Continuing Dental Education

Genesis Continuing Dental Education

Continuing Dental Education

We are pleased to announce that we are expanding our course offerings and have now packaged them all under the name Genesis.    We are offering courses to the ENTIRE TEAM including: Dentists, Dental Assistants, Treatment Coordinators, and Hygienists.

Our faculty continues to expand with some very exciting, dynamic, new speakers in the fields of: Endodontics, Digital Dentistry, and more.

Please have a look at our Genesis website and see which courses speak to you as a dental professional.

Dental Implant Benefits

Overlooked Benefits of Dental Implants

It feels like you’ve heard it all when it comes to dental implants. Implants do look nice and help you enjoy your favorite foods. But the benefits of the permanent tooth replacements go far beyond the obvious.

Here are a few surprising ways your body can benefit from your smile getting dental implants:

Improve Your Nutrition with Implants

It’s easy to take eating for granted. Being able to properly chew your food affects the nutrition of your body. The best way to take in vitamins and essential nutrients is by getting them from their natural sources. Fresh fruits and vegetables, hearty whole grains, and nuts are examples of nutritious foods.

But it’s no easy feat to chew a raw carrot or almonds with a denture.

A dental implant or two could be the key to improving your diet. After getting implants, you’ll likely find that your digestion and nutrition will improve.

Implants Are More Hygienic Than a Removable Prostheses

Did you know that single implants are easier to maintain than a removable prosthesis?

Because a dental implant becomes part of your mouth, it doesn’t come out. It gets cleaned right along with your other teeth when you brush and floss. On the other hand, dentures are prone to getting damaged, developing small scratches, and harboring bacteria. You don’t have to worry about a fungal infection with a dental implant the way you would if you forgot to take your denture out at night.

Keep Your Other Teeth Healthy

It’s very important to have a complete smile in proper alignment. The shape and positioning of your teeth ensure that they wear properly and don’t harbor food buildup between meals. You don’t need much more than regular flossing and normal brushing to keep a full set of teeth healthy.

Dental Implants can complete your smile and keep your oral hygiene routine simple, and prevent shifting or abnormal wear of your adjacent teeth.

Preserve the Shape of Your Smile

Because a dental implant acts like a tooth root, it can help strengthen the bone in your jaw. A tooth root stimulates the bone tissue to reinforce itself. In this way, an implant could keep shrunken gaps out of your smile, or a collapsing facial profile.

Cut Back on Dental Restoration Appointments

Just about every dental restoration will need replacement at some point. The crowns of dental bridges usually fitted over natural teeth are still prone to decay around them. Dentures and partials will need adjusting to fit the changes in your mouth. But as long as you keep your implant clean, a dental implant should serve you for far longer than any other option available.

As you can see, the benefits of dental implants are far-reaching. You’ve got nothing to lose by exploring the possibility of these permanent tooth replacements. In fact, you just might stand to gain a whole lot!

Contact our dental implant team at Chrysalis Dental Centres. We’ll be happy to help you on your way to realising the smile of your dreams! That perfect smile could very well benefit you in many other ways that you never considered before.

Call 1 888 733-6983

 

Dark Gums – Can They Be Changed?

What Causes Dark Gums and Can They Be Changed?

Gum Bleaching Toronto

Before Gum Bleaching / Gum Depigmentation

Gum Bleaching Toronto

Two week check up

Many patients wish they had a smile that includes pearly-white teeth and coral pink gums. A lot of people are self-conscious about having darker gums. Gums can even have a mottled color pattern.  What causes gums to show up in darker shades? If this bothers you, what can you do about it?

Gum lightening here at Chrysalis Dental Centres could help you achieve your dream smile. Can this procedure benefit your gums? Find out more by investigating what causes black gums.

Dark Gums, Naturally
Did you know that your gums contain pigment just like your skin does? Just as skin colour comes in a variety of shades, gums do too. It’s even possible to have speckles of melanin on your gums, just like freckles! There tends to be a higher level of pigment in the gums of individuals with darker skin.
If your gums are dark because of genetics, then you don’t need to be concerned. They can be dark and perfectly healthy! But if you want the classic pink look, pigmented gums can be safely lightened.

Lifestyle Influences
Some external factors can affect the colour of your gums. The medication you take can alter your gum colour. Smoking also plays a big role in changing how your gums look. If you want to change the colour of your gums, you might need to limit the factor that coloured them in the first place. Talk with your doctor about possibly changing medications.
Now is a great time to cut out smoking! Quitting will help your gums recover from the procedure and keep their lighter colour.

