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When you go to the dentist are you confused by the terms they use? Do you feel overwhelmed and confused about gingivitis and lesions? Are you finding it difficult to understand the terms and how they relate to your health? If you read last week’s blog, you will have some understanding of key dental terms and how they affect your oral health.

Below is a list of more terms to strengthen your oral health knowledge even further

 

1. Gingivitis

A common form of gum disease where the part of your gum around the base of your teeth may become irritated, red and swollen. This issue is generally caused by poor oral hygiene and a build-up of plaque. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to a more serious situation, periodontitis. You should see your dentist as soon as you notice any signs of gum disease to prevent further complications.

2. Hyperplastic

When you have an abnormal increase in cells of an organ or tissue resulting in an enlargement. An impacted tooth or unerupted teeth may be associated with this abnormality. A surgical dental procedure might benefit you if this problem occurs.

3. Indirect Restoration

Do you have a rotted or broken tooth? You might need indirect restoration; a customized tooth replacement possibly through the use of a crown. Indirect restoration usually involves complex procedures that take more than one visit to complete.

4. Jaw

Your jaw can also be referred to as the maxilla or mandible when referencing dental issues. It is possible for your jaw to become dislocated, painful or un-aligned. It is important to keep an eye on how your jaw acts and reacts especially if you have experienced an injury. Some cases require immediate dental treatment.

5. Keratin

Keratin is a natural protein that maintains the integrity of your tooth enamel. If you have a deficiency of keratin, your teeth may easily deteriorate. Make sure you take great care of your teeth and see your dentist if you notice them starting to crack or chip for no apparent reason.

6. Lesion

An oral lesion is an injury in your mouth. You may encounter one lesion or several all at once. Lesions appear as white patches, reddish patches or a mix of both colours. Lesions may be referred to as an oral ulcer. Ask your dentist about the severity of your lesion and how to get treated.

Going to the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings will help you avoid extreme dental complications. Take your oral health into your own hands and book an appointment with your dentist today.

Read next week’s blog to understand even more dental terminology. Being informed about your oral health helps you keep that beautiful smile.

Dental treatments are designed for your ultimate comfort and health but there are so many terms out there. Which ones should you understand and what treatment options will benefit your unique situation?

1. Abscess

A pus pocket caused by a bacterial infection.

An abscessed tooth will not go away on its own therefore requires treatment by your dentist. If you have an abscess tooth, your dentist has 4 options:

Your dentist will determine what particular dental treatment you need depending on your individual circumstances. Having an oral exam is the best way to see what is going on inside your mouth.

2. Benign

A non-cancerous tumour that does not spread to other parts of your body. A benign tumour of the mouth changes the cells in your mouth. There are many types of benign conditions including warts and cold sores.
Your dentist will check for any non-cancerous tumours by performing an oral exam and taking x-rays of the roots of your teeth. He/she will then prescribe the best treatment for you depending on the type of benign tumour you have.

3. Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Do you have pain in your tooth when chewing food or experience sensitivity while drinking? You may have cracked tooth syndrome, a toothache as a result of a broken tooth. If you have a cracked tooth you are likely to have other cracked teeth at the same time or later on.
Dental treatment options for cracked teeth involve everything from bonding, a crown, root canal or, in a severe case, extraction. If you suspect a cracked tooth, it is important to book an appointment with your dentist right away. Your dentist will take into consideration the location and severity of your tooth fracture in order to provide the best treatment option for your individual case.

4. Dry Socket

Inflammation in a particular location of your tooth’s socket following extraction due to loss of blood clotting or infection. Pain from dry socket usually occurs one to three days after your tooth is removed.

3 dry socket treatment options are:

It is vital to keep your dentist appointments for dressing changes.

5. Exostosis

Depending on where it occurs in your mouth, exostosis is also known as torus or osteoma. Exostosis is an overgrowth of bone. Exostosis often happens during childhood and you may not feel anything, or it can cause severe pain. The exact cause of this condition is still a mystery. Exostosis is non-cancerous but complications can occur from it. Interference with denture placements or scratches and injuries can result in ulcers due to the irregular bone formation.
If this condition interferes with normal mouth functions, dental treatment becomes necessary. Your dentist will determine what can be done for you when you get a checkup.

