Dental Implants VS Other Dental Treatments

June 20, 2017

Dental Implants Over the years, tooth loss has become a prevalent health problem around the world. In Canada, tooth loss is among the country’s chronic illnesses, specifically among the elderly. The top causes of tooth loss are congenital defects, defective root canal, excessive wear and tear, gum diseases, medication, and tooth decay. If you are suffering from tooth loss yet don’t like dentures, the best and highly recommended cosmetic and functional dental procedure for tooth replacement is dental implant. Here are ten reasons why Dr. Abdul Wehbe, an Edmonton dentist, suggests dental implants:

  1. Dental implants are the most advanced teeth replacement procedure. They are strong and firm and look like natural teeth – the appearance, fit and function. Therefore, it does not obstruct day to day activities such as speaking, smiling, laughing, etc.
  2. Dental implants boost self-confidence and self-esteem. People with dental implants don’t have to worry about how their teeth look. Dental implants are made to look exactly like natural teeth. Hence, dental implants help you feel more comfortable and confident when hanging out with family, friends, co-workers, etc.
  3. Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. Other forms of dental replacement may last around five to seven years and can even last up to ten years if taken care of properly. However, with dental implants, expect that they can last forever along with the right care.
  4. Dental implants protect the healthy bone. Dental implants don’t only aid in preserving natural bone, they also stimulate bone growth and avert progressive tooth loss.
  5. Dental implants sustain healthy teeth. Dental implants are attached to the jawbone and not to the teeth. This means that it doesn’t harm the adjacent teeth. In fact, dental implants help prevent the adjacent teeth from shifting into the space caused by tooth loss.
  6. Dental implants keep the worries away. Dental implants are attached and secured permanently to your jaw. So, no need to fret that it may fall or slip out every time you laugh your heart out. Another benefit is it also spares you from taking off your teeth and immersing it in water before going to sleep daily.
  7. Dental implants do not affect your eating process. Dental implants are as strong as natural teeth. So, do not limit yourself from eating foods that may break the replaced tooth.
  8. Dental implants do not harbor cavities. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take care of them. It is crucial that you brush your teeth two to three times daily and visit your dentist for checkups, cleanings and gum care.
  9. Dental implant surgery has high success rate. A five-year study that focused on the lower jaw and upper jaw teeth replacement surgery revealed that dental implants have shown a 95% success rate compared to other known methods.
  10. Dental implants are low maintenance. Opting for dental implants helps sustain the healthy state of your teeth. As a result, there is a reduction in the frequency of dental check-up for root canal procedures and additional restorative methods.

If you are considering dental implants, visit and discuss your options with Dr. Wehbe at Strathcona Dental Clinic, located just off of Whyte Avenue. He is accepting new patients from Monday to Friday. Call 780-433-1154.

Treating Sensitive Teeth

November 2, 2016

Sensitive Teeth If you have bitten into something hot or sipped a cold drink and felt pain in your teeth, you’re not alone. Sensitive teeth are a common dental problem that affects millions of people. At Strathcona Dental Clinic, Dr. Abdul Wehbe and Dr. Barry Bergh can help you get to the bottom of the problem.

Causes of Sensitive Teeth

The inside of your teeth is made up of dentin, which contains nerve endings. The dentin is protected by the enamel on the outside of your teeth and the cementum, which covers the root surface. The nerve can become exposed if the gum recedes and if the protective enamel wears away. Your gums can recede or enamel can wear away for a variety of reasons. For example, periodontal disease can cause recession of the gums. Tooth erosion can occur due to regularly eating or drinking acidic foods. Tooth abrasion can also occur due to hard, aggressive brushing with a medium or hard bristled toothbrush. Grinding your teeth at night when you sleep can wear the enamel down. Leaky (worn) fillings or new decay can also cause tooth sensitivity. Once the nerve endings are exposed, cold or hot food and drinks may lead to hypersensitivity. In some cases, even breathing in cold air through your mouth can cause sensitivity.

Treating Sensitive Teeth

The first step in treating sensitive teeth is getting to the bottom of the problem. What is the real cause of your sensitivity? It is important to find out what is behind the sensitivity you are feeling? Is it gum recession, enamel erosion, toothbrush abrasion, decay or infection? Our experienced dentists at our Edmonton Dental Clinic will review your dental and medical history as well as perform an exam to determine the cause of your sensitive teeth.

