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"Great things start with a smile!" Dr Rosenblat

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Entries in crown (15)


If I Need a Crown...does that mean I need a root canal too?

In a word, no.

This is another one of those common questions I get asked all the time.  When I tell a patient who has a broken down tooth they need a crown to preserve, I am asked about root canal treatment before the crown. People are relieved to hear that a tooth does not need root canal treatment before "crowning" as long as the tooth healthy.  Generally crowns are to repair broken down or weakend teeth. What gets people confused is that often, after a root canal, a crown is often recommended.  

What's the difference?  

Well root canal treatment results in a weakened tooth, one that can fracture sometimes resulting in tooth loss.  A crown or onlay after root canal will hold the tooth together and allow it to be used for chewing normally. Most of the time a tooth needs root canal treatment because it has either a large cavity or large filling that results in the tooth becoming infected. To treat the nerve in the tooth we end up weakening the tooth further. You may hear stories from people you know who say they had root canal and lost their tooth.  I'll bet 90% of the time it is because they didn't follow their dentists recommendation to crown the tooth afterwards, and it fractures as it it has become structurally weaker.

So now you know the difference.

Great things start with a smile!

Dr Steven Rosenblat


New Ceramic Crowns....what a change!

I often have patients come to my office in Oakville asking to improve their smiles - but not change the way they look.  Their look is part of their personalitiy and they do not want too much change. Buy a few subtle  changes can go a long way.

 Mr H wanted to improve his smile.  While not prefectly straight, Mr H's teeth were strong and healthy.  Replacing his old bonding and adding two all computer fabricated creamic crowns using our new digital scanner allowed me to bond in place two of the latest generation ceraminc crowns that covered the discoloured teeth and gave Mr H a very natural looking result.

Dr Rosenblat,

If you would like to see if I can make a similar change to your smile call for a consultation appointment.

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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Bonding, Veneer or Crown?

There are so many ways dentistry can help improve your smile it can be confusing for the average patient to know what to ask for.  As a dentist I am obliged to offer all options and help guide my patients to the one that suits the patients needs the most.

The patient in the photo, I'll call her Jen, was really unhappy with the old filling on her front tooth.  It's quite obvious what she doesn't like. The filling on the front tooth was unsightly.  Jen wasn't interested in changing the shape or overall colour of the tooth.  Jen had hear of veneers and crowns and wanted to know which would suite her best. A crown would need me to remove a fair amount of irreplaceable tooth.  Even a veneer in this kind of situation would need some enamel removal. So I suggested to Jen we just replace the "filling" the newer generation composite bonding and see if she likes is.  To do this I don't need to remove nealry as much enamel from the tooth as I would with  a crown or veneer and if the result isn't to Jen's liking we can always move up to a veneer or crown. Jen was thrilled with the result.  The cost was much less than either a crown or veneer and was completed in one appointment.

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I find this kind of cosmetic correction a lot of fun because of the immediate improvement I can provide. I especially like the reactions I get when my patients look in the mirror the first time!

Sometimes simple easy solutions to cosmetic problems are the best.

(p.s.- the after photo on the right was taken immediately after I finished polishing the filling.  It is well known that while a patients mouth is open the teeth dry out and lighten so the difference in Jen's two front teeth will lessen and be more like the left photo in a short  while after she left my office.

Dr Steven Rosenblat

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Heartburn and what it means for your teeth...

Many people experience heartburn and don't think much of it.  But heartburn can be a symptom of a much more serious condition calledGERD effects on teeth. Dr Rosenblat Oakville Dentist "Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease".  So what does that mean in plain English?

Well, when you eat a meal, the food goes down to your stomach ( ancient greek for stomach is "gastros") via a tube called the "esophagus".  When the contents of the stomach go back up the esophagus toward the mouth, opposite from the direction things are supposed to go, it is referred to as Gastroesophageal Reflux and the condition is sometimes referred to as "reflux" or the acronym; "GERD".

There are many signs and symptoms of GERD such as: heartburn ( worsened when bent over or laying down at night), feeling nauseous after eating, hiccups, hoarseness of voice, difficulty swallowing, dry cough and burning sensation in the throat and sour taste in the mouth due to the acidic nature of the stomach contents coming back up.  Various medical conditions and medications people take to control medical problems can contribute to GERD. The result of all this stomach acid coming up can be scarring and narrowing of the esophagus, ulceration and pain in the esophagus making eating painful and more seriously, these changes can lead to esophageal cancer.

Why am I, a dentist, writing about GERD?  Well GERD can have definite effects in a persons mouth readily identified to a dentist.  The very acidic nature of the stomach contents is very destructive to teeth.  These stomach contents soften the teeth so they wear and breakdown quickly.  Most people after having that heartburn sour taste in their mouth ( or throwing up for that matter) instinctively want to brush their teeth to rid themselves of that awful taste.  But toothpaste is an abrasive used to clean teeth and so wear and destruction of teeth is accelerated if thge teeth are brushed soon after exposure to the stomach acids.  (It's best to just rinse with water or baking soda in water to counter the acid). The tooth wear is usually gradual seen gradually and we dentists see a lot of it. Often it  can reach severe proportions.GERD patient restored with implants and crowns by Dr Rosenblat Oakville Dentist

I want to show you what GERD can do to teeth and what may be needed to repair the damage.

Fred came to my office one day and wanted his teeth repaired.  Fred did tell me he had a history of GERD and had been treated for it and now that it had been resolved, he wanted to be able to chew and smile again. The lost teeth and the heavy wear on his front teeth was directly caused by his medical condition.

What I had to do for Fred was place dental implants to replace is back teeth and crown what was remaining of his front teeth.

If you have symptoms of GERD, see your medical doctor for treatment and don't forget to see your dentist too.

Dr. Steven Rosenblat

Great things start with a smile!

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