Are you self-conscious about your missing teeth? Speak to your periodontist if Implants are right for you!

If you are self-conscious because you have missing teeth, wear dentures that are uncomfortable or don’t want to have good tooth structure removed to make a bridge, talk to your dentist/periodontists to see if dental implants are an option for you.

Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile. In fact, the development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years. Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.

Dental implantsMost patients find that a dental implant is secure, stable and a good replacement for their own tooth. There are generally three phases to getting an implant:

  • First, the dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone. Your dentist may recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup during the healing process.
  • Next, the bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. Osseointegration means “combines with the bone” and takes time. Some patients might need to wait until the implant is completely integrated, up to several months, before replacement teeth can be attached to the implant. Other patients can have the implants and replacement teeth placed all in one visit.
  • Finally, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth. For a single tooth implant, your dentist will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. The crown will be based on size, shape, colour and fit, and will be designed to blend in with your other teeth. If you are replacing more than a single tooth, custom-made bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth and your implants. (Note: The replacement teeth usually take some time to make. In the meantime, your dentist may give you a temporary crown, bridge or denture to help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.)

If you are interested in dental implants, it’s a good idea to discuss it carefully with your dentist/periodontist first. If you are in good general health this treatment may be an option for you. In fact, your health is more of a factor than your age. You may be medically evaluated by a physician before any implant surgery is scheduled.

Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or leukemia, may interfere with healing after surgery. Patients with these issues may not be good candidates for implants. Using tobacco can also slow healing. (ADA)

Dr. Annabel Braganza – Peterborough Periodontist and Dental Implant Specialist

705-741-1885

SINUS LIFT – Peterborough Periodontics

For an implant to be successful there must be enough quality and quantity of bone where the implant is to be placed. The upper back jaw has traditionally been one of the most difficult areas to successfully place dental implants due to insufficient bone and the closeness to the sinus. If bone is lost in that area for reasons such as periodontal disease or tooth loss there might not be enough bone to place an implant. In such cases a sinus lift surgery may be necessary.

Sinus lift surgery can help correct this problem by raising the sinus floor and developing bone for the placement of dental implants. Several techniques can be used to raise the sinus and allow for new bone to form. In one common technique, an incision is made to expose the bone. Then a small circle is cut into the bone. This bony piece is lifted into the sinus cavity, much like a trap door, and the space underneath is filled with bone graft material. Your periodontist can explain your options for graft materials, which can regenerate lost bone and tissue.

Finally, the incision is closed and healing is allowed to take place. Depending on your individual needs, the bone usually will be allowed to develop for about four to 12 months before implants can be placed. After the implants are placed, an additional healing period is required. In some cases, the implant can be placed at the same time the sinus is augmented.

Undergoing sinus lift surgery has been shown to greatly increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come. Many patients experience minimal discomfort during this procedure. (Information as per AAP)

For more information on this and other procedures be sure to contact one of our periodontal professionals.

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PERIODONTAL/GUM DISEASE PROGRESSION – Peterborough/Kawarthas/Oshawa Periodontist

1. Plaque full of bacteria, that turns to calculus, builds up between the teeth and gums.

2. The gums become red and inflamed caused by the body’s reaction to the bacteria.

3. The bone recedes due to the inflammatory response to bacteria.

4. Pockets are formed (space between the tooth and gum) due to decreased bone tissue.

5.  If the gum disease is left untreated, over time the teeth become loose and may be lost.

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Common Mistakes Parents Make With Their Children’s Dental Care

Peterborough Periodontists, Kawarthas Periodontists, Oshawa Periodontists, Kids Dentists Peterborough, BRINGING CHILDREN TO THEIR FIRST DENTAL VISIT TOO LATE

A child’s first dental visit should be when the first tooth appears or by the age of 1, whichever comes first. It is the best practice to start a child on a good path and reduce early childhood caries. For more information click here.

ALLOWING CHILDREN TO BRUSH AND FLOSS THEIR TEETH ON THEIR OWN

It is very important to teach and help your child brush and floss their teeth to aid them in the right direction in maintaining proper care of their teeth at an early age. Being with them when they are brushing a parent can ensure that they do not rush their brush and brush for at least 2 minutes, covering all the teeth and surfaces.

THINKING THAT CAVITIES ON BABY TEETH DO NOT NEED TO BE FIXED

Some baby teeth will be in your child’s mouth until age 12 and the decayed tooth that needs to be fixed may be one of those. Decayed, broken or teeth that are infected can hurt your child’s oral and overall health and it may also affect the way your child feels about him or herself now and in the future.

