Dentures Vs. Implants – Why Would I Choose Them?

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Both dentures and implants are common dental appliances that may solve the problem of one or multiple missing teeth. There are pros and cons to both and which one an individual chooses is dependent on several factors. Let’s look at why a person might prefer one to the other.

The advantages of dental implants

Implants are a way to replace teeth so that they look and feel natural. Once the procedure is complete, no one will know the difference between your original teeth and your implants. In addition, with implants, you don’t have to worry about not being able to eat certain foods or biting down on something. Implants are secure and act just as natural teeth do.

These are compelling reasons to choose implants. When done correctly by a reputable, experienced dentist, implants are long-lasting, beautiful and natural. It is important to note that implants require care and excellent oral hygiene, just like your original teeth. It is easy to see why many people would prefer implants to dentures, however, there are downsides to implants.

The downsides of implants

Implants are a complex procedure that requires several steps. Getting implants is a process that takes place over a period of months. Installing the implants is a surgical procedure and there may be additional procedures involved, such as bone grafts. There is a degree of patience required and some discomfort involved with healing from surgery.

The advantages of denture

While dentures may not have the same benefits that implants do, they offer a lower-cost alternative. Today’s dentures are much better quality than those in the past. They come in full and partials sets and do not require any surgery or invasive procedures. For people who don’t have the bone or gum health for implants, dentures are a good alternative.

The downside of dentures

A denture wearer has to be conscious of the fact that dentures can slip out during eating or talking if they are not properly adhered. They can be uncomfortable and they can also promote further gum and bone deterioration.

Choosing between implants and dentures depends on the individual, what they can afford and what their lifestyle and personal preferences are. Either of these dental solutions for missing teeth can be a good choice and as dental technology continues to rapidly advance, each solution gets better with time.

If you have a missing tooth or teeth, we invite you to make an appointment to discuss your particular circumstances and whether implants or dentures would be the most appropriate solution for you.

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Porcelain Veneers – What You Need To Know

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Dental veneers are a common solution for people who are not completely happy with their smile. They are very thin (equivalent to a contact lens) shells made either from porcelain or a resin composite that adhere to the front of the tooth. Veneers change the shape, colour and size of the natural tooth. They fix a number of dental problems.

How porcelain veneers can help to create a winning smile

Chipped, broken and worn down teeth are easily repaired and strengthened with veneers. They can also fix tooth discolouration and irregularly shaped teeth with minimal alteration to the original enamel. For people who don’t want to invest time and endure discomfort by wearing braces, veneers are used to make an even, straight smile.

Crowns versus veneers

When deciding between a crown and a veneer, the latter is a more conservative approach to changing the appearance of a tooth. A crown requires extensive shaping of the original tooth, whereas, with porcelain veneers, your dentist removes only half a millimetre of enamel from the front of the tooth. In many cases, the application of a temporary veneer isn’t necessary while awaiting the laboratory’s completion of a patient’s custom veneer.

Veneer colour can be customized

Porcelain veneers also have a natural tooth appearance. Color variation in the casting replicates the dynamic appearance of an original tooth and translucent areas in the porcelain imitate the clear biting edges of enamel teeth. Patients can also custom select the colour of their veneers when using porcelain. This means dark teeth or teeth with uneven colour can be lightened and given a uniform appearance. However, once veneers are applied, teeth can no longer be whitened. Patients planning on whitening should complete their whitening treatment prior to the application of veneers.

Porcelain veneers are bio-compatible and durable

Porcelain veneers comfortably integrate into a patient’s mouth. Gum tissue readily accepts porcelain, as long as there isn’t pre-existing gum disease or decay. Porcelain is also highly durable, though patients should exercise caution and avoid chewing on pencils, ice and other hard objects.

Porcelain veneers are easy to maintain

With veneers, patients can continue to practice their regular oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing. There are no extra steps required to maintain veneers.

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Dental Implants – Hype or Have To Have?

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Composed of titanium, dentists use dental implants to restore missing teeth. They place these artificial teeth directly into your jawbone, making them permanent. As such, they’re a great option for you if you’ve lost a tooth.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Here are some of the key benefits of dental implants. They:

  • are a permanent solution, unlike dentures and bridges which can slip and cause discomfort and embarrassment whilst eating and talking
  • are a stand-alone solution which do not adversely affect neighbouring teeth – this differs from dentures and bridges which rely on your surrounding teeth to hold them in place
  • are fused with the jaw bone making them as strong and reliable as your natural teeth
  • restore your smile so that you can feel confident in social settings
  • are convenient because they do not require a separate cleaning routine and can be cleaned in the same manner as your natural teeth

From an aesthetic standpoint, dental implants look natural. Unless you tell someone, they’ll never know you’re missing a tooth.

