Why fill a tooth gap anyway?
A missing tooth may seem relatively unimportant especially if it’s not apparent when you smile.
However once a tooth is lost, it can trigger a number of other events. Our teeth function as a system and support one another to balance all the forces applied when we chew. When a tooth is lost, these forces can become unbalanced and the other teeth may gravitate towards the gap and cause a misaligned bite. This will make it more difficult to clean your teeth, and can result in tooth decay and periodontal disease. In addition, ongoing bone loss will cause jaw shrinkage.
Placing dental implants not only restores strength and stability to your dental arch, but they also prevent bone loss from occurring.
What are dental implants exactly?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed into the jaw like a tooth root. It’s surgically placed inside the gum and fuses with the bone to create a stable platform that is capable of supporting a dental crown. In addition, dental implants can be used to secure dental bridges and to retain dentures. Dental implants provide a permanent restoration and look and function just like natural teeth. Colour matched to your teeth for a seamless finish, no one will be able to tell the difference.
Can anyone have dental implants?
To be eligible for dental implants it’s imperative that you have healthy gums, sufficient bone, and overall good health. That said, our highly experienced team will assess each case on it’s own merit, so don’t be afraid to come and see us for a consultation. In the event of having insufficient bone, we may recommend a bone graft to increase the amount and depth of your bone, in order to ensure the best chance of implant success.
So what happens during the procedure?
Using 3D imaging and X-rays, we can determine the condition of the bone and the exact placement of where the implant will be placed. Under local anesthesia, the surgical placement of the implant involves making a small incision into the gum to reveal the area beneath in order position the implant. This is a very precise procedure.
Once the implant is in place, the gum tissue is stitched back over the gums and the implant left to heal. This can take between 3 to 6 months, during which time the implant should fuse with the bone.
Once the implant has become solid in the bone, an impression is taken and is sent to the laboratory so the crown can be fabricated. Your crown is attached to the implant. The whole procedure takes around 4-6 months after implant placement to complete and even after this time, the team will want to see you regularly to ensure your implant is functioning properly.
Once placed, provided that good standards of brushing and flossing are maintained, there’s no reason why a dental implant can’t last for many decades to come. To find out more, book a no-obligation consultation at Beacon Smiles Dental. Here you can get all your questions and concerns answered, allowing you to make a better informed dental decision. To make an appointment, call us on (587) 317 4094 today.