Dental Implants in Windsor, Ontario

Dental Implants

If you have missing teeth, an effective alternative to crowns or bridges is dental implants. These are metal posts or frames which are surgically positioned into the jawbone, then covered with replacement teeth, usually crowns. This solution provides you with a restoration that functions practically in the same way as your natural set of teeth.

Benefits

  • Functionality: Dentures work as teeth replacements, but they can slip or shift during use, which is inconvenient as it prevents you from fully enjoying certain kinds of foods. Dental implants, on the other hand, are much more stable, since they are fused into the jaw bone. This allows you to eat and speak with confidence.
  • Do not depend on natural teeth: The procedures for placing bridges and crowns require the natural teeth to be shaped or ground down first in order for the prosthetics to be fitted. This can weaken the natural teeth over time. Dental implants do not rely on the remaining teeth in this way. Rather, they are fused directly into the jaw bone, which not only creates a more stable foundation for the artificial replacements, but also preserves the integrity of the natural teeth.
  • Can replace one or all teeth: The longer the range of missing teeth is, the fewer implants are needed, as one implant can support several artificial replacements. A full set of teeth can be replaced with just four implants on the top and bottom jawlines.

Procedure

The process of getting implants takes several months. Before starting the procedure for dental implants, the dentist will make sure that you have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant.

To place an implant, an incision is first made in the gum line over the site of the missing tooth (or teeth). The dentist prepares the bone for the implant using various-sized drills, then screws the implant into place. The gum tissue is then stitched closed and the entire site is given time to heal. Over the course of approximately four months, the implant will fuse with the bone. Once it has been determined that the implant has sufficiently fused, the artificial tooth/teeth can be attached to it.