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Monday, April 7, 2014

Why Are Porcelain Veneers So Durable?

One of the reasons porcelain veneers are so popular with our Edmonton-area patients in need of cosmetic dentistry solutions is their exceptional durability. If properly maintained using basic dental hygiene, porcelain veneers can last for up to a decade.

Porcelain veneers are so durable for two reasons. These are:

  • The incredibly strong material. Veneers are, obviously, made from porcelain, which is lightweight and strong. The porcelain material isn't prone to cracking and won't stain.
  • The bonding process places the thin veneer firmly over your tooth. There's no "wiggle room," to use a common phrase; the veneer is strongly bonded to your tooth enamel.
Of course, the right cosmetic dentist is important. When you come to Focus on Smiles, you know that Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko has decades of experience with the porcelain veneer bonding procedure. She understands the important details and how to make sure the veneers are applied appropriately.

Now, as noted above, veneers still must be maintained. You have to provide them with the safe attention you provide your natural teeth. If you do this, your veneers will give you years of loyal service.

If you're a resident of the Edmonton, Alberta area and you're considering porcelain veneers, please contact Focus on Smiles today for a consultation. 

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

What is Osseointegration?

When our Edmonton cosmetic dentist discusses the durability of dental implants, one word that gets used a lot is “osseointegration.” This is an important term, because it explains part of why dental implants are so strong.

Osseointegration refers to the process by which your bone integrates and accepts artificial implants. In the case of dental implants, it will be your jaw bone integrating a titanium rod for the purpose of anchoring a replacement tooth.

The process of osseointegration is rather slow and can take some time. For dental implants, this often means waiting between three and six months. However, the wait is worth it; once osseointegration is complete, the dental implant will be a fully integrated part of your jawbone.

This provides your new, artificial tooth with unparalled support and an extraordinarily stable foundation. Along with the strong materials (porcelain and titanium) used in their construction, this explains why dental implants can last decades.

If you're an Edmonton, Alberta resident and you have questions about dental implants for our cosmetic dentist, please contactFocus on Smiles today for a consultation. 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What Causes TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, is a serious condition that can cause a number of serious health effects, including chronic headaches. If you're suffering from these headaches and you don't understand why, it might well be TMJ. You should come to Edmonton dentist Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko at Focus on Smiles for a diagnosis.

If you have TMJ, the first step to treatment and relief from your chronic headaches will be finding the condition's cause. Once our dentist does that, she can help you find a treatment that will end your symptoms.

The basic cause of all TMJ is irritation of the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull. But the causes of this irritation can include:

·         A mis-aligned jaw or bite
·         Teeth grinding
·         Poor dental work
·         Arthritis
·         Trauma

The good news is there is likely a solution in neuromuscular dentistry. Treatments often include the wearing of a mouthguard or orthotic at night; this will shift your bite and jaw alignment into a more relaxed position.

In certain situations, more thorough orthodontic work might be required. If a full bite and jaw alignment is necessary, our Edmonton dentist can use Invisalign to effect a significant but subtle change in your teeth over the course of approximately a year.

If you're an Edmonton, Alberta resident suffering from TMJ, you should speak to our dentist about your headaches. Please contact Focus onSmiles today. 

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Importance of Seeing Your Alberta Dentist Regularly

Most of our patients are conscientious about their dental hygiene. They brush twice a day, floss regularly and generally take good care of their teeth. As such, it's natural for you to wonder why it's so important to have frequent, regularly scheduled appointments with our Alberta general dentist. Isn't home care enough?

Unfortunately, it's not. It's crucial you come in to Focus on Smiles at least once every six months for a cleaning and full dental check-up.

The simple reality is that no matter how thorough and careful you are about caring for your teeth, Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko and her team will be able to give you a more complete and effective cleaning.

With our technology and years of experience, we can reach places in your mouth that you can't while brushing at home. We can also clear out plaque build-up that occurs on the teeth of even the most careful brushers and flossers.

In short, our Alberta dentist is equipped to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Your home care is absolutely crucial, and if you're brushing and flossing in the way we recommend, you should pat yourself on the back for your efforts. However, twice-yearly visits to Focus on Smiles are important parts of any dental health regimen.


If you're an Alberta resident looking for an experienced and skilled dentist, please contact Focus on Smiles today. 

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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. 

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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.

If you live in the Edmonton, Alberta area and have questions about our tooth whitening choices, please contact Focus on Smiles today. 

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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. 

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