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Infant Food Bank – Fill A Crib

A playpen from Hanson Dentistry for donation to the Infant Food Bank All We Need For Christmas 2018 campaign. We invite you to show support by filling the playpen with items you would like to donate to this worthy cause.

ESPECIALLY NEEDED:
Diapers (all sizes), formula, cereals, baby gates

Please donate generously

Traumatic Dental Injury

Traumatic dental injuries often occur in accidents or sports-related injuries. Chipped teeth account for the majority of all dental injuries. Dislodged or knocked-out teeth are examples of less frequent, but more severe injuries. Treatment depends on the type, location, and severity of each injury. Any dental injury, even if apparently mild, requires examination by one of the dentists at Hanson Dentistry immediately. Sometimes, neighbouring teeth suffer an additional, unnoticed injury that only a thorough dental exam can detect.

Treatment options for dental injuries include

  • Repairing damaged teeth
  • Repairing soft tissue injuries
  • Stabilizing loose teeth
  • Replacing displaced teeth
  • Prescribing medication to manage pain, swelling or infection
  • Providing proper documentation for potential claims
  • In extreme cases, extracting fractured root pieces, removing foreign bodies and adjacent soft tissue or initiation of root canal treatment
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Dr.Douglas T. Hanson
Dr. Douglas Hanson is a Greater City of Sudbury area Dentist driven by lifelong learning, advanced technologies, and online marketing. In addition to the obvious, Dr.Hanson has lectured and presented to audiences on topics such as; leadership from within, temporal mandibular disorders, implant dentistry, obstructive sleep apnea and most recently on world class customer service. Writing about some of these topics on social media and online has provided a new avenue for Dr.Hanson to share his passion for both dental subject matter, as well as leadership and personal awareness and enhancement. Check out his Twitter and Facebook feeds and allow Dr. Doug to share his passion!

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What is TMJ/TMD?

TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder is a group of symptoms including headaches, facial pain, jaw pain, sore, chipped, broken, or worn teeth, clicking or popping in the jaw, and limited jaw movement.

TMJ is temporomandibular joint or jaw joint. These small joints in front of each ear attach the lower jaw to the skull, and are the most complex joints in the body. TMJ is located in an intricate network of bones, including the teeth, muscles, and nerves. Due to this, TMJ conditions affect many areas of the body, from the top of the head in migraine-like headaches to numbness or tingling in the arms and pain in the neck or shoulders.

People suffering from TMD often report chronic pain in the jaw, teeth, face, head, neck, shoulders, or back, or any combination of these areas. Snoring, grinding of teeth, frequent ear infections, and restricted airway are also associated with TMD.

What causes TMD?

TMD stems from a condition called malocclusion, which is the misalignment of your upper and lower teeth, or accidents and trauma. When the teeth are misaligned, they cannot provide the support that the muscles in the face need for chewing and swallowing. This can result in muscle strain, causing pain throughout the face, head, arms, shoulders, and back. Although a person may have had orthodontics to line the teeth up for aesthetic reasons, the muscles and joints may not be comfortable.

Who suffers from TMD?

Although women report more pain from TMJ, in men it causes as much or more damage to the teeth, gums, bones, and joints. Children are especially sensitive to TMJ and early signs include ear infections, leaning their head on an arm, headaches, snoring, grinding their teeth at night, and lip/cheek/finger biting, sucking, or chewing.

How can I get my TMD diagnosed?

Technology has enabled neuromuscular dentists to distinguish their assessment from other health practitioners. To diagnose TMD, Dr. Hanson may recommend using the following tools:

ELECTROMYOGRAPHY:

This tool allows a neuromuscular dentist to monitor the electrical impulses generated by the muscles, associated with movement of the jaw and alignment of the bite. It can help to determine whether the muscles remain stressed at their resting position and the relative stress at different jaw positions. By analyzing this data, they are able to tell if the cause of jaw pain is structural or muscular.

