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Do you have missing teeth?

Do You Have Missing Teeth?

Options For Missing Teeth

No one likes the idea of missing teeth. It sounds wrong, unnatural, and even scary, and if you can picture yourself in front of the mirror with gaps in your otherwise healthy smile, then you can probably relate to those very feelings. There are many reasons why someone would have missing teeth, so if you do enter our doors here at Abbotsford dental with missing teeth or a holey smile, we will do everything in our power to restore your confidence and overall oral health.

Before we can do anything, you will be put through an in-depth examination before the options are easily explained and offered.

And there a few.

Before making a decision, it is best to know what they are and what they offer. Here is the list:

1. Leave it Alone

Straight forward, right? Just leave it. Let it be a gap. Don’t. Do. Anything. This has always been an option for people with missing teeth, as you yourself might know someone who has gone down this very path. Although we don’t recommend it, some people prefer leaving a gap in their smile and don’t necessarily mind the issues that inevitably come with it. Maybe they aren’t committed to the idea of paying for a particular treatment, and have always believed the gap or gaps in their teeth aren’t a serious problem. After all, it is your prerogative. Here at Abbotsford Dental, however, we have always believed (and it is backed by research) that missing teeth over a prolonged period of time can be quite detrimental to the oral health and overall biting strength of an individual. The jawbone can also start to weaken and this can lead to the remaining teeth shifting to cover for the missing teeth in ways that will only complicate things in the future.

We don’t want that. ‘It also puts unwanted stress on the jawbone, which can obviously lead to long-term pain and persistent discomfort. Again, it’s up to you, but it isn’t recommended.

2) Bridgework

Dental Bridges Abbotsford DentalTo build a bridge or to not build a bridge. That is the question, at least when it comes to missing teeth, and as a factor perhaps, when making a decision, bridgework is a traditional method and has been around for many years.

Sounds like a winner, right?

The idea of bridgework is to set up posts on either side of the gap as ‘anchors’. This then allows the dental professional set up a fixed and sturdy bridge between them and put in a replacement tooth, thus solving the problem of your pesky, incomplete smile. While this form of treatment can lead to issues with chewing while decreasing the strength of your bite (and making it difficult to floss) you can rest assured that your jaw and surrounding tissue is going to remain sturdy, durable, and safe.

3) Implants

No, it’s not a Hollywood style of implant, but merely a dental technique used where a post is drilled into the jawbone before a replacement tooth is put in. That’s it. It sounds painful, with the drilling and all, but it is relatively straightforward procedure. This is also a good way to restore the feeling or your natural teeth, and and feel confident and capable when biting down again, just like you used to. The only downside with this form of treatment, however, it that it is costly. If you are on a strict budget, perhaps implants aren’t for you.

4) Composite Bridgework

This is a different form of treatment to traditional bridgework, and even though they share a similar name in their description, they shouldn’t be placed in the same category. Composite bridgework, in fact, looks at using composite resin materials for the eventual bridge. This means the natural teeth on either side of the gap will not be ground down to a post. Instead, the resin material is going to be used to assist with the process, so if the bridge doesn’t work, it is easier to remove it and still have functional teeth.

5) Removable Bridge

A removable bridge gives everything away in its title. “Removable”. As in you can take it out.

The piece or “flipper” as it is also known, can be placed in or out of your mouth whenever you feel like it. The idea here it minimise the pressure being put on the jawbone as you heartily chew down on your roast dinner. However, and concerning its removable nature, such a form of treatment can become difficult to keep in place as it can become uncomfortable, loose, and even painful.

So, if you have missing teeth, get in touch with our team here at Abbotsford Dental today.

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Improve your Confidence with Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is the art and science of providing a patient with an aesthetic improvement to their teeth. This involves looking at the patient as a whole, assessing their needs and tailoring a solution specifically to them.

To create the perfect smile solution for the patient, a number of different areas of the dental speciality need to be utilised including

  • Orthodontic movement of teeth
  • Reshaping and altering existing enamel in the teeth
  • Placing veneers on healthy but misshaped or stained teeth
  • Crowns and bridges to correct large restorations, poorly shaped and unhealthy teeth or missing teeth
  • Implants to replace missing teeth

In a number of following articles we will talk about the different smile solutions we offer to our patients

Do I need veneers?

Ever wondered how some people have the perfect smile? Despite what you may think, not all of those people were born that way. Orthodontics has helped many achieve a straight smile but it can’t change the shape or colour of a tooth. That’s where dental veneers come in.

So what are dental veneers? 

