Toronto Lakeshore Dental
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

At Toronto Lakeshore Dental, we want to ensure that you understand the treatment you need or the procedure you’re having, and for this reason we welcome any and all of your questions.

Dr. Joo, Dr. Moore, and our entire team are here to answer any questions you may have, so please don’t hesitate to ask us!

Here are some of the questions we frequently hear. If yours is not answered here, please feel free to contact us.

Other

tooth on top of moneyWe never want finances to hold our patients back from getting the dental care they need and deserve. For this reason, we work with the PayBright Payment program, which is quick and easy to apply for. We can help you apply here at our office and you will be able to see in a matter of seconds how much you are eligible for online. PayBright will allow you to make convenient monthly payments in order to make treatment more affordable.

Dental Insurance

We're also happy to file your dental insurance on your behalf. Our knowledgeable staff will help you understand which services your dental benefits cover and how you can best maximize your insurance. Call us to discuss your insurance and how it works – we're happy to answer any and all of the questions you may have.

Accepted Forms of Payment at Our Toronto Office

We also accept cash and credit cards for payment for your dental care. We're always happy to work with you to create a plan that will allow you to get the treatment you need while staying within your budget. Please contact our friendly staff for more information on how to apply for the PayBright payment program or to discuss payment arrangements that will meet your needs.

Dental insurance paperwork At Toronto Lakeshore Dental, we are happy to file insurance on your behalf and help you get the treatment you need. Dental insurance can be tricky to understand and we have knowledgeable staff members on hand to answer your questions about what insurance covers and how to maximize your benefits. Please contact our office with all of your dental insurance questions.

Dental Insurance Coverage

Standard dental insurance plans cover most if not all of the cost of your preventive appointments. These appointments are crucial in helping you prevent issues like oral cancer, gum disease, and tooth decay, so be sure to call us if it's time to schedule your next preventive visit.

Since dental insurance only covers a portion of most major procedures, patients may be interested in options for dividing the cost of their treatment into affordable monthly payments. We work with the Health Smart Finance Program, which offers convenient payment plans for qualified patients. Our team will be happy to help you sign up for the Health Smart Finance Program here in our office or give you the information you need to sign up online at home.

Contact Our Etobicoke Clinic

Give us a call with all of your questions about dental insurance and payment options.

Bruxism Treatment

Woman smiling after getting botox for teeth grindingBotox, or Botulinum toxin type A, is a form of Clostridium botulinum that has been purified. When it's injected into the right muscles it can help them relax, which relieves headaches, migraines, jaw joint issues such as TMJ, and bruxism, or clenching and grinding your teeth. The effects of Botox typically last around four months.

BOTOX in Dentistry in M8W 1N6

Your dentists at Toronto Lakeshore Dental are excellent candidates for successfully administering Botox treatments because of their extensive training in head and facial anatomy. They are also experts at delivering comfortable and pain-free injections, which means you won't feel a thing during your Botox treatment.

Cosmetic Benefits of BOTOX

Botox also offers cosmetic benefits as relaxing your muscles eliminates fine lines and wrinkles on your face. Many patients enjoy the changes that Botox gives their appearance.

If you would like to learn more about how Botox might benefit your needs, we encourage you to call us today to arrange a consultation with Dr. Moore. She can discuss your concerns and goals with you to determine if Botox treatments may be beneficial. Botox treatments can be completed in the comfort of our Toronto, ON office in one short appointment and your recovery time is minimal. Give us a call today to learn more!

Woman in pain holding jaw from bruxismBotox is actually a shorter term for Botulinum toxin type A, which is a purified form of Clostridium botulinum. Botox is injected intentionally into certain muscles to inhibit the release of particular chemicals between a nerve and a muscle, which causes the muscle to relax.

Headache Relief

This treatment is excellent for patients suffering from headaches, migraines, TMJ issues, and bruxism (clenching and grinding). It has been known to reduce and even eliminate the pain of frequent headaches and protect from the damage to your teeth caused by bruxism. Botox can also help you attain your cosmetic goals because it reduces the appearance of fine line and wrinkles.

In-Office Treatments in M8W 1N6

Our doctors are experts in facial anatomy and administering injections comfortably, so you can receive Botox treatments from the comfort of our office. We've found that the recovery time for patients is minimal, and the effects of Botox typically last for around four months.

