Implant-Anchored Dentures Can Give You Back Your Life

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For anyone who has lost all of their teeth, implant-supported dentures from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna may sound like a dream come true: dentures that are attached to the jaw, and surpass traditional dentures in appearance and functionality.

You know what they say: if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But set aside any skepticism. Implant-supported dentures are already worn successfully by hundreds of thousands of people.

As you may know, a dental implant is a titanium post that is placed in the jaw, where it fuses with the bone. A single post can support a single artificial tooth. Multiple posts, strategically placed, can support a set of dentures.

Implant-supported dentures have a number of advantages over traditional dentures:

  • More stable. Because they are attached to titanium posts that have fused with the jaw, people have much greater biting and chewing power.
  • Natural in appearance. They look more like natural teeth, and are easier to care for.
  • Built to last. Because they are physically attached to the jaw, implants are long-lasting.
  • Prevents bone recession. With traditional dentures, the bone around missing tooth roots begin to deteriorate. The titanium posts replace some of the tooth roots, so the bone is preserved.

Implant-supported dentures can transform your life, and they are among the procedures available at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna. We have placed them in patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6, who also come to us for smile design. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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Can I Objectively Evaluate My Smile?

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It is no secret that a beautiful, pleasing, healthy smile can be your best physical attribute. After all, people notice your smile first thing. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna we use smile design to help our patients get fabulous smiles.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; if you look at your smile in the mirror and think it’s unattractive, it doesn’t really matter what anybody else thinks. But what if you are not sure?

There are many flaws that can detract from a great smile. Missing teeth is a biggie. People who are missing teeth in the back of the mouth may mistakenly believe that the gap doesn’t show. They are usually wrong. When smiling, talking, laughing, or eating, a missing tooth definitely shows – even if the missing tooth is the very last molar.

Yellow or gray teeth diminish the appeal of a smile – even one that is perfectly healthy and aligned – and crooked teeth are often considered unattractive.

Regardless of the issue, there is probably a smile design procedure that can improve it. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna people from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 have trusted us to improve their smiles. We also offer restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment with us today!

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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Is Your Emergency A Schedule Crisis?

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Some emergencies are worse than others. Severe toothache? You definitely want to take care of that promptly. Broken tooth? Major emergency. Knocked-out tooth? Code red! Call Choose Your Smile in Kelowna right away, and head on over.

Schedule crisis?

Well…that’s not exactly the same thing as a tooth injury. But at Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair, we solve that problem too.

Choose Your Smile: The Solution For Busy Schedules

With extended hours and weekend appointments, we are the solution to schedule emergencies.

Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair has been providing quality dental care to patients in the Kelowna area since 2004. We are passionate about the oral health of our patients.

Our emergency dental services include:

  • Root canals
  • Toothache relief
  • Tooth extractions
  • Sedation dentistry
  • Treatment for tooth injury
  • Same day restorations

We help our patients keep their mouths as healthy as possible and their smiles clean and bright.

Is Your Emergency An Upcoming Event?

Perhaps your smile is healthy. But you want to make it irresistibly stunning for an upcoming event. A wedding. A vacation. Your high school reunion. An Academy award nomination. Even if your upcoming event is next week, we can solve your time crunch. With same-day dental restorations, you can walk out with a brilliant smile in a couple hours.

Smile design from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna can give you the smile of your dreams! We have transformed smile for people in Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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Can You Name 9 Dental Specialties?

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Most people probably know how a pediatric dentist differs from an orthodontist. But you may not know that there are multiple dental specialties. This post from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna looks at the disciplines within dentistry.

  • Endodontics: This area focuses on dental pulp and periradicular tissues. If you need a root canal, you may require the services of an endodontist.
  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics: If you want to straighten your teeth, you need an orthodontist. Dentofacial orthopedic specialists correct facial deformities using many of the same types of appliances used in teeth straightening therapy.
  • Pediatric Dentistry: Pediatric dentists provide dental care for infants, children and teenagers.
  • Periodontics: This is the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the tissues around the teeth – the gums, that is.
  • Prosthodontics: Prosthodontists provide restorative dental procedures including dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures. They also perform cosmetic dental treatments.
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: This specialty concerns diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions.
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology: Oral and maxillofacial radiologists analyze radiographic images (x-rays) for issues of the maxillofacial area.
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Oral surgeons perform surgery on the teeth, jaw, face, and gums. These include facial reconstruction, cleft lip and palate correction, bone grafting, dental implants, and impacted teeth.
  • Dental Public Health: This discipline focuses on the prevention and treatment of dental diseases, and promoting dental health through community effort.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna we keep your teeth and gums healthy with preventative dentistry. We’ve also provided referrals to patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 to specialists throughout the area. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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How Long Does It Take For Braces To Straighten Teeth?

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What issues influence the treatment time?

  • The type of braces used
  • How well the patient follows the orthodontist’s instructions regarding foods to avoid
  • The distance the teeth must be moved
  • The amount of room available in the mouth
  • The condition of the teeth
  • The health of the gums and jawbone

Keep all your appointments during treatment. We will make sure the braces are working like they should. We will monitor the wires, springs or rubber bands to exert the correct amount of pressure on the teeth.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna we offer traditional wire braces, and clear braces from Invisalign. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 have straighter teeth after our treatment. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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Tooth Problem? Time is of the Essence.

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Dental emergencies span the urgency spectrum from “Get me to an urgent care dentist now!” to “This toothache can wait until the Monday if I take enough Advil.” At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna we remind you that just because a tooth issue can wait until next week, it doesn’t mean it should.

Emergencies are never convenient. If they were, they might not be considered emergencies. Knowing what to do in case of a dental emergency can make the difference between losing a tooth and saving one.

A knocked out tooth is one of the most serious emergencies there is. All it takes is one rough tackle or an elbow to the jaw. If you have a knocked out tooth, time is of the essence. If possible, put the tooth back into your jaw, making sure not to touch its root. Otherwise, keep it between your cheek and gums, or even in some milk. The important thing is to make a beeline for our office. If you see us within an hour of your accident, chances are good the tooth can be saved.

A cracked tooth shoudl also be addressed quickly. The first thing you should do is rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Cold compresses can help to keep the swelling down. It’s also time to head for our office.

Remember, they are called emergencies for a reason. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna we offer emergency dentistry, and people from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 have turned to us for urgent care. They also come to us for restorative dentistry and other services. Schedule a checkup with us today!

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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The Mark Of The Perfect Dentist

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Looking for a new dentist? It’s easy to find one. A quick Google search, an online review or two, and you’ll have a short list of possibilities. The trick, of course, is finding the right dentist –one you’re happy with, and will stick with for years to come. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna we’re proud to have lots of happy patients and positive online reviews.

Are there certain qualities you should you look for? Many factors  come into play. Do you choose the dentist nearest your home? By experience and education? Or maybe because a friend recommended the practice?

What To Look For

It may not be an exact science. But here are some of the things we think you should look for when trying to find a dentist:

  • A Good Listener. Whether it’s a general dentist, a pediatric dentist, or some other specialty, a good dentist will listen to your concerns and address any issues you might raise.
  • Sharing Information. A good dentist is always ready to explain what’s going on with your dental health. Any issues you might have should be explained in plain language.
  • Conservative. Not every smile needs to be corrected; not every cavity needs to be filled right away. A good dentist will take a conservative approach to treatment, and always do what is best for you.
  • Continuing Education. Dentistry is complex, and always changing. A good dentist is committed to staying on top of innovations and developments. A desire and willingness to improve is a trait to look for.

At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna we want all our patients to be happy with our work, and strive for excellence in dentistry every single day. Our patients come from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 for our preventative and children’s dentistry. We would love to see you in our office for a cleaning and checkup soon!

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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Improve Your Smile for Yourself (And Those That Look at You)

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Millions of people have replaced one or more missing teeth and improved their smiles with dental implants, and that number just keeps growing. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we are providers of these dental marvels.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into your jaw. An artificial tooth goes on top of the post.

One of the things that make dental implants so popular is that they blend in so easily with the patient’s remaining teeth. They look and function like natural teeth, and are built to last.

A major benefit of dental implants is that they prevent bone recession, which is common in people who have lost teeth. The titanium post goes where the tooth root used to be, and helps strengthen the bone.

For patients missing all of their teeth, implants can be used to anchor dentures, providing a much firmer, more secure fit. Many patients report newfound confidence in  themselves, after years of embarrassment caused by missing teeth.

Dental implants are one of the most significant advances in dentistry, and at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna are an ideal solution for missing teeth. Patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 come to us for these and other restorative dentistry options. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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The Choose Your Smile Guide To Dental X-Rays

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Don’t know a periapical from a bitewing? This post from Choose Your Smile in Kelowna takes a look at the various types of dental X-rays.

Panoramic

These pictures help us see everything in one image: the total upper and lower jaw. These are often taken during a patient’s first visit. They are useful for evaluating jaw injuries and seeing emerging teeth in children.

Bitewing

Bitewing X-rays help us see what’s going on between teeth—something that is always required but impossible with a visual exam. They also help us evaluate the jaw bone.

Periapical

These are similar to bite wings but they can get a more detailed picture of the tooth roots and bone. These are generally used to help diagnose an abscess in the root of a tooth.

Full-Mouth Series

This is a combination of periapical and bitewing X-rays. It gives a highly detailed picture of all the teeth and the surrounding bone structure.

Dental X-rays are an important diagnostic tool at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna. Patients from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 come to our office for preventative dentistry and smile design, and much more! Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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Treatment For Sensitive Teeth

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There are lots of people out there who feel pain when they sip coffee or eat ice cream, or take a bite out of something hard. If sensitive teeth are a problem for you, talk to us about it at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna.

In many cases, sensitive teeth respond to something as simple as changing toothpaste. Most major toothpaste brands have a sensitive teeth version of their products. They can be very effective; many patients say they’ve helped within a week or so of use.

A possible cause of sensitivity is receding gums, which exposes microscopic holes in the teeth. When that happens, food and drinks that are hot or cold reach nerve cells that cause pain. We can evaluate the state of your gums, and whether something like the way you brush your teeth is a contributing factor.

There could also be a worn filling or new cavity. Treatment for that is as simple as replacing a worn one or filling the new cavity.

The important thing is to let us know what’s going on. People from Mission, V1Y 8B7, and V1W 3C6 call Choose Your Smile in Kelowna for preventative and restorative dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today!

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

778-769-2754

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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