This use to be the most common option for individuals who had lost their teeth. Although dentures remain to be a popular option for patients, the development of dental implants has revolutionized restorative dentistry for people who are looking to enhance the functionality and appearance of their teeth.
A dental implant is basically a post made of titanium metal designed to replace the root of the tooth. This metal post is surgically embedded into the bone beneath your gums. Once implanted, the metal post becomes the foundation for the replacement tooth. Unlike dentures, dental implants are not removable but will permanently stay in place. This is a great benefit since you won’t have to worry about the replacement teeth loosening when chewing, eating or speaking. Most patients also like the fact that the implants make the replacement teeth feel like their natural ones!
In most cases, dental implants Regina are also better for your oral health since there won’t be any bridges that need to be attached to your other teeth for support.
If you are interested in getting dental implants then your dentist can guide you through the process. Anyone who has lost teeth is technically a candidate for dental implants. However, it is essential that you are in good health as there are certain health conditions that can affect the attachment of the implant to the bone. This is why our dentist will ask you for a detailed medical history during your consultation. It is important to take this time to share your past and current medical condition in detail and disclose medications that you are taking.
Once you are determined to be fit for a dental implant, a dental assessment will be performed to examine your mouth, teeth, and jaw. This is done in order to accurately determine where the dental implants will be placed. The dental assessment usually involves specialized x-rays, molding models of your teeth and even CT scans. The help of advanced computer imaging helps us accurately determine the correct location of the implants.
Once the dental implants have been successfully placed, caring for them is amazingly simple. Replacement teeth are in fact quite durable and in case they deteriorate from wear and tear, our dentist can easily replace them with new false teeth that will go over the implants. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can stop caring for your teeth. Good oral hygiene in the form of regular brushing and flossing are still important to maintain both your original teeth, replacement teeth and dental implants.