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Restore Your Smile With Dentures

Missing teeth can be a huge confidence killer for anybody. Having a beautiful smile is one of the most important factors in presenting your truest, happiest self to the world. And lost teeth also make day-to-day activities like eating complicated processes.

With so many options for teeth replacement, from partial dentures to full dentures and dental implants, many people struggle to identify what option is the best fit for them. Knowing what dentures are and understanding the differences between the different types of dentures are important first steps towards a beautiful new smile and regaining your oral health.

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At Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, we can help you decide if dentures are right for you and consult you on what is the best denture option so you can start smiling again!

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are artificial teeth to replace missing natural teeth. Think of them as dental prosthetics, which is what they technically are.

Dentures aren’t for everybody, but they are a convenient, natural-looking and relatively affordable option for replacing natural teeth.

Traditionally, dentures are removable, allowing you to take them out at night time so they can be cleaned. Dentures are shaped to your gum lines and held into your mouth the by tissues of your oral cavity. But some denture types can be bonded to your teeth or implanted.

What Are Dentures Made Of?

Dentures of yesteryear were primarily constructed out of porcelain or plastic, but these materials proved to have their challenges. Porcelain is still used today for some dentures because they can resemble and also feel like natural teeth, and they can be quite durable.

However, they can break if dropped on hard floors, and they are known to wear down natural teeth, making them a drawback for partial dentures.

Today, most modern dentures are made out of hard, acrylic resin, which is both less expensive than porcelain and lighter in weight. Acrylic-resin dentures also adhere securely to your denture base and are easy to adjust.

Different Types of Dentures

Partial Dentures

Partial, removable dentures are used when you are only missing a few teeth and when your nearby natural teeth are not strong enough to support dental bridges. They are custom fitted and are easily held into place by natural teeth and your gum lines.

Full Dentures

Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, are similar to partial dentures but have more artificial teeth on them because they are designed to be a substitute for when you are missing all of your teeth on the bottom or top of your mouth, or both. Suction along your gums keeps them secure.

Immediate Dentures and Overdentures

Alternative options include immediate dentures, which are constructed before your natural teeth are removed and then applied immediately upon extraction for during the healing process. Think of them as temporary dentures.

Overdentures are similar to full or partial dentures but are used as an “in-between” for when you have more than a few natural teeth missing but still a couple lingering ones left, or at least their roots which might still be in place. They are custom designed to fit over these existing teeth.

Dental Implants: Permanent Dentures

Finally, some people consider dental implants to be permanent dentures because they provide the same function as dentures yet they are not removable. Instead, a metal post usually made of titanium is inserted into your gums to serve as the root of the artificial tooth, and then the crown is attached on top of it.

Consider Dentures for a New Smile at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

If you have missing teeth and want to regain your smile, make an appointment with Clayburn Dental so we can help you get your life back with dentures today.

Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online.

By : Clayburn Dental/April 14, 2017/Abbotsford Cosmetic Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist/Comments Off on Restore Your Smile With DenturesRead More

Meet the Team: Michelle Robinson

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Michelle is a Treatment Coordinator at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford. She takes great care of all of our patients, making sure they get top-notch customer service at our clinic.

Michelle is currently on maternity leave and we definitely miss having her around! Let’s see how she answered our staff survey questions.

Who is your hero and why?

“My parents. They both do so much for our family! And Larry David – he’s a comedic genius.”

What are your hobbies and what do you enjoy most about them?

“Hanging out with my kids and family! I love cooking and new recipes are fun. I also enjoy the gym, and when I have time, restoring old furniture!”

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

“New York.”

What is your favourite type of food?

“Everything at Earls and my homemade lasagna.”

What celebrity would you like to meet at a coffee shop? What would you ask them?

“Larry David and Gordon Ramsay. I think I’d say let’s skip the coffee and go for drinks, and discuss recipes with Gordon to try and learn his secrets! And probably just want to laugh with Larry.”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“The people. I love how everyone gets along so well, and the relationships I have built with most I hope will be lifelong. I also love how big and versatile we are. I like to be busy and learn and know lots. I would be bored in a small office.”

Clayburn Dental’s Meet the Team blog series aims to introduce our community to the incredible staff that work at our dental clinic in Abbotsford.

