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Dental Implant Surgery

Replace Missing Teeth

For patients with missing teeth, dental implant procedures offer an excellent solution. Although dental implant surgery may sound intimidating, they are a common dental procedure. Plus, the end result is a replacement tooth that is the closest thing to having your own back. Because the prosthetic tooth is secured by a post which acts as an artificial tooth root, dental implants are comfortable and highly functional.

By filling a gap, they prevent shifting teeth, where the surrounding teeth start to move towards the gap. These replacement teeth prevent bone loss, as the artificial tooth root helps stimulate and maintain bone structure. Dental implants are convenient, requiring no special care, and can last for many years with proper oral hygiene. For Toronto dental implants, Toronto Smile Centre can help.

Missing Tooth Replacement

What Is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a tooth replacement option for those with missing teeth. Most simply put, it is a prosthetic tooth attached via an artificial tooth root during an oral surgery.
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False Tooth Root
The implant post is the part that is inserted into your jaw bone during the dental surgery. This titanium post bonds with the jaw bone in a process called osseointegration, as the surgical site heals, securing the post firmly.
An abutment is attached to the titanium post; it enables the prosthetic tooth to be attached, and acts as a fastener.
Tooth Replacement Crown
The replacement tooth, known as a crown, is then affixed to the post by the abutment. This acts as a fully-functional tooth. It can be used for implant supported dentures or bridges, too, if you have two or more teeth missing.

Comprehensive Dental Solutions at Toronto Smile Centre

At Toronto Smile Centre, we pride ourselves on offering a wide range of restorative dental solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient. While dental implants serve as a groundbreaking solution for missing teeth, we also specialize in other essential treatments. For those seeking a seamless way to bridge the gap caused by missing teeth, our Dental Bridges in Toronto offer a perfect solution. If you have damaged but salvageable teeth, our Dental Crowns in Toronto act as protective caps, ensuring the longevity and functionality of your teeth. In cases where deep infections threaten the health of a tooth, our Root Canal Therapy in Toronto is designed to save the affected tooth by eliminating the infection. And for those in search of a trusted dental professional, our Dentist in Toronto is dedicated to providing top-notch care, ensuring that every patient leaves with a brighter and healthier smile.

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Visit Our Dental Implants Clinic Today

Our Toronto dentist offers implant dentistry conveniently, in-house, at our dental office. We offer affordable dental implants to help patients replace their lost teeth. Book a consultation today to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants. The surgical procedures involved are completed under anaesthetic, so they are not painful, and dental implant surgery has a very high success rate, so you don't need to be anxious! We can help you with functional, natural looking dental implants.
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Benefits to Dental Implant Patients

Advantages of Dental Implants

Although considered a cosmetic dentistry procedure, dental implants offer significant oral health benefits. They stop your remaining teeth from shifting towards a gap, creating alignment issues. This can lead to those teeth becoming loose and falling out, too. Bone loss is also associated with tooth loss, since the tooth roots are no longer there to stimulate the jaw bone. The artificial root post in dental implants will perform this action, however, to prevent this issue and the vicious cycle that can arise, where more teeth are likely to become loose and fall out, making the situation worse. This can cause your facial structure to deteriorate, with a shortened jaw and sunken face.

Dental implants are a great way to replace teeth, with a natural look and feel. Dental implants function the same way as natural teeth, with even an artificial root! You take care of them the same way as your other teeth, and with proper care and good oral hygiene, they can last a long time. They are considered a permanent solution for tooth replacement, since dental implants cannot be taken out, unlike removable dentures. This means they feel very secure, for added comfort.

Dental implants make eating and speaking easier, since they don't slip like removable dentures can. Gaps can cause difficulties with speaking and eating. They are sturdy enough to hold implant supported dentures, if several teeth need replacing, for another secure and comfortable option.

Dental implants are convenient. They don't have to be removed at bedtime, and you don't don't need special adhesives or cleansers - for dental hygiene, you just brush and floss regularly.

