Dental Implants and Their Benefits
Dental implants are an excellent, permanent solution to tooth loss that look and function just like your natural teeth. They are also an increasingly popular tooth replacement treatment and Dr. Raed Younes, who practices in Trenton, ON, has provided this comprehensive guide to the implant treatment so that patients like you can make an informed decision on your dental wellbeing.
Should you have any questions about the treatment or your eligibility, please do not hesitate to call our office. Our kind and friendly staff is always willing to help you make the best possible choice for you and your family’s smile.
It’s quite common for many of our Trenton patients to believe that the implant is the crown, or the artificial tooth, but this is just the surface of the treatment. The crown is most definitely very important, and we spend a lot of time perfecting each crown around the characteristics of your smile, but the real magic happens below the surface.
Tooth implants come in three distinct parts: the implant fixture, the abutment, and the crown. The fixture is essentially a post made of a titanium alloy that’s placed along the part of the jaw adjacent to the missing tooth. Over a series of weeks, your jaw will naturally generate new tissue that twists and weaves around the fixture and through small holes which are specially made so that the jaw can better secure the post in place. This process is completely biological and is known as osseointegration.
Regeneration of new bone is so important to the treatment, jawbone health is something that can factor into eligibility for the procedure. However, even in the event of bone loss, there are supplemental treatments that are there to help put our patients back on the right track to good oral health. You can learn more on our dental implant candidacy page, and it’s always highly recommended that you see a dental professional such as Dr. Younes for an expert opinion.
In any case, once the fixture is in place and naturally anchored it in place, we can install the abutment. This is just a small piece that can be made out of titanium or another material and it’s fitted onto the fixture itself. It serves as a bridge for the crown to be attached to, which gives the whole implant system that additional degree of stability.
The crown is customized to you. We consider everything from the color of the adjacent teeth, their size, and even their texture, and we use that information to make the artificial tooth as similar as possible to those around it. That way your smile looks perfect and no one will even know you were missing a tooth to begin with.
These three pieces together — the fixture, abutment, and crown — complete a remarkable solution that can replace one or many missing teeth. A single fixture can support a single crown or a small bridge, and as few as four or five fixtures can be used to replace a full arch of teeth. They are a truly remarkable treatment.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are aesthetically stunning; other treatments for tooth loss can often look artificial and unappealing, but implant-supported crowns look realistic and natural. The truth is that implants bring with them many, many benefits other than just their aesthetic appeal.
One benefit is helping to prevent jawbone deterioration. A bone loss tends to come with tooth loss, as teeth are rooted in the jaw and act as conduits of energy and force to the bone.
What this means, is that when we eat or chew, our teeth share some of the strain of those actions to the jaw, and what this does is trigger the jaw to regenerate new bone tissue to repair cracks and other damage.
It’s a lot like a muscle in the sense that, to build more muscle, you must tear the old tissue first by working out. The jaw works much the same way.
Implant fixtures are biocompatible and are organically assimilated by the jaw, and so the fixture replicates many of the same functions that your tooth roots usually fulfill.
In other words, thanks to the implant your risk of jawbone loss decreases because the fixture will be hard at work inducing that constant process of bone regeneration and strengthening. They are, in fact, the only tooth loss treatment that fulfills this function. Other health benefits include the fact that implants don’t require damaging adjacent teeth, which is a shortcoming to treatments like a basic dental bridge.
Also, by filling the gap between other teeth, implants help minimize drifting, which refers to the gradual movement of individual teeth into any empty spaces. This also makes oral hygiene easier and reduces the risk of bacterial infections, which include gum disease and tooth decay. Another benefit is that they are permanent and long-lasting. While the crown may need to be replaced every 7 to 15 years, implant fixtures themselves can last a lifetime.
It’s always important to consider that there are risks to the treatment and that there are no absolute guarantees, but implants have a remarkable success rate — 95 to 98 % — over long periods of time, making them preferable over more temporary solutions like dental bridges.
Dental implants are also very stable. Removable dentures, for example, can move around and impede speech. Your implant will never move around and will never fall out of your mouth. You don’t have to worry about your dental implants. They’re like your natural teeth: they will stay in place and remain healthy if you take good care of them.
Speaking of taking care of your tooth implants, did you know that they’re as easy to keep strong and healthy as your natural teeth? Just like real teeth, implants just need to be brushed and flossed, and that their surfaces are cleaned of any food debris. Similarly, just like with your real teeth, it’s highly recommended that you visit a dentist at least twice a year for a routine dental cleaning.
What Is Teeth In A Day?
Teeth In A Day is the full arch equivalent of a dental implant, typically reserved for patients who are missing a full arch of teeth. These devices carry all the same benefits of implants but have the wider range of full coverage. You can read more about this unique treatment by clicking here.
Feel Confident with Your Picture Perfect Smile
Your smile is the centerpiece of your appearance. It’s often the first thing the other person will notice and it can immediately influence their opinion of you. That’s why missing teeth, and dental hygiene problems in general, are often associated with confidence and self-esteem problems. The connection between tooth loss and anxiety, and even depression, has been well and extensively researched, and the fact of the matter is that healthy teeth are associated with happiness.
So why not replace your missing teeth? Dental implants look good, protect your dental health is so many ways, and they’re so easy to take care of that it doesn’t make sense to postpone tooth loss treatment. Patients often say they can’t afford them, but this is a common misconception. Treatment has become comparatively affordable, especially when you consider how the cost will be spread over a longer number of years when compared to other, more inexpensive treatments that will last only 7 or 10 years.
If you are missing one or more teeth, and dental implants are something that interest you, please call our office anytime. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have, and we invite you to schedule your consultation with Dr. Younes.