6. Frenum

The muscular attachment of the cheeks, lips and/or tongue to dental mucosa (the mucus membrane lining the inside of your mouth).
Your dentist might suggest a frenectomy, dental surgery where the frenum is removed through eliminating the tissue between your teeth by cutting and releasing your upper lip.

Next week, our professional team at Franklin Dental Centre will inform you of further dental issues and treatment options. This information will help you be aware of dental concerns so you can book your treatment as soon as possible. When you are in doubt of any oral issue, be sure to contact your dentist to have it assessed. The future of your beautiful smile depends on regular visits to the dentist and good oral health.

April is oral health month. It is a great time for you to learn about taking care of your teeth. Children, adults and seniors all need different dental routines. Your dentist can also guide you through oral health during pregnancy.

Children’s Dental

When should your child have their first dentist appointment?

Once your child’s first tooth grows in, they should visit the dentist for a checkup. Identifying dental issues early on leads to healthy teeth. This important appointment helps them initiate a strong dental routine for the rest of their life.

What happens in your child’s first booked dentist appointment?

The dentist will check for any cavities or other dental health concerns and inform you of a preventative plan for your child’s future dentistry.

What dental services may your child need and why?

Your child could need a variety of services but the 2 main ones for children are braces and sealants.

Sealants

Children ages 6-14 may need sealants to prevent cavities from occurring. Sealants are a coating applied to the molars to protect the enamel from cavity-causing plaque and acids.

Braces

Your child could require braces to align their teeth properly. Braces should be used as early as possible to avoid crooked teeth later in life.

As your child’s teeth grow, their oral structure changes. Regular visits to a dentist will ensure your child is free from major dental issues in their adult life.

Going to the Dentist as an Adult

Eating out and partying as an adult is fun but can take a toll on your teeth. In order to do what you love and keep your oral hygiene in top shape, you need to maintain a great dental routine. Brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist will help keep your teeth in excellent shape.

Sensitive teeth and gum disease can become an increasing problem as you age. Your gums naturally recede exposing teeth unprotected by gum tissue. Lack of shielding means your teeth will be more sensitive to hot/cold food and drink. Severe sensitivity cases cause painful reactions to cold air and often sour and sweet foods.

Gum disease can lead to other concerns such as heart disease and diabetes. Take care of your teeth by brushing, flossing and getting regular dental cleanings or you will be worrying about more than your oral health.

Senior Dental Care

Are you at the stage in your life where you have few or no teeth left? Do you experience continual oral pain? Visiting your dentist for dentures can help resolve issues. Dentures are false teeth and gums, custom fit by the dentist, for your mouth. Dentures improve your life by giving you the confidence you need to smile as you did before! Improve your ability to take a bite out of life at any age.

Pregnancy and Oral Health

Pregnancy causes changes to your oral cavity and makes you susceptible to oral infections. Hormonal variations during pregnancy can cause your gums to swell leading to disease. Periodontal disease usually happens in the first trimester of pregnancy and can create complications such as premature birth.

If you have morning sickness, the acid in your vomit can erode enamel. It is best to rinse your mouth with water on a regular basis to wash away any residual stomach acids. You can avoid oral health problems with regular dentist appointments during your pregnancy term. Need some advice for a healthy mouth? Your dentist can provide you with tips and tricks to avoid risky dental situations while pregnant.

No matter what age you are or situation you are in, going to the dentist is a vital part of maintaining oral and regular health.

The world is full of mysteries, some of which become solved by examining the structure of teeth. Forensic dentistry assists in uncovering the truth behind questions of identity. From lifestyle to ancestry, your teeth say a lot about you.
crime screen dental xray

What is forensic dentistry?

The handling, examination, and evaluation of evidence provided by dental records get used to investigate and help solve crimes.

