Building Your Best Smile in 2023

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Your smile is the first impression you make on the world, and if you’re not happy with your smile it can impact your confidence and self esteem which can cause problems in your personal and professional lives.

The good news is that dental technologies have come a long way, and there are many common interventions and treatments offered by your cosmetic dentist in Burlington that can brighten, whiten, straighten and complete your smile so you can start off 2023 with confidence to face the world smiling.

Here are some procedures offered by Maple Mews Dental that will help you build a smile you’ll be proud to show off.

  1. Professional whitening

A bright, white smile is something that is easy to achieve and difficult to maintain. While natural tooth shade is slightly different for every person, our everyday activities can reduce the brightness of our teeth and cause stains and discolouration.

Luckily, the team at Maple Mews has multiple professional treatment options available that can safely, effectively remove stains and brighten your teeth either at-home or in the office.

These treatment options are more effective than those that can be purchased over the counter as they are specially recommended and formulated for your unique situation.

  1. Tooth bonding

Tooth bonding is a non-invasive, professional procedure offered by your cosmetic dentist in Burlington to improve the texture of the tooth and cover any small chips, cracks, stains, or gaps between the teeth.

The procedure is easy. Your dentist will apply a composite material to the surface of the teeth that will even out the tooth’s surface and cover any imperfections. The composite material will be made to match the natural shade of your teeth so it blends in and does not stand out to others.

  1. Dental veneers

A dental veneer is like a custom made shell that is adhered to the outside of your teeth to correct any imperfections and create that bright, straight, shining smile you’ve been looking for.

There are permanent veneers and removable veneers. Permanent veneers are made of either porcelain or composite and can be cleaned and cared for with twice-daily brushing and regular flossing.

  1. Dental crowns

A dental crown is like a cap placed on top of an implant or damaged tooth to seal it from the elements and eliminate exposure to food and drinks.

Dental crowns are used when simple fillings aren’t enough to correct the cavity, crack, chip or other damage that has been caused to the tooth. They can be made of metal, porcelain, composite or ceramic, and are a permanent solution that can last a lifetime if properly cared-for.

If you’re interested in learning more about these treatment options or any other cosmetic dentistry treatment, call our team at Maple Mews Dental to schedule an appointment today.

Everything You Need to Know About Your Dental Visit

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Has it been a while since you’ve visited your dentist for a checkup and cleaning? Many people put off their dental visits because they’re busy, some because of fear or anxiety, and others simply because they just don’t see them as a priority.

Whatever your reason for putting off your dental visit, we hope that reading this article will convince you that a visit to the dentist is an important part of your overall health and wellbeing and it is absolutely nothing to fear.

What does my dentist need to know?

When you arrive for your dental examination at Maple Mews Dental, chances are the first person you speak with will be a dental assistant or hygienist. They will ask you if there are any changes in your overall health since your last visit, or if you’re having any trouble with your mouth or teeth.

If you are experiencing any of the following, it’s very important to let your dental team know so they can take this information into account during the exam. Many of these factors can give your dentist a clear idea of what to look for and where to focus.

  • Any swelling or redness in the gums
  • Any lumps or bumps in the mouth, cheeks, neck or tongue
  • Any toothaches or sensitivities to hot and cold
  • Swelling or bleeding in the gums, even during brushing and flossing
  • Consistently bad breath
  • Any medical diagnosis like diabetes or heart disease

What will my dental appointment include?

After your initial conversation with the assistant or hygienist, your dental exam will include the following:

  • A scaling to remove any plaque buildup
  • Polishing to remove any stains that are sitting on the surface of the teeth
  • Flossing
  • A general periodontal exam performed by your dental hygienist to measure any gaps in the gums, and some gentle prodding to assess whether you have any spots prone to pain or sensitivity
  • Possibly x-rays, depending on the results of the checkup and how long it’s been since you’ve had dental x-rays
  • An exam with the dentist to check on each individual tooth, review the x-ray results with you, and discuss any changes in your oral or overall health (including oral cancer screening)

Regular, twice-annual dental checkups are the most effective way to maintain a healthy mouth and enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth. If you’re overdue for a dental examination, call the team at Maple Mews Dental today. We’ll schedule a time for you to come in, have your teeth clean and assessed, and get you back on track to properly maintained oral health.

White Fillings vs Silver Fillings: Everything You Need to Know

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Do you have a cavity? Are you weighing out the pros and cons of white fillings vs silver fillings and you don’t know which to choose? This article will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision in partnership with your dentist in South Burlington.

What’s the difference between white fillings and silver fillings?

