It used to be that when you were faced with the decision of getting dental implants, you knew you were about to embark on a costly and time-consuming route.
After all, many patients who need implant-supported dentures suffer from extensive bone loss, and must undergo bone grafting before the implants can be placed – a procedure that can take more than a year.
However, with recent advances in technology, there is a new technique available that allows dentists to place your implants in just one day, and for you to walk out with a brand-new, functional smile.
The All-on-Four Technique
The All-on-Four Technique is a revolutionary dental implant procedure that uses just four implants to place a full set of teeth on the arch.… Continue Reading
For anyone who has had to wear dentures before the development of dental implants, it was common knowledge that dentures were a poor substitute for natural teeth with many downsides. To a great degree, they felt like a necessary evil.
Dentures worn with no anchoring support on your jaw will slip out of place when pressure is placed on them. This makes eating a real hassle, often requiring that you blend or mash foods that take some biting or chewing strength to eat properly.
The denture will also slip out of place when talking. This can cause an unsightly protrusion of one of your dentures in the front of your mouth or a strange clicking sound while speaking.… Continue Reading
In recent years technology has advanced tremendously concerning the stability and functionality of dentures. Although the dentures themselves are essentially the same, there are now revolutionary ways of stabilizing them in your mouth so they function very much more like regular teeth and not as uncomfortable substitutes.
If you are in need of dentures or are already a denture wearer, this technology is well worth knowing. Being able to take advantage of it could save you a lot of headaches normally associated with having to have dentures.
Standard dentures are made in the shape of your dental arch and are fitted over your arch to act as a row of teeth.… Continue Reading
The technology of planning and placing dental implants has advanced considerably in recent years.
Now we have advanced bio-compatible materials, advanced instruments, pre-planning of placement using 3D images of the entire jaw structure, appliances that fit right over the implant site itself called “surgical guides” which tell us exactly where to place the implant so it is anchored in the strongest possible position, and bone grafting to replace missing bone and allow the implant to be firmly anchored.
And yet despite this, in a small percentages of cases, an implant here and there develops complications which need to be treated, and in time, if the implant is to be preserved.… Continue Reading
The development and use of dental implants to replace missing teeth or teeth that need extraction has allowed an untold number of people to preserve the integrity of the surrounding teeth and jawbone, while maintaining their ability to chew and in many cases improving the look of their smile.
This has also allowed patients, in many cases, to avoid the awkward, uncomfortable and often dreaded use of dentures.
One of the many health benefits of dental implants is their ability to continue putting a natural pressure on the bone around and under the tooth root from the action of chewing. This pressure keeps the bone from deteriorating and wasting away.… Continue Reading
In a recent post, we talked about gum disease and what it is. Now, we’d like to talk a bit about the treatment and some of the really cool, high tech methods we use to treat the more advanced gum disease (Periodontitis).
Once the gum disease has progressed, creating pockets in the gums and building up more and more, it requires a more thorough deep cleaning. For this, you will typically need what is called “scaling” where the bacteria and plaque are scraped off below the gum line. Also, you typically get what is called “root planing”, where the dentist will use a special tool to smooth the root of the tooth so that it is harder for bacteria and plaque to take hold and grow.… Continue Reading
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Gum disease is quite a serious problem. Not only can it be painful, it also is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. In addition, it can give you bad breath, receding gums, loose or shifting teeth and more.
What happens is that your teeth gradually build up plaque, and if this is not properly taken care of, it continues to progress and builds up an over growth of harmful bacteria around the gums. This is called “gingivitis”. Typically, you will notice the gums are red and inflammed, and you will often have some bleeding when brushing your teeth. This can typically be treated with a thorough cleaning, where the plaque is scraped off and your teeth and gums are cleaned.… Continue Reading
Everybody wants nice, healthy, bright white teeth right? Probably one of the most common dental actions these days is to do teeth whitening. There are in-home and in-office techniques, and both types work very well.
The most common in-office technique is called Zoom!® WhiteSpeed. With this one, Zoom! has created a device that is placed in front of the teeth and uses special LED lights to whiten your teeth. WhiteSpeed can whiten up to 8 shades in one 45-minute office visit. This method is the fastest, but to ensure optimum safety it is only available at the dentist’s office and cannot be done at home.… Continue Reading
There are 2 major types of invisible teeth straightening systems, Invisalign® and ClearCorrect™. Both systems use what are called “Aligners” in order to straighten teeth. These are clear, comfortable custom-fit plastic trays that fit closely over your teeth. They perform in a similar manner to typical braces in that they are moving your teeth by pulling or pushing them in the desired direction. It takes time for the teeth to move, and you will have to get your aligners changed on a scheduled basis. As your teeth move, you need new aligners to continue the process. Even though you need to go in to get the aligners changed, you actually have fewer dentist visits than standard braces.… Continue Reading