Posts for: February, 2017
What Is A Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is normally made of titanium. Titanium is used because it is biocompatible with the body. The dental implant is inserted into the jawbone to act as an artificial tooth root for a natural tooth that has been lost or removed. Once the dental implant has been successfully placed into the jawbone, an artificial replacement tooth structure is attached to the top of the dental implant. The dental implant acts as an anchor point to securely attached the replacement tooth. Once attached, the replacement tooth cannot be removed or separated from the dental implant, unless a dentist is performing the action.
Benefits Of Dental Implants - Mississauga Dentist
A dental implant is considered the best tooth replacement option for a variety of reasons.
Secure Fit - Dental implants fuse to the natural bone in the mouth for a secure and stable fit. This means that you can enjoy all of your favourite foods without worry. If an implant-supported denture is used, the secure fit will allow the wearer to speak and eat easily without fear of the denture slipping or becoming loose.
Preserves Natural Bone - When a gap or space is left in the mouth due to a lost tooth, the bone in the affected area will begin to shrink. This shrinking occurs because there is no stimuli or pressure placed on the bone. When a dental implant and replacement tooth is placed into the jawbone, the pressures from chewing and grinding food provide the necessary stimuli to prevent shrinking of the bone. Unlike a dental implant, a dental bridge cannot preserve natural bone in the mouth. Preserving the jawbone also prevents a sagging or sunken look in the jawline.
Natural Look - Through the use of cosmetic dentistry, the replacement tooth that is secured to the top of the dental implant can be made to match the natural size, shape and colour of the surrounding teeth for a seamless and natural look.
Durable - With proper oral care, your dental implant or dental implants can last a lifetime.
Doesn't Affect Nearby Teeth - Using a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth requires removal of some of the enamel from the surrounding teeth. With a dental implant, the nearby teeth do not require any modification to accommodate the implant.
While it may be tempting to choose a dental bridge or a partial denture to replace a missing tooth, a dental implant can last a lifetime with the right care. The costs associated with maintaining or redoing a dental bridge or partial denture will end up being more costly than having a dental implant in the long run.
If you have a missing tooth, missing teeth or would like to get more information about dental implants, give us a call today. Call Us Now: 905-286-1569
If you have chronic jaw joint pain you may have heard of using Botox to relieve discomfort from temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Before you seek out this remedy, though, be sure you know the facts beforehand.
TMD is actually a group of conditions affecting the joints, muscles and overall structures of the jaw. People with TMD often experience sharp pain and reduced range of motion of the jaw joints. Although we don't know the exact causes, we believe stress (accompanied often by teeth grinding habits) is a major factor for many patients.
Treatments run the spectrum from conservative to aggressive. Conservative treatments include cold and heat packs, therapeutic exercises, and muscle pain or relaxant medication. On the more aggressive side, patients undergo surgery to reorient the lower jaw. Most people gain a significant amount of relief from conservative therapies; the results aren't as positive with surgery.
Botox falls on the aggressive side of treatments. Approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration for cosmetic uses, the drug contains botulinum toxin type A, a bacterial toxin that can cause muscle paralysis. It's often injected into facial structures to paralyze small muscles and temporarily “smooth out” wrinkle lines. Only recently has it been proposed to help relieve jaw pain.
The jury, however, is still out on its effectiveness with jaw pain. The double-blind testing performed thus far hasn't produced any relevant clinical results that the injections actually work with TMD.
And there are other complications. Some people injected with Botox encounter pain, bruising or swelling at the injection site, and some have severe headaches afterward. Botox is also a temporary solution, not a permanent cure — you'll need another injection a few months later to maintain the effect. You might even develop antibodies that diminish the drug's effect and require higher subsequent doses to compensate.
This and other concerns should give you pause before seeking out this remedy. The best strategy is to try the traditional treatments first, which are also the least invasive. If there's no significant relief, then talk to us and your physician about other options.
If you would like more information on treatment options for TMD, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Botox Treatment for TMJ Pain.”