It’s Time to Talk About Wisdom Teeth
JANUARY 17, 2023 / DENTISTRY
Are you experiencing pain and discomfort in your teeth and gums? If the answer is yes and you’re in your late teens or early twenties, there’s a good chance the problem is your wisdom teeth.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are an additional set of molars that grow at the back of your mouth. They usually develop many years after your adult teeth form – most people develop their wisdom teeth between the ages of 17 and 25, which is why they are called "wisdom" teeth.
How do I know if I need my wisdom teeth removed?
Because wisdom teeth come in later in life when the rest of your mouth is already developed, they can create many problems and cause quite a bit of pain and discomfort. If this is the case, your family dentist in Toronto will likely suggest having them removed.
When wisdom teeth don’t grow properly, you may experience pain or swelling in the gums, especially towards the back of your mouth (where the wisdom teeth are located). This pain and swelling can cause difficulty speaking, chewing, or opening your mouth wide.
Wisdom teeth are one of those dental problems that can be easily fixed if caught early, but if left to worsen they can cause long-lasting problems that require invasive, expensive treatments.
What are the problems commonly caused by wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth can cause several problems if they don't have enough space to grow in properly. Some of the most common problems caused by wisdom teeth include:
- Impacted wisdom teeth – this is when the wisdom teeth grow in at an angle that puts pressure on the surrounding teeth
- Increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease – because wisdom teeth are located at the very back of your mouth, they can be difficult to clean properly
- Crowding or shifting of your other teeth – this happens when the wisdom teeth push against the other teeth in your mouth trying to make space for themselves to break through the gumline
Wisdom teeth extraction is a common procedure performed regularly by Dr. Maralani at Lilac Family Dentistry. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your mouth and are concerned your wisdom teeth could be the problem, be sure to make an appointment right away. Our team will examine your mouth, perform some x-rays, look at whether your wisdom teeth are coming through, and recommend the best treatment plan moving forward.
Intraoral Cameras: Now You Can See What We See
DECEMBER 8, 2022 / DENTISTRY
There is a good reason why you constantly hear about the importance of regular dental visits. Seeing Dr. Sayeh Maralani, your dentist in North York regularly makes it more likely that any small dental problems are identified, and treatment begins before the issue is left to develop into something more serious that may require invasive, expensive treatment, or cause long-term problems like bone loss, tooth loss, and potentially even osteoporosis, cardiac disease, or cancer.
During a regular dental visit, a dentistor hygienist will assess and clean your teeth using professional equipment to brush, polish and floss your teeth, check your gums for any signs of gum disease, check your mouth and neck for signs of oral cancer like lumps and bumps, and often perform x-rays to see what’s happening beneath the gumline.
These are all things you’ve likely experienced twice each year throughout your life.
But have you ever heard of intraoral cameras?
Here at Lilac Family Dentistry, Dr. Maralani and team have heavily invested in new, advanced forms of dental technology to ensure you receive the best possible oral health care. One of these pieces of technology is the intraoral camera.
What is an intraoral camera?
An intraoral camera is a tiny little camera that’s about the same size as those small mirrors used by your hygienist and dentist to check your teeth and get a closer look at the back of your mouth where it’s harder to get a bright, clear view. The intraoral camera looks kind of like a pen, with a little lens on the tip.
By using these new devices, the dentist and team are able to get a better view at the inside of your mouth and identify issues like plaque deposits, cavities, cracks, chips, early-stage gum disease, and excessive wear-and-tear.
What’s really cool about intraoral cameras is that it’s not just your oral healthcare team that gets this front row view into the depths of your mouth. Your dentist and team can use these cameras to take digital images of your teeth and gums and show you any problems that require treatment. The images can also be used as reference to any specialists you may need to be referred to for treatment, or for comparative purposes year after year.
Are you overdue for a dental checkup and are ready to see a dentist that uses advanced technology to ensure you get the best care possible? Call our team at Lilac Family Dentistry to set up an appointment today. We’ll find a time to meet with you, assess your current condition, and discuss any treatments needed to get you back to your optimal oral health.
Lilac Family Dentistry is located in North York and always accepting new patients, emergencies and walk-ins.
