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Tooth Replacement

Tooth Replacement

Anyone missing one or more teeth understands how tooth loss can make you feel uncomfortable about smiling or eating in public. You may avoid social situations and as a result begin to feel isolated. This could impact your daily life and your self-confidence. 

Current dental implant treatments can change your life. From a single missing tooth to an entire set of teeth, dental implants restore your appearance, speech, nutrition, oral health, comfort, and self-esteem. So smile big, eat what you want, and be a confident you! 

Why replace missing teeth? 

Losing one or more of your teeth creates a gap in your smile, affects your ability to chew properly, and can alter your diet and nutrition. In addition to these serious issues, tooth loss also causes bone loss. 

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  • After
Tooth loss causes bone loss 

When a tooth is lost, the jawbone beneath it shrinks from lack of stimulation. Not only does losing teeth affect your smile, it also changes the shape of your face causing you to look prematurely aged. 

Why choose dental implants? 

Crowns, bridges and dentures address the short-term cosmetic problem of missing teeth but do nothing to stop bone loss. Crown & bridge dentistry requires grinding down healthy teeth leaving them at much greater risk for cavities and tooth failure. Bridges do not stop bone loss. Dentures become uncomfortable and unstable over time as the jawbone shrinks causing eating and speech problems. 

With dental implants, healthy teeth are not compromised. Dental implants, like natural teeth, stimulate the jaw and stop bone loss. Leading dental organizations recognize dental implants as the standard of care for tooth replacement. 

What are dental implants? 

Dental implants are the new standard of care for tooth replacement. They bond with healthy bone and provide permanent support for dental crowns and dentures. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth and can last a lifetime.

Single tooth replacement 

A missing tooth can be replaced by a dental implant without altering the healthy adjacent teeth. Once the implant is placed, a post (or abutment) is attached providing support for your final crown. 

  • single tooth missing
  • the implant is placed in the bone beneath the gum
  • abutment and final crown are custom made to match your existing teeth

 

Multiple teeth replacement 

If you are missing more than one tooth, dental implants may be your best treatment option. Multiple implants are placed with individual crowns or a multiple unit bridge to rejuvenate your smile. 

  • missing multiple teeth
  • implants are placed in the bone beneath the gum
  • final bridge is custom made to match your existing teeth

 

Treatment planning 

Your dentist will take x-rays and create a model of your existing teeth to determine the optimal implant position. Occasionally, a bone or gum tissue graft will be necessary to create adequate space for the implants. 

Implant placement 

Dental implants are placed into the bone in a relatively pain-free procedure. The bone and gums will be given time to heal before an abutment and crown are attached. In most cases, you can receive some type of temporary teeth the same day the implant is placed. 

Crown placement

Your final crown will be placed once the implant has bonded, restoring your natural smile. 

Are you a candidate? 

Dental implants can be placed in most adults. Adolescents may be eligible once their facial structure has matured. Certain uncontrolled medical conditions may decrease implant treatment effectiveness, so first discuss your full medical history with your dental implant specialist. Patient results may vary. Only a trained clinician can determine the best treatment plan. Please book a consultation so our implant qualified dentist can do an assessment and explain the benefits and risks and to see if dental implants are right for you.