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Treatments to Boost Self-Confidence

KANATA, ONTARIO- A research study on the connection between tooth loss and low self-esteem was recently presented at the 43rd annual meeting of the American Association for Dental Research.  The study, titled, “Association of Tooth Loss and Depression and Anxiety,” found that various factors influence dental health, and dental health is associated with mental health.

Researchers studied the results of 451,075 participants using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey, including a survey of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments. Investigators assessed the link between tooth loss and depression and anxiety.

13.4 percent of eligible participants reported anxiety
16.7 percent reported feelings of depression
5.7 percent reported tooth loss

Researchers realized tooth loss is a result of multifaceted and long-standing conditions. Researchers also recognized that dental health is associated with mental health. The study exposed the fact that people suffering anxiety concerning dental treatments often avoid dental care, and individuals suffering depression may be negligent in self-care.

Before any treatment Trillium Dental gives our patients all of the facts available, so that they may feel comfortable making an informed decision. Treatment is then carefully performed using the latest techniques and technology available. Once the patient’s immediate concerns are addressed, we initiate a long-term plan that will ensure the continued health of your teeth and gums.

At the conclusion of this national study, researchers found that depression and anxiety are associated with tooth loss. If you are feeling anxious about tooth loss or dental treatment, Trillium Dental can help your health on many levels. Contact one of our offices today to set up a consultation to restore your smile.

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Three Health Reasons to Replace That Missing Tooth

STITTSVILLE, ONTARIO- Most can agree a smile void of a few teeth isn’t the best look, but the top reasons to seek tooth replacement aren’t strictly aesthetic. Did you know failing to replace a missing tooth endangers the health of your smile?

Many Canadians have lost one or more teeth due to a dental condition, mouth trauma or years of poor diet or hygiene habits. We at Trillium Dental, a trusted provider of family dentistry in the Stittsville area, urge you to swiftly replace teeth after they are lost. Here are three reasons why we suggest this:

Mesial Drift
Mesial drift refers to the tendency for teeth to shift naturally toward the front of the smile. This occurs because of the forces at play when we chew food. When a tooth is missing, mesial drift elicits the surrounding teeth to dramatically tilt into the space where the tooth once existed. As teeth continue to shift, they fall out of proper alignment. Trillium Dental does offer Invisalign to correct certain cases of malocclusion, but we’d prefer that you avoid the problem all together.

Should a missing tooth cause surrounding teeth to migrate and become misaligned, it affects more than your smile’s appearance. Overlapping, crooked teeth provide the perfect trap and hiding spot for food particles. If missed by the toothbrush and floss, lingering plaque increases your risk of cavities, gum irritation and bad breath.

Super Eruption
When there’s no opposing force for a tooth (oftentimes a molar) to press against, super eruption can take place. This occurs when a tooth rises out of its socket toward the space where its opposite once existed, leaving a portion of its root exposed and increases sensitivity to especially hot or cold temperatures.

The phenomenon of super eruption typically doesn’t occur unless a tooth has been missing for a few years, but you’ll know when it does. A super erupted tooth looks painful and negatively impacts the appearance of your smile.

Gum Disease
When a tooth goes missing, gum disease is more likely to strike in multiple ways. Once a tooth is lost, the portion of the gum which once supported the tooth is left exposed to dangerous bacteria from lingering food particles. Rapid shifts in teeth caused by mesial drift can irritate gums. The gums around the root of a super erupted tooth can also grow inflamed.

Signs of gum disease include swelling, redness around the gum line, sensitivity, bleeding and gum recession. Gum disease is a bacterial infection shown to elicit a variety general and oral health repercussions, so be sure to promptly seek help if you suspect your gums are infected.

How We Can Help
Our dentists can restore your smile using proven treatments, like dental implants and bridges. Our restorative services include the popular “Teeth in a Day” procedure, which grants you a healthy and beautiful smile that’s natural in appearance in literally one day. These solutions are permanent and require the same amount of maintenance as natural teeth.

All procedures are performed by skilled professionals in a relaxing setting. For your comfort, nitrous oxide and oral and IV sedation options are available. It’s our goal to return your smile back to complete health and appearance while you remain at ease.

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Trillium Dental Offers Popular “Teeth in a Day” Treatment

Our Ottawa and Kanata area dentistry providers are proud to supply the “Teeth in a Day” procedure. This popular technique swiftly addresses the problem of tooth loss and failing teeth. In just one day, we can give you a strong and healthy smile.

