Bone Graft, Sinus Lifts & More

Why Do We Need Additional Surgeries Before Dental Implants?
Placing dental implants is not always as straightforward as one would like. The biggest challenge with placing dental implants is finding sufficient bone to support the implants. If there isn’t enough bone to support your dental implants, then adjunct bone augmentation surgeries are required to restore your bone prior to placing implants. The exact treatment required depends on where the implants are being placed and how much existing bone you have within that region. Here are some examples of common surgeries performed in conjunction with dental implant placement:
Bone GraftBone graft is the most common treatment used in conjunction with dental implant placement. Function of bone graft is to help fill in voids to allow your own bone to properly grow and lock the dental implants in place. Often times, bone graft is placed when extracting bad teeth in order to preserve the socket for future dental implant placement. Bone graft i…

Am I a Good Candidate For Teeth Whitening?

Why do Teeth Turn Yellow?
There are two basic reasons why our teeth turn yellow:
(1) They get stained
(2) They lose their outer protective layer, known as enamel

Here are some examples of what causes teeth to change color and turn yellow:
Plaque & Tartar Buildup It could be that your teeth are simply darker because there is too much plaque buildup on them. A simple dental cleaning can remove this buildup and fix your problem giving you a whiter and brighter smile. If you haven't seen a dentist in a long time, a dental cleaning should be your first step towards achieving whiter teeth.
Tobacco Products Nicotine, cigarette tar and other tobacco products stain your teeth and turn them yellow. The longer you've been smoking, the darker and yellower your teeth will appear.
Foods & Drinks Food products containing certain additives can stain and darken our teeth. For instance, drinking coffee and tea regularly can turn teeth yellower over time. Additionally, red wine, colas, frui…

What Are Dental Cavities?

What is a Cavity?
Dental cavity is a hole created on your tooth as a result of acids produced by oral bacteria. Cavity formation starts off by bacteria sticking to plaque which has accumulated on your teeth surfaces. These harmful bacteria produce an acidic byproduct which slowly dissolves away your tooth structure resulting in dental cavities. If you suspect you have a cavity, you should go visit a dentist immediately.  What Causes Dental Cavities?Three things are required before a cavity can be formed: 

First, the bacteria must attach themselves to the plaque gathered on your teeth. Once attached, these bacteria process sugars in your diet. This results in a harmful acidic byproduct which gradually destroys your tooth structure. As your tooth structure is destroyed, a cavity is now formed on your tooth. 
At What Age am I at Risk for Cavities?Cavities can arise at any age, young or old. So long as there are teeth in your mouth, you are at risk for developing dental cavi…

Symptoms of Gum Disease

What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease is the infection of gums and bones which support your teeth. Gum disease is a serious dental disease which affects multiple teeth and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible. If left untreated, gum disease causes your gums and supporting bone structure to shrink, causing bleeding gums and tooth sensitivity. In the most advanced cases of gum disease, your teeth become loose due to a lack of supporting bone structure and you will eventually lose them.
What are the Stages of Gum Disease? There are two stages of gum disease: Gingvitis and Periodontits. Gingivitis is the earlier stage of gum disease where the infection is still localized to your gum tissue and has not spread to the surrounding bone. Periodontitis is the more advanced stage of gum disease where infection has spread beyond the gums and to your supporting bone structure.

What are the Symptoms of Gingivitis? Since gingivitis is infection of gum tissue you will notice changes happening t…

Common Problems with Dentures

Denture Problems
Leaving gaps in your mouth is never a good idea and can lead to serious medical and dental problems. Wearing dentures gives you something to chew on while at the same time protecting your jaws and facial muscles. However, since dentures are removable prosthesis, meaning that they go in and out of your mouth, they come with their fair share of problems. Here are some of the most common denture problems that you need to be mindful of if it’s your first time wearing dentures: 
Dentures can be UncomfortableGetting used to having a foreign object in your mouth takes some getting used to. This is especially true if it’s your first time wearing dentures. If your dentures are too long or unstable, they can cut into your gum tissue. This creates sore lesions which requires adjustment from your dentist to fix. 
Eating Becomes CompromisedDentures cover lots of gum tissue which also happens to be the exact area filled with tons of taste buds. As a result, wearing dentures makes it h…

