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Dental Implant

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium screw (“the root”) that integrates directly with the surrounding bone and,with a crown,  replaces the function of the natural tooth.

Dental implants are used to replace teeth when they there is no hope of survival. Over time, the implant fuses with the bone and remains a strong support for the fake teeth (crown or bridge).

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

There are many advantages to dental implants, including:

  • Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
  • Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
  • Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
  • Conservative. Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
  • Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.

 

What Is Involved in Getting a Dental Implant?

The first step in the process is the development of treatment plan. The plan will address your specific needs and is prepared by a team of professionals who are specially trained in implants and restorative dentistry. This team approach provides coordinated care based on the implant option that is best for you.

Next, implant is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the bone heals, it grows around the implanted titanium screw, anchoring it securely in the jaw. The healing process can take from six to 12 weeks.

Once the implant has integrated to the jawbone, a small connector post(abutment) is attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth. To make the new tooth or teeth, your dentist takes impressions of your teeth, and creates a model of your bite. A replacement tooth, called a crown, is then attached to the abutment.

Your dentist also will match the colour of the new teeth to your natural teeth. Because the implant is secured within the jawbone, the replacement teeth look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth.

There is the option to have one, or multiple dental implants in order to support a single or multiple teeth – which will all depend on your individual situation.

Do you think this is the treatment for you?  We can help you! Contact us today to book an appointment.