That time of year is almost upon us: the weeks spent shopping for the perfect gift for a loved one, evenings spent baking yummy goodies, children telling Santa what they absolutely need for Christmas (because not having a PlayStation 4 can actually kill someone, you know), and, of course, the end of annual dental insurance benefit limits!
Why, in fact – the end-of-year rush to the dentist's office is as traditional as The Great Pumpkin or getting lost in mall parking lots. Not so much for you, you say? Well it's never too late to start.
You see, your annual insured amount doesn't roll over once January arrives. And with the hectic pace that we're forced to keep all throughout December, it's no surprise that it might slip the minds of some of you. So if you don't take advantage of your time in November to make a post-Halloween visit to see us, it's vital to make an appointment during the month of reindeer and candy canes.
Let's go through the simple math of it for you.
If you have an annual maximum of $2,000 and you have only used $500, that leaves $1,500 totally unused. Or, more correctly, that's $1,500 wasted. It's basically your insurance company saying, "You snooze, you lose!" since you've already paid them.
So why not have those cavities taken care of? Come in for that hygiene appointment and keep your teeth looking their brightest! As sweet as it is, we disagree with the idea that all you should want for Christmas is your two front teeth. We think you deserve ALL of them! So get that bridge, start that dental implant, get fitted for braces, order your dentures, or fill that gap.
You're already paying a monthly premium for your plan, so don't let that money go down the drain. And after all, your oral health is closely tied to your overall health. Take care of yourself and your loved ones by ensuring that the year 2016 is a healthy and happy one, and then you can rest easy knowing you knocked 2015 out of the park.
For more about this topic, read our helpful information page about dental insurance benefits.
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Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, are the last teeth to erupt; if they are not removed in time, they can cause a multitude of complications, including damage and shifting to other teeth. Because they are located in the back of the mouth, wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean, thus promoting bacterial growth. This can lead to the development of growths and cysts in the mouth and around the jaw, as well.
Calgary Dental Clinics, located in Calgary, AB offers professional wisdom teeth removal, which can be done via extraction or surgical extraction. Your dentist will be able to decide which method is best for your particular situation. Here is a brief overview of the differences between the two procedures:
If your wisdom teeth have already erupted, you will most likely undergo a simple extraction procedure. During extraction, you will remain conscious while a local anesthetic is applied to the affected area. The entire area will be numb so you won’t feel the pain, and the teeth are removed slowly to avoid breaking. You may feel slight pressure as the teeth are being removed.
Calgary Dental Clinics offers two options during surgical extraction. You may have a sedative which will relax you but will not put you to sleep; on the other hand, you may be fully sedated for the duration of the procedure. If your wisdom teeth have not yet erupted, you will most likely undergo surgical extraction. You can discuss with your dentist whether you would prefer to remain partially conscious or unconscious during the procedure.
Composite fillings are a mixture of tooth-colored glass and plastic and are used to restore decayed or broken teeth. Calgary Dental Clinics in Calgary, AB provides high-quality cosmetic services, including composite fillings. Most adults strive to attain a perfect smile; with professional services like the ones offered at the Beddington and Richmond clinics, you can finally attain that perfect set of teeth. If you have cavities, you may be interested in composite fillings; however, before making any final decisions, read on for a brief overview of the advantages, disadvantages, and costs involved when choosing composite fillings.
Why Composite Filings?
There are many advantages that make composite fillings the number one dentist recommendation, including:
There are also a few disadvantages to consider before deciding on composite fillings. Even though they are strong and durable, amalgam fillings are just as strong—if not more—and they cannot be used in every situation; larger cavities, for example, will require amalgam fillings. The materials used in composite fillings are also softer than the materials used in amalgam fillings and, therefore, may need to be replaced more often. If you take good care of your teeth and the composite fillings, they should last at least five years. The last disadvantage of composite fillings is that they will stain over time just like your regular teeth. It is important to maintain proper oral care to keep them clean and long lasting.