ALLOWING CHILDREN TO DRINK SPORT DRINKS

The sugar and acid in energy drinks is a perfect recipe for bacteria growth in the mouth which may cause tooth decay and dental erosion. When given the choice, water is best for hydration.

ALLOWING CHILDREN TO PLAY SPORTS WITHOUT A MOUTH GUARD AND NOT MAKING SURE IT IS CLEANED PROPERLY

Mouth guards, also called mouth protectors, help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. They typically cover the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. Knowing how to prevent injuries like these is especially important if you participate in organized sports or other recreational activities.

Dr. Annabel Braganza – Peterborough Periodontist, Implant and Gum Specialist

705-741-1885

Oral Bacteria and The Affects On Your Lungs – Peterborough Periodontist

Did you know that research has found that bacteria that grows in the oral cavity can be aspirated into the lungs to cause respiratory disease such as pneumonia, especially in people with periodontal disease?

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Before purchasing any dental product be sure it’s approved by the CDA

CDA Seal, Dentists Peterborough, Approved Dental products, Best toothbrush, Mouthwash, Toothpaste,When purchasing oral health products make sure to check for the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) Seal of Recognition. A symbol that identifies safe and effective products for your oral health needs. www.cda-adc.ca www.braganza-periodontics.com
Here is a list of CDA Approved products
Chewing Gum (therapeutic)
Trident Xtra Care Gum – Spearmint Cadbury Adams Canada Inc.
Trident Xtra Care Gum- Peppermint Cadbury Adams Canada Inc.
Dental Floss
Crest Glide Floss Procter & Gamble
Oral-B Satin Floss Procter & Gamble
Manual Toothbrush
Colgate 360 Actiflex Toothbrush Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate 360 Optic White Toothbrush Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate 360 Original Toothbrush Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc
Colgate 360 Sensitive Pro-Relief Toothbrush Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Extra Clean Toothbrush Soft Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate MaxFresh Toothbrush Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc
Colgate MaxWhiteToothbrush Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Smiles Toothbrush (0-2) Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Smiles Toothbrush (2-5) Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Smiles Toothbrush (5+) Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Total Gum Defense Toothbrush Soft Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc
Colgate Total Professional Toothbrush Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc
Colgate Twister Fresh Toothbrush Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc
Colgate ZigZag Toothbrush Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Oral-B Advantage Toothbrush Procter & Gamble
Oral-B CrossAction Pro-Health Toothbrush Procter & Gamble
Oral-B Deep Sweep Toothbrush Procter & Gamble Canada
Oral-B Indicator Contour Clean ToothBrush Procter and Gamble
Oral-B Indicator Toothbrush Procter & Gamble
Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical Pro-Flex Toothbrush Procter & Gamble Canada
Oral-B Pulsar Pro-Health Toothbrush Procter & Gamble Canada
Oral-B Pulsar Toothbrush Procter & Gamble
Power Toothbrush
Oral-B Professional Care 5000 with Smart Guide Power Brush Procter & Gamble
Oral-B Professional Care Series 3000 Procter & Gamble
Mouthwashes and Rinses
Crest Pro-Health Cool Refreshing Clean Oral Rinse Procter & Gamble
Crest Pro-Health Cool Wintergreen Oral Rinse Procter & Gamble
Listerine Antiseptic Cool Mint Mouthwash Johnson & Johnson Inc.
Listerine Antiseptic Freshburst Mouthwash Johnson & Johnson Inc.
Listerine Antiseptic Original Mouthwash Johnson & Johnson Inc.
Listerine Healthy White Restoring Johnson & Johnson Inc.
Listerine Healthy White Vibrant Johnson & Johnson Inc.
Listerine Smart Rinse Berry Shield Johnson & Johnson Inc.
Listerine Smart Rinse Bubblegum Johnson & Johnson Inc.
Listerine Smart Rinse Mint Shield Johnson & Johnson Inc.
Listerine Total Care for Sensitive Teeth Mouthwash Johnson & Johnson Inc.
Listerine Total Care Mouthwash Johnson & Johnson Inc.
Listerine Total Care Zero Johnson & Johnson Inc.
Listerine Ultraclean Anti-Cavity Antiseptic Mouthwash Johnson & Johnson Inc.
Listerine Ultraclean Anti-Stain Antiseptic Mouthwash Johnson & Johnson Inc
Listerine Ultraclean Anti-Stain Cool Citrus Antiseptic Mouthwash Johnson & Johnson Inc.
Listerine Ultraclean Anti-Tartar Antiseptic Mouthwash Johnson & Johnson Inc.
Listerine Zero Mouthwash Johnson & Johnson Inc.
Peridex Oral Rinse 3M
Toothpaste
Aquafresh Sensitive Toothpaste GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare
Colgate 2 in 1 Kids Strawberry Toothpaste and Mouthwash Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate 2in1 Kids Watermelon Toothpaste and Mouthwash Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc
Colgate 2in1 Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc
Colgate Cavity Protection Regular Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc
Colgate Cavity Protection Winterfresh Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Fluoride Toothpaste for Kids Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc
Colgate MaxClean Smartfoam Effervescent Mint Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate MaxClean Smartfoam Sparkling Spearmint Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Maxfresh Clean Mint Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate MaxFresh Cool Mint Liquid Gel Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate MaxFresh Cool Mint Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate MaxWhite Minty Sparkle Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Optic White Cool Mint Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Optic White Enamel White Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Optic White Sparkling Mint Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Optic White White and Radiant Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Optic White Whiten & Protect Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Sensitive Original Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Enamel Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Multiprotection Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Inc.
Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief Whitening Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Sensitive SmartFoam Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Sensitive Whitening Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc
Colgate Total Advanced Health Gum Defense Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Total Advanced Health Professional Clean Colgate Canada Inc.
Colgate Total Advanced Health Sensitive Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Total Advanced Health Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Total Advanced Health Toothpaste Whitening Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc.
Colgate Total Advanced Intense Fresh Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc
Colgate Total Fresh Stripe Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc
Colgate Total Toothpaste Clean Mint Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc
Colgate Total Whitening Toothpaste Colgate Palmolive Canada Inc
Crest Cavity Protection Toothpaste Procter & Gamble
Crest Clinical Sensitivity Relief Toothpaste Procter & Gamble
Crest Extra Whitening Toothpaste Procter & Gamble
Crest for Kids Toothpaste Procter & Gamble
Crest Pro-Health Clean Mint Toothpaste Procter & Gamble
Crest Pro-Health Sensitive and Enamel Shield Toothpaste Procter and Gamble Inc.
Crest Pro-Health Whitening Toothpaste Procter & Gamble Canada Inc.
Crest Tartar Fighting Toothpaste Procter & Gamble
Sensodyne Brilliant Whitening Toothpaste GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare
Sensodyne Cool Mint Gel Toothpaste GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare
Sensodyne Fresh Mint Toothpaste GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare
Sensodyne ProNamel for Children GlaxoSmithKline
Sensodyne ProNamel Fresh Wave Toothpaste GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Inc.
Sensodyne ProNamel Gentle Whitening GlaxoSmithkline
Sensodyne ProNamel Mint Essence Toothpaste GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare
Sensodyne Ultra Fresh Toothpaste GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare
Sensodyne Whitening Plus Tartar Fighting Toothpaste GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare

