Dental Implants in Richmond Hill

If you're missing teeth, chances are you're curious about how you can restore the appearance and function of your smile. Dental implants are one way you can do this. These durable, permanent replacements for missing teeth are a popular choice among many of our patients.

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Dental Implants, Richmond Hill Dentist

A Permanent Replacement for Missing Teeth

Missing teeth come with all sorts of dental problems, and they can affect your confidence as well. People with missing teeth often report feeling self-conscious about them in social settings; whether it's laughing, smiling, speaking, or even eating in front of other people, they feel uncomfortable and worry that others might notice.

Add to that the associated health issues, like shifting of the other teeth in the mouth, deteriorating jawbone material, and trouble properly chewing food, missing teeth can negatively affect myriad aspects of your life. There's no question that replacing them is a good idea – but how?

We often recommend dental implants to our patients who are missing teeth because they are effectively a permanent solution to the problem. With proper care, they can last for decades. Dental implants also tend to look quite natural, blending in almost seamlessly with the surrounding natural teeth in most cases.

What exactly is a dental implant?

The dental implant itself is a tiny titanium screw that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. Because titanium is compatible with organic bone material, the implant fuses with the jawbone and functions very much like a natural tooth root.

The implant is then capped with a dental crown, which acts as the tooth above the gum line. Together, these elements create a replacement tooth that looks and functions very much like a natural tooth would.

Why choose dental implants to replace missing teeth?

Ultimately, the tooth replacement you choose will depend on your personal health needs, budget, the level of convenience you want, and a variety of other factors.

Dental implants are a great choice for patients who want their replacement teeth to look, feel and function as much like natural teeth as possible. They can also be the right choice for those who do not want to deal with removable appliances.

Dental implants can help to restore facial tissues and appearance by preventing surrounding teeth from shifting, resolving bite issues or jaw joint pain, and preventing surrounding teeth from shifting.

Why is it important to replace missing teeth?

Aside from the aesthetic element, missing teeth can cause a variety of dental problems that make replacing them essential to maintaining oral health.

When there is an empty space in your jaw, the teeth surrounding that space can shart shifting out of position, as there is no longer anything there to keep them in place. This can cause misalignment problems over time which may require orthodontic treatment to correct.

Additionally, our natural teeth stimulate jawbone growth and preservation through chewing and biting. When you’re missing a tooth, the bone in that area no longer gets this stimulation. This can cause the bone to deteriorate, over time leading to a condition called facial collapse.

The Dental Implant Procedure

Step 1: Remove the Damaged Tooth

If the problem tooth is still present in your mouth, the first step will be to extract it. Once the extraction has healed, the actual process of dental implant placement can begin.

Step 2: (Possible) Bone Graft

If you have jawbone deterioration as a result of your missing teeth, you may need a bone graft in preparation for your dental implant procedure. If this is the case, then you will have to heal from your bone graft surgery before the implant can be placed.

Step 3: Implant Placement

During the implant surgery itself, the dentist will place the titanium screw in your jaw. While you heal from the surgery, a temporary denture can be placed.

Step 4: Osseointegration

Osseointegration is the process by which the titanium screw becomes fused with the jawbone. This usually takes a few months.

Step 5: Dental Prosthesis (Artificial Tooth) Placement

Once your gums heal, you'll have more impressions made of your mouth and remaining teeth. These impressions are used to make the crown that will eventually be attached to your implant to complete the process.

This part of the process may take some time because we'll want to get the look of your new tooth (or teeth) just right. We want it to look as much a part of your natural smile as possible!

Dental Implant FAQs

Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about dental implants at Expressions Dental Care

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The team at Expressions Dental Care is always thrilled to welcome new patients to our office. Contact us today to get started. 

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