Abbotsford Dentist

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

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Who knew the toothbrush aisle could be so confusing? Picking out a toothbrush can be tricky with all of the choices on the market today. Special brushes for orthodontics or dentures are thrown in with others that boast of teeth whitening or deep cleaning powers. All of the available features can make your head spin. The team at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, BC is happy to help patients decide which type of toothbrush will be most beneficial for their individual needs.

Is Softer Really Better?

One might think harder bristles will clean teeth better, but unfortunately, the minimal benefits derived from stiffer bristles do not outweigh potential damage. Hard bristles wear enamel down quicker and contribute to gum recession. Soft bristles remove plaque effectively during brushing by following proper brushing protocol. Plus, your gums will thank you for taking it easy on them with softer bristles. It is especially important for children to use soft or extra soft bristles because there is definitely a learning curve involved in acquiring proper brushing technique.

Electric vs. Manual

Electric toothbrushes used to be out of reach for many people. Now, the sheer number of affordable choices can be overwhelming. Some electronic brushes clean by rotating, some use pulse, while others feature sonic cleaning. Regardless of exact method, electric brushes clean better with less effort. This can be especially helpful for the elderly, children, and anyone who struggles with the physical task of brushing teeth. To top it off, electronic toothbrushes are fun to use.

Manual toothbrushes require more physical exertion to do the same job as electronic brushes. Bright colors and fancy designs are abundant and can make manual brushes more appealing to children. However, if you have arthritis, you may want to go with a non-slip surface that fits comfortably in your hand. With a manual brush, you will need to spend a full two minutes brushing, taking care to brush any tight spaces thoroughly.

What About Toothbrush Head Size?

Think about what it takes to clean between the keys on a keyboard. Smaller toothbrush heads allow people to reach those hard to reach places between teeth and in the back of your mouth. It is easier to angle smaller toothbrush heads for improved accuracy and precision.

Larger toothbrush heads may only get the outermost surface of the teeth, leaving germs behind. Each mouth is different, so for some people, a large toothbrush head may be appropriate. It is important to use brushes designed for children to accommodate their smaller mouths. If you are unsure of the right size, talk to your Abbotsford dentist about your needs.

How Often Should I Replace My Brush?

Whether you choose manual or electric, you will need to replace your brush or brush head every 1-3 months. Bristles begin to breakdown and germs tend to build up. If you or your child has had strep throat or been sick, you will want to replace your brush once you have recovered.

Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford Loves Talking About Toothbrushes

The Abbotsford dentists at Clayburn Dental can provide tips on toothbrush selection so that you will end up with the cleanest, healthiest teeth on the block. Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online.

By : Clayburn Dental/July 26, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on Choosing the Right ToothbrushRead More

Free Day of Dentistry – September 15, 2017

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Clayburn Dental’s 4th Annual
Free Day of Dentistry

Friday, September 15, 2017 8:00AM – 5:00PM

400 – 3033 Immel St. in Abbotsford, BC

Don’t miss our annual Dentistry from the Heart® event – the day when we give back to the community that has been so wonderful to us!

The first 75 patients are guaranteed to be seen. Patients are seen on a first come first serve basis. A choice of a filling, extraction or cleaning will be performed for those 18 years or older. Patients are encouraged to arrive early, dress appropriately for the weather and bring chairs, blankets, water and snacks as they may be waiting outside to be seen.

Be sure to arrive early – registration starts at 7:30AM!

For more information, please contact us at 604-755-1145.

By : Clayburn Dental/July 14, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Community/Comments Off on Free Day of Dentistry – September 15, 2017Read More

Perfect Your Smile with Veneers

veneers - abbotsford dentist - clayburn dentalOne of the first things people often notice about others is their smile. Knowing this, many people with less than perfect teeth avoid smiling in social situations, and their confidence takes a hit. Porcelain veneers may be just what is needed to bring that smile out of hiding.

What are Veneers?

Your Abbotsford dentists improve one smile at a time, thanks to porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are permanently bonded to the front of individual teeth. Residents of Abbotsford, BC can discover the power of a confident smile in as little as two visits to Clayburn Dental.

What Issues Will Veneers Fix?

Whether the need for veneers is due to injury, decay, or discoloration, once the veneer is bonded to the tooth, all evidence of damage is concealed. Let’s look at several issues veneers can fix.

  • Worn down teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Discoloration
  • Gaps
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Craters or bulges

Benefits Associated with Porcelain Veneers

  • Less of the healthy tooth structure is removed than with crowns.
  • Veneers are stain resistant.
  • They are made to match natural teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers may last for up to 15 years with proper care.

What to Expect During the Procedure

A consultation with your Abbotsford dentist will determine if veneers are ideal for you. Radiographs provide dentists with an overall picture of your oral health. Underlying conditions like gum disease and tooth decay must be addressed before treatment begins.

