Richmond Hill Post - - Ask The Expert - CON­TACT Dr. Ed­win Le­wandowski and As­so­ciates 1200 Cen­tre St., Suite 101 Thorn­hill, ON 905-762-0122 www.thorn­hillden­

• Do you wear den­tures? Many peo­ple over the age of 65 use some form of re­mov­able den­ture. While the ma­jor­ity of den­tures fit well, some always move, lift and cause dis­com­fort. These peo­ple may choose not to wear them. This may lead to dif­fi­culty chew­ing and lack of con­fi­dence in so­cial in­ter­ac­tions. There is also a strong link be­tween over­all good health and proper oral care.

• Den­tal im­plants can help. Den­tal im­plants can re­store com­fort and con­fi­dence and help peo­ple love their den­tures again. A den­tal im­plant has two parts: a metal root that is se­cured to the jaw bone and an abut­ment. The abut­ment is a specif­i­cally-made part that will se­curely an­chor your den­ture in place pre­vent­ing move­ment. Im­plants are so ver­sa­tile that they can re­place a sin­gle tooth or a bridge, elim­i­nate the need for a re­mov­able par­tial den­ture or even se­cure com­plete full-mouth den­tures. Im­plants are safe and have a proven track record for long-term suc­cess. When us­ing im­plants to re­place a sin­gle tooth, neigh­bour­ing teeth do not need to be used as an­chors for the re­place­ment mak­ing it a very con­ser­va­tive choice in many cases.

Den­tal im­plants do not re­quire any spe­cial care other than rou­tine den­tal vis­its. Age is not a fac­tor in the suc­cess of den­tal im­plants. Most peo­ple in good health are ex­cel­lent can­di­dates. • Do you have bro­ken or miss­ing teeth? One Visit Porce­lain Crowns may be right for you. A full or par­tial crown is used to re­place or strengthen a bro­ken tooth. When a tooth is filled mul­ti­ple times through­out a pa­tient’s life, the crit­i­cal tooth struc­ture nec­es­sary for the tooth to be strong and func­tion well may be lost. Many of these teeth break and re­quire restor­ing. Op­tions usu­ally in­clude very large fill­ings or crowns. Fill­ings fit in­side the tooth and re­quire orig­i­nal tooth struc­ture to hold it all to­gether. If part or all of the orig­i­nal tooth has been lost, then a full cov­er­age crown may be a bet­ter op­tion. There are many dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als and meth­ods that may be used to make full cov­er­age crowns. With dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy, we can make a di­rect 3D im­age of the bro­ken tooth from the pa­tient’s mouth, de­sign the new tooth (crown) on the com­puter chair­side and have the new tooth made in the of­fice. These crowns are beau­ti­ful, strong and func­tional and are per­ma­nently placed in the pa­tient’s mouth in one visit. Amaz­ing tech­nol­ogy! Thorn­hill Den­tal

Dr. Ed­win Le­wandowski & Dr. Erica Borchiver BIO Dr. Le­wandowski is a grad­u­ate of New York Univer­sity (NYU) Col­lege of Den­tistry. He has worked as an in­struc­tor at the NYU Fac­ulty of Den­tistry, Univer­sity of Toronto Fac­ulty of Den­tistry as well as in a hospi­tal based den­tal clinic. Dr. Borchiver is a grad­u­ate of Nova South­east­ern Univer­sity, Col­lege of Den­tal Medicine. Thorn­hill Den­tal has been keep­ing smiles healthy since 2000.

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