When Black Gums Are Dangerous
Sometimes, the cause for darkened gums comes from within. Discolouration could be a sign of a serious form of gum disease. Gum disease can occur in an acute form. This results in the gum tissue dying at a rapid rate. If oral disease is what’s causing your gums to look unhealthy, then they are unhealthy! Before you can correct the colour, you need to address the problem at its source.

Change the Colour of Your Black Gums
Gum bleaching or lightening is actually a surgical procedure, not a chemical one. A skilled gum specialist will treat you while you are numb with a local anesthetic. Sedation is also available if you are generally nervous at dental appointments.
At your gum bleaching consultation we will discuss:
• Your current gum health
• Treatment for gum disease
• Cost
• The recovery process

The Chrysalis Dental Centres team believes that all smiles are beautiful! But you may want to express your confidence and style by redesigning your smile. If that’s the case, consider gum bleaching!
Schedule a visit with our team at Chrysalis Dental Centres. Find out what causes black gums by having a personalized consultation. We’ll help you find a solution for dealing with this common problem.

We look forward to meeting you! Call us today to schedule your appointment.

Call 1 877 229-6002

Implant Supported Dentures

Conventional Dentures vs. Implant Supported Dentures: The Important Differences

What are the important differences between conventional dentures and implant supported dentures?

False teeth are false teeth, right? Once your natural teeth are gone, it doesn’t matter what you replace them with. Or does it? There are a few options available for replacing teeth. There are two that we will discuss today: traditional dentures or implant-supported dentures. There are some very significant differences between these two techniques. If you keep these differences in mind, you can make the best decision for your lifestyle:

The Differences

Conventional dentures are designed to conform to the shape of your mouth. Your gums and the underlying bone structure support these dentures. The dentures rub against your gums and often create sore spots. Many people feel that a traditional denture is the best option for replacing teeth. These dentures are removable and cleaned outside the mouth.

An implant-supported prosthesis is a denture, which is both retained and supported by four or more dental implants. This means that the denture does not rest on the gums. Rather, it is fixed on implants, which are embedded in bone. Only your dentist will remove the denture for cleaning and examination. Other than that, it stays inside your mouth for life.

Comparing Conventional Dentures vs. Implant Supported Dentures

So, does it matter which denture option you choose? Consider how the differences affect performance. The fact that regular dentures rest on top of the bone and implant dentures do not plays a big role. This is because they affect the bone in different ways.

Regular dentures rub against the gums. Especially in the lower jaw, they have nothing to hold them in place and they are difficult to chew with. The bone shrinks because there are no teeth or implants to stimulate it.

Implant-supported dentures draw strength from the bone. The dental implants that support these dentures are embedded in the bone. This prevents them from slipping and gives them added strength. They do not create sore spots from rubbing against the gums. Dental implants stimulate the bone and, as a result, the bone is far less likely to resorb or shrink.

Conventional dentures do not stimulate the bone. The jawbone will shrink and the shape of your mouth will change. This means that the dentist could have to regularly adjust the denture to fit the shape of your mouth. The lining of the denture sometimes has to be changed to address the sore spots.

Implant-supported dentures aren’t meant to rest on the gums. Instead, the bone anchors them in place. The implants promote bone strength and help prevent the bone from shrinking or resorbing.

What Is Your Long-Term Choice?

Traditional dentures may seem like the best option based on cost, alone. How do they pay off in the long run? The need to have them adjusted can become a burden. You could also suffer from a change in the shape of your smile. Many conventional denture wearers are embarrassed to eat in public. They often avoid social situations. They are afraid to go swimming because they may lose their teeth and not be able to find them. It is hard to associate a cost to this behaviour.

Many people agree that implant-supported dentures are the wisest long-term investment. Why? Because an implant-supported denture can help to preserve the existing bone for a long time. Also, it can give more strength to the bite and enable you to eat the foods you love. Implant-supported dentures need far less maintenance than regular dentures do. For some people, the most important benefit is a huge gain in confidence.

Weigh the facts when considering conventional dentures vs. implant supported dentures for replacing missing teeth. Learn more about how an implant-supported denture is right for you. Make an appointment with Chrysalis Dental Centres today!

Call 1 888 733-6983

 

Ceramic Dental Implants

Ceramic Dental Implants

 

What are Ceramic Dental Implants?

