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Regardless of the fact that dental care has seen many improvements, millions of people suffer from tooth loss—mostly as a result of tooth decay, gingivitis, old age or some kind of injury. The only treatment option for people with tooth loss was dentures or bridges, but today dental implants are available.


What are dental implants?

Dental implants are replacement artificial roots made from titanium metal. The root is inserted into the jawbone in order to replace the root of the natural tooth that has been lost. The implant is the anchor that holds the replacement tooth in place. In the need for fixed/permanent teeth, implants provide a strong foundation, and in the need of removable replacement teeth, they are made to match the look of your natural teeth.

What are the advantages of Dental Implants?

With their main intention to offset the problems caused by tooth loss, dental implants impose many advantages:
  • Because they look and feel like your own teeth, they become permanent and improve appearance, speech and comfort.
  • With missing teeth, eating can become strenuous and more work, however, as dental implants are like your own teeth, they enable eating with confidence and without pain.
  • They also improve oral health, are durable and are convenient.  

Who can get Dental Implants?

In many of the cases, dental implants can be considered for anyone who is healthy enough to undergo routine dental extraction or oral surgery. However, patients should have healthy gums and enough bone so that the dental implants can be held in place. Nonetheless, when considering dental implants, dental hygiene must be practiced and regular dental visits must be maintained. Before a decision regarding dental implants can be made, people need to be evaluated on an individual basis. Talk to your Dr. Abou-Kheir to determine if they are right for you.

How are Dental Implants done?

The process of obtaining a dental implant is simple. Dr. Abou-Kheir will be doing these five simple steps:
  1. The process begins by inserting the dental implant into the jawbone.
  2. An abutment, a connecting element, is next attached to the implant, which connects the artificial tooth to the implant.
  3. Next, an artificial tooth is attached to the abutment. However, several appointments are taken needed in order to get the tooth properly fitted.
  4. In order to replace one or more teeth, a fixed bridge is anchored to dental implants.
  5. Lastly, a fixed bridge is anchored to the dental implants in order to replace all the teeth.

Some more on Dental Implants

Many people who have received dental implants in the past attest that it is not a painful process, as local anesthesia is applied, and many even say that they are less of a pain than tooth extraction.  However, in order to decrease the pain, mild pain relief medications can be used. Since dental implants resemble natural teeth, they need to be taken care of likewise. Although rare, there is still a possibility of complications such as bleeding, infections, or numbness. It is also possible to have an unsuccessful implant in some cases if the bone wasn’t able to bond properly. Most importantly, it is necessary to visit your dentist, Dr. Abou-Kheir on a regular basis in order to avoid any sort of discomfort or complications.
If you or someone you know needs a dental implant, get in contact with Dr. Abou-Kheir today. We are conveniently located right on Bank Street here in Ottawa and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you have and guide you through the process. 

What is it?

Bone and gum drafting is also called regenerative surgery. A bone graft is used to recreate bone and soft supporting tissues that have been lost due to gum disease. The gum disease requiring bone and gum grafting is known as periodontitis. People who suffer from this disease lose gum coverage and bone support that is naturally found around their teeth. Through the regenerative surgery, their lost tissues are re-grown.


Preparing for the surgery

Surgery is the last step in the treatment of periodontal disease. Before your surgery, you will need to have gone through basic treatment called scaling and root planning. It is also of vital importance to take care of your teeth, and follow basic dental hygiene routine.
Before the procedure of bone and gum drafting is applied, a local anesthetic is used in order to numb the area and prepare it for surgery.

How is the surgery performed?

The purpose behind this surgery is to coax the body into recreating the bone and other structures that help attach a tooth to a jaw. This is performed by a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in diagnosing and treating gum diseases.

Before the surgery begins, the periodontist will separate the gums from your teeth in order to gain access to the roots and the bone. The roots will be thoroughly cleaned and the holes in the bones (caused by periodontal disease) will be filled in with grafting material, which commonly consist of your own bone, cadaver bone, cow bone, or synthetic glass. Usually, your own is the best option. Next, they will be filled in with a physical barrier.

