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Correcting Deep Bites

By Pamela Li, in Articles, on June 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Ottawa InvisalignOttawa, Ontario – A deep bite is when the upper teeth cover an excessive amount of the lower teeth and can be harmful because it not only causes teeth to be misaligned, but it can result in additional problems that can be painful and send you running to your Ottawa dentist.

“Deep bites can cause serious problems,” says Ottawa Invisalign provider Dr. Pamela Li. “The lower teeth will be in constant contact with the upper gums. This contact will harm the gum tissue, and over time, the roots of the teeth can be exposed from the gums being rubbed away. Likewise, the constant rubbing on the bottom teeth can cause those teeth to wear down over time.”

That means that after Dr. Li has treated their orthodontic issue, her patients may also require additional cosmetic dentistry procedures from her, such as crowns or veneers.

But the good news is there are several options available to treat deep bites. Deep bites are best treated at an early age to prevent additional damage being done. It is important that parents take their children for their first orthodontic consultation by the age of seven. Waiting too long for orthodontic treatment can result in needing surgery to properly correct any issues that may be present. But by beginning orthodontic monitoring at a young age, the orthodontist can determine when the best time to begin treatment is, and craft the perfect treatment plan to create the most beautiful and functional smile for a patient.

There are several options available to treat deep bites, with surgery typically being a last resort. A good orthodontist or dentist will create a custom treatment plan for each of his or her patients. Even if presenting with a similar problem, every mouth is different, so every treatment plan must be unique. The treatment will first begin with a diagnosis, which will involve a comprehensive examination. The dentist will need X-rays and photos to clearly see the issue and then determine the best course of action to treat it.

In some instances, the treatment may involve what is known as a bite plane. Made of acrylic, this appliance will be anchored into the mouth with bands that are placed in the upper, permanent molars. A piece of acrylic will rest on the upper front teeth, and the appliance works to allow the back teeth to come together. The typical treatment time using a bite plane is six to nine months.

In most cases, however, braces will be required to correct the bite. Because a deep bite causes poor angulation for the teeth, a large amount of force is typically needed to move the teeth to better positions. This may have been a deterrent for some patients, especially adults, who didn’t want the hassle of dealing with metal braces and all the annoyances that can go along with their wear. But now there is some exciting news for patients looking to correct their deep bites.

“Invisalign, the clear aligner braces technology, now offers a new aligner designed specifically to correct deep bites,” says Dr. Li. “That means even more patients can now enjoy the ease and functionality of Invisalign.”

At the end of 2013, Align Technology announced Invisalign G5, the exciting new technology that will allow deep bite patients the ability to correct their smiles more comfortably, efficiently and less noticeably. Align Technology designs and manufactures the revolutionary clear aligner system that has been improving smiles since 1998. Patients love the aligners because they are almost totally invisible and completely removable, allowing patients to discretely straighten their teeth without altering their lifestyles dramatically. The Invisalign product family includes numerous technologies to give patients perfect smiles, but until now, patients with deep bites were not as predictable with their treatment.

But all of that has changed with Invisalign G5. It has been specifically engineered to achieve better outcomes for deep bites and offers a few comprehensive features to help dentists correct these bites.

“Invisalign G5 has added new SmartForce attachments and pressure areas,” says Dr. Li. “These are designed to improve the control of tooth movement to create a more predictable treatment. There are also new precision aligner bite ramps that help to further improve the efficiency of the treatment.”

Invisalign G5 marks the first time Align Technology has created a product to specifically enhance treatment for one type of malocclusion. With deep bites affecting an estimated 45 percent of teen and adult patients, the company saw the need and created an innovative solution to better assist dentists and orthodontists.

Invisalign is a more modern approach to straightening teeth. Recent research has shown that eliciting constant, gentle force on teeth is more effective in moving them to their proper locations. And Invisalign G5 with its SmartForce innovations does just that. These new features allow the dentist to use advanced virtual modeling to deliver the proper level of force for each individual tooth. This is something that simply can’t be done using standard metal braces.

