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Your Toronto, Ontario Dentist in North York

November 5, 2014

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Dr. Eli Shem-Tov is privileged to serve as the most highly rated dentist in North York, Ontario, routinely going above and beyond to provide unparalleled service to the families in his community. Inspired by his childhood dentist, Dr. Tom McKean, Dr. Shem-Tov possesses a genuine passion for helping others improve their oral health through quality dentistry. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario just before returning to North York to practice at the same office he regularly visited as a boy.

In addition to maintaining and improving the smiles of North York, Dr. Shem-Tov is a clinical instructor with the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto. He also loves to volunteer his services to communities in Africa, Central America, Asia, and the Caribbean.


A North York Dentist Toronto Families Depend On


As your trusted Toronto, Ontario dentist, Dr. Shem-Tov offers a comprehensive menu of general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services that are carefully customized to suit your unique needs. Our general and preventive dentistry solutions include:

Because Dr. Shem-Tov understands that sometimes our smiles need a little help looking their best, he is happy to offer a full selection of cosmetic dentistry services as well, including:

When your smile is in need of repair due to injury or decay, look no further than your experienced North York dentist, Dr. Shem-Tov. Our restorative dentistry solutions include:

Experience the North York Dental Difference


At North York Dental, our team is committed to providing families with exceptional dental care in Toronto, Ontario and the surrounding areas. Our dedication to our patients is what drives us to pursue continuing education and the most advanced techniques in the industry, allowing us to serve our community with the best dental services in North York and beyond. Contact us today to schedule your visit, and experience the difference for yourself.

Conveniently located in North York, Ontario, our state-of-the-art practice warmly welcomes patients from throughout nearby communities as well. We can’t wait to show you what Toronto, Ontario dentistry should truly be.

Introducing Invisalign: The Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth

May 23, 2014

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North York Dental would like to introduce you to the innovative method of straightening your teeth – this is Invisalign. Let us explain. In the past for straightened teeth, one would have to wear ugly braces, which would plug into the grid of your teeth and often be a source of ridicule. With Invisalign, one gets the confidence of a better smile while letting your kids enjoy their lives with a new and innovative method for straightening teeth.

We will work with you to create a customized series of aligners meant for you and you only. These aligner trays are crafted from smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. They are clear and unlike the old metal braces, they blend into the grid of the mouth rather than serve to draw attention to it. This is how Invisalign got its’ name – invisible aligners.

Wearing these aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place based off the exact movements that North York Dental will plan out for you. There aren’t any metal brackets to attach, no wires to tighten, and they are replaced every two weeks until treatment is complete. You simply remove the old aligners and pop in the new pair every two weeks, and at the end of treatment, Invisalign and North York Dental will allow you to achieve a great smile with little interference into your personal life. Most people won’t even be able to tell that you’re in the process of straightening your teeth.

North York Dental is able to provide this service to our patients which can treat mild to difficult dental problems and correct a wide variety of dental problems.

Gapped teeth can occur with abnormal growth of the jawbone. This can lead to gum problems due to a lack of protection by the teeth with an increase in periodontal or gum disease. Invisalign can fix that

Overjet or what is more commonly known as “overbite” is created when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. Invisalign can fix that. Underbite is the opposite when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth. Invisalign can fix that.

Open bite when some teeth aren’t making physical contact with their opposing teeth for a proper bite, an overly crowded set of teeth, and a crossbite that occurs when the upper and lower jaws are misaligned – Invisalign fixes them all! North York Dental has begun using Invisalign for all of these reasons as it has proven to be a very effective form of dental repair and a revolutionary procedure unseen in the dental profession before.

With North York Dental, achieve a properly aligned set of teeth that, from our experience, means the world to a patient that has never had a confident smile before. Straightened teeth can significant affect your overall dental health, which is the ultimate goal for us at North York Dental. Don’t hesitate to contact North York Dental during business hours to inquire about more information on Invisalign.

The comfortable and clear aligners will gently guide you towards a beautiful smile without the unsightly brackets and wires. Talk to us today to find out how North York Dental can help you get there.

Our Dentists Will Help Prevent Gum Disease

May 16, 2014

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Our mouths are full of harmful bacteria which when combined with mucus and other particles form a sticky, colorless plaque that rest on our teeth. Brushing and flossing help rid ourselves of this plaque however plaque that isn’t removed may then harden. This forms a type of tartar that a toothbrush cannot clean. This is the origination of gum disease, which thousands of Canadians suffer from every year.

Periodontal disease or gum disease can be as simple as gum inflammation or can turn into a serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. In the worst of cases, teeth may be lost.