ULTRASONOGRAPHY:

This tool emits sound waves to produce an image. The jaw contains varying densities of materials including bone, soft tissue, and muscle. While ultrasonography may not give a full view of the deepest area of the discs in the jaw joint, it provides other information that can give insight into the inner workings of the entire jaw. The neuromuscular dentist can use this imaging to analyze the structure of the jaw in different positions, allowing them to determine the specific cause of stress leading to pain.

TOMOGRAPHY (CBCT):

Creating an image in sections provides information on the bone structure such as the condyles and their relationship to the mandibular joint in different open and closed positions.

What is the treatment for TMD?

Dr. Hanson first measures the most relaxed position of your jaw to determine the goal for normal jaw positioning. Then the he works to realign the bite and restore the teeth and thus the jaw and joints to their optimal position. Once the bite realigns and the jaw is in place, pain that resulted from the imbalance disappears.

Treatment options in neuromuscular dentistry include adjusting the bite using orthotics, orthodontics, or restoring the teeth to their correct positions. The following are treatment options that may be used to correct TMJ dysfunction.

TENS THERAPY:

In cases where the neuromuscular dentist is able to determine that the alignment of the jaw is causing dysfunction, the next step is to find the natural resting position of the jaw. In order to do this, the dentist may use a TENS (transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation) unit to relax the jaw muscles and to allow it to settle into its natural position.

TMJ ORTHOTICS:

A customized orthotic is a device resembling an athlete’s mouth guard. They are particularly effective for symptoms such as bruxism at night (teeth grinding), sleep apnea, and lockjaw. Many patients report near-immediate relief of symptoms they have had for years upon using an orthotic.

ORTHODONTICS AND RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY:

In other TMD cases, there may be an issue with the teeth alignment. In order to prevent the jaw from moving back to a bad position and causing recurring symptoms, the dentist may recommend orthodontics, or restorative dentistry.  This ensures that the teeth and jaw work together and allow the muscles of mastication to work in the correct position, one that does not result in stress leading to neuromuscular pain.

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Dr.Douglas T. Hanson
Dr. Douglas Hanson is a Greater City of Sudbury area Dentist driven by lifelong learning, advanced technologies, and online marketing. In addition to the obvious, Dr.Hanson has lectured and presented to audiences on topics such as; leadership from within, temporal mandibular disorders, implant dentistry, obstructive sleep apnea and most recently on world class customer service. Writing about some of these topics on social media and online has provided a new avenue for Dr.Hanson to share his passion for both dental subject matter, as well as leadership and personal awareness and enhancement. Check out his Twitter and Facebook feeds and allow Dr. Doug to share his passion!

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Snoring And Sleep Apnea Prevention

While snoring is a common problem for many people, it can also be a sign of other major health complications. It is estimated that more than 80 million people in North America snore while sleeping, which not only affects the quality of sleep of the person snoring, but also the quality of sleep of their loved ones and other family members. Luckily, there is a way to treat chronic snoring.

What causes snoring?

Snoring can be the result of several factors. Typically, snoring is caused by relaxing of the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth, making the airway passage smaller. The decrease in space through the airway makes it harder for each breath to get through. When it does get through the airway passage, it moves over the soft tissues in the mouth and throat and causes a vibration, resulting in the snoring sound. Causes of snoring may include:

  • Excess body weight
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Certain sleep aides or sedatives
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD)

If you snore at night, then a mandibular advancement device may be a solution for a better sleep! The MAD is a specially designed dental device that gently helps keep the lower jaw, or mandible, in a forward position, increasing the space between the airway passages and helping you breathe better so you can get a full, quiet night’s sleep.

Some devices also stop the tongue from falling back over your windpipe. Your dentist will fit these special appliances to meet your individual needs.

