In North America, a significant number of adults have one or more missing teeth. This can occur due to trauma from accidents, decay, structural damage of the tooth, gum and bone disease, or from a medical condition. The loss of one or more teeth can lead to a number of problems. This can include but is not limited to: loss of function, tipping and rotation of adjacent teeth, loss of facial form, loss of an aesthetic smile, improper phonetics, and greater strain on the remaining teeth. In certain situations, a bridge can be an excellent choice for replacing these missing teeth. (I copy and pasted this from the Bridges as I thought it was relevant here too. Hope that’s OK)
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants might be the right option for you. Let us help you achieve the smile your desire.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is basically a titanium screw that heals to the jaw bone where the root of your tooth used to be.
It can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, to secure a denture or even assist in moving teeth orthodontically.
Why should I consider a dental implant?
Dental implants look, feel and function like a normal tooth. They allow you to chew, talk and smile like normal. They also help to preserve the jawbone, because after a tooth is removed the jawbone starts to resorb. You can lose up to 60% of the volume of the jawbone just one year after a tooth is removed. And they don’t get cavities. Essentially, it is the closest thing you can get to having the real tooth.
How do dental implants work?
For replacing a single tooth or multiple adjacent teeth.
A dental implant is a lot like the root of a tooth.
- The dental implant is surgically placed into the jawbone in the space where the tooth root used to be.
- Once placed in the jaw, the bone grows and attaches itself to the implant. This process is called osseointegration. It typically takes about 3 months. The dental implant can be fitted with a temporary tooth during this healing period. Patients are often surprised by how comfortable this procedure is. Typically there is less pain to have a dental implant placed than there was for the tooth extraction.
- Once the dental implant has healed and integrated to the bone, an impression is taken and a crown is made to match the colour and shape of your natural tooth.
- This crown is cemented or screwed onto the implant. All you see and feel is a natural tooth.
- In ideal circumstances, it is even possible to have a dental implant placed at the same appointment as the tooth extraction. This reduces the amount of time for you to get a new crown to chew on and smile with.
Great news for Denture wearers!
Studies have shown that denture wearers have only about 10% chewing efficiency as compared to natural teeth. This can make eating your favorite foods difficult.
- Amazingly, Implant secured dentures can improve your chewing efficiency to 60% of natural teeth as well as the added confidence of knowing your denture will remain in place when talking, laughing, singing and eating. Implant secured dentures can be easily removed it for cleaning and sleeping.
- A Fixed (non- removable) implant restoration will restore function up to 90% as well as looking beautifully natural with much less bulk than a conventional denture. This is also a great option for people with a strong gag reflex.
How long do Dental Implants last?
The success rate of the newly designed implants is 98 percent over 15 years and counting. The older designs had a success rate of 90% over 25 years.
How do I know if dental implants are right for me?
Having an adequate amount of bone to place a dental implant is important. Often a 3D x-ray is taken to verify the bone in 3 dimensions, identify important landmarks like nerves and sinuses and help plan the procedure. If there inadequate bone, it is possible to augment the area so that a dental implant can still be placed.
Some risk factors that can affect the health of dental implants is active gum infection, poorly controlled diabetes or other general health problems that would affect bone health or healing.
Dental implants are a great option for most patients missing one or more adult teeth. However, there are certain health restrictions that need to be considered before proceeding to ensure success. That’s where we come in. At Braeside dental care, we work with you to help you determine if implants are the best way to complete your smile.