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Discover the benefits of this tooth replacement and whether it aligns with your treatment goals.
Nothing can feel more defeating then losing a permanent tooth. As children, we remember how impatiently we waited for our teeth to fall out so we could place them under our pillows. But as adults our only goal is to keep our smiles healthy. Sadly, tooth loss is common and can happen to anyone. Find out how your Toronto dentist Dr. Gina Lee can restore your smile with dental implants in Toronto, ON.
What are dental implants?
In the past, the only options for replacing a missing tooth were crowns, bridges and dentures. But these only offered short-term solutions. Luckily, with medical advancements your dentist in Toronto can now provide a lifelong solution to replacing missing teeth.
Implants are the next best thing to natural teeth. These metal posts act as tooth roots to preserve your jawbone and to support a dental crown. Implants can replace a single tooth or an entire smile.
Are dental implants right for me?
If this treatment sounds like something you’ve been looking for the next step is to find out if you and your smile are right for implants. While implants can be a great option for many of our patients they aren’t always right for everyone.
Talk to your dentist in Toronto, ON if you are dealing with any of the following issues:
- Existing dental restorations: Since implants can support both dental bridges and dentures, find out if they can replace your current dental work to improve your smile.
- Bone loss: Even if you’ve experienced some bone loss, as long as you have enough bone density to accommodate the implant then treatment will be successful. Furthermore, bone grafting can also be recommended before getting your implant.
- Preexisting medical disorders: If you have any chronic conditions like heart disease or diabetes it’s important that you tell us before your treatment. We want to make sure you are your healthiest before undergoing dental surgery.
- Preexisting dental conditions: It’s also important that we check your smile and make sure there is no gum disease or decay present. These issues will need to be treated before you get dental implants.
- Smoking: Smokers are more likely to experience implant failure. We want your implant to be successful so if you are a smoker who is interested in this treatment then you’ll want to ditch the habit first.
Dental crowns bring new life back to your natural teeth.
As your downtown Toronto dentist will tell you, teeth work best as a full set. Even just one missing or damaged natural tooth can impair talking and eating. Fortunately, Dr. Gina Lee has the skills and experience necessary to treat these problems with dental crowns, a relatively easy way to restore the function and beauty of natural teeth. Here, Dr. Lee answers a few questions she often hears from her patients about dental crowns in Toronto.
What are dental crowns?
Like the royal headgear, crowns are placed on the top most part of your tooth. Sometimes called caps, these ceramic, porcelain or metal restorations provide a protective barrier around a natural tooth that has been damaged due to injury or decay. Once your downtown Toronto dentist has taken the measurements needed, crowns are made in a laboratory to look exactly like natural teeth.
Why do I need a crown?
If decay has advanced into the inner tissues of a tooth, it may be too weak to sustain a simple filling. Adult teeth with extensive wear may need their biting or chewing surfaces reinforced. Crowns are also the finishing touch of a dental implant; these are used to replace lost natural teeth. A variety of problems can occur from the loss of just one tooth, including decay and shifting of the remaining teeth. Dental implants hold crowns in place and restore support and function to the space where the natural tooth once was.
Do crowns hurt?
Crowns themselves actually help to alleviate discomfort associated with missing or damaged teeth. Severely decayed teeth may have nerve damage that causes intense pain. When these teeth are repaired with a crown, the vast majority of your downtown Toronto dentist Dr. Lee's patients are thrilled to be comfortable at last. The preparation of a tooth for a crown usually requires anesthesia, but your downtown Toronto dentist has many options in place to help diminish any pain or anxiety associated with this procedure.
Dental crowns help you maintain optimal dental health. Talk to your downtown Toronto dentist, Dr. Lee, about how these restorations can give you a full, healthy smile again!
Veneers, A Brand New Smile!
Are crooked, stained teeth making you frown rather than flashing a wide smile? Do you have teeth with chips, cracks and gaps, or do your teeth just look worn down? Yes, having healthy teeth is important, but you want to look your best as well, having the self-confidence that a great looking smile can bring. This is when veneers in Toronto, ON can help!
Veneers As A Dental Improvement
One of the most popular cosmetic dental improvements for millions of people across North America is the porcelain veneer. While these super-thin, tooth-shaped shells of porcelain cannot correct major bite problems, serious fractures, seriously compromised teeth or gums or complex orthodontic issues, they can address a whole host of small but noticeable defects in tooth enamel and alignment. In fact, porcelain veneers can transform the look of your teeth.
Are porcelain veneers right for your mouth?
Your Downtown Toronto Dentist can perform a complete smile analysis, with photos and other imaging of your teeth and gums. She can present you options to fix:
- staining from foods, cigarettes and beverages such as wine, coffee and colas
- fractures and chips from mouth injuries
- discoloration from aging
- size and shape issues
- uneven wearing of teeth
- teeth that bite together improperly
How are porcelain veneers placed?
