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Understanding Dental Implants
A dental implant is a titanium or ceramic post surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line. This post allows the dentist to mount replacement teeth or bridge into that area. Essentially, it acts as a sturdy foundation for a new tooth.
However, it's essential to note that while dental implants are robust and long-lasting, they might not last forever. This is a common misconception. Many factors play a role in the longevity of an implant, including medical history, oral hygiene, the surgical procedure, the implant's placement, and even individual habits like grinding. Dr. Schlesinger and the 905 Dental team expertly navigate these variables to give your implant the best chance of success.
The Dental Implant Journey
The journey towards reclaiming your smile with dental implants has several stages:
- Immediate Implant: Where possible, we opt for an immediate implant. This is when a tooth is extracted and the implant placed on the same day, saving time, money, and most importantly, preserving bone and gum integrity.
- Bone Grafting: In situations where immediate implant placement isn't feasible, we ensure bone and gum preservation by grafting the area after tooth removal. After healing, the implant is positioned.
- Healing & Integration: Post implant placement, the bone needs time (usually 3-6 months) to integrate securely with the implant.
- Abutment & Crown Placement: After healing, an abutment is fixed to the implant, and an impression is taken for crown fitting. The crown, which mimics your natural tooth, is then secured.
For those missing all their teeth, rejoice! Full mouth implants can replace all your teeth, using 2 to 6 implants supporting a full bridge or denture. The more implants used, the sturdier the support.
Maintaining Your Implants
Your responsibility doesn't end after getting the implant. Proper oral hygiene is paramount. Plaque buildup can harm both natural teeth and implants. Regular check-ups, coupled with daily care, is crucial for implant longevity.
The gum tissue around implants is delicate. Use non-fraying floss gently and consider tools like Waterpik® to keep the area clean. A soft-bristled brush is always recommended.
Why Choose Ceramic Implants?
Dr. Schlesinger is proud to be among the select few in Canada offering both Ceramic and Titanium implants. If you've not heard about ceramic implants, here's why they are a game-changer:
- Bio-compatible: Zirconium oxide, from which ceramic implants are made, is metal-free, ruling out allergies.
- Aesthetically Pleasing: Their white colour ensures that even with gum recession, the appearance remains natural.
- Strong & Durable: They rival, if not exceed, the strength of other dental implant materials.
- Hygienic: Ceramic implants are easier to clean, ensuring better oral health.
- Quick Solutions: Ceramic implants are designed for immediate placement, reducing the need for multiple visits and longer healing durations.
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What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium or ceramic post that's surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the gum line. It acts as an artificial root, providing a robust foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth tailored to match your natural teeth.
Who is an ideal candidate for dental implants?
Ideal candidates for dental implants have good oral health, specifically healthy gum tissues free from periodontal disease and adequate bone density. Regular dental visits and proper oral hygiene are essential for the long-term success of dental implants.
How long do dental implants last?
With proper care, dental implants can last for decades. Their longevity can be influenced by various factors such as oral hygiene habits, medical history, the implant placement site, the type of implant used, and individual habits like grinding teeth.
Are dental implants painful?
Most patients report minimal discomfort, similar to a tooth extraction, during the implant procedure. Local anesthesia and sedation are used during your implant procedure to ensure your comfort, and post-operative pain is typically manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers.
How do I care for my dental implant?
Dental implants require the same care as natural teeth: regular brushing, flossing, dental check-ups, and cleanings. Special tools like Waterpik® can be helpful for implants' hygiene, ensuring they remain plaque-free.
What's the difference between a dental implant and a dental bridge?
While both are replacement solutions, dental implants replace the entire tooth from root to crown, whereas a dental bridge uses neighboring teeth as support for a prosthetic tooth to bridge the gap of a missing tooth.
Are there any risks associated with dental implants?
While dental implants have a high success rate, as with any surgery, there are potential risks, including infection, injury to surrounding teeth, nerve damage, and sinus complications. However, these risks are rare and can be minimized with an experienced dental professional.
Can dental implants be done in one day?
Immediate placement, where an implant is placed on the same day a tooth is extracted, is possible and can save time. However, each patient's situation is unique, and the best approach will be determined by your dentist.
How do dental implants affect bone health?
Dental implants can prevent bone loss in the jaw. Since they function like tooth roots, they provide the necessary stimulation to the jawbone, maintaining its density.
Why choose ceramic implants over titanium?
Ceramic implants, made from zirconium oxide, are metal-free, which can be beneficial for those with metal allergies. They're also aesthetically pleasing, with a natural tooth-like appearance, and might be more hygienic due to their easy-to-clean nature.
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