A mandibular advancement device is comfortable, so that you can sleep without noticing you are wearing it. It does not prevent you from breathing with your mouth open and will even eliminate snoring for patients with sinus congestion or allergies. You may experience some slight stiffness of the jaw for the first few mornings after wearing the device, but this feeling is only temporary, and will go away after waking up and removing the device.

To learn more about a mandibular advancement device, contact our practice and schedule an appointment and consultation.

Nightlase™

Fotona`s Nightlase therapy is a non-invasive patient-friendly laser treatment that increases the quality of sleep.  It is an alternative to CPAP or Oral appliances. Nightlase reduces the effects of sleep apnea and decreases the amplitude of snoring by a laser-induced tightening effect caused by the contraction of collagen in the oral mucosa.  It consists of three 20-minute sessions over a 2-month period.  There is no anaesthesia, needles, or post-operative pain and there are immediate results after the first treatment.

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Dr.Douglas T. Hanson
Dr. Douglas Hanson is a Greater City of Sudbury area Dentist driven by lifelong learning, advanced technologies, and online marketing. In addition to the obvious, Dr.Hanson has lectured and presented to audiences on topics such as; leadership from within, temporal mandibular disorders, implant dentistry, obstructive sleep apnea and most recently on world class customer service. Writing about some of these topics on social media and online has provided a new avenue for Dr.Hanson to share his passion for both dental subject matter, as well as leadership and personal awareness and enhancement. Check out his Twitter and Facebook feeds and allow Dr. Doug to share his passion!

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IS SEDATION DENTISTRY SAFE FOR ME?

Conscious sedation or nitrous oxide can help patients relax during dental work. Patients are awake but usually are not able to feel or remember their dental visit. Conscious sedation might be suitable for patients with:

  • a low pain threshold
  • trouble sitting still in the dentist’s chair
  • very sensitive teeth
  • pronounced gag reflex
  • a significant amount of treatment required

Prior to your procedure, we will review your medical history thoroughly to determine if sedation is a safe option. During treatment, we also monitor our sedated patients very closely to ensure their safety.

WILL I BE COMPLETELY RELAXED WITH SEDATION DENTISTRY?

You will receive just enough sedation to be completely unaware of the treatment, as if you were asleep.

WILL I REMEMBER ANYTHING?

If you undergo treatment with sedation dentistry, you will leave our practice with little or no memory of your visit.

WILL I FEEL ANY PAIN?

Most patients feel no discomfort whatsoever during their treatment and feel surprisingly good after receiving sedation dentistry at our practice.

WILL I BE GROGGY AFTER MY TREATMENT IS OVER?

You will feel just fine. For your safety, we do require that you have a family member or friend drive you home after treatment. Generally, the effects of sedation dentistry are minimal.

Posted By:
Dr.Douglas T. Hanson
Dr. Douglas Hanson is a Greater City of Sudbury area Dentist driven by lifelong learning, advanced technologies, and online marketing. In addition to the obvious, Dr.Hanson has lectured and presented to audiences on topics such as; leadership from within, temporal mandibular disorders, implant dentistry, obstructive sleep apnea and most recently on world class customer service. Writing about some of these topics on social media and online has provided a new avenue for Dr.Hanson to share his passion for both dental subject matter, as well as leadership and personal awareness and enhancement. Check out his Twitter and Facebook feeds and allow Dr. Doug to share his passion!

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New Year, New Smile

Are you making resolutions for 2018?

Unfortunately, studies show that setting unrealistic expectations will likely have you failing by February. This year, why not simply make a pledge to improve your dental health?

Here are 5 easy steps to a healthier smile in 2018:

  1. Start by establishing a routine of brushing your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day and flossing daily.
  2. Stay hydrated, especially with fluoridated water, to help prevent cavities and to flush away bacteria between meals.
  3. Eat a balanced, nutritious diet and cut back on sugary treats and carbohydrates that can cause damage to your teeth.
  4. Schedule an exam and teeth-cleaning twice a year to monitor your oral health.
  5. Make your resolution stick by partnering with your dentist.