In Ottawa, dental implants are a popular and effective solution to missing teeth. Trillium’s skilled dentists are able to perform the two phases of this procedure in one day, but some time is required for the titanium implant to fuse to the bone. It typically takes a few months for the artificial teeth to become completely functional. Unlike traditional implants, however, Teeth in a Day patients can put their new teeth to work shortly after receiving them. The results are immediate.

Here’s how it works. After first visiting with one of our dentists for a consultation and a detailed 3-D scan of your mouth, a prosthesis is fabricated. The implants are then surgically placed according to precise specifications, followed by the temporary fixed teeth, known as bridges. Because the implants are fitted so exactly into the jaw bone, they are immediately secured and able to be put to use. IV sedation is administered by our qualified professionals to ensure comfort.

The final bridge is installed several months later, but the teeth placed in the initial procedure provide total functionality and are natural in appearance.

If you’ve lost one or multiple teeth due to diet, mouth trauma or poor hygiene habits, it’s important to promptly replace them. Missing teeth can elicit gum disease, orthodontic issues and super-erupted opposite teeth. Facial aesthetics may be severely altered. Because our jaw bones were designed to support 28 teeth (32 including wisdom teeth), the bone deteriorates if there aren’t enough teeth to sustain.

Full and partial dentures are commonly used to resolve the issue of tooth loss, but this method fails to address the issue of jaw bone deterioration. Food particles can also sneak between the denture and gum line, causing irritation and gum disease. Caring for dentures may also grow to be pricey, messy and tedious.

The Teeth in a Day procedure is a fast, effective and convenient solution. Your new teeth can withstand crunchy apples or corn on the cob and appear completely natural. You can confidently display your fabulous new smile to the world, because it lasts a lifetime.

Not everyone is a candidate for Teeth in a Day. A certain amount of bone mass must be present to support the implants. We would love the opportunity to give you additional information about Teeth in a Day and determine if you can benefit from the procedure. Our cosmetic dentists are eager to meet you and tell you more about this remarkable treatment.

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Same-Day Dental Implants

STITTSVILLE, ONTARIO- Receiving necessary dental work in a timely manner is important, but we understand you’re busy. To make life simpler for our patients in need of tooth replacement, we offer same-day dental implants in our office.

Dental implants are the ideal solution to tooth loss. They’re permanent, durable, natural in appearance and function like real teeth. Unlike dentures, there are no messy cleaning products to use or fear of your teeth falling out after crunching into an apple or ear of corn. Just relax, enjoy your favorite foods and display your beautiful smile to the world.

Most significantly, dental implants sustain the jaw bone. When missing teeth fail to be replaced, the jaw bone withers and the structure of the face is altered. This occurs because the jaw needs to anchor teeth in order to remain healthy. Because the implants are secured into the bone, it allows the jaw to serve its purpose and maintain stability. Dental implants restore health, beauty and function to your smile, and we can install them in just one day.

In most cosmetic dentistry practices, patients are referred to an outside oral surgeon to undergo the first phase of receiving dental implants. This brief procedure involves placing a small implant, known as the “post,” into the bone. The post serves as the anchor for the artificial tooth. The surgery is simple, but you would still be forced to travel to another practice, meet new doctors and prolong the process of receiving your new teeth.

Things are different at Trillium Dental. We are staffed with an incredible team of cosmetic dentists who possess the expertise to perform the implant surgery in our office in the Stittsville, as well as install the artificial teeth. This way, you save time and are spared the hassle of visiting a specialist. Both phases are performed in one office visit, allowing you to experience convenient and quality same-day dentistry.

Once the posts are placed in the bone, your dentist will continue the procedure by securing a temporary artificial tooth onto the implant. The temporary restoration is replaced with permanent teeth shortly after.

General dentists who perform the surgical phase of dental implant installation need to have a great deal of training and experience along with the best equipment to ensure a smooth and comfortable procedure. At Trillium Dental, we have a staff that truly cares about your smile needs and wants to exceed your expectations. That’s why we offer personalized care and attention to those considering dental implants.

Depending on periodontal health, dental implants may not be a suitable answer to tooth loss. We would love the opportunity to evaluate your smile, answer any concerns and determine if dental implants could benefit you. To learn more about same-day dental implants in the Ottawa area, give us a call today.

