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Is It Necessary To Replace Lost Or Pulled Teeth?

When a tooth becomes infected to the point where it causes pain and discomfort, having that tooth extracted will provide relief. Once this tooth has been removed, many patients believe that is the end of the story. However, not having an extracted tooth replaced can end up causing you problems down the line.

Missing teeth do more than just leave unattractive gaps in your smile. These empty spaces can allow dangerous oral conditions to prosper in your mouth, potentially costing you even more teeth. Having extracted teeth replaced is a necessity, not just a cosmetic solution to a flawed smile.

Why Have A Tooth Extracted Instead Of A Root Canal?

When a tooth has been damaged by decay that has reached the pulp of the tooth, it may be treatable with a root canal. For this procedure, Dr. Adam Chapnick will remove the infected pulp of your tooth before filling the now empty area of the tooth and securing the structure with a dental crown. With this procedure, the original tooth can be saved.

For some patients, using a root canal to treat the infected tooth isn’t feasible as the damage may have compromised the structure of the tooth. Because of this damage, it will be too weak to support a dental crown. In this case, the tooth will need to be extracted and then replaced with a suitable restoration.

Why Not Just Leave The Gap Empty?

There are many problems that you could end up facing down the line should you choose not to restore your missing teeth. An article published in the Annals of Ibadan Postgraduate Medicine stated that out of a group of 203 patients with missing teeth, many faced problems with their teeth drifting and becoming crooked or misaligned.

The same study showed that many patients with missing teeth were forced to change their diets for the worse, as their missing teeth made it harder to chew certain foods. Because it became harder for them to chew certain foods, they couldn’t fill certain dietary needs and were also forced to give up foods that they loved.

Some patients experience gum disease because of their missing teeth. Debris left behind by meals can get caught in the empty socket left behind by a missing tooth. If this debris isn’t removed every night, bacteria can be attracted to the socket that will cause an infection. Should gum disease spread around the mouth, teeth could be compromised and may require removal.

For many patients, it’s not simply a case of experiencing one problem due to their missing teeth. Instead, these patients often experienced multiple issues at the same time. A condition like teeth drifting or jaw misalignment could be why these patients have been forced to give up certain foods.

How Can I Restore A Missing Tooth?

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, there are a few options that can be used to restore function and beauty to the patient’s smile.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is exactly what it sounds like: a bridge made out of crowns. The middle crown is made to take the place of the missing tooth, and the adjacent crowns cover the bordering teeth providing support for the middle piece.

This treatment has historically been a popular solution for single missing teeth as the treatment can be provided quickly and affordably. Bridges are also made based on your original teeth, allowing doctors to provide replacement teeth that cannot be differentiated from the patient’s natural teeth.

The real flaw in this treatment is that in order for the support crowns to fit, the teeth they are meant to cover will need to be irreversibly altered. Enamel will need to be removed from these teeth, permanently changing the appearance of these teeth and making them more susceptible to decay.

Dentures

When thinking about replacement teeth, dentures are the first thing that typically comes to a patient’s mind. Dentures are tried and true. This treatment uses a series of crowns that has been encased in a gum-colored plastic material. Dentures are a versatile treatment that can be used to treat any number of missing teeth.

This treatment is popular as dentures can be provided quickly, affordably and they can be made to blend in with the patient’s remaining teeth. Better yet, dentures can last patients well up to 10 years before needing replacement.

Dentures do have one flaw that makes them unattractive to patients: they require a lot of secondary products to stay useful. You will need to soak your dentures every night in a cleaning solution to keep them free of bacteria, and you may also need to use a dental adhesive to keep them in place on your jaw.

Dental Implants

The final treatment we want to recommend to patients with missing teeth is dental implants. This treatment uses artificial tooth roots made from titanium to support dental crowns, bridges and even dentures.

The advantages to dental implants are many. Because these artificial roots fuse directly to your jawbone, they provide support that makes them feel just like natural teeth. This fusion to the jawbone also allows them to prevent your jawbone from deteriorating.

The only real disadvantage to dental implants is that most insurance providers will not fully cover the treatment. However, this is changing as the treatment continues to gain popularity.

Contact Chapnick Dental For The Restorative Care You Need

Regardless of what treatment you choose, it is important that you do not hesitate to have your missing teeth replaced. The issues that can arise due to missing teeth are not small, and they could end up causing more serious ailments moving forward.

If you currently have missing teeth that you’ve been neglecting to replace, we here at Chapnick Dental are ready to help. When you are ready, contact our office and schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. Adam Chapnick. Through the use of our state of the art treatments and facilities, we can keep your smile healthy and happy for years to come.

Less Sugar, More Benefit

Dr. Adam Chapnick is here blogging from Barrie, Ontario Canada today to explain the benefits of sugar- less gum and how dental implants can help improve a sugary gum chewer’s dental hygiene issues. Dentists tell us to keep away from sugar at all costs, which makes the invention of sugar- less gum very convenient. There are so many benefits of chewing sugar-less gum throughout the day, that we have decided to list and explain them for you. However, keep in mind that everything is better in moderation; chewing gum all of the time can lead to dental health issues so manage how often you do this.

