Dental Implants for a beautiful and healthy smile

Implants

What is it

A dental implant is an artificial titanium “root” that is secured into either the upper (maxillary) or lower (jaw) bone of the mouth.

The implant is used to secure an artificial crown, bridge, or denture into the mouth, which are identical in appearance and function to real teeth.

When is it needed/Risks of not getting it done

A dental implant is ideal if you have one or more missing teeth.

Over time, the teeth surrounding the missing tooth/teeth gap will gradually shift towards the gap, which can result in misalignment of the facial structure, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), negatively affect ability to chew, bone loss, and gum disease.

A dental implant can prevent these negative outcomes by correcting your bite to ensure that the forces placed on the teeth are evenly distributed as well as improving the look, shape, and straightness of your teeth.

Dental implants provide a comfort that dentures may not be able to provide, especially during eating. They are secure and durable, and don’t move around because they are just as your natural teeth would be, and so do not feel any different.

How is it done

First, your dentist will examine your mouth and may take an x-ray to determine whether you have enough bone to support a dental implant.

When sufficient bone exists, the implant is secured into either the maxillary bone (for upper implant restoration) or jawbone (for lower implant restoration). This procedure typically takes an hour or less.

Following placement of the implant, the bone will need sufficient time to heal, which can take up to 20 weeks.

Once the implant is completely integrated and the bone has healed, the restoration (e.g., crown, bridge, denture) can be secured to the implant.

Implants must be taken care of, similar to natural teeth, by brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist for regular checkups. They are very durable and can last for many years, if not an entire lifetime.

Depending on where the implant will be placed, it may be necessary to increase the amount of bone through one of the following three procedures:

Implant Restoration

What is it

Implant restoration refers to the dental restoration that is fixed within the mouth (i.e., cemented, screwed, or snapped) via dental implant following implant placement.

Common restorations of this type are crowns, bridges, and dentures. These implant restorations are visually and functionally identical to real teeth.

When is it needed/Risks of not getting it done

Implant restorations are required following the placement, healing, and integration of the dental implant.

In the absence of either a single tooth or multiple teeth, the teeth surrounding the gap will gradually shift towards the gap, which can result in misalignment of the facial structure, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), negatively affect ability to chew, bone loss, and gum disease.

An implant restoration can prevent these negative outcomes by correcting your bite to ensure that the forces placed on the teeth are evenly distributed as well as improving the look, shape, and straightness of your teeth.

How is it done

First, implant placement must take place. It can take up to 20 weeks after this procedure for the surrounding tissue to heal and for the implant to be fully integrated into the bone.

Following healing and integration of the implant, the mouth is scanned using iTero technology. This extremely precise digital scan imaging is used to take impression of your mouth and ensures that the restoration will be a perfect fit.

These impressions are then sent to the dental laboratory, where your implant restoration (e.g., crown, bridge, or denture) is fabricated.

We receive the restoration from the lab and it is secured into your mouth via the dental implant.

Implants must be taken care of, similar to natural teeth, by brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist for regular checkups. They are very durable and can last for many years, if not an entire lifetime.