At North York Dental, we understand that your health not only depends on your teeth but on the well being of your gums as well. We don’t want to see you have to lose your teeth because of gum disease or worse. Recent studies across the country have shown that people who have gum disease are at greater risk for more serious problems, such as heart disease or diabetes.

Dr. Shem-Tov and our team of trained professionals will work with you to properly address your gum disease and work to stop it in its’ tracks. We offer in office therapy with Atridox Injectable Antibiotic as well as minor gum surgery should either of these options be necessary for your treatment.

There many risk factors that play into whether gum disease may be in a person’s future. Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors associated with the development of gum disease. The hormonal changes often found in women, diabetes, certain over-the-counter medication that cause a reduction in saliva flow, and there’s genetic susceptibility – these are all common risk factors associated with gum disease.

Gum disease is commonly developed when the plaque we outlined above begins to build up along and underneath the gum line. Typically signs of this aren’t visible until individuals are in their 30s or 40s.

The best way to guard against gum disease is to keep your teeth and gums healthy through brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride based toothpaste, flossing to remove plaque from between the teeth, and by visiting the dentist regularly for a professional cleaning.

Symptoms include bad breath that won’t go away, red or swollen gums, tender or bleeding gums, painful chewing, loose teeth, sensitive teeth, or receding gums or longer appearing teeth. If you have one or more of these symptoms then there is a large possibility that you are in the midst of developing a form of gum disease if you don’t already have it.

At North York Dental, we can work with you to take preventative measures to ensure that this doesn’t escalate into a more serious problem. We have written materials that we distribute among our patients to assist them in their education on the condition, We will work to ensure that it is properly diagnosed and that it is treated immediately.

Don’t let it go untreated. We can help. Contact North York Dental today to get an assessment on your teeth to find out if you’re at risk for developing gum disease in your future.

Dental Implants: The Procedure and Benefits

May 9, 2014

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The ability of dentists to use dental implants has revolutionized the care and treatment of a wide range of dental needs. A dental implant basically is an artificial tooth that is anchored in your mouth and is used to support false teeth to replace missing or damaged ones. Dental implants are commonly used by people who have lost one or two teeth for any number of reasons but who have otherwise healthy teeth.


Endosteal (in the bone): This type of implant is by far the most common. With this sort of set up, each individual implant that is secured into the jaw bone holds the prosthetic teeth that are used to replace the missing ones. This style of implant is common with patients who have partial bridges already or those who have removable dentures.

Subperiosteal (on the bone): These types of implants are generally used for those who cannot use Endosteal implants and they are placed on top of the jaw. They are secured in place with metal framework and a series of posts poke through the gums and are used to hold the replacement teeth.


The process of replacing missing teeth is a team effort that involves you, your dentist, and the oral surgeon who will be performing the procedure. You will work together to determine what is the best course of action for you and what will work best for you right now and in the long term. There are three basic procedures that can be done:

Single Tooth Replacement – If only a single tooth is missing, one implant with the accompanying tooth crown can replace it and fill the gap.

Several Teeth Replacement – If several teeth are missing in a row that need to be replaced, implant-supported bridges or a set of false teeth that are fused together and secured as one solid piece can replace them.

Total Teeth Replacement – If all of your teeth are missing or need to be removed, then you will be going with full bridge work or dentures to replace the teeth.


As is the case with your real teeth, oral care and hygiene go a long way in keeping your teeth and mouth healthy. Just because you have implants does not mean you can ignore their care. You must still brush and floss and care for the implants as you would your regular teeth. This keeps them looking great and working as they should.

Advantages Of Hiring A Family Dentist

April 25, 2014

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There are many common fears people have about going to the dentists. However the benefits you gain from having a family dentist far outweigh the often irrational fears that may exist. It is time to realize that you should not be afraid of the dentist and here are some common fears and why they should not stop you from getting the care that you and your family needs.

1 Fear of the instruments used vs getting the right treatment

Sometimes, what freaks people out about going to the dentist is the equipment used. Drills, scrapers, needles, they all seem so terrifying. One thing that can help patients overcome this fear is to talk with the dentist about the tools and equipment that will be used. Your dentist wants to help you keep your mouth healthy and keep you pain-free, so learning to feel comfortable around these instruments can go a long way in helping you feel relaxed and letting the dentist do his or her job.

2. Fear of the dentist vs  trusting the dentist

It is not always the case but often times dentists are very down to earth and serious. This can come across as being uncaring, cold, or harsh – which makes feelings of uneasiness even greater. But you need to remember that some people just come across that way and it is nothing personal. Your family dentists is the person you turn to for your oral care and they are the ones who can help you when something goes wrong – from a loose tooth to cavities to oral injuries. It is important to have a good family dentist on call that you feel comfortable with and can trust.

