to the dentist can immediately provoke feelings of fear and anxiety. In fact, these negative reactions may be so strong that some people may even have dental phobia, a condition that is even more severe than dental anxiety.
Even those with more mild forms of anxiety and fear surrounding the dentist can cause people to avoid going there. However, it is a self-perpetuating system: avoiding the dentist will often lead to dental problems, which causes even more fear and anxiety.
Bleeding gums mainly occur when plaque has not been properly removed from your teeth, which is due to poor oral hygiene habits, including a lack of brushing and flossing. If plaque is not removed, it causes the gums to recede from your teeth. Plaque also contains bacteria which then begins to attack the tissue around your teeth. This can lead to gingivitis, the symptoms of which include inflammation of the gums and bleeding gums.
However, if left untreated, gingivitis can turn into periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection, which destroys the soft tissue and bone that anchor your teeth to your jawbones. Gum disease that is left untreated can lead to the permanent loss of teeth.
The transition from baby teeth to permanent teeth is often a big occasion in a child’s life. Some children get excited at the prospect of losing their teeth, but for others it can be a scary experience. As a parent you might be tempted to help the process along by simply pulling it out. But extracting a loose tooth prematurely can actually do more harm than good. In addition to causing unnecessary pain to the child, there will be an increased risk of infection and bleeding. Most dentists would recommend that a child’s loose tooth should be allowed to fall naturally.