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Implants have been used for many years in dental treatment for the replacement of missing teeth. The benefits are enormous and many a mouth has been restored back to good health.

From  time implants were first introduced into the world of dentistry, vast improvements have taken place. Implant dentistry is a very sophisticated treatment option.

The basic principle is that the implant makes a solid attachment to the bone providing a foundation for many restorative options.  It is  not quite  as simple as just drilling a hole in the bone and screwing in the implant. Much skill is demanded.

There has also been a major advance in the radiographic examination of the underlying bone through  3D visualisation. This is done with a CBCT scan. This x-ray allows for a careful examination of the underlying bone and detailed planning  can take place prior to undertaking the surgical procedures.

Due to many reasons permanent are lost . This is where implants offer another chance but there is no fourth change.

Prevention is always better than cure.

We hear this question quite often, especially from busy patients who don’t want to spend any more time in a dentist’s chair than they have to.

While many of our patients do take very good care of their teeth, everyone can benefit from professional teeth cleaning from a dentist or dental hygienist.

Brushing and flossing can remove the plaque and cavity-causing bacteria that build up on your teeth, but it cannot always remove all of plaque. In time, plaque can harden into tartar that brushing and flossing cannot remove.

Crusty deposits of tartar make it difficult to remove plaque and bacteria.

Plaque and tarter can also destroy the hard enamel the layer of teeth, which can, in turn, lead to tooth sensitivity and cavities.

Tartar and bacteria below the gum line can cause serious gum disease and even tooth loss. Tartar, bacteria, plaque, gum disease and tooth decay can also give you bad breath.

Gum disease can even increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

While brushing and flossing is important, they cannot remove plaque and tartar as well as professional teeth cleaning.

During a professional cleaning, your our hygienist, Nicole will use tools unavailable to you, such as a scaler, to remove plaque and tartar before they cause problems. She will also use special techniques to clean in between your teeth and those hard-to-reach spots at the back of your mouth.

Professional dental cleanings also make your teeth look and feel their best. During professional teeth cleaning, our hygienist cleans your teeth with a high-powered electric brush and special gritty toothpaste, which removes tartar and polishes your pearly whites. Professional teeth cleanings also freshen your breath and brighten your smile.

Finally, Nicolle, our wonderful and gentle hygienist can detect hidden dental problems during your teeth cleaning. Early detection and treatment of common dental issues typically lead to better outcomes.

You need professional teeth cleaning for a variety of reasons, from improving your oral health to giving you a great smile.
 

Sleep, when the body and mind are at rest, is a time to rejuvenate the body and organise the mind. In normal sleep, body temperature decreases, breathing rate slows and blood pressure decreases, before returning to a normal state upon waking.

Breathing needs to be constant and steady to allow proper oxygenation of the body.

When this breathing is interrupted, changes take place in the body. This interruption of breathing is called apnoea. During apnoea, there is no movement of the muscles of inhalation. Depending how blocked the airways are, there may not be a flow of air between the lungs and environment.

With obstructive sleep apnoea, a person stops breathing for a least 10 seconds but the body attempts to breathe. A person may wake up with a startle or jerking or increased tossing.

If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnoea can cause

  • Image Credit: Dental Sleep Medicine Basics (Mark Collins, DDS)

    Impotence

  • Memory loss
  • Lung hypertension
  • Stroke
  • Headache
  • Heart attacks
  • Arrhythmia
  • Diabetes
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity

How Dentists Can Help With the Treatment of Sleep Apnoea

Snoring is a sign of sleep apnoea and should be taken seriously. There is a need for dentists to treat sleep apnoea by helping to diagnose the problem and to refer a patient to sleep physician. Dentists have the chance to save lives or improve patients’ quality-of-life.

An intraoral appliance is a well-recognised form of treatment. This is provided by the dentist on prescription by the sleep physician.

If you snore, perhaps you should consult us for guidance to treat the problem. Please contact our practice for a convenient appointment: 011 483 2281.

The CEO of leading manufacturer of dental implants in South Africa recently returned from a trip to the United States where he spent time visiting the foremost dental practices involved in the placement of dental implants. It is a worldwide phenomenon that 30% of implants placed are botched. Unfortunately there is a similar trend here in South Africa.

Why? The problems include poor planning, the wrong choice of implant system; incorrect placement – the list goes on and on.
Many implants then need to be redone, if at all possible , at great expense and discomfort.
Why not get your implants done right the first time?

