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The Health and Safety of our patients, staff and community are our priority

The health and safety of our patients, staff and community are our priority

 

At Boardwalk Dental Care, the health and safety of our patients, staff and community are our priority. We always practice the most stringent sterilization procedures in our practice.
Sunday evening, the licensing body of dentists in Ontario strongly recommended that all dental offices reschedule non-urgent care. In light of this directive, we will be calling all patients with existing appointments scheduled in the next three weeks to offer new appointment times.
Drs. Keeling and Culp(s) live in Brockville and will be available for urgent and emergency care on an as needed basis.
If you need an emergency appointment, need to reschedule an existing appointment or have any questions, feel free to call the office, 613-342-9333. We will be providing regular hour telephone support.
In this time of crisis, we at Boardwalk Dental Care are all available to support each other and all of you.
Thank you all for your years of support and your help and understanding as we ride out this crisis together.
Stay healthy and safe.
Patricia Keeling, Peter Culp, Danielle Culp and all the team at BDC

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Proper Post-Care Is Critical After A Root Canal Treatment

If you have a tooth with a cavity that goes untreated for long enough, chances are the root of the tooth will become infected.  When that happens, it's usually impossible to treat the infection directly.   There's only one good option for saving the tooth: a root canal treatment.  

A root canal is a dental procedure where the dentist drills out the center of the tooth and removes the nerve and other soft pulpy material at the center.  Then the hole is filled, and the tooth is capped.  This removes the pain and prevents further damage to the tooth.  

However, as with any sort of invasive procedure, there's always a chance of re-infection.  Following your dentist's post-care instructions can help prevent that!

How To Reduce Your Chances Of Re-Infection After A Root Canal Treatment

1. Follow your dentist's instructions to the letter

You will undoubtedly be given a list of instructions to follow, after having your root canal.  Be sure to follow them exactly as given!  Look over the instructions before leaving the office and be sure to ask any questions you have before you go.

2. Avoid eating and drinking until the anesthetic has worn off

Root canals are almost always done with a local anesthetic which will numb a large portion of your mouth.  Try to avoid eating or drinking until you have feeling back.  Otherwise, you could damage your mouth - like chewing up your cheek - without realizing it, increasing your chances of infection.

3. Take all your antibiotics

Chances are, you'll be given a prescription for antibiotics to take as a preventative measure.  Be sure to take the full course!  You're taking them specifically to stop an infection from happening.

4. A Crown is recommended

At Boardwalk Dental Care we handle root canals in one appointment, in most cases. You will leave your appointment with a permanent filling on the tooth. As the tooth is no longer a vital one, a crown is always recommended to preserve the longevity of the tooth.

If you ever do think the tooth has become re-infected - which will bring swelling and pain - it's vital to contact your dentist ASAP.  

Boardwalk Dental Care

Do you need root canal treatment or other dental work? Our Boardwalk Dental Care team is accepting new patients!  Contact us to schedule an appointment.

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Brockville Dentists Offer Their Top Tips for Preventing Tooth Decay

When it comes to keeping your teeth healthy, Brockville dentists all agree: prevention is the best medicine.  Modern dentistry can do wonders to improve even the most damaged smile, but nothing is going to be better than preventing your natural teeth from being damaged in the first place.

Tooth decay is largely preventable, and it's not hard to do.

The Top Five Ways Brockville Dentists Encourage Healthier Teeth

1. Brush and floss every day

This is the first and most obvious step, but how you brush is the key.  Too many people rush their brushing, and that means they'll be leaving a lot of food residue behind.  A proper tooth-brushing should take 2-3 minutes, while being careful to scrub every exposed tooth surface.  This should be done at least twice a day, particularly before bed.

Flossing only needs to be done once a day, but it's important to clean all the areas between your teeth that standard brushes can't reach.

2. Use mouthwash, if you can

Mouthwash isn't for everyone, but it's an excellent addition to brushing and flossing because it's anti-bacterial.  A good mouthwash kills the germs and bacteria that cause tooth disease, cavities, and bad breath.

3. Avoid sugary products

Sugar is ubiquitous in food these days - so try to avoid consuming any more of it.  Sugar is fuel for the bacteria that cause tooth decay, as well as being caustic and breaking down the enamel on your teeth.

Avoid sugary snacks and try drinking low-sugar drinks rather than sodas and fruit juice.  You'll greatly reduce the harm done to your teeth in the process.

4. Don't smoke or use chewing tobacco

There are few things you could put in your mouth which are more damaging than tobacco products.  They stain the teeth and invite decay.  Worse, nicotine is an immune system inhibitor.  Oral diseases or physical problems will be slower to heal if you use tobacco, or potentially not heal at all.

