Dental Implants: The Closest Thing to Natural
Beyond needing teeth for basic function, such as eating and speaking, your teeth play an important role in your mouth; so, the loss of a tooth can have far-reaching consequences. Those with one or more missing teeth are at a much higher risk for bone loss resulting in facial deformities, gum disease, misalignment and even tooth decay.
Fixes, such as dentures can help with some issues due to tooth loss, but they are not always enough nor a long-term solution. A dental implant is a much stronger, longer-lasting fix that enables complete mouth function with a look and feel that is close to natural.
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Dental implants themselves are tiny titanium posts placed in the jawbone where the tooth or teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium creating a strong foundation to which the artificial teeth, typically crowns for a single tooth or bridges for multiple teeth, are adhered. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like new.
The Process of Placing Dental Implants
For most patients, the placement of dental implants is a two or three-step process.
First, dental implants are placed within the jawbone. Healing time is often required as it allows the bone to adhere to and grow around the titanium rod.
However, in some cases, dental implants may be restored immediately after the rods are placed. Your dentist will let you know what to expect as much as possible, but so much depends on what they see when they start the process.
If you have a wait time before the tooth can be attached to the rod, your dentist will talk with you about wearing short-term temporary dentures to help with the transition. While you are healing, your dentist designs the final bridgework or denture to match your natural teeth as best as possible.
The entire procedure usually takes six to nine months, but the results are worth the wait. Dental implants restore a person’s ability to eat, drink and smile as if nothing happened.
After Care for Dental Implants
The anxiety of the side-effects is probably the most common reason that people put off dental implants. However, the reality is that they are often minimal and short-lived. Immediately following your procedure, you might experience swelling, slight bleeding, pain or sensitivity and/or bruising. Symptoms should be mild, but if the pain seems excessive and/or the symptoms last for more than 2 or 3 days, we advise that you contact your dentist immediately to discuss.
Dental implants Toronto dentist – We get that this can be overwhelming, so let us take some of the pressure off your shoulders. Talk with our Lawrence Avenue Dental team and we will answer all your questions so you can make the decision that’s right for you.
Our office welcomes families of all ages. We are conveniently located at 1200 Lawrence Avenue in Toronto, just a short distance away from the DVP and Lawrence Avenue. Call us at 416.444.9045 to schedule your dental appointment or with any questions. Your visits make us smile!