Posts for: February, 2018

By Newmarket Dentistry
February 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Does your smile make you feel like its small imperfections drag down your appearance and make you feel ashamed of the way you look? If dental bondingso, dental bonding can help repair the small flaws in your smile to give you a look you feel proud of. Is cosmetic dental bonding right for your smile? Can you benefit from this simple, yet powerful treatment? Find out more about dental bonding with Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok at Newmarket Dentistry in Newmarket, ON.

What is cosmetic bonding? 
Cosmetic bonding is a dental procedure which corrects small flaws in the smile. Bonding is most often used to repair chips. However, bonding can also change other aspects of the appearance of a tooth. By shaping the bonding materials around the existing natural tooth, your dentist can change its shape, width, and length or couple bonding with dental contouring to further change the tooth. Bonding can also work alongside other cosmetic dentistry procedures like orthodontics, dental implants, veneers, or crowns and bridges.

What can I expect from a cosmetic bonding procedure? 
Prior to your bonding treatment, you will talk with your dentist about the results you want to see and what you should expect during your procedure. Your dentist begins the procedure with, if necessary, numbing the work area. Then, an etching solution placed onto the tooth helps roughen the surface and aids in ensuring the bonding material affixes properly to the tooth. Then, your dentist carefully molds the bonding materials directly onto the tooth, using special tools to form the materials into the correct shape to provide the results you want. A special UV light aimed at the tooth hardens the bonding materials into their final shape.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding in Newmarket, ON 
If you think dental bonding can benefit your smile, consulting with your dentist is the best way to go over the pros and cons of bonding and how it can work toward giving you teeth you feel proud of. For more information on cosmetic dental bonding, please contact Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok at Newmarket Dentistry in Newmarket, ON. Call (905) 830-1010 to schedule your appointment for cosmetic bonding with Dr. Lee-Shanok today!

By Newmarket Dentistry
February 13, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: geographic tongue  

If you've ever been alarmed to find oddly-shaped red patches on your tongue, you can relax for the most part. Most likely, you're part of a small fraction of the population with a condition known as geographic tongue.

The name comes from the irregular shape of the patches that seem to resemble land formations on a map. Its medical name is benign migratory glossitis, which actually describes a lot about the condition. The patches are actually areas of inflammation on the tongue (“glossus” – tongue; “itis” – swelling) that appear to move around or migrate. They're actually made up of areas where the tiny bumps (papillae) you normally feel have disappeared: the patches feel flat and smooth compared to the rest of the tongue.

We're not sure why geographic tongue occurs. It often runs in families and seems to occur mostly in middle-aged adults, particularly women and non-smokers. It's believed to have a number of triggers like emotional stress, hormonal disturbances or vitamin or mineral deficiencies. There may also be a link between it and the skin condition psoriasis. Under a microscope the red patchiness of both appears to be very similar in pattern; the two conditions often appear together.

The bad news is we can't cure geographic tongue. But the good news is the condition is benign, meaning it's not cancerous; it's also not contagious. It poses no real health threat, although outbreaks can be uncomfortable causing your tongue to feel a little sensitive to the touch with a burning or stinging sensation. Some people may also experience numbness.

Although we can't make geographic tongue go away permanently, you should come by for an examination to confirm that is the correct diagnosis. Once we know for sure that you do have migratory glossitis, we can effectively manage discomfort when it flares up. You should limit your intake of foods with high acidity like tomatoes or citrus fruits, as well as astringents like alcohol or certain mouthrinses. We can also prescribe anesthetic mouthrinses, antihistamines or steroid ointments if the discomfort becomes more bothersome.

It may look strange, but geographic tongue is harmless. With the right care it can be nothing more than a minor annoyance.

If you would like more information on benign migratory glossitis, 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 “Geographic Tongue.”



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