At Lifetime Dental Care, we understand the frustration and discomfort that can come from having a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. A gap in your smile can affect your confidence and make everyday activities like eating and speaking more challenging. Fortunately, advancements in dental technology have made it possible to replace missing teeth effectively and seamlessly. One such solution is dental implants.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed into your jawbone to support replacement teeth. They are a popular and highly effective method for replacing missing teeth because they provide a strong foundation and function just like natural teeth. Unlike traditional bridges or dentures, dental implants do not require support from neighbouring teeth, which means that the adjacent healthy teeth are left untouched.
The Dental Implant Procedure
First, you will need a 3D scan of the area we are assessing. Following this, you will visit our in-house implantologist for a comprehensive consultation to discuss your treatment options.
The dental implant procedure is typically carried out in two main stages. Initially, the implant is carefully and precisely placed into your jawbone. This implant acts as an artificial root and integrates with the surrounding bone over time. This process, known as osseointegration, ensures that the implant is securely anchored in place.
After the implant has been placed, a healing period of 3-6 months is required. During this time, the implant will bond with the jawbone, creating a stable foundation for your replacement tooth.
Once the implant has successfully integrated, the second stage of the procedure can be completed. Our experienced dentists will create a customized tooth restoration, such as a crown, or bridge, that will be permanently fixed onto the implant. This restoration is designed to match your natural teeth in both appearance and functionality, ensuring a seamless and beautiful smile. At completion of your implant restoration, we may recommend fabrication of an occlusal splint to reduce pressure on the implant due to clenching and grinding.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
There are several reasons why dental implants have become a popular choice for tooth replacement:
Improved Functionality: Dental implants function just like natural teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. They provide a stable and reliable chewing surface that can withstand normal biting forces.
Aesthetically Pleasing: The replacement tooth attached to the implant is custom-made to blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth. The result is a natural-looking smile that enhances your facial appearance.
Long-Term Solution: With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. They are designed to be durable and resilient, providing a permanent solution to missing teeth.
Preservation: Dental implants help maintain the integrity of your jawbone. When a tooth is lost, the underlying bone can deteriorate over time. Implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss and preserving your oral health.
Convenience and Comfort: Unlike traditional dentures, dental implants are fixed in place and do not require messy adhesives or removal for cleaning. They become a permanent part of your mouth, eliminating any discomfort or inconvenience associated with removable appliances.
Our Approach to Dental Implants
At our practice, we take a comprehensive and patient-centered approach to dental implant treatment. We have a dedicated implant surgeon who works closely with a mobile IV sedation provider, ensuring a comfortable and stress-free surgical experience right here in our practice. We believe in coordinating treatment with your regular dental provider at Lifetime Dental Care to ensure a well-rounded approach to your dental health.
We invite you to schedule a consultation with our experienced team to discuss your tooth replacement options. Together, we can determine if dental implants are the right solution for you. Regain your smile’s beauty, function, and confidence with dental implants today!