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What is Dentistry?

The American Dental Association definition states that dentistry is defined as the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment (nonsurgical, surgical or related procedures) of diseases, disorders and/or conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and/or the adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the human body; provided by a dentist, within the scope of his/her education, training and experience, in accordance with the ethics of the profession and applicable law.

A simpler definition of dentistry states that it is the profession or science dealing with the prevention and treatment of diseases and malformations of the teeth, gums, and oral cavity. It involves the removal, correction, and and replacement of decayed, damaged or lost parts, including such operations as the filling and crowning of teeth, the straightening of teeth, and the fabrication of artificial dentures.

Even though dentistry as a discipline has progressed enormously in the last hundred years the core principles have stayed the same. Getting patients out of pain, restoring them back to function so that they are able to chew a wide variety of foods, and improving the patient’s cosmetic appearance are still the basis for any dental practice. Our website was set up as an educational tool for the public with simple, easy to understand information about dental related topics.  Dental lingo can be confusing, we try to make it simple.  We explain and simplify common conditions and procedures performed in dentistry to enable anyone to make an informed decision related to their treatment.

Dental Implant Overview

A dental implant is a small but strong fixture that replaces the root of a tooth.  After it is inserted into the jaw bone the implant acts as support for an artificial tooth, bridge, or a denture. Implants are fabricated out of either titanium or zirconium. Titanium fixtures are made out of an alloy that is surface coated with hydroxyapetite or bone like material. Zirconium on the other hand are made out of a very strong ceramic material that is compatible with living tissue. The size and length of an implant which will be placed vary upon the placement location and the amount of bone that is present in the recipient site. Implants are placed within the jawbone with great precision to allow for full integration and ideal restoration. Unlike natural teeth, which are held in place by periodontal ligament fibers,  implants have a  highly biocompatible surface that enables bone to completely fill in around the implant and provide long-term stability. When fully integrated with surrounding bone, the implants become part of the jaw bone and are able to withstand standard biting forces. The titanium or ceramic implant provides support for the final restoration, which can be a dental crown, bridge or denture. After the implant is restored it is not possible to distinguish between an implant supported and tooth supported restoration. Thanks to advances made in dental ceramic restorations, implant crowns look like natural teeth.  Even though both metal and ceramic systems are popular, in the future I see dentists transitioning to zirconia implants because there is less chance for post-operative complications. One of the complications observed with titanium alloy, although not very common,  is a hypersensitivity or allergic reaction. At this point there are no known allergies to zirconia.

Metal-free implants
Ceramic dental Implants
Metal-free Dental Implants

Dental implants are revolutionary and have become a standard of care in dentistry. They offer options for patients that were not possible a few decades ago. With a higher incidence of metal sensitivity among the general population, and some patients choosing not to permanently insert a metal fixture in their body, ceramic implants provide a great alternative. Learn More

Cost of implants
Cost of Dental Implants
Cost of Dental Implant

As with any minor surgical procedure, elective or not, the total cost should be carefully considered. Initially, the cost of placing and restoring a dental implant or implants can be substantially higher than conventional treatment options. Dental implants are more cost effective when we compare costs over a lifetime because they usually will last considerably longer as compared to other dental restorations. A dental bridge is usually replaced every 15-20 years due to failure. Some of the more common reasons for dental bridge failure include a recurrent cavity, poor bone support of teeth and esthetically unpleasing appearance. A denture is usually replaced every 7-10 years. Some of the more common reasons include ill-fitting dentures due to bone changes, broken or worn dentures and unaesthetic appearance. Therefore, when we consider the costs of these options over a lifetime, dental implants can be the most cost effective option. Learn More

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How to improve denture stability

Anyone who has ever had to wear a denture understands how frustrating it is when the denture will not stay in place. Whether its poor tissue support or poorly fitting dentures, the transition from natural teeth to a removable set of teeth can be traumatic. The transition can take a long time and it is dependant upon the patients willingness to accept this change.

Due to increased popularity and more focus being placed on cosmetics in recent years, expectations for improved appearance and function can be high. Cosmetic dentistry plays a big part in proper restoration of patient's smile, patient acceptance of the prosthesis, and ultimately satisfaction. Learn More

Why Choose Implants

What are the benefits over conventional treatment options.

Single Missing Tooth

Advantages in replacing a single tooth.

Multiple Missing Teeth

Advantages in replacing multiple missing teeth.

Procedure: From Start to Finish

Learn about the course of treatment. From tooth extraction to placement surgery and crown, bridge or implant supported denture.

Comparison Between a Dental Bridge and an Implant

Examination of both restorative options for replcing missing teeth.

Zirconia Option

An alternative to titanium alloy, a great metal-free fixture.

Immediate Dental Implants

Placed on the day of tooth extraction. What are the advantages and disadvantages.

Immediate Loading Dental Implants

Placed and restored in the same day with a temporary crown or a denture.

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FAQ About Implants

Most frequently asked questions. If you have more specific questions please visit our forum.

Common Dental Resorative Procedures

Gingivitis and Periodontitis (Gum Disease)

Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies are very common. Knowing how to deal with an emergency can be the difference between keeping a tooth or losing it. Learn how to deal with the most common emergencies.