For patients with one or more missing teeth, dental implants provide a permanent solution to replace those teeth. Dental implants offer the most realistic look and feel, and Stoney Creek Dental is proud to offer this solution to our patients.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are permanent, non-removable prosthetic teeth for patients who wish to replace missing teeth. They consist of a titanium peg or “root,” which is implanted into the jaw and a porcelain cap (tooth) affixed to that peg.
The procedure is usually performed in two stages. In the first stage, the titanium root is inserted into the jaw. Once the jaw has had time to heal, and the bone begins to fuse around the titanium, the porcelain crown is placed. The crown itself is matched to the colour of your remaining natural teeth and shaped for a perfect fit.
Dental implants can either be used on their own or in combination with a bridge if you have several consecutive missing teeth.
Once the implant is complete, it will look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth and can be cared for in the same way through regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups.
Who is a good candidate for a dental implant?
Having missing teeth affects not only a person’s self-confidence, but it can also interfere with talking and chewing. Furthermore, left untreated, it can lead to more serious dental issues such as shifting teeth and even bone loss in the jaw.
Most patients who wish to replace missing teeth are good candidates for dental implants, provided they have sufficient bone density in their jaw to support the peg.
Advantages of dental implants:
Dental implants have many advantages over other types of tooth replacement methods, including:
- They offer the most natural look, feel, and function.
- They can be cared for in the same way that you would care for your natural teeth.
- They can help prevent bone loss in the jaw.
- They can help prevent surrounding natural teeth from shifting.
- Properly cared for, a dental implant can last a lifetime.
Are there any disadvantages to dental implants?
Dental implant surgery is generally considered safe, but there are risks such as bleeding and infection with any type of surgery. It is extremely important, therefore, to follow your dentist’s instructions, particularly during the preparation and healing periods.
Most people will feel some discomfort after the procedure, but this can be treated with ice and over the counter pain medicines.
Finally, while dental implants are widely considered the most effective method of replacing missing teeth for most patients, they are also the most expensive procedure upfront. However, many patients consider the cost to be worth it since they are also the longest-lasting solution. Furthermore, many dental plans will, at least partially, cover the cost of dental implants.
Contact Stoney Creek Dental today!
If you have one or more missing teeth and you would like to learn more about dental implants and learn whether this treatment option is right for you, contact Stoney Creek Dental today for an appointment with one of our dentists.