Dental implants can be used to replace missing teeth to restore your smile and preserve your longterm oral health. Here, our Toronto dentists explain how dental implants work.
Accidents, injuries and diseases can sometimes lead to tooth loss. When this happens, dental implants are ideal for replacing missing teeth because they help create the appearance and function of a natural tooth.
How do dental implants work?
Placing a dental implant is a routine oral surgery that can be performed by your dentist, and usually requires two visits to the dentist.
An implant has two pieces: a titanium rod, shaped like a screw, that is placed into the jaw bone and functions like the root of the tooth, and an abutment that screws into the rod.
Once the dental implant is placed a tooth replacement, such as a crown or bridge, is attached to the abutment.
How do I know if a dental implant is right for me?
Your dentist will complete a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums including a complete medical history, x-rays and dental impressions.
After careful assessment, your dentist can determine if dental implants are the right option for your specific case.
What does the procedure entail?
Placing a dental implant usually require two dental appointments.
At the first visit, your dentist will surgically place the rod beneath the gum tissue, into your jaw bone. As the gum tissue heals, the rod will bond with the bone and attach to the gum. The healing process can take around six months.
Once your gum tissue has fully healed, you will return for the second visit where your dentist will attach a tooth replacement to the abutment leaving you with the look and feel of natural teeth.
Why do I have to replace missing teeth?
Replacing missing teeth is important for your oral health.
Without a replacement tooth, the remaining teeth may shift and the surrounding bone may start to deteriorate, causing a host of dental issues.