A smile can achieve so much. It can let others know that you’re friendly or happy, it can signify an apology, it can make an important meeting run more smoothly, or it can indicate strong affection for another person. It has other jobs besides these as well, which is why, if you’re missing teeth, you may feel that you’re missing a lot. If you’re looking for a solution to restore missing teeth, or for a better alternative to dentures or bridges, dental implants can be the answer. You can find this treatment at Smiles by Dr. Patel in Ajax.
Dental implants are not the tooth restoration itself. They are small metal posts that are surgically implanted into the jawbone. Once inserted, they act as tooth roots for the missing teeth, and the dental restoration is fixed onto them. Because they are fixed directly into the jawbone, dental implants provide the most solid foundation possible for artificial teeth.
In addition to restoring the appearance and function of the teeth, dental implants can provide another benefit. One possible consequence of missing teeth is bone loss. This can eventually alter the facial structure and cause a prematurely aged appearance. Dental implants placed into the jawbone stimulate the surrounding bone, preventing bone loss. Because they act like natural tooth roots, dental implants also provide usage that is closest to natural teeth.
Surgery will be needed to have dental implants placed into the jawbone. The procedure will take at least two appointments over the course of several months. During the first appointment, an incision will be made into the gums and the underlying bone will be prepared to receive the implant. After the implant is put in place, the gum tissue will be stitched closed over it and the site will be left for several months. During this time, the bone will fuse around the implant. It will take several months for this process to complete. At the end of it, you will return to Smiles by Dr. Patel to have the prosthetic teeth attached to the implants.
To learn whether this treatment is right for you, make an appointment for a consultation at Smiles by Dr. Patel in Ajax.