Invisalign involves the wear of a custom set of aligner trays. During the course of treatment, each tray will be worn for two weeks. Each tray is custom made for the individual patient, based on the exact movements your dentist has planned for you. And with Invisalign G5, the dentist now has the ability to plan out the movement for each individual tooth, so he or she can specifically target the teeth that are causing your deep bite.

Best of all, this is done gently and without people knowing it is even happening. There are no pesky wires and brackets to worry about, and because they are removable, there is no need to alter your diet or oral care habits. Invisalign provides excellent results, and dentists like Dr. Li are thrilled to be able to use the technology to help even more patients smile wider.

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Ottawa Dentist Uses Latest Technological Advances

By Pamela Li, in News, on May 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

Dental care in OttawaOttawa, Ontario – When you’re looking for a dentist, you want to be sure you are looking for one who provides the greatest quality of care, and that means one who utilizes the latest advances in dental technology. As a Las Vegas Institute trained dentist, Dr. Pamela Li combines superior care with a commitment to technology to ensure her patients receive the best dental care available.

LVI is a world-renowned training facility for dentists. It uses a comprehensive and rigorous training program to better equip dentists with the knowledge and technology they need to treat all aspects of dentistry, with a focus on cosmetic dentistry and TMD disorders.

“As an LVI trained dentist, I am committed to providing high quality care that incorporates the use of technology to provide the best diagnoses and treatment options for my patients,” says Dr. Li, who has been an Ottawa dentist since 1994. “My office features state-of-the-art technology so that you can receive the best care possible.”

From digital radiography to Tens Units to computerized mandibular screening, Dr. Li uses the latest technological advances because she knows it results in the best care possible for her patients.

Her office uses only digital radiography, utilizing the award-winning Dexis system. This system exposes patients to 70-80 percent less radiation than traditional X-rays, so it is much safer. Not only that, images appear instantly and the dentist can magnify images. That results in a better picture of what is going on in the mouth, allowing the dentist to make a more accurate diagnosis. And if that’s not enough, digital radiography is better for the environment because there is no need for developer or fixer chemicals.

Neuromuscular problems can be treated with a Tens Unit. The low-frequency transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation unit works by delivering a small electrical impulse to the muscles that are responsible for jaw movement. These impulses will relax the jaw, resulting in increased blood flow to flush away any toxins. In as little as an hour, patients can experience a more relaxed jaw that is able to find a more optimal position.

Other alignment issues can be diagnosed with a K7, or computerized mandibular scanning unit. The K7 will record proper alignment of the jaw, range of motion and the opening and closing trajectory of the jaws. It can also measure muscle activity to determine a physiologic rest position of the jaw. Using a sonograph that measures the sounds in the jaw joint, Dr. Li can also determine if a patient’s jaw is damaged and to what extent.

“Another technology that benefits my patients is my experience with soft tissue lasers in periodontal therapy,” says Dr. Li. “I use soft tissue lasers in gum recontouring, crown lengthening, frenectomies and a host of other procedures. Laser technology offers so many benefits to my patients, including extreme precision, minimal bleeding and less discomfort and trauma to the area I’m working on. That means minimal healing time and limited or no scarring for my patients.”

Additionally, Dr. Li uses the latest technological advances to screen and treat snoring and sleep apnea. The Medibyte by Braebon is a portable polysomnograph unit that patients can use in the comfort of their own bed and home instead of going to a sleep clinic or hospital.  The data recorded can be sent to a certified sleep physician for diagnosis. By staying dedicated to the latest technology, Dr. Li can provide the best care and treatment options for her patients.

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Managing Severe Dry Mouth

By Pamela Li, in Articles, on April 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Ottawa dentistryOttawa, Ontario – You might not stop to think about the effect saliva has on your mouth and oral health, at least not until you experience a lack of it. Saliva is needed to moisten and clean our mouths and assists in digestion. Saliva can also assist in oral health by washing away harmful bacteria.