Dental veneers are super thin, custom made shells that cover the surface of the tooth. Because they are custom made for each patient, your dentist will work with you to achieve your ideal colour and tooth shape, even filling in gaps in your smile and in some cases, straightening your teeth!

There are two main types of dental veneer materials – composite resin and porcelain. Composite veneers are more affordable than porcelain veneers but they have much shorter life span, generally only lasting between 3-5 years. They are also more prone to chipping and staining during their lifespan. This is in contrast to porcelain veneers which have a life of 12-25 years, are incredibly resistant to chipping and rarely stain. Porcelain also reflects light in a similar way to natural teeth, so the veneer very naturally blends in to your existing smile.

Dentist Abbotsford before after pictures with Veneers

What happens when I choose to get veneers?

After your initial consultation with your dentist, a mould will be taken of your teeth, an example of the final result will be provided to you in wax. This will help both you and the dentist to come up with the perfect cosmetic result for you, making the teeth longer or shorter, wider, more square or rounded. Once all the planning work has been completed, the teeth will undergo some light but precise preparation, a mould taken and sent off the lab for final veneer creation!

If you would like to know if veneers are right for you, book in for a cosmetic consultation today and let us help create your dream smile!

What is the difference between composite and porcelain veneers?

Veneers are small, thin coatings that are placed over the front of anterior teeth in order to reshape, resize and change the colour and appearance of teeth in order to achieve a greater aesthetic result. They are primarily done for cosmetic reasons, correcting short, gappy or discoloured front teeth. So what is the difference between having the veneer done in composite versus porcelain?

Composite is essentially a very fancy plastic material. It is primarily used to fill in holes in teeth where there is plenty supporting tooth structure around the composite material, i.e. small fillings. When used on the edge of teeth or to cover a whole surface of a tooth like in the case of a veneer, it places excessive stress on the filling and causes it to not last as long.

Porcelain on the other hand is super strong, with modern dental ceramics they are often stronger than the natural enamel on teeth and as a consequence last a very very long time. Also because of their strength, they can be made much thinner, saving having to shave down the precious enamel on the teeth. Porcelains can also be made much whiter than composite fillings and can be used to colour match significantly better. The only down side with porcelain work is that it is considerably more expensive than composite and that the final result takes 2 weeks to achieve as the veneers have to be custom.

Both composite and porcelain veneers are a great option for creating a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Though composite provider a cheaper, quicker result, porcelain provides a better cosmetic result, as well as lasting longer and doing less damage to the underlying tooth structure.

 

What is enamel and why is it important?

Enamel is the outer layer of tooth, it protects all the underlying structures. Good enamel means good teeth. Enamel cannot be regrown, any damage done to it is permanent!

Though enamel is the hardest thing in the body, because of the fact that it cannot repair itself, any damage is cumulative. That means small amount of damage, every day, can lead to big problems months, years, or decades down the track.

We will cover some things that can help you strengthen and preserve your enamel for the years to come in the next posts as well as go over how we make sure we still have teeth for the rest of our lives.

 

 

How to strengthen enamel

Tooth enamel is the exterior surface of the tooth that provides protection against decay and damage. Strong enamel is essential for our long term oral care but once it’s gone, it cannot regenerate, so it’s important to maintain and strengthen what we have left. You might be surprised to learn that most causes of weakened enamel are easily avoided! Here are some tips on how to stop further erosion:

Minimise Sugar and Starch Intake

Sugar and starch cling to your teeth and provide food for bacteria to grow on. Bacteria in your mouth produce acids that weaken the enamel allow it erode away. This applies to not only food such as cakes, cookies, and chips, but to sugary, acidic drinks as well. If you enjoy your acidic drinks from time to time, it’s best to use a straw to minimise the contact between your teeth and the drink.

Brush Your Teeth Properly

Did you know that 25% of adults do not brush their teeth twice a day? Even adults who do brush twice a day often don’t brush long enough or well enough. It’s important to regularly brush your teeth to help clean off the food and plaque that bacteria can feed on. Each surface of each tooth must be brushed to have a proper clean. If you struggle cleaning your teeth properly, try switching to an electric toothbrush. A good electric toothbrush will provide a much better clean with the same amount of effort used with a manual brush.

Note: although it is important to brush your teeth properly, brushing hard can also cause damage to the enamel. We recommend using a soft bristle brush if using a manual toothbrush, or if you use an electric toothbrush, gently hold the device without exerting too much pressure. Remember, a hard clean is not a better clean!

Floss, Floss, Floss!

Failing to keep floss is probably the one thing most patients are guilty of. Flossing can remove up to 40% of the plaque in your mouth. When you skip flossing, you are essentially not cleaning two surfaces of your teeth and thus providing food for bacteria to grow on. So remember, after you brush, floss!