Would you like to learn more about Botox in Etobicoke, ON? Contact Toronto Lakeshore Dental to arrange a consultation with one of our highly skilled dentists. They will be happy to explain how Botox works, the delivery process, and how this treatment can benefit you!

Children's Dentistry

Young girl biting nails from dental anxietyDental fear or anxiety is a very real condition that affects millions of people, including children. This is why pleasant and comfortable first visits to the dentist are so important. There are also a few things you can do at home to help your child get ready for their next dental visit.

Tips to Help Your Child with Dental Anxiety

  • Talk about visiting the dentist. Prepare them for the visit so it's not scary. You may also want to find books to read with them that put a positive spin on visiting the dentist.
  • Lead by example. Let your child watch you brush and floss your own teeth so they can get comfortable with the routine. Consider bringing them along to your own dental cleaning and examination so they can see that the dentist's office is a friendly place and look forward to their own visit.
  • Make brushing fun. Let your child choose their own colourful toothbrush and exciting flavor of toothpaste. Getting them involved in the process will get them excited about their own routine.

The most important thing to remember is that if you have your own fears of the dentist, do not project these anxieties onto your child. Talk about the dentist in a positive way and do your best to keep a smile on your face during visits.

Dentistry for Kids in Etobicoke

If you're looking for friendly and caring children's dentistry in M8W 1N6, look no further than Toronto Lakeshore Dental!

Cosmetic Dentistry

Woman getting getting dental veneers in torontoA broken tooth is embarrassing to live with! Even the smallest chip can irritate your gums and soft tissues. The first step is to call your cosmetic dentist in Toronto to assess your situation. Our doctors can decide if you should be seen right away for repair, or if you can schedule an appointment to have your tooth smoothed.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is an option for repairing small chips or fractures. We'll use composite resin to repair your tooth, and it can typically be accomplished in one appointment. Composite is the material we use for tooth-coloured fillings, so we can blend it to seamlessly match your smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry Options in Etobicoke

Porcelain crowns or veneers are also an option for teeth that need repair. A crown replaces your entire tooth structure when it's been fractured beyond what a filling or veneer can repair. A veneer covers your tooth to hide imperfections and is customized to match your existing teeth.

If your tooth becomes chipped or broken, contact Toronto Lakeshore Dental right away to be seen. If your break is severe, be sure to gather as many pieces of your tooth as you can and transport them carefully to our office. We'll get your tooth repaired and have you smiling again in no time!

Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges are excellent treatment options for restoring your smile when a tooth has been damaged, decayed, or lost.

What is a Crown?

dental bridge diagram A dental crown is used to restore a tooth that has suffered trauma, a fracture, or decay that is deeper than a dental filling can restore. It fits over your remaining tooth and closely mimics the natural structure, shape, and shade of your tooth. This allows your crown to preserve your natural root, while providing the function you lost when your tooth became damaged or decayed.

Dental crowns in Toronto are made of ceramic porcelain that is customized to match your smile, which is more appealing than crowns made with metal used in the past.

What is a Bridge?

If you are missing one or more neighbouring teeth, a bridge can be an excellent solution. It uses dental crowns with prosthetic teeth attached to anchor to your healthy teeth and "bridge the gap" left by your missing teeth. A bridge is also made of porcelain customized to match your smile. This type of restoration can last for 10 to 15 years with excellent home care focused on keeping your anchor teeth clean and healthy.

Contact Our Etobicoke Office

Contact your team at Toronto Lakeshore Dental today if you have questions about dental crowns and bridges.

 

 

Do you have a tooth that is cracked or fractured? Has decay caused a cavity in your tooth that is too big for a filling? Does your tooth need to be strengthened after root canaldental crown being created in Etobicoke ON therapy? These are all scenarios in which your dentist may recommend a dental crown in Etobicoke, ON. Your dentist may also suggest a crown to restore a tooth that has an old dental restoration that has broken down.

Dental Crowns in Toronto

A crown is designed to replace your whole tooth structure, so it is often recommended when a dental filling is not sufficient for repairing the tooth. It fits over your natural tooth, which allows it to protect the integrity of your root. Today's crowns are aesthetically pleasing because they are made of ceramic porcelain that can be customized to match your neighbouring teeth, ensuring that it blends flawlessly with your smile.