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Five Big Reasons to Quit Biting Your Nails

KANATA, ONTARIO- Nail biting is a common societal pet peeve, but your teeth are fed up with the habit, too. The frequent practice of nail biting can inflict serious health and aesthetic issues on teeth and gums, not to mention fingernail mutilation. Dr. Bartos and Dr. Northcott from Orleans family dentistry practice Trillium Dental explain five reasons why it’s best to kick the nail biting habit for good.

1. Nail biting can damage dental work and promote teeth movement. Your fingertip may appear to be harmless, but constant gnawing has been shown to shift teeth, cause gaps (known medically as Diastemas) and trigger root reabsorption. The curious phenomenon of root reabsorption occurs when a part of the tooth’s root becomes absorbed by the bone securing it. In short, refrain from nail biting if you’d like to avoid another round of braces.

2. Nail biting can crack and chip teeth. Few things are more painful than a pulsating toothache, but that’s exactly what might happen if your teeth incur a fracture from biting a tough fingernail. Front teeth usually bear the nail biting brunt, but they aren’t engineered to withstand the constant chewing like molars. Because of this, noticeable chips and painful cracks commonly occur.

3. Nail biting puts gum tissue at risk. The mouth and hands are easily the most germ-concentrated areas of the body. When these are combined, it can make for a few nasty consequences, including gum infections. Sharp edges from chipped or pointy fingernails can slash gums, providing a gateway for an army of potentially dangerous bacteria. Be good to your gums – keep fingernails out of the mouth.

4. Nail biting can spike dental bills. The Academy of General Dentistry estimates that nail biters pay $4,000 more in dental repairs than patients who don’t bite their nails. Enough said!

5. Nail biting can cause bad breath. Our hands are covered with germs, and nail biting ushers those germs inside the mouth. The assortment of oral bacteria, germs and residue from finger foods combine to brew an unpleasant taste. To ensure your breath stays fresh, brush the teeth and tongue twice daily, use an antibacterial mouthwash regularly and stop biting those nails.

Kicking any habit is tricky, but with a few simple tips and good old-fashioned determination, everyone can achieve their goals. For the ladies, try keeping finger nails polished and pretty. This will help by giving you a stylish reason to cease the destructive biting. Guys can pick up bitter tasting nail care products formulated for this purpose at many drug stores. If it’s the chewing sensation you crave, opt for a sugarless gum and keep it handy for when those urges set in.

Patients who have experienced damage to their teeth or gums as a result of habitual nail biting can rely on Kanata dentists Dr. Bartos and Dr. Northcott, who administer a range of general and cosmetic services at Trillium Dental’s five area locations. Popular services include Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, dental implants and porcelain veneers. Cracks and chips can also be corrected quickly and comfortably.

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Screen for Oral Cancer as Part of Your Oral Hygiene Routine

KANATA AND OTTAWA, ONTARIO – There are many different types of cancer, and the Canadian Cancer Society reports 29 percent of all Canadian deaths in 2009 were due to cancer.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and in an effort to raise awareness about this disease our Ottawa family dentistry team encourages you to pay attention to any changes in your mouth, gums, lips and cheeks.

Our team provides general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry in Kanata. We can help restore missing teeth with dental implants, we thoroughly clean your teeth and gums at every regular appointment and we carefully screen each patient for oral cancer.

According to the Canadian Dental Association, in 2003 about 3,100 Canadians were diagnosed with oral cancer and the disease claimed 1,090 Canadian lives. The five-year survival rate for oral cancer is 63 percent, according to Health Canada. This means that 63 percent of patients diagnosed with oral cancer are still alive five years after their diagnosis. We don’t want you to be next. You are an important part of your oral health, and keeping a close watch over your lips, gums, teeth, cheeks and tongue may even save your life.

Learn the Most Common Oral Cancer Symptoms

If you know the common symptoms of oral cancer you can better protect yourself. When you go through your daily oral hygiene routine, check for the following warning signs: Use your finger to trace your lips, gums and cheeks to check for any swelled lumps. Sores are often signs that something is wrong in your mouth, especially those that last longer than two weeks. Note the color of the sores as well; are they white, red or a combination of the two colors?

You may also notice ear pain, numbness, tenderness in your face or mouth, frequent oral bleeding, a prolonged sore throat, trouble chewing or swallowing food, changes in the way foods taste, trouble talking or moving your jaw or even extreme weight loss. Has your bite changed? Do you notice a difference in the way your teeth fit together? All of these symptoms could be warning signs of oral cancer. Bring any of these symptoms up to your dentist at your next appointment.

