Dental Implants

A dental implant is used to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. 

Other options can include a denture or a bridge.

Dental implants look, function and act like teeth.  It is the most modern and advanced method that we have to restore missing teeth.

Are dental implants the best way to replace missing teeth?

This is completely dependent on the person and what teeth are missing. 

There are numerous factors to consider:

  • Would you rather have a fixed or removable option? Today most people would rather have a fixed option to their problem
  • Timeline: placing an implant is a longer process compared to making a denture or bridge
  • Surgery: although most people claim having an implant is like having a filling done, there is a surgical aspect to implant placement
  • Adjacent teeth: A bridge and denture can both negatively affect the adjacent teeth.  Implants do not harm the surrounding teeth.

At Cosmetic Smile & Implant Centre, it is our opinion, that to replace missing teeth dental implants are the gold standard.

What is a dental implant?

An implant is quite simply a screw made of titanium that is placed in the jaw where a tooth would originally have been.  Once the implant has fused with the jawbone an impression or scan is taken and a crown is placed onto the implant.

What types of dental implant treatments are there:

Dental implants can replace:

  • single teeth
  • Multiple teeth
  • Retain dentures

What can happen if I don’t have a dental implant, bridge or denture?

You don’t have to replace your missing tooth/teeth, it is completely up to you.  However, if teeth are not replaced then certain biological factors will start to happen over time:

  • teeth either side of the gap and begin to tilt and drift into the space and this can eventually affect the bite
  • Remaining teeth are at a higher risk of fracturing as they are being over worked
  • Bone where the missing tooth was will begin to shrink and recede
  • May start to notice your speech is affected