After Dr. Wehbe or Dr. Bergh determine the cause for the sensitivity, they will treat the underlying problem. For example, treatment may involve a relatively easy procedure, such as desensitising an exposed root surface or replacing an old, leaky filling. In other cases, if sensitive teeth are due to major gum loss, a gum graft may be recommended. An additional treatment, which may be suggested includes using a desensitizing toothpaste. The toothpaste contains ingredients that reduce sensitivity by blocking the dentinal tubules. Keep in mind, it may take up to a couple of weeks of use for effective results . Another option may be in-office fluoride varnishes to strengthen the enamel of the teeth.

Preventing Tooth Sensitivity

There are things you can do to decrease your chances of developing sensitive treat. Practice good dental hygiene including gently brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once a day. Use a soft or extra soft toothbrush and change it every 3 months or as soon as bristles start to flare. Choose a diet that is low in acidic drinks or foods. It is also essential to see your dentist at least once per year. Our Strathcona Dental Clinic team will be happy to answer any question you have regarding sensitive teeth or any other dental concerns. To schedule an appointment, please call our Edmonton Dental Clinic at (780) 433-1154 or visit our website at http://www.strathconadental.ca/.

Teeth Whitening To Brighten Your Smile

September 12, 2016

Teeth Whitening to Brighten Your Smile

Are you self-conscious about your smile because your teeth are not as white as they used to be? We all want a nice bright smile. But coffee, red wine and aging can take its toll on our pearly whites. Discolored teeth can affect our confidence and also make us look older. Fortunately, our expert team at Strathcona DentalClinic, Edmonton can help restore your bright smile quickly and conveniently.

How Teeth Become Discolored

Teeth can become stained due to changes within the tooth or from surface stains. The inner structure of the tooth, which is called the dentin, can become discolored for a variety of reasons. For example, trauma to a tooth can sometimes lead to changes within the structure and discoloration.

As we age, changes to the teeth can also contribute to discoloration. Keep in mind, dentin has a yellowish color. The dentin can darken as we age. Plus, the enamel, which is the outer layer of the tooth, can thin. Thinner enamel allows the dentin color to be more visible, so teeth appear yellow. But that’s not all. The enamel can also become stained by what we eat and drink. Wine, soda and coffee are all culprits when it comes to staining teeth. Smoking also often leads to discoloration.

At Home Teeth Whitening Can Brighten Your Smile

Home whitening is a simple way to improve your smile. At our dental office in Edmonton, we’ll start the process by taking an impression of both your upper and lower teeth. The impressions allow us to custom make whitening trays specifically for your teeth.

At home, you’ll fill the trays with the gel we provide and place the trays in your mouth for about 30 minutes each time. Your teeth will gradually whiten over time. Most people achieve their desired results in about two weeks.

The custom made trays are more effective and comfortable than over the counter trays, which may not fit your mouth properly. An ill-fitted tray may lead to gel leaking onto your gums causing irritation. A custom made tray fits your mouth and prevents that problem.

Home teeth whitening kits can be very effective in brightening your smile and removing stains. But depending on your individual situation, procedures, such as tooth bonding or veneers may be something to consider. Dr. Abdul Wehbe and Dr. Barry Bergh are happy to discuss options for brightening your smile.

Please call Strathcona Dental Clinic at (780) 4331154 to schedule an appointment. You can also visit our website at http://www.strathconadental.ca/ .

Why A Dental Visit Should Be On Your Back To School To Do List

August 20, 2016

It might seem like school just let out for the summer, and it’s already time to go back. It’s amazing how fast the summer flies by! At Strathcona Dental Clinic, we know as your kids head back to school this fall, you’re probably busy buying new shoes, backpacks and school supplies. But in addition to back to school shopping, it’s important to schedule a dental checkup for your kids. A dental checkup before your children go back to school is a great idea for several reasons.

The start of the school year is often hectic. Your kids may be busy with classes, homework and sports practice, and you’re busy supervising everything. It’s best to get a checkup out of the way before your days are packed full of carpool, PTA meetings and other school activities. Plus, it’s nice to start the school year knowing your child’s mouth is healthy and cavity free.

Remember, good oral health is important for your children’s overall well-being. Toothaches and cavities are not a great way to start the school year. Dental problems can prevent your kids from concentrating and focusing on their schoolwork. Dental emergencies can even lead to missed classes.

A dental checkup before school starts can spot signs of trouble early and treat any problems, which prevents your kids from missing classes in the future. Back to school checkups also provide reinforcement for your children to practice good oral hygiene. For example, make sure your kids get up early enough to brush thoroughly before they head off to school.