Ceramic dental implants are an alternative to our widely used titanium dental implants. Ceramic implants are made of highly durable zirconia. Zirconia is a strong material that can withstand biting forces. It is also aesthetically pleasing, as it is tooth coloured.

In areas such as the front of the mouth, ceramic dental implants can be beneficial. This is especially true if there is a small margin around the actual prosthetic teeth. A metal (titanium) implant sometimes poses aesthetic concerns. If the implant is visible when you smile, this could cause a grey shadow around the tooth. Using ceramic implants can solve this problem. A ceramic dental crown or bridge will have a thin margin between the prosthesis and the gumlines. If a ceramic dental implant were to show, the color of the implant would look more natural. In certain circumstances, this may allow the titanium implant to be seen. While this is not a problem in the back teeth, it will be if it affects the appearance of front teeth.

You might be asking yourself “is ceramic safe to use for my smile?” Absolutely. Dentists have used ceramic for restorative, prosthetic and aesthetic purposes for years. Ceramic is often used to make custom crowns, dental bridges and even some types of implant dentures. Using ceramic as an implant is just a further extension of the material’s capabilities.

Design and Uses

At Chrysalis Dental Centres, we can offer white ceramic dental implants to our patients. The actual ceramic implant is white…similar to the replacement crown or bridge. This can improve the overall aesthetic approach to your smile rehabilitation. It may take our cosmetic dental implants a step further in your smile makeover treatments.

Unlike titanium implants, ceramic dental implants have a built-in abutment. This fused abutment is the implant extension that supports the fixed prosthesis. The one-piece body design eliminates extra steps needed during the implant treatment. It also discourages extra bacterial growth.

Compatible Materials

The ceramic body is allergen-free and biocompatible with the body. Just like titanium implants. Ceramic is also corrosion resistant. With a rigid root design, ceramic implants are also well supported by your tissues.

Your ceramic dental implants can support any fixed crowns and bridges. Once the custom prosthesis is bonded to the implant, the final appearance looks more lifelike. You will not have to worry about dark grey lines along the gums. Even if you suffer from gum recession later on, only a white implant root will be seen. This feature assists the implant in blending with your smile. All you will see is a fully white tooth that closely resembles the appearance of your other teeth.

Are you avoiding dental implants because of the metal that is used? Do you worry that a titanium implant will interfere with your appearance? Are you extremely sensitive to metals? Ceramic dental implants may be an excellent option for your smile. Call Chrysalis Dental Centres today to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. Find out how ceramic dental implants could change your implant experience.

Call 1 888 733-6983 for a no-hassle, no obligation consultation to determine if you are a candidate for one of our dental implant solutions.

Gum Bleaching – Is it for you?

 

Gum Bleaching

Gum Bleaching

Before Procedure

If you have very deep pigmentation or discoloration of your gum tissues, it can interfere with the appearance of your teeth when you smile. Even if you have beautiful straight, white teeth, discoloured gums may take away from the overall affect that you’re looking for. That’s why, at Chrysalis Dental, we are committed to addressing your entire smile – not just part of it. Our gum bleaching techniques remove deep tissue pigmentation.

 

How Do You Get Dark Gums?

Gum Bleaching

Upper Arch Only

Most North Americans have gum tissues that are coral pink in color. However, some of us have natural pigmentation in our body that creates darker skin, freckles, and even dark gums. The gums may appear to be spotted, multi-colored, or entirely dark across the entire mouth. 

Gum bleaching, lightening and depigmentation techniques take the naturally dark color of your gums and make them look pinker. We give you gum tissues that look pink and coral. There is absolutely nothing “wrong” with dark gums. This is simply an elective procedure for those people who have dark gums and would prefer to make them lighter in colour.

The Gum Depigmentation Process

Gum Bleaching

Both Arches

Your gum bleaching or gum whitening takes about 30 minutes to complete. Minor gum whitening can be done with a bleaching solution, but more deeply pigmented tissue uses a process similar to microdermabrasion to compliment the process and offer more dramatic results.

First, the gum tissues are numbed to prevent any discomfort. You may also want to consider sedation for your visit, if you feel nervous or are worried about how the process will feel. Even though you will not feel any discomfort during the procedure, some people still prefer to simply “nap” right through it.

