Dr. Chad Aitken DMD and the team at Vista Dental Care are pleased to provide professional and caring dental services to their patients from Red Deer AB and the surrounding communities. Our dental services include: adult, children's, cosmetic, family, general, implant, laser, orthodontic, preventive, restorative and sedation dentistry.
A Crown Restores a Damaged ToothCrowns are sometimes the best option to restore a damaged or worn-down tooth when a basic filling will not return it to complete functionality. A crown will not only preserve but can even add strength to your impaired tooth. The material we use to create our crowns can even be colourized to blend with your surrounding teeth.
If you ever get nervous just thinking about going to the dentist, you’re not alone. Perhaps you’re scared the visit might hurt or you haven’t been in a while and not sure what the dentist will find. Whatever your reason, the right dental team will make sure your dental and your emotional health are taken care of. The more you delay - or just don’t go - to the dentist, the higher your risk of developing dental problems that will make gearing up for future dental visits more difficult. In fact, seeing your dentist regularly can actually make the entire process - from making an appointment to sailing through it - much easier on many levels. Use these strategies at your next appointment to help ease your anxiety and strengthen your smile.
1. Speak up Anyone with anxiety knows sharing your feelings makes a world of difference. If you're tense or anxious, do yourself a favor and get your concerns off your chest. Your dentist …
Intra-Oral Camera Makes You a Part of the TeamYour ability to participate fully in your dental health decisions is important to us. That’s why we use the intra-oral camera. This tiny video camera provides a detailed image of the interior of your mouth, projecting it on a monitor. You can see firsthand what areas need work and which teeth are doing fine. We think you’ll appreciate how this works.
Gum Disease Can Contribute to Heart Disease and Even StrokeAccording to Dental Health Alberta, “Gum disease (periodontal disease) often progresses at a slow pace, with no pain. As a result, it is very common in many individuals. Gum disease is not just about your mouth – there is evidence linking gum disease to heart disease, respiratory disorders and strokes.”
It is estimated that as many as 8 out of 10 people may suffer, or be at risk, from gum disease. Periodontal infection poses more hazards to people whose health is already compromised by diabetes and respiratory afflictions. The reality is that the bacteria that contribute to a gum infection isn’t restricted to your mouth. These bacteria can move through your soft tissues, into your bloodstream, and from there travel to all your other internal organs.
Below is an excerpt from an article found on Colgate.com that was written by Wendy J. Woudstra
No matter how conscientious you are about your oral care routine, at some point in your life you will probably experience the discomfort of a toothache. Though a cavity is the most likely culprit, it is only one of several possible causes of toothaches.
Tooth Sensitivity If you are experiencing sharp pains when eating or drinking hot or cold foods, it could mean you have a cavity. It may also be a sign that you may have sensitive teeth, either from receding gums or from a thinning of your tooth enamel. While you are waiting for a dental appointment to confirm the cause of your sensitive teeth, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth may help ease the symptoms.
Some Toothaches Are More Severe If the pain you are experiencing is a sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down on your food, the cause of your toothache could be a cavity or a cracked tooth. If it's…
Below is an excerpt from an article found on Colgate.com that was written by the ADA
A healthy adult produces about three pints of saliva each day. It's not the kind of thing you would give thought to very often, but that saliva plays a very important role in maintaining your health.
Saliva serves many purposes. It contains enzymes that aid in digestion. Saliva makes it easier to talk, a fact recognized by those who experience stage fright and the associated dry mouth while giving a presentation.
Saliva also helps prevent tooth decay by washing away food and debris from the teeth and gums. It neutralizes damaging acids, enhances the ability to taste food and makes it easier to swallow. Minerals found in saliva also help repair microscopic tooth decay.
Everyone, at some time or another, experiences dry mouth, also called "xerostomia." It can happen when you are nervous, upset or under stress or as a result of medication you take or other medical therapies. If dry mouth happ…