Dental Crown Procedure

It typically takes two appointments and a couple of weeks to complete your crown. Dr. Joo, Dr. Moore, or Dr. Lee will prepare your tooth for your crown during your first visit and provide you with a temporary crown to wear while your permanent restoration is being handcrafted at a top dental laboratory. After one to two weeks, when your final restoration is ready, you'll return to Toronto Lakeshore Dental to have it placed.

Dental Implants

dental implant diagram Dental implants are by far the best option that modern dentistry offers to replace a missing tooth. Their 95% success rate can be attributed to the fact that they replace both your tooth and your root. This keeps your jawbone healthy and stimulated while protecting the integrity of your healthy remaining teeth.

Your new root is surgically placed into your jawbone, and it easily integrates with your bone while you heal. This procedure isn’t painful as there are no nerves located in your bone. Most patients are pleasantly surprised at how easy and comfortable the procedure is.

Dental Crown in Etobicoke

Your new tooth is a high-quality porcelain crown, which is custom-designed to match your teeth and complete your smile. Your new tooth functions just like your natural tooth, so you're able to chew, eat, talk, and smile just like you used to. Your home care routine won't change either as you'll be able to brush and floss as you normally did. In fact, with excellent home care and regular dental check-ups, your dental implant can potentially last a lifetime.

Dental implants are truly the best investment you can make in your smile if you're missing one or more of your teeth. Contact our Toronto dentist today for more info. 

Illustration of dental implant and tooth crownWe consider dental implants in Etobicoke, ON the gold standard in tooth replacement options mainly because they replace both your tooth and your root. There is no other replacement choice that can offer the benefit.

Why is it so important to replace a tooth root? Because without it, the bone in your jaw begins to deteriorate. Lack of bone can eliminate support for surrounding teeth and eventually result in more tooth loss. Bone loss also changes the appearance of your face, giving you a sunken appearance that makes you look older than you are.

Importance of Replacing a Missing Tooth

Replacing a tooth is vital for the apparent reasons of restoring function and aesthetics to your smile. But did you know that neighboring teeth begin to shift if you don't replace that missing tooth? This results in bite misalignment, which means teeth are more susceptible to fractures and other damage. A bite that is not aligned correctly could also cause problems for your jaw joint that might mean pain when chewing or even headaches. 

Effective Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants

Tooth implants are also a very reliable treatment procedure, with a 95 percent success rate. They offer exceptional longevity since they can potentially last for a lifetime with excellent home care and routine checkups with your team at Toronto Lakeshore Dental.

Contact Our Etobicoke Clinic

If you'd like to learn more about how dental implants in Etobicoke, ON can benefit your oral health, please contact Toronto Lakeshore Dental today and schedule an evaluation with one of our dentists.


 

Emergency Dentistry

man holding his jaw from painHave you ever injured a tooth but felt uncertain about whether the injury was severe enough to warrant a trip to your dentist’s office? If so, you’re not alone.

All dental injuries can feel a little jarring, but not all of them require immediate treatment if you’re at a social event or if it’s late at night.

Dental emergencies require immediate treatment because they are painful, disruptive, and will change your oral health in an instant. You’ll need emergency dental treatment if you’re in significant pain or have a visibly troublesome tooth injury, such as a missing tooth or a swollen area of your mouth. 

Common Dental Emergencies 

Dental emergencies include:

  • Abscesses and infections in teeth
  • Painful, broken restorations such as dentures or tooth crowns
  • Loose or mobile teeth
  • Powerful toothaches
  • Broken or dislocated jaws
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Severe bleeding
  • A large cut on your tongue, lips, or cheek soft tissue
  • Chipped, fractured, or splintered teeth
  • Extreme gum discomfort or swelling

Contact Our Etobicoke Dental Clinic

If you’re only experiencing minor pain or have a minimal injury to a tooth that isn’t affecting your sleep or daily routine, you probably don’t have a dental emergency. You should still visit our emergency dentist in Etobicoke for an evaluation, but you likely can wait until the next business day or the next available appointment during regular hours. 

Tooth next to dental emergency kit Dental emergencies can be scary if you don't know how to handle them. Your first instinct might be to panic, but you should remain calm knowing that you have a great dental team on your side at Toronto Lakeshore Dental. We offer convenient evening and Saturday appointments and we make every effort to see our emergency patients as soon as possible and in many cases, we can offer same-day dentistry.