Once the initial exam is complete, approximately 1/2 mm of enamel is buffed away, and the tooth is shaped to ensure a proper fit. Most patients tolerate buffing with no anesthesia, but it is available if needed. An impression is made and used to create both a temporary veneer and the permanent porcelain version. Temporary veneers give patients a sneak-peek at how the final product will look.

Temporary veneers are removed, and teeth are cleaned, polished, and etched to achieve a durable bond. The permanent veneer will be placed on the tooth to check fit and color. Tiny corrections can be made on-site to ensure the fit is perfect. Bonding cement holds the veneer in place, and a special light beam hardens and sets the bond.

The Importance of Cleaning and Maintaining Porcelain Veneers

Since veneers simply cover natural teeth, proper care is required to prevent decay. Once veneers are set, they cannot be reversed. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily helps prevent future problems. If you grind or clench your teeth, you will need to discuss the use of a night guard to prevent damage to the veneers. Immediately following treatment, you may experience heat and cold sensitivity, but it generally decreases with time. Should one of your veneers break or chip, give the team at Clayburn Dental a call to set up an appointment right away to minimize further damage and discuss options.

Why Choose Clayburn Dental as Your Abbotsford Dentist?

At Clayburn Dental, our dentists have the experience and skills to help you decide if veneers are right for you. Contact the Clayburn Dental office at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online to begin creating your perfect smile.

By : Clayburn Dental/July 12, 2017/Abbotsford Cosmetic Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist/Comments Off on Perfect Your Smile with VeneersRead More

How to Take Care of Your Dentures

When you’ve got missing teeth, it can make you feel self-conscious about everything from eating to speaking. Missing teeth can also have a negative impact on the appearance, leaving gaps in the smile or leading to a sunken look in the cheeks. Dentures can give you a fresh new start on a healthy and functional smile, but if you’re new to dentures you may not be sure about how to properly care for them yet. Here are a few key denture care tips from the Clayburn Dental team.

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Cleaning Your Dentures

Dentures need proper care, just like natural teeth do. It’s usually recommended that dentures are removed overnight. They can be soaked in a special denture solution or in a glass of water to keep them moist. Never use hot water to soak or clean dentures, as this can cause warping. If dentures dry out, they can shrink and crack, requiring major repair.

Brushing dentures regularly is also recommended. The dentists at Clayburn Dental may recommend a toothpaste designed especially for dentures. There are also ultrasonic cleaners that can provide a regular deep cleaning for the dentures, but they don’t replace proper daily brushing. While you’re brushing the dentures, don’t forget to care for your teeth and gums. Use a soft bristle toothbrush to gently and thoroughly clean all surfaces in the mouth prior to inserting the dentures each morning.

Denture Care Tips and Tricks

There are several important denture care tips and tricks that can ease your transition into wearing dentures. They include:

  • Take your dentures out after each meal. Simply run them under cool water to loosen and remove food debris.
  • Handle dentures with care, holding them lightly but firmly. Too much pressure can cause damage to the plastic or clasps.
  • Rinse your dentures before placing them back in your mouth every morning. Denture solutions can cause damage to the delicate tissues in the mouth, so it’s best to avoid direct contact.
  • Keep up with your regular checkups. Regular dental checkups are the ideal time for the dentist to check on denture fit and make adjustments to the dentures if needed.
  • If you notice a loose fit or your dentures feel uncomfortable, call Clayburn Dental right away. Our dentists can correct denture fit to improve your comfort and make them easier to wear.

Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford Can Help With All Types of Dentures

At Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, BC, our dentists have the knowledge and experience needed to help you get the most from your dentures.  The Clayburn Dental team is ready to help with regular follow-up appointments and adjustments to the dentures to improve comfort level. Contact the Clayburn Dental office at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online anytime to find out more about denture care.

By : Clayburn Dental/July 05, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on How to Take Care of Your DenturesRead More

How to Prevent Teeth Grinding

Stress happens in everyone’s life, and it can often cause side effects like teeth grinding, heart problems, and other issues. Teeth grinding, medically known as bruxism, can cause severe issues including the loss of teeth, over time. However, it’s possible to avoid teeth grinding and its consequences if you’re mindful of the problem and seek help promptly. Read on to learn more about teeth grinding and to get a few tips to help you avoid it.

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The Signs of Teeth Grinding

Many people don’t even realize that they grind their teeth because they assume symptoms are caused by other medical issues. The signs of teeth grinding include:

  • Damage to the teeth: This can include worn enamel, cracked teeth, and chipped teeth
  • Chronic headaches: Sudden headaches that tend to happen daily or near-daily
  • Chronic earaches: Sudden earaches that tend to happen daily or near-daily
  • Sore jaw: Persistent jaw pain
  • Teeth sensitivity: Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages, pain while biting down, or pain while chewing

Teeth Grinding Triggers — And Their Solutions

Trying to determine the triggers of teeth grinding is important. In many situations, finding the reason behind the teeth grinding allows for efficient resolution. Here are some common triggers and their solutions.

