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Dental Implants and bone loss

Dental implants have a high success rate although they are still not immune from problems. A small percentage of dental implants can still experience bone loss over time. We want to place dental implants in Bowmanville in areas that abundant in bone and gums. This is the foundation for long term success. If the area is thin or lacking in gum tissue or bone, then it should be rebuilt or augmented prior to dental implant surgery although in some cases this can be done simultaneously during the dental implant placement. Around natural teeth, we can get gum recession leading to root exposure. Teeth that are replaced with dental implants can sometimes experience bone loss or gum shrinkage around the implant itself. In those rare circumstances that this happens, there are ways to treat these ‘ailing’ or unhealthy implants by adding gum and/or bone to the area to correct it. Dental…

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Apr 26, 2016 by
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Should I remove my tooth?

Often when a tooth requires removal (due to cavities, cracks etc), we discuss the option to replace it with a dental implant prior to extraction. Did you know that as soon as a tooth is removed, the jawbone will start to shrink. This is a natural process that will happen (faster for some than others), but for most people over the next few months a fair amount of bone will start to shrink. This is not a process that is generally visible as it happens under the gum. Two dental implants placed at the same time of tooth removal The final implants and crowns restored three months later The final implants and crowns restored three months later Did you know, that in certain situations we can remove the tooth and place your dental implant at the same time or very soon after ? Think of your bone as a muscle,…

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Apr 5, 2016 by
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Sports Drinks: What you need to know !

Many athletes use sports drinks to replenish water and electrolytes consumed during their physical activity. While they do have their purpose they should be used with caution. Many sports drinks contain high sugar and high acidity levels that can be very damaging to your teeth. When should someone use sports or energy drinks?  Sports drinks contain a combination of water, sugar and electrolytes that help replenish you after prolonged exercise. Water is often the best choice for hydration but in cases where the exercise is intense and lasts over an hour sports drinks are a useful alternative. For example in sports games where a player is under heavy hockey or football equipment and especially in hot or humid conditions.  When is a sports drink not recommended?  For regular consumption, sports drinks are as harmful as soda. They contain high sugar levels and high acidity levels that together can wear away…

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Apr 2, 2016 by
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Teeth Grinding and dental implants

We often get asked about care for dental implants in Bowmanville once the procedure is complete. One of the many issues we deal with is teeth grinding which is a big problem for dental implants as it can cause an implant to eventually loosen and fail. Our bite force is tremendous. Imagine that your enamel which is the hardest substance in the body can be worn down by clenching, grinding, biting your nails, etc. Now imagine this bite force during the night time when you are asleep. Grinding is a side to side motion, while clenching is an up and down motion. Some people will grind their teeth while some clench and others do both ! Both kinds of motions are very intense and typically more force than is typically required for our daily activities like chewing and eating. The problem is that at night time we have no control…

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Apr 2, 2016 by
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