Common Dental Emergencies

Understanding how to handle common emergency situations can also make it less stressful for patients, so here are some helpful tips:

  • A knocked out tooth: This situation requires you to move quickly as we have a better chance of saving your tooth the quicker we can treat it. Be careful when transporting your tooth and try not to touch it too much. You can place it back in its socket or use milk to keep it moist and the cells alive.
  • A broken or chipped tooth: Gather the pieces of your broken tooth and get to our office as soon as you can. A chipped tooth can be smoothed and may not require immediate attention.
  • A toothache or dental pain: If you are experiencing a severe and constant toothache, this could be indicating an infection. Contact our office right away as root canal therapy may be able to preserve your tooth.

Call our Toronto Dental Practice

If you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency in Toronto, don't hesitate to contact your team at Toronto Lakeshore Dental right away.

Extractions

Man in pain from abscessed tooth holding jawIt is very important to see a dentist when you notice you may have an abscess. 

What is an abscessed tooth? 

An abscessed tooth is a very painful infection. It is most commonly caused by severe tooth decay. Other causes may include, trauma to the tooth, and gingivitis or gum disease. Abscesses are usually located at the root of a tooth or in between the gum of teeth. Often times it will look like a bubble or swelling of the gums usually filled with pus (a thick yellowish fluid). In most cases, you will need a root canal or extraction right away to relieve the pain of the tooth in question. However, sometimes it is necessary to complete a course of antibiotics to clear the infection prior to starting treatment. 

Steps To Take When You Have An Abscessed Tooth in Toronto

If you can't get to a dentist right away, going to the hospital or walk-in clinic for a prescription for antibiotics is always ideal! As the antibiotic fights off the infection, the pain will start to go away. However, it is recommended that you see a dentist as soon as you have completed your prescription of antibiotics, which will only clear the infection temporarily. Your abscess will return unless the tooth gets the treatment it needs! If you have an abscessed tooth or feel like you need more information, call us at Toronto Lakeshore Dental today!

 

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are typically not necessary to maintain optimum dental health. In fact, they can actually be a detriment to your oral health, and here's why:

  • There is often not enough room for wisdom teeth, and they may crowd other teeth causing them to move and shift.
  • Some wisdom teeth don't erupt at all and remain stuck beneath the gum line (impacted). An impacted tooth can result in an infection.
  • It can be challenging to brush and floss wisdom teeth because they are so far back in your mouth. Plaque or tartar buildup can result in problems with gum disease or tooth decay.

Illustration of dental tool extracting toothComfortable Tooth Extraction

If you are concerned about dental extractions in Long Branch, you can rest assured that our dentists are all well-equipped to provide you with a comfortable and smooth tooth extraction. Our team also provides support throughout your recovery process to ensure that it is as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

Contact Our Etobicoke Office

We are happy to provide an evaluation to determine if you do need a wisdom tooth extraction, or if you have enough space in your mouth to support them. Contact Toronto Lakeshore Dental today to learn more about the comfortable tooth extractions we provide.

Family Dentistry

Mother daughter and son relaxing on grassDrs. Joo, Moore, and Lee recommend that your child’s first visit takes place around twelve months old.

This is a great time to acclimate your child to our office, and we’ll examine and count your child’s teeth and discuss any developmental issues we may detect at that time. This also gives us a chance to introduce your child to the dental chair and the instruments we use. Our goal is to make dental appointments fun and upbeat for children so they will look forward to their visits to our office.

Children's Dentistry Services in M8W 1N6 

At Toronto Lakeshore Dental, we also offer comprehensive services for children such as fluoride treatments, which help build strong teeth, and dental sealants, which help protect your child's teeth from tooth decay. If your child participates in sports, we're happy to discuss and recommend protective wear for their teeth.

We're here to meet all your child's needs and provide a pleasant experience, which will set your child up for successful dental visits in the future. We want to build a life-long relationship with your child, and we do this by educating them about the importance of their oral health and showing them how to take great care of their teeth.

Contact our office today for more information on getting started!

Gum Surgery

Man in pain from abscessed tooth holding jawIt is very important to see a dentist when you notice you may have an abscess. 

What is an abscessed tooth? 

An abscessed tooth is a very painful infection. It is most commonly caused by severe tooth decay. Other causes may include, trauma to the tooth, and gingivitis or gum disease. Abscesses are usually located at the root of a tooth or in between the gum of teeth. Often times it will look like a bubble or swelling of the gums usually filled with pus (a thick yellowish fluid). In most cases, you will need a root canal or extraction right away to relieve the pain of the tooth in question. However, sometimes it is necessary to complete a course of antibiotics to clear the infection prior to starting treatment. 