The procedure for implants

Most implants are safely inserted within your dentist’s office under local anaesthesia; however, some require hospitalization and IV sedation. It’s important to understand that every procedure is different based on the patient’s preference, the dentist’s experience and the overall oral health of the patient.

This procedure typically involves three steps:

  1. titanium root analogues are surgically attached to the jawbone to serve as an anchor for a false tooth. The patient is then given a number of weeks or months for healing to occur and for the implant to fuse adequately to the bone
  2. your dentist will check the implant to make sure it has successfully integrated into your jawbone and then connect a post to the implant which will be visible above the gum line
  3. a false tooth is fabricated and fixed to the integrated dental implant

If you have a missing tooth and think that dental implants might be the solution to restore your smile, we invite you to make an appointment to discuss your specific circumstances.

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Children’s Dental Surgery – Things To Expect When Your Child Has Dental Surgery

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Certain dental problems in children might require a surgical procedure. In some cases, dental surgery involves using anaesthesia or sedation. While the thought of your children undergoing surgery might make you anxious, knowing what to expect beforehand can calm your fears. You’ll also be able to better prepare your children for surgery, which can help them feel less nervous about it.

General or localised anaesthesia during surgery

Depending on the type of surgery your child needs, the dentist might use localised or general anaesthesia. Localised anaesthesia numbs only the surgical site, while general anaesthesia puts your child to sleep through sedation. Dentists use general anaesthesia only in cases where it’s needed to ensure the success of the surgery and safety of the child, which is typically for more complex types of dental surgery. Fillings and other minor forms of surgery can usually be done with localised anaesthesia. In either case, your child’s dentist will wait until the anaesthesia has taken effect before beginning the procedure.

Questions and concerns

Remember to address any concerns you have with your child’s dentist before surgery to help ease your mind. The dentist should go over details about the procedure and explain what will be done. You should also receive pre-surgery instructions to ensure your child is prepared for surgery.

Aftercare

Once the procedure is done, your child might have sore gums for several days afterwards. Your dentist may advise the eating of soft foods for a few hours after surgery, especially if your child is feeling dizzy or nauseous. Your child’s mouth might feel numb for up to an hour after surgery, which might make them feel anxious. Explain to your child that this is a normal part of surgery and that the sensation will go away.

Side effects

After undergoing dental surgery, some children experience soreness or sensitivity in the gums. If your child’s gums are sore, an over-the-counter pain reliever for children can ease this discomfort. It’s important to call your dentist if your child has any of the following for one or more days after the procedure:

  • worsening pain
  • vomiting
  • dizziness
  • fever
  • severe bleeding

These symptoms can indicate an infection or other serious side effects of surgery that requires prompt treatment. Keep in mind that these side effects are rare. In most cases, children recover quickly and safely from surgery.

 

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Porcelain Veneers – Creating The Smile Of Your Dreams

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If you’ve always dreamed of having perfectly formed and neatly aligned teeth, you may be interested to know that porcelain veneers can create a perfect smile. Veneers made of exquisite porcelain can tidy up your smile and can be fitted in just three professional appointments.

The veneer procedure is painless and often much less expensive than having dental crowns, orthodontic braces or caps fitted. Here’s what you need to know about veneers.

About porcelain veneers

Dental veneers cleverly and attractively cover ugly stains on teeth from tobacco, foods or medication. They also close unsightly gaps between teeth without the expense of dental braces. Crooked or chipped teeth can be made perfect in appearance with veneers.

The approximate length of durability for veneers is 15 years or more, making them a long-term solution for gaining a perfect smile.

Veneers made of the whitest porcelain have become very popular. Veneers restore attractive smiles to self-conscious patients. The smile of your dreams is three professional appointments away.

How porcelain veneers are created and fitted

The entire procedure for fitting porcelain veneers usually requires three visits with your dentist, as follows:

  • the initial examination and consultation where your goals and needs are thoroughly discussed and your dental options are explored
  • the fitting for any moulds and the selection of the exact colour shade you require
  • the final procedure to bond the porcelain veneers to your existing tooth or teeth

Ready for the smile of your dreams?

If it’s time to create the smile of your dreams, we invite you to come in for a discussion of the type of smile you wish to create. After listening to your goals, we will clearly define a dental plan to achieve your desired outcomes.

If porcelain veneers are an appropriate solution to your requirements, we will use our years of experience performing this procedure to create a winning smile for you.

