Dental implants have become the preferred option for many patients who want to replace single missing teeth. A titanium screw, referred to as a base, is inserted into the jaw bone, which fuses with the natural bone to provide a stable base, and the healing process is between two to four months. After the base of the implant has healed, 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 before the implant tooth is ready to be mounted. The temporary crown is made of softer material which enables your gums to heal around it, and the softer material helps to bolster and protect the implant from the stress of chewing. Additionally, it gives the jawbone the opportunity to progressively become stronger. The main advantage of single tooth implants is that root canal surgery can be avoided, decay can be prevented on surrounding teeth and the patient will achieve additional support in the jaw area.
The dental implants don’t come loose like dentures, and they also benefit overall oral health since they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges. They are also the only tooth replacement option that helps encourage bone growth and avoid bone loss. Getting dental implants right after losing a tooth helps prevent bone loss at that very instant.
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, it is recommended to brush after every meal. If brushing is not possible after lunch, rinsing your mouth with water 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.
It is also necessary to come in for an annual exam and still come in for teeth cleanings. The exams are advised to ensure that the dental implants are in their standard condition, and the teeth cleaning removes the residue on and between the dental implants, which also helps reduce the risk of gum disease. With the right type of maintenance, implants can last two to three decades.