Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, dental implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are used to:
- Replace one or several teeth without affecting bordering teeth;
- Support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture;
- Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
Advantages of dental implants over dentures or a bridge
- Aesthetic: Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. No one will ever know that you have a replacement tooth.
- Tooth-saving: Dental implants don’t sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth like a traditional bridge does because neighbouring teeth are not altered to support the implant. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health.
- Confidence: Dental implants will allow you to once again speak and eat with comfort and confidence. They are secure and offer freedom from the irksome clicks and wobbles of dentures.
- Reliable: The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is:
- in good general and oral health;
- has adequate volume of bone needed to support the implant;
- has healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.
The Dental implant procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves a single surgical procedure. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. In most cases, Dr. Bouclin will then place a healing abutment that will protrude through the gum tissue. When the procedure is completed, sutures are placed. You will need to be seen two weeks after the procedure to remove the sutures and evaluate your healing. Healing time varies from two to six months based on a variety of factors that include hardness of bone
Once the implant is healed, your general dentist will be able to start making your new teeth. An impression will be taken and then posts or attachments will be connected to the implants. The teeth replacements are then made over the posts or attachments.
All dental implant procedures are carried out by Dr. Bouclin in our office under local anaesthetic. Generally patients do not need someone to accompany them to the appointment. Patients are usually surprised at how easy the treatment is. For nervous patients, we offer the option of intravenous conscious sedation.
Post treatment care
Dental implants are like your own teeth and will require the same care. In order to keep your implant clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing still apply.