  • Stress Reduction: Stress is the most common cause of teeth grinding. There are a variety of effective solutions for stress. These can include exercise, special relaxation techniques, and medication.
  • Reduce Stimulant and Depressant Intake: Reducing both stimulants and depressants like caffeine and alcohol can help you avoid teeth grinding.
  • Alleviate Tension: Tension in the jaw can result in teeth grinding during the night. Before bed, apply a warm compress to the jaw just in front of the ears. Add in a gentle jaw massage for even better results.
  • Custom Mouthguard: The Clayburn Dental dentists can create custom mouthguards for teeth grinding patients. The mouthguard can hold the teeth in place, allowing cushioning and protection to prevent grinding during the night. Mouthguards are comfortable and easy to wear. They fit perfectly because they’re made based upon a custom mold of your mouth.

Effective Teeth Grinding Solutions at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

At Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, BC, our dentists have the experience and skills that can help you beat teeth grinding. Contact the Clayburn Dental office at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online anytime to find out whether a custom mouthguard is the right solution for you.

By : Clayburn Dental/June 20, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on How to Prevent Teeth GrindingRead More

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

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

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

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

Top 10 Causes of Toothaches

What Are the Top 10 Reasons for a Toothache?

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Toothaches happen to everybody, and they’re always a source of discomfort, or in a minority of cases, extreme pain. It’s one of the most common dental ailments there is, and a top reason why many people end up visiting a dentist.

Of course, if you ever experience pain in your mouth or jaw, the causes for a toothache can sometimes be mysterious. Many people naturally assume a cavity is the main culprit, but in fact, there are many potential reasons for why you might have a toothache – many of which are treatable.

Always be sure to visit your local Abbotsford dentist at Clayburn Dental so we can help pinpoint the source of your tooth soreness and get your teeth feeling great again.

To better understand some of the different reasons for a sore tooth, we are going to count down the 10 common explanations that we encounter every day with many of our patients.

Top 10 Common Causes of Toothache

#10 – Wisdom Teeth Growing

Often times, when wisdom teeth begin crowning or if they already have crowned, they create teeth misalignment, pushing against other teeth and placing pressure on your jaws and gums. Wisdom teeth removal or orthodontic treatment can usually remedy this soreness.

#9 – Sinus Infection

In some cases, the source of your toothache might not even be in your mouth! If you suffer from sinuses, it’s possible that nasal congestion and tenderness in your upper jaw is causing your teeth pain.

#8 – Improper Teeth Brushing

Not maintaining a recommend routine for oral hygiene can cause long-term damage to your teeth and pain in the short term. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily helps to remove plaque that causes tooth pain if undealt with, and brushing your teeth with too much pressure can also irritate the gum areas, causing them to recede in the long run if done regularly.

#7 – Sensitive Teeth

If you feel sharp pains in your teeth when eating hot foods or cold drinks, you might have sensitive teeth, either from a receding gum line and/or weakening teeth enamel. Talk to us at Clayburn Dental to devise a plan to help combat your teeth discomfort.

#6 – Gum Disease

Gum disease is a leading cause of bleeding gums and constant tenderness in the mouth area, usually leading to teeth pain. Our Abbotsford dental professionals can assist in strategizing an oral-hygiene plan to ward off gingivitis in your mouth for good!

#5 – Injury or Tooth Fractures

Get into a sports injury, or chip your tooth while taking a fall? Damaging, fracturing, or even just slightly chipping a tooth can lead to serious oral pain. We can consult with you about your options for dental fillings and dental crowns to get you smiling again.

#4 – Damaged Fillings

Any dental fillings that cover pre-existing gaps or chips can cause more tooth pain if they ever become damaged or dislodged, exposing the sensitive part of your tooth to temperatures, food, and drinks that could create sharp pains. Talk to your dentist here in Abbotsford so we can diagnose a broken dental filing for you and eliminate tooth pain.

#3 – Teeth Grinding

Many people subconsciously grind their teeth at night while they sleep without even realizing it. Bruxism, as it’s known, causes friction amongst the teeth, jaw, neck, and mouth muscles. Consider getting a comfortable, custom-fit mouth guard for your sleep so you won’t wake up with tooth pain anymore.

#2 – Abscessed Tooth

What is an abscessed tooth? Simply put, an abscessed tooth is a painful infection at or near a tooth’s root, causing the outer layer of tooth enamel to break away and exposing the sensitive inner part of a tooth as a pain point.

#1 – Tooth Decay

Of course, the top cause for tooth pain is tooth decay, a common problem that at one point or another affects most people. It’s hard for many people to spot tooth decay until it develops into a cavity and has broken into the inner layer of a tooth known as the dentin. Always consult with your dentists at Clayburn Dental about how to reverse tooth decay while it’s still treatable or to learn about receiving a cavity filling.

Stop Tooth Pain at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

If your toothache lasts longer than a day and/or is causing significant distress, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately.

For minor toothaches, call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online to learn more about how we can help your mouth feeling great again.

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