By : Clayburn Dental/April 11, 2017/General/Comments Off on Meet the Team: Michelle RobinsonRead More

Patient Appreciation Draw 2017

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Patient Appreciation Contest
at Clayburn Dental

Win a Helicopter Ice Cave Adventure for You and 3 Friends!

You and 3 friends will fly over BC’s magnificent coastal mountains before landing at the base of a glacier. Wander through a perfectly formed ice cave and appreciate this beautiful work of art that won’t be around forever. After admiring its natural beauty, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch against the backdrop of the rugged and untouched surroundings.

Includes 45 minute sightseeing flight (from Pitt Meadows Airport), guided ice cave tour for 4, Lepp Farm Market gourmet picnic lunch for 4, safety gear for 4, and trip photos! Please allow up to 6 hours for the duration of this adventure.

How to Enter the Contest:

Visit our clinic for an appointment between now and June 30th to enter your name into the draw!

The lucky winner will be announced on June 30th, 2017.

Book Your Appointment Now:

To book your appointment, call us at 604-852-8487 or use our online form.

By : Clayburn Dental/April 04, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Community/Comments Off on Patient Appreciation Draw 2017Read More

How to Treat Canker Sores

Clayburn Dental - Canker SoresCankers are one of the most common—and painful—types of sores in oral health. Most people suffer from cankers at some point in their lifetime, and others seem to get them constantly.

Canker sores can come out of nowhere, and nobody is fully immune from them, even those who brush and floss regularly. They make eating, drinking and even talking feel like the most painful of tasks.

At Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, patients often visit us with canker horror stories, and we’ve given our fair share of advice for remedies and related oral health treatment. So what exactly are canker sores, and how can they be treated?

What Are Canker Sores?

A canker sore is layman for aphthous stomatitis, ulcers that form on the soft tissue in your mouth, either on the inside of your cheeks, lips or along your gum line. Canker sores are more prevalent in children and teenagers, but adults get them occasionally. A small portion of the population is known to suffer from canker sores multiple times a year for much of their life.

Cankers start off as faintly visible abrasion marks in the mouth that slightly burn or itch. As they progress, the abrasion, usually no bigger than the size of your little finger’s thumbnail, gradually turns reddish-yellow, surrounded by a pinkish-red hue. Shortly after this point, the pain of a canker sore hits its peak, and any contact with it, whether by food, liquid and even your tongue, delivers sharp stings of instant pain.

Are Canker Sores Contagious?

Fear not, for canker sores are both benign and non-contagious. But the temporary pain and severe discomfort cankers cause is still enough for many Abbotsford dental patients to seek desperate relief.

What Causes Canker Sores?

The precise causes of canker sores are not fully known, but medical experts and dental professionals generally agree that they are an immune response brought on by a variety of factors, ranging from an excess of citrus or sugar in one’s diet to stress and even genetics and hormones.

What is known is that canker sores have no permanent cure, and that they generally disappear naturally within a week or two. But there are some remedies you can seek while suffering from a canker sore to help mitigate the pain and speed up recovery.

How to Remedy Canker Sores

Different ways to treat canker sores include homemade remedies to over-the-counter products and being mindful of day-to-day habits.

As a first step, avoid trigger foods such as citrusy fruits, sugary treats and most carbonated soft drinks. Often, strong correlations between cankers on the one hand and citrus and sugar on the other hand exist, so best to play it safe.

For some people, mouth rinses help to minimize the pain. Make sure to buy a rinse that contains the ingredient dexamethasone, as studies indicate it seems to help reduce the swelling. Speak to your Abbotsford dentist at Clayburn Dental in case a prescription is needed, as rinses with this ingredient aren’t often available on store shelves.

At Clayburn Dental, we can also prescribe certain pastes you can apply to the sore topically, which help accelerate recovery time if applied regularly and properly. For particularly large and painful canker sores, you can consult with us about a laser treatment known as cauterization, whereby the part of your mouth tissue affected by the canker is chemically burned off so the pain can disappear immediately.

Speak With Us at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

If you are suffering from a canker sore or feel like a canker is soon to develop in your mouth, always make an appointment with Clayburn Dental so we can advise on your next steps and help reduce the pain and speed the healing time.

Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online.


By : Clayburn Dental/March 28, 2017/Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on How to Treat Canker SoresRead More

Free Oral Cancer Screenings at Clayburn Dental

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Get Your Free Oral Cancer Screening
at Clayburn Dental in April

In honour of Oral Cancer Awareness month, your Abbotsford dentist Clayburn Dental will be offering free oral cancer screenings for the entire month of April!

There is no appointment necessary. Patients will be seen on a first come first serve basis.

Come see us at 400 – 3033 Immel St. in Abbotsford, BC.

Tongue examination is an element of the oral cancer exam. Early detection saves lives!

For more information please contact us at 604-852-8487.

By : Clayburn Dental/March 24, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist/Comments Off on Free Oral Cancer Screenings at Clayburn DentalRead More

Meet the Team: Delwyn Lee

clayburn dental - delwynDelwyn is a Registered Dental Hygienist at Clayburn Dental Clinic in Abbotsford.

As a Dental Hygienist, Delwyn’s role is to work with dentists to inspect and clean our patients’ teeth and gums. He also teaches our patients proper dental care to prevent oral disease and gives oral x-rays, among a multitude of other responsibilities.

Let’s take a look at how Delwyn responded to our questions!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

“Vancouver – always!”

Who is your hero and why?

“Jesus Christ because He showed me what selflessness means.”

Do you have any exciting news to share?

“I’m getting married in May! HOLLA!”

What are your hobbies?

“Playing the piano and guitar, modifying cars and picking apart my fiancé’s brain.”

What celebrity would you like to meet at a coffee shop? What would you ask them?

“I’d want to meet Daft Punk and ask them, where do I get THE helmet?”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“The challenge of upholding best practice standards and patient-centered care, two things I aim to deliver with each patient I meet.”

Learn more about Delwyn on his blog:

Clayburn Dental’s Meet the Team blog series aims to introduce our community to the incredible staff that work at our dental clinic in Abbotsford.

By : Clayburn Dental/March 21, 2017/General/Comments Off on Meet the Team: Delwyn LeeRead More

What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

When you have a missing tooth, life and day-to-day tasks become more difficult and uncomfortable. From smiling to chewing, missing teeth affect everything from self-confidence to eating.

There are a number of remedies for a missing tooth for people in Abbotsford, including bridges and dentures. But bridges aren’t particularly helpful for when the root of the tooth is missing or damaged; perhaps you have a tooth that breaks off near the gum line but the root is still in tact. Plus they often require filing down nearby teeth so the bridge will fit.

Dentures can be awkward to get used to, and they require lots of maintenance, not least because partial dentures are removal.

A dental implant can be an ideal solution for many patients since it supports an artificial tooth that both feels and looks natural while also holding it firmly and permanently in place.

So what exactly is a dental implant, and is it right for you?

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What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root, usually constructed of titanium metal. An implant is used to safely fill in or replace missing or damaged natural roots and also to support the artificial tooth that will be attached to it above the gum line. Think of dental implants as the “anchor” of a permanent, artificial tooth.

Candidates for dental implants typically have healthy gums and enough bone in the part of the jaw near the affected area to support the implant. Once our Abbotsford dentists at Clayburn Dental insert an implant into your mouth below the gum line, your natural jaw bones will hold it into place, gradually adapting to it during a process called osseointegration.

After osseointegration is complete and the nearby tissue has healed, your dental surgeon will attach a small metal device known as an abutment to the top of the implant that connects the artificial tooth.

Types of Dental Implants

The Canadian Academy of Periodontology categorizes two main types of dental implants: endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants.

Endosteal dental implants are placed completely into the jawbone and typically resemble a small screw. They are conducive to healthy gums and a strong jawbone—think of them as “full implants.”

Subperiosteal implants are still placed below the gum line but do not go fully down into the jawbone. You might need or want a subperiosteal implant if your jawbone is too shallow or you don’t feel comfortable with a full endosteal implant. Always talk to your dentist for advice and feedback about what might be your best option and to help you determine what you’re most comfortable with.

Reasons for Getting Dental Implants

If you’re missing a tooth and the root of the tooth is also missing with it or is severely damaged, then a dental implant might be right for you.