5. Visit your Brockville dentists twice as year

No matter how thorough you are, it's nearly impossible for someone at home to clean their own teeth as well as a professional can do it.  (Even dentists visit other dentists for cleanings!)  If you go in for cleanings and check-ups every six months, they'll catch any problems you missed.

Boardwalk Dental Care has top-quality Brockville dentists who want to help you achieve the healthiest smile possible.  Contact us for an appointment!

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Important Post-Care Tips After Receiving A Root Canal Treatment in Brockville

If you're receiving root canal treatment in Brockville, it's because you have a tooth with nerve damage due to cavities or other physical problems.  Unfortunately, there is no way to repair the nerve of a tooth - it simply has to be extracted, to prevent infections and other complications.

Root canals are nowhere near as unpleasant as popular culture suggests, but it is still a surgical procedure and full healing requires some after-care.  Here's what you can do to make the healing process go as smoothly as possible.

What to Do After Your Brockville Root Canal Treatment

1. Take all prescriptions as directed

Chances are, your dentist will prescribe some antibiotics as a preventative measure.  It's very important to take these exactly as directed.  You will be more vulnerable to oral infection for a few days after the procedure and taking the full course of antibiotics will greatly reduce the chances of this happening.

2. Keep the area clean

To further discourage infection, you should take special care to keep that part of your mouth clean.  Brush (gently) regularly and do plenty of mouth rinses to keep the tooth free of any particulate food matter which could decay and encourage infection.

However, you want to avoid antiseptic mouthwash, because it would hurt.

3. Monitor your pain levels

A root canal is not terribly painful, because the tooth's nerve has been removed.  What minor pain you do feel should be easily managed with over-the-counter pain killers, and this should subside within a day or two.  If pain continues longer than that, or if you'd consider the pain more than minor, you should contact your dentist to have it looked into.

4. Don't put pressure on the affected area

For a week or so after the root canal treatment, you should actively avoid putting pressure on that tooth.  Try not to chew on that side of your mouth and avoid clenching your teeth.  If you have problems with teeth grinding at night, you may want a mouth guard to avoid damage.

5. Stick to soft room-temperature foods

The tooth will be sensitive for a few days, so you won't want food which is excessively hot or cold.  In addition, avoid foods which are crunchy or sticky, because they can do damage to the operation site.

Boardwalk Dental Care Can Help

If you need a root canal treatment in Brockville, Boardwalk Dental Care will make it as comfortable as possible!  Contact us for an appointment.

 

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5 Things Do After Your Brockville Root Canal Treatment

Important Post-Care Tips After Receiving A Root Canal Treatment in Brockville

If you're receiving root canal treatment in Brockville, it's because you have a tooth with nerve damage due to cavities or other physical problems. Unfortunately, there is no way to repair the nerve of a tooth - it simply has to be extracted, to prevent infections and other complications.
Root canals are nowhere near as unpleasant as popular culture suggests, but it is still a surgical procedure and full healing requires some after-care.  Here's what you can do to make the healing process go as smoothly as possible.

What to Do After Your Brockville Root Canal Treatment

1. Take all prescriptions as directed

Chances are, your dentist will prescribe some antibiotics as a preventative measure.  It's very important to take these exactly as directed.  You will be more vulnerable to oral infection for a few days after the procedure and taking the full course of antibiotics will greatly reduce the chances of this happening.

2. Keep the area clean

To further discourage infection, you should take special care to keep that part of your mouth clean.  Brush (gently) regularly and do plenty of mouth rinses to keep the tooth free of any particulate food matter which could decay and encourage infection.
However, you want to avoid antiseptic mouthwash, because it would hurt.

3. Monitor your pain levels

A root canal is not terribly painful, because the tooth's nerve has been removed.  What minor pain you do feel should be easily managed with over-the-counter pain killers, and this should subside within a day or two.  If pain continues longer than that, or if you'd consider the pain more than minor, you should contact your dentist to have it looked into.

4. Don't put pressure on the affected area

For a week or so after the root canal treatment, you should actively avoid putting pressure on that tooth.  Try not to chew on that side of your mouth and avoid clenching your teeth.  If you have problems with teeth grinding at night, you may want a mouth guard to avoid damage.

5. Stick to soft room-temperature foods

The tooth will be sensitive for a few days, so you won't want food that is excessively hot or cold.  In addition, avoid foods which are crunchy or sticky, because they can do damage to the operation site.

Boardwalk Dental Care Can Help

If you need a root canal treatment in Brockville, Boardwalk Dental Care will make it as comfortable as possible!  Contact us for an appointment.

