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Professional Teeth Whitening Vs. DIY Solutions

Everyone wants the perfect smile and for good reason! A bright smile is a sign of health and makes you more attractive. Moreover, investing in improving your smile can boost your confidence and self-esteem, as well as expand your job prospects.

The first thing that people do when they start to research tooth whitening options is browse the internet. There are many Do-It-Yourself (DIY) solutions available at pharmacists and from online stores. While these products may promise you the sun, the moon and the stars at a fraction of the cost compared to professional teeth whitening, the unfortunate truth is that the results are often disappointing.

There are a number of very short-term bleaching solutions on the market, but only the systems that require impressions of the upper and lower teeth to fabricate bleaching trays, provide the most effective and durable bleaching results. The appeal of a ‘quick fix’ leads many people to hand over their money, but if teeth that are brighter in the long run are what you are after, then a tray bleaching system from an experienced dentist is the way to go.

When you book a consultation with a dentist that offers tooth whitening services, moulds of your teeth will be taken to produce custom trays. You will be getting a custom teeth-whitening tray that has been designed for your teeth.  The tray only cover the teeth, not the gums and the fit is so precise that talking or having a drink of water is not an issue. The tray bleaching system can be worn for short periods during the day or during the night, so you do not have to worry about having to wear the trays to work or to social functions.

The store-bought teeth whitening strips provide only coverage for bleaching a portion of the six anterior teeth. A custom tray system can fully bleach the entire tooth of the upper and lower arch, giving you maximum coverage for a sustainable bright smile.

Dr. Ralph Bastian routinely provides teeth whitening solutions in Peterborough. Book an appointment at his dental office for a consultation today.

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Athletic Mouth Guards: How to Protect Your Teeth While Playing Contact Sports

Athletic mouth guards are designed to distribute the force of an impact of a puck, elbow or stick during contact sports. Damage can be devastating without a sports guard, especially in contact sports such as hockey, football, basketball and even soccer. Protect your precious pearly whites while playing these sports and avoid a trip to an emergency dentist by wearing a sports mouth guard.

  • What Are Athletic Mouth Guards? 

An athletic mouth guard or a sports mouth guard is made from a thermoplastic material that absorbs the impact and distributes the force of the hit over many teeth instead of the border of a single one in the upper jaw. The athletic mouth guard protects the maxilla (upper jaw) as most impacts take place there. If the mandibula is struck from below, the sports mouth guard absorbs the impact as the teeth impact the surface, reducing the trauma to the biting surfaces and the TMJ.

  • How To Protect Your Teeth During Contact Sports

Helmets are a good way to protect your teeth as they offer a layer of protection. Helmets are designed separately for each contact sport; however, helmets are not always guaranteed to help you. Playing certain sports puts you at risk of chipping or even losing a tooth. So, you should always wear a professionally fitted mouth guard so as to be properly prepared for emergencies. Not wearing a mouth guard can result in cracked, chipped or even teeth that are knocked out. An athletic mouth guard can help to reduce the injury and the severe pain as well as a lifetime of expensive treatment. If a tooth is lost, for a young person an implant is the logical solution. This typical cost in excess of a few thousand dollars. This is an expense that could be avoided easily.

  • Over The Counter vs. Custom-Made Sports Guards

Although sports guards can be purchased from a drugstore at a cheap price, these are not always effective and can still result in an injury. The most effective mouth guards are customized to fit into your mouth and it is also the most comfortable option. The dentist takes an impression of your teeth witch is used to create a guard that is an exact fit. These are custom-made and durable. You are fully protected, as the guard will not be knocked out of your mouth if it is hit hard during a game. In younger children, with a developing dentition, a new sports guard should be created every fall to ensure a proper fit. Once they reach the teen years, this may not longer be required, as the jaw changes very little.

Dr. Ralph Bastian can design a customized, high-quality athletic mouth guard for contact sports that will help you to avoid an injury. For more information on sports mouth guards or an emergency dentist, contact us for a dentist in Peterborough today.

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Fixed Bridges: Who Needs Them And What Are The Benefits?

You do not have to live with an unsightly gap in your mouth when you lose a tooth (or two or more). Depending on your overall oral health, if you have lost a tooth, whether due to localized decay or to injury, there are many tooth replacement options to consider that will ensure you can face the world with a confident smile again. One of those options is a fixed bridge.

Dental Bridges – A Perfect Solution to Tooth Loss

Dental bridges, also called ‘fixed bridges’, are artificial teeth that are bonded together and fixed to caps on the two teeth on either side of the gap – whether the gap is as a result of a single missing tooth or because of two or three missing teeth.

