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Iskra Sarafov

Dentist

Dr. Iskra Sarafov is a Dentist practicing in Oakville, Ontario. Dr. Sarafov specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases and conditions associated with the mouth and overall dental health. Dentists are trained to carry out such treatment as professional cleaning, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic procedures, and performing examinations, among many others.
Iskra Sarafov
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • University of Toronto
  • Accepting new patients

Would I need to take opioids after my extraction?

Pain management after wisdom teeth removal varies depending on each case. If you are concerned you need to discuss this with your surgeon. You can avoid taking opioids and manage READ MORE
Pain management after wisdom teeth removal varies depending on each case. If you are concerned you need to discuss this with your surgeon. You can avoid taking opioids and manage with Ibuprofen and Extra Strength Tylenol. It all depends on how complicated the procedure is, your pain tolerance and how the extraction is carried out under sedation or not.
Even if you need to use some stronger pain killers such as opioids it is a very short term and risk of dependancy is very low unless you have history of addictions. Hope this answers your question.

Can teeth grinding cause headaches?

Teeth grinding or bruxism can sometime be a cause for headaches. If your husband is hearing you grinding your teeth it means you can use a night guard . It is an appliance you READ MORE
Teeth grinding or bruxism can sometime be a cause for headaches. If your husband is hearing you grinding your teeth it means you can use a night guard . It is an appliance you use at night to protect your teeth from the frictional damage to enamel and teeth from grinding. If this helps your headaches then you know what the cause is. If you also snore at night maybe you should consider going to a sleep clinic and check to see if you have sleep apnea. It can be a contributing factor to teeth grinding.

When is a root canal recommended?

Root Canals are recommended whenever a dentist diagnoses irreversible pulpal necrosis. This usually is associated with infection and symptoms that can vary from intermittent to READ MORE
Root Canals are recommended whenever a dentist diagnoses irreversible pulpal necrosis. This usually is associated with infection and symptoms that can vary from intermittent to constant pain and swelling or sometimes no pain at all but draining fistula. Proper diagnosis is essential to ensure no other alternatives are available.

I had a root canal and the area still hurts. Is something wrong?

I would recommend to contact your dentist. While some discomfort is normal to still be present throbbing or swelling would require a follow up to make sure normal healing of the READ MORE
I would recommend to contact your dentist. While some discomfort is normal to still be present throbbing or swelling would require a follow up to make sure normal healing of the area.

Does brushing with salt help remove yellow stains from the teeth?

Congratulations on quitting smoking! Great job! I would not recommend brushing with salt as it is pretty abrasive and can damage the enamel of your teeth. I would suggest to treat READ MORE
Congratulations on quitting smoking! Great job! I would not recommend brushing with salt as it is pretty abrasive and can damage the enamel of your teeth. I would suggest to treat yourself for kicking the habit and consult a dentist on professional teeth whitening customized specially for your needs. It is always recommended to have teeth cleaning prior to that so that you can remove plaque and achieve better results.

My molars are hurting. I already had my wisdom teeth all taken out. What can this be?

Flossing should not be painful regardless of having wisdom teeth removed or still present. There could be numerous reasons for this discomfort. My recommendation is to see your READ MORE
Flossing should not be painful regardless of having wisdom teeth removed or still present. There could be numerous reasons for this discomfort. My recommendation is to see your dentist and have a checkup, which will likely include taking X-rays to properly diagnose.

What should I do for my chipped tooth?

There are numerous ways to repair chipped tooth depending on type of fracture and tooth condition or position in the mouth. If you are experiencing pain, I would suggest to seek READ MORE
There are numerous ways to repair chipped tooth depending on type of fracture and tooth condition or position in the mouth. If you are experiencing pain, I would suggest to seek help as soon as possible. If you are not in any discomfort, it is still a good idea to follow up with a dentist and assess the tooth. Treatment for this type of trauma may vary from simple polishing of the area, repairing tooth with a composite (filling) material to more complex procedures such as onlay or crown restorations.

Can brushing my teeth with salt whiten my teeth?

I would not recommend doing this as salt is very abrasive and it can cause irreversible damage to the enamel of your teeth. There are better options to whiten teeth and every case READ MORE
I would not recommend doing this as salt is very abrasive and it can cause irreversible damage to the enamel of your teeth. There are better options to whiten teeth and every case is specific. I suggest to talk to your dentist and find out what would work best for you.