Missing teeth are a dental problem because they cause the teeth to shift and weaken the structure. Furthermore, the alveolar bone (supports the teeth) starts to dissolve and further damages and weakens your teeth.
It is reported that people with missing teeth lose 12 percent of bone within the first year. Replacing these teeth, therefore, can help to preserve the bone and maintain proper health. We have different dental restorations that can help close these gaps, such as dental implants, preserving your bone.
Implants are metal screws that are fixed on the jaw to anchor the artificial teeth. Several options are available and are used based on the number of missing teeth and bone density.
Both the implants and bridges are used to replace the missing teeth. However, they are fixed differently. Bridges use the adjacent teeth to the gap as support. These teeth are trimmed out to make room for the crowns. The bridges can last between ten and 15 years with proper care.
Dental implants require a surgical procedure to be fixed. You need to, however, have enough jaw bone for the implants to be anchored properly. Implants last for 25 years or more with care.
One benefit of implants is that it preserves your jaw and keep your dental structure strong.
Before you get dental implants near you, it is crucial to speak to the dentist about the benefits of both and other dental restorations available.
Dental implants in Surrey, BC need at least three dental visits to be fixed:
The first dental visit of your dental implant is usually the longest. The dentist will examine your teeth and perform professional dental cleaning. Next, the bone density is assessed, and if you have an insufficient one, bone augmentation is done.
We will map out your dental treatment, and discuss the procedure and any risks involved. Next, the dentist will fix the implant based on the type of implant needed.
It takes three months or more for the implant and natural bone to fuse. This process must be successful before the dentist can proceed to the next step.
Please note: if a bone graft is done, it may lengthen the process by 12 months.
The dentist will fix the abutment after the gum heals. This connects the implants and crowns. At times, the dentist may fix the connector on the same day as the implants.
This is when the dentist will either fix the dental crown. The crowns can either be fixed or removable based on your preference.
Dental implants are successful and long-lasting. At times, however, the implants may fail because of certain factors such as:
Not at all as the implants resemble your teeth in appearance. However, in the first week, you will need to take a soft diet o to promote gum healing. Do not skip your meals as good nutrition helps in gum healing.
Visit Newton Dental Group for more information on dental implants and how they can benefit you.