Replacing missing teeth is crucial to preserving your longterm oral health. If you're missing one or more teeth, dental implants can be used to address a number of issues. Here, our Etobicoke dentists explain a bit about the procedure and how long it takes.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically attached directly to the jawbone and acts as an anchor for tooth replacement.
Dental implants are usually a restorative option for anyone missing one or more teeth. Sometimes, weak or failing teeth can also require dental implants to help support a healthy smile.
To begin the process, your dentist will complete a thorough assessment of your teeth and gums. This will include a complete medical history, physical exam, x-rays, dental impressions, and possibly a CT scan.
After careful evaluation, your dentist can determine if dental implants are the best option for your particular case.
A dental implant has two pieces: a titanium rod that is placed into the jaw bone and functions like the root of the tooth, and an abutment that screws into the rod.
Your dentist will first place the titanium rod into your jaw bone beneath the gum tissue. The gum tissue is then stitched back into place. As the tissue heals, the implant will bond with the bone and attach to the gum.
Once your gum tissue has fully healed, your dentist will attach a tooth replacement, such as a dental crown or bridge, to the abutment to create the appearance and function of a natural tooth.
After the surgical placement of a dental implant, the healing process can take around six months. The fitting and adjustment of the tooth replacement typically takes no more than two months.
If bone grafting is necessary, additional time may be required. Each patient has different bone quality and each heals differently, and so treatment times will vary.