Fixed bridges are the perfect aesthetic and practical solution to tooth loss. And, if it is performed by an experienced dental surgeon such as Dr. Ralph Bastian, people won’t even notice that you have a bridge at all. However, fixed bridges are not suitable for everyone.

Ideal Candidates for Fixed Bridges

You need to have healthy anchor teeth (also called abutment teeth) or implants to be a good candidate for a fixed bridge. Fixed bridges are not suitable for people who have:

  • Widespread tooth loss caused by bad oral health,
  • Impending tooth loss caused by bad oral health,
  • Severe gum recession, and/or
  • Extensive bone-loss due to periodontal disease.

Fixed bridges are particularly suitable for people with:

  • One or two missing teeth in an otherwise healthy mouth,
  • Missing front teeth in particular, and/or
  • Sudden traumatic tooth loss caused by injury.

Although dental implants are an option for such candidates, fixed bridges are advantageous in several ways.

Some Advantages of Fixed Bridges:

  • One of the foremost benefits is the dental bridge cost: up to half that of implants.
  • Fixed bridges take far less time to manufacture than implants. While implants can take anywhere from 9 months to a year to manufacture, a fixed bridge can be manufactured in less than 3 weeks.
  • Fixed bridges can help stabilize the abutment teeth (particularly advantageous in the case of a traumatic injury that may have loosened or damaged them).
  • If only one tooth is missing, a fixed bridge can ‘close the gap’, while strengthening the abutment teeth.
  • A fixed bridge can be fitted by a dentist, without invasive oral surgery, and under local anesthetic.
  • Aesthetically, fixed bridges can look better than implants and often better than the original teeth.

Do you need to book a dental procedure or do you want to find out more about fixed bridges? Visit a leading dentist in Peterborough to get the quality dental treatment plan you need. Contact Dr. Ralph Bastian for more information today.

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Don’t suffer with denture discomfort – Visit your dental clinic

Many people wait until they need new dentures or require denture repair before they book an appointment with a dentist. If, however, you are experiencing any type of denture discomfort, then you should visit a dentist that enjoys senior dental care.

Ageing can lead to dental problems that you may not have experienced in the past. Keeping dentures clean and having the necessary adjustments made to your dentures on an ongoing basis is important to ensure optimal dental health as you get older.

Did you know? Long-term medication use can negatively affect your dental health. Conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, arthritis and diabetes can also lead to physiological changes that can affect your teeth and gums. Regular visits to your dentist can make sure that you are on top of your dental health and intercepts problems when they are minor.

Denture discomfort solutions – visit a dentist in Peterborough 

Senior dental care is a service that is offered by Dr Ralph Bastian, an established dentist in Peterborough. Dental care is important at any age, but it becomes increasingly difficult to manage by yourself as you get older.

Even if you no longer have any natural teeth, it’s still vital that you visit a dentist at least once a year for oral cancer screening and a general check-up. During this check-up, your dentist can assess your mouth and teeth for possible oral yeast infections as well as assess the fit of existing dentures and make adjustments or perform a reline if required. If your dentures have any fractures or missing teeth, they can usually be repaired the same day.

If you want to visit a dentist that can repair your dentures the same day and give you the care, support, advice and medical expertise that you need, then book an appointment with Dr Ralph Bastian today.

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Common Causes of Jaw Joint Pain – And How to Prevent It

The joints in the jaw are a delicate mechanism that can easily be injured or worn down due to chronic stress. The TMJ is one of the most complex joints in the body. When malfunctioning, chewing can become torture. As much as looking after our teeth is important, so is looking after our jaw also a top priority. The three most common causes of jaw discomfort are sports injuries, car accidents, and stress.

  • Sports Injury

Cricket balls and hockey pucks are great fun! But not so much when they cause trauma to the jaw. Trauma to the jaw can lead to a variety of dental problems including:

  • A broken jaw,
  • A dislocated jaw, or
  • A temporomandibular joint disorder.

The TMJ is a set of paired joints on each side of the face in front of the ear canals. Temporomandibular joint disorder(TMD) occurs when there is damage in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or the muscles associated with it.

TMD involves jaw pain that is often accompanied by a muscle spasm in one or more of the large muscle groups on either side of the jaw. Following stress or an injury, the body attempts to prevent further damage by locking the muscles and restricting jaw motion.

To minimize sports injuries, it is important to wear an athletic sports guard. Made from soft materials to absorb the force of a sudden impact; the sports guard will distribute and absorb the force over a large area, protecting the jaw and teeth against trauma.

  • Car accident

A common side effect of a car accident is the accompanying jaw pain. In many cases, the jaw is struck as it impacts the vehicle or airbag. Pain in the jaw or facial area, trouble opening and closing the mouth, or having a jaw that seems to click or get stuck can happen after an accident. You do not have to directly hit your jaw during the accident for this to happen. A car exposes you to many types of movement not normally experienced. These sudden deaccelerations, twists, and falls that happen when you are involved in a car accident can damage your joints. The temporomandibular joint is particularly susceptible.