White fillings
White fillings are made of a resin composite material and are built to replicate the exact look and function of your natural teeth. When they first became popular, white fillings were only used on the front teeth, but as dental technology has improved and white fillings have been made stronger, they have become a popular solution used to fill cavities anywhere in the mouth.

The main benefit of white fillings is their appearance. Because of their colour, they are nearly invisible to others. Some also prefer them because they don’t contain any mercury.

Because white fillings are made of composite, your dentist in South Burlington has to use special techniques that result in a more complicated installation process. This is one reason why white fillings are more expensive than silver ones.

Silver fillings
Silver fillings are made of a mixture of metals that can include copper, tin, and silver. Because they are made of metal, they are more durable than white fillings and are often the best choice to fill cavities that develop in the molars.

Some silver fillings contain mercury which has caused controversy in the past. Patients should discuss any concerns they have about this with their dentist in South Burlington.

While silver fillings are less expensive than white fillings, they do have the potential to expand over time, and this could fracture the tooth. This does not happen often, but the possibility is something to keep in mind when deciding whether to go with a white filling or a silver filling. The composite material used to make white fillings does not expand.

There are many factors to consider when choosing between a white filling or silver filling to fix your cavity. These factors include the location of the cavity in the mouth, the size and depth of the cavity, your personal history with cavities, your level of comfort with dental treatments, and more.

If you would like to discuss the differences between white and silver fillings with a dental professional, call our team at Maple Mews Dental in Burlington to make an appointment today. We’ll assess the condition of your teeth, determine if a filling is required, and help build the right treatment plan for you.

Our office is conveniently located in the Longos shopping plaza across from Maple Mall in Burlington. New patients and emergencies are always welcome.

Everything You Need to Know About Dental Crown Lengthening

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What is crown lengthening?

During a crown lengthening procedure, your dentist will work to expose more of the tooth’s surface. This usually involves removing some of the gum tissue covering the tooth and shaving down any excess bone that is not needed.

Why would I consider crown lengthening?

There are two main reasons people undergo crown lengthening – to prepare for a crown, or to improve the appearance of their smile.

Dental crowns are an extremely common solution to repair or replace teeth that are damaged or missing. For some people, the procedure involved with installing a crown is simple, as the structure of their jaw, teeth, and gums allows the dentist to easily attach the crown. For others, there just isn’t enough tooth exposed to support the crown on its own. This is especially common when a crown is being installed to correct a cracked or broken tooth. In these cases, patients will sometimes need a crown lengthening procedure.

While this is the most common reason to perform a crown lengthening procedure, it’s also common for people to request a crown lengthening for aesthetic reasons. There are many people who complain of a ‘gummy smile,’ meaning that when they smile, there is too much gum showing and not enough teeth. This can be fixed through the removal of excess gum tissue to expose more of the tooth’s surface. The result is a smile that shows more tooth and less gums.

What can I expect after the procedure?

Crown lengthening is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home right afterwards. Because the procedure involves cutting into the gums to pull them away from the teeth and expose the roots and bones, your dentist will use a form of sedation to prevent you from feeling pain throughout the procedure.

When you wake up, you will likely still be groggy and under the influence of the anesthetic, so it will be important to have someone with you to make sure you get home safely.

When the sedation fully wears off, you’ll feel some discomfort as the tissues heal. Your dentist will likely prescribe pain killers to make the healing process more comfortable.

If you want to learn more about crown lengthening or any other dental procedure, call our team at Maple Mews Dental to schedule an appointment today. We’ll assess the current condition of your teeth and gums, discuss your options, and work with you to develop a treatment plan that works for your unique situation.

Our dental office is conveniently located on Fairview, across from Maple Mall in Burlington. We are open and always accepting new patients.

 

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Many people avoid smiling and wearing a mask has been a perfect way to cover up a discoloured smile, or chipped, fractured, broken or missing teeth . The truth is, without a mask we may look in the mirror and be reminded of all the things we never liked about our teeth and smile! Or maybe during these crazy past two years, you let your oral care slide and your smile just needs to be checked and your teeth brightened!

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Early on in my education, I decided that helping others with their oral care and dental health was what I wanted to do with my life. This was a time when very few women were practicing dentistry. I endured a challenging move from Poland to Canada and started my career practicing in the Toronto area. Eventually I opened my own practice in Burlington, Ontario – Maple Mews Dental!

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What is a Dental Xray?

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Many medical conditions require x-rays. Doctors use them for diagnosing broken bones, looking for problems with our organs, and also for prevention such as with mammograms. Like medical x-rays, dental radiographs are necessary for diagnosis to determine the best course of treatment for your teeth and surrounding bone.

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