Dental implants are stronger and more durable than other restorative options.
When natural teeth are missing or are not able to be saved, a person’s quality of life can be greatly improved with the placing of dental implants and aesthetically pleasing replacement teeth.
Dental implants are stronger and more durable than other restorative options. Implants can be used to support a crown replacing a single missing tooth, to support a bridge for the replacement of multiple missing teeth and also with dentures to increase the denture’s stability and reduce gum tissue irritation.
When implants have been recommended the patient will be referred to have a 3-dimensional ICAT x-ray taken. This x-ray will be used as a diagnostic tool before and during your implant surgery.
Implants are typically surgically placed in a single sitting but require a period of “osseointegration”. Osseointegration is the process by which the dental implant anchors with the bone of the jaw. This process takes anywhere from three to six months to anchor and heal. Once this has taken place the procedure is completed with the placement of a crown, bridge or denture.
Dental implants are among the most successful procedures in dentistry, however, if you are a smoker you should consider quitting smoking as smokers face a higher risk of implant failure.
Dental implants are not susceptible to the formation of cavities however proper brushing, flossing and regular visits to your dental hygienist are extremely important.