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Extaro 300

A close up video look at the #Extaro Dental Microscope in use at Soho Dental in Toronto by Dr. Feisel Haji.

This incredible ultra high tech dental microscope by Extaro allows us to complete ultra accurate work, and help you build the best possible smile for life!

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When do we consider veneers instead of bonding?

Meet “Carol”. Carol was concerned about the appearance of her front teeth. She had previous bonding in the past which had stained and chipped. The two lateral incisors are also dark when compared to the other teeth. 

In order to improve Carol’s smile, we needed to mask the darkness of the lateral incisors and lengthen them in order to achieve pleasing proportions. The two front teeth also had to be narrowed very slightly in order to balance the smile. With the changes needed in the colour and shape of the teeth, in addition to the fact that the teeth already had bonding that was failing, I decided that veneers were the best treatment option for Carol. 

How do I determine the correct proportions? Before we started any treatment, I took a series of photographs and study models in order to plan Carol’s treatment.  I then let Carol try out the proposed changes with temporary veneers

Temporary veneers are a very important part of the treatment because they allow me to fine tune the way the future veneers will look, feel and function during speaking and chewing. The front teeth have a very precise position in the mouth in order to look and feel good and the temporary veneers help me determine that position. 

The picture of the veneers is a few years after the original picture was taken. Carol has been speaking, chewing and smiling with these veneers for some time now. I wonder if Carol realizes how much she makes me smile when she comes in for her cleanings

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Dark Front Teeth

Dark Front Teeth

“Rebecca” has been self conscious about her dark front tooth ever since she had the accident. She fell and her front tooth took a hard hit. As a result, the tooth needed a root canal treatment. ⁣⁣⁣

A tooth can darken considerably after trauma and although Rebecca never had any pain in the tooth after the root canal, the discoloured tooth was an aesthetic issue for her. We tried to bleach the tooth from the inside, what we call internal whitening. This lightened the tooth somewhat but it still remained noticeably darker than the other teeth. ⁣⁣⁣

We decided on a porcelain crown to solve the problem. To match one front tooth crown to the natural teeth is one of the biggest challenges that we have in dentistry. I had to be sure that my preparation of Rebecca’s tooth was precise to allow my lab technician to mask the dark tooth. Also, I had to make sure that the where the crown meets the tooth, what we call the margin, was just below the gums so that it was not noticeable. Going too far below the gums with the margin can cause red, sore gums, so this was a very important consideration. ⁣⁣⁣

Cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry not only involves making sure the teeth look nice but also making sure that the gums are healthy and aesthetic as well. They are just as important to the final result! ⁣⁣⁣

In the end, we have a natural looking crown that blends well with the other teeth. The gums around the crown are healthy and happy. I finished Rebecca ‘s smile by fixing the small chip in the tooth beside the crown with a little bonding. ⁣⁣⁣

The greatest pleasure for me is seeing Rebecca smile with confidence. She now smiles freely and openly. And seeing her so happy has me smiling as well. It’s always more than just fixing teeth! ⁣⁣⁣

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Soho Dental Instagram Post

I can see clearly now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Being 50 feels exactly like being 49. Well almost like 49. I quickly realized that I could no longer see things very close to me. As a dentist, I really like to see things that are close me. Enter progressive lenses! The first few weeks are dizzying but perseverance pays off with the ability to see near and far. This makes me very happy. I’m told that this makes my patients very happy as well. 😄 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Thanks to Dr Heeney and her team @spadina.optometry for fitting me with these stylish frames. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Soho Dental Instagram Post

These rings support the bands that we use create the correct form when placing a tooth coloured filling. We try to recreate the original tooth anatomy so that your filling looks, feels and functions naturally. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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@ Toronto, Ontario

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How Dietary Acids Can Cause Tooth Erosion

Think that only sweet-tasting drinks and snacks are harmful for your teeth? Think again.

Sugar isn’t the only dietary factor that can damage your smile. Foods and beverages that are high in acids wear away the enamel that protects your teeth, a process known as tooth erosion. This changes the appearance of your teeth and opens the door for bacteria that can cause cavities or infection.

What Does Tooth Erosion Do to My Teeth?

Tooth erosion is permanent. If your enamel has started to wear away, you may:

  • Feel pain or sensitivity when consuming hot, cold or sweet drinks
  • Notice a yellowish discoloration of the teeth
  • Find that your fillings have changed
  • Face greater risks for more cavities over time
  • Develop an abscess, in very extreme cases
  • Experience tooth loss, also in very extreme cases
  • Once erosion occurs, you may need fillings, crowns, a root canal or even tooth removal. Veneers may also be an option to restore the look of your smile.

Acidic Foods and Beverages to Watch For

Here’s a quick tip: If what you’re eating or drinking is citrus or citrus-flavored, carbonated or sour, it’s best to limit how much you consume.

Nutritious, acidic foods like tomatoes and citrus fruits can have some acidic effects on tooth enamel, so eat them as part of a meal, not by themselves. Dried fruits, including raisins, can also cause problems because they are sticky and adhere to teeth, so the acids produced by cavity-causing bacteria continue to harm teeth long after you stop eating them.

Still, the major erosion culprit is soft drinks, especially soda and sports drinks. Even if they are sugar-free, they are more likely to be acidic thanks to carbonation. That bubbly fizz raises the acid level of any drink, regardless of its flavor.

Acid in beverages can also come from citrus flavorings such as lemon, lime and orange. Even all-natural beverages like orange juice or fresh-squeezed lemonade are higher in acid than regular water, so make them an occasional treat instead of a daily habit.

And speaking of treats, some sour candies are almost as acidic as battery acid, and many use citric acids to get that desired effect. If you like a little sour with your sweet tooth, please pucker in moderation.

Tips for Protecting Your Teeth

You can reduce tooth erosion from what you eat and drink by following these tips:

Wait an hour before you brush after eating acidic foods to give your saliva a chance to naturally wash away acids and re-harden your enamel.

  • Limit – or avoid – acidic beverages like soft drinks. If you do indulge, use a straw.
  • When drinking something like a soft drink, do not swish or hold it in your mouth longer than you need to. Just sip and swallow.
  • After acidic meals or beverages, rinse your mouth with water, drink milk or enjoy a snack of cheese right afterward. Dairy and other calcium-rich foods can help neutralize acids.
  • Saliva helps keep acids under control. To keep your saliva flowing and protecting your teeth, chew sugarless gum with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
  • Look for dental health products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This means the product is safe and effective, and some have been awarded the ADA Seal specifically because they help prevent and reduce enamel erosion from dietary acids.
  • Talk to your dentist. Your dentist can explain the effects of nutritional choices on your teeth, including the various foods and beverages to choose and which ones to avoid. Knowing all you can about the effects of what you eat and drink on your teeth can help keep your smile bright over a lifetime.

Article originally appeared at: https://www.mouthhealthy.org

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