There are many advantages to getting a dental implant. Because your jawbone will naturally fuse to it, implants stay securely in place in your mouth without moving around. They are permanent and don’t require additional maintenance or cleaning on top of how you clean your natural teeth, and they also prevent nearby natural teeth from shifting in place.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental implants have been proven to be a safe and effective remedy for missing teeth ever since their creation in their modern-day form over 30 years ago. On average, an estimated half-million implant procedures are performed every year in Canada alone.

And the titanium metal that most dental implants are made of is a fully biocompatible material, which means it is safe to be inserted into your jawbone and through your gum line.

Costs of Dental Implants

The cost of a dental implant in B.C. to a patient will often come down to insurance coverage. Dental implants often have different coverage levels than other remedies for missing teeth, such as bridges and dentures, but the addition of general health insurance might increase coverage amounts.

Your dental surgeons at Clayburn Dental can discuss your options with you so you can understand how your dental insurance will help mitigate costs.

Dental Implants at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

The dental professionals at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford have performed countless dental implants to restore people’s smiles and give them back the confidence that they’ve had all along.

To learn more about dental implants and if receiving an implant procedure is right for you, call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online.

By : Clayburn Dental/March 13, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist/Comments Off on What You Need to Know About Dental ImplantsRead More

Meet the Team: Dawn McGregor

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Dawn is the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Team Leader at Clayburn Dental. The CDA’s have a crucial role at our dental clinic in Abbotsford, maintaining a safe, clean and effective environment in the treatment room and assisting our dentist team during a variety of treatment procedures.

Dawn is especially great at helping our patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment – we don’t know what we’d do without her!

Without further ado, let’s get to know Dawn better!

Who is your hero and why?

“My parents. They are amazing, and I’m so glad they brought me up the way they did. My mom went through a lot while my brother and I were growing up. She held it together and we always had fun. My dad was just as amazing. He was always working hard so we could do the things we did and have the fun we had. Thanks Mom and Dad, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today if it wasn’t for you both.”

What are your hobbies and what do you enjoy most about them?

“Scrapbooking. It relaxes me and lets me relive the memories. I also enjoy spending time with my husband and our dogs and the joy they bring me. Finally, watching Canucks (though there’s not much joy in them right now!).”

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

“Riveria Maya in Mexico. We’re beginning to plan our annual vacation there now!”

What is your favourite type of food?

“Chinese or Mexican.”

What celebrity would you like to meet? What would you ask them?

“Cesar Milan. I would ask him for help with my dog who doesn’t like to be groomed. I am serious.”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“The staff. I love them all, they are a great group. And the flexibility we have for taking time off.”

Clayburn Dental’s Meet the Team blog series aims to introduce our community to the incredible staff that work at our dental clinic in Abbotsford.

By : Clayburn Dental/March 08, 2017/General/Comments Off on Meet the Team: Dawn McGregorRead More

Why Do I Keep Getting Cavities?

Why We Get Cavities – Know the Risk Factors

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Some people just seem to get more cavities than others, and if you feel you’re one of the unlucky ones, know that about 96% of Canadians get at least one cavity in their lifetime. So even if you brush twice a day and try to look after your teeth, don’t blame yourself too much. Although cavities are largely preventable, a lack of education about the nuances of cavity prevention is often the biggest culprit.

There are some complicated reasons for why some people seem to get a lot of cavities. So if you brush and floss your teeth but notice that you keep getting cavities when you visit the dentist, it’s important to consider the possibility that you might be at extra risk. Learning about the causes for cavities can help you better mitigate this risk and help improve your oral hygiene and the strength of your tooth enamel.

What Are Cavities?

A dental cavity occurs when a tooth or part of a tooth exhibits decay. Teeth begin to decay and breakdown when bacteria builds up in the mouth around the teeth and along the gum lines.

Although there’s no way to heal cavities, strictly speaking, if cavities are caught early enough, most of the time they can be remedied with a dental filling, whereby your dentist will remove the decayed portion of your tooth, clean the newly exposed area and fill it in with a permanent, natural-looking artificial material.

But even dental fillings require an extra trip to the dentist and might necessitate pain relief during the procedure. Plus, treatment of mild cavities can’t reverse the increased risk you are now exposed to of getting more cavities in the future, and any serious cavities you might get in the future could require more invasive treatments.

