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Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.

In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.

For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.

Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. With time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.

It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.

That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”

We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?


If you’re considering a dental implant as a replacement for a lost tooth, you’re looking at a restoration method with an amazing 95% success rate after ten years. But that being said, there’s still a risk, albeit quite low, the implant might fail.

And if you smoke, the risk is slightly higher. In a recent study of implant patients, twice as many of the failures occurred in smokers compared to non-smokers. If you’re a smoker, you can increase your chances of a successful outcome if you quit the habit.

Nicotine, a chemical within tobacco, is the primary cause of this higher risk. Besides its effect on the pleasure centres of the brain, nicotine also restricts smaller blood vessels that are abundant in the mouth and skin, causing less blood flow. As a result, the mouth doesn’t have as many antibodies and other substances available to fight infection and help traumatized tissues heal.

Because of this, as well as reduced saliva flow due to the habit, smokers has an increased risk of dental disease and are slower to respond to treatment. This can be especially problematic if the gum tissues around an implant becomes infected, which could lead to a catastrophic failure. Slower healing also impacts the post-surgery period when bone cells in the jaw are growing and adhering to the implant surface, forming a stronger bond.

To avoid these potential risks you should stop smoking before you undergo implant surgery. If you can’t completely kick the habit, you should at least stop a week before surgery and for two weeks after. It’s also critical that you practice good oral hygiene — both brushing and flossing — to minimize the occurrence of dental disease and see us for regular checkups and maintenance appointments.

Taking these steps will greatly increase your chances of being in the vast majority of people who continue to enjoy success with their implants for many years.

If you would like more information on the impact of smoking on dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants & Smoking.”


What you need to know about All-on-4 dental implants.

If you have worn a denture for a long time, chances are you have lost some of the bone in your jaw. Your jaw bone functions to hold your teeth in; when you no longer have teeth, your bone will begin to disappear, a process called resorption. A dental appliance like a denture also presses against your jaw, accelerating the bone loss. Now, there’s help to keep your jaw bone strong and healthy; it’s called All-on-4 dental implants! Drs. Peter Kim and Geraldine Ty, in Burnaby, British Columbia, want you to know the many reasons you should choose All-on-4 dental implants.

All-on-4 dental implants, provided by your Burnaby dentists, are revolutionary because you need only four implants to support a denture, instead of the usual six to eight implants. All-on-4 implants are also placed at an angle, so they have greater contact with bone for support.

Drs. Peter Kim and Geraldine Ty want you to know when you choose All-on-4 dental implants you can count on:

  • Beauty, because they will look just like your natural teeth
  • A younger appearance, because they will restore the contours of your face and prevent bone destruction
  • Great oral health, because you clean them just like your natural teeth
  • Convenience, because they aren’t ever taken out, and you won’t need adhesive
  • Comfort, because they don’t put pressure on your gums or jaw
  • Satisfaction, because you will have increased chewing ability to eat the foods you want

With All-on-4 dental implants from Drs. Peter Kim and Geraldine Ty, you will save both time and money. The surgery only takes about two to three hours per arch, and with only four implants necessary, All-on-4 dental implants are much less expensive. They are also highly successful with a success rate of 98 percent!

If you are already wearing a denture, or you need a denture, All-on-4 dental implants are the perfect choice for you! You deserve a beautiful smile you can be proud of. It’s time to call Drs. Peter Kim and Geraldine Ty in Burnaby, British Columbia and find out more about All-on-4 dental implants. Don’t wait, Call today!


In real life he was a hard-charging basketball player through high school and college. On TV and the movies, he has gone head-to-head with serial killers, assorted bad guys… even mysterious paranormal forces. So would you believe that David Duchovny, who played Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files and starred in countless other large and small-screen productions, lost his front teeth… in an elevator accident?

“I was running for the elevator at my high school when the door shut on my arm,” he explained. “The next thing I knew, I was waking up in the hospital. I had fainted, fallen on my face, and knocked out my two front teeth.” Looking at Duchovny now, you’d never know his front teeth weren’t natural. But that’s not “movie magic” — it’s the art and science of modern dentistry.

How do dentists go about replacing lost teeth with natural-looking prosthetics? Today, there are two widely used tooth replacement procedures: dental implants and bridgework. When a natural tooth can’t be saved — due to advanced decay, periodontal disease, or an accident like Duchovny’s — these methods offer good looking, fully functional replacements. So what’s the difference between the two? Essentially, it’s a matter of how the replacement teeth are supported.

With state-of-the-art dental implants, support for the replacement tooth (or teeth) comes from small titanium inserts, which are implanted directly into the bone of the jaw. With time these become fused with the bone itself, providing a solid anchorage. What’s more, they actually help prevent the bone loss that naturally occurs after tooth loss. The crowns — lifelike replacements for the visible part of the tooth — are securely attached to the implants via special connectors called abutments.

In traditional bridgework, the existing natural teeth on either side of a gap are used to support the replacement crowns that “bridge” the gap. Here’s how it works: A one-piece unit is custom-fabricated, consisting of prosthetic crowns to replace missing teeth, plus caps to cover the adjacent (abutment) teeth on each side. Those abutment teeth must be shaped so the caps can fit over them; this is done by carefully removing some of the outer tooth material. Then the whole bridge unit is securely cemented in place.

While both systems have been used successfully for decades, bridgework is now being gradually supplanted by implants. That’s because dental implants don’t have any negative impact on nearby healthy teeth, while bridgework requires that abutment teeth be shaped for crowns, and puts additional stresses on them. Dental implants also generally last far longer than bridges — the rest of your life, if given proper care. However, they are initially more expensive (though they may prove more economical in the long run), and not everyone is a candidate for the minor surgery they require.

