Dental implants are titanium devices that replace the root of the natural tooth. Implants are anchored into the jaw to provide a solid base for artificial tooth replacement. After an implant is installed into the underlying bone, artificial teeth are attached, enabling normal mouth function.
All of our services are performed by a general dentist.
Dental implants are not for everyone. If you do not have enough healthy jaw bone to support an implant, you may require a bone graft. In order to allow dental implants, gum tissues should be disease free.
Patients with medical conditions that affect the body’s ability to heal and repair itself, such as diabetes and cancer, as well as patients with conditions affecting the ability to use their hands and arms, are usually not good candidates. Likewise, patients who are not committed to thorough home care are better off with other restorative options.
First, your mouth will be examined thoroughly, possibly including a CT scan and x-rays of your head, jaw and teeth. Plaster moulds will be made of your upper and lower jaws to reveal their exact alignment. This evaluation helps your dentist determine your candidacy and what kind of implant would benefit you most.
Once you and your dentist have decided which treatment option is right for you, your surgery will be scheduled. The surgical phase of implant treatment is typically performed in two stages, although it can sometimes be done in one stage.
During the first surgery, your dentist places the actual implant in your jawbone. The implants are placed beneath the tissue, and the gum is stitched back into place. Your dentist will give you further instructions and schedule your follow-up appointment.
You may experience some swelling and discolouration of the gums as well as some discomfort. Within a few days, the gums will likely return to normal. To allow implants to heal properly, you should eat a soft diet such as soup or mashed potatoes.
The second stage of surgery is usually performed three to six months after the first.
During this surgery, your dentist will attach extension posts or healing abutments that will join to the implants to help form the gums around the implant, preparing them for the prosthetic tooth. In a few weeks, additional impressions may be taken of your mouth so that the dentist knows where to position your new teeth.
The final stage is known as the restorative phase. At this point, your new teeth will be fitted to your mouth. It will take a few days for your dentist to create a prosthesis and fit it to the abutments inside your mouth. Once you begin to use the prosthesis, your dentist may need to make further adjustments.
You’ll need to schedule several checkups during the following year so that your dentist can ensure your implants are functioning properly. Be sure to call your dentist if you have any pain or discomfort in your jaws or mouth, if you feel the “bite” is not right, or if the prosthesis is loose.
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