Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (typically titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a Periodontist - a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have complications - just like natural teeth.
Reasons for dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Restore a patient’s confidence and smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
What does getting dental implants involve?
A thorough examination and radiographs (typically a CBCT) are taken of the oral cavity to determine the volume of available bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. Under local anaesthesia (and possible IV sedation), the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate. This process requires 2-6 months healing depending on the quantity and quality of available bone. In some cases a second surgical procedure is required to place a healing abutment or temporary crown.
Once the dental implant has successfully integrated, and its healing is verified by Dr MacDonald, your restorative dentist or prosthodontist will begin fabrication of your new implant supported prosthesis.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new implant.