For geriatric dentistry patients, and patients with certain conditions or who are on certain medications, experiencing cottonmouth might be a common occurrence. Dr. Pamela Li regularly treats patients who suffer from xerostomia and has some tips for understanding and living with it.

“Severe dry mouth can be extremely annoying,” says Dr. Li, who is an Ottawa dentist. “Your mouth might feel like it is burning all the time, or you can experience difficulty speaking or swallowing. It can even cause your face to swell and can disturb your sleep habits. But there is good news – there are ways dentists can help ease your xerostomia.”

Xerostomia can be much more than annoying – if left untreated, it can disrupt your entire life. Dentists see an increase in dental caries in patients who suffer from dry mouth, and there is a higher risk of infection, as well as an increase in plaque formation. For some patients, dry mouth can be caused by certain medications they may be taking and for others it can be an unwelcome side effect of another medical condition they have. It is extremely important to discuss your complete medical history, including any medication or herbal supplements you may take, with your dentist. That way, the dentist has a clear picture of your overall health, and can understand what may be causing your dental issues.

There are many medications that can cause xerostomia. Both prescription and over the counter medications can cause the condition. If you take medications to treat depression, anxiety, pain, allergies, colds, obesity, acne, hypertension, diarrhea, nausea, psychotic disorders, incontinence, or asthma, you may suffer from dry mouth. Muscle relaxers and sedatives can also lead to the condition. Discuss any medications, or changes in medications, with your dentist.

Additionally, there are some medical conditions that can lead to xerostomia. AIDS and HIV patients regularly suffer from the condition, as do patients undergoing radiation therapy. Bone marrow transplant patients and patients in renal dialysis or with chronic active hepatitis may also suffer from dry mouth. Diabetics also routinely suffer from it.

“There are so many medications and conditions that can also have an effect on your mouth,” says Dr. Li. “Our bodies are so intricately related that it is so important to keep your dentist apprised of other things going on in your medical life. You may not realize that your periodontal disease or increase in cavities is a result of another medical condition that has led to your dry mouth, but your dentist will.”
Symptoms of dry mouth include a sticky or dry feeling in the mouth, frequent thirst, sores in the mouth, a burning or tingling sensation in the mouth or on the tongue, a dry and raw tongue, hoarseness, bad breath and difficulty in chewing, swallowing and speaking. Additionally, dry mouth increases the risk of periodontal disease, tooth decay and mouth infections such as thrush.

The good news is, there are several options to combat dry mouth for dental patients. Dr. Li recommends Oral Balance Moisturizing Gel or Liquid most often. The moisturizing gel is best for nighttime use while the liquid is for daytime use.

There are also saliva stimulant products that can assist in relieving dry mouth. Dentiva, OraMoist, Sal-Ese, Smart Mouth Mints and Xylemelts can provide temporary relief for sufferers of dry mouth. SalivaSure tablets are the most highly recommended as they have no adverse reactions or drug interactions.

The best toothpaste to use is Biotene as it is specially formulated for dry mouth sufferers.  It is very gentle and does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate, an irritant commonly used in toothpastes as a foaming agent.  It has a mild flavor and also contains fluoride, which is important for decay prevention.

It is important to sip cool water throughout the day and let ice chips melt in your mouth to keep the mouth moistened.  If it is difficult to swallow food because of the dryness, try drinking 2% or whole milk with your meals.  The fat content in the milk moisturizes the mouth and helps with swallowing.

Avoid caffeinated beverages because caffeine is a major cause of dry mouth. Use a cool air humidifier in the bedroom. Start the humidifier one to two hours before bedtime and let it run all night.

Try to avoid alcohol and alcohol containing mouthwashes as alcohol can irritate oral tissues. Suck on sugar free candy or chew sugar free gum to stimulate saliva production.  Look for products that contain Xylitol, a sugar substitute that does not cause cavities and may even help prevent cavities. Acidic candies and foods can also a cause sore mouth, so avoid those.