Which method is best for you? Don’t try using paranormal powers to find out: Come in and talk to us. If you would like more information about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework,” and “Dental Implants.”


A missing tooth doesn’t have to ruin your smile. Dental implants provide a natural-looking tooth replacement option and offer several important benefits. Drs. Peter Kim and Geraldine Ty offer dental implants in Burnaby, BC and explain several benefits of implants.

Dental implants keep your jawbone strong

After the loss of a tooth, the jaw-bone underneath shrinks and weakens because there is no longer any stimulation from the root. Since dental implants replace roots, they keep your jawbone strong and help prevent further tooth loss and facial sagging. An implant is placed in a small hole drilled in your jawbone. Over the next several months, the jawbone completely surrounds the implant in a process called osseointegration. Once osseointegration is complete, your Burnaby dentist will add a crown that looks just like a natural tooth to the implant.

Implants are comfortable

A dental implant feels like a natural tooth, unlike a bridge or dentures. Although both of those devices are effective in replacing lost teeth, they can irritate your gums and mouth if they don’t fit properly.

Carrots and corn on the cob are no problem

Dentures reduce your biting power, making it difficult and uncomfortable to eat some foods–particularly nuts, corn on the cob, and hard foods like carrots. Since implants take the place of your tooth roots, biting power isn’t affected. You can continue to eat anything you want when you choose an implant.

Dental implants are the most cost-effective option

When you compare the initial costs of bridges and dentures versus implants, bridges and dentures may seem like the better choice. Although these replacement options might be cheaper now, it’s important to consider lifetime costs. You’ll only need one implant, but you may need to replace dentures and bridges several times throughout your lifetime. When you take a look at the real costs of each of these options, you’ll likely discover an implant is actually the least expensive option.

Ready to find out if a dental implant is the best choice for you? Call Burnaby, BC implant dentists, Dr. Peter Kim and Dr. Geraldine Ty, at (604) 526-2725. Improve your smile with dental implants!


Not so long ago, the only tooth replacement options were bridges or dentures. Today, dental implants offer a long-term, natural-looking alternative. Geraldine Ty, DDS, and Shahram Kamaei, D.D.S, implant dentists, explain how dental implants can help Burnaby residents keep smiling.

Implants are permanent

Your dental implant becomes a permanent part of your mouth. During the implant process, your dentist drills a hole in your jawbone and places a titanium post in the hole. Over the course of several months, your jawbone grows around the post. Once the implant integrates completely with the surrounding bone, it’s just as strong as a natural tooth root. The final step in the process involves placing a porcelain crown on top of the abutment that connects the post to the crown

Implants are long lasting

With proper care, implants can last your entire life. Care is simple. Just brush and floss as you normally do. Plaque builds up on your dental implant, just as it does on your natural teeth. Removing it helps prevent an infection called peri-implant that can threaten your implants. Fortunately, following a good oral hygiene routine reduces the risk of infection and helps ensure that your implant stays strong and healthy.

Implants are a cost-effective, long-term solution

Implants aren’t cheap, but they might just be the least expensive tooth replacement option in the long run. Both dentures and bridges must be replaced eventually. Depending on when you first received dentures or a bridge, you may need to replace these items several times during the course of your life. Since implants are a permanent solution, you only pay once and never have to worry about replacement costs.

Live in the Burnaby area and want to learn how a dental implant can replace a missing tooth? Contact implant dentists Geraldine Ty, DDS, and Shahram Kamaei, D.D.S, at (604) 526-2725. During your appointment, you’ll receive a thorough examination and a complete explanation of the dental implant process. Call today and take the first step in improving your smile.


If you knew how many Burnaby residents had one or more missing teeth, you might be surprised. The condition is more common than you might realize, and many of those with missing teeth visit Shahram Kamaei, D.D.S or Geraldine Ty, DDS at Burnaby Square Dental for treatment.

Are you one of the many Burnaby residents who has one or more missing teeth? If so, a trip to Burnaby Square Dental should be in your near future as well. Here are three fantastic options Dr. Kim and Dr. Ty are likely to discuss with you.

1. Dentures

Dentures are a removable set of false teeth that sit on the top of your gums where your teeth used to be. You can opt for partial dentures or full dentures, depending on the number of teeth you are missing. Depending on the type of dentures, you get, your dentures may fit through suction or they may attach to your remaining teeth with clasps.

Modern dentures are realistic looking, comfortable, relatively inexpensive and fully functional. Unfortunately, however, they do need to be replaced every five to eight years, they can slip out of place if not fitted properly, and they do not support jaw health.

2. Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a tooth replacement option that involves the suspension of one or more false teeth in between two existing teeth, which hold the bridge in place on either side for support.

Dental bridges typically last five to fifteen years, which is longer than dentures typically last, and they do not need to be removed for cleaning. Unfortunately, however, they cause damage to the surrounding teeth, making them irreversible.

3. Dental Implants

The strongest, sturdiest and most reliable tooth replacement option, dental implants replace teeth by anchoring new crowns to the jawbone with titanium screws. Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth or several.

Advantages of dental implants include how easy they are to clean and maintain, the fact that they are permanent and the fact that they support a strong and healthy jaw. Unfortunately, however, dental implants do require surgery and they can be expensive.

Dentures, dental bridges and dental implants are all excellent tooth replacement options, but no one option is right for every person. Talk to your dentist at Burnaby Square Dental to find out which tooth replacement option is best for your missing teeth, and get started on the right treatment plan for you today.

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