Tooth loss is not inevitable, but it is quite common. At some point in our lives, most of us will be faced with the decision of what to do about a missing tooth, whether the tooth has been lost due to injury, trauma, decay, or long-term wear and tear.
Many people choose to have dental implants placed to replace missing teeth rather than dentures, bridges, or other solutions. Dental implants are permanent, comfortable, and natural looking, making them the ideal tooth replacement solution.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants consist of a titanium screw that takes the place of the missing tooth root. This screw is placed directly into the jawbone, where it bonds with the bone through a process called osseointegration. The chewing or biting portion of the tooth is then replaced with a custom-made, color-matched prosthetic. Implants can replace one tooth, an entire arch, or all of your teeth if necessary.
Dental implants require a healing interval after the root portion is placed in order for the titanium to bond properly to the jawbone. After this interval, the visible portion of the implant is added.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Almost anyone who has lost one or more teeth is a candidate for implants. However, implants require sufficient bone in the jaw to support them. Those who do not have adequate bone mass might have to undergo a bone graft to help build up the bone structure so that implants will be able to bond to the jaw. Some procedures for placing implants require less bone mass than others, so be sure to consult with our implant dentists to determine which approach will work best for you.
If you are interested in receiving information about dental implants in Toronto, please contact our office. We will schedule a consultation to discuss your goals regarding tooth replacement and to determine if dental implants are a good option for you.