Dental Implants – Replacing Missing Teeth
If one or more of your teeth are missing, there are a number of ways to replace them. An alternative to bridges, partials or complete dentures may be dental implants. Implants are used to replace missing roots and support artificial replacement teeth. They are comfortable and look like natural teeth.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium metal. It is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth. An artificial replacement tooth is attached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place.
Who can get dental implants?
If you are in good general health, have healthy gums and have enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant, dental implants may be right for you. If your jawbone has shrunk or if it has not developed normally, you may be able to have a bone graft to build up the bone. A bone graft is a way of adding new bone to your jawbone.
How dental implants are done
Your mouth will be examined and x-rays or a 3D scan may be taken of your jaw and teeth to find out if dental implants are right for you. Sufficient thickness & depth of the bone is required to support an implant.
During the first stage of surgery, the dental implant is placed into your jawbone beneath the gum tissue. As the tissue heals, the implant will bond with the bone and attach to the gum. It can take 4-6 months to heal.
During the second stage of surgery and once the tissue is healed, an implant supported crown will be attached to the implant. This is when your implant will replace all normal tooth function again.
Caring for my dental implant(s)
Because dental implants are placed in the jawbone, implant crowns attached to implants look and act much like natural teeth. Like natural teeth, implants need to be kept clean using a toothbrush and floss. We will show you the proper cleaning procedure for implants. Regular dental checkups are important so we can make sure that your bite is right and that your implants are not loose.
If you have any questions related to dental implant procedure, costs and/or whether or not you are a candidate please do contact Luma Dental right away, we’re happy to help.
Please book an appointment with our dentists to see if dental implants are the right option for you. Luma Dental provides excellent dental implant services to our patients in Toronto.