Dental Implants

What Is a Dental Implant?

Implants are titanium cylinders that are surgically positioned into the jawbones under the gums where there are missing teeth. After the dental implants are positioned, your dentist will be allowed to mount replacement teeth attached to them. Interestingly, this artificial tooth will look similar to your teeth and feel the same, very natural.

What to Expect

As the implants tend to fuse to your jawbone, your artificial teeth are supported in a stable manner. Therefore, when one mounts dentures and bridges to implants, they remain in the same position, without shifting, even when eating and speaking. Therefore, as opposed to traditional bridges and dentures, these implants feel more natural, as they offer a secure fit.

What to Expect

As the implants tend to fuse to your jawbone, your artificial teeth are supported in a stable manner. Therefore, when one mounts dentures and bridges to implants, they remain in the same position, without shifting, even when eating and speaking. Therefore, as opposed to traditional bridges and dentures, these implants feel more natural, as they offer a secure fit.

Dental Implants History

Swedish orthopedic surgeon Per-Ingvar Brånemark is the father of the modern dental implant, and he made this useful discovery in the 1960s. As he was engrossed in researching bone healing, he found out that through a process known as osseointegration, bone tissue can fuse to the metal titanium. In the next few years, several experiments were performed by him and in 1978, commercial implants were introduced to the world. Today, thousands of implant companies make use of his patent.

Why is a Dental Implant Needed?

Your dentist can use dental implants for replacing a single, multiple, or all missing teeth in a jaw. The goal is always to restore dental function and facial esthetics.

Conventional removable dentures are considerably less expensive than dental bridges or implants; however, they are the least desirable due to their inconvenience of use and poor esthetics. Dentures do not provide optimal chewing efficiency and can even affect one’s taste perception and sensory experience with food.

Dental bridges have historically been more commonly used for tooth replacement. Unlike the removable dentures, a bridge remains fixed as it gains its support from the healthy natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth. As a result, they offer superior esthetics and chewing efficiency than removable dentures. The main disadvantage of bridgework is the dependence on existing natural teeth for support. Implants, however, are directly supported by the bone only and do not affect adjacent natural teeth.

Dental Implants versus Conventional Dentures

Easy Maintenance

Dentures need to be removed every time when performing oral hygiene measures such as brushing and flossing. With a removable implant-retained denture, you can brush and floss without having to remove your prosthesis. You can care for your implant-supported restorations just like your natural teeth.

No Clicking Sounds

A common attribute associated with conventional dentures is the clicking sound produced by the artificial teeth whenever you eat or speak. The artificial teeth for Implant-supported dentures are made from high-quality ceramics. There is no clicking sounds with implants.

Implants are Stable

Dentures wearers are often worried about their dentures slipping while eating or speaking. Since the dental Implants and are securely anchored within the bone, any prosthesis that is attached to them will not slip and fully restore optimal speech and chewing efficiency.

Chew With Ease

Dentures can move while you chew and can also create difficulties while eating. Dentures only restore 10% or less of your full chewing power and efficiency. That is why dentists often instruct denture wearers to avoid hard and sticky foods, to prevent their dentures from dislodging. Dental implants are anchored within the jawbone, just like your natural teeth – restoring full chewing power, allowing you to eat your favorite foods without difficulty.

Implants Offer Good Retention

Removable dentures do not provide sufficient retention, often carrying the risk of slipping or dislodgement. As a result, they require the application of adhesives to ensure their retention and stability in the oral cavity while eating or speaking. An implant-supported denture requires no adhesive, as it is supported by implants that are directly anchored within the jawbone.

Convenience

The upper dentures are usually designed in a way that they completely cover the roof of the mouth with an acrylic plate, resulting in an interference with taste perception and other normal activities. With implants, nothing is covering the roof of your mouth; and your taste perception and chewing efficiency will not be affected. Even the Implant-supported dentures do not require an acrylic plate for their retention.

Prevents Facial Bone Loss

Excessive bone loss, either as a result of age change, trauma, or tooth loss, can cause the collapse of the lower third of your face. This problem is aggravated when bone loss is accelerated due to the loss of natural teeth. Excessive bone loss in the facial region can result in excessive wrinkles, sagging skin, and thinning of lips – creating an overall sunken-in facial appearance. This can considerably age a person’s appearance. Implants prevent bone loss. Dental implants tend to promote bone formation around them and ensure optimal bone volume and density in the facial region. Making you look much younger and healthier.

Why Choose Our Dental Implants?

Surprisingly Similar to Your Teeth

A primary reason why people opt for implants is the fact that they look and feel similar to natural teeth. They are equally secure as natural teeth, as a dental implant is permanently attached to the jawbone. The procedure is completed within a day, making them very convenient.

Longest-Lasting Solution for Tooth Replacement Options

As dental implants fuse to your jawbone, they are a permanent solution. Thus, with proper maintenance and care, they can last for more than 20 years. On the other hand, options such as removable dentures and bridgework must be replaced every few years.

Will Not Affect the Health of Nearby Teeth

An individual’s surrounding teeth do not suffer from stress because of the placement of a dental implant. Other tooth replacement options require support from these natural teeth, and thus, they may begin to weaken and decay. Eventually, the patient will have to spend a lot of money on costly dental repairs and treatment. Thus, dental implants are a more cost-effective solution.

