Dr. Steven Cload's Calgary Dentistry Blog

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September 15, 2016

Dental implants can last for a lifetime. To learn more, call Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload at (403) 278-1415 and schedule your consultation todayDental implants are the only solution for missing teeth with the potential of lasting for a lifetime. Where other options for tooth replacement focus on the tooth itself, dental implants are inserted directly into the bone of the jaw where they replace missing roots. It is this difference that provides many of the benefits offered by dental implants and allows them to outlast options such as dentures and dental bridges.

If you live in Calgary or surrounding parts of Alberta and are missing one or more teeth, call implant dentist Dr. Steven Cload at (403) 278-1415 to schedule your initial consultation and learn more.

Extending the Longevity of Your Dental Implants

Once accepted by your jaw as a new tooth root, your dental implant will provide a strong and reliable foundation for a dental crown or other restoration. You can help ensure your implant continues to serve its purpose by:

  • Brushing your teeth with a soft bristled tooth brush after every meal
  • Flossing both morning and night
  • Maintaining biannual visits with Dr. Cload

Adding a WaterPik® or similar device to your daily routine can help extend the longevity of dental implants as well. During your initial consultation, Dr. Cload will cover this in more detail to provide you with the information you will need to keep your implants strong and in place for a lifetime.

To schedule your dental implant consultation at our Calgary office, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic today. Dr. Cload provides targeted and individualized treatment options for people living throughout Alberta.

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August 18, 2016

Sedation dentistry can help produce a feeling of calm and relaxation before, during, and even after nearly any dental procedure. During your initial consultation at our Calgary office, Dr. Steven Cload will listen carefully to any concerns you may have about comfort during your general, restorative, or cosmetic dentistry procedure to help you determine if sedation may be of benefit to you. Please call us at (403) 278-1415 to schedule your consultation and learn more.

To learn if sedation dentistry could be of benefit to you, call (403) 278-1415 and schedule a consultation at our Calgary office todayThere are many reasons people look to sedation during dental procedures. Some of the most common are:

  • Dental phobia
  • Anxiety revolving around medical procedures
  • A dislike of the sights, smells, or sounds of dental offices
  • A fear of needles or medical instruments

Fear and anxiety regarding medical procedures in general or dental treatments in particular can stem from any number of previous experiences. Sedation dentistry is often a gentle and effective way to deal with these emotional discomforts, enabling you to enjoy the benefits of dental services without the fear or anxiety that may accompany them.

In addition to assisting with anxiety and fear, sedation dentistry may be of benefit if you have:

  • An overactive gag reflex
  • Sensitive teeth
  • TMJ
  • Difficulties getting numb
  • General restlessness

There are a number of conditions – both physical and emotional – that can make sedation beneficial prior to your treatment. Dr. Cload can discuss these in detail during your initial consultation to help you determine if sedation dentistry is a good solution for your needs.

 To learn more about sedation dentistry in Calgary or surrounding areas of Alberta, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic and schedule an appointment today.

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July 15, 2016

There are two types of tooth stains: •	Extrinsic, on the surface •	Intrinsic, underneath the enamel How to whiten your teeth will depend greatly on which of these stains is being addressed. During your cosmetic dentistry consultation at our Calgary office, Dr. Steven Cload will carefully evaluate your teeth to determine which type of staining is present and direct you towards the service that will be most beneficial for your needs. Dr. Cload offers different tooth whitening services, enabling him to meet the varied needs of our cosmetic dentistry patients. Solutions available in-office include: •	One hour whitening with Zoom!, a topical bleaching solution ideal for extrinsic stains •	Porcelain veneers, a more advanced cosmetic solution for deep and intrinsic stains •	Dental bonding, a cost-effective alternative to porcelain veneers Of these procedures, Zoom! chairside whitening and dental bonding will offer the most immediate solutions, but porcelain veneers will offer the longest lasting. Veneers may also be preferable for patients with additional cosmetic dental concerns such as gaps, chipped teeth, irregular tooth presentation, or uneven tooth sizes. All of this can be explored in greater detail during your tooth whitening consultation. If you live in or around Calgary, Alberta and are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, Dr. Cload is here to help. Please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic online or by calling (403) 278-1415 to learn about our cosmetic dentistry services and how we can help you achieve the strong, attractive smile of your dreams.There are two types of tooth stains:

