Burnaby Dentist Profiles of Excellence

Dr. McCaffrey and Dr. Houchmand share their passion about putting patients first, providing excellent service, using modern techniques, equipment and highly skilled staff and what the future holds for North Burnaby Dental Group. Read their full story in the Burnaby Profiles of Excellence.

Profiles of Excellence North Burnaby Dental Group

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When Should Fillings Be Replaced?

Dental fillings are intended to restore or replace the tooth structure that has been lost to decay. These fillings may remain functional for many years. However, constant pounding from eating and drinking, particularly from clenching and grinding may be a fundamental reason for dental fillings to fail and need replacing at a later time.

When a dental filling is chipped, cracked, worn away or falls out, minor gaps are created between the tooth and filling. These gaps work as an entry point for bacteria and food particles to initiate tooth decay that may develop along the edge of the filling or underneath it. It is not easy to remove these decay-causing bacteria with a toothbrush or other means. If decay goes undiagnosed and untreated, infection may develop in the dental pulp which may eventually result in the need for root canal or, in severe case, loss of tooth.

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In general, problems associated with existing dental fillings can be identified at the early stage. Therefore, regular dental examination is of paramount importance to forestall any undesirable consequence. You may not be able to sense that your dental filling starts wearing away, but your dentist can easily find out any flaws in it during your regular checkup. Dentists always examine the status of your dental fillings and determine if the existing fillings are in good condition or if they have lost their intact coherence and disintegrated in any possible way. An instrument called an explorer is used to detect worn away spots along the edge of the fillings. While determining the integrity of dental fillings, this instrument helps your dentist ascertain whether you need a replacement or not.

In order to detect decay underneath the fillings or between teeth, dental x-rays may help the dentist assess the level of decay that are not seen simply by visual examination. If evidence from dental x-rays depicts that a filling has failed or a tooth has started decaying underneath the filling, your dentist is most likely to recommend you a prompt replacement that can prevent the case from being worse. In brief, you should not wait until you feel a toothache, or a crack is blatantly visible. Early identification can significantly minimize the need for exhaustive and costly treatment procedures.

Dental fillings may also be replaced even if they are still intact and not failing.  In the case of dental fillings that were done using amalgam, a patient may request it to be replaced with composite.  Amalgam, commonly referred to as silver fillings, is a mixture of copper, silver, tin and mercury. This material is no longer used by our Burnaby Dentists as concerns have been raised about the use of amalgam because it contains mercury.

New techniques and advancement in material technology have enabled researchers to develop filling materials that perfectly imitate the appearance of a natural tooth making the filling much less visible.  The dentists at North Burnaby Dental Group use composite for fillings.   While giving a tooth-colored restoration, composite fillings are made from acrylic resins and finely ground glass-like bits. They are sufficiently durable and crack-resistant and can withstand moderate chewing load.

The ultimate decision on when a filling should be replaced is best determined by your dentist in a patient consultation.  The dentists at North Burnaby Dental Group are happy to answer any questions you have about fillings and treatments.  Please feel free to give us a call.

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The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide

Our Burnaby Dentists from North Burnaby Dental Group provide information about toothpastes on the market, their uses and what to consider when making your selection.

Choosing the right toothpaste can be confusing; with so many forms and flavours on the market, how does one know which one they should choose? Whether you are deciding on toothpaste for whitening, tartar control, enamel strengthening or sensitivity, there are a set of essential ingredients that must be present in right proportion in your toothpaste. Before making the purchase, take a minute to peruse the ingredient section to make sure they contain what you need and have certification or approval from a recognized professional body.

The fundamental ingredients should include:

  • Abrasive agents like calcium carbonate and silica gels to scrub bacteria, food, and stains from the surface of your teeth and gums.
  • Detergents or foaming agents like sodium lauryl sulfate to produce suds assisting the abrasive agents in the cleaning process.
  • Humectants like glycerol to retain moisture.
  • Thickeners like various gums and seaweed molecules to thicken the paste and give it a distinctive texture.
  • Flavouring to make toothpaste better to taste.

Now that we know the staple ingredients of toothpaste, let’s familiarize with various types of toothpaste available in the market.

Toothpaste Guide by Burnaby Dentists

Fluoride Toothpaste

The single most important ingredient in a toothpaste is fluoride which helps prevents decay by strengthening your tooth enamel. Though most types of toothpaste contain some amount of fluoride, some people having a history of cavities usually require an additional amount to protect their teeth in a proper way. Fluoride helps prevent early cavities from growing and strengthens teeth to endure acid erosion. Fluoridated toothpastes are not recommended for children under the age of 6 as they cannot reliably spit out the toothpaste and swallowing a lot of fluoride is not recommended.  Ingesting extra fluoride during tooth development may cause permanent discolouration commonly known as fluorosis.