Implant-Supported Dentures (Overdentures)

What are Implant-Supported Dentures (Overdentures)?
Implant-supported dentures, also referred to as overdentures, are dentures which anchor onto several dental implants. Implant-supported dentures are a great solution for denture wearers who want a more secure denture but can’t quite afford full mouth implant restoration or all-on-four teeth. Typically, 2 or 4 dental implants are placed in each arch to help anchor dentures in place. The denture locks onto these implants, as opposed to sitting on the gums, and is better secured in its place. Overdentures feel more secure as compared to traditional dentures. They rock less during chewing and talking and are geneally more comfortable. Here are some other benefits of overdentures: 
EffectiveBy placing just a few dental implants, you can better secure your denture in its place. Anchoring your denture onto dental implants can help you eat, chew and function better. Keep in mind, that overdentures are removable teeth, meaning that that they co…

What is the Purpose of a Crown?

What is a Dental Crown? 
A crown, also known as cap, is a dental prosthesis that is used to restore severely damaged teeth back to their original format. Crowns protect the portion of your tooth which is sitting above the gums to seal off bacteria and protect against further damage. Crowns are very useful in dentistry and have many implications. Here are some instance where crowns are useful in dentistry:
Restoring Severely Damaged Teeth Teeth with large cracks or deep fractures need a crown to prevent the damage from getting worse. Similarly, teeth with large cavities need a crown since fillings stress and break the tooth, so placing a crown is preferred over a filling. Crowns restore your teeth back to their original format and protect against further damage, infection and heavy bite forces. Patients who have worn down their teeth due to aggressive grinding may have to place crowns on multiple teeth, sometimes even on every single tooth in the mouth!
Cosmetic Crowns Sometimes we choos…

Why Are All-on-Four Teeth So Popular?

What are all-on-four teeth? All-on-four teeth is a set of permanent teeth which sit on top of four dental implants. The name itself originates from the concept that an entire set of teeth, typically 12 to 14 total teeth, is loaded onto just four individual dental implants. All-on-four teeth are not to be confused with dentures. They are made from Porcelain or Zirconia and the teeth are fixed, meaning that you can not remove the teeth from your mouth.

Why are All-on-four Teeth so Popular?If you are missing all of your teeth, you have several different treatment options: Complete dentures; Dentures anchored onto dental implants (overdenture); All-on-four teeth; or Full dental implants with crowns & bridges attached. All-on-four teeth are a great compromise of cost and value. Here are some of the reasons why so many patients choose all-on-four teeth over other alternative treatments:

Minimal Number of Dental ImplantsWhile the idea of placing more implants may seem attractive, it is impo…

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is dentistry with focus on improving the appearance of your teeth and gums to enhance your smile and beauty. Cosmetic dentists concentrate on straightening and whitening your teeth to correct imperfections in your smile. Why Seek Cosmetic Dentistry?Different people have different reasons for seeking cosmetic dentistry. Some do it because they were born with a less than perfect smile and want to fix their concerns. Others want to reverse the damage done to their teeth over the years due to wear-and-tear or possibly an accident. Still others choose to seek cosmetic dentistry to improve their overall appearance and get that perfect white, straight set of teeth they've been dreaming of. Whatever your reason may be, cosmetic dentistry has a viable solution for you to enhance your smile. How Does a Dentist Become a Cosmetic Dentist?There’s no special certificate or board approved training for becoming a cosmetic dentist. Experience is very im…

Causes of Bad Breath

Causes of Bad Breath
It's difficult to admit that you may have bad breath, also known as halitosis. However, bad breath is more common than you may think, affecting a quarter of the population at some point in their life. So what causes bad breath and how can you fix it? Sources of bad breath could be long-lasting or temporary. Permanent bad breath is typically due to an underlying medical or dental issue. Temporary bad breath is typically the result of your diet, dehydration or smelly foods like onion or garlic. It is important to identify the source of your halitosis in order to resolve the problem. Here is a list of most common causes of bad breath: Dental Causes of Bad BreathMajority of bad breath cases originate from plaque and tartar accumulation on your teeth and gums which leads to gum disease. As such, it’s not a bad idea to start off your bad breath treatment with a trip to the dentist. Chances are a good dental cleaning is all you need to fix your problem. Once plaque and …