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Dental Implants – A Permanent Solution For Missing Teeth

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For a long while, bridges and dentures were the only dental solutions available to people with missing teeth. Today, however, dental implants are growing in popularity and have become one of the leading dental procedures performed to close the gap left by missing teeth.

Instead of merely covering over the space of missing teeth, dental implants replace the tooth roots and are covered by permanent or removable replacement teeth made to match the colour and spacing of your original teeth. These new teeth look and feel like your own teeth because they are permanently fused with your jawbone.

Why choose dental implants over other solutions?

There are a number of benefits that implants offer over dentures and bridges. They are permanently fixed in your mouth, so there is no danger that they might slip out of place or cause your speech to slur.

While removable dentures can be uncomfortable, you won’t realize that dental implants are there in your mouth – they actually become part of you as they are permanently fused to your jawbone. This makes eating easier and improves your self-esteem with a natural smile you can be proud of.

What does the implant procedure require?

Unlike bridges, which rely on additional support, your dental implants will not alter any nearby teeth. Implants work best for those who have good overall oral and gum health with adequate bone in their jaws to support them.

Dental implants can replace anywhere from one tooth to all of your teeth. Depending on how many teeth are being replaced with implants, you may need to be on a soft food diet for several weeks while your mouth heals. Once the implants have stabilised and your mouth is healed, your new teeth will be permanently fixed in your mouth.

How do I know if I need implants?

Dental implants are a great option for anyone with a healthy mouth who is missing one or more teeth. It is a permanent dental solution and any implants you do have won’t adversely affect the health of your other teeth.

Call and schedule an appointment with your dentist today and get back to owning a confident smile!

Dental Fear – Overcoming Your Fear

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Dental phobia has stopped many people from visiting the dentist. Many people fear visiting a dentist due to a previous negative dental experience, either their own or something that has happened to a friend or family member. Other people might be afraid of the pain and the equipment placed in the clinic, which makes them fearful. These fears can prove to be dangerous for your oral health.

Tips to overcome the fears:

Here are a few tips that could help an adult overcome their dental phobia:

  • Relax: Make yourself comfortable and relax by taking deep breaths.
  • Visualize: Imagine yourself somewhere pleasant and replace the feeling of fear with some nice thoughts.
  • Be aware: A reason that many patients are fearful is various misconceptions about what happens at the dentist. Dentist and their staff are always happy to answer any questions you have about your procedure before your visit. Don’t hesitate to call them and enquire about what will happen at your visit. Tell them if you are worried.

Dental fear in children

Children especially can have dental phobia and this can come from uncertainty and also fear of pain and equipment used.

Here are some strategies that parents can adopt for helping your child with dental phobia:

  • Calm confidence – show your child that you are not afraid and they will feel comfort in that
  • Introduce your child to the dentist or oral health therapist before your visit so they can have a friendly conversation which may ease the fear
  • Visit the dentist yourself – take your child with you to watch a routine check-up at the dentist for yourself and the child will see that it is nothing much to be afraid of.

Laughing gas

At our practice, we can offer laughing gas during your treatment, which can be of great use for nervous patients, young children or those with special needs. Please call us today to discuss your needs if you think this may be helpful for yourself or a family member.

The Top 3 Dental Emergencies And How To Handle Them

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Many people know first aid basics and what to do in medical emergencies. But handling dental emergencies is not always common knowledge. Your first experiences with dental emergencies may be when they happen to you or a loved one. Here are the top 3 dental emergencies and how to handle them.

Knocked-out tooth

When a tooth gets knocked out, you need to see a dentist as soon as possible. The tooth has the best chance of being saved if it’s returned to its socket and seen by a dentist within one hour.

Before seeing your dentist, pick up the tooth by the crown, which is the part that’s exposed when in the mouth. Rinse it with water if dirty. Don’t remove any tissue fragments or scrub it. Try to put it back in its place inside the mouth if possible. Don’t force it if there is a lot of bleeding or swelling.

If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, put it in a small container of milk. If you don’t have milk, use a cup of water with a pinch of salt. A cell-growth medium, such as Save-a-Tooth, can also be used. Another alternative if there is no other choice is to hold it in the mouth next to the cheek making sure it doesn’t get swallowed. It just mustn’t dry out.

Lost crown

Call your dentist for an appointment and bring your crown with you. If you can’t see the dentist right away and the exposed tooth is painful, dip a cotton bud in clove oil and apply it to the tooth. Clove oil is available at your chemist’s shop or in the spice aisle of your grocery store.