For dry lips, use hydrous lanolin USP (Lansinoh) or Banana Boat Aloe with vitamin E lip balm. Chronic use of Vaseline is drying and should be avoided.  If possible, sleep on your side to help avoid mouth breathing.

The best thing for you to do, however, is schedule an appointment with your dentist to determine what course of action may be needed to help your condition. Be prepared for your dental visit by writing down any symptoms you have been experiencing, including any that you may think are unrelated. Write down any personal information that could be contributing to your condition, including recent stresses or life changes. Keep an accurate list of all medications, vitamins, supplements and even over the counter medications you are taking.

If you believe you suffer from xerostomia, now is the time to visit your dentist. While you may think your dry mouth is just annoying, it could be doing permanent damage to your teeth and gums. Schedule a visit with your dentist today and get relief before any more damage is done.

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Things to Think About This Valentine’s Day

By Pamela Li, in Articles, on February 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Chocolates for Valentine's DayOttawa, Ontario – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. While we’re running to get our last minute gifts, Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa dentist, has some tips for people to keep in mind when celebrating the holiday.

“Valentine’s Day is the day of love, and often chocolate and other sweet, delectable treats,” says Dr. Li, who has a family dentist practice. “But we also need to remember to maintain our oral health during this holiday, and not let bad habits creep in that can damage our mouths and teeth.”

Did you know that American spend roughly $345 million dollars on Valentine’s candy each year, and consume nearly 58 million pounds of chocolate on the holiday? All of that can spell disaster for your oral health!

The bacteria in plaque create acid when it comes into contact with sugar. This acid then attacks your teeth, working to destroy the protective enamel coating. The bacteria that causes cavities thrives in sweets, so it is especially important to pay close attention to your oral health when you consume sweets. And some sweets are worse on the teeth than others. Sticky treats, as well as those that dissolve slowly, such as lollipops, hard candies, toffee and taffy can wreak extra havoc on teeth. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t partake this Valentine’s Day, says Dr. Li.

“Eating candies in moderation, paired with a healthy oral care regimen, is fine,” says Dr. Li. “Always remember to brush and floss twice daily, and pay special attention to your teeth if you’ve indulged in particularly sweet or sticky treats.”

Another thing to remember is that bacteria doesn’t just come from the food and drinks we consume – it comes from other places as well, such as the mouth of our partner. And that leads us to another important dental care tip – never share your toothbrush with anyone, even your spouse or children. Just like kissing on the lips, sharing your toothbrush with others can introduce harmful bacteria to your mouth that could lead to tooth decay or other oral diseases.

There are several issues that arise when sharing a toothbrush. For some people, brushing can cause their gums to bleed. That means if you share a toothbrush with someone with bleeding gums, you are exposed to their blood and any diseases found in their bloodstream, such as hepatitis. Even if there is no bleeding, other viruses like the flu or cold sores are very contagious, not to mention the bacteria that cause cavities and periodontal disease.

Valentine’s Day is the day of love, but did you know that kissing can also introduce bacteria that can result in tooth decay? It’s true – just like sharing a toothbrush with the one you love, kissing can also introduce harmful bacteria into our mouths. To decrease the odds that harmful bacteria enters your mouth while kissing, maintain a good oral care regimen and avoid kissing on the lips while one of you is sick.

Kissing may also be a factor in spreading the most common sexually transmitted disease, the human papillomavirus, which in some cases can lead to oral cancer.

You may not realize it, but often times your dentist may be the first line of defense against serious illnesses such as cancer. In fact, checking for early signs of oral cancer is part of a regular dental check-up. During your routine visit, your dentist will check your gums, the inside of your cheeks and your tongue, as well as the roof and floor of your mouth very carefully. She is looking for the following signs that could indicate cancer:

  • Red or white patches,
  • Sores that bleed easily or do not heal,
  • Thick, hard spots or lumps,
  • Roughened or crusted areas.