The start of the school year may also mean after school activities and sports, such as football and lacrosse. Dr. Abdul Wehbe and Dr. Barry Bergh are happy to provide a custom fitted mouth guard, to protect your child’s teeth from sports injuries.

Lastly, to keep your kid’s teeth healthy, pack their lunchbox with dental friendly foods, such as fresh fruit, yogurt and milk. Limit sticky, sugary foods, especially since your children may not brush their teeth at school after they eat.   

At our dental office in Edmonton, we believe good dental health starts young. Whether your kids are heading off to kindergarten or their senior year, a dental visit helps them start the year right. Please call our office at (780) 433-1154 or visit our website at http://www.strathconadental.ca/ to schedule a dental visit.

Treating Dry Mouth And Keeping Your Mouth Healthy

August 9, 2016

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Treating Dry Mouth and Keeping Your Mouth Healthy

Strathcona Dental Clinic – Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Treating Dry Mouth That dry, sticky feeling in the mouth affects everyone occasionally. But for some people, dry mouth is a chronic issue that can range from annoying to impacting a person’s dental health. The good news is at Strathcona Dental Clinic, we offer solutions to restore moisture to your mouth and help you maintain good oral health.

What Causes Dry Mouth?

The medical or technical term for dry mouth is xerostomia, and it occurs when the salivary glands do not produce an adequate flow of saliva. Symptoms include thick saliva, dryness in the throat and mouth and possibly taste changes.

It’s helpful to understand that dry mouth itself is not a disease. Instead, it is usually a side effect of medication or a symptom of a medical condition. For example, some antidepressants and antihistamines can cause oral dryness. Medical conditions, such as diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, can also cause dry mouth. Smoking and stress may also be a culprit.

Having a chronically dry mouth can lead to bad breath and also tooth decay. That’s because saliva serves a few important functions in your mouth. A moist mouth makes chewing and swallowing more comfortable. But that’s not all. Saliva also helps wash food particles away from your teeth and contains minerals that protect the teeth. When there is a lack of saliva, it puts you at a higher risk for plaque formation and developing gum disease.

It’s easy to see that treating dry mouth is important to maintain healthy teeth and gums. At our dental clinic in Edmonton, we can help. Dr. Abdul Wehbe and Dr. Barry Bergh will review your dental and health history to determine the cause of your dry mouth. Based on the cause, we’ll provide recommendations to treat the condition. Our comprehensive approach may include everything from at-home strategies to products that treat dry mouth. As always, treatment plans will be customized to meet individual patient needs.  

For example, eliminating certain foods that may contribute to dry mouth and sucking on sugarless candy or chewing gum to increase saliva flow may be suggested. Products including dry mouth gel and antibacterial mouth rinses may also be treatment options.  In some cases, in-office fluoride treatments and more frequent cleanings may also be recommended.  

For dry mouth treatment or any dental needs, please call our Edmonton dental office at (780) 433-1154. You can also visit our website at http://www.strathconadental.ca/

Contact Sports And The Importance Of Mouth Guards

July 25, 2016

Playing sports are a great way to stay in shape and have fun! But before you hit the playing field, it’s essential to wear the right athletic equipment and that includes a mouth guard. Mouth guards also called sports guards, protect the teeth from injuries due to a blow to the face.

An injury to the face and mouth can knock one or more teeth out. Even one missing tooth can affect eating, talking and your smile. Repairing a missing tooth can be costly. Fortunately, mouth guards reduce your risk of suffering an injury.

A mouth guard is worn over your upper teeth and may decrease your chances of broken teeth, a cut lip and other injuries to the jaw and tongue. The top teeth, which stick out a bit more, are usually a little more vulnerable to injury than the bottom teeth. But there might be instances where we may suggest wearing a mouth guard on the lower teeth as well.

You and your family should wear a mouth guard if you participate in contact sports, such as football, boxing and hockey that may lead to collisions with other players and result in a dental injury. A mouth guard is also a good idea if you’re participating in certain higher risk activities where a fall may occur including mountain biking and skateboarding.

There are three types of mouth guards including boil and bite, stock guards and custom fit. Using a boil and bite guard involves boiling the guard to soften it and placing it in your mouth so it can adapt to the shape of your teeth. Stock guards are pre-formed and ready to wear.

But when it comes to mouth guards, your best bet is a custom fit guard. At our dental clinic in Edmonton, Dr. Abdul Wehbe and Dr. Barry Bergh will make a custom mouth guard to ensure it fits properly and will provide the best protection. Since custom made mouth guards are designed specifically for your mouth, they are usually more comfortable than over the counter stock guards or boil and bite guards.

