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  2.  On time appointments
  3.  Emergencies seen same day
  4.  Full range of dental treatment available
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Dr. R. Todd Appleton, Associates and Staff

 

 

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23
May
2018

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is the process of removing infected, injured or dead pulp from your tooth. The space inside the hard layers of each tooth is called the root canal system. This system is filled with soft dental pulp made up of nerves and blood vessels that help your tooth grow and develop.

Who does this procedure?

When bacteria (germs) enter your tooth through deep cavities, cracks or flawed fillings, your tooth can become abscessed. An abscessed tooth is a tooth with an infection in the pulp. If pulp becomes infected, it needs to be removed. An abscessed tooth may cause pain and/or swelling. Your dentist may notice the infection from a dental x-ray or from other changes with the tooth. If left untreated, an abscessed tooth can cause serious oral health problems.

Your dentist may do root canal treatment or refer you to an endodontist. An endodontist is a dentist who has completed a university post-graduate specialty program in endodontics. Endodontics is a specialty of dentistry concerned with the treatment of the dental pulp or nerve of the tooth.

If your child’s primary (baby) tooth is damaged, your dentist may refer you to a pediatric dentist for this procedure. A pediatric dentist has at least 2 years of extra university training in treating children.

DrRyan Margel, DMD, MS, FRCD(C) is our Endodontist who specializes in root canals.

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14
Mar
2018
The good news is that preventative dentistry and scientific advances are helping older adults keep their natural teeth much longer. It’s never been more important to help protect your teeth and gums against oral disease and maintain overall good health. You can do this by:

  • brushing and flossing real or replacement teeth twice daily
  • Using toothpaste containing fluoride
  • Eating a healthy diet and limiting sweets
  • Avoiding tobacco. Smokers have a greater risk of developing gum disease than non-smokers
  • Limiting alcohol. Alcohol and tobacco used together are the primary risk factors for oral cancers
  • Visiting a dentist at least every six months.

Seniors need to continue to focus on cavity prevention.
The causes of tooth decay are the same for all ages. Decay happens when the bacteria in plaque feeds on the sugar in our diet to produce acid that can cause cavities.

Many older adults grew up without fluoride in the water. Therefore, they are more likely to have decay around fillings. Decay of the tooth root is also common in older adults because when the gums recede this exposes the softer root surface which decays easier than tooth enamel.

Seniors need to continue to focus on prevention of gum disease.
Gum disease (the technical term is periodontal disease) often progresses at a slow pace, over time, with no pain. As a result, it’s very common in older adults. And it’s important to know that there is evidence linking gum disease to heart disease, respiratory disorders and strokes.

If gum disease goes undetected, it can do a great deal of damage. It is primarily caused by plaque but there are other factors that may increase the risk and severity of the condition including:

  • Food left between the teeth
  • Smoking
  • Smokeless tobacco use
  • Poorly aligned teeth
  • Poorly fitted partial dentures or bridges
  • Poor diets and
  • Systemic diseases (e.g. anemia)

The good news is that gum disease can be stopped! Make sure you look for these warning signs and see your dentist immediately if you notice any of the following:

  • Bleeding gums when you brush
  • Tender, red or swollen gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Pus between your teeth and gums when the gums are pressed
  • Any change in your bite
  • Any change in the fit of your partial dentures
  • Constant bad taste or bad breath

Anxious about visiting the dentist?
Feeling anxious about visiting the dentist is not unusual – it can happen at any age! It’s important to know that you don’t have to tolerate toothaches, bleeding gums or clicking dentures.

(Information provided by the Ontario Dental Association)

Dr. Appleton wants to make you as comfortable as possible. Please share your feelings with his staff so that they can adjust your treatment to meet your needs.

Please call 905-668-6301 if you have any questions.

 

 

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The holidays can be such a busy and fun time but its important at this time of year to keep a regular dental routine in place.

The holidays can upset your schedule, but you should still brush at least two times a day.

To keep up good habits on the go, stash a toothbrush and mini tube of toothpaste in your purse or briefcase and make time to “freshen up” after meals.

If brushing your teeth isn’t an option, chew sugarless gum, which boosts saliva and helps flush out food debris, and more.

Happy Holidays from Dr Appleton and Staff

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13
Dec
2017

 

 

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A huge Thank You to Dr. Usman for the delicious surprise that was delivered !!

 

Dr. R. Todd Appleton, Associates and Staff.

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8
Nov
2017

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25
Oct
2017

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Think having sensitive teeth is
just an inconvenience? Think again.
When ice cream or frosty drinks come
with an “ouch” factor, it’s time to tell
your dentist.

Tooth sensitivity may be an initial marker for something more serious.

Tooth sensitivity occurs when the protective enamel on the tooth is damaged or when receding gums or periodontal disease exposes the dentin at the roots.

Dentin is the material that makes up the part of the tooth below the gums, the tooth root, and is found under the tooth’s enamel layer. It is a much softer material than enamel and contains tubules, tiny tubes that connect to the tooth’s pulp or nerve chamber.

When this material is exposed to the air, cold, acidic drinks or infected with decay, the tooth may exhibit signs
of discomfort.”

If you or any of your family members suffer from sensitive teeth, you can reach us at 905-668-6301 for a consultation with Dr. Appleton.

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