Cost of Composite Fillings
Composite fillings generally cost more than amalgam fillings; however, most dental insurance plans will put the cost of amalgams towards the cost of composite fillings, leaving you to only pay the difference between the two. If you consider the advantages of composite versus silver fillings, it makes sense to spend a little more for high-quality material. Contact Calgary Dental Clinics today to find out if composite fillings are right for you.
Teething is both a parent and a child’s worst nightmare. With new teeth developing around the clock, it can be painful to your child and overwhelming to you as a parent. Your child will began developing teeth in their first year of life, leaving many parents wondering when they should schedule their child’s first visit to the family dentist. Generally, you should bring your child to see the family dentist after their first birthday or six months after their first teeth break through. The first visit will be a short check-up to make sure that the teeth are erupting and aligning properly and that there are no foreseeable issues.
There are problems that can arise when teeth began developing; they may become disarranged, too far spaced, or they may even grow on top of each other. These issues should be addressed as early as possible to avoid further damage, pain, and discomfort. Calgary Dental Clinics in Calgary, AB offers professional dental services for you and children; their highly-skilled staff makes them Calgary’s premier family dentist.
What to Expect
During the first visit, the dentist will do an overall examination of the teeth to check for proper arrangement and alignment, signs of tooth decay, and to evaluate your child’s biting ability. This is usually a very short check-up with little to no treatment involved. It is a good time to meet the family dentist and to ask any questions you may have. Introducing your child to the family dentist early on is a good idea since most kids experience anxiety before a dental check-up.
Your child’s first visit will be more of a time to gather information regarding oral hygiene for children, such as how to brush properly, which foods to avoid and which to incorporate, and how to prevent gum disease and cavities. Your family dentist will also check for age-appropriate oral habits, such as tongue thrusting and lip sucking. At the end of the first visit, it is recommended that you schedule another visit for six months later.
When in comes to restorative dentistry, dental crowns and bridges are two widely used procedures that successfully repair missing, broken, or decayed teeth. Although both dental crowns and bridges are a solution to some of the same problems, there are specific benefits to each that may fit your needs better.
Calgary Dental Clinics in Calgary, AB offers premier dental services, including dental crowns and bridges. Their professionals will be able to help you decide which option is best for you. Here is a brief overview of the differences between dental crowns and bridges:
Dental crowns are used on damaged or broken teeth; they eliminate the need for tooth extraction or tooth implantation. A crown is simply a cap that is placed over the broken or damaged tooth to fix the appearance and to prevent further damage or decay. Traditionally, dental crowns are made of porcelain, but can be made from other materials and can also be use temporarily.
A dental bridge is used to fill the empty space created by missing teeth. Like dental crowns, bridges give a natural appearance and are traditionally made from high-quality porcelain. They are specifically designed to fit your teeth and mouth, ensuring that every patient gets the perfect fit.
In addition to concealing missing teeth, bridges can also restore your normal ability to speak, chew, and use your mouth properly; they can also prevent the collapse of a portion of your face and keep your other teeth in their proper positions.
Both dental crowns and bridges are excellent options to consider if you have missing or damaged teeth. Made to be durable with a natural appearance, they will drastically improve your smile and your confidence. Contact Calgary Dental Clinics to schedule a consultation.
The decision to wear braces or not will depend on a number of important factors. Braces are highly recommended for some due to the beneficial effects they have towards dental health. They are mainly used to fix developmental problems in teeth. Without them, dental health and aesthetics can be severely damaged. Here are signs that you may require braces:
Crowding of teeth is caused by poor growth, which leads to overlapping of several teeth. This makes it difficult to clean tooth surfaces. Furthermore, several tooth surfaces may be in contact with other teeth, creating pockets and wedges that are hard to reach when brushing or flossing. Braces should be considered in such cases to protect the hygiene and health of teeth and gums.
