ABBA Dental offers a number of treatment and care options to our patients in Vancouver.
Our family-friendly practice is happy to accept patients of all ages. We are close to public transit, stay up-to-date through continuing education, and maintain a friendly outlook regarding our patient care.
If you would like to schedule an appointment, we are glad to accept new patients. Please give us a call at 604-688-7201.
We serve all of Vancouver, with many of our patients coming from the West End and Yaletown neighbourhoods.
Our friendly staff at ABBA Dental wants to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Your confidence and satisfaction are important to us. We are happy to answer all of your questions, and we will do our best to build a lasting relationship with you.
As something special for our patients, ABBA Dental has a massage chair in our office, which patients can enjoy before or after their appointment. Also, for patients who are unsettled by visits to the dentist, we can provide a mild sedative, which can be taken one hour before their appointment begins.
Oral health is a valuable asset no matter what your age. Properly taking care of teeth and gums can lead to a brighter smile and an overall healthy mouth. Preventive care is most successful when comprised of both at-home dental care and regular visits to your dentist.
Take a look at a few simple steps you can take to protect your mouth:
Brushing at least twice a day with a soft-bristle tooth brush can help to keep plaque away. Choosing a toothpaste with fluoride can better remove food particles that cause plaque. Besides brushing your teeth, always be sure to brush the top surface of your tongue as well.
Flossing is a great way to reach in between your teeth, and with the addition of a mouthwash, you can kill some of the bacteria that can cause bad breath and decay.
Another important step to a healthy mouth is eating the right foods. Stay away from sugary foods. Instead, choose raw vegetables, fruits and other healthy items.
Be sure to schedule regular dental visits approximately every six months.
If you have deep crevices in your molars that tend to show decay, you may want to speak to your dentist about getting sealants, which can protect the chewing surfaces of your molars.
Finally, for active individuals, always wear a mouth guard while participating in contact sports.
To learn more about oral hygiene or to schedule a visit to ABBA Dental, please give us a call.
Read through these easy-to-follow brushing and flossing instructions, or download printable instructions.
BRUSHING: Step 1
Brush with your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gum line.
BRUSHING: Step 2
Brush gently using a circular motion.
BRUSHING: Step 3
Be sure to brush all surfaces of each tooth.
BRUSHING: Step 4
Use the tip of your toothbrush to clean the inside surface of your front teeth.
FLOSSING: Step 1
Wind about 18 inches of floss around your middle fingers. As you use the floss, it can be adjusted and rewrapped around your fingers.
FLOSSING: Step 2
Use your thumbs and index fingers to guide the floss in between your teeth.
FLOSSING: Step 3
With a sawing motion, work the floss between your teeth. Then, curve it around the side of each tooth, in the shape of a C, and gently slide it beneath your gums.
FLOSSING: Step 4
Slide the floss up and down. Repeat for each tooth.
Often for small chips or discoloured teeth, bonding is used as a conservative treatment. Dental bonding is a procedure where a white composite filling is placed on a tooth to improve its appearance or function while looking natural.
Bonding material can also be used instead of amalgam when performing a tooth filling. This is often preferred by patients that want a more natural look. Because of its composition, the bonding material can be used on all surfaces of the teeth and on both the front and back teeth.
Bonding tends to be less expensive than other similar treatments, and a great advantage is that these treatments can typically be completed in just one visit. Bonding material can also be patched or repaired if it ever cracks or becomes discoloured.
Bridges are used as a way to replace missing teeth. Besides an improvement in aesthetics, a bridge can also relieve stress to your bite.
When it comes to applying bridges, they are custom fit to your existing teeth. Most often the artificial teeth are made from porcelain, alloys or gold. Along with added support, bridges will fill in gaps for a stronger foundation.
For patients who will be receiving a bridge, it is important to schedule regular visits to your dentist after the procedure. Your dentist can check for any problems and will also keep an eye on your overall oral health.
Crowns are used to strengthen teeth and improve overall shape. Often, they are used to protect and cover teeth that have been worn down or broken.
Crowns are cemented to existing teeth and serve as a cap, covering the tooth’s outer surface. Crowns are often made of porcelain, because of its natural look, but they can also be made from metal. With today’s advances in dentistry, porcelain crowns can often be closely matched to your existing tooth colour.
Crowns and onlays, partial crows, are also used to strengthen teeth that have had fillings in the past. One great advantage to crowns is that they are constructed in a lab to precisely match your teeth, and fabricators can take into account your jaw structure and bite for crowns that are more comfortable.
Whether you are in need of full or partial dentures, ABBA Dental has the solution for you. When all natural teeth have been removed, full dentures can bring back a more natural functionality and look. When some existing teeth remain, partial dentures can be used to fill gaps and add support.
To maintain your dentures and keep them in good condition, they must be regularly cleaned using a gentle cleanser.