Ted Bundy, one of the most notorious serial killers in the United States was found guilty of murder all because of a bite mark. Curious? Bundy assaulted and bit one of his victims, Lisa Levy. The bite mark left a dental imprint behind. How did Bundy get convicted? Investigators took a plaster cast of his teeth exposing an uneven alignment and chipping. The Forensic dentist examined the details provided by the cast comparing them with the bite mark left on Lisa. Everything matched. Subsequently, Ted Bundy was convicted and executed for the crime. Without this piece of evidence, it is unclear if this murderer would have ever been found guilty. Information provided by dental records gives clues to your identity. The structure of your teeth and gums are unique to each person.

What can your dental records reveal

Think about when you visit the dentist for a checkup. Your dentist records each tooth indicating variations like chips, dental work, crowns, and bridges. Positive and negative dental health issues get noted. These markings are your individual dental records, specific to your mouth. Want to know more about who you are? Ask your dentist for a look at your x-rays. The pictures may uncover some dental work you had as a child. Your teeth can tell other stories too.

Ethnicity and age can be roughly determined by examining your teeth. Some Asians and North Americans are known to have incisors with scooped out backs. Europeans tend to have flat, straight teeth with a smooth back and front sides. Age can also be identified by looking at tooth development. Teeth grow an average of 4 micrometres each day and different types of teeth develop at incremental ages. Ever heard of the expression “long in the tooth”? This term refers to someone that is generally older because the longer your teeth are, the older you are.

Why are teeth a great source for identifying a person?

Teeth, unlike other parts of your body, remain intact for a long period of time. The outer layer, tooth enamel, is harder than any other substance in your body. Since the likelihood of your teeth surviving a disaster is higher than other parts of your body, they are great at determining your identity. If teeth are exposed to extreme heat such as a fire, they may shrink and become extremely fragile but they can be preserved with lacquer. Preserving teeth allows forensic dentists to help solve difficult crimes as long as they handle the teeth delicately.

Dental information taken for identification gets used to match any available records on file. DNA evidence may also be extracted from the pulp in the centre of the tooth. Using an array of forensic methods to discover the person behind the teeth, forensic dentists may be the best investigator to reveal who did it.

Maybe you don’t have a crime to solve but want to find out more about your background. Your dentist can help you discover things you didn’t even know about yourself.

Next time you want to take a bite out of your oral mystery, ask your dentist!

You need braces. You have crooked teeth. You want a straighter smile but want to avoid bulky metal wires stretching across your teeth. With our Invisalign® braces, you no longer worry about anyone noticing your braces. Here are 3 reasons Invisalign® is the clear choice!

1. Foodie Worries Go Away

Are you a foodie? Do you have to get braces? Are you worried about eating out and getting food stuck between the wires on your teeth? Forget traditional braces. Choose Invisalign®, clear aligners to keep you smiling and enjoy your dinner out.

Traditional metal braces don’t give you the flexibility of removing them before that special dinner date. Avoid the anxiety of excusing yourself every second to pick away food from your teeth after each course. You can remove your custom clear retainers before you eat. A quick brush and rinse after dessert then pop your aligners back on your teeth. Your smile will radiate across the table knowing the broccoli is in your stomach instead of on your wire brackets.

Go ahead! You can eat whatever you want with Invisalign® braces. No more avoiding popcorn like with regular braces. Say goodbye to tracks and bands, unless of course, you are listening to a new track from your favourite Band.

2. Comfort Level Increases with Invisalign® braces

Compared to metal braces, Invisalign® is more comfortable. No Metal brackets to scrape your tongue and cheeks against. Each set of clear retainers gets created from a 3D imaging scan to custom fit your teeth. About every 1-2 weeks you will use a new retainer.
The gentle force applied through the snug fit moves your teeth. After your treatment is complete, run your tongue over your teeth. There are no bumps because your clear aligner is a single removable piece. Unlike traditional braces with many components, Invisalign® leaves nothing behind but a straight beautiful smile.

Invisalign® custom clear retainers can treat a variety of issues from crowded teeth and overbite to gap teeth and underbite. For more complex tooth alignments, the SmartForce® attachment assists to gently move teeth with the help of mini tooth coloured handles. A blue compliance indicator gets incorporated to make sure your aligners are being worn for the correct amount of time. Invisalign® braces give you a comfortable fit and relaxation knowing your teeth are moving in the right direction.

