Are you considering having a single tooth or multiple teeth replaced? The state-of-the-art gold standard in tooth replacement is called a dental implant. It’s available from the qualified team at Plenty Smiles.
A dental implant looks like a small screw. It’s designed to mimic the root of a tooth. Your jawbone will grow around the implant. When that occurs, you can have a restoration placed on top of the implant to complete treatment.
The Many Types of Dental Implants
There are different types of dental implants that can be used depending on what you need. It is appropriate to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all teeth. Your dental implant can be designed to exact specifications of colour and size.
Titanium and Zirconia Implants
The typical material that dental implants are made from is titanium, which is strong and long-lasting. If you’re looking for a nonmetal alternative, we offer that, too. This alternative is called zirconia and is also durable and can hold the restoration you need. Your implant will look completely natural and blend in with any remaining teeth you have.
If you are seeking to have a single tooth replaced with a dental implant, the first step is to have a free consultation with one of our dentists. At that visit, you can talk about your expectations and have some X-rays taken that will allow us to determine if a dental implant is right for you.
We’ll schedule your appointment for the implant surgery and follow-ups. After the implant is placed, the site will heal over a period of time, which can take anywhere from 1-6 months. That all depends on your bone quality and your particular situation. When it has healed, we can place a dental crown on the implant to complete the treatment.
You can think of All-On-4 like a hybrid option that combines dentures and dental implants. It’s a denture made up of teeth that are affixed to dental implants. There can be four, five or six implants that your dentures are anchored to.
To get All-On-4, you’ll start with having an initial consultation, which is completely complimentary. During that appointment, you’ll have X-rays taken. Then, you can return for a follow-up to go over the results. You’ll learn what each step of the process is. If any of your teeth need to be extracted, we’ll proceed with that, then place your implants. A healing time is required, after which you can return to have your denture placed onto the implants. Meanwhile, you’ll receive a temporary device so that you can eat and smile with ease until your All-On-4 is finished.
Dental Implants are one of the most effective ways to reduce the chance of bone loss but also help to combat the issue. They prevent any further issues from developing and aid in the restructuring of the mouth, after the loss of a tooth.
Dental Implants help to stimulate the bone to restore bone production. They act like a tooth and the bone treats them like a tooth is there. The bone will slowly grow up around the implant, restoring any type of bone loss that may have taken place from a lost tooth.
There is a chance that if the area of the implant has been without a tooth for a while, a bone graft may be required.
What is bone graft?
A bone graft works by adding bone to your existing jawbone. This enables it to hold the implant securely in place. Your dentist will decide if this process is needed before your implants by looking at the CBCT scan and your OPG. The bone grafting will only be required if the dentist can see a lot of bone loss in the area where the implant will take place.
As you can see it is crucial that when a tooth or several teeth are lost, we create a solution straight away. If you act sooner rather than later, you protect your bone and facial shape.
Our practice features the latest in modern dental technology. This includes OPG, CT scans and X-rays. Our equipment will allow us to perform your implant study here in the clinic without having to refer out to determine whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants.