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Why Digital Radiography is Better

By Pamela Li, in News, on January 21, 2013 | Comments Off

Ottawa, Ontario – Ottawa dental care is getting more sophisticated every day. One important technological advance that has become popular in recent years not only makes the dental process easier for dentists and orthodontists, it makes it safer for patients, too. Digital X-rays are fast becoming the norm in the dental world, and it’s not hard to see why.

X-rays are an important part of any dentist’s treatment plan because they allow the dentist to view more than just what they can see by looking in a patient’s mouth. Through the shadows created in an X-ray, a dentist can see things hidden by bone and gums, and can look at things like the density of tissue. This allows them to form a complete picture when treating patients.

Dental X-rays are used to:

• Find tooth decay, damage to bones around the teeth, broken roots and other dental injuries.

• Assess bone loss in periodontal disease and root stability.

• Find impacted teeth or teeth that haven’t broken through the gum properly.

• Find cysts or abscesses.

• Check the location of permanent teeth in children who still have their baby teeth.

• Plan for large cavities, root canals, placement of dental implants, and other extensive dental work.

• Discover the early stages of tooth decay.

Digital X-rays are an important advancement for many reasons, one of which is their convenience.

“Ottawa dentists, and dentists throughout the world, love digital X-rays because they are faster than a standard radiograph,” says Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa Dentistry provider who treats TMJ patients. “Not only that, they also provide more detailed images.”

Digital X-rays afford a dentist the ability to magnify and zoom in on images, meaning they can see things that might be missed if using standard radiography. Treatment options are enhanced by the ability to accurately diagnose any issues a patient might have. And because images appear instantly, there is no need for a patient to wait for X-rays to be developed. This allows the patient and doctor to immediately form a treatment plan, which is beneficial especially to patients with severe dental issues that want relief as soon as possible.

Digital X-rays are also much safer than standard radiography. Dr. Li uses the state of the art and award winning Dexis system, which exposes patients to 70-80 percent less radiation than standard radiographs.

“Dental X-rays are already at the low end of radiation exposure, and digital X-rays provide significantly lower radiation than that,” says Li, who also provides Ottawa porcelain veneers, Invisalign, and other cosmetic dentistry procedures. “My office is dedicated to providing the best dental care possible, and that includes taking into account the safety and comfort of our patients. Digital X-rays allow us to accurately treat dental issues, while at the same time exposing our patients to the least amount of radiation possible.”

Digital X-rays are also environmentally friendly. Standard radiographs required the use of potentially dangerous developer and fixer chemicals. Proper disposal of the chemicals is mandatory. Digital X-rays appear instantly on any computer, laptop or tablet in the dentist’s office. Immediately after X-rays are taken, a dentist can show the X-ray to the patient, and together they can craft a treatment plan.

Dental technology is advancing every day, resulting in more convenient, comfortable and safer treatment for patients of all ages.

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The Importance of Dental Checkups Before School Starts

By Pamela Li, in News, on September 17, 2012 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – There is more to getting your child ready for school than buying new school supplies and uniforms.

Routine physical examinations help ensure your child is in good health before school begins. When scheduling health care appointments, don’t overlook a dental checkup for your child, said Dr. Pamela Li, a dentist from Ottawa.

“Getting a dental checkup is a great start to getting your kids ready for the new year,” said the cosmetic dentistry professional. “As the school year progresses and schedules become full it can be difficult to set and attend appointments, which is why it is recommended that parents take care of these checkups now.”

Nearly two-thirds of Canadian children younger than 12 have had a cavity and of those, more than 60 percent have had two or more, so states a 2012 clinical study performed by Listerine. An aching tooth or chronic dental issue can lead to difficulty in eating, speaking and concentrating in school.

Regular dental checkups and preventive dental care such as cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatments provide children with a healthy smile.

“Routine dental visits are important because they can uncover problems that can be easily treated with conservative restorations,” said the dental implants provider. “This helps the child avoid pain and can save the parents money.”

When necessary, X-rays are taken to see how teeth are developing and to uncover hidden decay. Sometimes the X-rays will show that your child needs to have their first orthodontic evaluation, as their teeth are developing with malocclusions, says Ottawa invisalign dentist. While not all children will need orthodontics at age 7, the Canadian Dental Association recommends that all children be evaluated by this age.

