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Frequently asked questions about dental procedures

How important is it to have an oral infection treated?

Sometimes the body’s immune system will fight and heal infections on its own, but often it needs some help.

When it comes to oral infections such as tooth and gum infections, only your dentist can make that call.

That’s why it’s so important to have infections and abscesses examined by a dentist.

Oral infections are a serious health matter. Symptoms include tooth, gum, and jaw pain, lumps or pus-filled abscesses, and weeping or bleeding gums.

Left untreated, they can affect your overall health.

Your dentist can diagnose an infection during an oral examination.

They will feel your gums, gently tap your teeth, and take x-rays to determine the extent of the infection and whether it has spread.

If your dentist feels the infection is harmful, or your body is not fighting it effectively, they may prescribe antibiotics.

Your dentist will also want to treat the underlying cause of an oral infection to prevent it from reoccurring in the future.

Causes may include tooth decay, periodontal, or gum disease, tooth cracks, and weakened fillings.

Do not ignore the signs of oral infection. Practice good oral hygiene on a daily basis, and have your mouth and teeth examined by regularly a dentist.

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Do you accept new patients?

Yes, Eastport Dental Centre continues to grow and accept new patients.

Walk-ins and emergencies are also welcome. Call us to schedule an appointment.

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My gums are bleeding, is that a problem?

Bleeding after brushing or flossing can be unsettling.

It can also be a sign of an otherwise silent disease — periodontal disease.

Periodontal or gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss.

It’s a build-up of bacteria from plaque and tartar, along with habits like smoking or chewing tobacco or other associated health conditions that can lead to gum inflammation, bone loss, and gum disease.

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease.

This causes your gums to bleed when you floss or brush, signaling a problem.

Regular professional cleanings, along with a rigorous daily routine of flossing and brushing, will reverse the inflammation within couple of weeks.

Left untreated, gingivitis progresses to periodontitis when deeper pockets are formed and teeth start to lose the bone support around them, becoming loose and eventually falling out.

We want to help you preserve your teeth, so during our dental exams we routinely examine your gums because they are the foundation for a healthy, beautiful smile.

There are a number of treatments for bleeding gums and periodontal disease, including removing plaque and tartar below the gum line (scaling and root planing), laser treatment, use of different antibiotics or antimicrobials, and ultimately, gum surgery or extraction.

Make sure to ask your dentist if you have gum disease and get informed on preventive measures.

We recommend daily brushing and flossing as well as regular checkups and cleanings to help prevent periodontal disease.

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What is the difference between silver and white fillings?

Many of us who grew up before the time of fluoridated water have mouths filled with silver fillings.

These fillings are known as amalgams and have proven to be extremely durable restorations.

They are not very pleasing to the eye, however.

Also being a metal filling it will expand and contract, when you eat hot or cold foods, at a different pace than your tooth leading to small cracks in your teeth and possible partial fracture of your tooth.

Fortunately, recent advances in dental materials have made it possible to use tooth coloured filling materials.

These materials can be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and are used to achieve long lasting and attractive restorations.

In our practice, we only use tooth-coloured materials, like composite fillings or different kinds of dental ceramics.

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How can I replace an old crown that looks unnatural?

When a crown is deteriorating or is old it can tend to look very obvious and not blend well with a patient's natural teeth.

With the CEREC technology that we offer at Eastport Dental Centre, we can replace a crown in one appointment and ensure that it will have a natural look and is functional with a precise fit.

Many of our patients have asked us about replacing very old crowns that have deteriorated or do not blend well with their natural teeth.

We will ensure that the shade is matched to your teeth and that the crown is shaped precisely so that it is indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

The life span of a crown, based on studies, is about 10 to 15 years.

Even if appearance is not a concern for you, the crown could be leaking and cause cavities in the underlying tooth, requiring replacement.

During your dental check-ups we always check your crowns for integrity and advise you of any concerns.

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What can I do to make my teeth more beautiful?

Many people feel insecure and even hate to smile because of the appearance of their teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry can help create a new, brighter and more attractive smile.

  • repairing chipped or cracked teeth
  • closing spaces between teeth
  • reshaping teeth
  • covering or whitening badly stained teeth

At Eastport Dental Centre we offer a wide range of cosmetic treatment options that can improve the colour, shape, and symmetry of your teeth and help you smile with confidence, from simple to more elaborated options, based on your needs and wants.

Please call the office today to set up an appointment to discuss exciting possibilities for a new smile.

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What is the best thing to do if my tooth is knocked out?

If you can find the tooth after the accident or injury, bring it with you when you seek medical help.

Pick the tooth up by the crown - the part of the tooth that you see in the mouth – and avoid touching the root end.

Restoring the beauty of your smile through cosmetic treatments can do wonders for your sense of confidence.

We offer a wide range of treatments that can improve the colour of your teeth, repair chips and cracks, and cover dark stains.

We can also help with crowded and crooked teeth.

Do not wrap the tooth in tissue or gauze or scrub the tooth.

This will damage the delicate cells on the root that are needed to reattach the tooth to the gum.

Place the tooth in a cup of milk (or water, if milk is not available) to keep it moist.

Remember: get to a dentist as quickly as possible.

The chances of saving the knocked out tooth are much greater if the dentist is seen within an hour.

You can call us anytime if you have an emergency!

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Is an electrical toothbrush better than a manual one?

Dental health experts agree that regular tooth brushing (no matter how high- or low-tech the gadget) and flossing help prevent tooth decay.

It's possible to brush your teeth effectively with a manual toothbrush, However, an electric toothbrush can be a great alternative to a manual toothbrush, especially if you have arthritis or other conditions that make it difficult to brush well.

The electric toothbrush bristles movement might even help you remove more plaque from your teeth and improve your gum health.

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Contact us with any other questions

You didn't find the answer you were looking for?

At Eastport Dental Centre we're committed to educating our patients on oral health conditions, dental procedures, and proper oral hygiene techniques. We believe that education is the key to a productive and successful patient/dental office relationship. Our professional team is readily available to assist you with any questions or concerns you may still have on your next visit.