Dental Implants: What You Need to Know

Dental Implants: What You Need to Know


If your smile is missing teeth, chances are that simple daily tasks like eating or talking may have become difficult. Not to mention that your attitude towards smiling or being social may be subdued as well because you are feeling self-conscious. Difficult oral health problems can be created as well. Luckily, dentists have a treatment option available to help restore the function and beauty of your smile – the Dental Implant.

What Exactly is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants consist of a titanium post and an artificial tooth that will be placed into your mouth to take the place of the missing tooth or missing teeth. The implant post is made of titanium and will be surgically implanted into your jawbone. After a healing time of between 3-6 months, the implant post will have become fused to your jawbone and is now ready to support an artificial tooth. This process is called osseointegration. The visible portion of the artificial tooth is made of a ceramic material and will be screwed or cemented into place on top of the implant post.

What’s Involved in Placing Dental Implants

The first step in getting dental implants installed is placing the implant post into or onto the patients jawbone and then waiting for the healing process to complete. Once the implant area has healed and osseointegration has occurred, the implant will be covered by new gum tissue. The implant will need to be exposed and a healing collar attached. After that an impression mold will be taken so that a fixture used to attach an artificial ceramic tooth, as well as the artificial tooth itself, can be fabricated. It is important that both pieces fit perfectly onto the post and into the gap. Once the artificial tooth is ready, it will be test fitted and then cemented or screwed into place.

There are two types of dental implants used by dentists today:

Endosteal implants are most commonly used and feature an implant post that is placed into the jawbone.

Subperiosteal implants are designed for patients whose jawbone isn’t sufficient to support an endosteal implant and instead feature an implant that is placed on top of the bone.

The Advantages of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer many distinct advantages when compared with other forms of restorations such as:

  • Implants take the place of your natural teeth and offer the same functionality and appearance.
  • Dental implants are stable and secure, meaning they wont shift or slip out of position.
  • Unlike with dentures or bridges, there are no additional cleaning procedures required. Implants are cleaned just like your natural teeth. There is no need for removal or overnight soaking.
  • Neighbouring teeth remain intact, meaning no shaving or installation of crowns is required to install a dental implant.
  • Dental implants can help with a sagging facial expression and can restore the natural contour of your face.
  • Implants prevent your other teeth from moving to fill in the gaps caused by missing teeth.
  • Dental implants are custom fabricated to match or upgrade your existing smile – no one will know you have dental implants.
  • Implants can help patients rediscover their zest for life by allowing them to speak, chew and smile normally with confidence.

If you are suffering from missing teeth, contact our office for a free consultation about whether you’re a candidate for dental implants and how they can help restore your smile.

Bone Grafts and Dental Implants: Fixing Your Missing Teeth

Bone Grafts and Dental Implants: Fixing Your Missing Teeth

 

In order to receive dental implants, you need adequate bone density to properly anchor the implant into place. If you do not have enough bone, there are options to correct the issue so that you can receive implants. A procedure referred to as bone grafting is used, and while it may sound painful, advances in technology have made the procedure possible with minimal pain and easy healing.

 

Why Bone Density Matters for Long Term Dental Care

 

Dental implants have a metal post that is placed into your jawbone and used to anchor the top of the crown (or the tooth). Ensuring good bone density, therefore, is as important to your dental health as it is to your overall wellness. The implant needs full support within the bone to ensure the tooth on top is as strong as your natural teeth. If you do not have sufficient volume of bone present, you will need a bone graft first.

A bone graft is used to help recreate bone and the soft supportive tissues required for dental implants.

There are numerous types of bone grafts a professional will use, but here are the four main categories they fall into:

1. Autograft – This is when the bone is used from your own mouth
2. Allograft – This uses bone that is genetically similar to your own bone
3. Xenograft – This uses bone that is genetically dissimilar
4. Synthetic – This type of bone is not real, but it is biocompatible material

Most patients that require a bone graft have lost significant bone volume due to denture damage, tooth gaps, and decay or gum disease.

 

How Bone Grafts Work with Dental Implants

 

Bone grafts can be done at the same time your implants are installed but will depend on the amount of bone being grafted. If the bone graft must be done first, your dentist will create a timeline for the treatment that you must follow. If the implant is installed too early, the graft may not have adequate time to seal and harden.

Luckily, bone grafts do not cause severe pain. You may experience minor discomfort similar to other oral procedures. You will also be given medication to control the pain and any swelling, but most discomfort will subside within 24 to 48 hours. The technology used at Dr. Cyrus’s office is state-of-the-art and ensures as little pain as possible for both the graft and implants.

If you need bone grafting for your implants or you have questions about your overall dental care, come see Dr. Cyrus.

Give us a call at 416-287-2426 today to schedule an appointment.

 

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