A dental implant is a titanium root that is surgically inserted into the jaw to replace a missing tooth. Once the titanium root has been implanted, a crown, typically made from porcelain, is added to mimic the appearance of a natural tooth. Dental implants help a patient preserve their remaining teeth as there is no need to shave any of them as would be necessary to support conventional bridges. Dental implants also help preserve bone strength in the jaw.
Sometimes, when a tooth is lost, the jawbone shrinks. Titanium is a biocompatible material that merges with the bone to become a part of the body. It holds the jawbone in place as natural roots would, to prevent deterioration.
While individual dental implants may not be ideal for those missing many or all their natural teeth, such patients may opt for implant-supported bridges or implant-supported dentures in place of the traditional options.
Dental implant surgery requires specialized training. Therefore, if you need dental implants, you must see a dentist certified in implant restoration.
Anyone in good health, with healthy gums and enough bone density to support an implant, is usually a suitable candidate for the procedure. If your jawbone has deteriorated, you might be able to receive a bone graft to strengthen the jaw so it can support an implant.
To ensure dental implants are right for you, your dentist will do an oral exam and take x-rays of your jaw, teeth and head. Your dentist will tell you whether additional procedures will be required before you qualify for dental implant surgery.
If you are searching for a dental implant clinic in North Vancouver or West Vancouver, contact us at Peak Dental Arts.
At Peak Dental Arts, our goal is to provide patients with exceptional dentistry in a calm, educational and professional environment.