WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?
Unrestored, lost or missing teeth will cause your bone to recede and, with time, will alter your facial appearance and speech. Dental implant surgery can prevent your bone from receding and help restore the facial structure.
Shortly after you lose natural teeth, the face begins to age and change due to bone loss. The longer you wait, the more changes occur - the muscles that help you chew your food begin to shorten reducing the space between your nose and your chin. A single tooth implant can prevent bone loss and improve the facial skeletal structure.
DENTAL IMPLANT STRUCTURE
A dental implant is a small titanium post which is inserted into the jawbone to replace the natural tooth root and acts as an anchor to hold the artificial tooth firmly in place. Dental implants look like real teeth, allowing you to chew, brush and eat normally and, with proper care and regular oral hygiene, will last a lifetime.
DENTAL IMPLANT PLACEMENT
On your first appointment, the implant is inserted and allowed time to fuse with the bone. This step takes anywhere from three (3) to six (6) months to allow for proper healing for your gum tissue and the bone around tooth replacement. This surgical procedure makes sure that the dental implant fused with the bone. A temporary tooth crown attached to the implant will be placed over the space for the duration of the healing.
On your second appointment - a replacement teeth/crown will be fitted to your dental implant, and an abutment is attached.
FIVE (5) CONSEQUENCES FROM THE LOSS OF TEETH WITHOUT REPLACEMENT
Difficulty chewing - lost or missing teeth can cause issues while chewing food – leading to possible indigestion. Food can get trapped in the missing gap, which may cause decay of nearby teeth.
Drifting teeth - when there is a gap between teeth, adjacent teeth will drift into the empty spaces, causing crooked teeth. Furthermore, opposing teeth may over-erupt.
Changes in face appearance - changes in facial structure due to bone resorption.
Poor speech - can cause difficulty while speaking, especially if front teeth are missing.
Loss of lip support.
BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANT
One of the main advantages of replacing your tooth or teeth with a dental implant is gaining your ability to chew and speak properly.
A replaced dental implant will also improve facial appearance long term, especially for front teeth implants.
With adequately placed implant jaw bone structure remains preserved, keeping other teeth from shifting.
An implant will have a natural appearance and function of your natural teeth.
A restored dental implant will improve confidence allowing you to smile, eat and forget about not having a tooth or a gap, especially if it is in the front or visible when you smile.
Learn more about dental implant cost, success rates and other common questions by visiting our FAQ page. The best way to know an accurate price is to schedule your no-obligation dental implant consultation with our Burlington dentist office. All prices are based on Lakefront Family Dental pricing (lab fees included), which follows the Ontario Dental Association fee guide.
Before the beginning of any treatment, a comprehensive exam and recent digital x-rays will be necessary.
At Lakefront Family Dental, we offer no-interest financing options to fit any budget. We are working with Desjardins financing (https://www.desjardins.com), which offers flexible plans, no required down payment and high rate of approval.
TYPES OF IMPLANTS AND TECHNIQUES
Dental implants come in different types, heights and different sizes. Our Burlington dentist, Dr. Alexandra, will help you to determine which dental implant option is best for your treatment plan.
TYPES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
There are two main types of dental implants: endosteal and subperiosteal.
In our dental office, we offer endosteal dental implants. This is the most common dental implants used in dentistry. A dental implant is a small titanium post that replaces a tooth root allowing us to attach an artificial crown to a dental implant. An implant is a screw which requires a dental crown to complete your natural looking tooth restoration. A dental implant allows us to restore your missing tooth or teeth, helps to anchor your dentures and helps you chew with confidence, just like your natural teeth.
Do I need a bone graft and what is it?
If your jawbone is unable to support dental implants, several techniques can be used by our dentist in order to rebuild and add bone where it is needed. This procedure called bone grafting. Research shows that adding bone graft helps fortify the bone for dental implants placement and generally allows to achieve the best results.
SINUS LIFT (SINUS ELEVATION)
This is another dental procedure that is required when bone deteriorated as a result of missing upper back teeth. This procedure involves adding bone below the sinus where the natural bone has depreciated, leaving not enough bone structure for proper dental placement.
In both, bone graft and sinus lift procedures, additional bone is required to provide a sturdy foundation for your new dental implants.
CBCT IMAGING AND IMPLANTS TREATMENT PLANNING
Dental Cone Beam CT (Computer tomography) is a highly precise digital imaging and implant surgical treatment planning made dental procedures safer, faster and more predictable. Our dentist uses these digital images to analyze the anatomy of your jaw, teeth and soft tissue to determine the best site for dental implant placement before your surgery. This allows for precise implant placement and shortens recovery time.
Implant Care and Preventative Maintenance
There are two ways an implant can become loose and fail once it was successfully placed and fused with crown: excessive force from biting and poor oral hygiene.
Poor oral hygiene and skipping regular teeth cleanings can lead to gum diseases, infection of a tooth root, known as root canal because of the bacteria infection called peri-implantitis. This can be prevented by regular teeth brushing and flossing as well as regular hygiene visits.
Excessive biting creates excessive forces on your implant(s) and other teeth. This is caused by either tooth grinding known as bruxism or lack of other natural teeth or implants to distribute the force amongst other teeth. To avoid it, consider restoring multiple implants, so the biting forces are evenly distributed, helping you to chew with ease.
If you have teeth grinding habit, a nightguard would be the best solution to protect your implant investment.