We provide dental implants to replace missing teeth for our patients in Brantford. Implants are comfortable and natural looking. They are surgically implanted into the jawbone below your gum line and help your mouth function better while restoring the look of your smile.
What Are Dental Implants?
Sometimes our teeth can’t keep up with our lifestyle and end up needing to be replaced. This is where dental implants can solve the problem of missing teeth.
If you’ve lost one or more teeth due to neglect, injury or disease, dental implants help rejuvenate both your smile and make your mouth more healthier.
How do implants work?
During a dental implant procedure, a synthetic tooth-root is surgically implanted into the jawbone. This synthetic root is made of titanium which is a strong material used in many replacement hips and knees. This titanium is rarely rejected and well-suited to pairing with human bone.
Once the implant is implanted into the bone, a custom made replacement tooth is then fixed to the metal post. When this replacement tooth is installed, it helps keep the rest of your teeth aligned and increases the overall health of your teeth and gums.
The replacement tooth can either be permanently attached or removable. Removable implants can be convenient for some people but permanent implants are more stable and can feel more like your surrounding natural teeth.
Who Can Get Implants?
Almost anyone that needs dental implants can get them. However 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 Dr. Pio Modi explain the implant procedure and why they a great solution to missing teeth:
Post treatment care involves being careful with what you eat or drink and to avoid disturbing the surgical site for a few weeks. You can brush your teeth as usual but avoid brushing the implant itself. Use only the antibiotic rinse your dentist prescribes you and rinses freely with a mixture of saltwater to help the implant heal properly.
It is important to keep the area clean and infection-free because implants can accumulate plaque and tartar like natural teeth do. Regular professional cleanings are necessary to keep your implants healthy with the cleaning interval to be determined by your individual needs
Your dentist will provide you with a comprehensive list of things you need to do post-treatment including which foods you should eat, for how long, and how to properly keep your mouth and implants clean.
Consider your replacement teeth the same as your natural teeth. Remember that both implants and natural teeth require the same daily maintenance and the same amount of regular checkups. Like your natural teeth, the better you take care of your implants, the longer they will last.
Other Potential Implant Related Procedures
When a patient decides to have implants placed, there may be some oral issues that first need to be overcome. Some of these issues include the following:
Oftentimes our sinuses will enlarge following loss of the upper back teeth. This can hinder the placement of dental implants because there is not enough surrounding bone to place the implants in.
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. This new bone graft typically takes 9 to 12 months to heal properly before the dental implants can be placed into the grafted bone.
Occasionally, the ideal areas for dental implants do not have enough bone quantity to support the implants. In these cases it is necessary to borrow bone from another area of your mouth and graft it into the deficient area.
The common areas of choice to graft bone from 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 an infection, it is common 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 prepare the area for the placement of an implant at a later date.
Computer-Enhanced Treatment Planning
We have special computer software that allows us to evaluate your dental CT scan for bone quality in three dimensions. Examining the bone quantity and bone location enables us to find the best possible placement of your implants.
This software also allows us to work more closely and accurately to ensure an ideal result where your implants are concerned.
Single or Multiple Implants
Implants are very versatile and patients have several options.
If you are only missing one tooth only one implant is needed. If several teeth are missing, you will need several placed implants to support a permanent dental bridge (a set of replacement teeth).
A full bridge or full denture can be permanently fixed in your mouth if you have lost all of your teeth.
Benefits of Implants Over Dentures or Bridges
Implants look and act more natural
Unlike implants, conventional bridges and dentures are not fixed to the bone and can eventually become unstable. This can make it difficult to eat properly or feel comfortable smiling. Implants not only look more natural, but they feel and act more like natural teeth and can better handle biting and chewing.
Implants increase oral health
Because implants don’t directly rely on other teeth for support, they don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth. In fact, bridges are only expected to last seven to ten years and even less after a root canal, whereas implants will typically last a lifetime.
Talk With Us About Dental Implants
If you need more information about dental implants in Brantford, Dr. Pio Modi of Parkway Dentistry will give you a free consultation to discuss your needs. Parkway Dentistry is located at 299 Wayne Gretzky Pkwy. unit 1, in Brantford.
Get in touch with us to get started. You can call 519-720-9119 to make an appointment or use our appointment form. We would be happy to help improve your smile.