Additionally, your dentist will ask if you have been experiencing numbness, pain or tenderness, or a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down. It is important to always disclose any issues such as these to your dentist.

Tobacco use and heavy drinking can be contributing factors to oral cancer, as can infection with some forms of HPV. HPV is a virus that infects skin and wet surfaces of the body, like the mouth and genitals. While there are more than 100 different types of HPV, the most common form appears as warts. High-risk HPV types may also cause a form of throat cancer, called oropharyngeal cancer. Studies show that nearly seven percent of the population may have oral HPV, while one percent may have the type that can result in oropharyngeal cancers.  Oral HPV is three times more common in men than in women.

There aren’t a lot of studies that have determined how people contract HPV, and the ones there are often contain conflicting information. Some suggest that HPV may be contracted during oral sex and open-mouthed kissing, however. Some experts believe that increasing numbers of people are engaging in sexual activities with multiple partners, and as a result of oral sex practices, may be contracting HPV in the head and neck region. This is then leading to an increased rate of oral cancer.

“This topic isn’t a pleasant one to talk about, especially around Valentine’s Day,” says Dr. Li. “But I take my job of screening and detecting oral cancer and other pathologies very seriously. I’m not only interested in your teeth, but in how to help you achieve and maintain optimum health in all areas of your life. While I cannot diagnose cancer, I can identify suspicious looking areas of the mouth that require further evaluation, and counsel you on life habits that may be dangerous to your health.”

Because you should see your dental care expert twice a year, he or she may be the best to locate evidence of HPV. Through a visual and tactile exam, as well as an oral history that takes into account signs and symptoms you may have experienced, he or she can determine if you may need further screening.

“HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease and is the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancers,” says Dr. Li. “It’s extremely important to maintain regular visits with your dental and health care providers, and to discuss any lingering issues with them. If you notice abnormal growths, tenderness, discoloration or bleeding, it’s important to contact me right away.”

While Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love, it is also important to remember the dangers that can be lurking around the corner. From tooth decay to serious diseases, such as oral cancer, there are very real risks associated the day of love. If you think you may be at risk for oral diseases or especially if you fear you may have cause to be concerned about oral cancer, make an appointment with your dental or health care professional today.

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Experienced Receptionist Joins the Team at Dr. Li’s Office

By Pamela Li, in News, on December 6, 2012 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Family and cosmetic dentist Dr. Pamela Li continues to expand and grow her Ottawa family dentistry practice by hiring a new receptionist.

Leah Beatty from Ottawa is the new office receptionist who began working for Dr. Pamela Li in September 2012. She has been in the dental industry since 1998, but has only recently returned to the field after spending a few years in Honduras doing volunteer education work with her husband.

“The moment I walked into Dr. Li’s office I felt at ease in such a positive and welcoming atmosphere,” said Leah. “Though I have been in dentistry for many years, I have never felt as part of a team as I do here. I get to work with fantastic people and patients and I hope to be here for years to come.”

Leah chose the dental industry because she has a great understanding of the role dental health plays on a patient’s self-esteem.

“There are lots of people who fear the dentist and with my role as receptionist I am happy when I am able to dispel concerns or fears when patients walk into our office,” said Leah. “It’s rewarding to watch people experience for themselves how big an impact of a regular dentist visit can be.”

Leah recalls one experience that confirmed her decision to go into dentistry was the right one.

“There was a patient who came into the office who always covered her mouth with her hand when she laughed, talked or smiled because she was insecure about her teeth,” said Leah. “After getting her back on track with regular Ottawa dental clinic visits and a smile makeover, I’d never seen someone smile so much. It just goes to show you the appearance of our teeth is directly related to our happiness.”

Leah joins Dr. Li’s office of professionals that include dental hygienists Lena and Rhonda and dental assistant Letitia.

