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Do You Know What Happens When You Lose a Tooth?

Missing teeth? If you are, then you’re probably missing a few other things like your natural smile, confidence and maybe even the ability to eat your favorite foods without discomfort.

Those with teeth missing often feel self-conscious about their appearance. Missing teeth could also lead to muscle strains, the inability to speak clearly and unease in social situations.

The effect of tooth loss varies from person to person and depends on what’s actually been lost. The crown of the tooth is the part that you normally see, but when the tooth root (the unseen part of the tooth) is gone, the bone around the lost tooth may gradually recede and the remaining teeth may shift, because the job of the root is to anchor the tooth in the jawbone, providing stability and support for the crown.

When more than one tooth is lost, the jawbone can shrink, giving the face a much older appearance. Moreover, chewing efficiency can be impaired and over time, become even more difficult. While there are a number of ways to replace a tooth’s crown, a dental implant is the only way to replace (the root and the crown), or the entire tooth.

Implanted replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth because they’re securely anchored to the jawbone. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of the bone, they help prevent the bone loss and gum recession that can accompany bridgework and/ or dentures.

Dental implants offer other benefits as well. They don’t sacrifice the quality of adjacent teeth like a bridge might because of the neighboring teeth aren’t altered in order to support an implant. Dental implants help make eating and speaking comfortable again. Misplaced dentures and messy pastes and adhesives will become a thing of the past for denture wearers.

Although initially more expensive than some other treatment options, dental implants are a wonderful long-term investment in dental health.

Most dental implants will last a lifetime with proper care. Over time, other treatment methods like bridgework and/ or dentures may require alterations, adjustments or outright replacement.

Replacing lost teeth restores self-esteem and confidence. Since each patient presents with unique conditions, it’s important to talk to the dentist about the treatment options that are best suited for you.

Yours for better dental health,

Dr. Russell Grover

 

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Dental Implants – The next best thing to the real thing!

Perhaps you hide your smile because spaces from missing teeth. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. Perhaps you have dentures that don’t feel secure.

If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak, and eat once again with comfort and confidence, we have good news for you! The science of dental implantology has progressed remarkably in recent years.

Today’s dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own natural teeth. They can be the next best thing for you if you are missing any of your teeth, providing increased confidence and self-esteem that can change a person’s life.

Implants are ‘titanium roots’ that integrate into the structure of your jawbone. Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth. They can also be used to anchor crowns. Bridges or dentures. They look and feel so much like natural teeth, many patients may forget that they’re not!

If the majority of cases in which patients are missing teeth, dental implants can be the conservative treatment of choice. They are often financially conservative as well.

They can prevent the bone loss and gum recession that accompanies bridgework and dentures. What’s more, implants don’t sacrifice the integrity of your adjacent teeth like a bridge might, because neighbouring teeth are not altered to support the implant. This is a significant long-term benefit to your oral health.

When teeth are lost, ongoing shrinkage of the jawbone occurs, making the face look older. Dental implants slow this process. Implant recipients return to and maintain a more youthful, natural looking appearance and smile. Moreover, you can eat most foods with confidence without discomfort because dental implants restore your chewing efficiency.

Simply put, with dental implants you’ll feel good about yourself again. You’ll feel healthier, look better and speak clearly with complete confidence, enabling you to enjoy life to the fullest.

One of the nicest things about dental implants is that age does not make a difference. If you are in good health, you may enjoy the benefits of implants.

There’s no need to suffer from tooth loss any longer. Your new implants can look, feel and function like natural teeth for years to come.

Dental implant restorations represent worthwhile personal commitment to comfort, function and quality of life.

Yours for better dental health,

Dr. Russell Grover

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Plaque, tartar, gingivitis – Do you understand the difference?

You’ve heard the terms in TV ads, seen them in print ads, and perhaps noticed them on the labels of a variety of dental products. But what do the terms plaque, tartar, gingivitis and (worse) periodontal disease really mean?

Our mouths are full of bacterial in healthy mouth there is a natural balance of different bacterial species. However, when any one of family of bacteria dominate an area, their levels of toxins increase to a point where they stimulate the immune system and cause an infection.

Proper daily brushing and flossing removes these bacteria from the mouth ensuring that they do not overgrow.

Sadly, a common mistake that many people make is to brush, but not to floss! Not flossing allows these bacteria to build up to dangerous levels between the teeth where brushing alone can’t reach.

Plaque is a sticky, yellowish white film that composed of the bacteria, small particles, proteins and mucus. If you don’t floss regularly this damaging substance continuously accumulates on your teeth and gums.

The good news is that with proper daily brushing and flossing, plaque can be removed.

However, if plaque is not removed, it will calcify (or harden) over time. This ‘hardened’ plaque is called tarter and it can no longer be removed simply by brushing and flossing. It must be removed by a dental professional. The big problem with plaque and tartar is the longer they’re left on your teeth and gums, the more harmful the bacteria and the plaque become.

Many of these more nasty bacteria are called anaerobes. Large clumps of bacterial plaque at the gum line are fertile environments for there more hostile anaerobic bacteria which can release toxins that damage your gums.

They also cause gum infections and inflammation which activates the immune system. This is called gingivitis and the first stage of gum disease.

Professional dental cleanings during your regular dental checkups removes the tartar that proliferates the bacteria. But left unchecked, gingivitis may progress to periodontal disease which is extensive to treat, sometimes requiring surgery.

See us every six months to reduce the risk of serious periodontal disease. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Yours for better dental health,

Dr. Russell Grover

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Caring for your new baby’s teeth to ensure long-term oral health!

Caring for your new baby’s teeth to insure long-term oral health!

Good dental care for your baby actually begins before he or she is born. It begins with you, the mother. It’s important to continue proper dental hygiene during pregnancy and special attention may be needed at this time, because red and tender gums that bleed easily, may be cause by increased hormone levels. Snacking too often on food that have a high level of sugar can also lead to tooth decay.

What you eat can also affect the development of your unborn baby’s teeth. The baby’s teeth begin to form between the third and sixth month of pregnancy and during that time, it’s important the right nutrients be provided in sufficient amounts.

Nutritional deficiencies may result in abnormal formation of your baby’s primary teeth. All 20 of your baby’s primary teeth (also called baby teeth) are actually present in the jawbone at birth and usually appear before the age of three.

When your new baby arrives, so should dental health and education. Even though the first teeth are not visible, they will arrive shortly and good dental hygiene is important even at this early stage. The use of a dampened gauze pad or face-cloth to wipe the gums after the baby has been fed either from a bottle or nursing is a good idea. If bottle feeding is used, some special considerations should also be taken into account. Tongue, lip and cheek position help develop a proper form for the upper and lower jaws in preparation for the eruption of the first teeth, so the proper selection of nipple and pacifier is very important.

Be sure to ask your pediatrician about nipples and pacifiers that stimulate natural swallowing and tongue habits.
As soon as teeth appear in the mouth, decay can occur. One form of tooth decay seen in infants is a condition called “nursing bottle mouth,” which can occur when an infant is allowed to drink formula, milk, fruit juice or sugar water during ‘walk-abouts,’ naps or at night.

If such liquids are allowed to pool around an infant’s teeth for extended periods, the teeth can be attacked by acids and decay can result. So if you give your baby a bottle at nap or bedtime, water is recommended.

The correct care of your newborn baby’s teeth is vital for the proper growth and development of his or her long term oral health.

Yours for better dental health,

Dr. Russell Grover