Why Your Child Needs Regular Dental Checkups
NOVEMBER 8, 2022 / DENTISTRY
As a parent, you want to do everything possible to set your child up for a lifetime of good health. You’re probably focused on making sure your children eat a healthy, nutritious diet, and stay physically active.
But how much thought have you given to their oral health?
For adults and children alike, oral health is a key part of overall health and well-being.
Here are some things you can do to get your child started on the road to good oral health.
- Bring them to the dentist early. Did you know that many parents bring their children for their first dental checkup before their teeth break through the gumline? Regular dental checkups are an important part of any complete self-care routine. This is the opportunity to identify and treat small problems like early plaque buildup, small cavities, chips, and cracks before they develop into extreme problems that require invasive and intensive interventions. By starting your children on a routine of regular dental visits early, you teach them that dental appointments are nothing to fear, and you increase the odds that they’ll become an adult that stays up to date with twice-annual appointments.
- Many people assume that since baby teeth will fall out eventually, they don’t need treatment. This simply isn’t true. Early dental checkups for your child can help identify cavities that need treatment. Leaving these cavities for too long can not only cause your child to require an uncomfortable dental extraction which could impact their outlook on dental visits throughout their life, but it can also cause infection or problems with the bone and root structure.
- Dental visits for children also give you an idea of how your child’s teeth are developing and whether there are any issues that need to be addressed before the adult teeth come in. Dentists can often tell if there will be issues with overcrowding or misalignment before the adult teeth develop and create a treatment plan that will help ensure a more comfortable, healthy process.
We recommend bringing your child to the dentist by the age of 3 or earlier if you have any concerns.
If you’re ready to introduce your child to the world of excellent oral health, call our team at Lilac Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment today. We’ll find a time that works for you and your family, assess the condition of your child’s mouth and teeth, and work with you to develop a plan to care for your family’s oral health moving forward.
Bruxism and Mouthguards: All the Information You Need
OCTOBER 10, 2022 / DENTISTRY
Are you waking up with a headache or sore, achy jaw? If so, it’s probably time to talk to your family dentist in North York about bruxism.
What is bruxism?
Bruxism is the technical name for tooth grinding or clenching. Grinding and clenching can happen during the day, especially during stressful situations, but it is most common at night while you’re sleeping.
Bruxism is a common but serious condition that can cause many problems including aching pain in your jaw, neck and head, and damage to your teeth. Patients who suffer from bruxism often visit their general dentist with aches and pains, chipped teeth, and Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (more commonly known as TMJ).
While bruxism is painful and damaging, it’s also very difficult to stop on your own as it’s usually happening while you sleep or are focused on a stressful situation. Patients with bruxism need professional interventions to prevent the serious damage that can occur from years of grinding.
How is bruxism treated?
If you’re concerned about bruxism, visit your dentist to have an assessment. The team at Lilac Family Dentistry will examine your teeth, gums, and the muscles in your mouth to determine whether you are clenching or grinding unconsciously.
If you are diagnosed with bruxism, your dentist will most likely recommend a mouthguard. Mouthguards are protective devices that you wear while you sleep that create a protective barrier between the teeth to make clenching and grinding impossible. There are many types of nightguards to choose from – they can be hard or soft, custom-made, or purchased at a pharmacy, fitted to the top or bottom teeth.
Store-bought mouthguards are better than nothing, but it is highly recommended that you request a custom-fit mouthguard made by your dentist at team. Since these mouthguards are made using a mold of your teeth, they will fit your mouth perfectly, making them far more comfortable and easier to tolerate than a generic store-bought options.
Since discomfort is the most common reason that patients neglect to wear their mouthguards, it’s important to go with the most comfortable option possible. It does take some time to get used to the feeling of sleeping with a mouthguard, but most patients report adapting to them within six weeks.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of bruxism and are ready to speak with your family dentist and hygienist at Lilac Family Dentistry about ordering a mouthguard, call our office to book an appointment today. We’ll assess your current condition and work with you to determine the best treatment option for your unique situation.
Lilac Family Dentistry is a general dental office, conveniently located in North York at Bathurst, just North from Sheppard Ave. New patients are always welcome.
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