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Instrument Sterilization

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At Soho Dental, we take the sterilization of our surgical instruments very seriously.

The pictures above show what your instruments look like before your appointment at Soho Dental.  All our instruments are thoroughly cleaned, placed in cassettes, wrapped and then autoclaved.  The process of autoclaving sterilizes the instruments using high heat, saturated steam and pressure. Most importantly, your instruments remained sealed in the wrapping until they are ready to be used.  Just before your appointment, the packages are opened as the room is prepared for your treatment. Surgical instruments at a hospital are handled in a similar way in that they are autoclaved and wrapped. The wrapping is not removed until they are needed.

If you have any questions regarding our sterilization procedures, please do not hesitate to ask.

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Worn Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings are metal fillings and they are very strong.  Despite being a very strong material, the forces in the mouth can be enough to break these fillings especially if one is grinding or clenching their teeth. All fillings have lifespan and eventually do require replacement.  The picture above shows a broken amalgam restoration.  The patient has no pain or sensitivity despite the fact the filling is broken, there is decay under the filling and there is a gap between the filling and the tooth beside it causing food to get caught in between the teeth.

A new composite resin restoration brings the tooth back to proper form and function.

Notice there is no longer gap between the filling and the adjacent tooth.  The contour of the filling against the neighbouring tooth is at it should be.  The proper anatomy of the tooth is restored so that it can function with the opposing tooth in harmony when the patient chews.  This new restoration should serve the patient well for many years to come.

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Worn Fillings or Restorations

All fillings will eventually show signs of wear. Whatever the material that we use to restore teeth, it is subject to chewing forces which are significant, especially in the molar regions of the mouth. If a patient clenches and grinds, the life span of the dental restoration is compromised significantly. The forces of clenching and grinding are almost 10 times that of normal chewing forces. The first picture shows a worn composite resin restoration. A worn restoration can make the tooth sensitive to hot and cold. If it is cracked or debonded from the tooth, a cavity can form underneath. This worn restoration is easily replaced and the new restoration should serve the patient well for many years to come.

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Cavity Associated With Broken Amalgam Filling

Cavities are not always sensitive or painful.  The first picture shows a broken silver or amalgam filling and a large cavity is present where the filling has broken away.  The
patient was unaware that there was a problem.  If this problem was not addressed the cavity would have progressed and more extensive treatment would be required.  Cavities that progress to the nerve of the tooth require root canal treatment.

In this case the broken filling and cavity were repaired with a composite resin restoration this preventing the need for more extensive treatment.  Regular dental examinations allow the detection of such problems before they require major dental treatment.

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Dental Erosion Repair

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What you see in the photo above is a typical example of dental erosion. The patient was concerned because the teeth looked yellow at the gum line and although she whitened her teeth to try to get rid of the discolouration, it was not successful.

This is because the enamel on the tooth at the gum line has been dissolved away by acid. What you see is the underlying tooth structure, dentin, which is yellow. The dentin is less resistant to acid erosion so it will wear away even quicker than the enamel.

I restored the teeth with the use of dental composite material. The shade is matched to the tooth for an esthetically pleasing result. More importantly, the dentin is now covered to prevent further erosion from acidic foods.

The most acidic foods are often citrus foods. It is a good idea to cut down on these if you have them daily. Other foods and drinks to be careful with include: carbonated drinks, wine, pickled foods, yoghurt and sports drinks.

Please see our previous post about acid erosion for more information.

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Electric Toothbrushes

philips2We are often asked if an electrical toothbrush is more effective than a manual one for cleaning your teeth. Many people assume that an electrical bush will clean your teeth more effectively. The reality is that both can be effective as long as one is thorough with the brushing and one brushes for the recommended 2 minute period of time.

That being said, there are some advantages to an electric toothbrush for some people. An electric toothbrush is ideal for people who suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and any other painful or movement-restricting conditions. Since the electric toothbrush’s rotating head does all the work, the user is exempt from constantly applying effort with their wrists and hands; making dental care a much easier task.

Advanced electric toothbrushes include an automatic timer in their design, which makes it easier for users to know when their two minute brush is complete. This ensures a proper clean is achieved to maintain oral hygiene.

Some patients are just more prone to gingivitis and often we will make a recommendation to use an electric toothbrush for these patients. Our recommendation is the Phillips Sonicare Toothbrush. It is available in models with varying features, but the technology in each one is the same. The basic EasyClean model would be a good recommendation for most patients.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need more information regarding electric toothbrushes!

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Happy Holidays!

From all of us at Soho Dental, we wish you and your families all the best for the holiday season and a healthy and happy New Year!
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Sports Drinks

It’s misleading to think that sports drinks are a healthy alternative to water. Sports drinks are marketed as a “replacement for lost essential nutrients during and after exercise.”  It is questionable if this is really necessary, when for most people a balanced diet will provide all the nutrients and electrolytes needed. Most sport drinks have high levels of sugar and acidity, both of which are harmful to your teeth. The pH of sports drinks can range from 2.3 to 4.5 which is very similar to that of soft drinks.  The pH below which damage to tooth enamel can occur is 5.5.   Some sports drinks even have caffeine, which adds to one’s daily caffeine consumption in our already coffee and energy drink-obsessed culture!  Excessive caffeine can cause an increase in heart rate, blood pressure and disruption of sleep patterns.

If you are going to consume sport drinks, it is better to have the drink all at once rather than sipping it over a period of hours. This is because acid-attacks are more harmful the more frequently or prolonged they occur.  Having your sports drink through a straw, rinsing your mouth with water (which has a neutral pH) and chewing a sugarless gum afterwards have been shown to reduce the harmful effects of sports drinks.

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