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Dental Implants

dental implants

Dental implants are one of the most recent developments for the replacement of missing teeth. They are a possible substitute for bridges or dentures. They are artificial roots that offer an anchoring device for a new tooth.

Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants as you need to be in good health, your gums have to be in good condition and you need sufficient bone remaining in the jaw to hold the implant. If a jawbone is not large enough to accommodate an implant a bone graft may be undertaken to strengthen the place where the implant is to be fitted.

Method of installation

The dental implant is made of titanium, which does not react with tissue and is strong. Holes are first drilled and the titanium posts are then inserted into the gum and jawbone and cannot be seen. An abutment is screwed onto the post which can be seen. Your Oakville, Ontario dentist will put a temporary cover on the abutment to conceal it. As the tissue in the gum heals, the implant will start to adhere to the neighbouring bone. It will take time for the implant to become thoroughly fixed. This could be as little as 3 months, or as much as 9 months. This all depends on how well the recipient heals.

The use of an abutment

Once the gum tissue has finally healed, your Oakville, Ontario dentist will attach an abutment to each implant. This is a linking point between the new tooth and the implant. A permanent crown fabricated from tooth coloured material that will match the colour of surrounding teeth is fixed to the abutment. If more than one tooth is to be replaced with an implant a fixed bridge will be attached to the implants to help the new teeth keep their positions.

When deciding on dental implants there is the cost to consider and your general health too but once completed it offers a teeth replacement alternative that does not need to be removed for cleaning and feels more natural than dentures.