Dental implants are replacement teeth roots that will support an artificial tooth or teeth. They are generally comfortable and look natural. You can brush, floss, eat, drink and sleep with your dental implants in. They are a common and effective way to replace a lost natural tooth.
Implants can be a good option for someone with missing teeth that would like a smile without gaps. They also help restore the overall function of the mouth as well as providing an aesthetic solution.
You might be a good candidate for dental implants if you:
- Have one or more missing teeth
- Have adequate bone to secure the implants or are able to have a bone graft
- Have healthy oral tissues
- Are unable or don’t want to wear dentures
Steps to Getting Dental Implants
The Canadian Dental Association provides a step-by-step guide on the dental implant procedure with illustrations. The general steps are:
- If needed, the patient receives any bone grafting or removal of any damaged teeth.
- A dental implant is inserted under gum tissue into the jaw bone.
- Once healed, the dentist attaches an abutment to the implant.
- An artificial tooth is attached to the abutment. If several adjacent teeth are being replaced, a fixed bridge may be attached to the dental implants.
The first step is a comprehensive dental exam. This may include x-rays and having models of your teeth and jaw made. Your dentist will also want to discuss your medical history and any medications you may currently be taking. You can also talk to Dr. Beeram about sedation dentistry as an option for you during this dental procedure.
Then a customized treatment plan will be developed for you. It will take several appointments over several months before your final appointment. This will allow healing to take place between procedures.
It is important to monitor for signs of infection. This is one of the risks involved with dental implants. Watch for red or swollen gums, fever, pus, bleeding when brushing, or wobbly implants. Contact our office if you notice signs of infection.
When Dental Implants Aren’t a Good Solution
Dental implants can take some time and aren’t a quick fix. They provide a solid support for new teeth and the jaw bone needs to heal tightly around the inserted post of the implant. Healing around the post can require several appointments and can take some time.
If your jawbone hasn’t fully developed or there is not enough bone to hold an implant, your dentist may suggest other options. This is also not a good procedure for you if you smoke or use tobacco products. Smoking can affect the healing process and may reduce the long term success rate.
Other Options for Missing Teeth
Dental implant surgery differs from other tooth replacement options as it replaces the root as well as the tooth. Other tooth replacement options are dentures, crowns, or bridges.
Dental Implants in Tsawwassen
An implant can prevent bone loss and support a healthy jaw when missing a tooth. They act as your natural teeth would allowing you to chew, talk and smile. Proper care is required to maintain healthy gums and good oral hygiene. This tooth replacement solution can boost your confidence and contribute to your overall oral health.
Book an Appointment
Dr. Beeram will give you a dental exam and determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. He will then thoroughly discuss the procedure with you. If you’re ready for natural-looking teeth to replace your missing teeth, book an appointment at our Tsawwassen dental clinic today.