If you have missing or broken teeth, chances are there are some foods that you haven’t enjoyed in a while. People with missing teeth often suffer from pain of biting on hard food items as well as the fear of chipping a crown or having dentures come loose.
Now, imagine not having to worry about that anymore. With dental implants, you can enjoy a juicy steak or bite into an apple without having to worry about pain or embarrassment. Implants will give you the ability to enjoy all the food you love again. With dental implants you can be confident with your bite and your smile.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are metal frames that are surgically attached to the jawbone, once in position, it creates a secure and permanent anchor for individual crowns. Unlike conventional dentures and bridges, dental implants fit, feel and function like natural teeth. Typically, dentists use medical-grade titanium implant fixtures embedded on the jawbone. Overtime those fixtures will fuse with the bone creating a strong and stable support for new dental crowns. That means compared to other types of teeth replacement, dental implants won’t slip or shift when you eat or talk.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an excellent alternative for people who suffer from missing teeth and other chronic dental problems. They offer a permanent solution to regaining your dental health and restoring your smile so you can be confident and proud to show your pearly whites. Here are some benefits of having dental implants:
It is the next best thing to natural teeth. Dental implants are strong, secure and stable, they will not shift or become loose. They are designed to look, feel and function like real teeth seamlessly blending with your natural teeth. With dental implants you can enjoy life and not worry or feel uncomfortable when you talk, chew or laugh. Additionally, dental implants also let you retain the natural shape of your face and your smile without suffering from any bone loss or other dental health issues.
Dental implants offer the best-long term solution to missing teeth. They are built to last and offer a cost effective alternative compared to bridges or dentures that need to be replaced every 5 years or so. While dental implants may require some adjustments from time to time, with proper care they can last a lifetime.
Are you a candidate for dental implants?
The first step to having dental implants is a thorough evaluation of your overall dental health including your teeth and gums. First, you need to have adequate bone that can support the implant. Second, it is important to have healthy gums free of periodontal disease. If you are a viable candidate for dental implants, your dentist and periodontist will determine which type of implant is best for your condition and create a treatment plan suited to your needs.
Keep in mind that a successful dental implant is a team effort. To ensure a successful dental implant that will last for a long time, it is also important to practice oral hygiene including regular visits to your dentist. For more information about dental and to know if you are an ideal candidate, you may contact us on this page to schedule an appointment with your dentist.
- Plasma-Rich-Fibrin Procedures
- CBCT Guided Implant Surgery
- Bone Grafting
Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) is an innovative technology that is widely used in medicine and dentistry for over a decade with a lot of success. Upper Thornhill Dental Care offers PRF procedures for many dental surgeries from tooth extractions, dental implants, bone grafting and more. It is very effective in enhancing bone growth for bone grafting procedures and dental implants. The use of Plasma-Rich Fibrin in procedures is known to speed up the healing process, reduce pain and swelling.
What is Plasma-Rich-Fibrin Procedure?
Plasma-Rich Fibrin is derived from a small sample of the patients’ blood. It starts with an assessment, your Upper Thornhill dental team will evaluate if you are a candidate for a PRF treatment. This procedure is not recommended for patients with blood clotting disorders. Once you are cleared for the procedure, you will be scheduled for an outpatient procedure. The PRF is prepared before your dental procedure, a small sample (2 oz.) of your blood will be drawn and placed in a centrifuge. After about 15 minutes, the plasma, fibrin and the white blood cells is now ready for your use.
After your dental implant or bone grafting procedure is done, your dentist will apply the plasma rich fibrin directly into the area. This will decrease pain, swelling and discomfort as well as prevent infection after the surgery. Plasma rich fibrin will also accelerate healing process by enhancing tissue and bone regeneration.
For more information about platelet rich fibrin procedures for dental implants, please call our office at (905) 832-5545 to schedule an appointment.
CBCT Guided Implant Surgery
Dental cone beam computed tomography or CBCT, is used in a variety of orthodontic treatments including dental implants. Upper Thornhill Dental Care performs CBCT Guided Implant Surgeries to provide more accurate, efficient and safe dental implants to all our patients.
What is a CBCT?
A Cone beam CT is scanning equipment that takes a full mouth x-ray in a single scan. The procedure is painless and will take anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute. This produces a 3-D image of the patient’s dental structure including teeth, bone, gums and nerves. The CBCT images provides ample information for more precise planning and treatment.
Benefits of CBCT Guided Dental Implant Surgery
Cone Beam CT provides detailed images of the entire mouth. This includes a complete view of your mouth, bone and nerves and eliminates guesswork. This allows for optimal placement of the implants in terms of width and the depth, ensuring a safer surgery.
CBCT guided dental implants are also more predictable. Using the 3-D images of the patients teeth, gums and bones, the dentist will be able to predict what the implant will look like. With the x-ray your dentist can show you a clear image of the end result once the procedure is done.
CBCT Guided Implant Surgery is also much more efficient. What used to take a couple of hours can now be done in less time. Having the CBCT images means everything is figured out even before the surgery begins. With the help of the CBCT, dental implant surgery is done more accurately and efficiently.
For more information on CBCT Guided Implant Surgery, contact Upper Thornhill Dental care at (905) 832-5545.
Upper Thornhill Dental Care offers a number of options for restoring your smile including dental implants. Implants feel, look and function like real teeth, offering a permanent solution to missing teeth. A successful dental implant needs a good, strong jaw to hold and support it through a lifetime of chewing and mouth movement. Inadequate jawbone that is too thin or soft can result in a failed surgery.
However, this is not the end of the road. Bone grafting is an excellent solution that can create a more sturdy and solid base for a dental implant. While bone grafting may seem daunting, it is actually a very common and painless routine procedure.
How is bone grafting done?
Bone grafting is done by getting a small piece of bone from another part of the body, like the hip and placing it to the area where the implant will be placed. Artificial bone is also commercially available and can also be used for grafting. Once the transplant is complete, there will be a waiting period of a few months. This allows the graft to grow new and stronger bones that can provide a more secure and stable base for the implant. In the meantime, a temporary denture can be placed to fill the gap of the missing teeth.
In many cases, the patient will only need minor bone grafting. Depending on the overall condition of the jawbone, this can be done at the same time as the dental implant procedure.
What to Expect After Bone Grafting?
Once the surgery is complete, it is common to feel discomfort and some post-operative pain similar to having your teeth pulled. Your Upper Thornhill dental team will ensure that your pain is managed and that you are comfortable and relaxed during and after the procedure. For more information contact us through (905) 832-5545 and we will be happy to assist you!