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Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap: Dental Implants Can Restore More Than Just Teeth

Long ago, if you lost your tooth or teeth maybe due to tooth decay or accidents, dentists would replace it using dentures and bridges . However, today, an implant is a far better and effective solution to missing teeth. The advantage of tooth implants is that they look just like your other natural teeth and what’s better than that?

Parts of An Implant

There are 3 parts of an implant. These include:

  • A titanium screw which is the implant that is put into the jawbone
  • A crown made of porcelain
  • An abutment which is a connector that brings together the titanium screw and the crown

Unlike dentures, implants are permanent. The implant (the titanium screw) fuses with the jaw bone and that makes it last longer than other missing teeth options. That is the reason most Americans prefer getting an implant over dentures and bridges, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry states.

Typically, an implant is placed in two phases. In the first phase, a periodontist, normal dentist or oral surgeon inserts in your jaw bone, a procedure that should be performed when the patient is under an aesthetic. You wear a partial retainer or denture temporarily until your gums heal and then a gold crown (porcelain) is attached by a dentist.

Are You A Candidate For Dental Implant?

Unlike bridgework which requires replacement after every 10 years, a dental implants doesn’t require replacement unless in a special case where the initial implant was poorly placed. In addition, their placement does not alter your other healthy teeth unlike dentures which require cutting of the tooth that neighbors the missing one. Moreover, with proper care, an implant will last for a lifetime.

A single implant includes the crown and the implant. Though one might think that the procedure is costly, it’s a great investment that restores not only your missing tooth but also a perfect smile and confidence.

The success rate of implants is about 95%. They are an ideal solution for persons whose health is good enough and can commit themselves to regular dental procedures. However, implants are not for all people. Individuals with gum disease, children, and those with less bone to support the implant may be cautioned by the dentist.

ARE YOU IN A POSITION TO HAVE AN IMPLANT?

1. Is the procedure unsuitable for me considering my lifestyle or medical issues? Persons suffering from heart disease or uncontrolled diabetes and smokers may require more tests and checkups.

2. Who will do the implant? This will depend on the complexity of the implant. It can be the oral surgeon or a prosthodontist.

3. Where and how is the titanium screw made? To make sure you get a quality implant i.e. titanium screw made by professional dental technicians in a reputable lab; ask about the lab staff training, materials and certifications.

4. How long will healing take? After the implant, gums heal in 2-4 months and the lower jaw will heal faster than the upper jaw.

We are a Family Friendly Practice

 

At Molson Park Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services with a focus on pediatric dentistry to cater to this specialized segment of clients. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.

 

We are a Family Friendly Practice

At Molson Park Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services with a focus on pediatric dentistry to cater to this specialized segment of clients. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.

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