Are you missing one or more teeth? Tooth loss, damage, and discolouration occur for many reasons and can leave patients feeling their smile is incomplete. At Forest Lawn Dental Centre, we provide dental implants that can help restore the function and appearance of your smile. This solution has many benefits and is ideal for most patients who want to replace their teeth. Don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation at our office and keep reading to learn more about what to expect!
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that can be surgically placed in your jaw to serve as an anchor for a crown, dental bridge or dentures. It’s typically made of titanium and lasts a lifetime.
A dental implant can be used to restore your smile if you’ve lost your teeth. This prosthesis can also be used to replace a severely damaged or painful tooth. Your dental implant will support an artificial tooth that’s custom-made to match the size, shape and colour of your natural teeth. It will give you a healthy-looking smile and no one will notice that you have the implant.
Additionally, a dental implant can make it easier to eat and speak, especially if you were missing several teeth. This prosthesis is also more durable, comfortable and convenient than other tooth replacement solutions.
Is a Dental Implant Right for You?
If you have a gap in your smile, dental implants can be an effective replacement for your missing teeth. If you’re considering your options, the best course of action is to book a consultation with your dentist to discuss appropriate options based on your health. While most patients are able to get dental implants without a problem, it’s not the right solution for everyone. Dental implants may be recommended if:
Since missing teeth can cause your jawbone to resorb over time, you may not have enough bone tissue to support the implant. If this is the case, a bone graft might be required before you can get a dental implant.
How Does the Procedure Work?
Your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to ensure you don’t feel any pain during the dental implant procedure. If you’re apprehensive, we also offer oral or IV sedation to ease your anxiety and maximize your comfort. Once your mouth is numb, your dentist will remove the old tooth if necessary and place the titanium implant in your jaw.
Afterwards, the bone and the gum tissue will need to heal, which can take several months. Following the recovery period, your dentist will attach an abutment to the implant. This small metal post is what will hold the artificial tooth or dental bridge in place.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
A dental implant is a permanent solution that can last a lifetime. However, just like your natural teeth, it needs to be properly cared for. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristle brush and flossing daily. You should also schedule a professional cleaning and exam with your dentist twice a year.
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