Archive for August 2017

Despite the many technological advances that have been made in dentistry, it is still common for people to suffer from tooth loss due to tooth decay, gum disease, or injury. Luckily, dental implants are available.
Dental implants are metal frames or posts that are surgically anchored into the jaw. After these implants have been inserted, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth. There are a number of benefits that dental implants bring over traditional tooth replacement methods, such as:

  • Improved appearance - Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, because they are anchored to the bone.

  • Improved speech - With dentures, the teeth slip and move around in the mouth, causing mumbling and slurred speech. Dental implants allow you to speak naturally.

  • Easier eating - The fixed nature of dental implants allows you to eat the same foods that a set of natural teeth can eat.

At Rideau Dental Centre we have dentists with expertise in placing and restoring dental implants. Feel free to discuss this with us during your next visit. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by calling 613-230-7475.

Usually occurring during sleep, teeth grinding is typically caused by an abnormal bite, missing/crooked teeth, or stress. Grinding wears down, loosens, and can even fracture the teeth.
To prevent teeth grinding, your dentist will first try to identify its cause. An intraoral appliance may be used to help reduce the detrimental effects of the grinding. If it is stress that is causing you to grind your teeth, you should ask your doctor or dentist about ways to reduce it. If your grinding is caused by a sleeping disorder, seeking treatment for it should reduce grinding. Some other things you can consider to help reduce tooth grinding are:

  • Cutting back on drinks/foods that contain caffeine such as coffee and chocolate.

  • Trying not to chew on any non-food objects, including gum. Chewing on things allows your jaw to get used to it and makes it more likely that you will grind your teeth.

If you would like to talk about treating your teeth grinding or have any other questions, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.