Millions of Canadians suffer from tooth loss caused by gingivitis, tooth decay, excessive tobacco use, periodontal diseases or dental injury. The good news is, contemporary advances in dentistry have allowed dentists to treat tooth loss in several ways, the most ideal of which are dental implants.
Dental implants are an optimal, versatile and permanent solution for patients affected by significant tooth loss. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that your dentist installs into your jawbone beneath the gums, and are then used to secure and support dental bridges, dentures and individual replacement teeth. Because they are small, durable and lightweight, dental implants are comfortable, painless and do not disrupt your daily life.
Patients who have a good amount of intact bone beneath their teeth, as well as gums free of periodontal disease are ideal candidates for dental implants. The process of having dental implants installed involves as few as two or three visits to the dentist. Prior to receiving the dental implant, the needs of each individual patient are carefully assessed in order for the dentist to provide dental implant treatment options. The implant is then carefully installed into the bone socket left behind by a missing tooth. During the healing process (which will take several weeks) the implant will bond into the jawbone.
In the meantime, your dentist will create artificial teeth based on impressions taken of your gums and bite. The impression allows your dentist to create teeth that will fit seamlessly and comfortably with the rest of your natural teeth. After your implants are installed, the artificial teeth will be placed over the implants and you will be free to enjoy your favourite foods, speak with eloquence and smile with confidence.
Dental implants are a versatile choice for patients with missing teeth. Because they are made from titanium alloys, they are durable and require less follow-up visits to the dentist compared to dentures and dental bridges. They are ideal because they allow a patient to enjoy their new and functional teeth without hassle and worry that they might become loose. And just like normal teeth, they require the same amount of dental care, such as flossing and brushing -- you’ll feel as if you’ve never lost your teeth in the first place.