Sugar-less gum

  • Increases saliva production
  • Exercises jaw and neck
  • Prevents clenching jaw and teeth (good idea for people with bruxism)
  • Can beat cravings of unhealthy foods
  • Reduces cavity risk
  • Washes away digestive acids from foods and drinks
  • Gives you better breath
  • Safe for oral tissues which can improve overall oral health
  • Increases mineralization in our mouths
  • Reduces tooth staining

The lack of sugar in sugar-less gum actually works in our favor in so many different ways. By chewing this gum, it gives our gums good exercise which can keep them healthier (in moderation). When we chew, we need to use all of our jaw strength; so by doing this we are giving ourselves good exercise and practice of our jaw and neck. When we chew this gum after consuming food, we increase our salivary flow; this helps neutralize the bad acids and wash them away. This will reduce the amount of cavities we will get due to the constant extraction of loose particles and bacteria in the mouth. The remineralization of teeth helps to strengthen the enamel in order to protect our teeth from the nasty acids, bacteria and the harmful infections they can cause. Strong teeth are healthy teeth and sugar- less gum aides in that process significantly. By doing all of these things, sugar- less gum generally improves our oral health and reduces bad infections, tooth decay and tooth loss over time. People with bruxism should definitely consider chewing sugar- less gum in order to help with jaw and teeth clenching; this will help keep their mouths busy during the day so they will be less likely to stress and tighten their jawbones. One of the best things about this gum is that because it works so hard to increase saliva production, it actually helps our breath to become fresher.

If you have chewed sugary gum for years, your teeth are suffering as result. Our suggestion is to immediately go buy some sugar- less gum in order to work to restore whatever damage you have done. If you have tried this and there is no hope for your missing or loose teeth, you should consider dental implants. Dental implants can help to replace unhealthy, dead, or even missing teeth to complete your smile again.

Call us Today to Schedule a Consultation in Barrie, Ontario Canada.

If you can’t kick your sugary habit and your teeth are too rotten to switch to sugar- less gum, come see us to get dental implants today. Let us give you a beautiful and complete smile you will be able to chew the good kind of gum with! Call us at 705-881-1696

Of Mouth and Body

Dr. Adam Chapnick is here blogging today from Barrie, Ontario Canda to explain how bad oral hygiene has detrimental effects on not just the mouth, but the body as well. He also explains how dental implants can be a great solution for people with missing or unhealthy teeth to help restore their overall health. Did you know that taking proper care of your teeth and gums can lead to a longer and healthier life? Just as the eyes are the window to the soul, the mouth is the window to our physical bodies. By eating and drinking unhealthy substances and neglecting to clean them out afterward, we are introducing deadly toxins and chemicals to the entire body that can leave us with horrible and life- threatening diseases. When we treat all parts of the body with the respect that they deserve, they will reward us with long- lasting health.

Chemically Unstable

When we allow bacteria to buildup in our mouths, we are inviting infection and decay. As a natural reaction, our immune system would then kick in and try to fight off the infection; however, this can cause our gums to be extremely stimulated and inflamed. Our immune system does not know any better unfortunately, but this inflammation is very painful and can easily lead to worse conditions and infections. The toxic chemicals that are released by the constant inflammation of the mouth will wreak havoc on our oral cavities; they will eat all of the bone and gum tissue away over a short period of time. This condition is called periodontitis, otherwise known as gum disease. Keep in mind this contamination is not meant to occur and can be avoided with proper brushing and flossing of the teeth on a regular basis.

Sugar In-Take

As if these reasons were not bad enough, neglect of the teeth and gums can even lead to diabetes by ruining the body’s capability of utilizing its insulin. Diabetes is known as a group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood, or high blood glucose. When the body cannot maintain the control of blood sugar, the rate at which we get infections dramatically increases; this includes gum disease. Considering the already building bacterial infection that has started in the mouth, gum disease would not be good to add onto this.

Hurting Your Heart

Up to 91% of patients with heart disease have periodonitis. The inflammation of the mouth can directly affect the blood vessels which causes inflammation and clotting. Chances are that whatever we are ruining the oral cavity with, whether it is unhealthy food or drinks, it will most likely not be great for our heart either. When the blood vessels are convulsed, it makes it more difficult for us to get blood from our heart to the rest of the body, and vice- versa; this will cause high blood pressure and lead to heart attacks.

Brittle Bones

When periodonitis is developed, our bone tissue deteriorates and rots our teeth; this is similar to the condition of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is the loss of bone in the arms and legs, which can get much worse with age. Although there is no direct connection between the two, there was a study done that found women with osteoporosis to have gum disease more often than those who do not.

Clearly, our oral hygiene has many different effects on various parts of the body. The best thing to do to avoid these horrible conditions is to take proper care of the teeth and gums on a daily basis. If you are way past this stage where you have started to lose a tooth or teeth or your gums are receding, you need to consider dental implants. We can replace those unhealthy or dying teeth with a simple procedure that can restore overall health.

Call us Today to Schedule in Barrie, Ontario Canada

If you have given up on your dental hygiene and it has led to further and more serious body complications or diseases, call us to get set up with dental implants today. The first step to good overall physical and mental health, is dental health. Let us help you restore your ability to live a long and happy life again with a beautiful smile. Call us at 705-881-1696