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Dental Implant versus root canal treatment?

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth, but they are not perfect. We always strive to save your natural teeth first and only when circumstances require removal of a tooth would we choose a dental implant next. The deciding factor on saving a tooth or not depends on the extent of damage to the tooth and how much of the tooth remains. Often such teeth require root canal treatment and protection afterwards with a crown. Root canal treatment is a procedure that treats dead or dying teeth. This can happen due to deep cavities that are close to the nerve of the tooth or due to trauma/accidents that damage the nerve inside the tooth. Broken Tooth requiring root canal treatment The inside of the tooth and roots contain the nerves of the tooth Once the root canal procedure is completed, it can leave the…

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Dec 23, 2016 by
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Dental Implant Maintenance

There are many options for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants can replace one or many teeth using fixed dental bridges that are attached to the dental implants. Just like your natural teeth, maintenance on a regular basis is highly recommended. Your daily home routine is most important. Brushing and flossing your implant bridge including regular x-rays to monitor the level of jaw bone. The bite also needs to be checked on a regular basis. This is checked during your cleaning visits. Overdentures are held in place by a number of attachments that are inside the denture as illustrated below. The clips inside the denture are plastic, and over time from removing the denture in and out can wear out. They are easily replaced during your visits at the office. The average wear rate is 1-2 years. The teeth on the overdenture also can wear out as they are made of plastic(acrylic).…

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Nov 8, 2016 by
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Fixed Dental Implant Bridge and Implant Dentures

We often get patients that come in to the practice asking about “permanent teeth” and they are surprised that there is so many options out there. There is a big difference between a permanent dental implant bridge and an overdenture. An overdenture is a removable denture that snaps on to a number of dental implants, it is made of acrylic. Here is an example of snap in dentures on the top and bottom retained by a number of dental implants. Notice the size of the dentures. An over denture is a denture that needs to be removed at nightime and cleaned underneath it and works well in a number of situations especially if cost is an issue. Often the patient coming in for this treatment has had a history of denture use or wear and wants extra retention to keep the denture from moving without having to rely on denture…

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Nov 6, 2016 by
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What are the different types of dentures?

We often get patients at the office with missing teeth and want to know their options. There are several options for replacing teeth including removable dentures to snap-in dentures supported by dental implants to permanent fixed teeth in place. Most often, the lower jaw if someone is missing all their teeth or some of their are missing will be the problem area.  This is because the strong muscles in place tend to push the denture out of place and there is no suction effect like a top denture would have. It is possible to have a combination of support meaning a full upper denture and a denture supported by dental implants on the lower jaw for better retention. Conventional Dentures Conventional or full dentures are made for patients that already missing all of their teeth in one or both of the jaws. Suction is used to hold the top denture…

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Aug 26, 2016 by
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Emergency toothache

If you have an emergency toothache or bad tooth, don’t wait too long to remove this bad tooth ! If the pain suddenly stops, do not wait till it flares up again because the pain will usually return and its much worse. Its best to see a dentist asap when the tooth is in the calm stage because it often make the area difficult to freeze requiring antibiotics. If your tooth is affected by gum disease, then its very important to not delay the process as the body is trying to get rid of the infection and tooth together. The longer you wait, the longer the damage will occur to the surrounding area making replacement options such as dental implants a more complicated process. A dental implant is a new anchor for a new tooth. If you wait too long, the area will be compromised making the replacement process more…

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Aug 26, 2016 by
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