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Chronic TMJ Headaches and How Your Dentist May be Able to Help

March 6th, 2014

Many people suffer from recurring headaches that may be mistaken for migraines or associated with other conditions such as sinus ailments, toothaches and arthritis. These headaches may actually be caused by temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD), a term that applies to dysfunctions in the connective region between your lower jaw and skull.

If you experience chronic headaches that have otherwise defied diagnosis or treatment, Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload may be able to help. Dr. Cload has helped numerous patients correct the source of TMJ and find lasting relief from its painful symptoms. Please call 403-278-1415 to schedule your TMJ assessment.

TMJ/TMD often goes undiagnosed because its accompanying symptoms are vague and can be attributed to other conditions. TMJ headaches are generally accompanied by other symptoms which may include:

  • Jaw sticking or locking in place
  • Jaw popping or clicking
  • Discomfort throughout the jaw, face, neck, back and shoulders
  • Tingling in the hands and fingers
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Difficulty biting and chewing
  • Inability to find a consistent, comfortable resting position for your jaw

TMJ/TMD and its resulting symptoms often stem from a misaligned jaw, which can overstress the sensitive connective components between your mandible and your skull. These components include the temporomandibular joints and the trigeminal nerve, which plays a role in registering sensation throughout your face as well as in facial motor functions.

Many patients with TMJ/TMD are able to find long-term relief with custom-made oral appliances that are worn as you sleep and are designed to comfortably hold your jaw in proper alignment. Patients whose TMJ is the result of more severe jaw alignment problems or bite conditions may benefit from other forms of treatment.

Dr. Cload will discuss your treatment options with you in detail based on your unique needs. For additional information, please visit our TMJ/TMD Diagnosis page.

If you suffer from regular headaches and would like to learn if they may be associated with a temporomandibular joint disorder, please contact the Southcentre Dental Clinic to schedule your appointment with Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload.

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Protecting Your Porcelain Veneers

February 26th, 2014

Anyone who is in good dental health is potentially a candidate for porcelain veneers. They can be an ideal treatment option for most dental patients and often help achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. However, when you are considering any type of cosmetic dentistry or procedure to makeover your smile, it is a good idea to learn how to protect your investment in cosmetic dentistry.

If you are in good health, then you may be an exemplary candidate for porcelain veneers.  There are some instances where a pre-existing dental condition may pose a challenge:

  • Inadequate tooth enamel
  • Severe misalignment
  • Teeth grinding or bruxism
  • Excessive tooth decay
  • Periodontal disease

Any of these particular problems will require treatment with general dentistry before veneers can be safely applied.

By being proactive and setting the stage for your porcelain veneers to last as long as possible, you are well on your way to address any dental issues like:

  • Misshapen or crooked teeth
  • An uneven smile line
  • Gaps between teeth

No matter which of these dental issues you have, Dr. Steven Cload can work with you to achieve the smile you’ve always desired. During your initial consultation, we will listen closely to your individual goals for your smile and guide you to the best cosmetic dentistry that will meet your needs.

Porcelain veneers are generally as easy to care for as natural teeth, by brushing twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and flossing at least once daily after brushing.

If you have any further questions about porcelain veneers, please contact Dr. Steven Cload today or call (403) 278-1415 to schedule your preliminary consultation. We serve patients in the Calgary, Alberta area.

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Is a New Smile One of Your New Year’s Resolutions?

January 8th, 2014

For many people, a new year marks a time to make resolutions and embrace positive change. If you’ve been unhappy with the appearance of your smile and how it makes you feel about yourself, maybe the beginning of the new year is the right time to consider a new smile with the help of cosmetic dentistry treatment.

Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload offers a number of custom treatment options designed to improve the aesthetics of your smile, as well as maintain or improve your bite function and oral health. To discuss your vision of a perfect smile and learn about your individual cosmetic dentistry choices, please call the Southcentre Dental Clinic at 403-278-1415.

Patients with discoloured but otherwise healthy and symmetrical teeth, for example, may benefit from in-office teeth whitening. Those seeking to mask minor cosmetic imperfections such as chipped teeth or unevenly spaced teeth may achieve the results they desire with porcelain veneers.

If you are missing teeth but desire a more durable and aesthetically pleasing solution than dentures, dental implants may be right for you. Dental implants are designed to look, feel and perform like your healthy natural teeth.

Teens and adults who suffer from bite conditions such as overbite, underbite, gapped teeth or crowded teeth may be candidates for teeth-straightening through Invisalign. Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to progressively—and virtually invisibly—bring your teeth into proper alignment.

These are just a few of the cosmetic dentistry treatments that can be customized for your unique cosmetic goals and oral health needs. If you live in the greater Calgary, Alberta, area and would like to learn more about your choices, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic today.

