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Digital Scanning And The Future!

Do you hate the idea of having messy and uncomfortable dental impressions? You are not alone! Lots of people find it difficult to tolerate ordinary tray impressions where a soft impression material is placed in the tray and which is then fitted in your mouth and left to set. Although it only takes a few minutes for the impression material to harden, it can seem like a lifetime for some people. A good dental impression is necessary, so your new dental restoration can be accurately fabricated but thankfully, here at Sequoia Dental, old-fashioned impression trays are a thing of the past. 

The iTero™ scanner is an intraoral scanner that utilizes digital image making technology to take a virtual impression of the dentition rather than having to use conventional trays and impression material. The scan creates an incredibly accurate 3-D model of the dentition for use in diagnosis, treatment planning and appliance fabrication.

The scanner effectively eliminates the need for traditional impressions in most instances. As we all know, impressions can sometimes be unpleasant and uncomfortable for patients and is often a source of stress, particularly for orthodontic patients with a strong gag reflex. The iTero™ scanner reduces many of the un-pleasantries and inefficiencies associated with traditional impressions and is neater, more comfortable and extremely accurate.

Additionally, the scanner Sequoia Dental will be using features the Invisalign®/Orthodontic Treatment Simulator, a brand new chair side application that allows patients to visualize how their teeth will look after treatment before actually starting treatment. The simulated outcome will make it easy for us to show your patients some of the possible benefits of orthodontic treatment on the same day as their consultation allowing for enhanced patient communication and education.  The iTero™ Scanner creates a digital “map” of the patient’s mouth as a wand is moved over the surfaces of the teeth quadrant by quadrant, collecting a series of extremely high resolution pictures. The software then pieces the quadrant scans together to create a full mouth 3-D view of the arches and occlusion.

OMG! I have a dental Emergency.

Since one of our services includes emergency dentistry, we know the hardest thing about having a dental emergency can be getting an appointment quickly. At Sequoia Dental Guelph we have have flexible schedules to accommodate emergency appointments for patients in distress. Depending on the severity of your case, you may be instructed to come in immediately or booked later in the day. Dr. Khambay will always try to get you in the same day to help alleviate the  pain.

When do you know you need emergency dentistry?

Here are some common situations that qualify as emergency dental situations.

  • Severe tooth pain
  • Tooth damage
  • Tissue bleeding
  • A knocked-out tooth as a result of a facial injury or accident
  • A loose tooth or one that is out of alignment
  • A chipped, cracked, or fractured tooth (this usually means that there’s been some damage to the inside of the tooth as well)
  • Tissue injury and facial pain

As a general rule of thumb it is a good idea to consult Dr. Khambay for pain management of if you have persistent pain.

What to do in a dental emergency?

If per chance you cannot get to a dentist right away, there are certain things you can do to protect your smile as you wait for treatment.

Knocked out teeth: Avoid touching the roots and keep the tooth clean and hydrated in a saline solution or glass of milk. This will reduce the chances of you having to replace your original tooth with a false one.

Food or objects stuck between your teeth: Try to remove any unwanted particles with floss or mouthwash. To avoid injuring your soft tissues, never use a sharp object around your gums.

Cracked or damaged fillings: You will feel extreme dental pain, but in some cases, you may be able to reattach the restoration temporarily using dental adhesive and may be able to calm the pain with over the counter medications like Orajel.

Call The Dentist

Once you figure out what the problem is, give Sequoia Dental Guelph a call and set up an appointment to come in for an exam and treatment. Try to explain as thoroughly as possible what happened and what you think the damage is. Our Team can guide you on your next steps. Following their instructions can help them better prepare for your visit and know which dental emergency procedures they’ll need to perform.

What Makes a Smile Attractive?

A smile is a social asset. Other than being an indicator of emotions, it also enhances the aesthetic features of a person’s face. It helps create an impression, inspire people and build lasting relationships.

The Hollywood Smile

In defining the ‘perfect smile’ some people might immediately picture ‘the Hollywood Smile’. You probably know exactly what we’re talking about: a set of (almost impossibly) bright white, perfectly aligned and evenly sized teeth. Hollywood celebrities have been known to undergo cosmetic and other dental procedures to get this type of smile. Sometimes the procedures required are lengthy and expensive. In some cases, surgery is needed, followed by the downtime required for recovery. You’ll often see articles in popular media that show before and after images of subtle or dramatic dental makeovers of the rich and famous.

Of course there are many attractive celebrities who don’t have a Hollywood Smile. Here are just a few:

Celebrities Who Have Imperfect Teeth 

  • Katy Perry
  • Keira Knightley
  • Anna Paquin
  • Will Ferrell
  • Madonna
  • Kristen Dunst
  • Ricky Gervais

The Smile Across Cultures

Across the globe, there are differences in what people think makes a smile attractive. Take Japan, for example, where the trend of recent times is for young women to have crooked teeth. Some women even use orthodontics (braces) to move their teeth further out of alignment and be even more crooked and crowded!

Teeth stained with the brown juice of betel nuts or chewing tobacco are commonplace in some countries. In others, visible gold fillings are considered desirable because they are a reflection of wealth.

Perhaps, then, there is no such thing as ‘the perfect smile’. Perhaps there’s really only a ‘perfect smile for you’.