Temporomandibular joint disorder after a car accident can be treated as follows:

  • The use of night guards, and
  • Regular physiotherapy.
  • Modified diet
  • Anti-inflammatory medications

Night guards, as the name indicates, are worn at night. They protect the teeth against wear-and-tear from grinding and clenching the jaw. Unnecessary pressure and parafunction (abnormal movements) can aggravate this condition. A few simple jaw exercises, some dietary modifications and regular physiotherapy can reduce inflammation in the jaw and muscles.

  • Stress

Stress is a common cause of the temporomandibular joint disorder. When we are stressed, we tend to grind our teeth and clench our jaws – often without realizing this. After doing this for a long period of time, the temporomandibular joints take on a lot of extra pressure and the associated muscles often go into spasm. This can cause limitation in jaw motion and lead to pain with opening and closing and especially when eating hard foods.

While you may need a combination of therapies,  a night guard is part of the solution. Built to withstand repeated grinding and wear-and-tear, the hard shell of a night guard will help calm your stressed muscles and allow the joint to recover and heal.

If you are suffering from jaw pain, either from a sports injury, accident or stress, Dr. Ralph Bastian, at Bastian Dentistry, is experienced in providing this form of therapy and is ready to treat this type of pain and speed up your recovery.  For more information, contact us today.

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5 Dental Emergencies That Require Fast, Professional Treatment

You really thought you could play hockey without your mouth guard. Unfortunately, the puck has hit your face and a trip to the dentist is in order -.

Luckily for you, Dr. Ralph Bastian, an active emergency dentist in Peterborough’s on-call system for over 30 years, is ready to help. Dr. Ralph is quick to respond to emergency dental cases. Here are 5 situations which require emergency help from an on-the-ball dentist:

  1. Trauma to The Tooth

A fall on your face, a hockey puck to the mouth or any traumatic tooth injury requires immediate dental attention. These injuries can range from minor chipped teeth to major injuries like dislodged teeth or an exposed pulp. If timely treatment is rendered to cover the pulp or reposition the tooth in the socket,  the damaged tooth may be saved.

  1. Abscess of The Tooth

Anyone who has had the misfortune of an abscess of a tooth is well aware of the swelling and pain that comes with it. An abscessed tooth is an infection of the tooth which has spread to the root tip and the bone. It originates in the tooth’s inner chamber known as the “pulp” chamber. As the tooth loses its ability to fight off infection, the bacteria multiply spreading through the bottom of the root into the bone.

Dr. Ralph will treat this by making a small opening in the tooth. This allows access to the infection and to remove the deceased tissue. When the infection has progressed this far, a root canal treatment is necessary. It is highly advisable to contact us sooner rather than later to avoid further problems.

  1. Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is more commonly known as gum disease. It is an inflammation of the gum line that can spread to the bone if treatment is not rendered in a timely fashion. It occurs in three stages:

  1. Gingivitis,
  2. Periodontitis, and
  • Advanced periodontitis.

You will notice you have the periodontal disease when you have swollen, tender, bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, receding gums, loose teeth and, an exudate surrounding the teeth…

Dr. Ralph can treat this by first performing scaling and root planning (SRP). The earliest this is addressed may help to prevent further complications. In some cases, antibiotics will be required.

  1. Pericoronitis

Pericoronitis is a bacterial infection often surrounding the crown of a wisdom tooth. The plaque and bacteria build up here because the area cannot be adequately cleaned, and often there is trauma to the area because of the opposing bite. Since the gum tissue is not fully formed around the wisdom tooth, it can break down easily.  Pericoronitis is often seen in young adults ages 18 to 25.

Proper evaluation by a dentist is essential to treat this infection. In non-severe cases, Dr. Ralph will most likely flush away plaque and debris. Often antibiotics are prescribed or an antibacterial oral rinse. It is so important to catch this early on so further spread of bacteria can be prevented. In many cases, the final treatment is often the removal of the wisdom tooth.

  1. A Fractured Filling Cutting Your Tongue

A bite of crusty bread or hard nut can sometimes cause a filling or tooth to break. It is then common to have the sharp areas cutting into your tongue and/or cheeks. This can be painful. It is best to get immediate dental care. The filling needs to be replaced and sometimes a crown is also required. It is important to cover a damaged tooth because bacteria can invade the dentinal tubules and lead to nerve death.

Dr. Ralph Bastian would be pleased to provide timely treatments for your dental emergencies. Genuine emergencies are usually seen on the same day.  For more information, contact us today!

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