 

Dr. Annabel Braganza

www.braganza-periodontics.com

705-741-1885

How Stress Can Affect Your Oral Health

Stress can make people neglect their oral-health routines. They may not brush or floss as often as they should or miss dental appointments. People under stress sometimes make poor lifestyle choices – smoking, consuming too much alcohol and eating more sugary foods – which can lead to serious issues including oral cancer, gum disease or tooth decay.

Stress is a contributing factor to other serious oral-health conditions, including:

  • Bruxism, or teeth grinding. People under stress may clench or grind their teeth, especially during sleep. Over a long period of time, bruxism can wear down tooth surfaces. Teeth can also become painful or loose from severe grinding or prone to fractures.
  • Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) affects the jaws joints and groups of muscles that let us chew, swallow, speak and yawn. Symptoms include tender or sore jaw muscles, headaches and problems opening or closing your mouth. Bruxism is a major cause of TMD – clenching your jaw muscles can cause them to ache.
  • Periodontal (gum) disease. Research has shown that stress affects our immune systems, increasing our susceptibility to infections, including the bacteria that cause gum disease.
  • Xerostomia, or dry mouth, can also be caused by medications to treat stress. Saliva is vital to keep your mouth moist, wash away food and neutralize the acids that are produced by plaque. Left untreated, dry mouth can damage your teeth.
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Stress and Your Dental Health

It may be impossible to eliminate all stress from your life, but you can take simple steps to reduce its impact on your health.

  • Find relaxation techniques to help you cope with stress.
  • Brush at least twice a day and floss daily.
  • Schedule and keep regular appointments with your dentist. Ask your dentist about getting a custom-fitted nightguard to protect your teeth while you sleep.
  • Eat a balanced diet, with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Stay active. If you don’t have time to exercise, a 30-minute walk every day is a good start.
  • Get plenty of sleep.

Information as per the Ontario Dental Association

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Stress and Your Oral Health

Dr. Annabel Braganza – Peterborough Periodontist, Gum and Dental Implant Specialist

705-741-1885