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Why Choose Metal-Free Crowns and Bridges?

Traditionally, crowns and bridges were made with a metal alloy substructure covered up with tooth-coloured porcelains. Some crowns and bridges were made entirely from metal, for example, full gold crowns. Restorations using metals are still quite popular today, but nowadays, we are more likely to provide crowns and bridges that are entirely metal-free here at West Bowmanville Family Dental. These solutions are ideal if you would prefer a metal-free mouth and especially if you want the very best aesthetics. What are Metal-Free Crowns and Bridges Made From? Our metal-free crowns and bridges in Newcastle are made from lithium disilicate and zirconia oxide, and we can even fit metal-free dental implants made from zirconia. All-ceramic restorations look beautiful and are resistant to staining, and they are highly biocompatible, which is perfect for anyone concerned about metal allergies or sensitivities. It is even possible to create entire arches of teeth made from…

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Jan 11, 2019 by
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What Is a Tooth Abscess?

Anyone who has ever had an abscessed tooth will know it’s excruciating, but it’s also a condition that needs to be taken seriously. Without treatment, a dental abscess can become life-threatening. It’s the reason why anyone who has a toothache should seek emergency dental care in Newcastle. What Causes a Tooth Abscess? An abscess can develop when bacteria get right inside the tooth pulp. This is the soft inner part of a tooth containing blood vessels, connective tissues and nerves. Bacteria can get inside your tooth through an untreated cavity or crack or chip in the tooth, and the infection can spread right to the tooth root. Eventually, it causes swelling because pus will form, and without treatment can spread beyond the tooth root, affecting other parts of your body. Who Is at Risk of Developing a Dental Abscess? If you ignore a cracked or chipped tooth, lose a filling…

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Jan 4, 2019 by
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How to Overcome Dental Anxieties

If you experience fears or anxieties about the thought of seeing a dentist in Newcastle, you’re not alone. Many people have some anxiety about dental checkups, even those have only ever had good experiences. It’s a problem because you know how important regular dental examinations are for your dental health, and for your general health. The good news is that dental anxiety can be overcome, but it’s important to choose a dentist who takes the time to listen to you and to acknowledge your fears. Common anxieties include fear of needles, a dislike or fear of the dental drill, fear of pain, and embarrassment about having bad teeth. Fear of Needles Feeling fearful about having injections isn’t confined to dentistry as many people experience this fear when seeing a medical professional. You can rest assured that we use highly effective numbing gel before giving an injection. The injection is administered…

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Dec 14, 2018 by
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Do You Know Why Your Regular Dental Checkups are So Important?

Do you only schedule a checkup when you feel something might be wrong? Unfortunately, lots of people still ignore polite reminders from their dental office, believing that regular dental checkups are unnecessary. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Ideally, most people will need to see a dentist in Newcastle at six-monthly intervals and should have their teeth cleaned professionally at these visits. Why See a Dentist Regularly When Everything Seems Fine? All too often, the earliest signs of dental disease are easy to ignore, for example, gums that might bleed when you brush or floss, or noticing that a tooth feels more sensitive to hot and cold foods. Other symptoms are silent or are overlooked entirely. Yet this is the very best time to detect and treat dental problems, when they are still developing and have yet to cause any real discomfort, or even worse, dental pain! At this…

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Nov 23, 2018 by
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What is Holistic Dentistry and Could It Help You?

Many people are increasingly concerned about what they put into their bodies and the possible impact on general health. At the same time, we now know far more about the oral-systemic connection between your mouth and body. Holistic dentistry takes this relationship into consideration, using preventative dental care to minimize your risk of dental problems. A regular routine of dental checkups and hygiene appointments at our Courtice dental office can significantly help to maintain excellent dental health. When you do need restorative dental care, our approach is to use gentle techniques to diagnose any dental problems, and we use materials that are more biocompatible with your body. A More Holistic Approach to Diagnosing Any Dental Problems Thankfully, film x-rays are a thing of the past and have been replaced with far safer digital dental x-rays. Digital dental x-rays are viewable immediately on screens in our treatment rooms and emit 90%…

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Oct 26, 2018 by
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