Dental Implants
Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures need not be your only options when replacing missing teeth.
For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums, dental implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges, or the complete dentition through fixed or removable bridges (so called overdentures).
Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes. Other benefits include:
  • Improved biting pressure. Dental implants can often restore the amount of pressure that can be withstood to nearly the same level of healthy natural teeth - over 500 lbs. of biting pressure per square inch.
  • Comfort and fit. Dental implants eliminate the problems that can occur with dentures - slipping and sliding, mouth sores, clicking sounds.
  • Longevity and reliability. Dental implant systems have been shown to last as long as 20 years or more with proper hygiene and care.
  • Increased self confidence. Most people who get dental implants feel they can chew again, talk, laugh and smile with confidence.
Candidates fordental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. A thorough evaluation by one of our specialists will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Should you have inadequate bone for implant placement, there are many procedures available to replace the missing bone before the implant surgery. Once again, the oral surgeon will explain all options open to you so that you could make an informed choice.
Dental implants require a time commitment and a dedicated oral hygiene routine - brushing, flossing, regular dental visits - to make a difference in your overall satisfaction and the longevity of the implant itself. Implants also require a greater financial investment than that of a bridge or denture, however for most the end results make dental implants worth the investment.
The main implants used at the Dental Unit are produced by Nobel Biocare AB (Sweden), the leading worldwide manufacturer.
The Procedure:
Dental implant placement usually takes two surgical appointments:
During the first surgical appointment the implant is placed within the jawbone to serve as an anchor for the post that will eventually support the replacement tooth. Generally three to six months or more is then allowed for the bone tissue to grow around the implants and hold them securely in place. Immediately after surgery, we will give you specific post-surgical instructions to assure the best possible healing. We may prescribe pain medication and, in some cases, antibiotics to help the healing process and alleviate any discomfort. At this time, you may be fitted with temporary dentures or natural looking teeth to help you function as normally as possible. Follow up care is important during this time.
The second surgical appointment takes place once the jawbone has firmly healed around the implant. During the surgery a small post is attached to each implant. The post protrudes through the gum line and serves as an anchor for the replacement tooth. An impression of the post is taken and sent to the lab for the fabrication of the implant crown. During this time a temporary crown is placed. This short procedure usually requires only local anaesthesia. After your gums have healed, the final crown is securely attached to the posts.
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