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This is a great way for me to keep you informed about what's new at Oakdale Dental.  You'll find stories about todays dentistry and how it can make your life better and healthier, and sometimes some random thoughts I hope you find interesting. 

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So, come back once in a while...I try to post regularly and have some interesting things for you to check out and maybe a story or two to tell.



"Great things start with a smile!" Dr Rosenblat

Thoughts for you, from my blog...



Bleeding Gums and Dental Treatment During Pregnancy...

I really enjoy visiting with expectant mothers when they come in for their routine check ups.  Their are so excited about their upcoming addition to their family.  They also have lots of questions and concerns about their dental health and care during pregnancy.

As you might guess, a woman's hormone levels change quite a bit due to their pregnancy.  For their mouth this means an increased sensitivity of their gums to the plaque and tartar that accumulates on the teeth.  The result is often bleeding, sensitive and swollen gums.  Removing the plaque and tartar on the teeth is what is needed and to help prevent this as much as possible I always recommend an increased frequency of dental hygiene appointments ("cleanings") for expectant moms. Of course, meticulous home care ( brushing and flossing) is a must too.  A common myth that a woman's teeth become softer and lose calcium during pregnancy is not true.  The urge to snack when pregnant (sugary foods especially)  will of course lead to an increase in cavities.  Morning sickness, (vomiting) results in the very acidic contents of the stomach washing over the teeth.  This also softens them.  Brushing with toothpaste, which is abrasive,  right after throwing up can cause quite a bit of wear.  The best way to prevent this is to rinsce with a teaspoon of baking soda in water to neutralize the acid effect in the mouth.

As far as dental treatment is concerned, it is safe to have necessary dental treatment at any time during pregnancy. It is safe to have necessary dental radiographs (X-rays) to diagnose dental problems and use local anaesthetics.  Avoiding treatment for oral pain, infection or other acute problems can put an expectant mother at greater risk than that from dental treatment. A good paper discussing this can be read here

Taking steps to prevent cavities for your new baby is important too. Evidence suggests that babies and young children acquire the cavity causing bacteria from their mothers.  That's right, you can pass along the bacteria from your mouth to you child's so to help prevent your new child from getting cavities when their teeth come in, here are a few good tips for the new mother;

  • Wipe gums and teeth, that are not large enough to brush, with a wet face cloth or gauze. 
  • After every feeding, clean the baby’s teeth with an infant toothbrush. Use plain water, not toothpaste, unless your dentist determines there is risk of decay. If so, your dentist will advise you on the appropriate use of toothpaste.
  • Do not test bottle temperature by first placing it in your mouth.
  • Do not transfer food from your mouth to your baby or infant’s mouth.
  • Do not let your baby sleep at the breast or with a bottle of formula or juice.

 Making sure you maintain your dental health during pregnancy will ensure a good start for your new baby and you.

Dr Steven Rosenblat 


Waking up with headaches? Maybe the dentist can help...

Headaches are a big problem for many people.  Many treatments and medications are available for headaches too, just look at all the ads on TV.  But to treat a headache effectively it is best to know the cause of the headache in the first place.  There are dental causes for headaches too.  The type of headache dentists can help with are muscle strain or tension headaches, commonly felt in the morning, possibly with neck and jaw pain.  This pain is caused by intense  contractions of muscles around your jaws.  These muscles even extend way up on both sides of your head ( called the Temporalis muscles). Many people exhibit involuntary clenching and grinding of their teeth at night that can overload these muscles.  This is a reflex action - feedback from the teeth causes even more clenching and pain. theoakvilledentist.comTraditionally dentists have fabricated a "niteguard"- an appliance that covers all the teeth on the upper or lower arch ( similar to a sports mouthguard).  It has a flat biting surface that lets the teeth slide so there is no grinding damage to teeth.  But this will not stop the positive feedback cycle, the teeth can sense the jaws clenching, causing more clenching - a reflex remember?  So there is another type of appliance I have used successfully for pain relief called an "NTI".  In short, it's a mini niteguard that fits over 4 front teeth.  The back teeth don't touch and there is much reduced  chewing muscle action. So these muscles are more relaxed and won't be painful. And so the "NTI" may help eliminate the need for pain medication.

