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Dental Implants

If you have teeth missing, dental implants are a viable alternative to bridges and dentures. They support artificial replacement teeth and replace roots that have been damaged or destroyed. These implants have the appearance of natural teeth and are comfortable to wear.

What is a dental implant?

As artificial roots constructed from titanium, dental implants are inserted into the jawbone and used as an anchor to hold replacement teeth in place. Their benefits include:

  • The appearance and functionality of natural teeth
  • No bulky or awkward feeling in your mouth
  • Improved facial appearance, especially in the jawline, lips, and cheeks
  • Reduced (or eliminated) bone atrophy

Why dental implants instead of bridges or dentures?

Bridges and dentures are also used to replace missing teeth, but they have their unique drawbacks. Bridges may require healthy teeth to be modified to accommodate them, which can weaken these teeth. Some patients find dentures uncomfortable and dislike the fact that they are removable.

Bridges and dentures are also used to replace missing teeth, but they have their unique drawbacks. Bridges may require healthy teeth to be modified to accommodate them, which can weaken these teeth. Some patients find dentures uncomfortable and dislike the fact that they are removable.

How do dental implants work?

A small titanium cylinder replaces the root of the missing tooth. Dentists prefer titanium because it can bond easily with bone, allowing the cylinder to act as a fully functional substitute root. This titanium implant can be used to support a single replacement tooth or hold a denture more securely in place.

What is the dental implant placement process?

After numbing the area with a local anaesthetic (you may opt for intravenous sedation to relax you if you are nervous), your dentist will carefully and precisely place the titanium root. It can take anywhere from three to six months for the implant to properly bond to your jawbone. Depending on circumstances, a temporary replacement tooth may be set on the implant right away, or your dentist may recommend a temporary denture or bridge instead.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care and regular check-ups, your dental implant and replacement tooth will last for years. Make sure that you pay special attention to the gum tissue around the implant, as it is susceptible to the same diseases that can affect the gums around your natural teeth.

Our office uses the finest implant systems from labs and manufacturers known for their quality product and excellent reputation, so you can anticipate years of comfort and functionality from your new implant.