The physical barrier is used in order to cover the grafting material during the early stages of the healing, to avoid exposure for fast healing. They are also a way of preventing the gums from growing into the bony defect. The gums will be put back in place over the treated site and stitched into place once the graft is in place. In some cases, the site maybe covered by a periodontal pack or dressing, resembling a bandage. For the next six to nine months, your body will do its own part by filling in the area with new bone and soft tissue. This reattaches the tooth to your jaw.

Follow-up and risks

In order to relieve some of the pain, you will be prescribed medicine after the surgery and it is of utmost importance to pay attention to your dentist’s instructions. Dental hygiene plays a vital role in the healing process. Make sure to not disturb the site of the surgery. Usually, mouth rinses which contain chlorhexidine are prescribed after a periodontal surgery as they slow down the growth of plaque and kill bacteria. After the surgery, it is possible to experience swelling and bleeding. In the case of bleeding, there is a possibility of infection buildup. When experiencing excessive pain or bleeding and infection, it is necessary to get in contact with your dentist, to avoid further complications.
If you or someone you know is suffering from periodontal disease and may need a bone and gum grafting, get in contact with Dr. Abou-Kheir today. We are conveniently located right on Bank Street here in Ottawa and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you have and guide you through the process. 

Firstly, what is oral cancer and who is at risk?

Oral cancer is the cancer of the mouth which results from abnormal cell growth in the mouth, tongue, throat or lips. It appears as a growth or sore in the mouth that does not go away. One third of the patients diagnosed with oral cancer die in Canada. However, not everyone is at the same risk of acquiring it. According to the American Cancer Society, men are at twice the risk of developing oral cancer as women, and men over the age of 45 face the greatest risk. Risk factors for the development of oral cancer are:

  • Smoking
  • Smokeless tobacco users
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Family history of cancer, unhealthy diet
  • Excessive sun exposure

What are the signs and symptoms?

Like all types of health issues, oral cancers can be detected through the visibility of these signs and symptoms. If you notice any of the following changes, contact your dentist immediately.
  • White or dark patches in your mouth
  • Lumps or changes in the texture or colour of your moth tissues
  • Bleeding or numbness in the mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Overall abnormal changes in the mouth/throat area

Thorough Oral Cancer Screening

When coming for a complete dental examination, Dr. Abou-Kheir will most likely follow a six-or eight-step oral cancer screening.
  1. The first step the Dr. Abou-Kheir  will do is check the tongue with a guaze, visually examining it for any swelling, ulceration or change in size, colour or texture.
  2. Next, he will do a lip and cheek roll, checking the tissue on the inside of the mouth and lips, examining it for any firm or nodular areas, texture or colour changes. Next, the dentist will pull the upper lips out completely and try to observe any changes.
  3. After the front of the mouth has been examined, the floor of the mouth will be examined.
  4. Then comes the palate tickle. The dentist will fill the top of your mouth with his fingers and visually examine it.
  5. The dentist will also perform a neck caress. In this step, the dentist will roll the tissue over the edge of the mandible. Next, the dentist will ask you to turn the head to the side and look down, making the neck muscle stand out. Your muscle will then be examined by rolling the soft tissue over the muscle.
  6. The muscle around the Adams apple will be palpated.
  7. Lastly, the dentist will perform a check of your tonsils, and the back of the throat.
  8. Dr. Kamil also uses the ViziLite system (the most advance technology) to help us identify abnormal tissue that may be a sign of oral cancer

Treatment and Prevention

The treatment that the patient may receive depends on the severity and the location of the oral cancer. The age and the health condition of the patient also play a role. In the case of oral cancer suspicion:
  • A biopsy of the area may be taken
  • Imaging tests such as x-rays, ultra sounds and CT scans or MRI may be needed.
  • Chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery may be needed in order to remove the tumor.

Prevention is the best cure. By visiting Dr. Abou-Kheir regularly and asking for oral cancer screening is one of the best ways to ensure early detection.  Avoid smoking, limit alcohol and tobacco consumption. Avoid exposure to sun, and eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.

If you or someone you know needs an oral cancer screening, get in contact with Dr. Abou-Kheir today. We are conveniently located right on Bank Street here in Ottawa and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you have and guide you through the process. 

Watch "Oral Cancer Screening" video at our Video Library - Oral Health section