This patient is just about ready to have his implant placed. Careful planning is required to set the implant up for success. Before placing the implant the patient will need a tissue graft to thicken up the gums around where the implant will be. Nice thick protective gums around an implant (and all natural teeth!)… Read More
Missing Tooth? Why Not a Bridge?
Missing tooth? No problem. Usually your options are a bridge, an implant or a denture/flipper. This patient opted for a bridge. The aesthetic outcome is usually predictable but it is important to be mindful that extra care is involved in flossing under the bridge to prevent bone loss and cavities from developing on and around… Read More
What Do You Do about Chipped teeth?
This patient’s main complaint was that her front teeth kept chipping. If you are regularly chipping teeth, you have to wonder why. Teeth are normally quite strong. Perhaps you are grinding at night time, or maybe you are chewing on things you really shouldn’t be (ice chewers, you know who you are). In this case… Read More
Blood Pressure Medication and Oral Health
Here is a good example of gingival overgrowth caused by a calcium channel blocker our patient is taking. These blockers are commonly used to reduce blood pressure. Overgrowth of the gums is a common side effect and requires the patient to have excellent oral hygiene and frequent checkups and cleanings. It is important to have… Read More
5 Signs You Need To See A Dentist
1) You don’t have a dentist you see regularly This one seems dumb but when you start to understand that the key to optimal dental health is prevention and maintenance, this starts to make sense. It is not wise to wait until there is pain, discomfort or a lack of function to see a dentist…. Read More