Focus on Smiles Blog
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
Patients are always concerned about safety when they ask about cosmetic dentistry procedures. At Focus on Smiles, we’re as concerned about safety as you are. And when it comes to teeth whitening, we make sure our Edmonton-area patients get the safest and most effective treatments.
We’ve written in this space before about the importance of going to a dentist’s office for a professional teeth whitening treatment instead of choosing over-the-counter options. This is partly about effectiveness, but it’s also about safety.
Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko can extensively protect your gums, cheeks and tongue while you undergo your teeth whitening. This ensures that our Edmonton-area patients don’t experience any irritation from the bleaching gels we use.
By contrast, over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments can’t take such precautions. The mass-produced trays and gels aren’t designed for your specific tooth shape or gum alignment.
Now, even with over-the-counter products your biggest worry is usually irritation and sensitivity. Teeth whitening doesn’t present any significant health risks. Choosing our cosmetic dentist, however, will minimize your chances of experiencing even minor complications.
If you live in the Edmonton, Alberta area and have questions about teeth whitening, please contact Focus on Smiles today.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Why Shouldn’t I Just Get Over-The-Counter Tooth Whitening?
At Focus on Smiles, we know that a bright, white, shining smile is a crucial element of your self-confidence. And we also know that Edmonton-area patients have a lot of tooth whitening options. Over-the-counter products you can buy at the drug store seem to offer a convenient option.
The reality, however, is that the professional tooth cleaning you’ll receive at our office is vastly superior to any over-the-counter products.
Why is this? When Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko performs your tooth whitening, she can create a treatment plan that is custom-crafted for your teeth. This means our Edmonton-area patients get whitening that is built around their specific needs.
By contrast, over-the-counter, at-home tooth whitening products are mass produced for a wide audience. The trays or strips you buy at the store are not custom-made.
This means they won’t have a tight, precise fit to your teeth. In turn, this can result in an inconsistent whitening experience that leaves some teeth completely untouched.
Dr. Fialka-Eshenko provides a number of tooth whitening options, including trays you can take home if you’re looking for a convenient treatment. You can rely on Dr. Fialka-Eshenko’s years of experience to leave you with the shade of white you’ve long desired.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
One of the reasons our cosmetic dentist recommends dental implants to Edmonton-area patients looking for tooth replacement options is that implants are sturdy and long-lasting. If you take care of them and practice sound dental hygiene, your implants can last for decades.
Dental implants are made of a titanium “root” and a porcelain dental crown. These are both strong, hearty materials that will prove durable if properly maintained.
These strong materials play important roles in your implants’ longevity. However, equally as important is the method of their placement.
Our cosmetic dentist places the titanium implants deep into the jaws of our Edmonton-area patients. We then have to wait a few months for the implant roots to fully integrate into the bone structure of your jaw.
This is a lengthy process, but it’s also a vital one. Once your implants complete the process of “osseo-integration,” they will be strongly, securely anchored in your jawbone. This provides a durable foundation for your implants.
Dental implants are not immune to gum disease and other dental problems. You have to practice sound dental hygiene and protect the implant just as your do your other teeth. But if you do, your implants can stand strong for decades.
If you live in the Edmonton, Alberta area and you want to speak to a cosmetic dentist about dental implants, please contact Focus on Smiles today.
Friday, September 27, 2013
What Is Involved in a Full Mouth Reconstruction?
Some patients have extensive dental problems that require a trip to a cosmetic dentist. Edmonton-area patients with particularly severe problems that require multiple visits to correct might be ideal candidates for a full mouth reconstruction.