Whitening Toothpaste

These can help to remove stains from your teeth. Your teeth will achieve a whiter shade with the help from agents like hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide present in whitening toothpaste. Abrasive particles present in the toothpaste lift stains by polishing the surface of your teeth.  These toothpastes are milder, however than professionally applied whitening gels and can be more abrasive than regular toothpaste.  So keep this in mind if you have a lot of glazed porcelain restorations or exposed roots.  Baking soda toothpaste can also be used as the soda has an abrasive effect and can help to remove stains.

Tartar Control Toothpaste

Accumulation of plaque is a common scenario for many people. This accumulated plaque, if not removed, may eventually harden to form tartar which harbours bacteria and can contribute to periodontal disease.  Many tartar control toothpastes contain an antibiotic called triclosan which helps prevent bacteria proliferation. These types of toothpaste also have zinc citrate and different forms of pyrophosphates that work in combination to control plaque accumulation. If you have a clinical history of plaque and tartar issues, tartar control toothpaste can be helpful to keep tartar from forming in the first place.

Tooth Sensitivity Toothpaste

If you experience tooth sensitivity when eating or drinking, a toothpaste for sensitive teeth might be ideal for helping relieve and lessen the sensitivity. These toothpastes contain less abrasive ingredients to cut down on sensitivity.  The key ingredient in sensitivity toothpastes acts as a physical block that remains on your teeth to fill the tubules that contain the nerve endings that contribute to sensitivity.  These sensitivity toothpastes work best when used regularly as the relief from this type of paste is felt most right after the application of the paste.

Children’s Toothpaste

They come in variety of flavours that children actually love. Usually these types of toothpaste are made of milder ingredients – they contain less abrasive agents and low or no fluoride for safety if the paste is swallowed or eaten.

The next time you’re shopping for toothpaste, we hope that the information provided by our Burnaby Dentists will help you in making your selection. If you have any questions about what the best choice would be for your needs, please ask the dentists or hygienists at North Burnaby Dental.

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2016 Labour Day Holiday Hours

Our office will be closed on Friday, September 2nd at 2pm until Monday, September 5th. We will re-open with regular business hours on Tuesday, September 6th at 7am.  If you have a dental emergency during these times, please call our office phone at 604-291-6696 for contact information for the doctor on call.
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Burnaby Sedation Dentistry – Tips for Easing Dental Anxiety

Burnaby Dentist provides information about sedation dentistry and dental anxiety.

For some people, the thought alone of visiting a Burnaby Dentist can be overwhelming and fearful.  The feelings that are experienced are real, cause a considerable amount of stress and produce physical symptoms.  This is known as Dental Anxiety.  If you experience dental anxiety, it results in the avoidance of dental visits which have a negative impact on oral health.  While the fear of visiting a dentist can be overwhelming, our Burnaby Dentists explain what dental anxiety is and how the Dentists and staff of North Burnaby Dental Group ease anxiety and make visiting a dentist a positive and comfortable experience.

If you experience dental anxiety, there might be some relief in knowing that you do not suffer alone.  There are many people who are highly anxious about visiting a dentist.  It is estimated that about one in seven of the population experiences dental anxiety.  The dentists at North Burnaby Dental Group work with patients on a daily basis that experience this.

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What Causes Dental Anxiety?

Dental anxiety is considered as a multidimensional complex scenario. Though fear of pain has a strong link to the development of dental anxiety and to the aversion of dental treatment, there are also a number of factors that have consistently been linked with contributing to dental anxiety.  These include (but are not limited to) personality characteristics, past traumatic dental experiences, and blood injury fears. Several studies have shown that restorative dentistry procedures deliver the most powerful triggers for dental anxiety, namely the sight, sound and sensation of rotary dental drills, along with the sight and sensation of a dental anesthetic injection. The waiting time for dental treatment is also reported as anxiety-provoking, as it increases the time to think about what will happen, and to ponder about the worst-case scenario.

Anxiety and Visiting Your Burnaby Dentist

Nearly two thirds of dentists believe that treating an anxious patient presents a challenge to them in everyday practice. As a patient, it is important to feel confident in your dentist, their skills and experience of working with patients with dental anxiety.  As a dentist, it is important to identify patients with anxiety and put appropriate measures in place to provide the upmost service and care for the patient.