  • Extrinsic, on the surface
  • Intrinsic, underneath the enamel

How to whiten your teeth will depend greatly on which of these stains is being addressed. During your cosmetic dentistry consultation at our Calgary office, Dr. Steven Cload will carefully evaluate your teeth to determine which type of staining is present and direct you towards the service that will be most beneficial for your needs.

Dr. Cload offers different tooth whitening services, enabling him to meet the varied needs of our cosmetic dentistry patients. Solutions available in-office include:

  • One hour whitening with Zoom!, a topical bleaching solution ideal for extrinsic stains
  • Porcelain veneers, a more advanced cosmetic solution for deep and intrinsic stains
  • Dental bonding, a cost-effective alternative to porcelain veneers

Of these procedures, Zoom! chairside whitening and dental bonding will offer the most immediate solutions, but porcelain veneers will offer the longest lasting. Veneers may also be preferable for patients with additional cosmetic dental concerns such as gaps, chipped teeth, irregular tooth presentation, or uneven tooth sizes. All of this can be explored in greater detail during your tooth whitening consultation.

If you live in or around Calgary, Alberta and are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, Dr. Cload is here to help. Please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic online or by calling (403) 278-1415 to learn about our cosmetic dentistry services and how we can help you achieve the strong, attractive smile of your dreams.

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June 13, 2016

Porcelain veneers are an attractive and effective way to address a number of cosmetic imperfections. Placed over the front of teeth, porcelain veneers can produce a seamless and natural-looking aesthetic to teeth that are chipped or cracked, crooked or misshapen, unevenly spaced or sized, and severely stained. But once placed, how long do dental veneers last?

Porcelain is incredibly durable. It is also stain-resistant and able to retain its coloring for long periods of time. However, even under the best of circumstances, individual veneers will likely not last for a lifetime. There are steps you can take to protect your porcelain veneers, but they may need to be replaced – individually or in batches – every 10 or so years. Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload will inspect the integrity of your dental veneers during your routine visits to our office and make suggestions to replace as deemed necessary for the health and beauty of your smile.

How long porcelain veneers last is often a question of how well they are cared for. To learn how to care for yours, call Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload at (403) 278-1415 todayWhile veneers are not permanent, their life can be extended through proper daily care. To keep your veneers bright and help protect them from damage you should:

  • Brush with a soft bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste
  • Floss morning and night
  • Avoid mouthwash with alcohol
  • Refrain from biting ice or hard candy
  • Visit our office every six months for cleanings and examinations

Caring for dental veneers is very similar to caring for natural teeth and, providing you have a consistent daily routine, should not require any special steps. Dr. Cload will work with you before and after your cosmetic dentistry procedure to help ensure you are provided with the desirable and lasting results you deserve.

To schedule your porcelain veneers consultation at our Calgary, Alberta office, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic online or by calling (403) 278-1415 today.

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May 05, 2016

To learn which options will best repair your chipped or cracked teeth, please call Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload at (403) 278-1415 and schedule a consultation todayChips and cracks in teeth may seem like a minor issue, but they are anything but. Any weakness in the structure of the tooth can provide an easy foothold for bacteria and this, in turn, can lead to issues including tooth decay and pulp chamber infection. To help prevent these potentially serious issues, Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload strongly recommends addressing chips and cracks as soon as they occur.

