Archive for July 2018

Why Do We Remove Wisdom Teeth?

July 30, 2018 | Posted Education

Wisdom teeth issues are a problem that many young adults end up having to deal with. They are the last set of molars to come in, and for some people they come properly aligned and are a positive addition to the mouth. However, in most cases, they come in unaligned and will need to be removed. Unaligned wisdom teeth are typically positioned horizontally, angled inward or outward, or angled away or towards the second molars. Incorrectly aligned wisdom teeth cause severe issues, including damaging adjacent teeth, nearby nerves, and the jawbone.
Every few visits to your dentist, they will take an x-ray to check if the wisdom teeth are present, and if they are properly aligned. If they are found to be unaligned, your dentist will most likely recommend that they are extracted. In most cases, the earlier the extraction can occur, the better. As the bone and tooth roots develop over time, the extraction tends to become more painful and complicated.
If it’s decided that your wisdom teeth should be extracted, your dentist or oral surgeon will explain to you exactly what will happen during your surgery. Depending on the difficulty of the surgery, different forms of sedation will be used. Because of this sedation, the surgery itself will be fairly comfortable. At the end of the surgery, when the anesthetic begins to wear off, the pain one experiences will depend on the method of tooth extraction that was used. During the next few days after your surgery, the pain will subside and your teeth will be almost fully healed.
At the Rideau Dental Centre we have the expertise to provide wisdom teeth extraction, if it is recommended during your assessment. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by calling 613-230-7475!

What Causes Cavities?

July 17, 2018 | Posted Education

Everyone is at risk of getting cavities, but there are a number of factors that can greatly increase your chance of getting them. By taking simple precautions to make sure you don’t enable any of these cavity increasing risks, you can greatly decrease your chance of getting cavities.
Some of the most common cavity risk factors include:

  • Food/drink that clings to your teeth. This includes foods/drinks such as milk, soda, hard candy, dry cereal, and chips.

  • Frequent snacking. When you snack frequently, the acid in your food has more time to damage your teeth.

  • Lack of fluoride. Fluoride is a very useful natural mineral that helps prevent plaque buildup. Public tap water often contains added fluoride, but bottled water does not.

  • Inadequate brushing/flossing. This may be pretty obvious to most people, but it’s always important to remember to properly brush and floss soon after eating and drinking.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us at Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475, we are happy to help!

Sometimes, you may notice one or more of your teeth feeling sensitive when you eat or drink something hot, cold, sweet, or sour. This sensitivity may be painful, often feeling like a sharp and sudden pain deep into your tooth. Typically, sensitive teeth are caused by your gums being pulled back and exposing the surface beneath them. This surface is called dentin, and is what makes up the inner parts and roots of the tooth. When this surface is exposed, it allows hot, cold, sweet, and sour foods to directly reach the nerves of your tooth, causing sharp pain. Other possible causes of tooth sensitivity include wear and tear due to brushing too hard, tooth decay, teeth grinding, and gum disease.
There are a number of different things you can do to reduce and control tooth sensitivity. First, make sure to brush and floss regularly using proper brushing and flossing techniques. Second, use a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. Regular use of a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth should make them less sensitive. Third, watch what you eat, as large amounts acidic food and drink can cause tooth sensitivity. If the sensitivity continues, make sure you talk to your dentist about it. There are a few different things that your dentist can do to help reduce tooth sensitivity, such as applying white fillings to cover exposed root surfaces, applying fluoride varnishes to root surfaces, or applying dentin sealers.
If you have sensitive teeth and would like to book an appointment with a dentist, or have any other questions, feel free to contact us at Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.