Abscess

An abscess is an infection that can lead to serious health consequences, so it’s important to see your dentist right away. It usually looks like a swollen pimple. The infection is usually around the tooth root or space between the teeth and gums. Not only can it cause tissue damage, but the infection can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated. Until you can see a dentist, rinse your mouth several times a day with a mild warm salt water solution to ease any pain and draw out the pus.

If you are currently experiencing a dental emergency, please contact our reception staff and explain your circumstances. We will usually be able to see you the same day.

Determining Oral Health With Dental X-rays

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Your dentist is able to check for signs of dental problems by looking at your teeth and gums, but some problems might be hidden from sight. Dental x-rays help dentists detect problems with teeth, gums and jaws that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Examining dental x-rays allows dentists to check for signs of dental problems and determine the most effective form of treatment. Here’s a closer look at the different ways in which dental x-rays help determine oral health.

Decay and damage

X-rays help dentists discover tooth decay, bone loss, broken roots and other dental problems that are usually hidden. With the use of x-rays, dentists have a better chance of detecting these problems at an early stage, which helps reduce the risk of complications or the development of more serious issues.

Growths

Dentists can use x-rays to look for abnormal growths in the mouth and jaw, such as tumours and cysts. They can also be used to look for lesions and other possible signs of oral cancer. Abscesses, which require prompt treatment to lower the risk of infection, can also be diagnosed with the help of x-rays.

Impacted teeth

X-rays can show dentists that teeth are impacted, which might require the removal of one or more teeth. Impacted teeth are teeth that have no room to come through the gums. This often occurs with wisdom teeth, resulting in the need to have them removed.

Baby teeth

Dentists can check dental x-rays to see where a child’s permanent teeth are and how they’re growing before they break through the gums. These x-rays are typically done on young children who still have their baby teeth in order to determine how many permanent teeth there are and whether any are missing.

Treatment assessments

Root canals, orthodontic treatments, periodontal treatments, dental implants and other dental procedures require the use of x-rays prior to treatment. These x-rays help dentists determine the best course of treatment.

Types of x-rays

Dentists use several different types of dental x-rays, including the following:

  • Bitewing – which enables a view of the teeth in the back of the mouth and is used to assess tooth decay, tooth alignment, gum disease, bone loss and infections
  • Occlusal – which provides a view of the floor and roof of the mouth and is used to see teeth below the gums and to assess decay, extra teeth, abnormal growths, impacted teeth and abscesses
  • Periapical – which shows the whole tooth, including the roots and the bones around the tooth to enable dentists to see growths, impacted teeth and abscesses
  • Orthopantomograph (OPG) – which provides a wide, panoramic type view of the entire mouth area, including the jaw joints and the nasal area, so that dentists can check for growths, infections, bone problems, impacted teeth and fractures
  • Computer Tomography (CT) scans: a cutting-edge x-ray that provides a three-dimensional view of the jaws and teeth and allows dentists to plan more complex treatments such as dental implants and root canal

During your next appointment, we can discuss your how often you should have dental x-rays taken in order to maintain good oral health.

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Cosmetic Dentistry And How It Can Help You

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Cosmetic dentistry can help you in many different ways. It can make your smile brighter giving you confidence in your everyday life. It can fix broken or decayed teeth making them look like new. Cosmetic dentistry can improve your overall appearance making you look younger. There are many different ways cosmetic dentistry can positively change your life and following is information on some of the leading techniques:

Teeth whitening

The most commonly used cosmetic dentistry technique is teeth whitening. This procedure takes care of the stains we accumulate over time on our teeth. Drinking beverages like tea, red wine and coffee as well as smoking can leave unsightly stains on our teeth. Teeth whitening or bleaching is the simple solution. You can make an appointment with your dentist for a professional in-chair whitening or visit the dentist for a do-it-yourself kit.

Fillings

Fillings, inlays, and on-lays are necessary when dealing with tooth decay or some types of structural damage. Even though they are necessary they can still be considered a type of cosmetic dentistry. Previously, when a cavity was filled, a dark compound would leave the tooth looking dark and bruised. Now dentists have found a way to use porcelain and other compounds to match your natural tooth colour, making it hard to tell if any work has been done to the damaged tooth.

Dental implants

There is now an alternative to dentures. Dental implants are a permanent artificial tooth replacement. These prosthetics are surgically implanted into your mouth to replace missing teeth.

These are just a few of the cosmetic options available to patients now. Though some are not necessary for your health, having a smile you can be proud of helps you feel better about your appearance and boosts your overall self-esteem. As with all dental procedures, talk to your dentist to find out what would be best for you.