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What is a Post & Core?

A post and core (colloquially known as a “post” or “dental post”) is a type of dental restoration used either to stabilize a weakened tooth or provide an anchor for a crown.

This video features a Post and Core being placed at Soho Dental in Toronto.

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Continuing my education in order to better serve you…

This week I have been away from the office to complete part 6 of the core curriculum at the Dawson Academy for Advanced Dental Study. The Academy teaches the essential principles and skills for complete dental care with primary concentrations in dental occlusion, the temporomandibular joints and comprehensive esthetic restorative dentistry.

This has been a journey which started in January 2015 and that I hope to complete in April 2016. The Dawson philosophy is to train dentists to be true “physicians of the masticatory system”. This is my personal commitment to all our patients at Soho Dental and in doing so, I hope to provide for you the very best in dental care!

-Dr Feisel Haji

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Happy Holidays!

We wish you and your families a happy and festive holiday season. We wish to express our gratitude to you who entrust us with your dental care. We are very thankful to serve our community. May the New Year bring good health and happiness to you as well as peace and safety to all those around the world living in difficult times.

Sincerely, Dr Haji and the team at Soho Dental

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The Dental Microscope at Soho Dental

The dental microscope is an invaluable tool that not only allows more comfort for dentist and patient, but also allows for a degree of precision that was previously impossible. In our latest video we have explained the usage of the microscope in detail.

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Which tooth is the crown?

A crown or cap goes over a tooth to prevent it from fracturing. Crowns are recommended for teeth that have had root canal treatment or that have large fillings as these teeth are weaker and prone to breakage. Once a tooth is crowned, you can chew with confidence without worry that the tooth may be damaged further.

With our modern dental ceramics, crowns can be very esthetic as well. The crown in the picture above is the upper first molar tooth, which is the 4th tooth on the top from the left.

High quality dental care is often a collaboration between myself and the specialists that I work with. One of these specialists is Jim Globocki, a certified dental technician and denturist. It is he that fabricates your dental work in ceramic. He uses his skill to duplicate nature in shape and colour. As a result your new crown will not only feel and function comfortably but it will blend in with your natural teeth as much as possible.

If you have any questions regarding crowns, for the front or back teeth, do not hesitate to ask us at your next dental visit!

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Composite Resin Restoration

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.  The first picture above shows  broken amalgam restorations.

These fillings are broken because the patient grinds his teeth.  One can see how the tooth structure is worn as well.

A new composite resin restoration brings the tooth back to proper form and function. Although these new restorations will serve the patient well, they will also eventually fail unless the grinding habit is addressed.  The treatment solutions may include a night guard and a bite adjustment to balance the forces on the teeth.

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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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