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Health Risks of Untreated Sleep Apnea

December 24th, 2013

Many people think snoring is just a nuisance, but it is sometimes a sign of sleep apnea, a common and dangerous condition that often goes undiagnosed. Without treatment, sleep apnea can contribute to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease and other complications.

Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload has extensive experience treating snoring and helping those with sleep apnea (and their loved ones) regain healthy sleep. If you or a family member suffers from loud, chronic snoring, please call the Southcentre Dental Clinic at 403-278-1415 to schedule your sleep apnea consultation.

People with sleep apnea experience multiple instances of interrupted breathing during sleep.  In order to resume breathing, your brain must partially reawaken; while you may not be aware of the breathing interruptions and waking, this process can occur hundreds of times a night.

This, in turn, prevents your brain from achieving the restful, REM sleep you need. Additionally, when your brain senses the lack of oxygen, it signals your heart to work harder, pumping more blood and contributing to a heightened risk of serious health problems including:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Coronary artery disease

Sleep apnea can also lead to depression, daytime fatigue, memory problems, mood swings, morning headaches and other issues. The good news is that sleep apnea is treatable.

In many cases, sleep apnea can be treated with the use of a custom-made oral appliance. These devices are similar to athletic mouthguards and are worn at night to maintain an open airway as you sleep. For additional information about the warning signs of sleep apnea, please see our Sleep Apnea Symptoms page.

If you or a loved one snores regularly or experiences other symptoms, please contact the Southcentre Dental Clinic to schedule your sleep apnea assessment. Dr. Cload welcomes patients from the greater Calgary, Alberta, area.

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Invisalign® and the Health Benefits of Properly Aligned Teeth

November 29th, 2013

Invisalign is a popular and effective alternative to metal braces for correcting many common bite conditions. But the benefits of properly aligned teeth aren’t limited to the self-confidence that comes with a symmetrical smile; having well-aligned teeth can also impact your dental health.

If you live in the Calgary area and would like to learn more about Invisalign, please call the Southcentre Dental Clinic at 403-278-1415 to schedule your consultation. Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload can help you determine if Invisalign is the right choice for your unique needs.

Crowded or unevenly spaced teeth can allow premature wear on the teeth or allow plaque to accumulate in areas that are difficult to reach with brushing and flossing. Teeth that are evenly aligned allow the gums to conform uniformly to your teeth and make maintaining healthy teeth and gums easier.

While the brackets and wires of traditional metal braces can trap food particles and contribute to plaque buildup, Invisalign aligners are removable for meals and cleaning. This allows you to enjoy your regular diet as well as to brush and floss normally for good oral health during your treatment period. For additional information, please see our Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces page.

Left untreated, many bite conditions can increase your risk for eventual jaw alignment problems; excessive wear on your teeth enamel; gum disease; and difficulty biting, chewing and speaking. It’s important to remember that your dental health is directly linked to your overall health, and many oral health issues can lead to systemic health problems down the road.

If you’re considering teeth straightening treatment and would like to know more about Invisalign and your other options, please contact the Southcentre Dental Clinic to arrange your consultation. Dr. Steven Cload welcomes patients from the greater Calgary, Alberta, area.

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Porcelain Veneers FAQ

November 7th, 2013

Porcelain veneers are an innovative, multipurpose cosmetic dentistry treatment that can be used to improve your smile in many different ways. This type of veneer is made from a durable, tooth-colored porcelain material.

Porcelain veneers can create a glamorous smile by concealing cosmetic tooth flaws. Some of the problems that porcelain veneers fix include:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Stained teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Uneven tooth length

Porcelain veneers  are placed over the front surface of teeth to conceal the cosmetic problems beneath. By gently etching the front surface of the tooth, our dentist prepares the enamel for the veneer. The veneer is then bonded to the enamel, forming a durable bond. A single veneer is intended for use on a single tooth, so you and Dr. Cload will discuss the number of veneers appropriate for your goals.

These veneers resist stains and breakage for many years. Some patients have their veneers for 10 years or longer before they need to be replaced. Porcelain veneers can create the gorgeous, white smile you have always wanted.

To find out if porcelain veneers are right for your smile goals, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic to schedule a consultation.

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Invisalign® Bite Correction for Adults

September 27th, 2013

Adults with misaligned teeth or bite conditions often avoid treatment, thinking that traditional metal braces are the only option, and an unappealing one at that. But an increasing number of adults are seeing the benefits of bringing their smiles into alignment with Invisalign.

Calgary dentist and Invisalign provider Dr. Steven Cload can help you determine if Invisalign is the best treatment option for your unique condition. To schedule your exam and Invisalign consultation, please call the Southcentre Dental Clinic at 403-278-1415.

