The dentists at the Avenue Dental Centre in Windsor, Ontario may suggest dental implants to replace missing teeth, so you will not have to worry about unsightly gaps in your smile again.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made from titanium, which is inserted into the jawbone and capped with a crown or bridge resulting in a natural aesthetically pleasing smile.
How are dental implants inserted into the jawbone?
Dental implants are a two-step procedure. During the first step, the titanium 'root' is inserted by our skilled and experienced team during a short surgical procedure. During the procedure, a local anaesthetic will be applied and you should not experience any pain.
The titanium ‘root’ is implanted into the jaw bone using very precise surgical techniques. The gum tissue is then closed over the implant 'root' to allow it to heal.
What happens after the surgery?
As the tissue heals, the implant will bond with the bone in your jaw. Although healing time varies, it can take up to several months to heal. A restoration (a crown or bridge) can be placed on the implant only after healing is complete.
What happens during implant restoration?
Restoration is the process of creating an artificial tooth and connecting it to the implant. The crown or bridge can only be attached when the tissue around the implant has completely healed.
Once our team is confident that sufficient healing has occurred to allow us to proceed with the implant, we will place an abutment (a small metal post) by inserting it directly into the implant. The abutment will attach directly to your crown or bridge.
Once the abutment is in place, we will take an impression which will be used to construct your custom made crown or bridge. A temporary crown or bridge will be attached to the abutment until your custom fitted crown is ready. When your crown is available, another short appointment is required to place your final crown onto your abutment and ensure that it fits comfortably into your smile.
What will my new implant 'tooth' look like?
Every patient’s smile is different. The goal of the crown or bridge is to blend seamlessly into your natural smile. Our knowledgeable dental team will rely on their many years of experience to select a shade and shape of crown or bridge that will be most aesthetically pleasing and functional in your smile.
How do I care for an implant?
Dental implants are very durable and if well cared for, should last you a lifetime. You should care for your implant as you would care for your natural teeth, with daily brushing and flossing, and regular checkups and cleanings. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be happy to discuss proper care of implants and answer any questions you may have.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants provide a natural looking, permanent solution to missing teeth. With an improved smile, confidence and self-esteem may be improved.
Implants also protect against bone loss and patients can enjoy hard to chew foods such as raw vegetables without limitation, ensuring a healthy diet need not be compromised due to limited ability to chew.
How will I know if I am a candidate for implants?
If you are missing teeth due to age, accident or decay, and want a permanent solution to restore your beautiful smile, you might be a candidate for dental implants. Our experienced team will be pleased to meet with you to discuss whether dental implants are right for you.