Dental News

Veneers vs. Porcelain Crowns

Choosing color for veneer

When it comes to enhancing the way your smile looks, there are numerous options to choose from. Two of the most popular choices include cosmetic veneers and porcelain crowns. But depending on your oral health needs, one may be more appropriate than the other.   Advantages to Veneers Placing a veneer over the front of a tooth changes the way it looks without “treating” the entire tooth. They’re ideal for everything from mild discoloration and crowding to smaller or misshaped teeth. When paired side by side, veneers are safe to treat the entire visible smile. Some of our patients refer … Continue reading

Are My Wisdom Teeth Coming In?

Woman having a wisdom tooth

Your wisdom teeth are the final set of molars to erupt in the mouth. Depending on your age, they can come in during the teenage years or as late as the mid to late-20s. During your routine exams, we’ll take periodic X-rays (every 3-5 years) to view the inside of your jaw and see how the third molars are developing. But whether your wisdom teeth are coming in or not, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll need to be removed.   Wisdom Tooth Evaluations in Wyndham Let our Wyndham dentist know if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms: Swollen, … Continue reading

Should I Get a Denture?

Man with denture eating apple

Have you suffered with dental problems for a long time? Perhaps you’ve wondered if, like your parents, it’s just best to go ahead and have your remaining teeth removed and get a denture. While dentures are beneficial and efficient for replacing all of your teeth at one time, there are a few important things you should keep in mind.   Dentures aren’t as “good” as having your natural teeth. For individuals who “just want their teeth out” and get dentures, the adjustment to the larger, removable prosthesis is usually more than what they expected. Other than dental implants, there isn’t … Continue reading

Why Healthy Dental Patients Need Regular Checkups

You’ve always had great teeth, haven’t had a cavity in years, and between two kids, a dog, and your favourite hobby, are busier than ever. When it comes time to schedule your next dental appointment, you think to yourself, “It’s ok to skip this one. I don’t usually have any dental problems.” Before you realize it, it’s been three years since your last checkup. While it may not seem like a big deal to see a dentist every six months, it’s just as important for our Wyndham patients with healthy teeth as it is for people with chronic dental problems. … Continue reading

When are Dental Implants Appropriate?

man choosing implant at the dentist

Dental implants are a great alternative treatment for replacing missing teeth. Compared to conventional restorations, they also offer the best return on investment. But when is the right time to consider them, and are there ever situations when getting an implant isn’t appropriate?   At What Age? Implants are only for patients whose mouths are fully developed and matured, so most individuals will need to be at least 18 years old or so before considering this permanent restoration. It’s not that it isn’t safe, but it’s important to wait until their facial features are fully formed.   How Many Teeth … Continue reading

Common Symptoms of Tooth Decay

woman with cavity

“Do I have a cavity?” It’s a question we hear a lot at Wyndham Dental, and for those of us who tend to get cavities fairly frequently, it’s not a surprise. But if it’s been years since you’ve had — or you’ve been lucky enough to never have — a cavity, it’s a logical thing to ask.   Signs to Look For Aside from need a clinical exam and digital X-rays to thoroughly screen for smaller cavities, here are a few symptoms to keep your eye out for:   Discoloration or darkening. Not all cavities are dark holes on your … Continue reading

Flossing: How to do it Right

woman flossing her teeth

Many people don’t know how to floss properly.  The dental therapists and hygienists at Wyndham Dental can show you some tips that will help you improve your technique.   When to Floss: Flossing should be a part of your daily routine.  Preferably you would floss after each meal, but we know this is not always realistic.  Your goal should be to at least floss once per day.  A great time to do this is at night, before bed, and after you’ve brushed your teeth.   Tips to Help with Better Flossing:  There is more to flossing than just sliding a … Continue reading

How to Plan a Smile Makeover

woman after smile makeover

Are you interested in taking steps to improve the appearance of your smile? Are you overwhelmed by the cosmetic treatment options available to choose from? When choosing which way to go, it is important that you have a good relationship with your dentist and that their team is willing to work with you, to help meet your goals. At Wyndham Dental, we’ve been providing customized smile makeovers for more than 30 years, so we know a thing or two about them and take great pride in our services! When you come to our office for your aesthetic consultation, we will … Continue reading

What to do During a Dental Emergency

Emergency Dental

Sometimes a toothache can hit us at the worst possible time.  What should you do if it is the weekend and there is not a single dentist office open? Dental pain is usually due to inflammation, so over the counter anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen may be helpful in decreasing the pain. Warm salty water rinses can sometimes help soothe the area.  This can be done three times daily. Over the counter topical numbing medications usually contain benzocaine which can temporarily subside the pain.  However, overuse of this medication can further irritate the area, so use it only in moderation. If you … Continue reading

Do I Really Need a Crown?

woman checking to see if she needs a crown

A crown is a cap or a cover, made from a variety of very strong materials.  It goes over a tooth to protect it. These are custom fit and shaded to match the colour of your other natural teeth. Metal crowns also exist, the most popular being gold or stainless steel. Our Wyndham dentist will determine which type of material is best to use in your case. If you have a preference on the appearance of your crown (tooth colored or metal), be sure you express this us during your exam, and we will work with you to ensure you … Continue reading