Invisalign uses custom-made aligners that fit snugly over your teeth and progressively shift your teeth into the proper position. The aligners are made of a clear plastic that is virtually invisible—no unsightly metal wires or brackets—and the treatment process typically requires a period of only 12 to 18 months. The metalwork of standard braces can make you feel unprofessional or self-conscious about your appearance, and traditional braces can take upward of two years to straighten your smile.

Because your Invisalign aligners can be removed for meals and your dental hygiene routine, Invisalign treatment offers additional advantages for adults, including:

  • No dietary restrictions
  • No interference with teeth cleaning
  • No discoloration of your teeth
  • No irritation of your cheeks and gums

Invisalign also limits your time in a dental office. You are able to change your aligners at home, and your office visits focus on monitoring your progress; there are no painful tightenings or adjustments necessary.

If you’re an adult who would like to learn more about options for treating misaligned teeth or the bite conditions known as malocclusions, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic today. Dr. Cload is proud to serve patients from the greater Calgary, Alberta, area.

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The Benefits of Invisalign® vs. Traditional Braces

August 27th, 2013

Both Invisalign and traditional braces are capable of treating a wide range of teeth alignment issues and bite conditions, but for the right patients Invisalign offers a number of benefits over metal braces.

Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload will thoroughly assess your condition and help you determine the best treatment option for your unique needs. Please call the Southcentre Dental Clinic at 403-278-1415 to schedule your appointment and learn if you’re a candidate for Invisalign.

For many teenage and adult patients with teeth alignment problems and bite conditions such as overbite, underbite and crossbite, Invisalign features a number of advantages when compared to standard metal braces. These benefits include:

  • Comfort: The smooth, clear, plastic aligners used in Invisalign treatment are custom-made to fit over your teeth; there are no metal brackets or wires to irritate your gums and cheeks.
  • Convenience: Metal braces limit the types of foods you can eat; Invisalign aligners are removable for meals and make it easy for you to maintain your regular diet.
  • Easy dental hygiene: Without brackets and wires to trap food particles and with easily removable aligners, Invisalign allows you to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.
  • Aesthetics: Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible, allowing you to have confidence in your smile during treatment.

For additional information about the benefits of Invisalign, please visit our Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces page.

If you would like to learn if Invisalign is right for you or your teenager, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Steven Cload. We welcome patients from the greater Calgary, Alberta, area.

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Snoring, Sleep Apnea, and How Your Dentist may be able to Help

July 31st, 2013

Although snoring, sleep apnea, is not always a sign of the dangerous condition known as sleep apnea, it is one of the most common symptoms.

If you or a loved one suffers from loud, chronic snoring, Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload can assess your condition and recommend a treatment option suited to your unique needs; if necessary, Dr. Cload can refer you to a sleep center for additional diagnosis. Please call us today at 403-278-1415 to schedule your sleep apnea consultation.

In those with sleep apnea, snoring is typically accompanied by other symptoms that include but are not limited to:

  • Inability to sleep through the night
  • Recurring daytime drowsiness
  • Regular morning headaches
  • Short-term memory problems
  • Difficulty concentrating

If not treated, sleep apnea can lead to an increased risk for severe health problems including heart attack, stroke, hypertension and cardiac arrhythmia; for more information, please see our Dangers of Sleep Apnea page. Fortunately, there are comfortable and effective treatment options for sleep apnea.

Many cases of snoring, sleep apnea can be corrected with the use of a custom-made oral appliance, which is similar to a sports mouthguard and helps you maintain an open airway as you sleep. Dr. Cload can help you determine the right treatment for your individual needs.

To learn more about snoring and sleep apnea treatment, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic. We welcome patients from the greater Calgary, Alberta, area.

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The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

June 28th, 2013

If anxiety of the dentist or fear of dental procedures has prevented you from seeking the care you need, you may be a candidate for sedation dentistry.

Sedation dentistry uses a prescription sedative that provides a deep state of relaxation for your treatment. Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload can help you determine if sedation dentistry is right for you.

From dental checkups and teeth cleanings to cosmetic dentistry services, sedation dentistry can be used in a wide range of procedures. Sedation dentistry consists of an oral sedative that is taken prior to your treatment; this sedative allows you to remain conscious but feel deeply relaxed during your office visit.

In addition to easing the anxieties of those with dental phobias, sedation dentistry can also benefit patients who:

  • Experience sensitive teeth
  • Have a low tolerance for discomfort
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Require multiple treatments

For additional information about the sedation dentistry process, please see our Sedation Dentistry Procedure page.

To learn if you’re a candidate to enjoy the benefits of sedation dentistry, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic to schedule your appointment. We welcome patients from the greater Calgary, Alberta, area.

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