The good news is that I now have an in-house periodontist with whom I shall be working closely in the planning and placement of implants. Dr Rakesh Chandran is a highly talented periodontist with much experience in implant placement. He will begin working with me from the beginning June. Please come and meet him.

There is a great advantage to you my patient in working with an in-house periodontist for a host of reasons…
Many times, implant treatment requires multidisciplinary planning and having a periodontist on hand has enormous benefit. The ease of communication between us is like one hand washing the other. All implant dentistry should be prosthodontically driven and good planning is fundamental for long-term success.

There is close cooperation between myself and Dr Chandran both during and after implant placement. The entire implant procedure is carefully controlled and this minimises any clinical error.

Our relationship will add greatly to your long-term dental health
Enjoy the benefits of first world dentistry right here in Johannesburg and at an affordable price.

We look forward to meeting with you soon.

Implants are the new buzzword. Everybody is talking about implants these days.

There is more to implants than just filling gaps. Implants provide a solid foundation for a host of restorative options. Dentures are a thing of the past.

Implant dentistry is a process that needs to be done over time. There are many techniques and so much depends on the clinical situation. Every case is different.

Implant treatment needs to be well planned and done properly in order to ensure success… Would you build a house without an architect and without well-planned foundations? Just like any building construction, implants have to be planned.

Implants will last a long time and, although expensive at the beginning, they are a cost effective

long – term solution.

We look forward to empowering you in making the right decisions for your dental implant dentistry.

Please call us

What’s important you right now when you think about your teeth?

How important is it for you to maintain the current health of your the teeth?

Many patients are happy with the teeth and want them “just as they are”- not realising that there could be something brewing that might hit the nerve and cause severe pain.

A dental emergency is awful to have and many times inconvenient… Perhaps even on the long weekend, overseas or on that once in life time cruise.

Many potential problems are easily detected early on with regular dental recall appointments.

Is your appointment not long overdue?

Be comfortable and dental pain free! Smile with confidence and chew with ease.

We offer the finest dentistry- made affordable

By: Dr Gerald Kaplan

Teeth are designed to last a lifetime with proper care both at home and professionally in the dental office. This home care really begins with the baby teeth. It requires diligence on the part of the parent to maintain effective plaque control with good and regular toothbrushing. Many times the child is reluctant to brush but the way around it is” monkey see, monkey do”. The parent needs to be a good role model. Baby teeth are very  important in the growth and development of the child into a young person. They maintain the space needed for the eruption of the permanent teeth into the dental arch.

Without effective plaque control and regular fluoride treatment, the baby teeth are susceptible to dental decay. When baby teeth are decayed they need to be restored but the handling of the young patient  often presents great difficulty and may require general anaesthesia. Why not avoid the problem in the first place?

Adult teeth are lost through two main causes a) dental decay and b) periodontal disease. Both conditions are preventable with effective plaque  control which involves regular tooth brushing, flossing  and professional care. Tooth loss is preventable and totally unnecessary unless of course there is injury due to an unfortunate accident.

So why are so many patients going for implant dentistry these days? It is to replace missing teeth or teeth that have become unrestorable for a host of reasons and need to be extracted.

A decayed tooth needs to be restored to its original shape and form with the appropriate restorative material. The operative word is “restore” and not ” fill“. A good restoration with the appropriately chosen restorative material should last many years. The problem is many times iatrogenic ( dentist caused) . That means that the tooth with a very small cavity has not been treated properly the first time and then begins a cascade spiraling downwards with the tooth having to be worked on many times.

Each time the tooth is worked on more and  more tooth structure loss is caused resulting in a larger and larger restoration to the point with a root canal system becomes compromised. Then follows the root treatment which only has a 75% success rate. But then an abscess develops or the tooth may fractured resulting in loss and then an implant replacement. Why go through all this trouble and expense when the problem is preventable in the first place.

That sounds ridiculous!?

Yes – adults can also have orthodontics!

Yes – many times adults need orthodontics!~

Strange but true.

How many adults have you seen walking around with braces on the teeth?

But why?

Everybody wants a beautiful smile with sound healthy teeth to last a lifetime.

The surprise comes when being told that orthodontics is part of the total treatment plan…

  • With time teeth may have drifted and shifted into the incorrect position making the implant placement impossible without correcting the bite.
  • You may be experiencing pain in the joints of the jaw.
  • You may need orthognathic surgery to correct a jaw relationship.
  • You may be grinding your teeth excessively causing wear and tear
  • You just want a beautiful smile and orthodontics was not affordable when you were younger.