Steps To Take When You Have An Abscessed Tooth in Toronto

If you can't get to a dentist right away, going to the hospital or walk-in clinic for a prescription for antibiotics is always ideal! As the antibiotic fights off the infection, the pain will start to go away. However, it is recommended that you see a dentist as soon as you have completed your prescription of antibiotics, which will only clear the infection temporarily. Your abscess will return unless the tooth gets the treatment it needs! If you have an abscessed tooth or feel like you need more information, call us at Toronto Lakeshore Dental today!

 

Man in green jacket smilingDo you smile and feel that your gums are too prominent? Do you have irregular or asymmetrical gums that make your smile look askew? Gum contouring can help. Reshaping the gums can give your smile a more uniform look to your gums and expose more of your tooth structure to give teeth a longer, more youthful look.

Gum Surgery in Toronto

Gingival contouring requires the removal of a small amount of excess gum tissue. Contouring the gums can be done on its own or used in conjunction with porcelain veneers for a full smile makeover. If you want information about gum surgery in Toronto, give us a call. We understand that this can be a big decision, but at Toronto Lakeshore Dental, we always go over all of your options to help you make a choice that works best for your smile goals and oral health.

Having gum surgery will require a short healing time when it’s best to avoid anything too hot, spicy, or acidic. If you smoke, this is a great time to quit because smoking slows down the healing process.

Any time you want to make improvements to your smile, you can count on the skill and artistry of Dr. Joo and Dr. Lee to give you exceptional results.

Invisalign

Woman using Invisalign in torontoCrooked teeth are not only difficult and embarrassing to live with, they are also detrimental to your oral health. It can be hard to properly brush and floss teeth that overlap and that increases your risk of developing issues such as gum disease and tooth decay. However, you may not like the idea of wearing traditional metal braces to align your teeth, so what are your options?

Discreet Teeth Straightening in Etobicoke

Invisalign is ideal for busy adults who are interested in aligning their teeth with discretion. This is because it utilizes clear aligners instead of traditional metal wires and brackets to gradually straighten your teeth by applying gentle pressure. Aligners can be removed for brushing and flossing so it's easy to take care of your teeth during treatment with Invisalign. You'll also be able to enjoy all the foods you love since aligners can be removed for meals.

Most Invisalign cases can be completed over 12 to 18 months, and it requires fewer visits to your dentist during treatment since aligners can be changed at home.

Contact Our Toronto Dental Practice

If you would like to learn more about Invisalign in Toronto, contact your team at Toronto Lakeshore Dental to arrange a consultation with one of our dentists.

Orthodontic Treatment

Woman smilingOnce a patient reaches late childhood, they are usually eligible to begin orthodontic treatment. 

At Toronto Lakeshore Dental, we offer orthodontics in Etobicoke to adults and children who are ready to straighten their teeth. 

Orthodontics for All Ages

We can begin orthodontics for children at a variety of ages, depending on the child’s unique circumstances and anatomy. We will never start orthodontic treatment for a toddler or young child, but we will monitor your child’s teeth as they grow beginning at a young age so that we know when they can realistically start wearing braces. 

Some children are ready for braces as early as age eight or nine, whereas others are better off waiting until they’re at least eleven. Children, teenagers, and adults who are older than age eleven or twelve are typically good candidates to begin orthodontic treatment whenever they decide to move forward.

Traditional Braces and Invisalign in Etobicoke ON 

Even if you’re an adult who’s waited decades for a straighter smile, it’s never too late to align your teeth. We offer both traditional braces and Invisalign for adults who want to participate in orthodontics in Etobicoke. 

Contact Toronto Lakeshore Dental

If you have questions about our orthodontics for children or adults, our dentists at Toronto Lakeshore Dental are happy to answer them. Give us a call today at (416) 503-3335 to get started!

Man smiling after having braces taken off At Toronto Lakeshore Dental, we recognize that getting braces when you’re an adult is a little different than getting braces when you’re a kid. While children may feel carefree and unencumbered at the thought of having metal on their teeth for months or years, you as an adult may not feel so confident.

Because we understand that getting braces is a big decision that will affect your life, we want to offer different options for adult orthodontics in Etobicoke

Traditional Metal Braces

For adults who are more comfortable with standard braces, or for those who have complex issues with their bite that clear braces won’t fix, we can provide traditional metal orthodontia to correct your smile. 

