Posts for: June, 2016

By Newmarket Dentistry
June 20, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: mouth sores  

If you notice a small sore or a change in the appearance of the tissues inside your mouth, don’t panic. It’s likely a common, minor ailment that appears on a lot of skin surfaces (like the wrists or legs) besides the cheeks, gums, or tongue.

These small sores or lesions are called lichen planus, named so because their coloration and patterns (white, lacy lines) look a lot like lichen that grow on trees or rocks. They’re only similar in appearance to the algae or fungi growing in the forest — these are lesions thought to be a form of auto-immune disease. Although they can affect anyone, they’re more common in women than men and with middle-aged or older people.

Most people aren’t even aware they have the condition, although some can produce itching or mild discomfort. They’re often discovered during dental checkups, and although they’re usually benign, we’ll often consider a biopsy of them to make sure the lesion isn’t a symptom of something more serious.

There currently isn’t a cure for the condition, but it can be managed to reduce symptoms; for most people, the lesions will go away on their own. You may need to avoid spicy or acidic foods like citrus, tomatoes, hot peppers or caffeinated drinks that tend to worsen the symptoms. If chronic stress is a problem, finding ways to reduce it can also help alleviate symptoms as well as quitting tobacco and reducing your alcohol intake.

Our biggest concern is to first assure the lesion isn’t cancerous. Even after confirming it’s not, we still want to keep a close eye on the lesion, so regular monitoring is a good precaution. Just keep up with the basics — good oral hygiene and regular checkups — to ensure you have the most optimum oral health possible.

If you would like more information on lichen planus lesions, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Lichen Planus: Mouth Lesions that are Usually Benign.”

By Newmarket Dentistry
June 14, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: mouthguards  

Keeping your teeth healthy plays a key role in keeping your body healthy as well. However, athletes must take special care to protect mouth guardtheir teeth from injury, especially in sports like football and hockey. Luckily, protecting your teeth is easier than ever with help from your Newmarket, ON dentist at Newmarket Dentistry.

How do mouthguards work? 
Mouthguards protect the teeth from harm and prevent a tooth or mouth injury during contact sports, nighttime teeth grinding, and even non-contact sports. Mouthguards greatly decrease the chance of injury to the teeth and act as a kind of shock absorber for trauma. In addition to protecting the teeth, mouthguards also protect the oral tissues, such as the gums, tongue, and inner cheeks. Missing or damaged teeth can affect self-esteem, making social situations awkward or embarrassing. Additionally, damaged teeth are an open door for the development of more complex dental issues.

Mouthguards in Newmarket, ON

  • Off-the-Shelf: This type of mouthguard is available at most drug and sporting goods stores and is simply a one-size-fits-all guard. Though these guards protect the teeth from injury, they are not as effective as other kinds of mouthguards available.
  • Boil and Bite: Boil and bite mouthguards are easily found at most sporting goods stores. This type of guard comes out of the package hard and rigid. To make it moldable, you boil the guard, which softens it and allows you to mold it around your teeth or bite into the soft and malleable materials to create a more customized mouthguard.
  • Custom-Made: The best mouthguard is customized at a dental laboratory based on a mold of your mouth taken at your dentist’s office. Since everyone is different, this type of guard’s design takes into consideration your lifestyle and sport. A custom-made mouthguard is your best protection against a tooth and mouth injury.

A custom-made mouthguard from your dentist is created exactly for your mouth, ensuring a perfect fit. This means the guard does not move around or shift during practices or games effectively protecting your teeth. For more information on mouthguards, please contact Dr. Richard Lee-Shanok at Newmarket Dentistry in Newmarket, ON. Call (905) 830-1010 to schedule your consultation for a custom-made mouthguard today!

By Newmarket Dentistry
June 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

In real life he was a hard-charging basketball player through high school and college. In TV and the movies, he has gone head-to-head with serial killers, assorted bad guys… even mysterious paranormal forces. So would you believe that David Duchovny, who played Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files and starred in countless other large and small-screen productions, lost his front teeth… in an elevator accident?

“I was running for the elevator at my high school when the door shut on my arm,” he explained. “The next thing I knew, I was waking up in the hospital. I had fainted, fallen on my face, and knocked out my two front teeth.” Looking at Duchovny now, you’d never know his front teeth weren’t natural. But that’s not “movie magic” — it’s the art and science of modern dentistry.

How do dentists go about replacing lost teeth with natural-looking prosthetics? Today, there are two widely used tooth replacement procedures: dental implants and bridgework. When a natural tooth can’t be saved — due to advanced decay, periodontal disease, or an accident like Duchovny’s — these methods offer good looking, fully functional replacements. So what’s the difference between the two? Essentially, it’s a matter of how the replacement teeth are supported.

With state-of-the-art dental implants, support for the replacement tooth (or teeth) comes from small titanium inserts, which are implanted directly into the bone of the jaw. In time these become fused with the bone itself, providing a solid anchorage. What’s more, they actually help prevent the bone loss that naturally occurs after tooth loss. The crowns — lifelike replacements for the visible part of the tooth — are securely attached to the implants via special connectors called abutments.

In traditional bridgework, the existing natural teeth on either side of a gap are used to support the replacement crowns that “bridge” the gap. Here’s how it works: A one-piece unit is custom-fabricated, consisting of prosthetic crowns to replace missing teeth, plus caps to cover the adjacent (abutment) teeth on each side. Those abutment teeth must be shaped so the caps can fit over them; this is done by carefully removing some of the outer tooth material. Then the whole bridge unit is securely cemented in place.

While both systems have been used successfully for decades, bridgework is now being gradually supplanted by implants. That’s because dental implants don’t have any negative impact on nearby healthy teeth, while bridgework requires that abutment teeth be shaped for crowns, and puts additional stresses on them. Dental implants also generally last far longer than bridges — the rest of your life, if given proper care. However, they are initially more expensive (though they may prove more economical in the long run), and not everyone is a candidate for the minor surgery they require.

Which method is best for you? Don’t try using paranormal powers to find out: Come in and talk to us. If you would like more information about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework,” and “Dental Implants.”



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