It is also a good idea to keep them moist at all times. Besides cleaning your dentures, do not forget to clean your tongue and gums as well.
Direct and indirect fillings are used when a cavity has been detected.
Direct fillings take place in one visit, with the filling being placed directly onto the affected surface.
With indirect fillings, more than one appointment may be needed. These fillings may include onlays, veneers, crowns or other dental treatments.
Traditionally, fillings have been composed of gold, porcelain or composite materials, but now ceramic and plastic compounds are used to give a more natural appearance.
ABBA Dental performs extractions for both baby teeth and adult teeth. Many times baby teeth will be extracted if they have not formed properly or if they fail to fall out within a proper time frame.
Adult and baby teeth may be removed if they are overly affected by decay. If decay is left unattended it can travel to other teeth and even into your jaw. Problems with wisdom teeth are also a common reason for extractions. Once a removal has taken place, you can discuss with your dentist whether bridges, implants or partial dentures are recommended.
Depending on the situation and your schedule, a tooth may be extracted during a regular checkup or it can require its own procedure.
To perform the extraction, your dentist will expand the socket which holds the tooth. This separates the tooth from the ligament that holds it in place. Once loosed from the ligament, the tooth can be removed. After an extraction has been performed, it is a good idea to plan regular visits to your dentist, so that they can review any changes to structure or any complications that may have arisen.
Please let your dentist know of any concerns that you may have before the treatment. This is a good time to discuss sedation options.
Along with bridges, implants can serve as a technique to replace missing teeth.
These permanent installations can prevent the problems that typically arise when teeth are lost: bite destabilization, discomfort, and shifting of your mouth and jaw.
An implant is a combination of a metal body, which is inserted into your jaw, and a porcelain crown.
The body of the implant ensures a strong hold and the porcelain is constructed to look and perform like your natural teeth.
After a proper treatment, most people won’t even be able to tell that you have received a dental implant.
Implants can also be used to anchor dentures, preventing shifting which can accompany traditional dentures.
Fluoride treatments provided by your dentist can be an effective measure to prevent bacteria and plaque from building up on your teeth, causing cavities and tooth decay. Our fluoride treatments only take a few minutes and are provided during your typical checkup. Depending on various factors, we may recommend more frequent fluoride treatments. Please contact us to learn more.
As a way to protect your teeth and gums, a mouth guard is always recommended for individuals who participate in sports. Full-contact sports can pose a great risk of injury, which is why choosing a correctly-fitting mouth guard is key.
Although boil-and-bite mouth guards can offer some protection, custom mouth guards are often more comfortable and more effective.
At ABBA Dental, we can provide you with a custom mouth guard, and we will even show you proper maintenance methods. Remember that the American Dental Association recommends mouth guards to protect your smile.
If you have a tooth with a diseased root, a root canal can be an effective option that can often be used instead of having the tooth extracted. Root canals are meant to alleviate pain and pressure that have resulted from a bacterial infection within your tooth. It is important to have these procedures done sooner rather than later, because infections can soon affect your jaw or even your overall health.
Depending on the severity and risk factors, root canals can take anywhere from one to three procedures to complete.
During the procedure all infected tissue will be removed. Next, the tooth will be cleaned and sealed, and as the last step, the tooth is filled with a composite to promote continued strength. For more serious cases, a crown can be placed over the tooth to protect it from further harm.
Often when individuals have deep grooves in their molars, it can be hard to clean these areas, making them more susceptible to cavities. Sealants can be used to prevent this problem by filling in the deeper grooves.
Often made from a plastic resin, sealants create a smooth surface for easier brushing. This reduces the risk of tooth decay.
Sealants can be applied to the teeth of both children and adults as a preventive measure. Depending on your teeth construction, your dentist may recommend this painless procedure.
Modern sealants typically last up to five years, but they can stay intact for much longer. If you notice that one of your sealants has cracked or become loose, call us, and we will schedule an appointment to have your tooth re-sealed.
Veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure. They can be used to hide stains, gaps and chips in your teeth.
You can meet with us at ABBA Dental to discuss how veneers can transform your smile. Veneers are great for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to their smile.
Made from a composite material, veneers are custom-made to lay on the outer surface of your existing teeth. Once put into place, you should notice an immediate change in your smile.
Although the composites used in veneers are developed to withstand food and drinks that can cause stains, we may recommend that certain items be avoided.
Wisdom teeth often appear during a person’s teens or twenties. These teeth, which appear in the back of the mouth can often form incorrectly or cause problems due to lack of space. If this is the case, wisdom teeth may need to be removed. If left unattended, they can cause soreness, swelling and even a greater risk for tooth decay.
Wisdom teeth are often removed early enough in their development that their roots have not fully formed, making them easier to extract and shortening recovery.