Our tried-and-true metal braces can fix crooked teeth in Toronto and leave you with the straighter smile you’ve always wanted. 

Invisalign Clear Braces

If you’re looking for a newer, more innovative, or more convenient way to get aligned teeth, then Invisalign for adults might be right for you. 

Our Invisalign clear braces straighten your teeth more subtly, using trays of thin, transparent plastic rather than metal brackets and wires. Invisalign aligners are also entirely removable, so you can take them out to eat, clean your teeth, or visit the dentist. 

Begin Adult Orthodontics in Etobicoke Today

If you’re ready to get on the path to a straighter smile in Toronto, give us a call today, and we’ll schedule you for an orthodontic consultation with one of our dentists!

If you have a young child with visibly crooked or crowded teeth, you might be wondering about when the best time to start their orthodontic treatment is. 

The short answer is that while it depends specifically on your child and their smile, we usually like to begin orthodontics for kids in Etobicoke between the ages of seven and twelve. 

Watching for Orthodontic Needs as Your Child Ages

Three young adults with braces in etobicokeThe standard age for kids to get braces is usually 11 or 12, and if your child has simple orthodontic needs that don’t require early intervention or complex treatment, we will recommend waiting until they’re around this age.

Sometimes, however, it’s plain to both you and our dental team that your child will benefit from getting a jumpstart on their treatment sooner rather than later.

Additionally, your child should be visiting the dentist at least every six months for teeth cleanings and dental checkups as soon as they get their first tooth, which means that we should have plenty of chances to monitor their smile and create a treatment plan before it's time to begin. 

If it’s evident that your child’s smile needs early intervention, we can start on their treatment as early as age seven or eight. When we provide orthodontics for kids in Etobicoke, we want to make sure that it’s the right time to treat each smile—and your child’s is no exception. 

Schedule an Evaluation for Your Child’s Braces in Etobicoke

If you’d like to consult one of our Etobicoke dentists about when the right time for your child to get braces is, we’d be happy to meet with you! Call us today at (416) 503-3335 to get started.

clear braces on a gray backgroundWhen you're an adult, it's a toss-up between which is worse: crooked or unevenly spaced teeth, or wearing metal brackets and wires! The good news is that adult orthodontics in Etobicoke doesn't always have to involve braces. Invisible braces with Invisalign make it easy and convenient for adults to straighten their teeth with the utmost discretion.

You may wonder why it's so important to align your teeth properly. After all, you might've lived with your gap or your overlapped teeth for a while. 

Importance of Properly Aligned Teeth

The truth is, it's much easier to brush and floss straight teeth. Teeth that overlap are perfect traps for bacteria that can lead to problems like tooth decay and gum disease. You might also be at risk for fractures and premature wear to teeth that are functioning in ways they weren't designed for because they're out of alignment.

A bite that does not align correctly can also cause issues for your jaw joint, resulting in painful headaches, tenderness when you chew food, neck or shoulder pain, and popping or even locking of your jaw.

Contact Our Etobicoke Dental Clinic

If you'd like to learn more about straightening your teeth with traditional orthodontics or invisible braces, contact Dr. Joo and your team at Toronto Lakeshore Dental today. 

Periodontal Health

person getting gums examined in toronto onGum disease is a prevalent condition among adults, and many aren't aware that they have it. This is because there is not very much pain or many symptoms that are associated with periodontal disease in the beginning and it progresses slowly at first.

First Signs of Gum Disease

Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and some symptoms to look for are:

  • Gum tissue that appears irritated, red or swollen
  • Gums that bleed easily when you brush your teeth
  • Chronic bad breath (halitosis) that doesn't go away

Gingivitis can usually be controlled with a thorough cleaning with your hygienist and upgrades to your home care routine. If you notice these symptoms, contact Toronto Lakeshore Dental right away for an examination and cleaning.

Advanced Gum Disease

Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease where you may start to notice that your gums are receding, or you have tenderness or discomfort when you bite or chew, or your teeth begin to feel mobile. This stage requires a deeper cleaning below the gum line to remove the plaque and tartar that are causing your infection. You may also need antibiotic therapy and even surgery in some cases.

Contact Our M8W 1N6 Dental Clinic

Your team at Toronto Lakeshore Dental is well-equipped to help with periodontal disease as Dr. Joo can even perform gum grafting surgeries here in our Toronto, ON office. Contact us today for more information.

