Flossophy Dental

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Reasons for Tooth Extractions

At Flossophy Dental, we understand that permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime. However, that isn’t always the case. For instance, when a tooth becomes damaged beyond repair, an extraction typically becomes necessary. We’d like you to know that before one of our doctors at Flossophy Dental ever considers extraction, every effort will be made to repair and restore your tooth first.

Aside from wisdom teeth removal, other reasons for extractions may include:

  • Severe tooth damage/trauma – some teeth have such extensive decay and damage (broken or cracked) that repair is not possible.

  • Orthodontic treatment – people getting braces may need teeth extracted to create room for teeth that are being moved into place.

  • Some teeth may need to be extracted if they have the potential of becoming infected.

  • Extra teeth – extra teeth may block other teeth from erupting, therefore, will require extraction.

If you have a tooth that is causing you pain, please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.flossophydental.ca for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Flossophy Dental in Edmonton, AB, call 780-306-9333.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Custom Mouth Guards

Injury to the mouth during a sporting event is a common and painful way to lose a tooth. A missing tooth can cause problems with eating, not to mention it can be embarrassing. At Flossophy Dental, we encourage athletes to protect their mouths with mouth guards. We create custom mouth guards for our patients here in our Edmonton, AB office.

Store-bought mouth guards can be ill-fitting, uncomfortable, and they can affect your breathing. Not to mention, since they are “one-size fits all”, they do not offer the best protection for your unique mouth. We create custom mouth guards for the best protection and more comfortable wear.

Mouth guards not only protect the teeth from injury, but they also protect the lips, the cheeks, and the tongue. In addition, due to the way mouth guards shift the jaw, studies have shown that they can also prevent concussions.  

Whether you are playing in a sports league, playing b-ball with some friends after work, or want protection for another type of activity, our durable, protective, and comfortable mouth guards can protect your mouth and keep you in the game. To schedule an appointment with Flossophy Dental, call our Edmonton, AB office at (780) 306-9333 or visit our website, www.flossophydental.ca

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Crown Lengthening

Occasionally, when a tooth has decay underneath the gum line, or when a tooth is broken off at the gum line, there needs to be more of the crown exposed to work on. At Flossophy Dental in Edmonton, AB, we perform crown lengthening to do just this.

The process of crown lengthening consists of removing gum tissue to expose more of the tooth so it can be worked on. Your dentist will make incisions in the gum tissue to pull away the gums. If bone needs to be pulled away, as well, this will be performed next. The area will then be rinsed and the gums are stitched into place. Decay can then be worked on shortly after. If a crown is being placed on the tooth, the gums will have to heal first, as they tend to shrink as they heal.

Crown lengthening may also be used cosmetically when there is too much gum tissue. This is commonly referred to as “gummy smile”. The teeth appear shorter than they are because of the excess gum tissue.

A pain reliever will be useful for your recovery. Use as directed by your dentist. Eat soft foods until healing has progressed. Be very careful when brushing or flossing. Do not rinse your mouth our vigorously.

If you are in need of work performed below your gum line, or you are unhappy with your excess gum tissue, the experienced doctors of Flossophy Dental in Edmonton, AB are able to perform crown lengthening for you. To schedule your appointment, call our office at (780) 306-9333 or visit our website, www.flossophydental.ca

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

TMJ Diet

Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ) affect the jaw muscles and the joints that connect your lower jaw to the skull. These muscles are the ones you use to speak, chew and yawn with. When TMJ occurs, it can cause discomfort and pain when you try to open and close your mouth. Here at Flossophy Dental, not only can we treat TMJ disorder, but we can recommend a TMJ diet that can alleviate your symptoms.

Your food choices vary depending on the amount of pain you’re experiencing and your ability to open your mouth, chew and swallow. For those who are able to adequately open their mouths and have minimal pain, a soft or easy chew diet will work well. If your jaw’s range of motion is limited, a soft diet that requires minimal chewing may be best. To lessen pain and other symptoms during an occurrence of TMJ, avoid eating hard foods, crunchy foods, or large foods that involve opening your mouth wide to chew.

If you have questions about the temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide here at Flossophy Dental, visit www.flossophydental.ca for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors in Edmonton, AB, call 780-306-9333.