We provide dental implants to replace missing teeth for our patients in Brantford, which are comfortable and natural looking. Dental implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone below your gum line, will help your mouth function better, and permanently restore the aesthetics of your smile.
What Are Dental Implants?
People are living longer than ever, and even though brushing, flossing, and regular checkups allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth just can’t keep up and need to be replaced.
If you’ve lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to neglect, injury or disease, dental implants are the perfect choice for rejuvenating both your smile and your overall oral health.
A dental implant is a synthetic tooth-root in the shape of a post, which is surgically placed into the jawbone.
The root is usually made of titanium which is the same material used in many replacement hips and knees, and is a metal that is well-suited to pairing with human bone without rejection. A synthetic replacement tooth is then fixed to the post and can be either permanently attached or removable.
Permanent implants are more stable than the temporary ones, and feel much more like natural teeth.
Who Can Get Implants?
Almost anyone that needs dental implants can. The ideal candidate for implants are:
- people with good oral health
- people having sufficient bone in the jaw
- people with healthy gums
- those with no sign of gum disease
Watch our video below where Dr. Pio Modi explains the dental implant procedure and how implants can be the best solution to missing teeth
Single or Multiple Implants
Implants are versatile; if you are only missing one tooth, one implant plus one replacement tooth will do the trick. If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent dental bridge (a set of replacement teeth).
Similarly, if you have lost all of your teeth, a full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth with a strategic number of implants.
Benefits Over Dentures or Bridges
Conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone, and can therefore be unstable. This can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force.
And, because they don’t directly rely on neighbouring teeth for support, implants don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth. In fact, bridges are only expected to last seven to ten years and even less with root canals, whereas implants will typically last a lifetime.
Consider your replacement teeth to be the same as natural teeth. They require the same daily brushing and flossing, and the same amount of regular checkups. Just like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your implants, the longer they will last.
Procedures Related To Implants
Our implant services include:
- Sinus Lift Augmentation: often the sinuses will enlarge following loss of the upper back teeth. This can preclude placement of dental implants in the upper back areas of the mouth, since the sinus is an air-filled space and dental implants need to be surrounded by solid bone. A sinus lift augmentation/graft is a surgical procedure that restores the sinus cavity to its original size, and replaces the bone that has been lost as a result of the enlarged sinus. This new bone graft typically takes nine to 12 months to heal before the dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone.
- Autogenous Bone Grafting: occasionally, the ideal areas for dental implants do not have sufficient bone quantity to support the implants. In these cases, it is often necessary to “borrow” bone from another area of your mouth and graft it into the deficient area. Often, the area of choice is from the chin or in the back of the jaw where your wisdom teeth used to be.
- Implant Site Development: when a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it is not uncommon to have lost bone around the infected tooth. In these cases, various types of bone grafting can be done at the same time the tooth is removed to facilitate the placement of a dental implant at a later date
- Computer-Enhanced Treatment Planning: we have special software on our computer that allows us to evaluate your dental CT scan in three dimensions for bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location, enabling the best possible placement of your dental implants. This also allows us to work closely and smoothly with your restorative dentist to ensure an ideal result where your dental implants are concerned
- Implant Maintenance: once your dental implant restoration is completed, it is important to keep the area clean and infection-free. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Whether you have just one tooth replaced by an implant or several, a professional cleaning schedule will be necessary to keep your implants healthy. The time interval for these professional cleanings will be determined by your individual needs
Get In Touch With Us
If you would like more information about dental implants dentistry, feel free to give our office a call at 519-720-9119 – we’d love to hear from you. If you’re ready to set up a visit to our office, visit our appointment page to set up an appointment with Dr. Pio Modi and begin the process of improving your smile today!