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By Ajax Dental Center
March 08, 2019
Category: Dental Implants
Tags: dental implants  

Missing teeth give your smile more than just a gap; this seemingly simple issue can cause problems such as bone atrophy and shifting Dental  Implantsteeth. A dental implant boasts many benefits and can replace your missing tooth and its root to give you back your tooth’s functionality and fill in your gap. Read on to learn more about dental implants, and call Dr. Saeid Jafarpour, Dr. Kevin Kwong, and Dr. Azza Elhaddad at Ajax Dental Center in Ajax, ON, for personal treatment!

What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are made up of three separate segments: the implant’s titanium screw-like fixture, the tooth-shaped prosthetic, and an abutment which connects the two main parts. Dental implants are unique in that the fixture is placed directly into the jawbone under a missing tooth, where it integrates during the healing process. The bone grows around the fixture and holds it securely in place, providing a solid foundation for the prosthetic.

Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants have several forms which can work together depending on the needs of the patient:

  • Single tooth replacement: A dental implant can replace a single tooth using one fixture.
  • Multiple tooth replacement: Multiple tooth implant gives you the option to replace more than one tooth in one fell swoop. With this method, one fixture on either side of a gap holds a bridge-like porcelain restoration in place.
  • Implant-supported denture: Patients missing all or most of the teeth on an arch can benefit from an implant-supported denture. Four or more implants throughout the arch hold a full or partial denture in place.

Dental Implants From Our Ajax Office
If you have a gap in your smile, you can benefit from dental implants. However, this treatment is not for everyone. Patients should have an adequate bone volume in the area of the implant. Additionally, they should have a strong at-home oral care routine with which to keep their teeth and gums healthy and free from decay or gum disease.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Saeid Jafarpour, Dr. Kevin Kwong, and Dr. Azza Elhaddad at Ajax Dental Center in Ajax, ON. Call (905) 426-8304 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

YoumayNeedOrthodonticTreatmentBeforeObtainingImplants

You have a lot of options for replacing missing teeth, from state-of-the-art dental implants to affordable, but effective partial dentures. But if the teeth in question have been missing for a while, you may first have to undergo orthodontic treatment. Here's why.

While they may feel rigid and firm in the jawbone, teeth are actually held in place by periodontal (gum) ligaments. These elastic tissues lie between the teeth and the bone and attach to both with tiny filaments. This mechanism allows the teeth to incrementally move over time in response to biting pressures or other environmental factors.

When a tooth goes missing the teeth on either side of the space naturally move or "drift" into it to help close the gap. This natural occurrence can reduce the space for a restoration if it has gone on for some time. To make room for a new prosthetic (false) tooth, we may have to move the drifted teeth back to where they belong.

If you're thinking metal braces, that is an option—but not the only one. Clear aligners are another way to move teeth if the bite problem (malocclusion) isn't too severe. Aligners are a series of custom-made, clear, plastic trays worn over the teeth. The patient wears each tray, slightly smaller than the previous one in the series, for about two weeks before changing to the next one. The reduction in size gradually moves teeth to their intended target position.

Many adults prefer clear aligners because they're nearly invisible and don't stand out like metal braces. They're removable, so you can take them out for cleaning or for special occasions. And, we can also attach a prosthetic tooth to the tray that temporarily covers the missing tooth space.

Whichever orthodontic treatment you choose, once completed we can then proceed with restoration to permanently replace your missing teeth. While it can be a long process, the end result is a beautiful smile that could last for years to come.

If you would like more information on your dental restoration options, 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 “Straightening a Smile before Replacing Lost Teeth.”

By Ajax Dental Center
October 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
NoNeedtoFretOverImplantSurgery

Are you interested in dental implants but a little hesitant about the surgery? Don’t be—this procedure to imbed an implant’s titanium post in the jawbone is relatively minor with little to no discomfort for most patients.

Some time before, however, we’ll need to pre-plan the surgery to pinpoint the best location for the implant, critical to achieving a solid hold and a life-like appearance. During these first visits we often create a surgical guide, a device inserted in the mouth during surgery that identifies the exact location for the hole (or channel) in the bone we’ll drill to insert the implant.

On surgery day, we’ll prepare you for a pain-free and relaxing experience. If you’re normally anxious about dental work, we may prescribe a sedative for you to take ahead of time. As we begin we’ll thoroughly numb the area with local anesthesia to ensure you won’t feel any pain.

The surgery begins with an incision through the gum tissue to access the underlying bone. Once it’s exposed, we’ll insert the surgical guide and begin a drilling sequence to gradually increase the size of the channel. This takes time because we want to avoid damaging the bone from overheating caused by friction.