You’ll find that the professionals at Hanson Dentistry in Greater Sudbury offer a range of the latest treatments to ensure a healthy mouth and make your smile shine.

Don’t be surprised that your resolution will lead to life-changing moments. A rejuvenated appearance is a boost to your self-esteem, your relationships, and your professional success — and it often goes hand-in-hand with a healthy, beautiful smile.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Hanson today to discuss your 2018 oral health plan.

Posted By:
Dr.Douglas T. Hanson
Dr. Douglas Hanson is a Greater City of Sudbury area Dentist driven by lifelong learning, advanced technologies, and online marketing. In addition to the obvious, Dr.Hanson has lectured and presented to audiences on topics such as; leadership from within, temporal mandibular disorders, implant dentistry, obstructive sleep apnea and most recently on world class customer service. Writing about some of these topics on social media and online has provided a new avenue for Dr.Hanson to share his passion for both dental subject matter, as well as leadership and personal awareness and enhancement. Check out his Twitter and Facebook feeds and allow Dr. Doug to share his passion!

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Psst! Hanson Dentistry is Growing and Now Accepting New Patients!

The wait is over. Dr. Douglas Hanson, along with his associate Dr. Melissa Bahl are now accepting new patients for all levels of dental care.

Don’t miss the opportunity to get the healthy, beautiful smile you have always wanted.

Call Us Now:  705.897.9777

Vist Us: 2945 Highway 69 North, Suite 301, Val Caron, Ontario, P3N 1N3

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Dr.Douglas T. Hanson
Dr. Douglas Hanson is a Greater City of Sudbury area Dentist driven by lifelong learning, advanced technologies, and online marketing. In addition to the obvious, Dr.Hanson has lectured and presented to audiences on topics such as; leadership from within, temporal mandibular disorders, implant dentistry, obstructive sleep apnea and most recently on world class customer service. Writing about some of these topics on social media and online has provided a new avenue for Dr.Hanson to share his passion for both dental subject matter, as well as leadership and personal awareness and enhancement. Check out his Twitter and Facebook feeds and allow Dr. Doug to share his passion!

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Are Dental Veneers Right For You?

Cosmetic dental treatments like bonding and veneers can not only fix cavities or broken teeth, but also can improve the look of healthy teeth. Veneers cover the entire front surface of the tooth, whereas bonding covers a smaller portion of the tooth. Bonding and veneers make your teeth look better by changing their colour, shape, angle, or spacing. Dr. Hanson can fix teeth that are broken, chipped, or cracked, that have spaces between them or discolouration. Bonding and veneers can improve your smile and give you more confidence.

What is bonding?

Bonding, also known as bonded restoration, is a painless way to make minor repairs to teeth. In most cases, Dr. Hanson can bond several teeth in one visit. Bonding uses tooth-coloured material, called composite resin. Dr. Hanson applies the composite resin to the tooth, and then shapes and hardens it with light. The composite resin can be:

  • Shaped to look like the missing part of a chipped tooth
  • Used to build up teeth and fill spaces between them
  • Painted over a stained tooth to make it match the colour of your other teeth

How does bonding work?

Dr. Hanson places a matrix between the tooth he is treating and its neighbouring tooth. A matrix is a thin, clear plastic film that protects other teeth from stray composite resin.

Dr. Hanson then puts a mild chemical on the tooth to make it a little rough. This helps the composite resin to bond or stick to the enamel of your tooth. He chooses the composite resin that matches the colour of your natural teeth so that the bonding blends in. Dr. Hanson then applies composite resin on your tooth in layers and uses a light to harden each layer. After the last layer is hardened, he shapes and polishes it. The finished tooth looks natural and smooth. At your next visit, Dr. Hanson will examine the bonding and polish it if needed. Over time, the bonding may wear down and Dr. Hanson may touch it up with more composite resin.