Patients displaying behaviours such as frequent cancellation, delaying or rescheduling appointments may be doing so because of dental fear and anxiety. Upon identification of an anxious or fearful patient, a range of measures can be put into place, for example:

  • Provision of friendly and supportive communication during the procedure. Friendly communication with patients plays an essential role in anxiety reduction. Verbal support and reassurance is a frequently used strategy. To be maximally effective, this technique is followed by all staff with whom the patient interacts.
  • Using relaxation therapies. Relaxation therapies can restore trust and help patients to have control over their physical and psychological state. These methods can have a positive impact in motivated and cooperative patients, and can be taken before and during a treatment appointment. These techniques are safe, free from side effects, and give patients more control over their anxiety level.
  • Using distraction techniques, for example music via headphones or virtual reality glasses (especially for adults). By using distraction and other anxiety reduction methods, with recurrent positive experiences, a patients’ level of anxiety should reduce.
  • Sedation administered to help patients relax during a dental procedure. North Burnaby Dental Group has a dentist specially trained to perform intravenous sedation in house who will assess your needs to ensure that your dental appointment is comfortable.

Using a multifaceted approach versus relying on one single strategy ameliorates the likelihood of success of easing dental anxiety. The anxiety management will vary depending on various factors such as the patients’ age, anticipated degree of cooperation, and their medical and/or dental history. Dentist behaviours targeted to anxiety reduction, such as having a calm and friendly manner, giving moral support, being reassuring about pain, preventing pain, and working efficiently, have also been shown to reduce anxiety.

The dentists at North Burnaby Dental Group have been successful with helping patients to help reduce dental anxiety and restore patients’ confidence in dentistry.  If you or someone you know is suffering from dental anxiety and requires a dental check or procedure, please give us a call to learn how we can help. Be assured that the Dentists at North Burnaby Dental Group will create a pleasant experience for you and help you be on the way to being comfortable with going to the dentist and having healthy teeth.

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BC Day Holiday Hours 2016

Our office will be closed on Friday, July 29th at 2pm until Monday, August 1st.  We will re-open with regular business hours on Tuesday, August 2nd at 7am.  If you have a dental emergency during these times, please call our office phone at 604-291-6696 for contact information for the doctor on call.
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Celebrate Canada Day with FlyOver Canada

If there is one day a year that you should see FlyOver Canada, it’s Canada Day! The Ultimate Flying Ride takes guests soaring over the country from east to west, creating an unforgettable sense of pride. FlyOver Canada is located in the heart of Vancouver’s Canada Day celebrations and is open from 9:00am to 10:00pm with rides commencing every 15 minutes.

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Due to high demand on Canada Day, only FastLane (timed admission) tickets will be accepted to ensure wait times for guests are kept to a minimum. These tickets sell out early so we recommend guests purchase tickets in advance on our website.

Friday, July 1, 2016
9:00am – 10:00pm
201 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
British Columbia, V6C 1E1

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The Gum Disease and Heart Disease Connection

Burnaby Dentists explain the link between your health and gum disease.

The health of our mouth can be a window to our overall health.  Many symptoms that surface in our mouth can be an indication of more serious diseases or health issues occurring in our body.  In particular, recent research has identified a link between gum disease and heart disease.   While this correlation might be something of concern, the Burnaby Dentists from North Burnaby Dental Group provide information about the relationship and how you can prevent gum disease to help with having a healthy heart.

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Researchers have discovered that if you have periodontal disease, you may have an increased risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and infective endocarditis. Periodontal disease is an infection of the teeth, gums and bone that surrounds your teeth. It is caused by the bacteria that proliferate in a sticky deposit known as plaque that forms on the teeth. This bacteria if left on our teeth hardens, forming tartar which can infect the tooth roots and cause pockets of infection deforming the gums. This results in red, swollen, tender gums which bleed when you brush or floss your teeth.

In the early stages of periodontal disease, bleeding gums can create an open doorway that allows harmful bacteria to enter into your bloodstream. More advanced periodontal disease can be even worse. It is similar to having an open wound area around your teeth offering significant opportunity for harmful bacteria to add to your blood.

Research indicates that the bacteria associated with periodontal disease may cause inflammation in the arteries and this could lead to the buildup of fatty deposits and the formation of blood clots. They have the potential to block your arteries and even can cause a heart attack. These deposits may also build up in the carotid arteries within your neck. In serious cases, if these fat deposits wash out and they find their way in your bloodstream, they can accumulate in your brain, block a blood vessel and result in a stroke.

