Dental implants are a tooth replacement option available to Aurora Dentistry patients.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made from titanium metal that serves as a substitute for the root of a missing tooth. A dental crown is placed on top of the dental implant to give the appearance of a natural-looking tooth.
Why might I need dental implants?
Trauma, decay, disease, fractured roots and tooth positioning can all lead to loss of your tooth. Once your tooth is gone, the surrounding bone deteriorates and more teeth can move into the empty space. When you lose a tooth, it can impacts the health of your jaws, gums, and surrounding teeth.
Loss of a tooth can also impact the way you bite, eat and chew foods. In addition to chewing, teeth play an important role in jawbone and gum health.
Who is a good candidate for this procedure?You may be a candidate for dental implants if you have:
- Good oral and overall health
- Healthy gums
- Enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant
Dr. Rouah at Aurora Dentistry will advise whether you can proceed with dental implants, or if you require other teeth replacement options.
The Treatment Process
Dr. Rouah will examine your mouth and take x-rays of your head, jaw and teeth to find out if dental implants are right for you. If you do not have enough bone support, you may require a bone graft.
If proceeding with dental implant treatment, during the first stage of surgery, your dentist will put a dental implant into your jawbone beneath the gum tissue.
After your mouth heals, Dr. Rouah will attach an abutment to the implant. An abutment is a post that connects the replacement tooth to the implant. In some cases, the first and second stage of implant surgery may be done in one single stage.
Then, an artificial replacement tooth is made and your dentist attaches it to the abutment. It may take several appointments to properly fit the replacement tooth to the abutment.