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Dental Implants - Are they for me?


Many patients have asked us about the benefits of replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Dental implants have been the standard of treatment for many years, and whether you are considering replacing one or several teeth, the treatment option of dental implants should be discussed with your dentist. Many of our patients that have had dental implant treatment say that the quality of their lives has changed because of dental implants.

Here are a few frequently asked questions and answers from the Canadian Dental Association regarding dental implants. Please feel free to ask us if dental implants are right for you.


What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium metal. It is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth. An artificial replacement tooth is attached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place.

Who can get dental implants?
If you are in good general health, have healthy gums and have enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant, dental implants might be right for you

How dental implants are done

  • Your dentist will carefully examine your mouth and take x-rays of your head, jaw and teeth to find out if dental implants are right for you.
  • During the first stage of the procedure, your dentist will put a dental implant into your jawbone 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. It can take several months to heal. Once the tissue¬† has healed a second stage of surgery can be performed to expose the implant and attach an abutment to the implant. Usually, the first and second stage of implant surgery is done in one single stage.
  • An artificial replacement tooth (a ceramic, tooth colored crown) is made and your dentist attaches it to the abutment.

  • When replacing several teeth or all of your teeth, a fixed bridge is anchored to your dental implants. A bridge is a dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth by spanning an area that has no teeth. The bridge is held firmly in place by dental implants on each side of the missing tooth or teeth.


What else should I know?

  • Several visits to your dentist or dental specialist may be needed until the process is done.
  • Checkups will be scheduled during the following year so your dentist can be sure your implants are working properly.
  • You will need to take very good care of your implants.
  • Implants can cost more than other kinds of replacement teeth and might not be covered by your dental plan. But in most cases this is a one-time cost, unlike other kinds of tooth replacement procedures.
  • Although rare, possible complications due to dental implants include bleeding, infection, numbness or injury to nearby muscles or the sinus cavity. In some cases, the implant may not be successful because it didn’t bond to the bone.

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