Dental Implants: Permanent, Natural-Looking Tooth Replacement
There are millions of Canadians currently dealing with missing teeth, and besides the impact they can have on the smile’s appearance, missing teeth can also make someone much more susceptible to developing additional dental problems such as gum disease, which itself can lead to even more tooth loss! For a patient hoping to replace their missing teeth, they need look no further than dental implants.
Over the past two decades, dental implants have become the most lifelike and durable solution to tooth loss available today, and you can get them right here in Scarborough at the Bal Dental Centre. Dr. Gus Bal is able to provide complete dental implant care all under one roof, making it even easier to rebuild your smile. To learn more about how this treatment could dramatically help your smile and oral health, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is placed directly into the jawbone in order to mimic the root structure of a lost tooth. This can then be attached to a variety of prosthetics that can replace everything from a single tooth to an entire arch.
What is the Dental Implants Procedure Like?
A minor oral surgery is necessary in order to get dental implants, and the Bal Dental Centre can confidently handle it in-house. Using highly-detailed scans of your jaw, we’ll find the perfect places for your implants to ensure your new teeth are both strong and secure. After the procedure has been completed, you’ll be given 3-6 months to heal, during which time the implants will actually integrate directly to your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. Once you have healed, you’ll return to our office to have your new teeth placed.
How Dental Implants Replace Missing Teeth
- Single Tooth: An all-porcelain dental crown will be attached directly to an implant post, and it will be shaped and shaded to completely blend in with the rest of your smile.
- Multiple Teeth: Two implant crowns can be used to support an implant-retained bridge. Two implants are placed on either side of the gap in the smile, and these are attached to prosthetic teeth that sit above the gum line and close the space.
- Entire Row of Teeth: A full denture can actually be affixed to dental implants as well, providing a hold and stability much stronger than a traditional removable prosthetic. And, for patients whose jawbone may be too thin or brittle due to bone degeneration (which is common after tooth loss) to support normal implants, this treatment can also be completed using mini-dental implants, which are much smaller posts that can work better for certain patients.
In any case, dental implants can give patients the smile they thought they may have lost forever. They have a 98% success rate and can easily last for 30 years or more with the proper maintenance. To learn more about dental implants and if they are right for you, please contact us today.