Preventative Care

Woman getting dental filling in etobicokeEven though you don't feel any pain, you should still be concerned about what may be happening in your mouth!

Unfortunately (or fortunately!), most cavities don't cause any pain, which means you may not be aware that you have tooth decay. When cavities get big enough to reach your nerve, you'll start to notice symptoms such as sensitivity and pain. Once you have symptoms, however, treatment procedures get more complex, take longer, and become more expensive. It’s best to be proactive and take care of tooth decay as soon as possible in order to avoid more invasive treatment.

Importance of Preventative Care

This is why regular dental cleanings and check-ups are important. Did you know that Dr. Joo, Dr. Moore, and Dr. Lee can actually detect tooth decay much earlier than you can? By being proactive with your oral health, you may even be able to reverse some cases of tooth decay.

Schedule a Cleaning at Our Etobicoke Clinic

Don't wait until you have pain! Whether it's been a few months or a few years since your last dental appointment, we're happy to see you. Schedule your regular cleaning and check-up today to get on track with your oral health and take care of any concerns that may arise.

Dental tools For most patients who are in good oral health, we recommend two visits per year (every six months). Attending your regular dental appointments ensures that we can screen you for conditions such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, and oral cancer. Being proactive about your oral health gives you the best chance of treating these conditions with the least invasive and most inexpensive treatment possible.

Advanced Dental Care

For those patients who struggle with periodontal (gum) disease, we recommend three visits per year (every four months) so we can help you maintain your oral health. If left untreated, advanced cases of gum disease can eventually lead to bone and tooth loss. Unfortunately, there is no cure for gum disease; however, we can help you combat the effects of gum disease and maintain your oral health through improved home care and additional cleanings and check-ups.

Contact Our M8W 1N6 Dental Clinic

Dr. Joo offers advanced gum therapy for patients with severe gum disease. With the help of his skill and extensive training, you'll be able to reclaim your oral health. At Toronto Lakeshore Dental, we strive to meet all your needs so you'll never have to go elsewhere for your care. Contact us today to learn more about our preventative services.

Root Canal Therapy

Woman holding tooth mold Did you know that root canal treatment is not actually the cause of your pain? Root canals have a bad reputation among patients because of their association with pain; however, root canal therapy will actually relieve your pain!

Pain Relief from Infected Tooth

The pain you’re experiencing is being caused by injury or infection to your root, and not only will a root canal relieve your pain, it can also save your tooth from extraction. This is why it's important to act quickly when you're experiencing dental pain. Please understand that dental infection will not go away on its own. In fact, it will progressively get worse over time and could potentially cause severe damage to your tooth and even your overall health.

Emergency Dentist Etobicoke

Drs. Joo, Moore, and Lee understand how painful dental emergencies can be, and that's why we make every effort to see you as soon as possible if you’re experiencing dental pain. It’s important to contact us right away because being proactive can mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth. Remember, the quicker we can diagnose your condition, the quicker we can get you feeling better and back on the path to wellness again.

Don't hesitate to call us for dental emergencies in Etobicoke!

Man in pain from abscessed tooth holding jawIt is very important to see a dentist when you notice you may have an abscess. 

What is an abscessed tooth? 

An abscessed tooth is a very painful infection. It is most commonly caused by severe tooth decay. Other causes may include, trauma to the tooth, and gingivitis or gum disease. Abscesses are usually located at the root of a tooth or in between the gum of teeth. Often times it will look like a bubble or swelling of the gums usually filled with pus (a thick yellowish fluid). In most cases, you will need a root canal or extraction right away to relieve the pain of the tooth in question. However, sometimes it is necessary to complete a course of antibiotics to clear the infection prior to starting treatment. 

Steps To Take When You Have An Abscessed Tooth in Toronto

If you can't get to a dentist right away, going to the hospital or walk-in clinic for a prescription for antibiotics is always ideal! As the antibiotic fights off the infection, the pain will start to go away. However, it is recommended that you see a dentist as soon as you have completed your prescription of antibiotics, which will only clear the infection temporarily. Your abscess will return unless the tooth gets the treatment it needs! If you have an abscessed tooth or feel like you need more information, call us at Toronto Lakeshore Dental today!