 

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How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Brockville Dental Crowns

How To Extend The Lifespan Of Your Brockville Dental Crowns

When you get dental crowns in Brockville, on average, they could last anywhere between 5-15 years before needing to be replaced.  Why is that average so wide?  It's because some people don't take proper care of their crowns.  All things being equal, a crown should easily be able to last at least 10-15 years - but only if you treat your crowns right and are aware of how to extend their lifespan.

Here are a few tips for ensuring your crowns last as long as possible!

4 Ways to Get the Most Life from Your Brockville Dental Crowns

1. Wear a mouthguard when playing sports

Crowns will never be as impact-resistant as normal teeth, so they will be extra vulnerable to damage if you play sports.  If there's any reasonable chance of something hitting your face, whether it's a ball or another player's elbow, always wear a mouthguard to help protect your crown from damage.

2. Keep up your flossing / brushing routine

Obviously, a crown cannot become diseased - but the teeth and gums around it can!  Gum disease, for example, can cause subtle changes to the shape and arrangement of your teeth.  Or the tooth being crowned could become infected, unless it's had a root canal.  Either way, oral hygiene helps preserve your crowns.

3. Fix any bite problems

There are many reasons a crown might fail or come loose, but the #1 reason is uncorrected bite issues - such as grinding your teeth at night.  Tooth-grinding can reshape teeth by attrition, causing crowns to no longer properly fit.  Then it's only a matter of time until they come loose.

If you clench your teeth, grind them, or have other bite issues, have them checked out by your local Brockville dentist.  It'll save your smile and your crowns!

4. Visit your dentist regularly

If you've had dental issues in the past, it's that much more important to regularly visit your dentist for check-ups and exams.  This prevents more problems from occurring, and it also gives your dentist an opportunity to check up on your crowns.  If one has started to come loose, they may be able to quickly - and cheaply - strengthen its bond and prevent more serious issues with the crown later on.

Boardwalk Dental Care Creates Beautiful Smiles

For twenty-five years, Boardwalk Dental Care has been crafting dental crowns in Brockville, along with other cosmetic dentistry services.  Contact us for an appointment!

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What You Should Know About Root Canal Treatment in Brockville

When we have patients in need of a root canal treatment in Brockville, some people feel a sense of anxiety attached to the procedure.  Root canals can have an unfounded reputation for being a painful and unpleasant experience - but that's just not the case.  Modern root canals are safe and largely pain-free while saving you from much more pain in the future from decayed or broken teeth.

Here's what you need to know.

Understanding Root Canal Treatment in Brockville

A root canal is called for when a patient has a large cavity or cracked tooth which has gone to the nerve at the center of the tooth, the nerve has become exposed to the environment, and then infected.  If there's no way to save the nerve, then a root canal is the only option to preserve the tooth.  The nerve tissue is carefully removed and then the tooth is filled in with a special inert material called gutta percha

At the point a root canal is called for, the patient is already in considerable pain.

A root canal is always done under local anesthetic. Dental anesthetic is fast-acting and numbs the area being operated on.

Once the tooth and surrounding gums are numb, the dentist gets to work. They drill an access hole and remove the infected material within your tooth.  Then, the remaining tooth is reshaped to be able to receive the filling material which will replace the root.  The tooth is filled in and then capped off so that the interior of the tooth is sealed.  In this way, the dentist makes sure that the tooth can ideally not become infected again.

The process is nearly painless, as is recovery.  The area surrounding the rebuilt tooth might be a bit sore for a day or two afterward, but that's it.  After all, with the nerve gone, you can't have feeling there.

Need A Root Canal Treatment in Brockville?  Boardwalk Is Here for You.

Since 1994, Boardwalk Dental Care has provided top-quality dental care to Brockville and the surrounding areas.  Don't wait for that procedure you need.  Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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Taking Care of Yourself after a Root Canal Treatment in Brockville

If you need root canal treatment in Brockville, you’re likely wondering what the process involves. In the case of most root canal patients, the inner pulp of the tooth has been exposed and is now infected. It’s now necessary for a dentist to remove the infected pulp and ensure the ideal level of comfort for the patient in the long-term.  

As with all dental procedures, strong post-operative care is needed when you have a root canal.  If one is in your future, follow these steps from Boardwalk Dental Care to ensure your rehabilitation is as swift -and painless as possible.

What to Do After Receiving Root Canal Treatment in Brockville

1. Always take your prescriptions as directed.

Oral infections should not be taken lightly, particularly when they could potentially move onto other parts of the mouth, or even up into the sinus cavity.  Always take your prescribed medicines as directed by your dentist.  Otherwise, you risk the infection returning.

