Friday, March 3, 2017

Cavities and Dental Bonding

We take care of our skin and body by watching what we eat, but a cavity can pull one over on us and develop without warning. If a cavity is mild, you may probably get away with a simple filling. If a cavity exposes pulp in your tooth, a root canal might be recommended. Either way, dental bonding may be done in order to get a proper tooth shape after the filling is complete. Dr. Bayo Olowe at Advantage Dental Centre explains how cosmetic bonding works and what you can benefit from it.
Tooth bonding usually takes place after one gets a root canal or even a composite filling. It helps bond any gaps or cracks in the teeth to make the tooth look like well, a tooth! The materials used are porcelain and resins to match the tooth and fuse it to the enamel, so it would still feel like your normal tooth. Chipped or cracked teeth are normal uses for dental bonding but this material can be also used for a number of different dental procedures.
If you have questions about cosmetic bonding or dental health and oral care, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at our practice, visit www.advantagedentalcentrecalgary.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bayo Olowe at Advantage Dental Centre in Calgary, AB, call 403-240-2963.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

The way people talk about wisdom tooth extraction, sometimes it seems like dentists just presume that these apparently healthy body parts need to come out. In fact, we never remove teeth without cause, but it is true that wisdom tooth extraction is one of the most common dental surgeries. The reason is that these teeth often grow in a way that not only makes them painful and unusable but also causes damage to all the other teeth.
The problem with wisdom teeth is that they come in much later than all the other teeth; usually when people are in their late teens or early twenties. Wisdom teeth, the third pair of molars, are by far the largest teeth, and people often don’t have room in their mouths for them to come in properly aligned. Many teens have already undergone or are undergoing orthodontic treatment, and wisdom teeth threaten to disrupt the position of all the other teeth. They also often are unable to fully push through the gum, which creates pockets that become filled with tartar and then tooth-rotting bacteria.
Usually, wisdom tooth extraction isn’t a difficult process. We use local anesthesia to numb the mouth without knocking the patient unconscious and make incisions in the gum line to get at the roots of the teeth. Sometimes we split the tooth to make removing it easier. However, wisdom teeth can wind up in some truly bizarre angles, and occasionally, we have to cut through bone to get the teeth completely removed. These operations have longer recovery periods.
The recovery for normal wisdom tooth extraction is simpler than for any other tooth since the degeneration of the anchoring jawbone won’t weaken teeth on either side of the extraction site. Recovering patients should avoid heavy use of their teeth or drinking through straws since they could dislodge the blood clot they need to keep their exposed gum tissue hydrated, but a follow-up probably won’t be necessary. In cases where we need to cut through bone, however, follow-ups are necessary to remove sutures, and patients may initially require pain medication. The Panorex machine in our office allows us to monitor wisdom teeth growth so we know whether extraction will be necessary, and can continue to monitor the sites after their removal to make sure patients’ bites remain strong and straight.
Drs. Bayo Olowe and Michael Dolynchuck operate Advantage Dental Care offices in two locations. To contact the office at #104, 5920 Macleod Rd, SW Calgary, Alberta, T2H 0K2, call 403-640-0330. To contact the office at 2757 17th Ave, SW Calgary, Alberta, T3E7E1, call 403-240-2963. For more information, visit our website, www.advantagedentalcentrecalgary.com.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Dental Sedation

If you are anxious when visiting the dentist, there are options available to you. Reaching a level of relaxation during your dental procedure is important so that the dentist is able to do the work that needs to be accomplished without the distraction of whether you are comfortable or not. Olowe Bayo with Advantage Dental Centre in Calgary, Alberta can help you to reach a comfortable level while getting your dental work completed.

Sedation Options

When you seek a dentist for treatment of any dental issues, whether it is for a small or large procedure, you may want to consider discussing sedation. This is a good way for you to get the dental care that you may have been avoiding and for the dentist to be able to do the job productively knowing that you are safe and comfortable throughout the procedure. Depending on the procedure to be completed, the dentist could recommend that you receive a mild sedation allowing you to simply relax and be cooperative during the procedure. He might suggest that you be given a more potent sedative allowing you to sleep during the procedure. The exact nature of the sedation depends on you and the procedure at hand.

Don’t avoid having dental work done because you are in fear of the process or the pain. Get the results that you really need by contacting our office today. We will happily answer all of your questions about procedures and sedation. Call us today at 403-640-0330 to schedule your appointment.


Monday, April 18, 2016

Oral Cancer Screenings

According to the Canadian Dental Association, about 1,090 Canadians died from the effects of oral cancer in 2003. Like all forms of cancer, early diagnosis is key to survival as well as avoiding the serious side effects that can hinder your ability to speak, eat, and breathe normally.

At Advantage Dental Care, our dentists are equipped to screen for early stages of oral cancer. You should include a screening for mouth, throat, and lip cancer at your next visit. A screening will take as little as five minutes and is an effective preventative measure in addition to your healthy diet and avoiding cancer-causing substances like tobacco.

Tobacco and alcohol users are at a higher risk, but non users, too, can get oral cancer. Cancer in young people is, unfortunately, on the rise. Still, people over 50 are particularly at risk.

The early symptoms of oral cancer include lumps, eating difficulties, and changes in the voice. Your qualified dentist at Advantage Dental Care will thoroughly screen susceptible areas for your protection. Call us today at (403) 640-0330 to schedule your oral cancer screening at our American Dental Association practice in Calgary, Alberta or visit www.advantagedentalcentrecalgary.com for more information.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Advantage Dental Centre Uses Waterlase Technology to Improve Patient Comfort in Calgary, AB

Are you scared of going to the dentist because you’ll hear the dreaded drill screeching in your ear? At Advantage Dental Centre, we can minimize your fear of the dentist using Waterlase laser technology.

The Waterlase is a dental laser that enables our doctors to use minimal and in some cases even no anesthetic or drills to perform many routine dental procedures. The Waterlase combines water, air and laser energy for safe use on human tissue in the mouth. Heat, vibration and pressure are the primary causes of pain associated with the use of the traditional dental drill. Since cutting both hard and soft tissues (teeth and gums) with the Waterlase does not generate heat, vibration or pressure, many dental procedures can be performed with fewer shots, less need for anesthesia, less use of the drill and fewer numb lips.

Waterlase is a versatile tool that allows dentists to cut teeth, bone and gum tissue with fewer traumas and do procedures that can’t be done with traditional tools such as the drill and scalpel. At Advantage Dental Centre, our doctors will determine what type of treatment is appropriate for your needs.

To learn more about Waterlase technology and other services, visit www.advantagedentalcentrecalgary.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Advantage Dental Centre in Calgary, AB, call 403-640-0330.