For those of you who have lost a tooth in your mouth, you know that it can be uncomfortable, painful and very often embarrassing. Whether you lost it from an infection, sports injury or just chomping down too hard on your favorite biscotti, the results are all the same. YOU LOST A TOOTH…..Fortunately with today’s technology in dentistry, no one needs to live life with the smile of a pirate.
Dental implants are now the standard of care for areas of tooth loss. Whether you have lost one, many or all of your teeth, Dental implants can give you back that beautiful smile and get you chewing good food again comfortably. They really are the closest thing to real teeth
Dental implants are small, titanium, screw-shaped threaded cylinders that are placed into the bone where the teeth are missing. Titanium is a biosafe inert material which is also used in other operations like knee or hip replacements. The titanium metal implant once placed in the area of the missing tooth is capable of creating a very tight bond with the surrounding bone.The implant acts like a root of a natural tooth and bone actually forms around a special coating on the implant to hold it firmly in place. This is a special process called osseointegration.
After the implant is allowed to integrate for a short period of time (usually 3-6 months) your dentist will connect a natural looking porcelain crown on top. Very often people can’t tell the difference between an implanted tooth and your real tooth. For people who wear dentures or any removable teeth, implants can be used to anchor them in place and keep them rock solid for those great steak dinners.
The success rate of dental implants are very high. With good oral hygiene and healthy lifestyle, your dental implants will usually out live you and will very often be the strongest teeth in your mouth.
Dr. Michael Rouhi B.Sc. D.M.D
Woodbridge Dental Centre