A root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it. The common causes affecting the pulp are a cracked tooth, a deep …Continue Reading
What’s the difference between the bleaching I can do at home with a kit from the store and the bleaching that my dentist does?
Dentists have been doing what’s called “non-vital” bleaching for many years. Non-vital bleaching is done on a damaged, darkened tooth that has had root canal treatment. “Vital” bleaching is done on healthy teeth and has become more popular in recent years. Vital bleaching, also called whitening, may be carried out …Continue Reading
We’ve all heard the insult “mouth breather” (especially from Stranger Things), but is breathing through your nose instead of your mouth actually beneficial to your overall oral health? Our nasal passages are created to humidify, clean and warm the incoming flow of air due to the layers of protective mucus. …Continue Reading
Dental amalgam is a common material used to fill cavities. Fillings made with amalgam also are known as ‘silver fillings.’ Over the years, concerns have been raised about the use of amalgam because it contains mercury. Here are answers to some common questions about dental amalgam. What is amalgam? Amalgam …Continue Reading
It’s one of the most easiest procedures for dental students to master, yet somehow anesthesia works different on most people. Why? Does the difference come from height? Weight? Hair colour? How about hair colour? Some people have a rare variant of something called the ‘MC1R’ gene, that has been directly correlated with being …Continue Reading