Implants at your Waterloo dentist provide an effective solution whether you are missing one tooth, several teeth or all your teeth. Because implants become part of your jaw, they provide a permanent solution to tooth loss. Other methods of tooth replacement, including bridges and removable dentures, may need swapping over time.
The implant itself is a small titanium post, surgically inserted into the bone socket of a missing tooth. The bone re-grows around the implant, holding it securely in the jaw. When the implant has fused with bone, a support is fitted to hold the new tooth. A crown is then attached to this support.
The bite pressure of traditional dentures is far less than that of natural teeth. With time, this can result in bone loss through breakdown and absorption of old bone. However, implant dentures fitted by your Waterloo dentist have a bite force as strong as your natural teeth. You can chew practically anything you want to, rather than having to gradually avoid more and more foods.
As a substitute for a dental plate, implants, being part of your mouth, eliminate the bother of having to constantly take dentures out and put them back in. They work like your own teeth, so you can eat your favorite foods with confidence. Individual implants allow better access between teeth, which also improves oral hygiene.
While some tooth replacement systems can weaken adjacent teeth, implants at your Waterloo dentist protect your healthy teeth. Looking after implant teeth is exactly the same as oral hygiene for natural teeth – you don’t have to soak them overnight or apply dental fixative creams!
Dental implant procedures at your Waterloo dentist include:
Single Tooth Replacement
When a tooth and its root are both damaged, the best replacement is a dental implant with a ceramic crown. All the components of this implant are installed as a single unit to provide a permanent solution and a fully functional artificial tooth.
Multiple Teeth Replacement
When replacing teeth in the far back of the mouth, conventional dentures cannot provide the stability and function of a fixed bridge secured by dental implants by your Waterloo dentist. These multiple teeth replacement systems allow you to eat what you want while preserving your jaw bone and facial appearance.
Full Arch Implant-Retained Devices
When all teeth are missing or need replacing, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the best permanent solution. Before implants, there was no fixed solution for people with all teeth missing.