Archive for August 2014

What is a dental implant?

August 19, 2014 | Posted Education

A dental implant is made of titanium and is used to replace missing teeth.  This artificial tooth root is placed into your jaw to anchor a replacement tooth or bridge.  This is a great option to replace a lost tooth due to periodontal disease, trauma, failed root canal or for any other reason.
 
For dental implants you need to be in good general health, have healthy gums and have enough bone in the jaw to have an implant.  If the jawbone has shrunk or isn’t developed properly, bone grafting can be done to build up the bone in your jawbone.
 
Dental implants are done by:
 
· First the dentist will examine your mouth and take x-rays to ensure dental implants are right for you.
· The first stage of surgery the titanium implant will be placed in the jawbone and left to heal for several months.
· The second stage of surgery is when the gum tissue is opened up to place an abutment.  An abutment is a post that attaches the replacement tooth to the implant.  In some cases, this abutment can be placed at the same time as the implant.
· Finally an artificial tooth or crown is made to fit the abutment. If multiple teeth are missing, a bridge can be placed with an implant on either side.
 
Are dental implants are the right choice for your mouth?  Call us at the Rideau Dental Centre at 613-230-7475.
 

Two Minutes Two Times a Day

August 05, 2014 | Posted Education

Two minutes, two times a day, everyday, always!!  We need to brush our teeth everyday for at least 2 minutes twice a day.  You need to brush the inside, the outside, the biting surfaces and the tongue.  This should take at least 2 minutes.  It is longer than it seems.  Set a timer or play a song. See how long you brush!
 
Be careful how you brush.  Be gentle. Be kind.  No hard scrubbing or hard toothbrushes. Start by choosing the right toothbrush.  Pick one that is soft with a small head.  This makes it easier to move around the mouth and less damaging to the gums.  Do not share your toothbrush with any one else.  Let it dry between uses.  Replace it every 3 to 4 months.
 
When you brush, think of brushing one tooth at a time.  Start by placing the brush at a 45 degree angle where the gum and tooth meet, flex gently and sweep down from the gum line in a flicking motion.  Repeat in the same area 5 to 10 times. Brush the chewing surfaces in a back and forth motion. Brush the tongue or use a tongue scraper from the back of the tongue to the tip of the tongue.
 
Talk to your dental hygienist at the Rideau Dental Centre about the right brush and technique for your mouth.  Call us 613-230-7474.