What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the only dental restoration that almost perfectly mimics the structure and function of a natural tooth; no other form of treatment will provide such a close replica to a real tooth.
An implant is a small metal screw that replaces the tooth structure in its entirety. During a simple surgical procedure, the dentist places the implant directly into the bone beneath your gums in order to replace a missing natural tooth.
The implant itself acts like a natural tooth root and is finished off with a restoration known as a dental crown; this is done in order to help it not only function and feel like a natural tooth, but look like one, too.
Getting dental implants is a big deal. If you think you might like an implant, but you aren’t sure what to expect, no worries. We’ll fully explain everything here so that you can make an informed decision about your dental implant treatment in Mississauga.
Why You Might Need Dental Implants
Your natural teeth provide support for the height and shape of your smile, and they allow you to eat and speak comfortably and confidently. This is an aspect of daily life that we tend to take for granted, but can be a major inconvenience if hindered by tooth loss.
A gap in your smile could also allow your other teeth to drift out of healthy functional alignment. If that happens, your risk of developing oral health problems increases.
Losing just one tooth can trigger a chain of events in your mouth that negatively impact your oral health, the appearance of your face, and your overall quality of living.
Even if you don’t experience these effects of missing teeth, there’s one problem you can’t avoid: bone resorption. This is a natural process in which your body breaks down non-essential bone tissue to use the minerals elsewhere in your body.
When you have teeth in your jawbone, they push against the bone and stimulate the production of new bone tissue in order to keep the teeth in place. But once those teeth are gone, that bone tissue serves no useful purpose, so it begins to recede.
This results in a sunken appearance in the face and a greater chance of developing lines and wrinkles in the face.
Of course, this is best avoided at all costs. The placement of dental implants helps preserve your facial structure and prevents this from occurring.
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The Benefits of Dental Implants
Experiencing tooth loss can make us feel self-conscious about our looks, and may lead to a variety of health issues.
Gaps in the smile line can make your bite feel off, cause difficulties eating the food you love and may lead to shifting teeth or bone loss. Below are some of the best benefits of dental implants.
- Natural look and feel – Dental implants become a permanent part of your smile, taking on the look and feel of “natural” teeth. They are custom-made just for you, designed to match the shape, size and color of your natural teeth.
- Confident and comfortable – When a dental implant is placed, it fuses with your jaw bone as it heals. A crown or bridge can be permanently attached to the post, or the implant may be used to secure implant-supported dentures. No matter what route is taken, one thing is certain: that dental implant is not going anywhere. Feel free to smile, laugh and eat your favorite foods.
- Improve bone strength – When teeth are lost or removed from the jaw bone, that bone begins to recede and weaken. Dental Implants stimulate new bone growth, which in turn strengthens the bone structure.
Dental implants are a solution for missing teeth that will benefit you for decades to come if properly cared for. Tomken Dental is here to help you with the dental treatment you need.
Dental Implant Restorations in Mississauga
The restoration portion of your treatment is the cap or “fake tooth” that covers the implant. The implant itself is below the gum-line, so it is not visible when you smile. The restoration that covers it is what makes it look like you have a new tooth.
Below are examples of restoration types.
- Dental Crown – A cap that covers the implant and mimics the appearance of a single natural tooth.
- Dental Bridge – A bridge is a multiple-unit cap. You can replace several teeth with just one or two implants that support a dental bridge. A full implant-supported bridge is an entire arch of upper or lower teeth that are fixed to four or more implants.
- Implant Denture – Implants provide stability and an anchor for an implant denture.
How It Feels
Although having a metal implant inserted into the bone of your jaw may sound a bit uncomfortable, the procedure is far more comfortable and simple than you might think.
To begin the procedure, you will be thoroughly numbed with a local anesthetic. This is done in order to ensure that you will feel no discomfort.
Advanced dental technology allows us to place implants accurately and quickly, allowing you to experience less pain and recover faster.
If you’re worried about what your experience will be like during placement, no worries; it’s not uncommon for patients to feel sleepy and even bored during their procedure. You may feel uncomfortable holding your mouth open for extended periods of time, but that is usually the only complaint we receive.
It is absolutely normal to experience some discomfort or swelling in the hours that follow the procedure. This discomfort will be mild and easy to manage. You will be given instructions so that you can start managing the discomfort before your numbing wears off. You should start feeling back to normal after about a week.
If you still find yourself feeling a bit nervous about your implant treatment, it might help you to know that dental implants have a success rate of nearly 95%. Getting an implant is one of the safest and most predictable procedures in dentistry, and here at Tomken Dental, we are dedicated to always providing you with the best experience possible.
What To Expect On Your Dental Implant Treatment Journey
The actual implant placement process is much more comfortable than you might imagine.
First, you’ll have a dental implant consultation in our Mississauga dental office to find out if implants are right for you. X-rays will be taken, and a 3D cone-beam CT scan of your jaw will be taken to evaluate the bone density and plan the proper measurements. Scans or impressions will be taken in order to provide accurate information for proper planning.