Once we’ve created a channel that matches precisely the implant’s size and shape, we’ll remove the implant from its sterile packaging and immediately fit and secure it in the channel. We’ll then take x-rays to ensure it’s in the best position possible.

Satisfied we’ve properly situated and secured the implant, we’ll suture the gum tissue back in place to protect the implant with or without attaching a healing abutment to it as it fully integrates with the jawbone over the next few months (after which you’ll come back to receive your permanent crown). After a short recovery, you’ll return to full activity. Most patients only experience mild to moderate discomfort usually manageable with over-the-counter pain medication like aspirin or ibuprofen.

While implantation is a long process, you’ll be obtaining what’s considered by most dentists and their patients as the most durable and life-like tooth replacement available. Your new attractive smile will be well worth it.

If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Dental Implant Surgery: What to Expect Before, During and After.”

By Ajax Dental Center
October 08, 2018
Category: Dental Implants
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants can fill in your gaps to keep your smile strong and healthy for years to come. However, understanding how this tooth replacement option works and how it can benefit you is key to determining if it is the best dental treatment for your missing teeth. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. Saeid Jafarpour, Dr. Kevin Kwong, and Dr. Azza Elhaddad at Ajax Dental Centre in Ajax in Ajax, ON.

Parts of a Dental Implant

  • Implant Fixture: An implant fixture is a small, screw-like post which your dentist places directly into a hole they create in the jawbone below the socket of your missing tooth. During the several months after placement, the bone grows around the fixture, incorporating it into the natural structure of your mouth and anchoring it into place.
  • Abutment: Depending on the implant system your dentist uses, the abutment is either a fixed part of the implant fixture or placed onto the fixture at a later stage. The abutment securely connects the fixture to the prosthetic tooth.
  • Prosthetic: The prosthetic is a porcelain dental restoration, usually either a crown, bridge, or denture, which a dental laboratory customizes based on a clay impression of your mouth. The porcelain comes in many colors and has a lifelike look, reflecting light the same as a natural tooth’s enamel. Once completed, your implant will look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth.

The Dental Implant Process in Ajax, ON
Your dentist will require you to visit their office several times during the process to place your implant and prosthetic tooth. However, the implant will last a lifetime with the proper care, making this initial investment of time well worth the effort. The first phase of your implant process will be to take a clay impression of your mouth and place the implant fixtures into the jawbone. After placement, your mouth will require several months of healing to effectively anchor the fixtures into place. Then, your dentist reopens the gum tissue to attach the abutment to the fixture, which then holds the prosthetic securely in place thanks to its sturdy foundation.

For more information on keeping your dental implants strong and healthy, please contact Dr. Saeid Jafarpour, Dr. Kevin Kwong, and Dr. Azza Elhaddad at Ajax Dental Centre in Ajax in Ajax, ON. Call (905) 426-8304 to schedule your appointment with your doctor today!

By Ajax Dental Center
April 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
GettingDentalImplantsRequiresMinorSurgery

Dental implants are best known as restorations for single missing teeth. But there’s more to them than that—they can also be used to support and secure removable dentures or fixed bridges.

That’s because a dental implant is actually a root replacement. A threaded titanium post is inserted directly into the jawbone where, over time, bone cells grow and adhere to it. This accumulated bone growth gives the implant its signature durability and contributes to its long-term success rate (95%-plus after ten years). It can support a single attached crown, or serve as an attachment point for a dental bridge or a connector for a removable denture.

The method and design of implants differentiates it from other restoration options. And there’s one other difference—implants require a minor surgical procedure to insert them into the jawbone.

While this might give you pause, implant surgery is no more complicated than a surgical tooth extraction. In most cases we can perform the procedure using local anesthesia (you’ll be awake the entire time) coupled with sedatives (if you have bouts of anxiety) to help you relax.

We first access the bone through small incisions in the gums and then create a small channel or hole in it. A surgical guide that fits over the teeth may be used to help pinpoint the exact location for the implant.

We then use a drilling sequence to progressively increase the size of the channel until it matches the implant size and shape. We’re then ready to insert the implant, which we remove at this time from its sterile packaging. We may then take a few x-rays to ensure the implant is in the right position, followed by closing the gums with sutures.

There may be a little discomfort for that day, but most patients can manage it with over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen. It’s what goes on over the next few weeks that’s of prime importance as the bone grows and adheres to the implant. Once they’re fully integrated, we’re ready to move to the next step of affixing your crown, bridge or denture to gain what you’ve waited so long for—your new implant-supported smile.

If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Dental Implant Surgery: What to Expect Before, During and After.”