Choose the Right Toothpaste

When our enamel breaks down, it loses calcium and phosphate in a process known as demineralisation. Thankfully there are products on the market that remineralise the enamel known as CPP-ACP toothpaste. If you’ve been to our practice, you may have been recommended to use a CPP-ACP paste called Tooth Mousse. However products like Tooth Mousse are not replacements for regular toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride also remineralises tooth enamel, but studies have shown that the effect of fluoride on the tooth enamel is increased when used in conjunction with a CPP-ACP toothpaste.

Remember –  enamel cannot regenerate, so do your part to preserve and strengthen your enamel before it’s too late!

 

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Hydrogen Peroxide Teeth Whitening

Everyone wants to look attractive and a perfect smile definitely increases your charm and makes you look better than always. However, many people have yellow teeth which can be due to a number of reasons. The first and the most primary reason is plague that makes the teeth appear yellow and dirty. In this condition it is important that you always keep your teeth clean and hygienic. There are many other reasons that can make the teeth appear dull and reddish. Excessive smoking and drinking can change the colour of the teeth making them appear yellowish or reddish. In this case you will have to go for the treatments that include teeth bleaching or whitening. One such method is hydrogen peroxide teeth whitening.

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Invisalign Braces Are Becoming a New Normal

French dentist Pierre Fauchard is deemed by many as the inventor of modern-day orthodontics. Since his first invention in 1728, the industry has gone through many changes and improvements. One of the most recent and noted developments are Invisalign aligners. These unique braces were invented by Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth and were first made available for purchase in the year 2000. Today, these aligners are extremely popular and are becoming a new normal for many people. Now, this doesn’t take away from the many advantages and breakthroughs that have come at the hands of traditional wired braces. However, there are many reasons why people are continuing to opt for the Invisalign option.

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The 5 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Choosing an Orthodontist and How to Avoid Them!

Every parent knows that having straight teeth is extremely important. Teeth that don’t line up properly can upset the way we talk, chew food, and smile.

Left untreated, crooked teeth and misaligned bites can lead to sore jaw muscles, cracked teeth, headaches, and even tooth decay.

A common answer for misaligned jaws and crooked teeth is braces. However, when most people think of braces, they think of adolescents with mouths full of metal and cumbersome head gear… but braces aren’t just for kids anymore!

The fact is roughly ONE MILLION North Americans over the age of 18 have braces.

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Side Effects – Effects of Not Wearing Braces

Many people are ashamed about wearing teeth braces and feel intimidated by the potential pain for wearing the braces. Although there are several other means available in the market using which one can align the crooked teeth, let us first understand what are the effects or side effects of not wearing braces for crooked teeth, misaligned teeth, overbites, under bites and cross bites.

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What Cosmetic Dentists Can Do for You

While beauty may only be skin-deep, it is considered as a valuable investment – especially in certain fields, like acting and modeling. Not all people are born to be naturally beautiful, and for this reason, some choose to enhance their best features to strive for perfection. One such feature could be a person’s smile. A smile can look more attractive with perfect teeth and prominent jaw line. This can be enhanced with the help of cosmetic dentistry, a field in which dentists use a range of cosmetic dental procedures.

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Dental Implants and Its Impact on Your Personality

Most among us don’t take dental health as seriously as we should. We’re somehow convinced that teeth and gums, and their problems, are not as risky as those from big organs, say a heart or lung. This kind of thinking is not restricted to any particular region or country alone, as you could visit the internet and see how far this line of thinking has spread. People simply don’t not take their dental health seriously and in fact, the majority don’t even bother visiting the dentist ever, let alone doing it twice a year. In recent times, there is however a change on this front but only of a minuscule variety.

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How Misaligned Teeth Can Be Fixed With Braces

Malocclusion is a misalignment teeth problem that may cause serious oral health complications. It is also known as crossbite, crowded teeth, overbite, open bite and underbite. Your teeth will not be able to perform its functions when they are crooked, damaged or uneven in shape and size. If you suffer from misaligned teeth, it can be fixed with braces or orthodontic treatment.

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Are There Disadvantages to CEREC Same Day Porcelain Crowns?

Ask any dentist who knows how to perform ceramic reconstruction and they will tell you that it is the best option for individuals requiring dental crowns. Ceramic reconstructions offer a number of advantages to both dentists and patients.

While dentists can do what would otherwise take them weeks in a matter of hours, patients do not experience any pain with this procedure. It is no surprise that CEREC is highly lauded, but it is important to realize that there are some serious drawbacks which are often overlooked.

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