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Dentures vs Implants – Which is right for you?

February 26, 2018

If you’re retiring in the near future, consider making the most of your remaining dental benefits!

Tooth loss hinders eating and speaking, and can cause a host of future problems. Replacing missing teeth is very important – not only for your appearance but also for your overall health. Fortunately there are different options to choose from:


A denture is a removable plate that holds one or more artificial teeth. Dentures can be full or partial, meaning that they can either replace all teeth on the upper or lower jaw, or just a few missing ones. They are custom-designed by your dentist to fit comfortably in your mouth and visually match your existing shade of enamel.

Dentures are the best option for people who have a weak jaw or unhealthy gums. Dentures are typically made from a hard resin that is softer than real teeth. For this reason, dentures need to be replaced on average every 5 years. While the quality of dentures has progressed they are, by their nature, prone to slipping out while eating or speaking so they need to be secured with denture adhesive. Both dentures and partials require regular cleaning.


If you have healthy gums but are missing teeth, you may wish to consider dental implants. Dental implants are replacement teeth that are implanted surgically into the jawbone. Dental implants replace the tooth roots and provide both permanence and stability.

Implants include a titanium post which is surgically implanted into the jawbone below gum level to act as a replacement for the root of the tooth. Once your jaw is healed, the replacement tooth or crown is fitted into the titanium and secured. Titanium is used because its properties integrate best with living bone and tissue, and it reduces the risk of infection. With proper care and consistent oral hygiene, dental implants can last 20+ years.

If you are considering dental implants, an assessment will be required in order to determine whether they will work for you. The assessment will determine if there is enough bone density in your jaw to hold the titanium post in place, and if any infections or gum disease will need to be treated.

Our team will work with you to create a personalized action plan to get your teeth in immaculate shape while you’re still covered by your existing dental benefits.

For information on how exactly teeth replacement works, call or email us today!

Call: (905) 637-5463 or (905) 332-0105
Email: info@desiredsmiles.com

Smile on Valentine’s Day

February 9, 2015

valentine's day couple

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and whether you’re excited for your big date or you’re staying in and celebrating Anna Howard Shaw Day instead, your smile should shine!

anna howard shaw day - liz lemon

Why is your smile so important for Valentine’s Day?

Your smile is among the first features people notice about you when they first meet you. If you’re not one to go on first dates on Valentine’s Day, believe us – it’s still important to determine your attractiveness. (Over 73% of people say they look for a nice smile in their ideal partner).

Did you just suddenly become self-conscious about your smile? There’s no need to worry! You have plenty of options for making that smile shine!

  1. Teeth whitening is an option to revive your smile, whether you plan to do it in-office or at home.
  1. If it’s not a whiter smile you want, but a straighter one, you get that too! Invisalign can help straighten your smile invisibly!
  1. Cosmetic Bonding can improve the look of your teeth if they’re chipped, stained, or spaced unevenly.
  1. Veneers are an alternative to cosmetic bonding. They’re extremely resistant to staining and look just like tooth enamel so you’ll be smiling in no time!

So impress your date with a smile that shines! Alternatively, if you’re happily single, you can still celebrate Galentine’s Day!

leslie knope galentines day

What’s a better way of showing your lady friends you care than by radiating confidence with your smile? Of course, along with sharing your secret – how did you go from being nervous about your smile to showing it off with pride?

Schedule your free smile analysis with us today and we’ll be sure to put a smile on your face!

Ask a Dentist: Breaking Your Tooth

August 6, 2014

So what happens when you break your tooth? What should you do when it happens?

The first thing to consider is the severity of the problem. Is the broken tooth a minor chip that would only require a cosmetic repair or is it a serious crack that goes as deep as the root of the tooth? Perhaps it falls somewhere in between.

Chipped Tooth

Beauty and the Beast Chip

A chipped tooth does not necessarily mean a trip to the dentist. Chipped teeth don’t hurt and can be fixed by a dentist by either smoothing them over or filling the chipped area.


Unlike a chipped tooth, a cracked one cannot be ignored. You may not even notice a smaller crack in your tooth by looking at them, but once you drink something hot or cold you will likely experience pain along the crack. If the crack extends to the gums, the root and nerves may be damaged as well.

Cracks should be repaired to prevent further damage, where a dental professional would fill the cracked region or fit a crown over it.


If a crack is serious enough, it can split the tooth in two. In this case, a dentist will have to perform a root canal to save one of the roots and restore the tooth.

If you are experiencing any of these issues come see us for a free smile analysis and we will work to give you your desired smile.