How do dental implants work?

A dental implant is a small "anchor" made of titanium that is inserted into the jawbone to take the place of your missing tooth root. After osseointegration (when the surrounding bone has healed to the implant), a replacement tooth is secured to the top of the implant. This new tooth looks, feels and performs similar to your natural teeth.

What are the benefits to choosing dental implants?

Choosing dental implants as a treatment option can offer you a number of significant advantages.

  • Maintain Anatomy: If you have missing teeth, the bone begins to shrink over time. Unhealthy bone loss can make your jaw line recede and change your facial structure. Dental implants can help prevent deterioration of the jawbone so your face retains its natural shape.
  • Keep your healthy teeth: A better long-term alternative to bridgework, dental implants eliminate the need to grind down healthy teeth when replacing one or more adjacent teeth. Your own natural healthy teeth are not compromised.
  • Security: Securely anchored dental implants do not slip or move. This eliminates some of the key problems of dentures, including poor fit, gum irritation and pain from exposed nerves. The result is superior comfort, reliability, and freedom from embarrassment.

What is involved in the implant procedure?

The dental implant process involves several steps that take place over a time period that averages from 4 to 9 months. The typical process will include:

  • Pre-treatment consultation: After a careful evaluation of your dental and medical history, we will determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If you are, you will then have a thorough consultation before your treatment begins.
  • Initial implant placement: I place the dental implant into your jaw while you are under either local anaesthesia or anaesthesa with sedation. Over the next several months, bone will heal to the surface of the implant, anchoring it into position. Depending on your particular case, an additional minor procedure creates an opening through which your artificial tooth will emerge.
  • Implant prosthetic attachment: During this phase, your practitioner painlessly attaches a prosthetic "post" to the implant. An impression will be taken, and soon after, an artificial replacement tooth will be created for a natural restoration.
  • Proper maintenance: We will guide you on the proper care and maintenance of your new implants before, during and after the procedure. By following a regular routine of careful oral hygiene and regular checkups, your implants will look, function and feel great for many years to come.

Single Tooth Replacement

If you are missing a single tooth and currently use a removeable partial denture or tooth-supported crown, an implant- supported crown may be a better alternative. Single tooth replacements look and feel so natural, typically only you will know the difference.

  • Looks, feels and performs similar to your natural tooth
  • Does not compromise your adjacent teeth
  • Preserves surrounding bone (replaces tooth root)
  • Prevents bone collapse and jaw line recession
  • Oral care same as a natural tooth
  • Restores a secure natural biting strength
  • Restores self-confidence and appearance

Multiple Tooth Replacement

If you are missing multile teeth, then an implant-supported bridge may be the solution for you. Unlike traditional bridgework or removable partial dentures that can slip, come loose, and cause irritation, an implant-supported bridge stays secure and strong, and won't compromise your adjacent teeth. So comfortable and natural, they'll look and feel just like your own teeth.

  • Looks, feels and performs like your natural teeth
  • Does not compromise adjacent teeth
  • Preserves surrounding bone (replaces tooth root)
  • Bridge attaches securely to implants
  • Prevents bone collapse and jaw line recession
  • Restores natural biting strength
  • Eliminates recurrint wear around prepared teeth
  • Improves appearance and self-esteem

Complete Lower and Upper Tooth Replacement

If you are missing all of your teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw and currently use a removeable full denture, then an implant-supported denture could be the right solution for you. Unlike removeable full dentures which can fit poorly, cause gum irritation and pain from exposed nerves, implant-supported bridges or dentures virtually eliminate slipping and movement, so there's no pain, no embarrassment, and no worries. You'll be able to laugh and speak with confidence, and enjoy your favourite foods with ease.

  • Maintains integrity of facial structure
  • Prevents further bone deterioration
  • Increases comfort and stability
  • Restores natural biting strength
  • Improves health due to better eating habits and improved digestion
  • Eliminates need for adhesives
  • Improves appearance (lost lip support restored)
  • Builds confidence in eating and speaking more clearly