The finest dentistry begins with a comprehensive examination and treatment plan. You may need orthodontics.

Give us a call. You will be happy that you did.

 

 

Every dentist in Norwood (including specialists) must decide when it is appropriate to treat each patient, and when to refer them to prosthodontist in Norwood. This decision should be based on an honest appraisal of skill levels and patient condition.

Putting the best interests of the patient first remains integral to the making the decision of when to refer, and how to effectively manage therapy provided by one or more medical practitioners to ensure an optimal result for the patient.

Many general dentists in Norwood refer patients to Prosthodontists in Norwood when they are having difficulties in solving dental problems. A difficult dental problem is one caused by having teeth that are broken, decayed, infected, missing or shifted.

Specific Conditions For Which A Patient Would See A Prosthodontist in Norwood Rather Than A Dentist In Norwood

Common problems that dentists in Norwood refer to a prosthodontist in Norwood, to treat include, severely worn teeth from a combination of teeth grinding or acid drinks, painful dentures, cosmetic treatment for both adults and children and patients who will be treated with dental implants to replace many or all of their teeth.

Many dentists in Norwood will refer their patients who are suffering with consistent problems despite being treated with a crown, bridge, denture or implant. Problems with the TMJs (temporomandibular joints), as well as snoring problems, sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders, and a wide range of oral health conditions can also be treated in conjunction with a prosthodontist in Norwood.

Proper diagnosis and treatment by a prosthodontist in Norwood will restore your teeth to a healthy, comfortable and cosmetically pleasing condition.

In addition, oral cancer patients and those recovering from injury or major surgery can also benefit from working with a prosthodontist in Norwood. These dentistry specialists have extensive training in rehabilitation and treatment processes that complement other oral health and dentistry specialists and procedures to better aid patients in their treatment planning, processes, and recovery.

In cases of an injury, a prosthodontist in Norwood may work with oral surgeons or other specialists to repair and replace damaged or broken teehalf-page-2th and related structures.

Whatever the reason, prosthodontists specialize in the improvement of smiles and overall functioning, with consistent success and patient satisfaction.

For more information and to learn more about proshodontists, contact

Every dentist in Rosebank (including specialists) must decide when it is appropriate to treat each patient, and when to refer them to prosthodontist in Rosebank. This decision should be based on an honest appraisal of skill levels and patient condition.

Putting the best interests of the patient first remains integral to the making the decision of when to refer, and how to effectively manage therapy provided by one or more medical practitioners to ensure an optimal result for the patient.

Many general dentists in Rosebank refer patients to Prosthodontists in Rosebank when they are having difficulties in solving dental problems. A difficult dental problem is one caused by having teeth that are broken, decayed, infected, missing or shifted.

Specific Conditions For Which A Patient Would See A Prosthodontist In Rosebank Rather Than A Dentist In Rosebank

Common problems that dentists in Rosebank refer to a prosthodontist in Rosebank, to treat include, severely worn teeth from a combination of teeth grinding or acid drinks, painful dentures, cosmetic treatment for both adults and children and patients who will be treated with dental implants to replace many or all of their teeth.

Many dentists in Rosebank will refer their patients who are suffering with consistent problems despite being treated with a crown, bridge, denture or implant. Problems with the TMJs (temporomandibular joints), as well as snoring problems, sleep apnea, and other sleep disorders, and a wide range of oral health conditions can also be treated in conjunction with a prosthodontist in Rosebank.

Proper diagnosis and treatment by a prosthodontist in Rosebank will restore your teeth to a healthy, comfortable and cosmetically pleasing condition.

In addition, oral cancer patients and those recovering from injury or major surgery can also benefit from working with a prosthodontist in Rosebank. These dentistry specialists have extensive training in rehabilitation and treatment processes that complement other oral health and dentistry specialists and procedures to better aid patients in their treatment planning, processes, and recovery.

In cases of an injury, a prosthodontist in Rosebank may work with oral surgeons or other specialists to repair and replace damaged or broken teehalf-page-2th and related structures.

Whatever the reason, prosthodontists specialize in the improvement of smiles and overall functioning, with consistent success and patient satisfaction.

For more information and to learn more about proshodontists, contact