Our dentists at Royal York Dental in Toronto offer dental implants services as a cosmetic reconstructive procedure to fill in missing gaps in a smile.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is attached directly to the jawbone and acts as an anchor for a permanent artificial tooth, bridge or plate.
A dental implant has two main components: a titanium anchor which is placed directly into your bone and allowed time to heal. Once ready to restore, a custom-made core and tooth can be attached to that titanium base.
When might I need a dental implant?
Implants are not just for missing teeth. Sometimes, weak or failing teeth can be better candidates for implant replacement because they still have bone left. A dental implant can help support a healthy smile.
Are you a good candidate for a dental implant?
Dental implants are usually a recommended option for anyone missing one or more teeth. Your dentist may recommend you as a candidate for a dental implant if you have proper bone structure, healthy gums, or who have ill-filling dentures.
If you suffer from chronic problems such as clenching, grinding, or suffer from diabetes, success rates may decrease. We may also recommend bone grafting procedures to add bone before an implant occurs.
What happens when I book a dental implant appointment?
A thorough assessment is necessary before beginning the process. This will include a complete medical history, an exam, x-rays, impressions of the teeth and gums, and possibly a CT scan (Computed Tomography).
Only after a careful evaluation can the number and type of implants that would be best for a particular situation be offered.
How long does the process take?
The process usually takes around 6 months to complete. If bone grafting is necessary, further time may be required. Each patient has different bone quality and each heals differently, and so treatment times will vary.
After the surgical placement of the implants, the healing process can take up to six months. The fitting and adjustment of replacement teeth typically take no more than two months.
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