Dental Implants in Mississauga, ON.
One of the most popular procedures for replacing missing teeth is using dental implants. Since they look and function like natural teeth, many adults want to use them when extractions are necessary, or they lose teeth to decay or an accident. However, they must first qualify for implants before getting them.
How Does a Patient Qualify for Implants?
Before making a plan to place implants in the jaw, one of our dentists at Pearl Dental Care must do a thorough examination of the mouth and jaw. If the patient lost teeth to decay from gum disease, then he or she will measure the density and depth of the jawbone.
If it doesn’t have the thickness or depth necessary for an implant, then our dentist in Mississauga, ON. may check to see if the jaw can support mini-implants for a denture plate or bridge. These implants are smaller and go on top of the jaw instead of in it.
If the jawbone is still too deteriorated for mini-implants, then they may be able to graft a bone to the jaw that can support implants. A bone graft involves using a donor bone from your body or a cadaver bone and grafting material to fuse the bones.
However, this isn’t an overnight procedure. It will take three months to a year for them to fuse and heal to hold implants securely.
Placing an Implant
After examining the bone, if it’s okay to place implants in it, then our dentists will place them in three stages, one for every component of an implant. First, our dentist at Pearl Dental Care will make an incision into the gum to access the bone and drill a hole for the titanium screw, which acts as the root. Then he or she will screw in the root and stitch the gum over it.
The second component of the implant, the abutment, goes onto the titanium root. The abutment connects the third component, the dental crown to the root. Sometimes dentist places the abutment on after the root goes in, but it’s up to the individual dentist.
Finally, after healing, our dentist near you in Mississauga, ON. attaches and bonds the dental crown in place.
After several months of healing, you will have a tooth that looks and functions like the one you lost, and your smile is intact again.