Your smile is one of the first things others see when they meet you. Your teeth were designed to work together to help you eat, drink, speak and smile, so if you are missing one or more teeth, these activities become much more difficult. And it’s not just the teeth in the front that are important – a missing back tooth can also cause your other teeth to shift, potentially causing more serious dental problems developing down the road.
At St. Jacobs Dental Care, our team of experts is highly experienced at helping patients find the best treatment option to replace their missing teeth.
There are three main treatment options that we recommend to our patients with missing teeth:
This is an extremely popular tooth replacement option because it offers a very similar look, feel, and function of natural teeth. To get dental implants, your St. Jacob’s dentist will surgically implant a post into your jawbone to create a stable foundation for your replacement tooth, and make sure it is just as durable as your natural teeth. Think of this post like the roots to your tooth. Once that post (or root) is in place, a dental crown that looks like a natural tooth is placed on top. A dental crown is a hollow, artificial tooth that fits on top of a natural tooth or dental implant. At this point, the dental implant and crown look and feel like you were born with them. They blend right in with your smile, giving you back the confidence that comes with a bright, full set of teeth.
A bridge is a tooth replacement option that fills in the gap left by one or more missing teeth. It is often also referred to as a fixed bridge or fixed dental prosthesis. A bridge is typically composed of an artificial tooth that is fused between two crowns. Since the bridge is attached to the natural teeth or dental implants that are in place on either side of the gap, they are held firmly in place to allow your teeth to function as normal.
Partial dentures are the fastest and least expensive option for tooth replacement, but they’re also the shortest-term solution. They usually consist of replacement teeth attached to a plastic base that is pink or gum-coloured to blend in with the natural appearance of your mouth. They are custom made to fit your unique anatomy. Some partial dentures have a metal frame and clasps that connect to your teeth, but there are also other connectors that are made to look more natural, like precision attachments.
There are pros and cons to each of these tooth replacement options. If you are missing teeth and are ready to have them replaced, call our team at St. Jacobs Dental Care today. We’ll be happy to work with you to assess all of your options and build the best treatment plan for you and your unique situation.
Dental hygiene is just as important, if not more, as physical hygiene. However, unfortunately, it’s pretty widely neglected owing to a lack of awareness and a generally busy lifestyle.
Do you remember when you last flossed? In fact, many people don’t even know how to floss or even why it’s so important for dental hygiene. Keep reading to find out more about Flossing Properly!
Throughout the day, whenever you eat, tiny food particles get stuck in the gaps between your teeth. These food particles are used as a source of energy by the bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria convert these foods into acids and other products that accumulate in the form of yellowish plaques on your teeth.
When this bacterial growth crosses a certain limit, a cavity appears in your teeth, which can eventually erode or eat away your teeth. Therefore, it’s important to floss so that you can get rid of the tiny food particles between your teeth that cannot be removed by a normal brush.
Flossing your teeth doesn’t just involve moving the flossing string back and forth with no proper direction. If done improperly, it can lead to gum irritation. Therefore, it’s important that you know how to properly floss your teeth. The instructions below will guide you.
If you don’t already, follow the steps above and start flossing today! Remember to book your dental cleaning with St. Jacobs Dental Care. Our hygienist will review the proper flossing techniques with you during your dental appointment. St. Jacobs Dental Care office is located in St. Jacobs, and welcomes new patients.
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The word periodontal means “around the tooth”. Periodontal disease attaches the gums and the bone that support the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria and saliva. If plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). When plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone. Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen and bleeding gums.
Not only is the number one reason for tooth loss, research suggests that there may be a link between periodontal disease and other diseases such as, stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy. Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.
Good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits with St. Jacobs Dental Care can help reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.
• Bleeding gums – gums should never bleed, even when you brush hard or use dental floss.
• Loose teeth – also caused by bone loss or weakened periodontal fibers
• New spacing between teeth – caused by bone loss
• Bad breath – caused by bacteria in the mouth
• Receding gums – loss of gum around a tooth
• Red and puffy gums – gums should never be red of swollen
• Discomfort – plaque, calculus, and bacteria irritate the gums and teeth
Diagnosis of Periodontal Disease with St. Jacobs Dentist
Diagnosis of periodontal disease is during a periodontal examination. This type of exam is always part of your regular dental check-up. A periodontal probe (small dental instrument) is gently used to measure the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and the gums. The depth of a healthy sulcus measures three millimeters or less and does not bleed. The periodontal probe helps indicate if pockets are deeper than three millimeters. As periodontal disease progresses, the pocket usually get deeper. We use pocket depths, amount of bleeding, inflammation, and tooth mobility to make a diagnosis between gingivitis and periodontitis.
Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. We will evaluate for periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment.
If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis, and no damage has been done, one to two regular dental cleanings will be recommended. You will also be given instruction on improving your daily oral hygiene habits.
If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planning (deep cleaning) will be recommended.
If pockets do not heal after scaling and root planning, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean. We may also recommend seeing a dental specialist – periodontist.
It only takes twenty-four hours for plaque that is not removed from your teeth to turn into calculus. Daily home cleaning helps control plaque and tartar formation. Once your periodontal treatment has been completed, you should maintain regular recalls. At these hygiene appointments, the pocket depths will be carefully checked to ensure that they are healthy.
In addition to your periodontal cleaning, your appointment will usually include:
• Examination of digital x-rays
• Examination of existing restorations
• Examination of teeth decay
• Oral cancer screening
• Oral hygiene recommendations
• Teeth polishing
Good oral hygiene and periodontal cleanings are essential in maintaining dental health and keeping periodontal disease under control.
St. Jacobs Dental Care is always growing and accepting new patients. Whether you are new to the area or looking for a change, give us a call to schedule your dental appointment.
St. Jacobs Dental Care services the following areas:
You may think skipping your dental appointment is not a big deal, but deteriorating oral health can greatly affect the quality of your life. Seeing your St. Jacob’s dentist and a dental hygienist at St. Jacobs Dental Care can help you save money.
Detecting small problems, before they become major issues is the way to go. If you let things get too far, you might be at a risk of losing teeth and that can affect the way you eat, speak & even change the shape of your face.
Also, there is no need to talk about how embarrassing the bad breath is. Whether in professional or personal life, having healthy teeth and gums can have a major impact on your self-confidence.
At St. Jacobs Dental Care, Dr. Mira Nusaputra or Dr. Anu Seoni recommends that you visit the office for regular checkup and cleaning every six months. Sometimes, depending on your oral health condition, we might even recommend a more frequent dental visit.
Through examination and doing x-ray, your dentist in St. Jacob’s can detect if there are any visible cavities or hidden cavities between any two teeth so that he can do fillings for them before they turn worse.
St. Jacobs Dental Care can also detect the presence of plaque, calculus and inflammation; Calculus and inflamed gums lead to bad breath, bleeding during brushing and loosening of teeth by time. Scaling and polishing your teeth in the dental clinic every 6 months will remove calculus, decrease inflammation and make your teeth shine brightly.
Grinding your teeth during sleep, eating hard sweets or biting your nails can remove the outer hard layer of your teeth leading to sensitivity and making your teeth more capable of fracture. Also, smoking and chewing tobacco will make you at a higher risk of having oral cancer. Your dentist will help you a lot to get rid of these bad habits.
As early detection of any abnormalities can be lifesaving in many cases.
After your dental check-up with St. Jacobs Dental Care, you should maintain healthy mouth habits including:
1. Brush your teeth twice daily using a soft bristle toothbrush.
2. Floss at least once per day.
3. Eat a well-balanced diet especially nuts, cheese, vegetables and non-acidic food.
4. Limit food and drinks that contain sugar or carbohydrates.
If you have been putting off a visit to the dentist, give St. Jacobs Dental Care a call today. We are a family dental practice serving the following areas:
St. Jacobs, Elmira, Northern Waterloo, Woolwich Township, Conestogo, Hawkesville, West Montrose, and Heidelberg.
Regular dental check ups can go a long way to ensure a lifetime of healthy smile.
Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. Many of us not realize that we have bad breath, but everyone has it from time to time, especially in the morning. There are various reasons one may have bad breath, but in healthy people, the major reason is due to microbial deposits on the tongue, especially the back of the tongue. Some studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue reduced bad breath by as much as 70 percent.
If it’s been awhile since your last dental appointment, give St. Jacobs Dental Care a call today. We would love to look after your smile.