“When we are going through the hiring process, we typically try to choose someone who not only has the experience, but the warm and welcoming personality that is needed in an office setting,” said Dr. Li, who offers dental care in Ottawa placement. “Leah was the perfect fit for our office and our team. We’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about her from patients.”

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Treatment Options for Replacing Missing Teeth

By Pamela Li, in Articles, on October 14, 2012 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — Replacing one or more missing teeth, whether they were lost due to injury, trauma, cavities or heredity, is more accessible than ever.

“Your teeth work together to help you chew, speak and smile,” said Ottawa cosmetic dentistry professional Dr. Pamela Li. “When one or more teeth go missing, it compromises esthetics and function. Tooth loss can also cause your bite to shift and your face to look older. Fortunately, there are a variety of solutions to replace missing teeth.”

The most common methods of replacing missing teeth are a bridge, dental implant and implant-supported dentures. As with all things, each option has its own advantages and disadvantages, said the porcelain veneers provider.

The type of replacement option used depends on the amount of bone you have, the number of healthy adjacent teeth and your overall health and age.

This involves the dentist trimming down the surrounding teeth, taking a mold and making a bridge across the area where the tooth is missing. This is a restoration that replaces or spans the space where one or two teeth have been lost. The bridge is commonly bonded to surrounding natural teeth and the missing tooth is replaced with an artificial tooth to restore function and strength.

“This is a good option for people who have adjacent teeth that are broken down but have strong roots and bone, as the bridge relies on the adjacent teeth for support,” said Dr. Li.

Dental Implants
A dental implant is a lot like your natural tooth, which has a root in your jawbone, topped with a crown. To insert an implant, a surgeon will insert a titanium post beneath your gum and into your bone. Your dentist will then make a replacement crown that will attach to the post and blend in with the rest of your teeth.

“Dental implants look and feel like your natural tooth and are secure and stable,” the teeth cleaning professional said. “They are a long-term solution to replacing your missing teeth and are ideal for preventing shrinkage of the jawbone after tooth loss.”

Implant Supported Dentures
An implant-supported denture is different from traditional dentures, as this type of denture is attached to implants for additional retention. These dentures are ideal for patients who need extra stability, but with enough bone in the jaw to support implants. These dentures are snapped into place using special attachments on the implants.

Implant-supported dentures are usually made for the lower jaw, as traditional dentures are not as stable there. However you may opt for upper and lower implants. There are two types of implant dentures: fixed or removable. With either option the prosthesis will be made of an acrylic base that looks like gums. Porcelain or acrylic teeth are attached to the base and look like natural teeth.

With a fixed denture, the teeth are fitted to a frame that is secured to the implants. Four or more implants are placed along the contour of the jaw and the prosthesis is stable.

“Implant-supported dentures are not removable by the patient and because the implants are attached to posts that are integrated to the bone, they are very solid,” said Dr. Li, the Ottawa dentist.

With a removable denture, the teeth are joined to the implants by a connecting device such as three to four clips over a bar or by nylon rings that snap on to special attachments called the locator on the implant.

“I like the locator abutments because there are different strengths of nylon rings,” said Dr. Li. “They can be customized to the patients’ needs, like if they need more or less retention. Generally, only two or four implants are placed.”

Which option you choose- a dental implant, implant-supported dentures or a bridge- will depend on many factors. It is recommended that you find a dentist who is experienced in replacing missing teeth to discuss your options and find out which treatment will suit you best, said Dr. Li.

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The Future of Dentistry: Fillings That Fight Bacteria and Regenerate Teeth

By Pamela Li, in News, on August 2, 2012 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Making a trip back to the dentist to replace a worn out filling may one day be a thing of the past, according to new research from the University of Maryland’s School of Dentistry.

Scientists from the university have developed a new cavity filling system that they claim will not only kill virtually all residual bacteria, but also help the tooth to re-grow some of the tissue that deteriorated due to the decay.