2. Keep in Close Contact with Your Dentist

Your dentist is there to guide you through the recovery stage. Don’t be afraid to call your dental office if you have any questions or concerns as you recover from your root canal procedure.

3. Don't overwork the repaired tooth.

Whenever possible, try to chew on the other side of your mouth from where the root canal happened.  Do not chew hard foods (like candy) or chewy/sticky foods with the repaired tooth.  Be extra careful in using the treated tooth for the coming days. You may also want to avoid particularly hot or cold foods, as your teeth could be sensitive at this time.

4. Be mindful of your pain levels.

There may be some mild-to-moderate pain following the root canal, particularly once the anesthetic wears off. This is a completely normal part of the healing process.  However, the pain should be treatable with standard over-the-counter medicines like Tylenol or Mortin.  If you're experiencing severe pain that OTC painkillers aren't helping with, contact a dentist as soon as possible.   

Have Root Canal Treatment in Brockville from Experienced Professionals

The dentists of Boardwalk Dental Care have over three decades' experience.  Contact us to schedule an appointment.

 

 

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Everything You Need to Know on Root Canal Treatment in Brockville

Root canal treatment is a common topic of discussion for Brockville patients. But it’s important that, if you’re about to go through the process, you learn more on what the treatment involves from a local specialist. Our team has decades of experience in the oral health marketplace, and in this latest post we’ll explain what you need to know before undergoing root canal treatment in Brockville.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

The root canal is the hollow part of the tooth that contains the nerve tissue, the blood vessels, and other cells, and is also known as the pulp. The goal of root canal therapy is to remove infection from inside the tooth and to protect the tooth from future infections.

What are the Steps Involved?

The first step within the root canal treatment process is cleaning the area, and removing all elements inside the root canal. Then, the dentist fills the root canal with a rubber-like material. Because the root canal within the tooth is now dead, the patient will no longer feel any nerve pain associated with the area. The infection has been eliminated and the tooth can function as normal without pain. After the treatment, the dentist will usually add a crown or filling to help protect the tooth against damage. Because the tooth is no longer receiving nourishment, it can become brittle. Covering with a crown or filling helps support the tooth and protect against damage.

Is it Painful?

This is one of the most common questions we receive from patients visiting our facility. While the infection within the tooth can be painful, the actual treatment will involve very little pain. The patient may experience some discomfort, but their pain is usually alleviated completely during the treatment process. After treatment, patients are usually prescribed pain relievers until their tenderness and any swelling is eliminated.

It’s important to work with trusted Brockville root canal treatment at Boardwalk Dental when completing your upcoming treatment. Our team has decades of experience in the oral health industry and we’re equipped to guide all patients through their root canal. We focus on comfortable treatments customized for the individual patient. To discover more on your treatment options, give our office a call today.

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Brockville Dentists Provide Important Preventive Care Services and More

Dental health can affect nearly every aspect of your daily life, from the way you socialize and preform your job, to the foods you eat. Regular preventive care will drastically improve the look, feel, and function of your smile. For best results, follow your Brockville dentist's suggested preventive care schedule.

Do It Daily

We cannot stress it enough; daily maintenance is vital to the long-lasting health of your smile and beyond. Spending a few minutes a couple times a day can save you a lifetime of pain, discomfort, and embarrassment. For the best results, you should:

  • Thoroughly brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Floss Nightly
  • Mouthwash *depending on personal needs. A healthy, well-cared for mouth doesn't need mouthwash. *

Dental Check-Ups

The best thing you can do to ensure the ongoing health of your teeth, besides brushing and flossing daily, is getting your regularly scheduled dental check-ups. Those with little risk of cavities, oral cancer, and other dental disease should get their dental check-ups annually.

Even if you have perfect oral hygiene, you should not skip your annual dental check-up. Not only will your dental team check for cavities and gum disease, but your check-up includes oral cancer screenings and could help diagnose other health problems, such as heart disease or diabetes.

Teeth Cleanings

As with dental check-ups, the better you care for your teeth, the less you have to come in to your Brockville dentists for teeth cleaning. Depending on your personal circumstances, you may be able to come in every six months for a good deep cleaning. However, if you suffer from dental problems, you should get your teeth cleaned more regularly as per your dentist's recommendations.

Whitening Treatments

Everyone's teeth are different and your lifestyle will dictate when you should have your teeth whitened. For example, if you have optimal oral health and avoid foods and beverages that can stain your teeth, you may never need professional whitening. On average, however, you can expect to need treatments about every six months or so.

For more information about your preferred dental treatment schedule, or to request your next appointment, please contact the caring and professional staff at Boardwalk Dental Care.

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