In order to remove your wisdom teeth, our dentists will apply a local anaesthetic. You can also ask us about other anaesthesia options. Because wisdom teeth typically have not fully erupted before they are removed, the dentist will have to take out a small section of bone, which will be covering the tooth. After the procedure is complete, your healing time begins. Healing can vary from person to person, but our staff will provide you with information about what to expect and how you can have a more comfortable recovery.
WHAT IS GUM DISEASE?
Gum disease is an infection of the gums that is one of the most common reasons for adult tooth loss.
Unlike other issues, gum disease can be pain free, making it harder to detect.
But your dentist is trained to spot gum disease, and they will check your gums during any of your scheduled checkups.
THE CAUSES OF GUM DISEASE
Bacteria buildup, or plaque, is the root cause of gum disease.
Improper cleaning can lead to growing buildup which will eventually start to damage your gums.
Gum disease forms just below the gum line, and it has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.
Healthy versus infected gums
Gingivitis is a treatable form of gum disease that can be eliminated by proper cleanings and a good daily brushing and flossing routine.
Signs of gingivitis include swollen, red gums that bleed easily.
Gingivitis will eventually turn into periodontitis if left untreated. Periodontitis causes irreversible damage to the bones and gums that support your teeth. Without immediate treatment, teeth can become loose and may even fall out.
RISK FACTORS FOR PERIODONTAL DISEASE
Risk factors for gum disease include:
Certain types of medication
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF GUM DISEASE
If you notice any of the following, you may have gum disease: gums that bleed easily, swollen gums, pus between your teeth, loose teeth, and changes in the fit of your bite.
TREATING GUM DISEASE
Depending on how severe the case is, there can be non-surgical treatments available. These solutions may include the use of periodontal trays, root planning and scaling. If the disease is severe, periodontal surgery and dental implants may be the only solution.
GUM DISEASE PREVENTION
The best way to protect against gum disease is through proactive measures. You can reduce your chances of suffering from this disease by practicing regular brushing and scheduling checkups with your dentist.
TEMPOROMANDIBULAR DISORDER (TMD)
Temporomandibular disorder is a condition that affects many people around the world, leading to neck pain, headaches and jaw pain.
This disorder occurs due to the malfunction of your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects your lower jaw to your skull. Symptoms of TMD include:
Pain in the jaw area
A popping jaw
Incorrect alignment of the teeth
Muscles spasms in the jaw
If you suffer from one or more of these systems, you should report this to your doctor.
The following is a list of things that you can do to try to prevent TMD in the first place or keep your condition from worsening:
Keep your face relaxed
Avoid grinding your teeth
Avoid constant gum chewing
Do not talk on the phone while it is cradled between your head and shoulder
Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
Do not rest your chin on your hands
Practice good posture
VELSCOPE ORAL CANCER SCREENINGS
With hundreds of thousands of cases of oral and throat cancer being diagnosed each year, there is a real risk, especially for individuals who do not undergo any screenings. When it comes to battling these cancers, early detection can play a large part in survival rates. With early diagnosis and treatment, a patient’s survival rate increases dramatically.
COMMON RISK FACTORS FOR ORAL CANCER
Factors that may increase your risk for oral cancer include:
Excessive sun exposure
Excessive alcohol consumption
Frequent use of tobacco
Oral cancer can affect people of all ages. Typically men above the age of 50 are at the highest risk, but recently there has been an increase in women with oral cancer.
Utilizing a VELscope, your doctor can view the tissue inside of your mouth to determine if any abnormal tissue exists.
Abnormal tissue does not always correlate with cancer, so your doctor may schedule follow-up tests to determine if abnormal tissue is cancerous.
If you are faced with a dental emergency, call ABBA Dental right away. If your call comes outside of our normal business hours, our answering machine will provide you with emergency contact information.
Our dentists are here to help you when you need it most, and we will do all that we can to take care of your emergency as quickly as possible. Common dental emergencies include:
Bitten lip or tongue
Knocked out permanent tooth
Object caught between teeth
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Teeth Whitening Options
With more and more whitening products on the market today, the choices can be overwhelming. For patients who are looking for fast and effective results, ABBA Dental provides teeth whitening services.
IN-OFFICE TEETH WHITENING
Our in-office treatment utilizes a whitening gel and a lamp or laser to provide noticeable whitening in just one visit. This type of treatment generally takes about 90 minutes.
AT-HOME TEETH WHITENING
TRAY BLEACHING If you are looking for a whitening treatment that can be used without leaving your home, you can ask about tray bleaching. This bleaching uses whitening gel that is placed in custom-fitted trays. The way that the gel works is through the breakdown of peroxide, which releases hydroxyradicals which help whiten the teeth. Typically these whitening treatments are designed to last 10 to 14 days.
TYPES OF WHITENING