Rather than just limiting decay with traditional fillings, the new material will control harmful bacteria in the mouth, Ottawa dental pro believes.

When dentists are faced with a cavity, the most important thing for them to do is drill out the decayed section and remove as much bacteria as possible to prevent reestablishment. The key phrase being removing “as much as possible.”

The researchers inserted antibacterial agents in primers and adhesives. After the dentist has prepared the tooth for the filling, they use primers. The dentist then applies the adhesives to the cavity to ensure the filling is securely in place. The new antibacterial primers and adhesives will eliminate residual bacteria.

“The reason so many fillings fail is due to recurrent decay under the restoration,” Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa family dentistry pro, said. “This new technology could save dentists a lot of time and patients a lot of money.”

The new filling composites consist of nanoparticles of calcium phosphate, which returns key minerals to teeth. The fillings also contain a high PH level to reduce acid production.

The new fillings are also expected to last five to 10 years longer than traditional fillings, but further research is still needed in Ottawa dental care clinics.

“While this research is still a long way from being FDA approved, it’s great to know scientists are conducting research on the quest to prevent decay,” said the cosmetic dentist of Ottawa who offers dental implants. “The world of dentistry is constantly evolving and focusing more on prevention, which is greatly needed. At this rate, scientists may put dentists out of a job.”

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Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures on the Rise for One Ottawa Dentist

By Pamela Li, in Articles, on July 9, 2012 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – If you think the only reason you visit the dentist is to get your teeth cleaned and your cavities filled, you need to get with the program.

Today, ordinary dental clinics have been transformed into a beauty parlor of sorts, especially for those seeking cosmetic dentistry procedures to correct various problems and have their smile overhauled.

“In the past five years, the number of people undergoing cosmetic dentistry procedures in my office has increased by 300 percent,” said dentist Ottawa Dr. Pamela Li.

Cosmetic procedures used to be regarded as something only celebrities or wealthy individuals underwent, but just about everyone now can have the smile of a lifetime. It just depends on how far they are willing to go, said Dr. Li.

One of the most common procedures performed by Dr. Li is teeth whitening, which can whiten your teeth by up to three shades in as little as one treatment. This procedure can either be performed in the office using a concentrated peroxide gel or it can be done at home using custom made plastic trays and a special whitening gel.

“Tooth whitening is the easiest way to improve the look of your smile and it’s more affordable than other cosmetic options,” the Ottawa dentist who offers traditional braces and the Invisalign system said.

Another common procedure is bonding. Bonding is tooth-colored material used to fill in gaps or change the color of teeth. In addition to being used to repair teeth that are chipped or slightly decayed, it is also used to close spaces between teeth or cover the outside of a tooth to change its color and shape.

The longest life expectancy of all cosmetic restorations is found in veneers and crowns, said Dr. Li, a TMD dentist. They either partially or entirely cover a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and appearance. They are used in cases where a lot of changes are needed.

Crowns and veneers are the most time-consuming of all procedures. They are thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made -for shape and color—in a dental laboratory. They are bonded to the teeth and can completely transform your smile.

“Porcelain veneers and crowns are part of our smile makeover services,” said Dr. Li.

The procedure is completed in two visits, with the first one focusing on lightly shaping the surface of your teeth to allow for the thickness of the porcelain and then taking an impression of your teeth. During your second visit, your fabricated restorations will be bonded to your teeth. With proper oral hygiene habits, crowns and veneers can last a long time without needing to be replaced.

The condition of your teeth and your desired result often indicate the best procedure for you, said Dr. Li. A consultation with your cosmetic dentist is the best time to address your smile concerns and decide which procedure you would benefit from.

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Dental Implants Can Replace Missing Teeth and Preserve More Tooth Structure

By Pamela Li, in Articles, on June 10, 2012 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Teeth are an important part of the body. Not only do they break down the food we eat, but they are also one of the first physical elements that people see.