What Causes Cavities?

There are some common but also lesser-known causes of cavities that could make anyone susceptible to tooth decay. If you are at high risk of cavities, know your triggers and be extra vigilant in cavity prevention so you can avoid those extra trips to the dentist and a potentially major dental filling or even a full removal of a tooth.

Most Common Risk Factors for Cavities

1. Bad Diet

High sugar intakes from lots of carbonated soft drinks and desserts, eating too many highly acidic foods such as grains, dairy products and processed foods, above-average consumption levels of alcohol and a lack of fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins in your diet all increase your risk of getting a cavity.

2. Bacteria

A build-up of bacteria is the most common cause of tooth decay. Even if you practice good oral hygiene, some microbe bacteria is natural forming, and some people get it worse than others. If your dentist identifies a lot of bacteria in your mouth, consider an oral rinse to complement your teeth brushing to help fight away this excess bacteria.

3. Dry Mouth

If you suffer from periodic or regular dry mouth, that means you have less saliva to help wash away plaque, sugar and destructive bacteria in your mouth. Incorporate an enamel-strengthening mouthwash into your daily routine to help compensate for this shortcoming.

4. Lack of Fluoride

Fluoride is an inorganic chemical that helps to clean teeth; thus it’s a common ingredient in toothpaste. But some areas in Canada face barriers to additional fluoride exposure. While more than 50% of the populations in Alberta, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia and Ontario have medically safe traces of fluoride in their public drinking water, more than 95% of British Columbians live in municipalities with no fluoride in their drinking water at all. If you feel you’re constantly getting diagnosed with cavities, search for mouthwashes with fluoride in them.

5. Pre-Existing Conditions

If you’ve been diagnosed with cavities in the past or your family has a history of excessive cavities, by default you’re at a higher risk of future tooth decay. Make sure to be extra vigilant in brushing twice a day, flossing daily and rinsing your mouth daily with a dentist-recommended mouthwash.

Cavity Treatment at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

The dental professionals at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford have the expertise to detect cavities during a dental checkup, recommend if a dental filling is necessary and also provide you with customized feedback for cavity prevention if you are at high risk.

Call us at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online today.

By : Clayburn Dental/February 24, 2017/Dental Care Tips/ CommentsRead More

Meet the Team: Dr. Robert Brandt

clayburn dental - dr. robert brandt Dr. Robert Brandt is the Dentist Team Leader and a practicing dentist at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford.

Whether it is creating a new smile, relieving their pain or tackling everyday dental concerns, Dr. Brandt always brings his positive attitude to his patients and his team.

Let’s get to know Dr. Brandt better!

Who is your hero and why?

“My wife Joyelle for her tireless work to be a beacon of light in the world, whether it is through her art, her music, her books, her website aiding parents who are survivors of childhood abuse, her Love Your Body Summit helping support body positivity in women and girls, or her public speaking on many of the above topics…. And for doing all that while being a great mom, friend and wife.”

What celebrity would you like to meet? What would you ask them?

“Bruce Springsteen to talk to him about the creative process in his more story form acoustic songs, and George R.R. Martin to find out the ending of Game of Thrones in case he never finishes writing it!”

What are your hobbies?

“Writing, painting, photography, drawing. I enjoy creating and the creative process. I feel there is a need in the world for dreamers and creators, to bring light into the world, uplift others through form, color, and composition, and finally to tell a variety of stories that balance pure escapism with that deeper underlying truth about the world.

As K.M. Weiland said: stories give us the good truth and the bad truth, they open our minds and help us have empathy, they give us models to help us deal with challenges we encounter, and finally they teach us to hope. I believe stories do all of that and I want to write my own stories to share and enrich the world in some way big or small.”

Do you have any exciting news to share?

“I’m three-quarters of the way through writing a novel.”

What do you like most about working at Clayburn Dental?

“Working alongside a great group of kind and caring people who want to do their part to help others through service.”

Clayburn Dental’s Meet the Team blog series aims to introduce our community to the incredible staff that work at our dental clinic in Abbotsford.

By : Clayburn Dental/February 21, 2017/General/ CommentsRead More
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