Dental Implant Procedure - Basic Steps

Your Toronto dentist will meet with you and perform diagnostics to see if you are a good candidate for implant dentistry. Your medical history will be reviewed. In some cases, your dentist may recommend additional work, such as bone grafting or gum grafting before being suitable for implant surgery.
Required Dental Treatments
Where necessary, bone graft and gum grafts will need to be completed, to ensure adequate bone mass or gum tissue, and the sites healed before continuing with implant surgery. Likewise, any gum infections or other dental issues will need to be addressed first.
Dental Implant Surgery

The next step is the implant surgery, where the titanium screw post is inserted into your jaw bone. After the surgical procedure, the implant heals and fuses directly to your bone.

Dental Crown or Bridge
After healing, you can have your custom crown, which is the custom-made false tooth attached using the abutment. If you are getting a bridge for several replacement teeth, this can be affixed now, too.
Implant Surgery

What to Expect During Your Oral Surgery

During these surgical procedures, oral surgeons place the titanium posts into bone. Your surgeon will give you a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. You may also be given sedation. Your surgeon will then make a small incision into the gum to expose the jawbone. A small hole is drilled into the bone, and the implant is screwed in.

The surgical site needs to heal before the post is secure enough to support the tooth portion. The healing period can last from three to six weeks. You will need to avoid hard foods and putting pressure on the area, and will need to keep the area clean to prevent infection during this time. You will need to have follow-up appointments to ensure everything is progressing properly. Your dentist will use radiography to monitor the bone around the dental implant, and will check for signs of infection.

The jawbone has to grow around the implant and fuse to it to create a sturdy enough base. The implant post is then secure enough to act as an artificial root, so you can return to your dentist to have that done.

Who Is a Good Candidate?

Requirements For the Dental Implant Procedure

During your consultation, your dentist will discuss all the considerations for undergoing the dental implant procedure. Your dentist will review your family and medical history. If you have a condition that slows healing, or if you are on blood thinners, this may impact your dentist's decision. If you are a smoker, you should quit for as long as possible before and after the dental implant placement, as smoking slows your healing process and could cause dental implant failure, where the implant becomes infected, loose, or falls out. For some patients, bone grafting or gum grafting may be necessary, as a separate procedure, to ensure you have enough bone and gum tissue for the procedure.

However, many people make good candidates, and the surgery has a very high success rate, with no issues. Following your dentist's recommendations increases the chances of being a good candidate and having a successful surgery.

After Your Implant Surgery

Dental Implant Safety

Dental implants have a very high success rate of 95% of the time, but it's important to take all precautions. An implant failure means that the dental implant will fall out or need to be removed due to infection or other complication.

Some discomfort and swelling is normal for a couple of days after the dental implant procedure. Over-the-counter painkillers should be effective. It is important that you come back for your regular appointments while you are healing, so your dentist can spot and treat any developing issues at the earliest stage. For example, you may be experiencing micro movements in the post that are too small to feel.
Be aware of symptoms of issues, such as severe or intense throbbing pain or ongoing pain that continues for more than two weeks, and gum recession or signs of gum disease such as red, painful or swollen gums. In these cases, you should contact and visit your dental implants clinic right away. You should also contact your dentist immediately if your implant moves or feels loose, or if you are having troubles biting or chewing.

Allergic reactions are very rare but need to be addressed immediately if they do occur. Symptoms are tingling sensations, loss of taste, and swelling in the gum.

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Colour and Fit of Your Dental Implants

Whether you are just getting a single dental crown, which is most common for implants, an implant-supported bridge, or implant supported dentures, the prosthetic tooth or teeth will be custom made for you, to ensure a good fit and good colour match.
  • Your implant will be carefully colour matched to your existing natural teeth, so it will blend in with the adjacent teeth and not be noticeable.
  • The mould taken helps to ensure the tooth replacement option being placed is a good fit, but your dentist will re-check during your appointment to have the prosthetic attached. Any adjustments can be made at that time to make sure the implant is as comfortable as possible.
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