Dunsmuir Dental Group – Dental implants Vancouver
Dental implants can be a great option for patients who are missing one or more teeth. Missing teeth can negatively affect a patient’s smile, and not just aesthetically either. If even one tooth is missing, the other teeth can shift as a result. It’s best to treat missing teeth as soon as possible to avoid this from occurring. If you are missing teeth and would like to learn more about implant dentistry, read on!
How do dental implants work?
With dental implants, a small titanium screw is surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone where the root of the natural tooth used to be. During the healing process, the gum tissue will fuse to the titanium post, stabilizing it. An artificial tooth will be custom created in a lab and affixed to the post. The artificial tooth will be fashioned to mimic the appearance of a real tooth, and blend in with the patient’s remaining teeth. In most cases, it’s hard to tell an implant apart from a natural tooth. The dental implant will need to be cleaned and cared for in the same way as the rest of the teeth.
Benefits of dental implants.
Your teeth play a vital role in speaking, eating and even digesting your food. When one or more teeth are missing, these activities can be compromised. In addition, it’s normal to feel very self conscious about smiling or showing your teeth when your are missing teeth. Replacing the missing tooth or teeth can restore optimal functioning to the mouth, as well as improve the appearance of the mouth.
In cases where most or all of the teeth are missing, dental implants can be used as a structure to support partial or full dentures. Dental implants enable the dentures to be fixed rather than removable. Having the dentures fixed in place is beneficial as it will prevent the jaw from shrinking, and in most cases will look and feel more natural.
Contact us today if you think that dental implants may be right for you. Our skilled dental team will evaluate your mouth and oral health and determine whether dental implants are an appropriate treatment for you.