 

Sedation Dentistry

man getting dental exam in torontoFear of visiting the dentist is extremely common. However, if you aren't taking the time to visit the dentist for those regular cleanings and exams twice a year, your oral health will be affected severely, and your overall health can be negatively impacted as well. 

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry can, of course, be used for more severe procedures where the patient will need to be relaxed for a long period of time, but often it's used today to help patients who have anxiety about sitting in the dental chair. Nitrous Oxide can be administered before any treatment is completed to help you relax and feel more comfortable with any procedures or care that you may need. 

This is a great option for patients who are afraid of visiting the dentist, and it only takes a few minutes for it to leave your system, which means you can drive after the use of Nitrous Oxide. 

There are also other forms of sedation that may require that you have someone else take you to and from your appointment, including oral sedation and IV sedation. These are typically only used for patients who are undergoing more intense treatments for dentistry. These allow you to relax completely during treatment. If you are getting a dental implant, for example, this longer procedure may require a higher level of sedation. 

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If you have any questions, or if you'd like to learn more about sedation dentistry, don't hesitate to contact our office today for more information on getting started. 

 

Teeth Whitening

woman getting ready to get teeth whitened in torontoYou've invested in brightening your smile with professional teeth whitening, but how long can you expect your new smile to last? The answer to that question varies greatly from patient to patient since everybody's lifestyle is different. Here's how you can make the most of your teeth whitening in Toronto, ON.

Foods and Beverages That Could Discolour Your Teeth

Your diet dramatically affects the brightness of your smile. Consuming foods and beverages that tend to stain and discolor is going to reduce the effectiveness of your whitening treatment. Some of the main culprits are:

  • Coffee and black tea
  • Dark colas
  • Red wine
  • Soy sauce
  • Curry
  • Marinara sauce

Drinking water when you eat highly acidic foods and limiting your consumption of acidic beverages will help to protect your whitening treatment.

Customized Whitening Trays in Toronto

When you invest in your own customized whitening trays from Toronto Lakeshore Dental, we recommend that you whiten for two weeks initially or until you have achieved your desired results. After your initial whitening,  you will have the benefit of being able to update your smile whenever you like since you can always purchase whitening gel from our office and use your trays at home. This will help you preserve your sparkle and keep your smile bright for many years to come.

Tooth Coloured Restorations

Dental restorations such as fillings and crowns generally have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, so it is not uncommon to have a restoration break or fall out, which would warrant a repair or replacement procedure.

Before and after photos of tooth-coloured fillings replacing silver fillingsSilver fillings will also break down over time due to the nature of the metal that is used to create them. Metal naturally expands and contracts with temperature changes that your mouth experiences as you eat and drink hot and cold foods or beverages. This causes the metal to pull away from your tooth and it can cause cracks, fractures, or leaking. Cracks or fractures will need repair, while leaking allows harmful bacteria back into your tooth that can result in decay. If any of these situations have occurred with your fillings, you will need to replace them.

Composite Fillings in M8W 1N6

At Toronto Lakeshore Dental, our doctors use composite resin to replace metal fillings and restore tooth decay. Composite is durable and can be bonded directly to your tooth so you won't experience the breakdown of a metal filling. Direct bonding also preserves more of your natural tooth structure.

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The best part about composite is that it can be custom blended to match your existing teeth so you no longer have to live with the unsightly look of metal in your teeth. Give us a call today to learn more about dental fillings in Toronto.

person getting dental filling in EtobicokeGone are the days of living with unsightly gray metal fillings in your mouth. Composite resin is now the material of choice for dental fillings in Toronto. Composite is a tooth-coloured material that is both durable and aesthetically appealing.

Benefits of Composite Fillings

There are many benefits that composite fillings offer over metal amalgam fillings from the past. Because it is bonded directly to your tooth, composite requires less tooth structure to be removed for placement. Direct bonding also makes your tooth stronger as opposed to metal, which actually weakened the tooth since metal expands and contacts with the constant temperature changes in your mouth.

Custom Restorations in M8W 1N6

Composite can be custom shaded so your restorations match your existing teeth. This material can also be used for a process called dental bonding that allows our dentists to repair many small cosmetic issues like covering stains or discoloration, small fractures or chipping, filling in gaps between teeth, restoring size or shape discrepancies, and building up teeth damaged by excessive wear.

If you've been told you need a filling, you can rest assured that your team at Toronto Lakeshore Dental will provide you with best dental restoration for your oral health and your smile. Contact us today to learn more about composite fillings.

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