3. A Clean Track Record

Invisalign® is easier to clean than traditional braces. Since there are no wires and brackets, you’ll be cleaning your teeth without the use of special tools. You simply pop out your aligner, brush your teeth, clean the retainer and pop it back in. Something this easy to clean helps you maintain your oral health. Traditional braces can harbour food particles in the crevices of the brackets but Invisalign® is clear, so bacterial causing remnants to have nowhere to hide; just in case you missed a spot when brushing.

Enjoy the benefits of Invisalign®. Your stomach, mouth, and health will thank you and guess what? You will have a straight, beautiful smile up to 50% faster than with regular braces! Over 20 years and counting, Invisalign® technology has helped millions of mouths.

When you think saliva, you think of drool dripping from inside your mouth. Strings of moisture come out sometimes when you sneeze or cough. Yuck! What is that all about? Saliva does not have to be thought of as gross. This clear liquid is beneficial for your health. Here are the top 4 reasons you need to keep hanging saliva around.

1. Fresh Breath

Do you have bad breath? You could have a lack of Saliva. Saliva occurs to protect your mouth from bad breath. Without it or with very little, your mouth becomes dry and germs begin to thrive. The bacteria partying in your mouth leads to smelly breath, a condition called halitosis. Saliva acts as a cleanser to remove waste by flushing it away.
Comprised primarily of water secreted from six major glands in your mouth, saliva production is key to healthy breath. Visiting Franklin Dental Centre can help you with bad breath problems. Our team is knowledgeable about the inner workings of your mouth.

2. Heals Wounds

Ouch! I bit my lip. Let saliva be your healer. Naturally occurring growth factors in saliva help regenerate damaged tissue. Saliva keeps your wounds clean and acts to accelerate the blood clotting mechanism. If you have a cut inside your mouth, think of all the benefits saliva adds to aid the healing process.

So, next time you cut yourself while making dinner, the natural instinct to lick your wound is actually helping the healing process as well as soothing any pain.

3. Protects Your Teeth

Saliva contains proteins and minerals, protecting your teeth from decay and gum disease. Production of a unique protein chemical found in saliva helps prevent gingivitis. It also contains lysozyme, an enzyme stopping oral microbial populations from growing excessively.
Slimy sheets of bacterial buildup called biofilms are dangerous for your oral health. Mucins catch bacteria and prevent it from sticking to your teeth’s surfaces. Removal of bacteria aids in the overall health of your mouth.
Are you worried about shifting dentures? Saliva also helps keep dentures in place while cleaning your oral cavity.

4. Helps Digestion

The process of solubilisation allows you to taste dry foods. Saliva contains an enzyme initiating the digestion of starches. Breaking down starches before they enter your stomach helps you digest. The mucus glands in your mouth lubricate and bind to food as you chew. Coating the food helps it glide down your esophagus without harm.
Saliva also coats your mouth and esophagus to aid in this food slide. It is important for food to transfer down your esophagus smoothly to avoid choking. The process prevents particles from sticking to your teeth and causing cavities.

Next time you think “eeewww, saliva”, remember the importance it plays in protecting you against an unhealthy mouth. Visiting a dentist can help you understand even more about how to avoid dental disasters and why you need saliva.
Franklin Dental Centre is proud to be the dental office that keeps you smiling with positive oral health.

Your dentist helps you stay healthy. Having good oral hygiene prevents tooth loss, bacterial infections, and boosts your confidence. You and your family need a dentist who works with you to offer treatment options that fit your needs and budget. With so many options out there, how do you choose a quality dentist

Variety of Dentist Procedures

When you visit the dentist, it is important they offer a variety of treatments. Your treatment options should include everything from general and preventative dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dental care. Additional services including cancer screening are vital to maintaining your overall health.

Having a variety of procedures in one place means your dentist has solid records of your oral therapies. The ability to perform and monitor your treatments keeps your teeth and gums in great shape.