Approximately 10 million Canadians are missing one or more of their natural teeth. Of this group, more than 3 million are missing all their natural teeth, according to the Canadian Academy for Esthetic Dentistry. Tooth loss can be a result of tooth decay, root canal failure, gum disease, excessive damage due to wear and tear, congenital defects, or trauma to the mouth.

Fortunately, if you have lost a tooth, we are living in the most technologically advanced era of dentistry and dental professionals can easily restore missing teeth with aesthetically pleasing results.

“Regardless of the cause for missing teeth, it can be damaging to your long-term oral and medical health,” said Ottawa dentist Dr. Pamela Li. “Missing teeth can alter your appearance and sometimes make you look older. The vertical lines around the lips can deepen and the chin can jut out because the lips no longer rest on teeth. The result is a harsher face that looks aged, which can have negative effects on your self-esteem.”

Not only are your physical and emotional well-being affected by having missing teeth, but not replacing them can seriously damage your oral health.

Jaw Bone
To keep your jawbone strong and stimulated, it needs the chewing action of teeth. Otherwise it will begin to deteriorate, the Ottawa family dentistry professional said. Jaw shrinkage beings after the tooth root falls out, which causes bone cells in the area to die. The major cause for concern is after bone loss, the remaining teeth can eventually become loose and fall out.

Bite Issues
Each tooth depends on the tooth next to it for support. When one goes missing, it can affect the way the jaw closes. Teeth left in the mouth begin to shift and fill in the gaps, which can cause issues for the opposing teeth. An opposing tooth can start to hypererupt and move into the space left behind by the missing tooth. This causes the jaw line to have bite irregularities. To complicate matters, food debris can also become trapped in the space and increase your risk for decay and gum disease.

Replacing missing teeth serves a much greater purpose than providing you with an aesthetically pleasing smile. Replacing a tooth as soon as it is lost will prevent the jawbone from dissolving, reduce movement and help surrounding teeth avoid unnecessary decay.

One of the most popular options to replace a missing tooth is a dental implant, which can restore your smile and your confidence, said the TMJ treatment specialist.

Three components of dental implants

  1. Surgical implant: A titanium alloy screw that is surgically placed into the jawbone. This screw will fuse with the bone and serve as the replacement for the natural root portion of the missing tooth, which is attached to the gums where the original root once was. During the integration time, a temporary restoration can be fabricated to the missing tooth.
  2. The abutment: This is the piece that connects the surgical implant to the crown. This can be made from a variety of material including gold, titanium and ceramic.
  3. The implant crown: An implant crown is shaped like a tooth and is matched perfectly in color with the other teeth. It is functionally contoured to replace the missing tooth and can either be screwed or cemented into place.

“Dental implants look, feel and function just like your natural teeth,” said the Ottawa Invisalign provider. “They are considerably more comfortable than other replacement options like dentures and bridges. They also preserve more of your natural tooth structure, which improves your oral health.”

Aside from comfort and aesthetics, the greatest advantage implants provide is the ability to preserve your jawbone. As with any dental treatment, the recovery time depends on the procedure, how many teeth are being replaced and the patient. The implantation surgery is virtually painless and after a three to four month healing time, the implant crown can be placed on your implant.

“Dental implants are like your own teeth and require the same daily hygiene care,” said Dr. Li. “You may resume eating normal foods as soon as the implant process is complete, but use common sense and avoid foods that are hard, sticky and chewy.”

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Dental Emergencies

By pamelali, in Articles, on June 22, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – No one wants to experience a dental emergency; however, it’s good to know what to do when it happens, explains Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa dentist.

Below are some of the most common dental emergencies and what to do about them.

Knocked Out Tooth: Rinse the tooth in contact lens solution (saline solution) or water if it’s dirty, but don’t remove any attached tissue.  Do not touch the root.  Reinsert if possible, but don’t put it back in if there’s a chance you might swallow it. If it isn’t possible to reinsert, put it in a glass of cold milk.  (more…)

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