Articles posted by Dr. Allan Hawryluk

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Diagnosis of Oral-Facial Discomfort

26% of the population has suffered from orofacial pain at some point. It can be either odontogenic (coming from teeth) or non-odontogenic. Cracked mandibular (lower) molars are the most common source of unexplained orofacial pain. The perception of orofacial pain is intricately related to understanding the trigeminal nerve. It is the part of the nervous

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Understanding The Perception of Dental Pain

St. Lawrence Dentistry strives to minimize pain through non-invasive and conservative dentistry. However, one aspect of dentistry is pain management. Understanding the various classifications of pain means our doctors can treat dental conditions effectively. We have defined terms marked with a (*) in the glossary at the end of this article. Pain is a physiologic

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Porcelain Veneers (The What, Why, and How)

What are Porcelain Veneers? Porcelain veneers are ceramic restorations used to improve natural teeth’ size, shape, color, and strength. Essentially, they are facings made in a dental laboratory using high-strength materials such as feldspar and lithium disilicate. These materials are custom designed and layered by professional ceramic artists to mimic the color features of natural

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Crown Lengthening: A Beneficial Dental Technique

Crown lengthening is a dental procedure performed by Dr. Hawryluk to help restore broken down teeth. There are many causes for considering crown lengthening. Commonly, the procedure exposes a greater amount of tooth structure to restore the tooth with a dental crown. Other indications to crown lengthen include accessing cavities below the gum, tooth perforations,

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Implants are an Excellent Tooth Replacement Option

Conversations about dental implants can sometimes start emotional for patients because they often discuss a tooth that needs removal. T he excellent news is St. Lawrence Dentistry has terrific options for replacing missing teeth. Patients want to know what implants are, how they work, and a realistic expectation of treatment timeline. So they are relieved

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Smoking Cessation

You probably know many people who smoke are aware of some harmful effects. Smoking is widespread in society and has been part of human history for thousands of years. Although smoking’s history is abundant and embedded in many cultures, North America is at the point where it is finally on the decline. Part of the

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Changing the Jaws Vertical Dimension

The lower jaw is a horseshoe-shaped bone balanced in space by two joints, which communicate in the skull’s related sockets. During aging, or in some cases following particular disturbing circumstances, the vertical association between the jaws diminishes, and an “over closed bite” is the outcome. There is a decrease in the “roof” of the mouth.

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Cannabis and your Oral Health

The Cannabis Act came into effect on October 17, 2018, and now Canada is one of only a handful of nations to have lawful utilization of this medication. Therefore, regardless of whether you are newly using Cannabis or have taken it for some time, it is imperative to know how this now lawful medication can

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Porcelain Veneers from Design to Finish

Porcelain veneers are slim, customized shells of tooth-colored materials created to cover the exterior of teeth to enhance your appearance. These shells are connected to the front side of your tooth, altering their length, color, shape, or size. To treat patients with dental veneers, your dentist and ceramist must understand basic principles to achieve predictable

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