Treatment for All Ages

While you are looking for a dentist, try to find one that caters to all ages. You may have a dentist that looks after your adult teeth but it is beneficial when your dentist takes care of your child’s and grandma’s teeth as well.

When your dentist treats everyone in your family, you don’t have to worry about going to multiple locations for each person’s appointment. Having the convenience of a dentist who looks after your whole family means you are more likely to keep those regularly scheduled important visits. When you are comfortable going to your dentist, it is likely your family will be at ease seeing them too.

Hours

Too busy during the day for a dentist appointment? Maybe you have a dental emergency or just prefer coming to see the dentist in the evening. When looking for a dentist it is important that they can see you on evenings and weekends. Your dentist should accommodate your schedule.

It is vital your dentist has emergency services so they can take care of your teeth immediately when you have a dental crisis. You don’t want to worry about waiting for the dentist to open again the next day when you are in a dire situation.

Questions

It is vital your dentist gets to know you so he/she can provide the best techniques for your personal situation. The more questions your dentist asks, the better they can understand what to avoid or use when treating you.

Certain medications can affect your treatment and a history of some diseases can affect your oral hygiene. When the dentist knows your history, they are better prepared to assist you with your dental treatments.

Remember to ask your dentist questions so you are fully informed on the process that is about to happen. Getting to know one another is beneficial to help you feel comfortable in the dentist chair. Building trust with your dentist helps relieve anxiety.

Sedation

Are you a nervous dental patient? Do you find it difficult to sit still in the dentist’s chair? Your dentist should have sedation options so that you will be comfortable during your treatment. When you relax your dentist can do their best work. Sedation helps calm your nerves and eases the sensitivity of your mouth during your dental treatment.

Education

Make sure your dentist is qualified to do the work that you need. All dentists in Canada should have a BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery)/DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery)/DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine), all equivalents of each other. Your dentist also must be certified byNDEB (The National Dental Examining Board of Canada). Look for your dentist’s certifications in their office, they should be in plain view.

Your dentist should be able to answer your questions in a clear and concise manner. Every treatment you receive will be explained in detail by your dentist. Remember, your dentist is your oral health doctor. Are you still unclear about your treatments? Ask again, for clarification and understanding.

Cost

Making a trip to the dentist can be costly. Do you avoid the dentist altogether because you are afraid of the fee? Avoiding the dentist can lead to oral health problems that worsen with time. Ask your dental office about their fee structure and payment options for your treatments.

Do you want a tip? Find a dentist that follows the 2019 Alberta Dental Fee Guide. This guide has suggested prices for dental treatments that correlate to other dentist offices in Alberta that also follow this guide. Franklin Dental Centre chooses to follow the guide to help you keep costs down.

Direct Billing to Insurance

Perfect, you have a dental insurance plan to cover your treatments. How do you get reimbursed from the insurance company for the services you just paid for? Look for a dentist that has direct billing to your insurance company. This means your dental office can take care of the administration tasks for you. A detailed schedule of the work is issued to your insurance company along with a request for payment. You will only pay the amount not covered by your individual dental plan. Keep your money in your bank to save up for that much-needed vacation!

Remember, a quality dentist helps you keep the teeth you have in great shape and cares about making dental services convenient and affordable for you.

Franklin Dental Centre is an established dental clinic in Fort McMurray. Our experience, high tech tools and personalization are what have made us your dental choice for years.

Experience

Dr. Gord Morris, an owner and dentist at Franklin Dental Centre, has over 30 years of experience in the dental world. He is fully equipped to take care of your needs, whether this be a routine dental checkup or in-depth dental extraction.

His professional team of hygienists and dentists work alongside him to make sure your oral health is being looked after.

With Franklin Dental, you can put your worries aside knowing your quality dental services are being performed by our fully certified, skilled and accomplished team. We are dedicated to the newest advancements in dentistry and keep up to date on current technology.

High-Tech Tools

State of the art tools, each with a purpose for specific procedures, are part of our dental clinics' resources that we have on hand to make your experience a Franklin Dental optimal.

Our digital x-rays allow us to see deep inside your tooth and gum’s surface to view any issues that are unseen with the naked eye. These digital pictures help us perform your treatments to the utmost degree with precision and accuracy.

