Posts for: April, 2017
To get your child on the right track for lifelong dental health we recommend you begin their dental visits around their first birthday. You can certainly visit your family dentist, especially if you and your family feel comfortable with them. But you also might want to consider a pediatric dentist for your child's dental needs.
What's the difference between a family dentist and a pediatric dentist? Both offer the same kind of prevention and treatment services like cleanings, fluoride applications or fillings. But like their counterparts in medicine — the family practice physician and pediatrician — the family dentist sees patients of all ages; the pediatric dentist specializes in care for children and teens only.
In this regard, pediatric dentists undergo additional training to address dental issues specifically involving children. Furthermore, their practices are geared toward children, from toys and child-sized chairs in the waiting room to “kid-friendly” exam rooms decorated to appeal to children.
While your family dentist could certainly do the same, pediatric dentists are also skilled in reducing the anxiety level that's natural for children visiting the dental office. This can be especially helpful if you have a special needs child with behavioral or developmental disorders like autism or ADHD. A pediatric dentist's soothing manner and the calm, happy environment of the office can go a long way in minimizing any related anxiety issues.
Your child may have other needs related to their oral health that could benefit from a pediatric dentist. Some children have a very aggressive form of dental caries disease (tooth decay) called early childhood caries (ECC).Â If not treated promptly, many of their teeth can become severely decayed and prematurely lost, leading to possible bite problems later in life. Pediatric dentists are well-suited to treat ECC and to recognize other developmental issues.
Again, there's certainly nothing wrong with taking your child to your family dentist, especially if a long-term relationship is important to you (your child will eventually “age out” with a pediatric dentist and no longer see them). It's best to weigh this and other factors such as your child's emotional, physical and dental needs before making a decision.
If we could go back in time, we all probably have a few things we wish we could change. Recently, Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors, shared one of his do-over dreams with Dear Doctor magazine: “If I [could have] gone back and told myself as a teenager what to do, I would have worn a mouthguard, not only to protect my teeth but also to help potentially reduce risk of concussion.”
What prompted this wish? The fact that as a teenage basketball player, Stork received an elbow to the mouth that caused his two front teeth to be knocked out of place. The teeth were put back in position, but they soon became darker and began to hurt. Eventually, both were successfully restored with dental crowns. Still, it was a painful (and costly) injury — and one that could have been avoided.
You might not realize it, but when it comes to dental injuries, basketball ranks among the riskier sports. Yet it’s far from the only one. In fact, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), there are some two dozen others — including baseball, hockey, surfing and bicycling — that carry a heightened risk of dental injury. Whenever you’re playing those sports, the ADA recommends you wear a high-quality mouth guard.
Mouthguards have come a long way since they were introduced as protective equipment for boxers in the early 1900’s. Today, three different types are widely available: stock “off-the-shelf” types that come in just a few sizes; mouth-formed “boil-and-bite” types that you adapt to the general contours of your mouth; and custom-made high-quality mouthguards that are made just for you at the dental office.
Of all three types, the dentist-made mouthguards are consistently found to be the most comfortable and best-fitting, and the ones that offer your teeth the greatest protection. What’s more, recent studies suggest that custom-fabricated mouthguards can provide an additional defense against concussion — in fact, they are twice as effective as the other types. That’s why you’ll see more and more professional athletes (and plenty of amateurs as well) sporting custom-made mouthguards at games and practices.
“I would have saved myself a lot of dental heartache if I had worn a mouthguard,” noted Dr. Stork. So take his advice: Wear a mouthguard whenever you play sports — unless you’d like to meet him (or one of his medical colleagues) in a professional capacity…
Are you ready to find out how dental implants can replace your missing tooth?
If you are like millions of other Americans then you may also be faced with tooth loss. While this can be a trying scenario for anyone, it doesn’t mean that this is the smile you have to live with the rest of your life. Our Ajax, Ontario dentists - Dr. Saeid Jafarpour, Dr. Kevin Kwong and Dr. Azza Elhaddad - pride themselves on providing the very best dentistry to restore your smile and dental implants can help you achieve that.
These metal posts might not look that impressive at first glance but they offer an array of benefits that other tooth replacement options can’t. This is because these titanium-made implants are the only restorations that are meant to take the place of tooth roots. These artificial tooth roots will need to be placed into the jawbone by our Ajax general dentist.
Why are dental implants placed into the jawbone?
Since dentures or bridges don’t need to be surgically placed you may be wondering why implants do. A dental implant is the only restoration that functions like tooth roots, so naturally it will need to become part of the bone to do its job! Implants are made from biocompatible metal, which means that your body won’t usually reject this restoration. Once the implant is placed into the jawbone, the bone and tissue will begin to regrow and heal around it to become one.
Who should get dental implants?
If you are missing one or more permanent teeth then dental implants could be a great option. Of course, you will want to have good oral health if you want to get implants. Our dentists will need to check the health of your jawbone and gums to make sure there is enough bone to support the implant. An ideal candidate will be someone who is dedicated to maintaining a healthy smile and who will keep their implant clean and healthy.
While dental implants are certainly more expensive than other treatment options, they are designed to last the rest of your life unlike other restorations, so they may actually save you money in the long run. While the crown that the implant supports will need to be replaced, the implant won’t need to be. On the other hand, dentures and bridges need to be replaced every few years.
Dental implants could be in your future. Our Ajax, Ontario general dentists want to ensure that you get the very best care you need to breathe new life back into that smile. Call Ajax Dental Centre today.