Dental Implants in Woodbridge, ON
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium. It is placed in the jawbone to replace the missing tooth root of a natural tooth. A replacement tooth in the form of a dental crown or another dental prosthetic is attached to the implant afterwards. The dental implant anchors the replacement tooth in place and integrates with the jawbone. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth.
Benefits of dental implants
Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option for a variety of reasons. Take a look at all of the benefits they provide over other tooth replacement options.
Prevents Bone Loss – Dental implants integrate into the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration. This results in a secure and stable foundation in the jawbone. It also means that stimuli generated from chewing will transfer to the bone, preventing bone loss in the area of the dental implant. A dental bridge does not integrate into the jawbone which means that bone loss will result over time in the area of the missing tooth.
Preserves Facial Appearance – Since dental implants prevent bone loss, they also help to preserve your facial appearance. Other tooth replacement options can result in a sunken or sagging look in the affected areas over time.
Improves Appearance – The tooth replacement portion of the dental implant is made to match your natural teeth regarding the shape, size and colour. This ensures that your smile is seamless and natural looking.
Lets You Enjoy Your Favourite Foods – No need to avoid biting into a steak or a corn cob when you have dental implants. The ability of dental implants to fuse into your jawbone allows you to enjoy your favourite foods without restriction.
Easier Speech – Traditional dentures will become ill-fitting over time due to bone loss in the mouth. Dentures that are loose or that slip can make speaking difficult. With dental implants or implant-retained dentures, there is no need to worry about loose dentures.
Longevity – Dental implants can last a lifetime if they are cared for properly. As long as you follow your dentist’s recommendations for maintenance and keep your regular dental hygiene appointments, your dental implants should have no problem lasting a lifetime.
No Cavities – Dental decay or cavities are not a concern when you have a dental implant since it is made of artificial materials. Regular dental hygiene and maintenance are still required, however, to keep the area and nearby teeth healthy.
What is the process like?
The first step is to place the dental implant into the jawbone. Once the dental implant is placed, the gum tissue is sutured back into place, and the area is left to heal. Healing times will vary from patient to patient.
Once the tissues are healed, an attachment or abutment piece will be secured to the top of the dental implant. This attachment piece will allow a dental crown or another dental prosthetic to be secured to the dental implant. Once the attachment part is fitted to the dental implant, a dental crown, implant-retained dental bridge or implant-retained denture can be secured to the dental implant.
Dental Implant Considerations
While most patients will be excellent candidates for this procedure, it is better to replace a missing tooth or missing teeth quickly. If missing teeth are not replaced fairly soon, bone loss will occur in the affected area. Nearby teeth can also drift or move into the area of the missing tooth or teeth. This will result in additional dental procedures to place a dental implant.
Your dentist will be able to answer all of your questions about dental implants and how they can improve your quality of life. We offer complimentary consultations. Call us now: (905) 605-5020 to schedule your free consultation.