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A full smile is a beautiful smile 

One of the best solutions to missing teeth is dental implants. They offer a reliable and permanent solution to fix any gaps left in your smile because of missing teeth. At Dental on York, we have a team of highly qualified and trained restorative dentists who have performed countless dental implant procedures. Dental implants have the power to give you back a beautiful, natural-looking smile.

The benefits of dental implants

If you feel self-conscious about gaps in your smile then dental implants may be an option for you. They are strong, long-lasting, and completely natural-looking, and functioning. The dental implant procedure involves surgically inserting a base into your jawbone. This titanium base, once healed in your jawbone, is topped with a prosthetic tooth. You are left with a fully functioning permanent tooth that looks just like the real thing. 

Dental implants are a good alternative to bridges and dentures. They are stronger and more reliable. Modern dentistry means that dental implants look, feel, and function just like a real tooth. Nobody will know your dental implants aren’t your own teeth!

Different types of dental implants

There are two distinct types of dental implants. The first, and most common, is endosteal implants. This type involves a titanium screw-looking device that is securely drilled into your jawbone using special dental tools. Once the screw is in place you have to wait a few months for the tissue and bone to heal around the root. Once it is fully healed your dentist can finish off the implant by fixing a prosthetic tooth on top. 

Subperiosteal implants are less common and used on patients with limited bone density. The metal implant is not drilled into your jawbone, instead, it is placed in the gum. This type of dental implant is quicker but less stable. This type is rarely used today.

Dental implant procedure

A dental implant procedure takes a couple of dental appointments spread over a few months. Here is what you can expect during a dental implant procedure:

  1. Your dentist begins by taking X-rays and scans to get a clear picture of your jawbone and where to place the implant. 
  2. A titanium screw is drilled into your jawbone during a minor operation under anaesthetic.
  3. Now you have to wait a few months for the tissue and surrounding bone to regrow and recover. 
  4. Once your dentist is sure the implant is stable they create a foundation for a prosthetic tooth. 
  5. The prosthetic tooth is custom-made in a special lab and then permanently adhered to the foundation. 
  6. You are left with a fully-functioning permanent tooth.

FAQs about dental implants

A dental implant is one of the best restorative dental procedures used to replace missing teeth. We have found that many patients feel anxious about undergoing the procedure. So, we’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions we get from patients. If you’d like to know more then give us a call. We’re always happy to answer questions about our services over the phone. 

Who is a suitable candidate for dental implants?

To be a suitable candidate for dental implants you need to have good overall oral health. Here are five signs of a good candidate:

  • Healthy teeth
  • No presence of gum disease
  • Good bone density
  • Non-smoker
  • Patience (the whole process can take up to 12 months)

How long is the recovery time for dental implants

The dental implant procedure is fairly long with multiple recovery times. The first part of the procedure requires the most downtime. Once the screw is placed in your jaw you need to wait for the bone and surrounding tissue to grow back. This can take a few months. After the procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort and sensitivity for the first 24 to 48 hours. This is normal and nothing to be concerned about.

Your dentist periodically checks the area to make sure it is recovering well. Once the prosthetic tooth is placed there isn’t much downtime. You should avoid hard foods for the first 24 hours to give the tooth a chance to fully adhere. You may also experience some mild discomfort and sensitivity for the first 24 to 48 hours. Once this wears off you are left with a natural-looking and fully-functioning tooth. 

How long does it take to get a dental implant?

The entire dental implant procedure can take up to 12 months. It is important to understand this when beginning your dental implant journey. The reason for the drawn-out process is because your dentist needs to ensure your gums, bone, and teeth are healthy and recovering optimally at every step of the way.

Do you want a permanent solution to missing teeth so you can smile, talk and chew with confidence again? Book in for a dental implant consultation today.