Am I a good candidate for a dental implant?

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dentalIIf you are asking yourself this question it is likely that yes, you are a good candidate for a dental implant. While a dental implant can sound like a daunting dental procedure it is seen by dentists and patients as the gold standard of tooth replacement, making it the closest tooth replacement to the real thing!

Dental implants are the best way to give you back your smile. They give you back the same function and aesthetics as your natural teeth. Dental implants can be used in many different circumstances, some examples of these are:

– When a single tooth is missing
– Several teeth are missing (instead of bridges or dentures)
– All teeth are missing (instead of dentures)

Most people are good candidates for dental implants regardless of age. As long as you are in good health, a dental implant is a simple solution for tooth/teeth replacement.

If you think you are a good candidate for a dental implant, the first step is to make an appointment at Graft Periodontics. Dr Joslin will need to assess your mouth, including assessment of healthy gums, bone support and overall general health. She will then put together a treatment plan which is tailored to your needs. If you would like to book an appointment, please contact Sophie, Graft Periodontics’ Treatment Coordinator to set up a time that will suit you best.

Dental Insurance And Its Role In Your Dental Treatment

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dentalIMany patients invest in employment based dental insurance in order to help offset their fees for dental care. There are hundreds of different dental plans and most provide good benefits for general dentistry.

Advances in technology have broadened the scope of “general dentistry” significantly since the inception of dental insurance in the 1950’s. Unfortunately, insured benefits have not always kept up with the evolution of dentistry. The reality is that dental insurance is unlikely to provide benefits for comprehensive care by today’s standards, and is best seen as one of many ways to save for dental treatment.

Nevertheless, dental insurance helps out with many procedures. At GRAFT Periodontics, we work with you and your insurance company to determine your specific coverage for procedures ahead of time. We send pre-approvals and claims directly to your insurance provider. This allows you to make financial arrangements for the portion that is not covered by insurance and also to receive benefits quickly following a procedure.

For certain procedures that are not covered by your dental insurance (i.e. bone grafting and dental implants), we provide 0% interest third party financing to make sure that you can access treatment when you need it. Ask us how we can help.

Dr. Joslin is a Board Certified Specialist in Periodontics providing expert care in dental implant surgery. If you’re ready to take the first step in dental implant treatment, contact her office to book your consultation.

What Is The Cost Of Dental Implants?

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implantsIf you’re missing one or more teeth, your dentist has probably recommended dental implants as a tooth replacement option. Dental implants have evolved to become the “gold-standard” for replacing missing teeth, and it is easy to see why. First and foremost, dental implants look and function similarly to natural teeth. They are a stand-alone solution, and do not require alteration of your remaining natural teeth. Furthermore, the placement of a dental implant where a tooth has been lost acts to maintain bone, and preserves your natural jaw shape that would otherwise change following tooth loss. Read More

Flossing

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bigstock-Beautiful-woman-smile-Dental-43287994-300x200Needed by most. Loved by few.

We’ve all heard it. Flossing is an essential part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Recap. Flossing, once each day, is an essential part of plaque control, and is targeting the 40% of tooth surface that cannot be reached by your toothbrush.

Flossing does more than just remove food stuck between the teeth. In fact, its main function is to disturb plaque bacteria from tooth surfaces that are inaccessible by your toothbrush.

Plaque bacteria are a normal part of the oral flora, however if left undisturbed, plaque bacteria form mature, complex biofilms on the teeth. These are difficult to remove, and can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease.
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5 Tips for Diabetics and Oral Health

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DiabetesDiabetes is a disease that affects almost 7% of Canadians. It shares an interesting relationship with periodontal disease, and therefore periodontists have an important role in the diagnosis and management of patients with diabetes.

Diabetes is a condition that impairs one’s ability to regulate glucose. Glucose is a form of blood sugar, and without rigid control through normal body systems, glucose can damage blood vessels and other tissues. Blood vessels feed every major body organ, such as the heart and kidneys, and are an essential source of nutrients for the entire body. With poor glucose control, every organ in the body is susceptible to vessel damage. Tissues that have damaged blood vessels, have decreased blood flow, and consequently, impaired function and healing.
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Have Questions About Dental Sedation?

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sedationdentistrySmallHave you been putting off dental treatment because of anxiety? Does the thought of periodontal or implant surgery make you want to run for the hills? Well you are not alone. For many people, even the thought of dental treatment provokes feelings of strong anxiety and fear.

Modern dental practices no longer employ the dreaded “pain is gain” motto, and sedation for dental procedures has become a very popular way of managing the stress and anxiety that can be brought on by dental treatment. At GRAFT Periodontics, Dr.Joslin offers a wide range of sedation types which are tailored to each patient’s individual needs. IV conscious sedation “twilight anaesthesia” is the most commonly used sedation technique at GRAFT. This type of sedation is immediate, effective, adjustable throughout the procedure, and is relatively quick to recover from once the procedure is over. Patients report a high level of satisfaction with IV conscious sedation, and are able to receive dental care in a safe and less stressful environment.
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What To Expect from Wisdom Tooth Removal

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wisdom-tooth350Do you have wisdom teeth that need to be removed? Wisdom tooth removal is a fairly common procedure, but for many people it can be a scary thought. The following is a quick guide on what to expect when having wisdom teeth extracted.

More often than not, you will have 4 wisdom teeth in total, one in each corner of the mouth. Because wisdom teeth are the last to grow, there is generally not much room for them to erupt, or come through the gums. As a result, they are commonly stuck part way through, or sideways. These are called impacted wisdom teeth.

People often ask if it will be painful to have wisdom teeth extracted. The answer is no! With modern dental technology there is no reason for this to be a scary or uncomfortable procedure. Read More

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