we are here to explain everything you need to know about dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants can also be used to hold dentures or a dental bridge in place.
Why choose Dental Implants?
Because they feel, function, and look like natural teeth, dental implants are a great option for individuals dealing with tooth loss.
Along with working like real, natural teeth, dental implants can:
- Eliminate the bone loss that occurs when a tooth is missing
- Eliminate the shifting of teeth that can occur when a tooth is missing
- Provide the stability and strength needed to enjoy eating your favourite foods without worrying about struggling to chew or damaging a denture
- Prevent gum disease and decay that can occur when a tooth is missing (when teeth migrate towards the open space where a tooth once was, food can lodge in the gap and lead to decay
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What does a Dental Implant procedure involve?
A dental implant is usually completed in stages over several months. The process involves a series of tests and minor surgical procedures. The exact treatment process and length of treatment depends on the individual case, but the following is a general overview of the dental implant procedure.
Prior to the procedure, your dentist will ensure you are an appropriate candidate for a dental implant. CT scans and x-rays will be used to evaluate your jaw bone and help us plan the procedure.
The first procedure involves placing the titanium implant. Pilot holes are drilled into the jawbone and slowly widened to provide space for the implant screw. The implant is placed into the jawbone, a healing cover is placed over the implant.
The next phase is the healing and integration process where the implant anchors into the bone and heals. This typically takes 3 to 6 months.
Once the implant is stable, your dentist will be able to start the process of making you a crown to fit over the implant. A 3-D digital scan of your teeth will be taken, which is used to create the artificial tooth or teeth.
Finally, the artificial tooth or teeth is cemented or screwed onto the implant.
Recovery and aftercare for Dental Implants: What can I expect?
How long do Dental Implants last?
Since the posts are made of titanium, dental implants can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
Are you a candidate for Dental Implants?
A consultation with your dentist is the only way to assess if you are a suitable candidate for a dental implant. Your dentist will discuss with you whether a dental implant procedure is suitable for you and be sure you:
- Have good oral health with no gum disease
- Have a healthy, fully grown jawbone with adequate structure
- Do not have any conditions that affect bone healing