Losing teeth can have a major impact on your quality of life. Approximately 10-15% or people across North America have no teeth and another 40-45% are missing one or more teeth, according to various studies. If you are missing teeth, they should be replaced to restore your natural smile, regain your chewing ability, avoid hampering your speech and prevent any remaining teeth from shifting.
Many of these gaps are filled with dentures but these can weaken the bite, create difficulty in eating and speaking ,and cause discomfort. Others involving one or just a few teeth can be restored using bridges which require cutting down adjoining healthy teeth.
Dental Implants are often a viable alternative to these, and other options. A dental implant is a special metal anchor that is surgically placed into the upper and/or lower jawbone under the gum line. They can then be used to give firm support to dentures, crowns and bridges. Your new implant-based dental restorations will look and feel just like your own natural teeth.
With dental implants, there’s no need to worry about loose full or partial dentures or having to remove any remaining healthy tooth structure. Your new teeth will stay securely in place and they won’t rely on any neighboring teeth for support. You’ll experience tremendous improvements in you ability to smile, laugh, talk and chew. You’ll feel better about yourself knowing the natural beauty of your smile is shining through.
Step 1 : Implants placed in the upper and/or lower jawbone. Will remain covered underneath the gum for approximately two to six month while bone tissue grows on and around them and holds them firmly in place.
Step 2 : Implants uncovered and extensions attached completing foundation for your new teeth.
Step 3 : New fixed or patient-removable restoration placed. Your new teeth will blend naturally with your facial characteristics while providing support needed for improved function and confidence.
A Dental implant is an artificial tooth root (made of synthetic material) that is surgically anchored in your jaw to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or denture in place. Implants are made from metallic materials that are compatible with body tissue (similar metal to those used in knee or hip replacements).
Two to twelve months to complete but each patient heals differently so times will vary. Your dentist will advise you about projected timeline and healing process.
This depends on the area in which they were placed but also on the care that you give them afterwards. With modern techniques and improved materials, the majority of implants last 10 years or more.
Yes, implants may reduce jawbone loss in edentulous (missing all teeth in one or both jaws) patients.
Since implants involve surgery and are more involved, they cost more than traditional dental options. However, some dental procedures and portions of the restoration may be covered by dental and medical insurance policies. We can help you with this process.