Since the pigmented layer of tissue is superficial, buffing it away will reveal lighter, pinker gums underneath. As we buff the gum tissues we may also need to apply a solution to create a more even color appearance. As your gums respond post-operatively to the procedure, they continue to remain a healthy pink color, without pigmentation coming back. That’s right – your results last for life!

Following the procedure it is normal to experience mild discomfort for a day or two. However, most of our patients return to their normal schedule immediately after their appointment. It will not interfere with talking, smiling, or the way your teeth feel.

A Compliment to Your Smile Makeover

Even if your teeth look absolutely beautiful, some people think that their gum tissues can take away from their smile. Healthy looking gums are one of the best accessories your smile can have. Know whom to trust. At Chrysalis Dental Centres we’ve helped hundreds of people lighten the colour of their gums with our gum bleaching procedure.

If you dislike the way your smile looks because of dark gums, it’s time to give Chrysalis Dental Centres a call. Learn more about gum bleaching Toronto.  We’ll arrange a time for you to meet with our Periodontist to determine whether or not gum whitening is right for you. Don’t wait another day. A healthier looking smile is just a visit away!

Call us today! 1 888 733-6983

 

 

 

Fake Teeth

5 Tips to Keep Your Fake Teeth Stain Resistant

How to Ensure Your Fake Teeth Stay Stain Resistant  – 5 Tips

Just like your natural teeth, fake teeth can also soak up stains and have heavy deposits build up on them over time if you are not careful. In fact, with the wrong home care they may even soak up more stain than a natural tooth. Knowing how to care for your fake teeth properly will help prevent problems like these so that you can enjoy brighter, lifelike fake teeth for as long as possible.

Fake Teeth1.  Limit Stain-Causing Foods and Beverages

Certain types of foods and other factors will stain your teeth worse than others. For instance, spinach, tomato sauce, tobacco products, red wine, coffee, tea and soda are classic examples. All of these have dark stain particles that easily build up on the teeth. Consider drinking darker liquids through a straw or rinsing thoroughly with water afterward to limit how much stain deposits onto the fake teeth.

2.  Avoid Abrasive Toothpastes and Cleansers

Scrubbing your teeth to be even cleaner may sound good, but abrasive toothpastes and baking soda may make it even worse. These products can buff the surface of your fake teeth, creating microscopic scratches that actually make it easier for stain to build up. Instead, use a gentle, non-abrasive gel and only a pea-sized amount of it on your toothbrush.

3.  Use Soft Bristled Toothbrushes and Gentle Electronic Brushes

As with abrasive toothpastes, an abrasive brush can also be harmful. Most people don’t realize that a stiff bristled brush can actually be bad for your smile, but they are. Not only do they abrade your teeth, they also cause gum recession and missed areas due to the stiff bristle’s inability to conform to the shape of the tooth.

4.  Whitening Products Can Help

Talk to your dentist about which type of whitening products can oxidize surface stain particles off of your fake teeth. Now, the whitener won’t actually change the color of your fake teeth, but it will help to lessen the amount of stain particles on top of the surface of the artificial tooth. Just be sure not to whiten so much that any natural teeth start to whiten at the same time – or your teeth will not match!

5.  Have Your Fake Teeth Cleaned Regularly

Waiting too long to have stains polished away from your fake teeth can let the surface stains begin to soak deeper into the tooth, becoming an “intrinsic” stain that is difficult (or impossible) to remove. Have your teeth cleaned, even your fake ones, at least every 6 months. Just like real teeth, artificial teeth can get tartar buildup and stain that can only be cleaned or polished away with certain type of instruments inside a dental office.

With regular care and maintenance you can enjoy natural and artificial teeth that stay whiter, longer.

At Chrysalis Dental Centres, we can help you change the way your smile looks. Our practice is focussed on the placement and restoration of dental implant solutions. We concentrate on dental implant solutions from individual teeth, to bridges, to entire arches of teeth.

Call us today for a hassle free consultation: 1 888 733-6983.

 

Here is an article on whitening fake teeth.

Whitening Fake Teeth

What to Consider Before Attempting to Whiten Fake Teeth

If you’ve ever considered whitening your teeth, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably how you can get the whitest teeth in the quickest way possible. What you probably aren’t thinking about is whether or not it’s possible to whiten fake teeth.