3. Fear of the pain vs relieving the pain

No one likes to feel pain. Even with local anesthesia, there can still be pressure and discomfort. And if you have a phobia of needles, getting the shot of anesthesia can be bad enough. It can help to talk to the dentists about your fears and concerns. Most family dentists know people have these fears and there are things they can do to help you through these times and overcome the fear. The pain you face from neglected oral issues can far outweigh the slight discomfort of having the work done.

4. Fear of the unknown vs being in the know

Humans by nature fear change and the unknown. Going to a dentist and not knowing what they will find or what work may need to be done is perhaps the most terrifying thing about the visit. Talk to your dentists about what needs to be done, what can be done, what you want to have done, and make sure you take an active part in the process. It can help alleviate some of that uncertainty and lessen the fear. When you talk to the dentist you can see how much they do care about you, your family and your dental needs.

Choosing the Right Dental Care Clinic for Your Family’s Dental Needs

January 22, 2014

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What Kind of Dentist is Best? 
Not all dentists have the same services and can provide the same care for you and your family. Doing a little research can make this process much easier and help reduce the amount of time you will have to spend looking for the right dentist. If you need surgery search for one the will do oral surgeries and if you have kids, make sure the dentist you choose is comfortable working with kids.

Check the Credentials 
Advertisements and web pages can say anything so you need to make sure you check all references that are given and do your research to make sure all information given is accurate and up to date.

Check Insurance Acceptance and Payment Options 
No dentist or dental procedure will do you much good if you can’t afford to pay for it. In tough economic times it is important to make sure your insurance policy is accepted by your dentist. If you do not have insurance you need to make sure what payment plans are available so you can pay and get your work done.

Location and Hours 
No matter how great a dentist is, if you cannot make it to the office during office hours, it is not much of a benefit to you. Be sure you see what the office hours of operation are and take the time to figure out if you will be able to make appointments with your normal schedule for work, school, or family activities.

Drop By for a Visit 
Stopping by the office for a surprise visit can be a great source of insight. Check to see what the office is like, how clean and well organized it is. Everything can seem fine, but a face to face visit and talk with the dentist or staff can be the final deciding factor.

Set Up A Consultation 
When you stop by for a visit, check with the receptionist for a time when you can have a consultation with the dentist. Many offices offer the first meeting for free or at a reduced price. See what the policy is and what options are available for you.

Check for Additional Services 
Make sure you check with your new dentists to see what other services they offer. What is the policy for x-rays, cleanings, fillings, crowns, and surgeries? Getting this information beforehand can help you make plans and make your final decision in an informed way.


Find Out the Waiting List for an Appointment 
One of the biggest problems people have when they are searching for a new dentist is the wait time. Some dentists have only a certain period of time where they can take new clients. The waiting list for new patients can be quite long sometimes and this can be very frustrating, especially when you are looking for a dentist because of a medical emergency. So start now and don’t wait until you actually need a dentist.

How to Take Care of Your Brand New Porcelain Veneers

January 10, 2014

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How do I take care of veneers? This is a common question many dental patients have and it is an important question that needs to be answered. After going through it all and paying for the new veneers it is important to know how to take care of them. These are just some of the tips you need to keep in mind so you can keep your veneers looking bright and new and beautiful.

Avoid Certain Food and Beverages
Some foods and drinks really need to be avoided when possible so they do not mess up your porcelain veneers. Drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine and foods like chocolate, citrus, and soda can stain or erode your veneers. It is not logical to expect people to avoid these foods totally, but it is important to limit their consumption and to try and clean your veneers after eating such foods.

Avoid Abrasive Toothpastes
For teeth, abrasive toothpaste and those with harsh cleaners and whiteners can work well. However, with veneers, these can damage the surface and destroy the look and appearance of the veneers you spent so much time and money on. Stuck with regular toothpaste or those that are designed for use with dental implants such as veneers. To further take care of your new smile without causing any damage, use a soft bristle toothbrush each time, every time.

Clean Properly
Unless you are given other directions by your dentists, you should use general oral hygiene with your veneers. You will still need to brush and floss just as you would with your regular teeth. Mouthwash can also help keep the veneers looking bright and clean. Talk with your dentist to make sure you fully understand how to take care of your new veneers and keep them looking great.

Protect Your Mouth
Just as you would take care to protect your mouth from injury you need to be just as careful with the veneers. If you play sports or engage in any activities where you might get hit in the mouth or otherwise damage your mouth, then take care and take the necessary precautions to protect your veneers.

