At Stayner Dental Centre, we often see patients who need a missing tooth replaced. By placing a dental implant, our dentists can start the process to restore your smile, prevent misalignment issues and leave you with a natural-looking grin.
What is a Dental Implant?
This small titanium screw will function just like a natural tooth root, and can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth.
The dentist will surgically place your dental implant into your jaw bone, where it will bond with the natural bone to act as an anchor for a tooth replacement.
Dental implants can help to prevent surrounding teeth from shifting, resolve jaw joint pain or bite issues and restore facial tissues and appearance.
Why Replace Missing Teeth
The teeth surrounding a gap left by missing teeth may begin to shift out of place, leading to misalignment issues. The jaw bone surrounding this area may also start to deteriorate, resulting in facial collapse or negatively affecting your ability to speak and chew.
The Dental Implant Procedure
To complete a dental implant procedure, your dentist will need a dental implant (titanium screw) and a tooth replacement.
To begin, the dentist will surgically place the implant into your jaw bone underneath the gum tissue. As the tissue heals, the implant will bond with the bone and attach to the gum.
Once healing has occurred (typically 3 to 6 months post-surgery) patients will return to our office to have the procedure completed.
During this final appointment, a tooth replacement such as a dental crown, bridge or denture will be attached to the implant, creating the appearance and function of a natural tooth.
Dental Implant FAQs
Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions our patients have had about dental implants at Stayner Dental Centre.
- How long does a dental implant last?
If you care for your implant properly, they can last a lifetime. This includes proper brushing and flossing at home, as well as attending regular hygiene cleanings and exams at your dental office.
The longevity of a dental implant may also depend on other factors including nutrition, genetics, or the development of any dental diseases.
- How do I care for my dental implants?
You should care for a dental implant just like you care for your natural teeth.
Visiting your dentist for regular hygiene appointments and maintaining a proper brushing and flossing routine at home can help prevent decay or diseases from developing in the surrounding teeth and gums, which can negatively affect your dental implants.
- Does getting a dental implant hurt?
During dental implant surgery, your dentist will administer anesthesia to make you comfortable so you won't feel any pain during the procedure.
Following the procedure, there is not usually much discomfort. Most patients can manage any pain with an over-the-counter pain medication for a few days after the procedure.
You will also need to eat a soft diet for the first couple of weeks after the implant procedure to avoid any pain or irritation.
- How long does the dental implant process take?
The entire dental implant procedure usually takes about two to nine months to complete, depending on your treatment plan.
Your dentist can provide you with a more specific timeline based on your particular case.
- Will my insurance cover dental implants?
While some insurance companies will cover the cost of dental implants, others will only pay for a portion of the cost. Some won't pay for any part of it.
To determine which portion, if any, of your dental implant treatment will be covered by your insurance, check with your insurance provider.
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Stayner Dental Centre
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