How Fake Teeth Respond to Whitening Treatments

For patients that have crowns, veneers, dental implants or bridges, whitening fake teeth is something you need to consider before starting a whitening treatment. Why is that? Because many different dental materials such as those used in restorations or cosmetic treatments will not respond to whiteners. In fact, the whitening treatment may actually damage your natural or fake teeth. Especially if the restoration is old, leaky, or the tooth around it has started to decay again. You may start to experience sensitivity, burning, or tissue irritation simply from an over the counter whitening kit.

Some superficial stains, such as those caused by tobacco or coffee may lift off of your crowns or tooth colored fillings. But, you should never start a whitening routine without first checking with your dentist and having a thorough exam of your teeth and restorations. You want to be sure that you won’t damage your natural teeth or fake teeth during the whitening process.

Having Brighter Teeth

Fake teeth will never change colors once they have been placed inside of your mouth. The porcelain or resin materials are permanently shaded to match the color of the teeth around them. Once they are there, they will always look that way (other than superficial food stains that may accumulate.)

However, if you would like to change your smile – you may want to consider replacing your fake teeth to match your whitened tooth enamel. As long as all of your crowns, fillings or other restorations are safe, we can brighten your smile as white as you want it to be – and then change the restorations out afterward. Your new restorations will be re-matched to your new shade of teeth, providing you with a whitened smile that is dramatically brighter than it was before.

Maintaining a White Smile

Over time your natural teeth will start absorbing stains again. That’s why you will want to touch up your whitening treatment 2 or 3 times each year (preferably after a cleaning and polishing) to keep your natural teeth the same color as your whitened fake teeth. Otherwise, your restorations will be whiter than your real teeth after just a few years. With professional whitening treatment you can get results that are more effective and safer than weaker store-bought whitening kits.

At Chrysalis Dental Centres, we can help you change the way your smile looks. Our practice is focussed on the placement and restoration of dental implant solutions. We concentrate on dental implant solutions from individual teeth, to bridges, to entire arches of teeth.

Call us today for a hassle free consultation: 1 888 733-6983.

 

Here are some tips on how to keep fake teeth stain resistant.

Sea Shell Dental implant

Dental Implants – they weren’t always made of titanium.

Titanium dental implants are a relatively recent human discovery.

Evidence has been gathered, through archeology, showing us that human tooth replacement actually goes back thousands of years.

Sea Shell Dental implant

Some of the precursors to dental implants were made of sea shells

Some of the earliest versions of a dental implant were made of ivory as well as from precious metals.  Previous generations were very inventive when it came to developing predecessors of the dental implant. In China, they have found human remains with bamboo pegs hammered into the jaw replacing lost teeth. These remains are approximately four thousand years old. In Egypt, they have found human remains with pegs of precious metal in the jaw. Another precursor to the dental implant. Some Egyptian mummies were found with human teeth that were transplanted from other people. Other mummies were discovered with teeth of ivory. In a Honduras archeological site dating back to 600 AD, they found the lower jaw of a Mayan woman with replacement teeth made from pieces of shell that were shaped to resemble teeth. These fragments are on display at the Osteological Collection of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University.

Are you interested in a dental implant solution?  Contact us at Chrysalis Dental Centres for a hassle free, no obligation consultation to find out if you are a candidate for one of our dental implant solutions?

Call 1-888-733-6983 today!

Dental Implant Cost

How much does a dental implant cost?

When it comes to costs for dental implant treatment (or any other service for that matter), it’s important to understand what the final cost is going to be. Make sure and ask your provider for a documented estimate BEFORE you start down the dental implant treatment path. What is the final price (or a reasonable price range) going to be when I have left the office for the last time with my great new smile?

dental implant cost

How much do dental implants cost?

What if something goes wrong?   Who will pay for fixing it?   For how long?   How long will it take?   How often will I have to come back?   This is just the beginning of the list of questions.

It is very important that you understand the complete cost before embarking on this journey.

Make sure and visit our page on dental implant costs to learn all the important questions you should be ready to ask.

Dental implants can be used in many different ways to help patients improve their lives.  They can be used to support one tooth (crown);  they can be used to support a bridge of a few teeth; or used as a team of implants to support an entire arch of teeth.  It is best to see your dentist and develop a treatment plan that will address your concerns but still fit your budget.  For those people on very tight budgets, dental implants can be used to retain a conventional denture using something known as locators.  Although they will reduce the cost and prevent the denture from accidentally leaving your mouth, the denture still rocks and comes in contact with some of the gum tissue.

Make sure and do your research so that you will be in a good position to evaluate all of your options before you make this investment in your health.