Veneers are becoming more and more popular, along with the technology, but even the best veneers need a little TLC to keep them looking great for years to come. Take care of your veneers and keep looking sharp!

The Necessary Qualities of A Great Pediatric Dentist

December 12, 2013

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Dental work is important for all members of the family, but it is especially important that children get good dental care. The following are just some of the possible qualities you might want to look for when selecting a pediatric dentist for your family:


  • The dentist should love children. When you work with kids all day long, it takes a true love and appreciation for them to be able to do the job right. A whole unique set of skills is required when working with kids and the added work and stress requires a true love and understanding.
  • He or she should be very patient. A pediatric dentist needs to be patient when dealing with a  child who is scared or uncooperative.  A pediatric dentist must never yell or try to intimidate a child into doing something.
  • The dentist needs to be authoritative. Authoritative does not mean scary, but rather it means being someone who can give instructions that children will pay attention to and follow. Just as the child knows the parents are in charge at home, the child needs to understand and believe that the dentist is in charge in their office.
  • Pediatric dentists should be compassionate. Children are timid and they are easily hurt, frightened, and intimidated. The dentist needs to be able to adjust to the mood, feelings, and actions of the child. It can be helpful to look for a pediatric dentist who is a parent themselves.
  • The dentist needs to look kind and approachable. Children are very susceptible to appearances, tone of voice, and other mannerisms. With children, their first impressions of the experience are the ones that often last and a dentist that can be seen as a friend is a great way to start off the experience.

Sedation Dentistry Has Many Benefits for Dental Procedures

November 16, 2013

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Sedation is a widespread part of a number of dental procedures including root canals or wisdom tooth extractions. However, sedation is becoming increasingly common and is often given to individuals who suffer from anxiety or phobias that are too severe to get routine checkups or minor procedures done.

Sedation is generally divided into one of four categories as follows:

Oral Sedatives

Oral sedatives can be given to a patient before the procedure and help to mellow and calm the individual. These can be useful for someone who has panic attacks or other fear and anxiety issues when going to the dentists.  These help calm the person and relax them and it also keeps them conscious and alert during the procedure. Oral sedatives provide no pain relief, so so form of local anesthetic will also need to be administered.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation

Similar to oral sedatives, these are given in a liquid form through an IV and allow for continuous levels. These are commonly used in long or involved procedures that can take a good bit of time. Like oral sedatives, this method does not provide pain relief, so a form of anesthetic must be administered. 

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

This is the most common type of inhalation sedation, and goes by the more common name of  laughing gas. Nitrous Oxide is used to bring about a state of relaxation and calmness. A local anesthetic is needed to eliminate pain. Laughing gas is commonly used for quick procedures or minor dental work done on children and youth.

General Anesthesia

This technique of dental sedation makes use of anesthetic with the goal of rendering the patient unconscious. With this method of sedation, the patient is unaware of anything happening around them and cannot communicate, respond, or move during the procedure. 

 The American Dental Association “supports the right of appropriately trained dentists” when done by a professional and experienced dentist, saying that general sedation is a safe and effective treatment when properly administered.

Invisalign is Available from your Cosmetic Dentist in North York

October 25, 2013

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If you suffer from crooked teeth as an adult, you might worry that you are going to have to wear the traditional metal braces that your friends wore when you were a teenager or that your child might even be wearing right now. Luckily, if you see our cosmetic dentist in North York, you might find that you qualify for Invisalign, the clear aligners that make wearing braces much more palatable. These invisible braces are removable aligners that are custom tailored to fit your mouth and the exact problem that you are experiencing with your teeth.


There are a variety of issues that Invisalign can help correct, including:


  • Teeth with large gaps
  • Incorrect bites including over, under and open bites
  • Crowded mouths
  • Crossbite


Each of these situations is different and requires unique changes. As your cosmetic dentist in North York, we will determine the exact changes that your mouth needs and put you on a schedule to have your aligners changed every two weeks in order to have gradual results that last. In general, you will have to come in for a visit every six weeks in order to see the changes that your aligners are making and to ensure that you are making the progress that we expected.


There are many benefits of wearing Invisalign aligners as opposed to traditional braces, of which the most important is the ability to not have to limit your food intake. The aligners get removed before you eat, which allows you to enjoy your favorite foods without worrying about them getting stuck in your braces. The aligners also get removed while you brush and floss, which enables you to reach all areas of your teeth to help remove all bacteria and plaque from your teeth. This eliminates the risk of tooth decay or gum disease as a result of poor oral health habits.

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