Identify Your Oral Cancer Risk Factors

Tobacco use greatly increases your risk of developing oral cancer. If you smoke or use smokeless tobacco, consider how much healthier you’ll be if you quit. Quitting tobacco will improve your dental health, your skin, your heart health, your lungs and your circulation. You are also approximately six times more likely to develop oral cancer if you drink alcohol to excess.

Too much sun can increase your chances of developing oral cancer. Protect your lips with an SPF fortified lip balm or by wearing a hat that blocks sunlight from your face. If you’ve had oral cancer in the past, or if someone in your family has had oral cancer, you have higher risk of developing the disease. The presence of HPV has also been linked to increased oral cancer risk.

You can develop oral cancer at any age, though your risk increases dramatically after you hit 45. Your diet may also contribute to developing oral cancer, so be sure to eat a diet full of vegetables and fruits to help prevent cancerous cell growth. Men also get oral cancer more frequently than women.

Understand Prevention and the Importance of Routine Dental Care

There are ways for you to thwart the onset of oral cancer. Limit your consumption of alcohol and protect your face and lips in sunlight. Quit tobacco and eat a balanced diet. Learn the common symptoms of oral cancer and be aware of any changes to your oral health.

You have a better chance of surviving oral cancer the earlier you receive a diagnosis. Dentists are often very important in diagnosing oral cancers in patients, which is one reason why routine dental care is so essential to your total body health. You should visit the dentist at least twice a year to make sure he has adequate time to diagnose oral cancer. If you are at higher risk, your dentist may want to see you more often than twice a year. Regular screenings ensure that we catch any cancer faster, which gives you more time for treatment and increases your chances of survival.


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How to Pack A Tooth-Healthy Lunch

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – You probably know how to maintain good oral hygiene by flossing daily, brushing twice daily and visiting your dentist regularly. One important aspect of your oral health deals with your diet.

“The better the quality of food you put into your body, the better your overall health will be, including your teeth and gums,” says Dr. Maria Lopez Howell in a Mouth Healthy Moment.

You and your children deserve a healthy lunch that promotes strong, clean teeth. Ottawa Invisalign dentists Drs. David Bartos and Mark Northcott share their guide to a tooth-healthy lunch.

Tap Water
In many regions regular tap water is fortified with fluoride. Fluoride protects your teeth against decay. Many of you may enjoy a soda at lunch to perk you up, but sugary soft drinks contribute to cavities and obesity. The sugars from these drinks convert to acids, and the acid eats away at your tooth enamel and encourages decay. Skip the soft drinks and choose tap water. If you must have your midday soda, try to decrease the amount you’re drinking and rinse your mouth with water after you’re done. Choosing water over soda, coffee or tea will keep your teeth whiter, especially if you’ve had professional teeth whitening. Another benefit of tap water: it’s free at restaurants and water fountains, and it’s inexpensive to fill up your water bottle at home.

Dairy Products
Cheese contains calcium as well as the protein casein, which helps strengthen teeth. Yogurt also contains calcium, and it’s good for tooth health. Choose a low-fat option for these dairy products. Drinking milk will also keep your teeth strong and healthy.

According to Mouth Healthy, peanuts counter the effects of acid and bacteria buildup. Almonds are a rich source of calcium, making them a healthy addition to your midday meal. Cashews and walnuts also give you magnesium and phosphate, which help keep your teeth strong. Dr. Bartos, a cosmetic dentist in Ottawa, and his partner Dr. Northcott advise you to also carry dental floss to remove any large food particles from between your teeth.

Raw Fruits and Vegetables
Sliced pears, apples, cucumbers, radishes and carrots are a tasty treat to pack in your child’s lunchbox. Or, include the whole fruit and let your child bite right in. Your teeth will actually be cleaned some by the crunchiness of these fruits. Celery is crunchy, too, and it packs lots of fiber. The fibrous strands inside celery are natural tooth cleaners. Broccoli, kale, mustard greens, spinach, collard greens and turnip greens are also high in calcium. Raw vegetables are good for you, and the chewing required to eat raw vegetables will increase your saliva flow. If raw veggies don’t entice you, try pairing them with a healthy low-sugar dip such as hummus or salsa. You can also make a big salad topped with lean meat or tofu for a healthy meal.