The process for protecting and strengthening teeth that have been damaged is often very quick, allowing for near immediate repair of most chips and cracks. Three of the most effective options offers by Dr. Cload for these issues are:

  • Porcelain veneers – if damage is primarily on the front of a tooth, a porcelain veneer may offer the best solution. Sized, shaped, and shaded to fit  into your smile, veneers remain one of the most aesthetically pleasing tooth restorations available
  • Dental crowns – when damage is more pronounced, on teeth that carry biting and chewing duties, or on the cusp, dental crowns may be the best option. Placed  over the damaged tooth, dental crowns offer the ideal combination of strength and beauty
  • Dental bonding – shaped and shaded to fit  into your smile for  restoration of function and beauty, dental bonding is a cost-effective method of tooth repair. Bonding will not last as long as veneers or crowns, but is easy to repair during routine office visits, making it a great option for many of our patients

There is no single method of tooth repair that will meet the needs of every person. The best way to learn which option will prove most effective for the restoration of your smile is through a one-on-one evaluation at our comfortable Calgary office.

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Cload, please contact us today. Located in Calgary, Dr. Cload welcomes patients from all surrounding areas of Alberta.

January 24, 2016

Why can you go to sleep with no headache but wake up with a headaches ?  Reasons for the morning headaches can be tooth grinding, tooth clenching a combination of clenching and grinding and sleep apnea.

The morning headaches associated with clenching and grinding are actually tension headaches . The tension in the muscles is due to lactic acid build up in the muscles and resultant pain. Its like your muscles have been running a marathon all night while you are sleeping. They never get a chance to relax and just like a marathon runner they "cramp up" and hurt. When you wake up the muscles have not had a chance to relax , in fact they have been doing the complete opposite. The headache pain can be referred from your muscles, from the temporal muscles on the side of your head and even your neck muscles.

Morning headache can be a result of oxygen depletion. If you are snoring or suffer from sleep apnea your oxygen saturation levels in your blood may fall to such low levels while you are sleeping it effects your metabolism while you sleep and lead to a lack of adequate oxygenation of your muscles and lactic acid build up and pain .

Its important you have morning headaches checked. If you have morning headaches and notice wear of your teeth, sensitive teeth, gum recession and chipping of your teeth you should have a dentist check your teeth for the possibility of night time clenching and grinding. If you are aware of snoring or potentially have sleep apnea you should also have this checked out as a reason for your morning headaches. You may need a night time grinding appliance to protect your muscles, teeth and jaw joints. If you suffer from snoring or believe you may have sleep apnea we can arrange for you to take home a device called an ARES unit to test you at night while you sleep. With the results from this test we may refer you to a sleep specialist for evaluation and treatment of your symptoms with either a CPAP or a dental snoring appliance. If you would like to discuss your morning headaches  with  Calgary dentist Dr.Cload please contact us .

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January 24, 2016

There is no TMJ speciality in dentistry. There are general dentists in Calgary who have received extra education in treating patients with TMJ compared to their training in dental school.Treatment of TMJ often involves the creation of a dental orthotic ,sometimes called a dental splint. The style of the orthotic varies greatly.Sometimes they are made for the upper teeth ,sometimes for the lower teeth. They may fit only on back teeth,only on front teeth and most often cover all the teeth on the arch it is made for. Yes it sounds confusing and it is in reality. The decision as to the position the dentists places the bite is also very varied. Depending on their training in TMJ treatment the dentist may base the bite on the tooth position, various jaw joint positions , no position and based also on the  muscles of the head and neck.

In Dr.Cloads experience  the orthotic position  where it creates the most relaxed jaw muscles works the best. This is based on a technique of neuromuscular treatment. Much of the pain associated with TMJ related symptoms such as headaches, neck ache and jaw pain in Dr.Cloads experience is muscle pain which is why the treatment is directed at relaxing these muscle to help release the tension and lactic acid build up within the  muscles.