A full mouth reconstruction isn’t one procedure; instead, Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko will use a number of procedures to correct a wide range of problems such as:
- Temporomandibular joint disorder
- Missing teeth
- Chipped, cracked or worn teeth
- Stained teeth
Our cosmetic dentist will decide which procedures are right for you based on your specific needs. Every patient is unique, and so is every full mouth reconstruction, but commonly used procedures include:
- Dental implants
- Porcelain veneers
- Dental bridges
- Dental crowns
- Tooth whitening
Dr. Fialka-Eshenko understands that, when you’re suffering from a number of dental problems at once, it can be intimidating to visit a cosmetic dentist. Edmonton-area patients, however, should not put off needed dental work. At Focus On Smiles you’ll find a caring, compassionate staff and a relaxed office environment.
If you live in the Edmonton, Alberta area and you want to speak to a cosmetic dentist about a full mouth restoration, please contact Focus on Smiles today.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
How to Address a Gummy Smile
One of the most common cosmetic dentistry complaints our Alberta-area patients register is that they show too much of their gums when they smile. A gummy smile is a significant cosmetic issue, as too-prominent gum tissue can obscure your teeth and leave you lacking confidence in your smile.
Cosmetic dentist Christine Fialka-Eshenko understands how meaningful this is, which is why she offers gum recontouring as a solution to your gummy smile.
When performed by our cosmetic dentist, gum recontouring is a simple, safe procedure that requires little recovery time and leaves you with a more attractive smile.
After applying a local anesthetic, our cosmetic dentist will use a laser to remove excess gum tissue and shape the gum line in such a way as to accentuate your teeth. Some swelling and tenderness is to be expected after your procedure, but these are generally mild and can be treated with over-the-counter painkillers.
Our cosmetic dentist often uses gum recontouring as part of a total smile makeover. The end result of your procedure will be a smile in which you can have confidence.
If you live in Alberta area and you’re looking for a skilled cosmetic dentist, please contact Focus on Smiles today.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
How Will I Pay for My Procedure?
At Focus on Smiles, our area dentist understands that cost is always going to be a consideration when you're thinking about undergoing a procedure, whether that procedure is cosmetic dentistry or general. In the long run, your procedure will pay off in the increased confidence and self-esteem you have from a more attractive smile, not to mention better dental health.
Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko and her staff are committed to helping you get the procedure you need. We offer a variety of financing options so that our Edmonton-area patients are able to afford the procedures that are right for them.
We accept most insurance plans.
We also work with DentalCard, a company that facilitates financing for dental procedures across Canada. With DentalCard, you can apply for financing on the terms you prefer. Maybe that means you'll pay a portion and finance the rest, or perhaps you want DentalCard to finance the entire procedure.
And DentalCard offers financing terms that range from six months to five years. All you have to do is apply on their website.
If you have questions about financing your procedure at our Edmonton-area dentist's office, we're happy to answer them. Please contact Focus on Smiles today to learn more.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Types of Dental Crowns
If you’re considering dental crowns in the Edmonton area in an effort to restore functionality and a bright smile, Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko is well-equipped to help you meet your dental goals. She offers different types of dental crowns so that you can customize your approach to the treatment.
Dr. Fialka-Eshenko will evaluate your condition to ensure that you are a good candidate for dental crowns. If you are, she will help you choose the type of crown that is right for your specific circumstances.
The types of dental crowns available are:
- Porcelain crowns: Made entirely of porcelain, these are aesthetically pleasing crowns that more easily blend in with your other teeth. However, they tend to lack the strength and durability of other options.
- Porcelain fused to metal: A metal shell that has a thin veneer of porcelain overlaid on it, these dental crowns form a middle ground. More natural than gold crowns and less than porcelain, they’re also stronger than porcelain but not as durable as gold. They also cause more wear to adjacent teeth.
- Gold: These dental crowns provide unparalleled strength and durability. However, they are also less natural looking. Gold dental crowns are often excellent options for back teeth that aren’t easily seen.
Whichever dental crown option you choose, you can trust that Dr. Fialka-Eshenko will give you the care and skillful treatment you deserve.
If you live in the Edmonton, Alberta area and you’re considering dental crowns, please contact Focus on Smiles today.
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