Archive for May 2013

25% of the adult population suffer from dry mouth.  Dry mouth may present itself by thick and ropy saliva, burning mouth, oral yeast infections, bad breath, difficulty swallowing, fissured tongue and more...
 
There are many different possible causes for a dry mouth.  It can be caused by different systemic conditions or more commonly as a side effect of medications or mouth breathing.
 
Your oral health professional may recognize dry mouth by performing an exam and listening to your concerns.
 
Saliva in our mouth is very important. Saliva helps to cleanse our teeth and tissues.  It also helps to buffer or neutralize the acid in our mouth. Acid produced by bacteria cause cavities.  When we have a chronic dry mouth our tissues can stick to teeth which creates soreness and cavities can grow extremely rapidly.
 
There are several things you can do to help alleviate dry mouth. Drink lots of water, chew sugar free gum or suck on sugar free candy to stimulate saliva.  There are also toothpastes, mouthwashes and gels created specifically to moisturize and soothe symptoms of dry mouth. Home fluoride may also be required to minimize cavities.
 
Talk to your dental health professional at the Rideau Dental Centre to help assess your risk for dry mouth.

What is a computer-generated crown?? Traditionally when a crown is done... the tooth is prepared and impressions are taken at the first visit.  These impressions are sent to the lab and typically 7-10 days later the crown is ready to be cemented into your mouth. 
 
With a computer generated crown or cerec, it is usually done in one visit.  After the tooth is prepared, a digital impression is taken with a 3D camera. Computer software along with your dentist designs the crown to fit your mouth. Crowns, onlays and inlays can be made using different ceramic materials and is fabricated right in the office.  You can even watch it being made!  From there it is cemented directly into your mouth.
 
This new technology allows control over design that enables your dentist to conserve tooth structure.   Cerec technology also saves your valuable time. At the Rideau Dental Centre we try to make all technologies available to our patients. Please call us to make an appointment.