Posts for: December, 2017

By Newmarket Dentistry
December 22, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  

In our constant battle against infectious disease, the “enemy” is often too close for comfort: hospitals and other medical facilities must be ever vigilant against opportunistic infections their patients may contract while in their care.

Dental offices are no exception. Because even the simplest procedure — a dental cleaning, for example — may result in exposure, providers and patients alike face a possible health risk. We must be especially concerned with blood-borne viral infections — spread by person to person contact through blood — the most serious being hepatitis B and C, and HIV/AIDS.

Hepatitis is a viral inflammatory disease that disrupts the critical functions of the liver, particularly as it cleanses and regulates the blood, and cause serious bodily impairment or death. The virus can be transmitted when the blood from an infected person makes its way into the bloodstream of another person, mainly through cuts or a needle injection. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can lead to the chronic condition AIDS that destroys the body’s immune system; it spreads mainly through sexual contact, as well as through person to person blood contact.

The best defense against the spread of these diseases in dental offices or other healthcare settings is to eliminate as much as possible any opportunity for blood-to-blood contact. To accomplish this, all healthcare providers, including dentists, are mandated by federal, state and local authorities to incorporate and follow routine safety precautions. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues regularly updated comprehensive guidelines for protocols and procedures to disinfect and sterilize equipment and facilities.

We dentists and our clinical staffs are also mandated by state licensing boards to refresh our knowledge of infection control procedures through continuing education. Such procedures cover every aspect of infection control, from barrier protection — by way of gloves, masks or gowns — to instrument disinfection.

Protecting patients as well as providers from the spread of infection is one of our profession’s highest standards. As a result, incidents of infection among the 170,000 practicing dentists in the United States are rare. You can be assured, then, that we’re taking every precaution to keep you and your family safe from disease when you visit our office.

If you would like more information on dental office procedures to prevent the spread of infection, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Infection Control in the Dental Office.”

By Newmarket Dentistry
December 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When it comes to cosmetic problems, many dental patients are most concerned about the color of their teeth. A survey by the American teeth whiteningAcademy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed at dentist offices. Dental stains can ruin even the most perfectly aligned and shaped set of teeth. If you see stains on your teeth when you smile in the mirror, rest assured that there is an effective teeth whitening solution offered by Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok at Newmarket Dentistry in Newmarket, ON.

The Common Causes of Dental Stains
It is natural for the teeth to stain and become discolored over an extended period of time. Not everyone has the discipline to brush after every meal to prevent staining caused by certain foods and beverages. Frequent coffee, tea, and wine drinkers often have problems with dental stains. Chewing dark-colored fruits like blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries can also affect the teeth. Dental stains are also common for patients who smoke or use tobacco products. 

Say Goodbye to Dental Stains 
Regardless of the exact cause, your Newmarket, ON dentist can treat many dental stains with just one professional teeth whitening session. After a powerful bleaching agent is applied to the teeth, a whitening tool changes the color up to eight shades. It will get rid of any extrinsic (outer layer) stains that appear on the teeth when you smile.

Say Hello to a Brighter, Whiter Smile
Once you’ve had your teeth whitened professionally, you can say hello to your brighter smile every morning for up to five years (sometimes longer). When your smile looks good, you’re more likely spend additional time caring for your teeth to ensure that it stays that way. Keep up with biannual dental cleanings, avoid eating foods that leave stains, and brush after meals if you want your teeth to look bright and beautiful for as long as possible.

Inquire About Having Your Teeth Whitened 
Professional teeth whitening is the most reliable way to get your smile back up to par. Call Newmarket Dentistry in Newmarket, ON at 905-830-1010 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok.

By Newmarket Dentistry
December 07, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

The holidays are a season for giving. At this time of year, lots of us spend hours rushing around, looking for the perfect gifts for people we care about. But sometimes, amidst all the hustle and bustle, it doesn’t hurt to step back and think about yourself a little. If a better-looking smile has been on your list but you haven’t taken the first steps, the holiday season might be the right time to give yourself a gift.

Many smile problems, like discolored, chipped or uneven teeth, can be resolved with veneers—wafer-thin porcelain shells that cover the front surfaces of teeth. Veneers are custom-made just for you: They can have a pearly luster to match your existing teeth, or be Hollywood-white for a dazzling red-carpet smile. In just a few visits to the dental office, you can have the smile you’ve always wanted—and a whole new look for the New Year.

If damaged or missing teeth are what’s bothering you, you’ll be happy to know that there are lots of good options for replacing them. If the tooth’s roots are still in good shape, a crown or cap could be the answer. This is a sturdy replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth that not only looks great, but also functions well in your bite—and can last for years to come.

If teeth are missing or can’t be saved, we offer several options for replacement, including fixed (non-removable) bridgework and dental implants. A tried-and-true method for replacing one or more missing teeth, bridges are firmly supported by healthy teeth next to the gap in your smile. These teeth must be prepared to receive the bridge by having some of the tooth’s surface removed.

Dental implants are today’s premier option for tooth replacement. In this high-tech system, a root-like titanium insert, placed directly into the bone beneath the gum, forms a solid anchorage for the visible part of the replacement tooth. Implants look and feel completely natural, and can last for many years. Plus, they don’t require any work to be done on nearby teeth.

What kind of smile makeover is right for you? Just ask us! We will be happy to take a look at your smile and recommend a treatment plan. And in this season of generosity, there’s no better gift you can give yourself than a bright new smile.

You can learn more about smile makeovers by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”



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