Dental implants from our Etobicoke dentists at Park Lawn Dental may be used as part of the process to replace a missing tooth, giving you a natural-looking smile.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that functions much like the root of a natural tooth. They can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth.
The implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone, then as the incision heals the implant gradually bonds with the natural bone to serve as an anchor for a tooth replacement.
Dental implants can help to prevent surrounding teeth from shifting, resolve bite issues or jaw joint pain, and restore facial tissues and the natural contours of your facial structure.
Why Replace Missing Teeth
When a gap is left by a missing tooth, the teeth surrounding the gap may begin to shift out of place and cause misalignment issues. The jaw bone around the area may also begin to deteriorate, resulting in facial collapse or negatively impacting your ability to eat and speak.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure is a two-part process, a dental implant (titanium screw) is placed then topped with a tooth replacement.
Your dentist will begin by surgically placing the implant into your jaw bone below the gum tissue. As the tissue heals, the implant will bond with the bone and attach to the gum.
Once the healing is complete, typically 3 to 6 months post-surgery, you will return to our office to complete the procedure.
Finally, your dentist will attach a tooth replacement to help restore the normal function and appearance of your smile. Your tooth replacement could be a dental crown, bridge or denture depending on how many teeth are being replaced.
Dental Implant FAQs
If you are considering dental implants to help restore your smile you are bound to have questions. Read through the answers to our most frequently asked questions about dental implants at Park Lawn Dental to learn more.
- How long does a dental implant last?
If you care for your implant properly, they can last a lifetime. This includes proper brushing and flossing at home, as well as attending regular hygiene cleanings and exams at your dental office.
The longevity of a dental implant may also depend on other factors including nutrition, genetics, or the development of any dental diseases.
- How do I care for my dental implants?
You should care for a dental implant just like you care for your natural teeth.
Visiting your dentist for regular hygiene appointments and maintaining a proper brushing and flossing routine at home can help prevent decay or diseases from developing in the surrounding teeth and gums, which can negatively affect your dental implants.
- Does getting a dental implant hurt?
During dental implant surgery, your dentist will administer anesthesia to make you comfortable so you won't feel any pain during the procedure.
Following the procedure, there is not usually much discomfort. Most patients can manage any pain with over-the-counter pain medication for a few days after the procedure.
You will also need to eat a soft diet for the first couple of weeks after the implant procedure to avoid any pain or irritation.
- How long does the dental implant process take?
The entire dental implant procedure usually takes about two to nine months to complete, depending on your treatment plan.
Your dentist can provide you with a more specific timeline based on your particular case.
- Will my insurance cover dental implants?
Some insurances companies will cover the cost of dental implants, while some will only pay for a portion of the cost, and others won't pay for any part of it.
To determine what part, if any, of your dental implant treatment will be covered by your insurance, check with your insurance provider.
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