Oral Surgery & More by Trusted Family Dentists in Calgary

Temporary Restorations

You have just received a plastic restoration that will serve you for a short period of time. A few comments about this temporary restoration will be helpful to you.


Chewing: The temporary cement requires about one-half hour to set. Please do not chew during that period of time. Temporary restorations are not strong. Do not eat anything sticky and do not floss them (this is one of the few times that we will say this). If one of your temporary restorations should fall off, you can temporarily replace them by putting Fixodent, Toothpaste, or Vaseline inside of it. Place the temporary on your tooth holding it in place. Please do not leave the temporary out of your mouth because the teeth will move and the final restoration will likely not fit well. Certain foods will stick to the temporary restoration. This is not the case for the porcelain or gold restoration to be cemented soon. This temporary is not a good indicator of what your final restoration will look or feel like. If you lose or break your temporary, please call our office at 587-318-4472 or 587-318-3574.


Colour: The colour of the plastic temporary does not resemble the final restoration in any way.


Shape and size: The anatomy of the temporary plastic does not resemble the final restoration in any way.


Tooth sensitivity: Temporary restorations may leak saliva or food into the tooth. Sensitivity to cold, hot, or sweets is not uncommon. This will not be the case with your later restoration. Unless it is extreme, you do not need to contact us.


Permanent Restorations

You have just had some crowns, veneers or fixed bridges cemented onto your teeth. They will replace your missing tooth structure or missing teeth very well and should give you years of service if you will observe the following suggestions.


Chewing: Do not chew hard or sticky foods on the restorations for 24 hours from the time they are cemented. The cement must mature to have optimum strength.


Continuing care: Visit us at regular intervals as discussed with your doctor or hygienist. Often, problems that are developing around restorations can be found early and are corrected more easily. Waiting for a longer time may require redoing the entire restoration. Avoiding a return for a dental exam is the most common reason for failure or further problems. Generally, we would like to see you at least every 6 months.

  1. Brush and floss after eating and especially before bedtime.
  2. Use bridge cleaners as advised by us.

Sensitivity: Don't worry about mild sensitivity to hot or cold foods. It will disappear gradually over a few weeks.


Aggressive chewing: Do not chew ice or other very hard objects. Avoid chewing very sticky "hard tacky" candy because it can remove restorations.


Problems: If one or more of the following conditions occurs, please contact us to avoid further difficulties.

  1. A feeling of movement or looseness in the restoration
  2. Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods that doesn't disappear in a few weeks
  3. A peculiar taste from the restoration site
  4. Breakage of a piece of material from the restoration
  5. Sensitivity to pressure


Root Canals (Endodontics)

When a cavity gets into the nerve and blood vessels inside the tooth, bacteria may enter the bone and cause an infection (abscess). These problems may or may not be painful. A root canal is the only way to save a tooth in which bacteria have already travelled into the centre (pulp) of the tooth.


Oral Surgery

In addition to wisdom teeth and other extractions, we can perform biopsies, bony recontouring, or changes in the surrounding structures. Relief of tongue ties, undesired muscle attachments, gummy smiles, squatty appearing teeth or other issues can often be resolved at our clinic.


Pediatric treatment

Kids need good dental care too. We recommend a "Happy Visit" for all kids starting at 12 months old. They may not get X-rays or a full cleaning until they're ready, but it will give you a better idea of ways to clean their teeth or of any problems that lie ahead. Brush your kids' teeth as soon as you see them come in with a small toothbrush and normal toothpaste.


Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays allow the dentist to take an image of the tooth or teeth and put it into an imaging program. Within this imaging program, there are a number of tools that will allow the dentist to take a very close look at the teeth and surrounding structures with amazing accuracy. As a benefit to the patient, the digital x-ray also provides nearly 80% less radiation than a standard x-ray. This is due to the fact that the digital version of the x-ray is much more sensitive to this radiation and has been specifically designed with the patient in mind.


CariVu

CariVu uses a special transillumination (light) technology. It allows the enamel portion of the tooth to appear transparent while the areas of concern trap the light, showing the parts of teeth that require treatment. This technology allows the dentist detection of decay and cracks, sometimes otherwise not visible, and with very high accuracy. This method of detection does not utilize radiation and is an excellent companion to digital radiography.


GALILEOS Scan - 3D Imaging

The GALILEOS® 3D scanner is a specialized tool utilized to take three-dimensional images of your teeth, head, jaw, and neck. These 3D images get a more detailed view of your mouth, to assist as an additional tool to view areas of concern, and to more accurately plan dental treatments including the placement of dental implants. This technology has low-radiation and efficient technology. The GALILEOS scanner is effective in helping with the following:

  • Analyze after an accident in assessing facial trauma
  • Evaluate the extent of dental injury or damage
  • Diagnose cavities
  • Assess cleft palates
  • Detect and evaluate cysts, abscesses, tumours, and sinus areas
  • Evaluate your progress during orthodontic treatment
  • Analyze a TMJ disorder
  • Visualize abnormal teeth and other developmental abnormalities
  • Diagnose the need for root canal therapy, endodontic treatment, and in seeing cracked teeth or roots
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