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"Dental Implant is a term used to describe an artificial device that replaces the original root of a tooth. Nowadays, because Root-Form Implants completely dominate the industry, the term Dental Implant is directly associated with the titanium-alloy anchors or fixtures used to replace damaged roots. The root supports the tooth, and when the root is damaged beyond treatment, the whole tooth needs to be extracted. A Dental Implant is the first step in a permanent tooth-replacement process."

"Dental Implants are used in conjunction with dental prostheses to replace missing teeth. Depending on the application and need of the patient, Dental Implants can be used to support a single crown, a fixed bridge, or even a full-arch of teeth." From OHJ Article, 2006, "Dental Implants in Canada: A Growing Opportunity" By Milton Tosto Jr., PhD.

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Effects of Smoking on Dental Implants

"The majority of past and current literature implicates smoking as one of the prominent risk factors affecting the success rate of dental implants with only a handful of studies failing to establish the connection. Most of the studies report the failure rate of implants in smokers as being more than twice that in non-smokers."

"Smoking ... causes significantly more marginal bone loss after implant placement, it increases the incidence of peri-implantitis, and affects the success rates of bone grafts. These findings are difficult to ignore. There is a statistically significant difference between smokers and non-smokers in the failure rates of dental implants."  Indian Jrnl of Dent Res. 2007,Oct-Dec;18(4):190-5

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Guidance for the Maintenance Care of Dental Implants: Clinical Review.

"The preliminary assessment should begin with updating the patient's medical and dental histories. The clinical implant should be examined to evaluate the following: condition of the soft tissues, plaque index, clinical probing depth, bleeding on probing, suppuration, stability of soft-tissue margins, keratinized tissue, mobility and occlusion."

"If the clinical signs suggest the presence of peri-implantitis, radiography of the site is advisable, to confirm the diagnosis. Appropriate treatment should be pursued according to any diagnosis reached during the examination. ..." Source: PubMed, Journal (Canadian Dental Association) 2012 Nov;78:c107, Todescan S, Lavigne S, Kelekis-Cholakis A. University of Manitoba.

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Blackberries could play a role in the Prevention and Treatment of Gum Disease.

According to research published in the Journal of Periodontal Research, the antibacterial properties of blackberry extract could help to prevent or aid in the treatment of gum disease. The extract has previously been linked with blocking the spread of cancer cells.

Dr Carter says: “Having a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals and fresh produce to provide anti-oxidants is something we should all be striving to achieve. It can help to prevent a number of oral health problems including gum disease and oral cancer, not to mention potential heart problems too."

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Artificial Bones may Revolutionize Dental Implantology

"New research has suggested that bones and teeth can be replaced less invasively and at a lower cost compared with conventional methods. By using artificial bone material, which they synthesized during a four-year study, the scientists believe that lost parts of the jaw can be rebuilt with fewer complications."

"Using the latest tissue engineering technology, however, Dr Jamil Alayan and his team at the Griffith University’s School of Dentistry and Oral Health were able to create bone scaffolds that are synthetic and can be transplanted into a patient’s jawbone. Afterwards, the material can be used as a viable foundation for placing titanium implants, they said." Dental Tribune International, January 11, 2013, Asia Pacific

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With One Dental Visit, Pregnant Women Could See Risk of Premature Birth Decrease by Third

"A study conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine found that pregnant women saw a 34 percent reduction in the risk of a preterm labor if they underwent a simple dental procedure."

"In a study published in the Journal of Periodontal Medicine, the researchers described how expectant mothers with a high risk of premature birth saw that risk cut by a third if they underwent a technique called scaling and root planing. The American Dental Association says that the procedure consists of the dentist or hygienist cleaning below the gum line with a scaler or ultrasonic cleaner ... allowing the gum to heal and making it more difficult for plaque to accumulate." Medical Daily, Makini Bryce, Dec 31, 2012,


Oral Health Journal

Oral Health Journal is Canada's leading Health Journal.

Smoking and Dental Implants

Effects of smoking on the outcome of Implant treatment.

Canadian Dental Association

Maintenance and Care of Dental Implants.

Blackberries and Gum Disease

The antibacterial properties in Blackberries could aid in the prevention of gum disease.

Artificial Bones and Dental Implants

It may be possible to transplant artificial bones into the jaw.

Dental Visit and Premature Birth

One dental visit could reduce premature birth by 1/3.

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"A team from the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland tested the antibacterial action of coconut oil in its natural state and coconut oil that had been treated with enzymes. The oils were tested against strains of Streptococcus bacteria which are common inhabitants of the mouth. They found that enzyme-modified coconut oil strongly inhibited the growth of most strains of Streptococcus bacteria including Streptococcus mutans — an acid-producing bacterium that is known to be a major cause of tooth decay." Source: Alpha Galileo Foundation


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Please Note: There are no "Specialists" in Derntal Implant treatments in Alberta or Canada. No Dentist in Alberta, including Oral Surgeons, Periodontists, Prosthodontists, Orthodontists, or Endodontists, etc., is allowed to call himself or herself a "Specialist in the area of Dental Implants, or to say that they "Specialize" in Dental Implants. To do so is false and misleading according to the Alberta Dental Association and College, and violates the ADA+C's Code of Ethics. Dental "Specialists" in other areas of Dentistry are NOT also "Specialists" in Implant Dentistry. Disclaimer: Notice to Website Viewers: This website is provided for information and education purposes only. No doctor/patient relationship is established by your use of this site. No diagnosis or treatment is being provided. The information contained here should be used in consultation with a Dentist of your choice. No guarantees or warranties are made regarding any of the information contained within this website. The information is common knowledge in the practice of placing and restoring dental implants. This website is not intended to offer specific medical, dental or surgical advice to anyone; only to provide possible alternatives to standard dental treatments for replacing missing teeth. Further, this website and Dr. Leigh takes no responsibility for websites hyper-linked to this site, and such hyper-links do not imply any relationship or endorsement of the linked sites.