Are you worried about the radiation level of x-rays?

Digital x-rays have very low doses of radiation making this one of the safest ways for us to examine the inner workings of your mouth. The x-rays are recorded and saved in our computers allowing us to reference them for future dental procedures you need.

We also use intraoral cameras that have superior optics to help us show you, as the patient, an up close and personal look inside your mouth. This visual makes it easier for you to understand as we explain what is happening.

Personalization

Franklin Dental wants your dental experience to be unique to your set of circumstances, who you are and how you want to be treated. We get to know your story, from your personal history to your physical and dental health.This knowledge helps us form a strong connection so we can delve deep into understanding what you need and how we can accomplish this.

If you are a bundle of nerves at the dentist, then we can provide sedation options to give you a sense of comfort while in the dentist’s chair.

Questions we ask you help us provide personalized treatment. From the types of materials we use on your teeth to after care prescriptions. Knowing your health history helps to avoid products that may result in complications due to medical incompatibility or allergies.

Everything we do is committed to keeping you safe and in good oral health. When you leave a dental clinic, often times you have dry lips, a bloody taste in your mouth and feel icky. After your appointment at Franklin Dental, you will feel refreshed and ready to take on the day.

Our friendly committed staff will provide you with soothing lip balm to moisten your lips, water and a rinse to banish any bloody taste in your mouth and a hot towel to freshen up after a treatment.

Franklin Dental’s reputation is built on trust and commitment. We welcome you with open arms when you open your mouth, as we help you brush away your dental issues for a clean, healthy dental future.

Proper dental hygiene is important for your overall health.

You know you want to stay healthy and prevent the growth of negative pathogens, bugs and microorganisms; that’s a mouthful, but it doesn’t have to be.

Just as cleaning your hands is a vital part of everyday life, so is cleaning your mouth. Germs get on your hands through the simplicity of touching a doorknob and they can transfer to that apple you are about to eat. If you did not cleanse your hands before biting into your snack, boom, you are biting into more than what you anticipated. Bacteria has now entered your mouth.

So What? When bacteria makes its way into your mouth, it seeps into your gums and teeth.

What can you do about it? Brushing and flossing help keep those dirty little bugs away but if you are complacent with the process or avoid it altogether, then your oral hygiene suffers. Poor oral hygiene can result in cavities formed by a buildup of bacteria, plaque and tartar.

This is where we come in. At Franklin Dental Centre, our dental cleanings rid you of embarrassing plaque and tartar that have made a home in your mouth. We scrape away the evil growth plaguing your mouth and polish your teeth leaving you with a beautiful, clean, smile.

Our dental cleaning helps save you from a treacherous dental future. By checking for signs of gingivitis, the most common form of periodontal disease, and inflammation of your gums, we can help prevent more serious dental issues from occurring.

Gingivitis can lead to more significant forms of periodontal disease, where your gums could start to deteriorate to the point of possible tooth loss.

Let us take the steps to help you avoid this disaster by professionally flossing, brushing and rinsing your mouth with a non-alcoholic mouthwash. Our professional tools will sneak into spaces where your home toothbrush just cannot get to.

How do you avoid dental issues?

Brush, Brush, Brush and of course come to Franklin Dental for a regular cleaning every 6 months to a year. It all starts with good dental hygiene to protect your teeth and gums from harm.

If you have neglected to practice good dental hygiene and are now dealing with the negative outcome, you can trust Franklin Dental to get you back on track.

We can start with one of our dental cleanings then address further issues. If your problem goes beyond simple treatments we can assist you with one of our many other dental services such as periodontal treatment and sealants.

Dental cleanings are crucial to a healthy mouth and often point us to the discovery of underlying issues. We want you to keep the teeth you have and can help make your smile healthy and bright. Avoiding the dentist may contribute to more in-depth dental procedures than you expect. Restorative dentistry and implants are time-consuming and costly.

So make appointments with Franklin Dental a part of your dental hygiene routine.

Clear away that dental storm brewing in your mouth and let the sun shine in on your beautiful sparkling smile.

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