Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically placed into the jaw bone to replicate the roots of teeth. They are ideal to replace single missing teeth or provide support or a fixed solution for dental appliances such as complete removable dentures.
The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are very strong and durable and have a high success rate to last many years. However, on occasion the crown that sits on the implant may need to be retightened or replaced due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
- Restore a patient’s confident smile.
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Restore or enhance facial tissues.
- Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
- The process of getting implants requires a number of visits over several months.
A dental CT scan is first required to determine how much bone width and height we have to work with in order to place an implant. To place an implant we need to have enough bone and good gums that will allow placement in a position that will work with your bite.
All procedures can be done with local anesthetic. In some cases bone grafting is required to be done and left to heal for several months before placing an implant. Once the implant is placed it is required to heal for 3-6 months to integrate with the bone. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place.
After the implant has been tested for successful integration, it is a matter of weeks for the artificial teeth that sit on the implants to be fabricated. This portion is done by a general dentist
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.
For more information on this procedure and other important dental health topics, please see the following link: Canadian Academy of Periodontology.