The Advantages of Dental Implants
Dental implants are an effective and popular way of replacing missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your natural teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile and are considered the standard of care for prosthetic replacement of missing teeth. The materials used to make a dental implant include titanium and other materials which are compatible with the human body.
A dental implant is surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone and is allowed to integrate with the bone over a few months. It acts as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. In turn, this artificial root serves to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. It is the closest thing to a natural tooth because of the stability it offers by standing on its own without affecting the nearby teeth.
Improve your appearance
They look and feel like your natural teeth, and because they are designed to fuse with the bone, they become a permanent part of your smile.
Protect your oral health
When you have missing teeth, you can experience bone loss in your jaw which can affect the stability of your surrounding teeth. This bone loss can impact your facial features greatly.
Also, implants do not alter nearby teeth the way a tooth-supported bridge does. Individual implants allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene. If you have several missing teeth, an implanted supported bridge can be used making it more comfortable and secure.
Implants are very durable and usually will last many years or with good care could last a lifetime. Occasionally they may need to be re-tightened or replaced, depending on individual circumstances.
Easier eating and improved speech
With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip or slide within the mouth and cause you to mumble or slur your words. This problem is eliminated with implants because they function like your own teeth allowing you to eat food without pain or slippage.
Give you back your confidence
Dental implants eliminate the inconvenience of removing dentures or using messy adhesives to keep them in place. You won’t have to worry about your dentures slipping out of your mouth. Implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
What is a dental implant process?
After a consultation with our team to determine where and how to place your implant, we will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your specific needs and condition.
You can use dental implants to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full upper and lower set of teeth. Dental implants typically have three parts:
- The implant – a screw which serves as a root for your new tooth.
- The abutment – a permanent, but removable connector that supports and holds a tooth or a set of teeth.
- The crown (or prosthetic tooth) – this is the part of the tooth you can see.
The dentist will surgically place the implant into the jawbone. Next, the bone around the implant heals. What makes the implant so strong is that the bone grows around it and holds it in place. And finally, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth. Treatment times can vary with the complexity of the implant and your specific condition.
After your treatment, it is important to practice good oral hygiene habits and to see our dentist on a regular basis.
To schedule a consultation, please contact Cambridge Dentistry for an appointment. We have two convenient locations on Dundas and Franklin Plaza (519) 622-3199 or Westgate Plaza (519) 623-2400.