Implants are designed to replace the root of a missing tooth and can be used to support crowns, bridges, or dentures.
A dental implant is made of titanium, and looks like a screw. It is placed in the jawbone, where it osseointegrates (fuses with the natural tissue surrounding it). After a healing period, the implant will be ready for an abutment, a connector that links implants and restorations. Once in place, your implant will successfully pair with crowns, bridges, partials, or dentures. If the missing space is not filled, the teeth surrounding the space often drift, and the opposing teeth in the other arch will erupt further into the oral cavity (hypereruption) which can change your bite, lead to possible bone erosion in the area, and even affect your speech.
Getting dental implants involves a careful planning process, installation, integration phase, and then placement of your fixed restoration (i.e. crown, bridge, or denture).
Your first visit will include an examination (a 3D scan and x-rays) of the structure of your jaw to see how much bone you have available and if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If you are not a candidate due to insufficient jaw density then we can discuss options to obtain this bone such as a bone graft. We’ll then determine where each implant will need to be installed, if other adjunctive procedures are necessary, and choose the best type of dental implant for you.
During the first procedure, we make an incision in the gums where the implant will be attached. Next, we drill a hole in the bone where the implant is placed and then sew up the incision. The second part of installation is the implant placement.
Our next step is to place the dental implant in the small hole we created in your jawbone. After the implant has been placed we need to wait for the implant to integrate.
The integration phase is one of the most important parts of your treatment. This is the period of time where the jawbone grows around and fuses to the implant, making it a permanent part of your smile. The healing process can range from three to six months.
Once the dental implant has integrated into your bone we take an impression of your teeth and implant position to create a custom crown to match your adjacent teeth. After the crown has been made and placed, you’ll immediately be able to enjoy improved function and a beautiful, fully restored smile.
Certain aspects of your health must qualify for dental implant placement. Your dentist will help you reach the necessary level of health with preparatory treatments if needed.
Dental implants require the same care as real teeth, including brushing, flossing, rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash, and regular dental check-ups.
The root-form implant is the most common type and basically consists of three main components:
Dental Implants are a popular choice for replacing missing teeth, mainly because of a few advantages they have, including:
Your jawbone begins to shrink from lack of stimulation. Losing your teeth will affect your smile and change the shape of your face, causing you to look prematurely aged. Teeth next to the missing tooth can also become loose over time.
Dental implants can be placed in most healthy adults. Your dentist will be able to tell you after a checkup if dental implants are right for you.
No, dental implants are typically placed under local anesthesia. Most treatments can be completed in your dentist's office.
Most people return to work the next day unless otherwise advised by the dentist. You may be prescribed medication to alleviate any minor discomfort you may have.
Dental implants are low maintenance and provide stability and confidence in your smile. Therefore, the long-term value of dental implants far exceeds conventional treatment options. They are also more comfortable as they are permanent as don't move as you eat or talk.
Prices for Dental Implants in Mississauga vary quite a bit, depending on what type of implant you need, how many teeth are missing, your oral health, etc. Read more on how much do Dental Implants usually cost and the factors affecting the cost.