Inserting the implant
Local anesthetic will be administered in order to ensure that you are completely numb. The dentist will create a small hole in the bone before placing the implant in the hole. In some cases, sutures will be placed, though this varies from case to case.
Finalizing the restoration
After placement, you’ll go home to let your implant heal over the course of the next few months. You will come back to our office, where we will have your dental restoration ready to go. The restoration will be placed, and you will leave with a gorgeous new tooth to complete your smile line.
Your Dental Implants Dentist
Dr. Ameen has recently been published in the International Journal of Applied Dental Science, where the purpose of the study is to provide accurate data of not only the stability of dental implants but also the healing stages of the bone around the implant that occurs during osteointegration.
For more information about dental implants or to get scheduled for an appointment in our Mississauga dental office, give us a call at 866-590-8321.
A New Life With Dental Implants Awaits!
Your new dental implant will improve the look and feel of your smile considerably.
Dental implants are to care for and maintain at home. Gently brush and floss your implant daily and protect it from injury while playing sports. When you visit our Mississauga dental office periodically for checkups, we will check to ensure that it is healthy and functional.
With proper home care, your dental implant will provide you with years of comfortable, confident smiles!
Cost of dental implants in Mississauga
In Mississauga you can expect to pay approximately $3,000 - $6,000+ for a single implant. Full-mouth reconstructive dental implants can cost anywhere from $6,000 to $60,000 and up. The cost for a full set of implant-supported dentures averages out to about $30,000. Keep in mind that no dental practice can provide you with an accurate quote over the phone. The dental implant procedure is very complex and depends on many factors that are unique from person to person.
- The type and number of implants you need.
- The materials and supplies that are used.
- The time and experience of the dental team that will be with you every step of the way.
- The location and complexity of the surgery.
- Your recovery time. We will be here for you for as long as you need us.
How is the cost of dental implant surgery determined? Here are some important factors:
Every case is different so it's important to speak with a dentist and to have an oral exam to allow us to evaluate your unique situation and provide you with different treatment options to consider. We would be happy to provide you with a more accurate quote.
Are there other solutions for missing teeth?
Gaps caused by 1 to 3 missing teeth can sometimes be repaired with a dental bridge. A lot of missing teeth on the top or bottom or the whole mouth may be repaired with a dental prosthetic or removable dentures. When comparing the cost of dental implants to other tooth-replacement options it is important to consider the pros and cons.
Dental implants may require a steeper initial investment but they are more secure and durable than bridges or dentures. Removable dental prosthetics require different care and maintenance and you may need to have them adjusted or replaced as you age. By contrast, you take care of your dental implant like you would take care of your natural teeth, with routine oral care at home and routine dental exams. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely no one ever has to know that your implants are not your natural teeth. Dental implants are made of metal screws, but these are hidden beneath your gums and covered with lifelike restorations that blend in naturally with the rest of your smile.
Dentures and implants are not the same thing and they function in very different ways. Dentures rest on top of your gums and press down on the underlying bone tissue. Implants strengthen your bite because they are fixed well below your gums. Both tooth replacement options have unique pros and cons. We recommend that you visit us in person to find out which treatment is best for you.
For patients who are not good candidates for dental implants, dental bridges and full or partial dentures may be the best option for replacing missing teeth. The best way to find out what solutions exist for your specific needs is to call and book an appointment. We would be happy to discuss all your options and answer any specific questions you may have.
To get an implant you must be an adult and have good general oral health. Your jawbone must be strong enough to support a new implant and other supporting tissues, like your gums, must be healthy to reduce the risk of complications. If you’re concerned that you might not be a viable candidate, give us a call to find out for sure. There are usually treatment options available to restore your oral health with the ultimate goal of getting a dental implant and there are often alternative solutions to replacing missing teeth.
Yes! Your dental implant may be topped by a crown, a bridge or implant-supported dentures that will always be custom made to make you feel comfortable. That means your custom-made teeth are shaped and coloured to match your existing teeth and bite. Patients often have difficulty distinguishing their natural teeth from their beautiful new dental implants.
The science of dental implants has evolved so rapidly from its early days that it is now a very predictable and relatively pain-free procedure. The dental implant procedure is completed with such care and precision you’ll experience as little discomfort as possible. With proper aftercare, you can expect minimal swelling and almost no bleeding. Your physical and emotional health are both important to us. If you feel anxious about visiting us for any reason, please let us know.
In most cases, you can return to work the day after your implant surgery. Once we know exactly what your treatment will entail, we can give you a much more accurate time estimate and can let you know in advance if you should clear your schedule for longer. We always discuss all post-operative care instructions with you.
The success of your implants will depend greatly on how well you maintain them. They need to be professionally cleaned and examined routinely, just like your natural teeth. We usually recommend a check-up approximately every 6 months but may recommend check-ups more or less often depending on your specific requirements.
Care for your dental implants like a natural tooth. Regular brushing & flossing, cleanings and checkups and letting your doctor know if you have any problems.
No, implants do not need to be routinely replaced. Once you get a dental implant, it is meant to stay with you for a very long time.