At Strathcona Dental Clinic, our team will also provide instructions on how to care for your mouth guard including how to clean it and when to replace it.

Please call our Edmonton dental clinic at (780) 433- 1154 to have a mouth guard made or for more information. You’re also welcome to book an appointment online at http://www.strathconadental.ca/.

The Dental Dangers Of Sugary Summer Drinks

July 15, 2016



You probably already know good oral hygiene including brushing and flossing is essential for healthy teeth and gums. But what you eat and drink also plays a role in maintaining good dental health. In fact, in some instances, what you eat and drink can reverse the positive effects that your brushing and flossing are doing.

Dr. Abdul Wehbe and Dr. Barry Bergh at Strathcona Dental Clinic, believe in educating their patients on how they can be proactive about their dental health. With summer here, one thing you can do for your family is to be aware of the damage certain beverages can have on the teeth.

Although you and your family might drink soda and sugary juices any time of the year, it’s common to drink more during the summer. After all, a cold drink is great on a hot summer day. But when it comes to your dental health, reaching for a drink loaded with sugar is not your best bet.

The problem with soda and sports drinks is they contain a lot of sugar, which interacts with bacteria in your mouth. After you drink soda, the sugar is left behind on your teeth. Bacteria in your mouth feeds on the sugar, which creates acid.

In time, the acid can wear away some of the enamel on your teeth, which makes them weaker. Weaker enamel makes your teeth sensitive and more susceptible to cavities. Your kids are even more at risk of tooth decay since their enamel is not completely developed.

Keep in mind, it’s not just soda and sports drinks that are the culprit. Juices and summer treats, such as snow cones and popsicles, also contain a lot of sugar.

The best thing you can do for your teeth and your family’s dental health is to avoid sugary drinks and soda whenever possible. Substitute sugary drinks for milk or water.  If you do drink juice, make sure it contains at least 10 percent real fruits juice. Also, consider mixing half juice with half water to cut sugar.

If you do occasionally indulge in a sugary beverage, consider drinking it through a straw. A straw draws the liquid to the back of your mouth, which reduces sugar contact with your teeth. After drinking, it’s also a good idea to rinse and brush your teeth to remove the sugar from your mouth. Getting professionally applied fluoride treatment at our dental office in Edmonton is also helpful to prevent tooth decay.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call our Edmonton dental clinic at (780) 433-1154 or visit our website at http://www.strathconadental.ca/.

Summer Holidays And Dental Care

June 6, 2016



Summer is often a carefree time. The kids are out of school; days seem longer, and you might have vacation and summer holiday plans. But just because it’s a relaxed time of the year does not mean you should neglect your dental health. Your dentists at Strathcona Dental Clinic want to remind you dental care is important any time of the year, and that includes summer.

Dental care could fall by the wayside for many reasons during the summer months. For instance, if you have children, summer often means your normal school year routine is on hold for a few months. Between days spent at the beach or pool and summer activities, it is especially easy for your kids to forget to floss or brush as often. It might take a few reminders to keep your kids on track, but it’s worth it to prevent dental problems from creeping up.

Summer may also be chalked full of parties, local fairs and family barbecues, which often includes lots of sugary foods and drinks. Ice cream, soda, popsicles and shaved ice might be tasty, but they are loaded with sugar. All that sugar helps bacteria create acid that can lead to tooth decay and cavities.

But kids are not the only ones who have to pay attention to sugary treats. Colorful summer cocktails, such as margaritas and daiquiris can play havoc with your teeth since they also contain high amounts of sugar. You don’t have to forgo all summertime treats. But don’t go overboard. Also, rinsing your mouth with water after eating or drinking something sugary may decrease decay.

In addition to limiting how many sugary foods and beverages you eat and drink, there are additional things you can do to maintain good dental health during the summer. Consider the following:

Drink plenty of water: Water is important any time of the year. But in the summer, it’s easy to become dehydrated. Staying well hydrated helps your mouth stay healthy.

Protect your lips: The summer sun can be unforgiving on your lips. Skin cancer can occur on most parts of your body, and that includes your lips. Use a lip balm with at least an SPF of 15 when you spend time outdoors.

Keep a routine: Regardless of what activities you have going on for the summer, make sure you take a few minutes and stick to your dental routine including brushing and flossing.

Get a checkup: Schedule a routine checkup for you and your family right before summer at our Edmonton dental clinic. You don’t want to have to deal with cavities or a toothache while on vacation.