Provides Protection From Later Bone Loss

When you lose a tooth, the dental bone will also eventually diminish. The shape of your face might change because of this and you will become more prone to dental fractures. Therefore, dental implants are an optimal solution. By using implants to replace missing teeth, you can avoid many problems.

Same Care and Cleaning as Natural Teeth

A dental implant must be cared for and maintained in a manner similar to your natural teeth, that includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing every day, and going for frequent dental check-ups. Other teeth replacement alternatives would require you to put in more effort for maintenance.

 

Dental Implants versus Dental Bridges

Sturdy Position

Dental bridges derive their support and retention from the adjacent natural teeth. Your dentist will remove a thin layer of the enamel from the supporting teeth to create room for the attachment of crowns that hold the bridge in place. Dental implants eliminate this problem, as they are embedded directly within the jawbone and do not require support from the adjacent teeth.

Sturdy Position

Dental bridges derive their support and retention from the adjacent natural teeth. Your dentist will remove a thin layer of the enamel from the supporting teeth to create room for the attachment of crowns that hold the bridge in place. Dental implants eliminate this problem, as they are embedded directly within the jawbone and do not require support from the adjacent teeth.

Lifelong Solution

Dental bridges tend to have a short life, lasting anywhere between five to ten years. Dental implants are prepared from high-quality titanium alloys making them highly durable. Dental implants can last for a lifetime if they are looked after properly.

While a bridge may seem to be an economical option, dental implants prove to be more cost-effective long term.
Dental implants look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth. If you are unhappy with your unaesthetic and uncomfortable removable dentures, then dental implants offer an aesthetically pleasant and long-lasting alternative.

While conventional removable dentures are considerably less expensive than dental bridges or implants they are the least desirable. Due to their inconvenience of use and poor esthetics, dentures also do not provide optimal chewing efficiency and even affect one’s taste perception and sensory experience with food.

Reasons To Choose Dental Implants

Dental Implants Look Exactly Like Your Original Teeth

Dental implants are very essential and have become very popular and effective dental procedures in dentistry. The implant replaces the tooth root into the jaw bone. It functions like a natural tooth. Patients can sometimes face many problems in functioning when replacing a bridge or denture. Dental implants feel comfortable and provide the esthetic as like they are natural teeth.

Implants Support Your Jaw Bone

By losing a tooth, the bone around the tooth socket gets shrunken. By replacing the dental implant, it stimulates the jaw, the gum tissues and helps prevent jaw bone deterioration. Only dental implants can fuse with the jawbone and help support the jaw to keep it healthy and intact.

Implants Are Easy to Maintain

When it comes to at-home care, a single tooth implant or a crown and bridge is easily cleaned like a natural tooth. As like every day regular brushing, flossing, scheduled hygiene appointments as directed by the dentist. To maintain dental implants, there is no special care.

Implants Stabilize Adjacent Teeth

With a bridge, the adjacent teeth need to be shaved down and the structure of those teeth can never be restored. For that reason, the long term health of the teeth is compromised. With a denture, bone resorption is accelerated. The pressure on the gums and underlying bone partially gives on the other adjacent teeth around the replacing teeth. When replacing with dental implants, there is no need to shave down the tooth, and it doesn’t create additional pressure on your teeth.

Dental Implants Do Not Affect the Way You Talk

Dental implants improve speech and comfort. Dentures have a tendency to slip when they aren’t sized correctly, have a chance of falling down, and sometimes they cannot be properly fitted. This can cause a person to sound muffled or have a slur. By placing dental implants, patients don’t have to face these problems. Dental implants are very comfortable when talking and chewing. There is no chance of them falling down, moving, or displacing.

Dental Implants Work Exactly Like Your Original Teeth

The implants are not only a well-founded tooth restoration, but also are the strongest tooth replacement choice in the dentistry. The posts and abutments are generally stronger than the natural teeth roots, where issues may occur. With ceramic as the crown, it is so strong but it’s not more durable than a real tooth. The implants are anchored to the bone instead of the tooth’s root and this allows them to be strong enough to withstand more pressure than natural teeth.

Final Words

Regardless of the reason, an immediate replacement for tooth loss is necessary to minimize further oral health problems. At City Dental Center, we want you to experience the best teeth and smile as possible. If dental implants seem like the best choice for you, call us today at 416-699-5577 and schedule an appointment!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

A Dental Implant is an excellent means of replacing a missing tooth by placing a small titanium post in your jawbone. The post replaces the roots on the bone for the artificial tooth to firmly fit in place.

Yes. However, your dentist will check and assess your oral health and medical history to recommend the best treatment for you.

A pack of healthy gum and enough bone in the jaw is significant in considering patients who will undergo dental implant surgery. This makes anyone in several cases, who wants to go through the dental implant treatment considered a good candidate.

 

The word “surgery” itself might sound painful to you; however, before the procedure starts, the dentist will inject a local anesthetic to avoid discomfort and more pain. At City Dental Center you also have the option of sedation for your comfort.

 

Yes. Given that the patient who undergoes the surgery attends to their home-care routine such as brushing and flossing, as well as going for their regularly directed hygiene maintenance appointments, the dental implant could last a lifetime.

 

When you lose a tooth, it creates a gap between the surrounding teeth. As a result, there is a strong tendency that the remaining teeth will shift and there will be bone loss in your jaw. This could lead to oral health problems later. A dental implant will help to maintain the bone levels in your jaw as well as support the surrounding teeth. This, combined with your at home and in office hygiene maintenance will help to maintain your overall oral health.