Sequoia Dental’s Definition Of The Perfect Smile

We at Sequoia Dental Guelph believe that a smile doesn’t have to be ‘Hollywood perfect’ to be beautiful. A beautiful smile has clean, healthy teeth and gums and a warmth that reflects a deep inner happiness. We love smiles with character as much as smiles with ‘classic perfection’.

Commom Myths About Root Canal Treatment

There are several contributing factors when a person needs a Root Canal. While these telltale signs are not the most pleasant, they should not be ignored if you want to avoid more pain and complications. The most significant reason you might question whether to visit your dentist or not is if you have a throbbing, warm pain that lingers and does not go away. Sensitivity to hot and cold foods is an indicator as well when it does not go away after the hot or cold stimuli is removed. There are many reasons why pain and sensitivity become more noticeable and sometimes unbearable

Root Canal Treatment Is Painful

Treatment is usually pain-free and in fact the purpose of a root canal treatment is to remove the pain that you were suffering.  There have been numerous advancements in the field of Endodontics from the technology, instruments, education and pain management.  Dr. Khambay and the team at Sequoia Dental follow the most current and best practices when carrying out root canal treatments.

Root Canal Treatment Requires Multiple Visits

The majority of root canal treatments are carried out in one visit to the dental office.  If you choose to have an extraction then this may result in multiple appointments if you choose to have the tooth replaced.  The options to replace a missing tooth include dental implants, dentures and dental bridges.

Root Canal Treatment Is Not Succesfull

Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is always the best option. Nothing artificial can replace the look or function of a natural tooth so it’s important to always consider root canal treatment as an option. Endodontic treatment has a high success rate and many root canal-treated teeth can last a lifetime. Root canal procedures can have up to a about 95% success rate. 

Root Canal Treatment Can Cause Illness

Information you may find on the Internet or elsewhere, claiming that if you receive a root canal treatment you’re more likely to become ill or contract a disease in the future simply isn’t true. This false claim was based on long-debunked and poorly designed research conducted nearly a century ago, long before modern medicine understood the causes of many diseases. There is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal treatment to disease elsewhere in the body.

Big Little Run

This past Sunday the team took part in the Big Little Run in Guelph. The run helps raise money and awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph. The rain was pouring down but the 200 or so runners aging from 9yrs to 83yrs old were all undeterred.  Suzie, Cathy and Michele took part in the 10km run. Michele clocked a personal best in her 10K run and this placed her on the podium with 3rd place in her age group.  To say that we were proud of Michele is an understatement.  Dr. Khambay walked the 5km race and managed to make sure everyone was OK from the back of the pack 🙂
Why does BBBS exist?

Many children and youth in Canada struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives like detrimental living conditions, family violence, risk factors for mental health, school issues and identity challenges.

These circumstances have nothing to do with the value of who they are or who they can become, but because of these situations, children and youth risk not having the opportunity to live up to their full potential.

Even worse is the possibility of continuing cycles of poverty and crime or developing mental health issues.

This comes at a cost to the young person, and to society.

With the guidance and support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth are reminded they can be anything they dream of being.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is a Federation comprised of 108 member agencies servicing more than 1,100 communities across the country. Together they mobilize over 21,300 volunteers who in turn mentor 41,700+ children and young people.

How does BBBS help the youth?
  • BBBS creates individual and group mentoring relationships amongst adults and youth.
  • Mentorship is a two-way, learning and development partnership where the young person needs are placed at the centre.
  • Because young people’s brains are still developing, mentoring can support that process through back-and-forth interaction like the volley in a good game of ping-pong.
  • Mentoring is an important way to give youth experience with these essential back-and-forth relationships, developing them into healthy young people better able to deal with and overcome life’s adversities.

The early morning smiles.

Anticipation before the race.

Victory medals and sore legs!

Help! I’ve Got Gaps Between My Front Teeth

The technical name for the extra space between teeth is a diastema. Many famous people including Madonna, Elijah Wood and Anna Paquin wear theirs with pride and it symbolizes part of their character. Though, many people don’t like these diastemas and are particularly not happy when the gap occurs between their front central incisors.

Causes of Gapped Teeth
A gap between teeth can have may different etiology’s and some are listed below

  • A discrepancy between the size of the teeth and the jaw.
  • A thumb or finger sucking habit as a child.
  • An increased size labial frenum, the frenum is the tissue that connects the tissue to the gum.

Closing The Gap
Diastemas usually cause little or no health problems but most people choose to have the gap closed for cosmetic reasons. Depending on the cause of the gap the treatment options can vary patient to patient. Some of the treatment options are provided below:

  • Leave the diastema
  • Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear aligners or traditional braces. Dr. Khambay is an Invisalign provider. Treatment consultations are free and all impressions are taken using the iTero digital scanner, so no more goopy impressions.
  • Porcelain veneers and crowns can be bonded to the existing teeth to give an aesthetic result. This may not be the correct solution if the gap is too wide because the teeth may end up looking to big.
  • Removing the cause with surgery to reduce the size of the labial frenum.

If you’re concerned about the gaps between your teeth then we can provide you with a consultation appointment with Dr. Khambay to discuss your treatment options.

Here is a case completed by Dr. Khambay using composite bonding to close a mid-line diastema


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