Want to see if an NTI can help you too.? Call us.

Great things start with a smile!

Dr Steven Rosenblat


Making a great first impression...the digital way!

This year has been a busy one for us at Oakdale Dental here in beautiful Oakville.  We started the year upgrading to digital X-Rays.  Our latest technological wonder is an iTero Digital Scanner.  So what you may ask is that and what do I use it for when treating myOakville's Dr Rosenblat, patients? Potentially quite a bit.

When I make a crown or bridge on natural teeth or on dental implants I have to send a replica of the patient's teeth to my dental lab. They then have to make the crown or bridge I will place in my patient's mouth.  The traditional way of doing that is with an "impression" (or  mould) of the teeth.  My lab then pours plaster into this to make a model of my patient's teeth. Then this is used to make the crown or bridge. This can be quite a mouth full and some people have a bit of difficulty waiting for the 2-3 minutes it takes for this "mould" to set in the mouth.  This is still the way that 95% of the replication of teeth for dental work is done.  Now there are digital scanners that basically photograph the teeth, convert the images to digital information that is then sent to the laboratory over the internet.  Very 21st Century right?  But that's not all.  If you read my earlier post on CAD-CAM you will already know that my lab uses computer guided milling machines to make crowns for my patients.  The crowns can be made right from the scan information, but my lab likes to make a model replica of the teeth to be sure everything is correct before it comes back to me.  They don't use plaster but instead the computer again creates the models!   The iTero computer scanner even recommends changes to the teeth for me to consider making before I send the scan information to the lab. This helps to minimize the need for adjustments when the crown is ready to place on the tooth.  Wow.

So I am trying out the scanner technology to see how my patients like it.  

Working with a great lab is just as important as working with great dental specialists.  I am lucky to have both.  So thanks to Phil Brisebois at Novo Dental Studios for providing my patients with the best ceramic crowns and getting me to try out this great new technology.

So if you have had trouble having traditional dental impressions, come on down and let's scan your teeth!

Dr Steve Rosenblat

Great things start with a smile!

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Why do I need a bone graft for a dental implant?

So you have lost or are about to lose one or more teeth and you have opted to have dental implants- the titanium replacements for natural tooth roots. They will be placed into the bone under the gums and teeth will be attached to them so that you can chew as well as with natural teeth.  Why then might the dentist tell you to you need some bone grafting?  There are many reasons depending on the condition of your mouth.

The first thing the dentist has to decide is where and what position the new teeth have to be to function well and look the way nature intended. The position teeth need to be dictates where the implants have to be positioned. 

If the implants are to go where teeth are about to be removed, infections or gum disease may have caused bone loss around these teeth so artificial bone is place where the teeth were removed to act as a scafold for natural bone to grow in and infections to resolve. Without it, the remaining bone would shrink away.
If teeth have been missing for a long time, the bone where the teeth were will have already shrunk away.  The presence of teeth and the forces of chewing stimulates bone and keeps it there.  When teeth are lost, so is the supporting bone. For a dental implant to be placed correctly sometimes bone often has to be added.  Years ago before bone grafts were as common as today, dental implants were placed wherever solid bone could be found.  The result, implants in unusual angles that were hard to put teeth on and often with unesthetic results.

Simply put, if you want to build a new house, it needs to be on a solid foundation.  No one would to build a house on sand or a sink hole.  With a solid foundation, in the correct position, dental implants will have better and longer lasting results.

Dr Steven Rosenblat

Great things start with a smile!



Inexpensive Esthetic (Cosmetic) Dentistry...

I love posting photos of quick one appointment cosmetic dentistry.  Not everyone is in a postion to invest in porcelain veneers when there is an esthetic concern and quite frankly, Porcealin veneers are sometimes not needed.  Stephen had an obvious cosmetic concern which I was able to correct in one appointment.  It looks great and was just what he wanted at a fraction of the costof veneers. If it seems that as time goes on and the composite ( plastic material) does not hold up to the way he uses his teeth, Stephen can always upgrade these two teeth to porclain veneers.  But for now he is happy.  And isn't that what it's all about?

Dr Steven Rosenblat

Great things start with a smile!

Cosmetic Dentistry