Dental implants can replace missing, broken or loose teeth!

by Dr. Joyce Levitt on March 28, 2016

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Dental Implants

Dental implants can replace missing or broken teeth, replace dentures and loose teeth?

When you decide to make a significant investment in dental implants you want to be sure you will get the result you want. Whether you need a dental implant to replace a missing or broken tooth; to get rid of dentures or because your teeth are getting loose and you know there will be some missing teeth in the future; you want to be sure the money you are spending will get you the best result with no future problems.

Placing a dental implant can be a simple and successful procedure if the correct amount of time is taken to plan the placement of the dental implant. Ideal planning can only be accomplished by using a 3-dimensional picture. This 3-dimensional picture: called a CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) answers all the crucial questions about implant placement. Is there enough bone? What kind of bone is it? Are there any critical anatomical structures at the implant site?

Using this CBCT picture and specialized software implants can be placed in the computerized picture before they are placed at the surgical appointment. Each implant can be ideally placed and that position can be replicated at the time of surgery by using a surgical guide to locate the implant at the ideal position.

Investing time and money in the crucial planning stage will minimize future complications at the surgical and prosthetic components of the dental implant placement.

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Dentist-Dr-Joyce-Levitt-SmallA detailed assessment of dental anxiety with lots of questioning and clarifications can often help to diminish the level of anxiety slightly. It is essential that a patient feels the dentist has a thorough understanding of the individual components of a patient’s anxiety so the unique nature of the anxiety can be correctly addressed.

Control Techniques
Control techniques are one of the cornerstones of anxiety management. There are four types of control techniques and each type addresses certain aspects of dental anxiety.

1. Informational Control
This type of control addresses the amount and nature of the information the dentist provides for the patient. Initially, it is important to identify if a patient is a “blunter” or a “monitor”. These types of information control the amount of information provided. ‘Blunters’ are people whom increased amounts of information;; specific details of procedures and an ongoing running monologue of the treatment that is being delivered would result in soaring levels of anxiety. Blunter’s require minimal information to help keep their anxiety controlled. ‘Monitors’ are the opposite. This type requires all of the details of the procedure;; an ongoing stream of information about what exactly is going on and how long certain steps will last. ‘Monitors’ require large amounts of information to keep their anxiety controlled.

An additional part of information control is preparing the patient for the sensations they can expect to feel or sounds they may hear. Some patients because they have experienced pain during previous dental procedures wait in a state of “red alert” with heightened anticipation foreboding waiting for pain. In this state even innocuous sounds or sensations will make them jump and will be interpreted negatively. If the patient is prepared for the new sounds or sensations they are less likely to be interpreted negatively. For example the bumping associated with use of slow speed handpiece or water flow associated with the high speed handpiece.

Parts 2,3 and 4 are coming soon.

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March Break Giveaway Winners

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CONGRATULATIONS to: Anne $25.00 gift card to the movies Carlina $15.00 gift card to Tim Hortons Ryan $15.00 gift card for iTunes Brenden Philips Sonicare Electric Toothbrush Rachel $15.00 gift card to SUBWAY

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March Break Draws

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We will be giving away gift certificates for iTunes, Subway, and Cineplex, and electric toothbrushes. Please enter your name by calling the office.

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