Dental implants are tooth replacements that are the closest thing to natural teeth modern dentistry can achieve. They look natural, function like natural teeth, and require only the same care as natural teeth: brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits. Plus, with proper maintenance, they can last a lifetime, just like natural teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are the best tooth replacement option available.
Are you looking to replace one or more lost or failing teeth with implants in Kanata? Please call 613.271.7091 today for an appointment with implant dentist Dr. Andrea Stevens at Andrea Stevens Dentistry.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the best tooth-replacement option we have. They offer many benefits including the following.
- Let you eat all your favorite foods
- Look like natural teeth
- Stay securely fixed in place
- Stimulate your jawbone to prevent bone loss
- Require no special care
- Can last a lifetime
Dental implants work just like natural teeth. They let you eat all the foods you enjoy. They also look like natural teeth and stay securely in place, so you never need to worry about your smile.
Because implants are embedded in the bone, they stimulate the bone that would otherwise be lost after your teeth are lost.
No special care is required. Treat them like natural teeth: brush, floss, and make regular dental visits to maintain your teeth. If you take care of them, they will last a lifetime.
Understanding Dental Implants
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that your body integrates with the jawbone. Most implants are made of titanium, a metal which bonds with your natural bone. These implants are used to support the visible replacement teeth, which can be single tooth crowns or they can be dental bridges or even a full denture to replace an entire arch of lost teeth.
Because dental implants are stronger than natural teeth, we don’t need as many of them. An entire arch of teeth can be replaced with just four implants, as in the All-on-4 system.
Who Is a Candidate?
Most people can get dental implants. You only need to meet three criteria:
- Have one or more missing teeth
- Be in good condition for surgery
- Be an adult whose jaw has stopped growing
If you meet these criteria, you can get dental implants.
However, some people might need additional treatment to get optimal results, and other people might have an elevated risk of failure. We will talk to you about the following conditions:
- Gum disease
- Low bone volume or density
- Prior radiation therapy
People with gum disease or low bone in the treatment area might require additional treatment before getting the procedure. This could include periodontal treatment, bone graft, gum graft, or others.
If you’re a smoker, you’re at elevated risk for implant failure. It’s best to quit smoking before you get implants. At a minimum, you will have to quit smoking for several weeks before and after surgery.
Some medications and prior radiation therapy can also increase your risk of implant failure or other complications. We’ll ask about your medical history and consult with your doctors if necessary to determine your level of risk so you can make an informed decision.