Lean Meat (and Beans)
Fish, chicken, turkey and beans are good sources of magnesium, iron and protein, which help restore your teeth. Be aware that some meat can get caught easily between the teeth. Again, keep your floss handy.

Sugar-Free Gum
Speaking of saliva, healthy saliva flow neutralizes acids and helps break down bacteria in your mouth. Stash a pack of sugar-free gum in your lunchbox or in your desk at work. Chewing gum is a good substitute cleaner when you’re not in reach of a toothbrush.

Foods to Avoid
Anything sticky, sweet and acidic is generally bad for your teeth. Skip the fruit roll-ups, Starbursts and Skittles. Even dried fruit can hurt the enamel on your teeth. Choose fresh fruits over their dried counterparts. You may think fruits and foods labeled sugar-free are good for your teeth, but that’s not always true. Fruits, while generally healthy for you, contain more carbohydrates than vegetables. These carbs break down in your mouth and form acids as a byproduct, which eat away your enamel. In extreme cases you may even lose teeth to decay. While many patients receive dental implants to replace missing teeth, there’s no substitute for your natural teeth.

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Primitive Jawed Fish Fossils Suggest Jaws And Teeth Evolved Simultaneously

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – New research led by University of Bristol’s Dr. Martin Ruecklin proves the oldest jawed vertebrates had teeth, which suggests teeth and jaws evolved together.

The paper Development of teeth and jaws in the earliest jawed vertebrates was published Oct. 17 in Nature, the International Weekly Journal of Science. The study is telling, as previous research suggested the first jawed vertebrates were toothless.

Dr. David Bartos, a beauty dentist in Ottawa, and his partner Dr. Mark Northcott are interested in how this research shows the tightly linked harmony of our teeth and jawbones. Our six family dental offices serve patients in the greater Ottawa area, and we help improve jaw function and placement with neuromuscular dentistry.

The team included researchers from across the globe. Swiss physicists joined forces with paleontologists from the University of Bristol, the Natural History Museum and Australia’s Curtin University to study the prehistoric jawed fish Compagopiscis. The team used well-preserved fossils and high energy X-rays to learn how the fish’s teeth and jaws developed.

“We were able to visualize every tissue, cell and growth line within the bony jaws, allowing us to study the development of the jaws and teeth,” says Dr. Ruecklin. “We could then make comparisons with the embryology of living vertebrates, thus demonstrating that placoderms possessed teeth.”

The high energy X-rays are not invasive. This method gave the researchers extremely detailed data without destroying the fossil. Scientists previously thought these ancient vertebrate species were toothless and used their jawbones like scissors. The study gives firm evidence that primitive jawed vertebrates had jaws and teeth.

“These wonderfully preserved fossils from Australia yield many secrets of our evolutionary ancestry but research has been held back waiting for the kind of non-destructive technology that we used in this study,” says Natural History Museum researcher Dr. Zerina Johanson. “Without the collaborations between paleontologists and physicists, our evolutionary history would remain hidden in the rocks.”

Drs. Bartos and Northcott practice neuromuscular dentistry, a treatment philosophy which finds the delicate balance between your facial muscles, your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and your bite. We understand the complex relationship between your teeth and jaw, and our custom orthotics will help you stabilize your bite. You may suffer from migraines, neck and face pain, ringing ears, a popping jaw or numbed fingertips. All of these symptoms may stem from your misaligned TMJ. Contact our team to test your jaw alignment with our advanced technology.

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Teeth Whitening Options for a Brighter Smile

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – The desire to have whiter teeth is no new phenomenon.

The Seattle Times reports an interesting, albeit brief, history of tooth whitening. Ancient Egyptians used a paste of wine vinegar and ground pumice stone to whiten teeth. Ancient Romans supposedly used urine to whiten their teeth, as ammonia has bleaching properties.

White teeth are still a widely desired physical attribute. White teeth can signify health, strength, youth and beauty. A white smile can breed confidence in the business and dating world.

We know that many of you are already practicing good oral health habits. Daily flossing and twice daily brushing will keep your teeth healthy and strong, but that may not be enough to whiten discolored teeth. The use of whitening toothpastes and disposable strips will only take you so far. Your dentist can offer whitening options that are faster and more effective than simply using a whitening toothpaste. Explore these professional whitening options to achieve noticeable tooth whitening results.

Teeth whitening in Ottawa is simple and effective. All of our six locations perform in-office whitening and provide at-home whitening kits.

