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19 Aug 2015

How Cone Beam (CT) Scanning is done

CDE-15-blog2 So you’ve decided to make a dental appointment after a long period of time. Firstly, congratulations! Brushing and flossing on a regular basis are great to help maintain great oral hygiene, but getting your teeth and gums examined by a professional at one of Capital Dentistry’s offices throughout Ottawa is imperative. They can further inspect your mouth (bathroom mirrors can only achieve so much!) and provide an assessment on your current daily regimen of maintaining your mouth health. In some cases your Ottawa dental professional may need to take an x-ray of your mouth to get an even closer look at potential issues you may be having. X-rays have proven themselves to be quite successful during dental procedures. However, sometimes the traditional x-rays aren’t as exact enough. What happens in this case? Enter Cone Beam Computed Tomography Scanning. Yes, it’s a mouthful (in both senses). It takes x-raying to the next level and can provide three-dimensional images of your mouth, jaw, nose ears and throat. Typically, the cone beam scanner is only used during certain procedures because of elevated amounts of radiation that are required for it. Some of these procedures may include:

  • Placement for dental implants
  • Determining bone structure and tooth orientation
  • Aiding with diagnosing TMJ

Cone beam scanning is quite useful and helpful for certain procedures, however that doesn’t mean that it isn’t without its potential risks. As mentioned earlier, there are elevated levels of radiation required for the scans to take place. Like any x-ray procedure, there are safety methods to eliminate any concern. The patient is required to remove any metal objects (glasses, jewelry, etc) and pregnant women should alert their Ottawa dental professional before this procedure is even considered as an option (it recommended that they not get it done while pregnant). At the end of the day, Cone beam CT scanning is a great way for your Ottawa dental professional to get a better look at the intricacies of your mouth if that information is so needed. Any questions or concerns should be discussed with your Ottawa dental professional prior to any x-ray is ever done.

13 Aug 2015

Best Candidates for Fluoride Applications

Daily flossing and brushing are the two best ways to maintain excellent oral and dental health. If you add regular visits to a local Ottawa dental professional your mouth will remain in prime fighting (or rather, biting) shape. However, sometimes that may not be enough.

Throughout the course of a day we take our mouths through the ringer. Talking, eating, coughing, etc can really give our mouth muscles, jaw and teeth an intense workout. When it comes to our teeth specifically they are built up and broken down all the time. This process (known as demineralization and re-mineralization) refers to the stripping and re-adding of fluoride to our teeth. Fluoride is a very important part of healthy tooth development as it helps to strengthen the enamel that protects them.

Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in water and many foods. It helps strengthen teeth to prevent tooth decay. There are instances where because of the nature of a person’s teeth (either naturally or because of a procedure) a boost in the amount of fluoride that is being applied to the teeth is required. Those who are considered the best candidates for a fluoride application are as follows:

Children and Teenagers

Young peoples bodies are constantly growing and developing which means that it is imperative that they receive the right amount of fluoride. If for whatever reason they weren’t able to absorb enough from a healthy balanced diet, an additional fluoride application from a dental professional would be something to consider.

Dry Mouth

Those who suffer from chronic dry mouth (either naturally or because of a reaction to specific medications they may be taking) would definitely benefit from fluoride applications, as they would be more susceptible to tooth decay without it.

Mouth Sensitivities

If you are someone who is prone to cavities or have had prior procedures that may increase your chances of developing decaying teeth would also want to consider a fluoride application done.

If you fit into any of those categories, or just want to find out more about the benefits of fluoride applications, make sure to speak to a dental professional at your local Ottawa dental office.