If you have any questions, Dr. Abdul Wehbe and Dr. Barry Bergh are happy to help. Please call our dental office in Edmonton at (780) 433-1154 or visit our website at http://www.strathconadental.ca/.

Keeping Your Teeth And Gums Healthy During Pregnancy

May 9, 2016

During pregnancy, changes in your body come with the territory. Some changes, such as a growing tummy, are obvious. But pregnancy can affect parts of your body you may not have thought about, such as your teeth and gums.

In addition to doctor visits, shopping for maternity clothes and decorating your baby’s nursery, don’t forget to put a trip to the dentist on your to­do list. What’s sometimes misunderstood is the importance of good dental health during pregnancy. Some women develop dental problems while they are pregnant, and dental disease can affect your developing baby.

If you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant soon, it’s a good time to make an appointment at our Edmonton dental clinic. Although not all women develop dental issues during pregnancy, you may be more susceptible to problems. Pregnancy hormones, which cause a lot of the changes your body goes through, also may affect how you respond to plague. During pregnancy, the rise in progesterone may increase your risk of gum disease. But gum disease doesn’t just affect you. Studies have indicated a link between gum disease and premature birth.

Other tooth and gum problems can also develop when you’re pregnant. For example, if you experience morning sickness, the increase in acid can damage your teeth. Some women also develop sensitive teeth. When you’re pregnant, blood flow increases throughout your body. That’s because your body works overtime to support your developing baby. The increase in blood flow is good news for your little one, but it may mean swollen and sensitive gums for you. The good news is dental problems in pregnancy can often be prevented and treated.

During pregnancy, you have enough on your mind. At Strathcona Dental Clinic, we pride ourselves on anxiety­ free dentistry. Whether you need a
routine checkup and cleaning or are experiencing dental problems, our Edmonton dental clinic will help you keep your teeth and gums healthy during pregnancy.

Many dental procedures are considered safe during pregnancy. In fact, routine exams along with treating gum disease, cavities and even root canals are usually not only considered safe but are recommended for most women.

Dr. Abdul Wehbe and Dr. Barry Bergh are happy to explain any procedures you may need and discuss the risks. Our team at Strathcona Dental Clinic can also provide tips for dealing with pregnancy related sore gums and suggestions to keep your mouth healthy.

Whether you’re planning on becoming pregnant or already are expecting, contact Strathcona Dental Clinic, Edmonton at (780) 433­ 1154 to schedule an exam. Or request an appointment online at
http://www.strathconadental.ca

Botox for TMD

April 19, 2016


The temporomandibular joint controls the movement of the jaw including sliding back and forth and opening and closing. It’s located where your jawbone meets the skull on both sides of your head. In some people, the joint becomes overworked or stressed, which can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD for short.

Although the cause of TMD is not always known, clenching or grinding your teeth while you sleep is considered a risk factor for the condition. If you suffer from TMD, it can cause a variety of symptoms including facial pain, difficulty chewing, earache, headaches and your jaw may even lock.

In some patients, TMD symptoms are minor and treatments, such as applying heat or ice, eating soft foods and wearing a night guard may help. But for others, symptoms are not alleviated with the approach mentioned above.

Strathcona Dental Clinic also offers Botox as an alternative treatment for TMD. You probably already know that Botox is used cosmetically to decrease wrinkles and create a more youthful appearance. But it is also used therapeutically to treat different conditions including temporomandibular joint disorder.

Botox is a non-surgical approach to treating teeth grinding and TMD. It does not usually cause any side effects that negatively affect speech, eating or any other functions. Botox treatment involves a series of injections that treats TMD by weakening the muscles that are used when you grind or clench your teeth. Since you’re no longer placing stress on your jaw, tension decreases, which often results in a decrease of symptoms. The positive effects of Botox last many months and can be permanent.

Even if you don’t suffer from TMD, but still grind your teeth at night, Botox can help. The treatment can protect your dental health since over time grinding can also cause your teeth to become worn down.

In some people, excessive teeth grinding and clenching can also lead to a buildup of the masseter muscle, which can create a widening of your jawline. In women, this may result in a masculine facial shape. Botox may help reduce the size of the muscle and decrease the square shape of the jawline.

Botox is often an effective and virtually painless treatment option, which does not require any recovery time. At our Edmonton dental clinic, Dr. Abdul Wehbe and Dr. Barry Bergh will start by evaluating your specific situation and determine if you are a good candidate for Botox.

We are happy to answer any questions you have. If you’re interested in Botox for TMD or teeth grinding, please call our dental office in Edmonton at (780) 433-­1154 or visit our website at http://www.strathconadental.ca/.