Periodontics & Implants
If you’ve damaged a tooth, don’t despair! Thanks to modern technology, we now have dental implants (or tooth implants) made with posts of biocompatible titanium alloy that look almost exactly like natural teeth. Many of our patients report feeling healthier and more confident about their appearance after receiving dental implants. However, you’ll have to discuss with our dental professional first to determine if you are an eligible candidate for this procedure, as it may depend on your dental and general health. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Conventional periodontal procedures include:
Pocket reduction and crown lengthening
Aesthetic and reconstructive periodontics
Soft tissue grafting for correction of gingival recession
Pre-prosthetic site development: alveolar ridge augmentation, maxillary sinus floor augmentation (both direct and indirect), guided bone regeneration (GBR)
What are Dental Implants?
Simply put, a dental implant acts as a replacement to a missing dental root. It is attached to the jawbone and anchors the replacement artificial tooth to the jaw. Tooth implants are often made of titanium metal, but you probably can’t tell the difference between an artificial tooth and an implant. Dental implants can replace one tooth or an entire row of teeth.
What Happens During a Dental Implant Procedure?
A dental implant procedure may take several trips to the dentist. The surgery itself involves two stages. First, however, you’ll sit down with your dentist for a consultation to discuss whether dental implants are the right choice for you and your dental situation.
In the first phase of surgery, the dental implant will be inserted into your jawbone underneath your gum tissue. The gum tissue will then be stitched back together and you will wait for it to heal. As your gum heals, the implant will bond with your jawbone. This process can take multiple months.
In the second phase of surgery, the dentist will attach an abutment (or a post) to your jawbone. This abutment’s job is to connect your artificial replacement tooth to the implant. Sometimes, these two phases of surgery may be completed in one visit.
Next, the artificial replacement tooth is attached to the abutment. Please note that you may require multiple appointments to properly fit the replacement. If you are replacing multiple teeth, we will anchor a bridge to your implants.
While tooth implants look and act much like natural teeth, they do require specialized cleaning. Our dentist will walk you through how to care for your implants. You may require regular appointments to check up on them.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
The benefits of dental implants are many. For example, you may:
Feel and look better with a full smile of healthy-looking teeth
Experience higher levels of self-esteem and well-being
Effectively chew the food you enjoy
Find it easier to speak
Discover that adjusting to implants is simple because they feel, look, and act like natural teeth
Help you maintain jaw bone levels, which may minimize the look of aging
People who have healthy gums, enough bone in the jaw, and general good health may be good candidates for dental implants. However, if your jaw experienced abnormal development or if it has shrunk, you may require a bone graft done first to make it ready for the implant. We’ll discuss with you your eligibility for dental implants at our Mississauga clinic if you’re interested in this procedure.
For any questions related to your dental health, please contact us.
Our dentists will ensure that they give you the best treatment available. Call us to make an appointment.