Dental implants have become the preferred option for many patients who want to replace single missing teeth. A titanium screw is inserted into the jaw bone, which is allowed to fuse for between two and four months. Once this has taken place, the permanent implant tooth is manufactured and attached on to the titanium screw.
In some cases, a temporary crown can be placed on the titanium screw until such time as it is ready for the implant to be mounted. This can be of great benefit on cases where anterior teeth are missing. The main advantage of tooth implants is that root canal surgery can be avoided, decay can be prevented on surrounding teeth and the patient will obtain additional support in the jaw area.
Implants can be used to support replacing multiple teeth, thus providing a superior alternative to ill-fitting partial denture sets. If necessary, implants can support the use of partial or full denture sets as well.
Patients are often unsure whether they should have a regular dentist, periodontist or oral surgeon insert their implants. However, surgical specialists are the ones who undergo additional clinical training in order to effectively manage even the most complex implant cases. Our dentists have the necessary training and experience to ensure that all implant procedures are performed to perfection. This means that patients are able to have the surgical and restoration stages of their implants performed at our practice.
If you have missing teeth, get in touch with our practice today. Even one missing tooth can contribute to many health issues, including decay of surrounding teeth, an increased risk of gum disease and a loss of oral function over time. The dentists at our Maple Ridge practice will be able to discuss the option of using implants to replace missing teeth and explain each step of the process to you. Our dentists will help ensure that you are completely satisfied with your new smile afterwards.
Caring for your dental implants is much easier than other replacements for natural teeth. On a day to day basis, you still want to brush after each meal. If brushing is not possible after lunch, a quick swish with some water will still help dislodge some of the residue that accumulates on the implant surfaces. While there is no chance for decay, brushing does remove particles that could contribute to the development of gum disease.
You also need to come in for an annual exam and have cleanings. The exams determine if there is any damage to the dental implants and allows the team to repair the damage before more problems arise. Those cleanings remove residue on and between the dental implants, which also helps reduce the risk of gum disease. With the right type of care, those implants could easily provide excellent service and appearance for two or three decades.