What are veneers?

Veneers are very thin shells that attach to the front part of teeth. They are often made of porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are stronger than composite resin veneers and do not change colour or stain. Porcelain veneers usually take at least 2 dental visits to apply and composite resin veneers can be done in 1 visit. Porcelain veneers generally last longer than composite resin veneers.

How are composite resin veneers done?

Much like bonding, your dentist puts a mild chemical on the front surface of the tooth to make it a little rough and help the composite resin stick to the enamel. Dr. Hanson chooses the composite resin that matches the colour of your natural teeth so that it blends in. He then puts the composite resin on your tooth in layers and uses bright light to harden each layer. After the last layer of composite resin is hard, Dr. Hanson shapes and polishes it to form a natural-looking and smooth tooth.

How are porcelain veneers done?

With porcelain veneers, Dr. Hanson may give you a local anesthetic (freezing). Dr. Hanson then removes a thin layer of the enamel from your teeth to make room for the veneers. Then he makes a mold of your teeth, which is used to custom-make your porcelain veneers. In the meantime, he may place temporary veneers until your porcelain veneers are ready. The temporary veneers are very fragile and you must treat them gently during eating and cleaning as they can come loose very easily.

At your next visit, Dr. Hanson removes the temporary veneers and puts a mild chemical on your teeth to make them a little rough in order for the porcelain veneers to stick better. He then glues the porcelain veneers to your teeth one by one, using composite resin cement.

Who can get veneers?

Not everyone is a good candidate for veneers. Here are some reasons why Dr. Hanson may suggest treatments other than veneers:

  • If a tooth has decay or is in an area with periodontal disease (gum disease)
  • If a tooth has little enamel left, a veneer will not stick to it properly.
  • If too much of the tooth is missing, a crown may be another option.
  • If a person grinds or clenches their teeth this is called bruxism and can chip or break veneers.
Posted By:
Dr.Douglas T. Hanson
Dr. Douglas Hanson is a Greater City of Sudbury area Dentist driven by lifelong learning, advanced technologies, and online marketing. In addition to the obvious, Dr.Hanson has lectured and presented to audiences on topics such as; leadership from within, temporal mandibular disorders, implant dentistry, obstructive sleep apnea and most recently on world class customer service. Writing about some of these topics on social media and online has provided a new avenue for Dr.Hanson to share his passion for both dental subject matter, as well as leadership and personal awareness and enhancement. Check out his Twitter and Facebook feeds and allow Dr. Doug to share his passion!

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Invisalign Or Braces?

There are more reasons to smile about Invisalign® at our office than you may know. Patients often ask us how Invisalign® treatment compares to braces. Invisalign® is a series of removable aligners that are nearly invisible. The aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Besides straightening your teeth, Invisalign® can improve your oral health. Here is how:

Healthy gums: Straight teeth allow a close fit for gums. This lessens the stress caused by crowded or widely spaced teeth, thus reducing red and swollen gums.

Easy cleaning: Invisalign® is removable, making brushing and flossing easier and allowing you to maintain a healthy mouth. This is vital to avoid tooth decay, plaque, and gum disease.

Improved speech and chewing: Properly aligned teeth do not cause discomfort or compound speech impediments that crowded teeth or a deteriorating jawbone can.

Posted By:
Dr.Douglas T. Hanson
Dr. Douglas Hanson is a Greater City of Sudbury area Dentist driven by lifelong learning, advanced technologies, and online marketing. In addition to the obvious, Dr.Hanson has lectured and presented to audiences on topics such as; leadership from within, temporal mandibular disorders, implant dentistry, obstructive sleep apnea and most recently on world class customer service. Writing about some of these topics on social media and online has provided a new avenue for Dr.Hanson to share his passion for both dental subject matter, as well as leadership and personal awareness and enhancement. Check out his Twitter and Facebook feeds and allow Dr. Doug to share his passion!

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