About Implant Dentistry
If you’ve lost one or more teeth due to disease or injury, dental implants from Kingston’s Collins Bay Dental office can restore the appearance and function of your natural teeth. Unlike the “false teeth” of the past, dental implants are securely anchored into the jaw bone so you can eat, talk and smile without worrying about slippage. Dental implants also promote oral health, preventing the bone atrophy which often occurs with missing teeth and reducing wear and stress on the remaining teeth. Questions about dental implants? The Kingston general dentists at Collins Bay Dental will be happy to give you more information and help you decide whether implants are a viable option for you.
What Exactly Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small bio-compatible titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone. Over time, these posts fuse with the jaw bone, creating a solid foundation to which we can attach a replacement tooth or bridge. If you have more than one missing tooth, you may need more than one implant to secure a bridge, arch or partial denture. The number of implants needed to secure a larger number of replacement teeth is determined by the biting pressure that they will need to withstand. Once the procedure is completed, you will be able to maintain the replacement teeth with routine oral hygiene and regular professional cleaning.
What Happens During a Dental Implant Procedure?
Our procedure for dental implants is usually done in 2 or 3 visits over a period of 4 to 6 months. Generally, only a local anesthetic is required to place the implants, although patients who suffer from dental anxiety may wish to consider other options for sedation. The actual placement of the implant takes less than an hour and most Collins Bay Dental patients have told us that the mild to moderate discomfort immediately following the procedure is manageable with ibuprofen.
Over the next few months, the implant will fuse with the bone; once this occurs, we will take an impression of the space between your teeth, create a custom crown or bridge that will look like your remaining natural teeth and secure it to the implant. While we may recommend soft foods during the healing process, you will be able to resume a normal diet immediately afterward.
Do I Qualify for Dental Implants?
According to the Canadian Dental Association, any healthy adult, from teens to seniors, whose gums and jawbone are in good condition may be considered for dental implants. Patients whose gums or bones are compromised might need to have periodontal treatment or grafts before they can receive an implant.
Dental implants are a good alternative to dentures, but may not be the best solution for everyone.
During your consultation at Collins Bay Dental, Dr. Gibrayel will evaluate your oral health and review your medical history to determine whether dental implants are the best solution for you.