Dental implants replace the root of a missing tooth and once restored, look and function just like a natural tooth. They are suitable for not only single teeth but can also be used as an anchor for multi-unit bridges or a full set of dentures for those who find it hard to keep their dentures in one spot while eating and speaking!
To begin the process a CT scan is required so your dentist can determine if there is adequate bone to support an implant and to plan its ideal placement. The titanium implant is then placed into the jawbone and covered by gum while it integrates with the bone around it.
After allowing approximately three months for healing and integration, the implant is exposed and topped with a healing cap to make room in the gum for the porcelain tooth that will soon restore it. A few weeks later a porcelain crown or bridge is fabricated, which is attached to the implant post restoring both function and aesthetics.
Replacing All of Your Teeth
While dental implants are commonly used to replace single or multiple teeth, there are certain cases where full mouth rehabilitation is required, implants can be used to replace all remaining teeth and used to fill gaps where missing teeth are located.
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Implant Retained Dentures
After tooth loss, the bone and gum that once supported your teeth gradually shrinks away making a full denture harder and harder to keep in place. Loose or ill-fitting dentures can stop you from enjoying the foods you used to and give you low confidence in social situations. Dental implants can be an excellent way to secure your dentures and increase their function. They also have the added benefit of maintaining bone and gum height where they are placed.
Denture retaining implants are exactly the same as those used to replace a single tooth, however instead of restoring with a tooth shaped crown, they are topped with a small metal ball that protrudes from your gum and corresponds with a socket embedded in your denture, thus enabling you to ‘clip’ them into place.
Meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits are critical to the long-term success of dental implants. If you require an appointment to discuss your dental implant needs, please call our friendly staff to make an appointment.