Posts for: October, 2015

By Newmarket Dentistry
October 29, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Migrane Prevention  

As regular sufferers can attest, migraines can be incredibly debilitating; drastically affecting quality of life, and often leading to anxiety and depression for many people. While some of the most common causes of migraines have been well documented, like hormonal imbalances and stress, the connection between migraines and oral health may not be as well known.

Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok, a dentist in Newmarket, Ontario, offers treatment for migraine sufferers who may have had little success with migraine treatment in the past, by examining how factors like the shape of the bite, mercury dental fillings, hormones, lifestyle, and former orthodontics may be at the root of their migraine attacks.

What is the Connection Between Dentistry and Chronic Migraines?

Orthodontic problems like a deep overbite (collapsed dental bite) can lead to compression of the spine at the base of the skull. Patients with malocclusions (misalignment of the teeth when the jaw closes) can be more predisposed to tension that can factor into the Migranesdevelopment of chronic migraines.

There has been some debate over the years over the health effects of long term mercury dental fillings. While dental fillings are safe, and overabundance of mercury and pollutants in the system through dietary and environmental toxins can contribute to health problems, including migraine.

How are Dental Related Migraines Diagnosed?

Newmarket Dentistry in Ontario offers comprehensive oral examinations to determine the extent of any dental problems, with a range of modern diagnostic services including:

  • visual exam
  • charting
  • periodontal probing
  • panoramic x-ray of anterior (front) and posterior (back) teeth
  • bite-wing x-ray series of posterior teeth

Can Migraines be Prevented?

The causes of migraines can be complex, and vary from person to person. In many cases, there can be several factors that contribute to the onset of chronic migraines, the most common being:

Hormones (specifically estrogen imbalances in women)

Diet - Processed and salty foods, alcohol and caffeine, food additives like aspartame and monosodium glutamate


Certain medications - oral contraceptives, nitroglycerin

Migraine Prevention

  • Know your triggers and avoid them
  • Maintain a healthy weight and practice regular aerobic exercise like walking or swimming
  • Try to maintain a health hormone balance

Are you looking from lasting relief from chronic migraine pain? To learn more about how your teeth might be contributing to your migraines, contact Newmarket Dentistry in Ontario at 905-830-1010 to schedule a consultation today.

By Newmarket Dentistry
October 22, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Imagine not having your upper teeth for talking and eating, not to mention your appearance, and you’ll have some idea of what Beauty the bald eagle experienced after losing the top of her beak to a hunter’s bullet in northern Idaho. She couldn’t groom or feed herself and could barely drink water, relying instead on the conservation group that had taken her under their wing for assistance. But the magnificent raptor was eventually made whole and able once again to eat, drink and preen unaided. It took a visionary mechanical engineer and a very skillful dentist who designed and attached the first-of-its-kind bald eagle “dental” prosthetic — dubbed the “bionic beak.”

Prosthetic Teeth for Humans

Fortunately, the field of human prosthetic dentistry (or prosthodontics) is much more advanced than it is for our avian friends. We have several options for replacing missing teeth (as well as parts of missing teeth) that restore aesthetic appearance and functionality while potentially preventing other problems such as the drifting out of alignment or loss of remaining teeth.

Bridges. As the name suggests, these custom-made devices span the area that is missing a tooth/teeth. Fixed (not removable) bridges are made up of an artificial tooth/teeth fused between two crowns that fit over your existing teeth or dental implants (see below) on either side of the gap. There are removable bridges, but they are considered temporary fixes.

Dentures. These are custom-made removable replacements for missing teeth. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to fixed bridges and are used when some teeth are missing in an upper or lower arch (jaw). Full dentures are used when all teeth are missing in an arch. Replacement teeth are embedded in an acrylic base that fits over your gums and mimics their color.

Dental Implants. These are the closest thing to having your own tooth/teeth back. An implant is a small titanium post that is placed in the jawbone beneath the gum to serve the same purpose as a tooth root. Once the bone joins to the implant (a process called osseo-integration), a lifelike crown is attached to it.

We would be glad to discuss which option would be right for you.

If you have questions about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery,” and “Crowns & Bridgework.” Beauty the eagle’s story of rehabilitation can be found here:

By Newmarket Dentistry
October 07, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.

He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”

Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.

There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.

The Science Behind the Magic

There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.

The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.

How’s that for a disappearing act?!

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”



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