Dental Implants

Dental implants are biocompatible, man-made substitutes to replace missing teeth.

There may be times when you have to make a difficult decision to lose a tooth. You may have an abscessed tooth or a cracked tooth that cannot be saved. Or unfortunately, you have had to lose a tooth in an accident. This can lead to difficulties with eating, self-confidence, misalignment of your bite, and jaw pain. A dental implant is an option that is extremely effective when replacing missing teeth and restoring smiles. Our dentists have undertaken extensive training and invested in the latest technology to be able to offer dental implants to our patients.

Why do I need to replace a missing tooth?

Losing a tooth can be devastating. It can not only affect your appearance but also can lead to other dental problems that may eventually affect your health.

Losing a tooth can cause:
  • Bone loss
  • Shifting and drifting of the teeth
  • Alteration in the bite as a result of shifting teeth
  • Jaw joint problems
  • Difficulty in chewing properly
  • Additional stress on the remaining teeth

You may not be aware but when you lose a tooth, you also lose about 25% of the supporting jaw bone in the first year. This happens due to a lack of regular stimulation of chewing, biting, or speaking functions that the teeth normally carry.

Additionally, as the other teeth move or tilt, they cause an imbalance in your bite which causes more stress on the jaw joint. This often results in jaw joint pain. Thus, if a tooth can be replaced as soon as possible, it prevents the movement of adjacent teeth & provides the needed stimulation, and helps to keep not only the teeth but the jaw bone intact and healthy.

Dental Implants to fix teeth
What Is the Dental Implant Placement Process?

Planning stage: Planning is the most important part of the process.  With our 3D scanning machine (CBCT) we can instantly diagnose any hidden issues, establishing a crystal-clear view of your implant treatment. The CBCT/3D scan helps the dentist to assess the quantity of the jaw bone where the implant needs to be placed. Matching this bone scan with a 3D scan of your teeth helps the dentist to accurately plan the position of your dental implant.

Implant placement: With the help of a computer-generated stent, the dentist will place the dental implant in the ideal spot to form the gum tissue around the implant.

Healing: the bone around the dental implant will grow and integrate into the threads of the implant in about 10-12 weeks.

Abutment placement: When healing is complete, the dental implant abutment or a connector is placed to connect the dental implant to the porcelain crown.

Porcelain crown: A new crown is fabricated by our lab and is screwed on to the dental implant abutment.

Dental Implant Information

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are biocompatible titanium replacements of the tooth roots.

The dental implant has three parts:

  • Titanium, bone-integrated implant that is placed in the jaw and acts as an artificial root
  • Implant abutment or connector that holds the implant to the crown
  • Implant crown is the part that is visible in the mouth and replaces the missing tooth crown
Benefits of Dental Implants
  • Can last a lifetime
  • Look and feel natural
  • Protect the jaw bone from deterioration
  • Helps in maintaining the integrity of your dental arches
  • Fixed in-place replacement of a missing tooth
  • Can help to hold loose dentures in place
Do I need Special Care for my implant?

Although you can enjoy all the comforts of eating and look good with your dental implant but Yes, just like your teeth, your dental implants need regular care. So you still need to brush and floss twice a day just like you would your natural teeth. You would also need to visit your hygienist for cleanings and your dentist twice a year for regular check-ups.

Am I a candidate for Dental Implants?

Anyone with a missing tooth can be a candidate for dental implants. If you have had a missing tooth for a while but have adequate quantity and quality of bone, you can still have a dental implant.

There are certain medical conditions for eg. uncontrolled diabetes or habits like smoking which may not make you a suitable candidate.

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