Monday, January 20, 2014

Barbara's Dental Makeover!


Barbara underwent several procedures to achieve her new smile. This included root canal therapy, surgical crown lengthening of upper anteriors and full crown and bridgework on upper teeth.

What was her chief concern about her teeth?
Barbara's previous bridgework was failing. One of the teeth that supported her bridge were breaking down and needed adjunctive gum surgery to make them candidates for support for the new prosthesis. Her case presented some challenges as she had also lost some posterior support. She would require restoration of her bite to complete her treatment. Ideally implants would be the best option but she opted at this time for partial dentures until implants could be considered.

Why are implants the better option in many cases?
implants are now the treatment of choice in most cases when it comes to the replacement of lost teeth. Although they are biologically different from teeth, they act like teeth in many ways. Aesthetically they are usually the best way to mimic what nature originally gave us. They can stand alone as individual teeth, something a bridge or partial denture can't.  Implants do not affect the adjacent teeth, unlike other alternatives that rely on adjacent teeth for fixation or support. However, implants do come at a higher cost but that is only in the short term. Over the long haul, properly integrated and maintained implants can be a bargain when you consider the costs associated with maintaining and replacing the other alternatives. 

What further treatment will Barbara need as she moves forward?
Post treatment care is always the key to a successful restoration. maintenance at home as well as frequent visits to the dentist for examination and cleaning of the restoration and all of her teeth will help ensure many years of smiles.  in addition, the sooner implants are placed in the posterior dentition the better.  for it's the posterior teeth that protect the anterior teeth and the smile.

Treatment was possible through a team effort!


Dr. Jon Rapp                                                           Dr. Dana Levy
Endodontist                                                               Periodontist

Jonathan Mursic                                                        Connie
5 Axis Lab                                                                 Treatment

To view other dental makeover click on the following:
Laurie's Dental Makeover
Carol's Dental Makeover
Martine's Dental Makeover
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Dental Implants

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Career in Dentistry?....

One of our patients is a grade 12 student at Donald A. Wilson Secondary School.  As part of a French project she is required to research a profession in which she is interested in, as you might have guessed the profession she chose is dentistry.  She presented us with few questions regarding our profession for her dentist, Dr. Librach, to answer. Here is what he said...

1.      What is the most difficult part of your career? Explain.

The most difficult part of dentistry is keeping up with technology.  The practice of dentistry has changed so much since I graduated in 1987.  Although the principles of good dentistry have not changed, the methodology advances have changed dramatically and will do so exponentially in the coming years.  At Dentistry on Dundas we continue to invest in the latest technology that gives our patients the highest quality dentistry.  With that commitment comes a responsibility to stay on top of the latest developments and to chose for our patients those technologies that will offer them the greatest benefit.   It can be a daunting task but, on the other hand, it continues to make dentistry an exciting profession.

2.      What is the best part of your career? Explain.

Working with great people. Firstly, our staff at Dentistry on Dundas are some of the best people I have ever met.  They are compassionate, competent and fun to work with.  They are as important to my practice as having the best equipment and knowledge.  They are an integral part of what attracts patients to our practice.  Secondly, our patients, many who have been with us since our start in 1989, make this career second to none.  There isn’t a day that goes by that I do not feel blessed that these people have put their confidence in me and our staff.  The interactions with our patients makes me excited to come to work every day.

3.      How competitive was the job market when you started working versus today? 

Quite a change has occurred over the last 27 years.  There are definitely more options for patients when it comes to who they see for their dental care.  When I graduated dental offices were fewer especially in the Durham region.  In addition, denturists (those that only make dental prosthesis like false teeth) are licensed to practice in Ontario.  Finally, Dental Hygienists  are now able to practice independent of the supervision of a licensed dentist.   That being said, I welcome the competition.  It keeps your business sharp and challenges you to be the best in your field.  At Dentistry on Dundas we continue to be successful in a very competitive market by offering our patients great dentistry in a comforting atmosphere.

4.      What advice would you give to someone starting out in orthodontics?

There are so many facets of dentistry that you should keep an open mind when entering dental school.  Orthodontics is a great profession but so is Endodontics (root canal therapy), Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery ( jaw surgery and complicated extractions), Oral Radiology, Periodontics (implants, gum surgery & care), Paedodontics (oral care for children), Oral Anaesthesiology (dentistry while asleep) and Prosthodontics (the restoration of complicated oral cavity collapse).

And lets not forget General Dentistry that allows you to perform any, some or all of these disciplines as you expand your knowledge in these fields. In addition, comprehensive treatment planning requires multiple disciplines.  At Dentistry on Dundas we have specialists in most of these fields that work as a team “quarterbacked” by a treatment plan set out by the General Practitioner.  Having said that, Orthodontics is a great specialty in dentistry and I would only encourage some one to continue to follow that path if that is where their interests lie.  Any path you chose you should always keep in mind that you serve the patient.  The rewards of this profession will come on its own if you treat your patients with respect, compassion, empathy and keep their best interests a focal point.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Free Public Information Night on Dental Implants!

Free public educational information night! Have you been considering replacing missing teeth? Tired of wearing your denture? Why not come out on Feb. 11 at 6:00pm to consult with the professionals! Friends and family are welcome to join us. Space is limited so call today to sign up!