Dental Implants

Dental implants offer a permanent solution to missing teeth. They also support and make partial or complete dentures more stable. They keep replacement teeth from slipping or moving out of place.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium screws attached to the jaw bone. They form a tight bond with the bone, become a natural part of the body, and function the same way the tooth roots do.

Implants are a durable foundation for artificial teeth. They can wear from daily use, but can last for many years.

Artificial teeth, meanwhile, are colour-matched to existing teeth for a natural-looking smile. The material used for it is also durable and can withstand chewing and biting forces.

Your dentist or periodontist can perform implants for you. A periodontist specializes in procedures involving gums and dental implants.

Who needs dental implants?

Dental implants can help in the following situations:

  • Replacing one tooth or several teeth in a minimally invasive way
  • Securing bridges and dentures to make them more comfortable to wear
  • Correcting bite problems caused by teeth moving into empty gaps
  • Easing jaw joint pain or discomfort
  • Improving speech and chewing abilities
  • Preserving facial structure

How does the process work?

The steps can vary as everyone’s mouth is unique. But here’s an overview of how implants generally work.

  • The process starts with taking impressions of the teeth and jaw.
  • The X-rays allow your dentist to examine your mouth structure. They look into the gum tissue, bone, and the treatment area, which is crucial in planning the procedure.
  • The implant is screwed into the jaw bone via surgery. It can take up to six months for the site to heal and the implant to fuse into the bone. Protecting the area is crucial, so it helps to avoid hard, crunchy, and sticky food.
  • The post is then attached to the implant. The artificial tooth can be placed on it the same day or during a separate surgery.
  • Once the implant has healed, artificial teeth fittings come next. This step may require multiple visits and can take up to two months.
  • The artificial teeth are then attached to the implant, revealing a renewed smile.
  • Your dentist will provide you with aftercare instructions once the treatment is complete.

Recovery times are individual, and your dentist will monitor your progress.

Dental implants can last a long time with good oral hygiene habits and regular dental visits. They may need to be tightened or replaced over time. But other than that, maintenance is the same as caring for your natural teeth.

To learn more about the process, contact us today at 647.490.6052. We’re happy to answer your dental care-related questions.

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