“Many orthodontic problems can be prevented or minimized with early treatment,” said Dr. Li, who urges parents to find a dentist by their child’s first birthday. “Developmental problems relating to facial growth or bad oral habits can be improved or corrected easily if diagnosed early.”

During your child’s checkup, the dentist may also recommend a fluoride treatment. These treatments renew the fluoride content in the enamel, and strengthen teeth to prevent cavities. Application is quick and easy. Fluoride can either be applied using a tray, like a mouth guard, and holding it on the teeth for several minutes or it can be brushed on the surfaces of the teeth. It is available in a variety of flavors for your child to choose from.

Sealants are another option for keeping teeth healthy. A sealant is a plastic material that the dentist applies to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Sealants form a barrier that protects teeth from decay by keeping germs and food particles out. The process for applying sealants is short and easy. Sealants will last for many years before a reapplication is needed.

The frequency of your child’s dental visits will depend on eating habits, how clean they keep their teeth, past treatment needs and other factors. Typically, dentists like to see children every six months, which helps them stay on top of any developing issues.

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Ottawa Dental Professional Recognizes the Fourth Anniversary of Invisalign Teen

By Pamela Li, in News, on July 1, 2012 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – July marks four years since Align Technology, Inc., introduced Invisalign Teen, a new treatment option that was designed to help doctors treat teen patients and streamline treatment planning.

Since its introduction, Ottawa dental professional Dr. Pamela Li has seen an influx in the number of teens who request the invisible braces treatment.

“This product has given teens the freedom and straight teeth they desire without the unsightliness of traditional metal braces,” the Ottawa cosmetic dentist said.

Freedom in this sense is related to not having the typical food restrictions that metal braces would present, such as hard and sticky foods. The aligners can be removed to eat, brush and floss, which allows for better oral hygiene habits. There is also no need for emergency visits to the orthodontist to repair broken brackets or wires.

Nobody knows that the teen is wearing the aligners and users are virtually free of the discomfort commonly associated with metal braces.

While Invisalign and Invisalign Teen use a series of clear, nearly invisible, removable aligners to gently move teeth to a desired final position, modifications were made to the Teen system to overcome certain teenager issues.

Compliance indicator
The Invisalign system only works when the aligners are worn, said the Ottawa dentures and porcelain veneers provider. Using a blue dot indicator located on the back on the aligner, dentists and parents can ensure their teen is wearing their aligner for the appropriate amount of time. Once the aligner has been worn for long enough, the blue dot will fade.

“The blue dot doesn’t lie,” said Dr. Li. “With this simple modification, I can ensure the teen is complying with the prescribed treatment and if all goes according to plan, the patient will have a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.”

Replacements
Wrapping orthodontic appliances in a napkin while eating and accidently throwing them away is a tale as old as time, said Dr. Li. Thankfully the developers of Invisalign Teen understand that broken and/or lost aligners are a common occurrence among young patients, so they offer up to six free replacement aligners. Normally the replacement aligners cost $50.

“While this technology is four years old, it is constantly evolving and I know the demand for this treatment option will only go up from here,” said Dr. Li, as an Ottawa Invisalign professional.

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Dental Health Concerns for Women

By pamelali, in News, on July 21, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa dental clinic dentist, points out that women have specific health concerns which can impact their oral health.  Because of hormonal shifts throughout their lives, women must be particularly aware of their dental hygiene.

Puberty: “During puberty, the surge in hormones can alter the way that gums react to plaque.  Gum tissue can become red, swollen and more prone to bleeding. “All of this is normal,” explains Li, an Ottawa tooth whitening provider. “But girls should be extra meticulous with their oral hygiene to try and prevent the inflammation.” (more…)

Treating Gum Disease

By Pamela Li, in Articles, on March 30, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa , ON- Ottawa cosmetic dentistry provider Dr. Pamela Li has extensive experience treating periodontal – or gum – disease.  However, she notes that the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease are not well understood by many dental patients. Periodontal disease can be serious, and is the leading reason for tooth loss in Canadian adults.