If you  already  have a dental splint or dental orthotic to treat your TMJ and have found it did not accomplish the pain relief you wanted it may be the design of the orthotic. An orthotic created using a different technique may treat your symptoms. If you would like a complimentary consult to review your symptoms and potentially wearing an orthotic with a different design please contact Dr.Cload

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January 24, 2016

Jaw pain, TMJ , headaches  and neck ache can be  symptoms as a result of a whiplash following a car accident ( MVA ). Some whiplash victims will experience the symptoms of jaw pain, headaches and neck ache very soon after a car accident. But that is not always the case. I see some patients who start to experience these symptoms months after the initial car accident. Why such a gap between the MVA and the whiplash symptoms ?  The reason usually is the adaptation of the body to compensate for other injuries to the body as a result of the whiplash. For instance the initial accident may have injured the shoulder but to  reduce the stress and pain on the injured  shoulder the body will try to compensate and adjust the  posture . This may work initially but this will ultimately place stress on other areas of the body and then pain. Our entire body is connected which means the initial whiplash injuries are not the only injuries the body will have to cope  with .Injury to the jaw can occur at the time of the  car accident but not be obvious due to the other injuries and pain. 

How can dentistry help treat your whiplash injuries. The way our bite fits together has a huge impact on body alignment and visa versa. Using muscle relaxation of the  jaw and neck muscles we create a dental orthotic to reposition the bite. The orthotic will then act as a guide to the lower jaw and in turn impact the compensation of the body to treat the jaw pain,neck ache and whiplash symptoms. If you are suffering from whiplash related injuriesin Clagary  such as  jaw pain ,headaches, TMJ and neck ache please contact our Calgary office   to arrange an initial complimentary consultation . We would love to help alleviate your symptoms of whiplash

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January 24, 2016

Do you have gum recession ? Why do you have gum recession ? Do I need a gum graft ?

Gums  shrink up your teeth for various reasons that include gum disease , bone loss around the teeth due to prolonged gum disease, clenching teeth, tooth grinding and trauma. The most common reason in my opinion is clenching and grinding. Excessive tooth clenching and grinding causes the bone around your teeth to breakdown and pull away from the crown of the tooth . The gums follow the shrinkage of the bone.  Once the gums shrink they expose the root of your tooth. This is the reason they are sensitive. There is no protective enamel on roots so its much easier for  hot, cold and sweet food to irritate the nerve in the tooth.  Tooth sensitivity can be occasional but in many cases the sensitvity is present all the time. If this sensitivity continues it can lead to extreme sensitivty and require fillings on the exposed root surface or the need for gum grafting to position gum back  over the gum recession.

What are gum recession  treatmnet options ? To start many patents use desensitising toothpaste such as Sensodyne. If this does not work then the options include fillings placed on the root surface or gum grafts.  Gum grfats are very effective at traeting the gum recession and therefore the tooth sensitivity. Rppt filling salos work but do have the downside of needing replacing over time and often can become unsightly due to colour staing especially in smokers. Dr.Cload uses a gum lift technique called pin hole surgery that does not involve the removal of a donor piece of gum that is cut from the roof of the mouth. If  you live in the Calgary area and require gum grafting due to gum recession or tooth sensitivity please call or contact our office for a complimentary consulation.

January 24, 2016

The only thing that holds your lower jaw on your head ,other than the skin on your face ,are muscles,ligaments and tendons. Together they act like two elastic bands on each side of the head ,which are in constant motion ,either opening or closing in some very complex moves. Temperomandiblaur dysfunction occurs when this complex is out of balance.The imbalance can create painful trigger points in the muscles of the head. The pain can be episodic, it can be mild or severe. These muscle and tendons can help in diagnosis of TMJ

Do you have TMJ ? Here are  a couple of ways to self check your  :

If your pain is from the temple on the side of your head , push on the area  behind the eye and in front of the top of the ear and then bite down. If it hurts when you press then you are pressing on a trigger point. While maintaining the pressure you will feel the rest of temporalis muscle . If you press on this muscle and feel pain these are more trigger points.

If your pain comes from the cheeks, clench your teeth together. You will feel a band of tight muscle . Press on the muscle just below the cheek bone. If it is tender or hurts then that is another trigger point.

These trigger points are often a sign of TMJ .Of course there are many more such as in your neck, forehead and under your chin, If you feel these trigger points and pain you may have TMJ.  For a complimentary consultation call Dr. Cload or e-mail him on our contact page.

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