A missing tooth or a set of missing teeth can be more than just a cosmetic issue. It can also lead to problems such as difficulty eating and speaking, shifting of the remaining teeth, and even bone loss in the jaw. Dental implants are a popular and effective solution for missing teeth and can help restore both the function and appearance of your smile.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small, artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jawbone. Once the implant has fused with the bone, an abutment, or connector post, is placed on top of the implant. The abutment is used to support a replacement tooth, such as a crown, bridge, or denture.
Dental implants are made of biocompatible materials, such as titanium, that mimic the function and form of natural teeth roots. And because the implant is anchored into the jawbone, it can provide stable support for the replacement tooth or teeth, and also help preserve the natural jawbone over time.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a popular and effective solution for missing teeth and can provide a wide range of benefits for patients. They are small, artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jawbone, and once healed, an abutment, or connector post, is placed on top of the implant. This abutment is used to support a replacement tooth, such as a crown, bridge, or denture.
One of the main benefits of dental implants is their natural appearance. Dental implants can be designed to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth, resulting in a natural-looking and realistic appearance. This can greatly improve your confidence and self-esteem, especially when it comes to smiling or speaking.
Another benefit of dental implants is their improved function. Unlike removable dentures or bridges, dental implants function like natural teeth, which means you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Dental implants provide stable support for replacement teeth, which can help restore your ability to bite and chew properly, preventing the strain on remaining teeth.
Dental Implants are also a durable solution for missing teeth. With proper care and maintenance, they can last for many years and even a lifetime. Unlike removable dentures or bridges, which need to be replaced every 5-10 years, dental implants can save you time and money in the long run.
In addition, dental implants are comfortable to wear and do not cause pain or discomfort in the way that removable dentures or bridges can. Because they are anchored into the jawbone, they provide stable support and provide a more secure fit.
Preservation of Jawbone
Another important benefit of dental implants is their ability to preserve the natural jawbone. Unlike removable dentures or bridges, dental implants mimic the function of natural teeth roots and help preserve the natural jawbone. This can prevent the bone from deteriorating or changing shape over time, which can lead to a sunken-in appearance in the face and make it difficult to wear removable dentures.
Finally, dental implants are also convenient to maintain and clean, they can be cleaned and maintained just like natural teeth. Unlike removable dentures, which need to be removed and cleaned regularly, dental implants are a convenient long-term solution to missing teeth.
Overall, dental implants are a popular and effective solution for missing teeth and can provide a wide range of benefits for patients.
The Risks of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a popular and effective solution for missing teeth, but as with any medical procedure, some potential risks and complications should be taken into account. While the risk of complications with dental implants is relatively low, it’s important to understand the possible risks before deciding to undergo the procedure.
- Infection: Dental implants are placed surgically, which means there’s a risk of infection. The risk of infection is low, but if an infection does occur, it can cause the implant to fail and may require additional treatment.
- Nerve Damage: In rare cases, the placement of dental implants may cause damage to the nerves in the jaw, which can result in numbness, tingling, or pain in the lips, gums, and chin.
- Sinus Issues: For upper jaw implants, sinus problems may occur if the implant extends into the sinus cavities. This can lead to sinusitis, sinus headaches and/or sinus congestion.
- Implant Failure: While dental implants have a high success rate, there’s a small risk that the implant may fail to fuse with the jawbone or that the replacement tooth may become loose or fall out.
- Allergic reactions: Although rare, some people may have an allergic reaction to the materials used in the dental implant, such as titanium.
- Overloading: Overloading of a dental implant can occur if the implant is placed in an area of the jaw that cannot support the implant, this can cause pain, tenderness and/or implant failure.
- Post-operative pain and swelling: After the implant placement, some pain and swelling are expected. If this pain is severe or prolonged, it may be an indication of some complications or infection.
Is Dental Implants Right for You?
Dental implants are a great option for people missing one or more teeth and want to restore both the function and appearance of their smile. However, they are not suitable for everyone. Your dentist will be able to tell you if you’re a good candidate for dental implants and will create a personalized treatment plan to achieve the best possible outcome.
At Burnaby Square Dental, we understand that missing teeth can be a source of embarrassment and can also lead to problems with chewing and speaking. We are proud to offer a variety of dental implants that can help you regain your smile.
If you are considering dental implants, we encourage you to call us at (604) 526-2725 today to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to answer any questions you have and help you decide if dental implants are right for you.