If you and your Toronto dentist decide that dental veneers are a good choice, she will gently remove a thin amount (about 1/2 millimeter) of tooth enamel from the front surface of each tooth to receive a porcelain veneer. She will take impressions and send them to a dental lab where a technician will artfully craft custom veneers perfect in fit, form and color for your mouth. Additionally, the dentist may show you what your updated smile will look like with a photo produced through cosmetic imaging.
Veneer Tooth Bonding
At the next dental visit, the doctor will securely bond the veneers to your teeth, adjusting the shape and size as needed. Adjusting the color of the cement used can help the veneers to blend in naturally with neighboring teeth.
With regular dental check-ups and cleanings, together with diligent daily flossing and brushing, your bright and attractive smile can last for years. Your veneers are almost as durable as natural enamel, but take care not to abuse them (or natural tooth surfaces) with chewing tough foods such as ice cubes or peanut brittle or with opening bottles or packaging with your teeth.
Dentistry on University
Is a straight, beautiful set of teeth possible for you? With porcelain veneers from your Downtown Toronto Dentist, Dr. Gina Lee, it can be! Dr. Lee is well known for her technically precise and aesthetically beautiful dentistry. She can help you decide if veneers are the right cosmetic dental option for you. Call Dr. Lee and her friendly staff in the Toronto area today for an appointment: 647-348-4004.
Find out if getting invisible braces is the best way to straighten your smile.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a series of clear, removable trays that are custom-made to fit over your upper and lower teeth to slowly shift teeth into proper position. These braces are a revolutionary new way to straighten teeth without wires or brackets. Please call Dentistry on University for more information on Invisalign in Toronto, ON.
How does Invisalign work?
Every patient who is deemed a good candidate for Invisalign will receive their own unique series of clear aligners that are designed with their smile goals in mind. Each aligner is created to shift certain teeth a specific amount so that over time the patient’s smile is straighter and more ideal. Your Toronto dentist will take impressions and submit this information to an Invisalign lab, where they will make each aligner tailored to your specific smile goals.
Is Invisalign right for me?
Invisalign can be a great option for both teens and adults who are looking for a discreet way to straighten teeth without being self-conscious of their braces. Invisalign can handle a variety of minor to more moderate dental issues including overcrowding, spaces between teeth, crookedness and malocclusions, such as open bites and overbites.
However, Invisalign isn’t right for everyone. Those with more complex or severe malocclusions may need to go the traditional route since metal braces offer your Toronto dentist more control over producing certain types of tooth movements that might not be possible with Invisalign.
Furthermore, Invisalign isn’t right for someone who isn’t going to wear their aligners as directed. This is a particular issue for teenagers, since being able to remove these trays often means that patients don’t always wear them as often as they should. Aligners should be worn for about 20 to 22 hours out of the day, only removing them to eat, drink, brush and floss.
How long will I need to wear Invisalign?
Your length of treatment will vary depending on the severity of your dental issues. Also, adults tend to have shorter Invisalign treatments than teens, with an average length of treatment being about a year. Teens, on the other hand, may need to wear their braces for up to two years.
If you are interested in finding out if your smile is ideal for Invisalign, then it’s time to schedule an orthodontic consultation with your downtown Toronto dentist, Dr. Gina Lee at Dentistry on University. It’s time to get the straight smile you’ve always wanted.
Like it or not, your smile says a lot about you, and people will judge you based on whether your smile is white and bright or dirty or dingy. Don't let a yellowed smile give people the wrong impression. Visit the best dentist in Toronto, ON - Dentistry on University - and get your teeth shades whiter with in-office teeth whitening today!
Why Not To Use Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening Solutions
Sure, you could just go to the drug store and pick up an over-the-counter teeth whitening treatment. The problem with over-the-counter treatments, however, is that they rarely offer real results. Even after weeks of faithful use, the results are often marginal, and they don't last long either. That is why, if you want real, amazing results, you need professional in-office teeth whitening.
Here at Dentistry on University, we don't just clean your teeth a little bit. We use the latest and greatest teeth whitening procedures and ingredients to give you a shining smile you can be proud to show off. The whitening we offer in-office isn't available in stores. If you're in Toronto and ready to look and feel amazing, you'll want to schedule an appointment with us.
Over-The-Counter Whitening Treatment Can Do Harm
Another fact about over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments most people don't know? They can actually cause more harm to your dental health than good! It's true. Many over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments are very abrasive, and can wear away at your teeth over time. Not only is this bad for your oral health, but it can also lead to more staining in the future.
Just because you can whiten your teeth at home doesn't mean you should. If you want safe, fact and effective results, you need to visit Dentistry on University. Let us show you how amazing you'll look in your brand new smile. You'll be glad you did.