An improper bite occurs when teeth do not fit together when the jaws are closed. Spaces are left in between teeth, creating discomfort when biting and chewing. This is because there is inadequate protection for the teeth.
An under bite or over bite occurs when teeth in one jaw stick out further than those of the other jaw. This can make it difficult to chew, and can lead to chipping or breakage of teeth. It additionally results in an unsightly smile. These problems will require correction through braces.
Pockets Between Teeth
These are created by spaces between poorly aligned teeth. It causes food to get stuck in these areas, making it hard to maintain proper oral hygiene through brushing. This can lead to tooth decay, bad breath, and formation of plaque on teeth. This will in turn cause cavities and gum disease. Spaces between teeth can be eliminated through the use of braces.
Finally, poor speech may be a sign of badly aligned teeth. This makes it difficult to get the tongue between the teeth, leading to improper pronunciation of words. This problem may be effectively corrected by wearing
If you or a family member are experiencing any of these symptoms, call Calgary Dental Clinics of Virginia for more information.
Pregnancy is exhausting on a woman’s entire body, and this includes her teeth. If you plan to have children or are expecting, it is good to be informed of the possible problems that pregnancy has on your oral health; you may also be wondering if it is safe to undergo oral surgery during pregnancy. Calgary Dental Clinics in Calgary, AB offers professional oral surgery and will be able to answer any questions you have before making a final decision.
Some of the dental complications that can arise during pregnancy include:
Gingivitis is a condition that affects the gums of teeth. If not managed early on, it can lead to oral ulcers. Even if you are pregnant, it is important to seek treatment for gingivitis to avoid additional complications, such as anemia, vomiting, and low blood pressure.
Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, can be problematic during pregnancy and may require emergency dental services. If your wisdom teeth break through, they can cause even more complications by impacting the nearby teeth. Due to the location of the teeth, they can be difficult to clean, leading to bacteria that can cause gum disease and oral infections.
Oral Surgery during Pregnancy
Because oral surgery generally requires x-rays and medications, it should ideally be performed during the second trimester and only with the approval of both your doctor and dentist. During the first trimester, the fetus is still rapidly developing and abnormalities may arise; during the third trimester, you may find it extremely difficult to lie on your back in a dental chair. If you are trying to conceive, it is important to get a dental check-up first and take care of any dental issues before becoming pregnant. If you find that you need oral surgery during pregnancy, contact Calgary Dental Clinics for more information.
There is nothing more appealing than a beautiful smile. Over time, the foods and drinks we consume leave stains behind, along with other miscellaneous wear and tear over the years.
If you feel you’ve lost your bright, white smile, you should consider seeking treatment. The premier teeth whitening service offered by Calgary Dental Clinics in Calgary, AB will leave your smile and your confidence brighter. It’s fast, safe, and delivers amazing results. Because oral care is something that must be maintained regularly, it is important to know how often you should have your teeth whitened.
How often you have your teeth whitened depends on the method of treatment used. It is important to remember that teeth whitening should not be part of your daily routine. Proper brushing and flossing will keep your teeth healthier and should be the top priorities.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Seeking professional teeth whitening services is the best way to get your desired results. The treatment keeps your teeth white for about a year, meaning you only need to seek treatment once a year.
It is still important to maintain regular dental check-ups every six months. If you have damaged or decayed teeth, the whitening products may be too harsh – and painful – for you. So before you jump to teeth whitening services, have your dentist repair all other dental issues first.
Take-home products that come directly from your dentist are the next best way to attain whiter teeth. The results last several months; most patients need touch-ups every four to six months. If you are using trays, they should be specifically designed to fit your mouth. If they are too large, they run the risk of damaging your gums.
OTC (Over the Counter) Products
OTC products should be the last resort since they may contain harmful chemicals that wear out the enamel of your teeth and can cause a “see-through” appearance. The results will last for a few months, meaning you will need to touch-up multiple times a year to keep your teeth white. Using trays that are not specifically designed for you can be problematic; make sure to buy the appropriate size tray and follow all directions carefully.