We perform professional in-office whitening by Zoom! Zoom! whitening is safe and effective. You’ll see the difference immediately, as the procedure can whiten teeth by up to nine shades. Your Ottawa dentist or hygienist will apply a special gel to your teeth. The Zoom! LED light is concentrated on your teeth, and the light creates a reaction in the gel that breaks down tough stains and targeting discoloration. The light works its magic for 15 minutes at a time, and the entire whitening process includes three of these 15-minute sessions. You can complete these sessions in the same appointment, which will last approximately one hour. You’ll leave our office with a brighter, more confident smile. For potential tooth whitening candidates in another location, check the Zoom! website to find a whitening dentist near you.

Zoom! even offers a free mobile app to show potential whitening candidates how white their teeth can be. You can download it today. Zoom! also offers at-home whitening kits, including NiteWhite and DayWhite kits.

Whitening kits from our office are more professional than store-bought whitening kits, and they allow you professional dental treatment from the comfort of your living room. These treatments usually deliver noticeable whitening results in a few weeks.

There are many over the counter whitening options that are safe to use. Many patients have used Crest Whitestrips, Colgate’s Optic White toothpaste or Listerine’s quick dissolving whitening strips. Most of the whitening products available use peroxide as the whitening agent.

During any whitening regimen, be aware of your teeth. Some patients may experience slight pain or sensitivity during whitening. Be sure to use over the counter whitening products as the packaging recommends.

Be aware that certain types of discoloration don’t respond as well to tooth whitening.

“Individuals contemplating tooth-bleaching should consult with a dentist to determine the cause of the tooth discoloration and to determine whether a bleaching treatment will have the desired result, says Ottawa cosmetic dentist according to the Canadian Dental Association.”

Our dental office in Stittsville can help you choose the right tooth whitening option for you.

Remember that certain foods and beverages can stain your teeth. You’ll want to avoid red wine, coffee, tea and tobacco products after whitening, as these products may taint your results. You’ll also want to keep a strict oral health routine to lengthen your whitening results. Brush and floss meticulously and visit your dentist twice a year.

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Dental Implants Replace Missing Teeth Naturally and Comfortably

OTTAWA, CANADA – There’s no need to feel embarrassed about missing teeth, says the Ottawa teeth whitening specialist. Missing teeth can change the shape of your face, but preventing that can be done with dental implants.

You may feel self-conscious talking, smiling or chewing normally. Your bite may be affected by missing teeth, resulting in possible TMJ disorders. A missing tooth weakens your bone further, and a replacement tooth will help your bone stay stable. Drs. David Bartos and Mark Northcott use dental implants to replace gaps from missing teeth.

Dental implants have several advantages over dental bridges. Bridges repair gaps by connecting to existing teeth. Your dentist may need to shave down an existing tooth for the bridge to fit. Bridges may also need one or two replacements during your lifetime. Dental implants don’t bother bordering teeth, so your oral health is not affected. Implants are also extremely durable; they can last your entire life if secured and cared for properly. Dentures sit on the gums, and they may slip and slide in your mouth. Dental implants will help your dentures stay securely in place and provide you extra comfort and control. You will notice that eating is more natural with dental implants than with traditional dentures.

There are several ways you can lose teeth. You may have lost a tooth from an accident or you may have lost it to gum disease or decay. Dental implants will restore your missing tooth so seamlessly that you may forget you lost it at all. A new tooth can give you a boost of confidence to live life unhindered. You’ll be more successful professionally and personally without the embarrassment of a missing tooth.

Drs. Bartos and Northcott implant a small titanium post in your bone beneath the gum during a quick oral surgery procedure. The post provides an anchor for your new tooth. A crown is then fitted over the titanium post. You’ll treat your new dental implant like your regular teeth. Proper brushing and flossing will keep your implant healthy and reduce plaque buildup. Our offices offer IV sedation, oral sedation and nitrous oxide to make your procedure painless and hassle-free. Sedation can last longer than your appointment, so it’s best to have a friend or family member transport you to and from our office.

Your Ottawa dentist will evaluate you to determine whether you’re an ideal candidate for dental implants. Your bone and gums must be healthy to support the implant. Children that need dental implants are usually deterred until their jaws have grown fully. Smoking lowers the success rate of dental implants, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, though smokers are not prohibited from receiving implants. Smoking complicates oral and overall health.


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