Furthermore, some studies have disclosed that when plaque bacteria enter into the bloodstream through the infected gums, you can develop a heart condition clinically known as infective endocarditis. This is a potentially fatal bacterial infection that inflates the sack around the heart, the valves at the heart, and the heart muscle itself.

While this information may sound daunting, there are activities that can be done to help prevent periodontal disease.  The most important prevention tip is to follow a good oral hygiene routine. It’s very important how you maintain your oral hygiene by brushing, flossing or using waterpik and antibacterial mouth rinses. Your hygiene practice has a great influence on your oral health. Included in your healthy routine is visiting your Burnaby Dentist at least twice a year for a check up and cleaning. People with gum disease should see their dentist more often. Certainly, if you see any bleeding while you are cleaning or flossing your teeth, you should inform your dentist.

As you can see it’s essential to your overall health as well as your oral health to ensure healthy teeth and gums. If your Burnaby Dentist determines that you have periodontal disease, you will need frequent professional cleanings and a treatment plan. Your dentist is an expert of oral health and can help you to create a suitable oral hygiene routine to prevent periodontal disease and relevant cardiovascular issues.

If you’re worried about gum disease and any other oral issues and how it may impact your over all health, please contact us to arrange a time to speak with one of the Dentists at North Burnaby Dental Group.

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2016 Victoria Day Holiday Hours

Our office will be closed from Friday, May 20th at 3pm until Monday, May 23rd.  We will re-open on Tuesday, May 24th at 7am.  Have a wonderful holiday!

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Dental Implants Burnaby – Are dental implants right for you?

Our Burnaby Dentists at North Burnaby Dental Group provide dental implants.

Learn what dental implants are, if they are right for you and what you can expect from a dental implant procedure

Is an empty space from a missing tooth preventing your smile from looking its best? Are you having trouble chewing? Is your self-confidence affected? If so, there are ways to replace missing teeth, restore lost function and enhance the beauty of your smile. Today the optimal tooth replacement method supported by decades of research and referred by the Best Burnaby dentists is a dental implant.

So what is a dental implant? Basically, it is a small titanium replacement for the root part of the tooth that fuses to the bone and attaches to a crown. Since this is a two-part procedure, one or more highly trained dentists may be involved in your implant treatment. Your dentists will examine you to see if there is enough space and bone area of a lost tooth. The longer the tooth has been missing, the more likely it is that the bone that once supported it has deteriorated. A major advantage of dental implants is that they prevent further loss of bone. If you don’t have enough bone, don’t worry. A relatively routine procedure known as bone grafting can regenerate bone that has been lost to ensure the success of your implant. When there is sufficient bone, your dentist will insert the implant. It’s usually done at the dentist office using the type of anesthesia that’s right for you.

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After the surgery your dentist will give you a temporary tooth replacement while you wait for the implant to fuse to the surrounding bone. This process can take several months. Once your implant fuses to the surrounding bone, your dentist will attach your final crown. It might go directly onto or more often onto another piece called an abutment positioning between the implant and the crown. You now have a sturdy tooth replacement that is visually undisguisable from a natural tooth.

What’s also great about dental implants is the variety of ways they can be used to replace missing teeth from a single tooth to implant supported bridgework – they are very versatile. Implants can even be used to help support and retain dentures so they are more stable and functional.

Research studies have shown a success rate well over 90 percent making implants the most economical long-term solution available. Your dentist will evaluate any risk factor you may have, which in rare cases, may prevent dental implants from properly fusing to your bone. Such risk factors may include smoking, uncontrolled diabetes and osteoporosis.
To give a synopsis of the pleasing results you will see after a successful dental implant treatment,

  •        You will have a beautiful smile with more natural look
  •        Your facial structures will be restored
  •        You will eat the foods you enjoy
  •        You will restore your chewing strength for easy digestion
  •        You will speak with greater ease, and enjoy an active lifestyle
  •        Most importantly, you will live with confidence

Keep in mind that dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth. Keep up the good oral hygiene at home by brushing and flossing. Regular checkups and professional cleanings ensure the health of your gums and supporting bone. You should consider it as an important part of long-term implant success.

If you have any missing teeth, and are wondering if dental implants are right for you, feel free to schedule a consultation with your Burnaby dentist at North Burnaby Dental Group to learn more about the life-changing treatment.

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