The early stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis, in which plaque builds up, allows the accumulation of bacteria and causes the gums to be red and inflamed - and sometimes bleed during brushing and flossing. (more…)

Treating Children with Periodontal Disease

By pamelali, in News, on March 15, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON- Periodontal, or gum, disease is something most people associate with adults, but, in fact, it can strike during childhood or adolescence, notes Dr. Pamela Li, an Ottawa dentist.

Gingivitis is a fairly common form of gum disease in children and is fairly easy to treat.  Sometimes in adults gingivitis precedes periodontitis, a more serious kind of gum disease, which is why it’s important to recognize and treat gingivitis early.

“Periodontitis is fairly rare in otherwise healthy children,” says Ottawa dental implants provider Dr. Li. “But it’s much harder to treat than gingivitis.” (more…)

How Veneers Work

By pamelali, in Articles, on February 10, 2011 | Comments (0)

Ottawa, ON – Veneers can entirely reshape a patient’s smile, as they are the perfect solution for treating many dental conditions.

They are more conservative than crowns, but are still very strong. Bonding with white filling material is another option to reshape a smile, but they need more maintenance and do not have the natural translucency and shine of porcelain, notes Dr. Pamela Li an Ottawa dental implants provider.

Porcelain veneers are fine ceramic shells that are bonded directly to the front and top of the teeth. They are growing increasingly popular because of their simplicity and versatility. With veneers as a choice, patients don’t need to suffer with gaps between their teeth – or teeth that are stained, misshapen or crooked. (more…)

How Invisalign Works

By pamelali, in Articles, on September 15, 2010 | Comments (0)

Ottawa ON — The Invisalign system consists of a series of clear aligners your orthodontist or dentist will have you switch every other week. Over time the aligners shift your teeth into position. Ottawa invisalign provider and cosmetic dentist Dr. Pamela Li explains, “Invisalign enjoys a 96% client satisfaction rate and has been used by more than 1 million patients.”

There are several stages in the Invisalign treatment. “When reviewing these steps you can see how important it is to find an experienced Invisalign dentist,” says Li, an Ottawa teeth cleaning provider. “It’s essential to find someone who has the training and experience with Invisalign to get everything just right.” (more…)

Ottawa Dentist Runs through Benefits of PPM Mouthguard for Sports and Fitness

By pamelali, in Articles, on March 14, 2010 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA — When people think of sports and athletic performance, most people think of strength, speed, and even intelligence as key components to winning out the competition. But, many of the world’s top athletes look to an unlikely piece of equipment for a competitive edge: the mouthpiece.
 Before the invention of the Pure Power Mouthguard (PPM), the mouthpiece was primarily used to protect athletes from cracking or chipping teeth, biting the tongue, and concussions. Now, with PPM technology, certified dentists are providing customized mouthguards for athletes that provide many bonuses when training and competing.
 “At first, considering a mouthguard as a game-changing piece of equipment might seem farfetched,” says Dr. Pamela Li, a PPM certified Ottawa dentist. “But, if you think about it, the mouth is one of two airways that feed oxygen to the body’s muscles and expels carbon-dioxide. Also, the neuromuscular systems are enhanced through the PPM, which enhances many physical aspects of athletic performance.”

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Ottawa, ON Dental Practitioner Dentist Discusses Long-Term Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment

By Pamela Li, in Uncategorized, on December 2, 2009 | Comments (0)

OTTAWA, ON — Chances are that if you personally don’t snore, you know someone who does. And if you know a snorer, then you may very well have been disturbed by it. Snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, and according to the National Institutes of Health, sleep apnea affects more than 12 million Americans. Sleep apnea is a medical condition where an individual suffers from breathing irregularities during sleep due to blocked airways in the nose, mouth, or throat.

Figuring out that snoring is caused by blocked airways is easy enough. But there are far greater problems caused by sleep apnea than obnoxious nightly sounds. Breathing problems associated with sleep apnea deprive oxygen to the body and brain, which can contribute to severe conditions such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, premature death, low blood-oxygen levels, and other conditions as well. All of a sudden snoring and sleep apnea are much more than nighttime nuisances for bed partners. They’re risk factors for life-threatening illnesses. (more…)

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