At Li Family Dental, we offer state-of-the-art tooth replacement options, including dental implants. The dental implants Etobicoke patients might consider are the most natural option in both look and feel. They are a permanent solution that not only looks good but also prevents bone loss. They are the best alternative to fixed bridges and dentures.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant provides not only an artificial tooth but also an artificial root. Posts made of titanium metal are inserted into the jaw bone, providing a stable foundation for your replacement teeth. In addition to providing the most natural-looking artificial teeth, they also mimic the feel and bite of your real teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
There are plenty of benefits to dental implants, such as:
- The offer the most natural look.
- They provide a stronger, more natural bite than other tooth replacement options.
- They can last a lifetime when cared for accordingly.
- They prevent the shifting of your other teeth.
- The post stimulates the jaw like your natural roots, preventing bone deterioration.
Are Dental Implants Suitable for Everyone?
There are cases where we might not recommend dental implants for an Etobicoke patient. We will examine your mouth and take X-rays to determine if dental implants are the best option for you.
If you have gum disease or a weakening jaw bone, implants will not be an option. However, in the case of gum disease, we can provide treatment, which if successful, will allow us to re-consider dental implants.
How Are Dental Implants Inserted?
There are several steps involved in dental implants. An initial appointment will be scheduled at our office for the insertion of the dental implant posts. An incision will be made in the gums to access your jaw bone. The posts are implanted, and then we will close the insertion with stitches. It will take several months for your mouth to heal and the posts to fuse to the bone.
At the second appointment, we will attach an abutment to the implant to provide a connection between your implants and your replacement teeth. This step can sometimes be performed at the same time as your implants.
Once everything has healed, we can create your replacement teeth. Because your teeth are missing, we might ask for pictures so that we can best match your natural teeth. We create your replacement teeth onsite using Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC) crowns. At your appointment, we will get a 3D impression of your mouth with a small camera. Our system then uses these precise measurements to create your replacement teeth onsite.
We can then customize the colour and glaze to match your natural teeth perfectly. Once finished, we will attach your tooth to the abutment. If you're missing multiple teeth in a row, we will use a bridge to span the entire gap. This way, we can use just two implants on either side of your gap.
Why Do I Need to Replace Missing Teeth?
It takes a full mouth of teeth for proper mouth function and bite. Your teeth work together to provide support for each other. When there's a gap in your mouth, the integrity of this support is put at risk. Issues from lost teeth include:
- Shifting teeth
- Difficulty with eating and speaking
- Crooked teeth
- Less appealing smile
- Painful and damaging bite issues
- A weakening of tooth structure, leading to potential tooth loss
- Occlusal trauma
At your assessment, we will review your options and let you know the estimated cost for your treatment.
To book an appointment with our team to discuss dental implants in Etobicoke, please call 416-232-2033.