Dental Implants

Broken, missing, or otherwise damaged teeth negatively impact your life in a variety of ways. Lowered self-esteem and being self-conscious about your appearance may make you want to avoid social interactions. At work, you may find that you've been passed up for promotions because you hold back instead of standing out. Dental implants can help improve your teeth so you smile more and regain your confidence. 


What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a preferred method of replacing one or more missing teeth. The implant will bond with the existing bone and provide support for an artificial tooth. Because an implant is permanently fused to the jawbone, it becomes a very stable, long-lasting base. Dental implants usually have three distinct parts:

  • Implant - An artificial device that serves as a type of root for artificial teeth. 
  • Abutment - A permanent metal post that holds a tooth or set of teeth in place.
  • Crown - The part of the tooth that's visible whenever you open your mouth or smile.

Dental implant process

In the event of infections, tooth decay, or gum disease, you'll need treatment before surgery can proceed. Once you're cleared for dental implant surgery, the process will start with a comprehensive dental exam that includes x-rays, photos, a low-dose cone-beam CT scan, and a digital mouth scan. Impressions of your current teeth will also be taken to help create artificial teeth that fit your mouth.


Learn more about dental implants

If you are missing one or more teeth, or your lower denture doesn't fit properly, dental implants may be a good option for you. However, only a qualified dental professional can make that determination. Your health, the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone all play a part in the decision process. If you think that dental implants may be the right option for you, or if you want to learn more about them, please contact us to schedule an appointment. Our friendly, professional staff will answer all of your questions and address any concerns that you have about the procedure.

FAQ

Not everyone is a suitable candidate for dental implants. Children under the age of 17, smokers, and those with active gum disease, are among those who may not be suitable for implants. However, only your dentist can assess whether dental implants will work for you. You'll want to inform your dentist of your medical history, including a list of all your medications, any history of bone disease, anaesthesia related issues, or problems with excessive bleeding. All of these factors will be taken into consideration before surgery.
Each procedure that you undergo for your dental implants will take between 30 minutes and a few hours. After surgery, it's common to experience some swelling, bruising, or minor pain. Your dentist will prescribe antibiotics prior to surgery to ward off infection. Depending on the complexity of your case, you may have to take some time off work to recover. You may also need pain medication to help ease your discomfort. Depending on the type of implant you receive, your jawbone and gums will heal fully within a couple of months.
Tooth loss will also lead to loss of bone in the jaw, which may cause the face to look sunken. Traditional dentures and bridges fit over the gums and jawbone, but do not attach to it. Because dental implants are surrounded by the natural jawbone and gum tissue, they're often preferred over dentures and tooth-supported bridges since they stimulate new bone growth. This is especially the case when your teeth are weak, or when previous disease to the ligaments and jawbone has occurred. Another reason that dental implants are a good choice, is that they're more comfortable than other tooth replacements. Dentures can cause sore spots if they're not fitted properly, or if the person gains or loses weight. With dental implants, the artificial teeth are attached with a metal post and rarely cause these type of issues. Similar to natural teeth, dental implants don't slip, move, or shift when talking or chewing.
As with natural teeth, it's important to properly care for your dental implants to avoid issues. That means thoroughly brushing your teeth and rinsing out your mouth to remove debris and plaque. You'll also want to continue getting regular dental check-ups. If you neglect your dental hygiene after you've received dental implants, plaque and gum infections can occur because they're bonded with the jawbone and gum tissues.
 

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