Dental implants are the most effective way to replace missing teeth, whether you’ve lost only one tooth or many. Implants give you a new smile that looks and feels completely natural.
Implants and How They Work
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that replaces both the visible tooth and the tooth root. Other options, like dentures or bridges, only replace the visible portion of the tooth. The implant starts with an artificial root that is placed directly in the jawbone. After this procedure is given a chance to heal, the prosthetic tooth can be added, providing biting and chewing surfaces that will work just like your natural teeth.
One unique quality of dental implants is that the root helps stimulate continuing growth in your jawbone. If you lose a tooth, the jawbone will atrophy over time without the constant stimulation provided by the roots of your teeth. Eventually, the bone breaks down, creating the “shrunken” look stereotypically ascribed to toothless people. Implants help prevent this by keeping the jawbone growing.
Deciding on Dental Implants
The decision to replace your missing teeth with implants begins with a consultation with our implant dentist. Together, you’ll evaluate how suitable you are for an implant procedure and determine the best option for replacing your teeth. Some factors that will be discussed include:
- Your overall health
- Your oral health
- The condition of your gums
- Whether or not you smoke
- Whether you suffer from diabetes or an immune system disorder
These factors can determine whether an implant procedure will be successful. It is vitally important that the implants heal. The bone bonds to the titanium in the implants, holding them stationary and forming a solid foundation for your prosthetic teeth. After complete healing, the new teeth are placed on the implants, creating a new smile that looks, feels, and functions just like your natural teeth.
Call our team today at 514 631 1457 and set up a consultation with our caring dentist.