Most adults will agree that an attractive smile is one of the best assets a person can have; therefore, it is important to keep your teeth as healthy as possible. A healthy diet is crucial if you wish to protect your pearly whites against gum disease and tooth decay. Fortunately, there are foods you can eat that will help strengthen your teeth without dental work. If your teeth have started to decay, you may also need some sort of dental work along with a healthy diet filled with fortifying foods. Calgary Dental Clinics in Calgary, AB offers professional dental services for the entire family and will keep your teeth in mint condition.
Water not only washes away small food particles that are stuck in between your teeth, but it also keeps you and your gums well hydrated and strengthens tooth enamel. It is also an extremely cheap – oftentimes free – resource that can be added to your diet with ease. Make sure to follow your doctor’s recommendation of eight cups of water a day.
Cocoa does wonders for your teeth. It contains tannin—a substance that is known to prevent tooth erosion and decay—reduces plaque, and lowers acid production. Dark chocolate also contains a plethora of antioxidants which will benefit your health far beyond your teeth. In addition, it also promotes blood circulation which is beneficial to your gums. Milk chocolate does not provide the same benefits, so remember to pick up some dark chocolate and enjoy.
Dairy products contain calcium, vitamin D, and protein, which are all essential for healthy teeth. Milk, cheese, kefir, and yogurt are especially beneficial and should be added to your diet to help strengthen your teeth and bones, provided you aren’t lactose intolerant. They also help strengthen tooth enamel and restore minerals. In addition, they promote saliva secretion which has a preventative effect against bacteria and balances pH levels in the mouth.
Cereal grains are also very beneficial to your teeth; they contain magnesium which strengthens tooth enamel as well as your jaw. Processed grains tend to dissolve sugars in the mouth; therefore, it is recommended that you eat whole grains such as rice, barley, and oats.
Fish, especially those with edible bones, such as sardines, are another great option for strengthening teeth. The vitamin D fish contains helps the body utilize calcium more efficiently, promoting the development of tooth enamel. Without enough calcium absorption, the body breaks calcium down in the teeth and bones, leaving them brittle and appearing “see-through.”
These five foods are all delicious and particularly beneficial when it comes to strengthening your teeth. Incorporate them into your diet today to attain that perfect smile you’ve always wanted.
When we think of a perfect, Hollywood-style smile, Lumineers and dental veneers often come to mind. Both Lumineers and dental veneers are considered cosmetic dentistry; they can eliminate the appearance of gaps and chips, give teeth a more uniform look, correct discoloration, and correct a crooked smile. These two options are usually used synonymously, but in reality, they both come with their own benefits and should be considered individually before making a final decision. Calgary Dental Clinics in Calgary, AB will be able to help you decide which option is best for you.
Veneers are approximately the thickness of a wafer and are the traditional method used for correcting cosmetic issues. They are stain-resistant, durable, and long-lasting. Similar to crowns, dental veneers do not cover the entire tooth, but rather only a portion of the tooth, meaning they maintain the integrity of the underlying tooth material. Because traditional veneers require some removal of the tooth’s structure, the dental procedure can be painful for some patients.
Lumineers are an ultra-thin, brand name veneer; they are designed to be even thinner than traditional veneers. The dental procedure does not require any removal of the tooth’s structure. Instead, Lumineers are placed directly on top of the original tooth, making the procedure painless and preferred by most patients.
Dental veneers can cost up to $1,100 per tooth and Lumineers can cost up to $1,300 per tooth. Traditional veneers can be made from either porcelain materials or resin composite; the materials used, along with the office location, the specific dentist, and the region will factor into the total cost. Because costs can vary greatly from one dentist to another, it is best to contact them before making a decision. Calgary Dental Clinics offers professional services at affordable prices and is ready to help you attain that perfect smile you’ve always wanted.