A Note from Dr. Norden About Dental Implants
Losing a tooth, especially your front tooth can be devastating not just physically but emotionally. Whether I am dealing with NHL hockey players or beer league players; entertainers or moms and teenagers… losing a tooth is a dental emergency where quick action can mean the difference between losing and saving that tooth. (See our tooth trauma section)
Dental implants are now the standard of care for missing teeth in most situations. When I see patients often they have had a trauma to their front tooth which required a root canal treatment and now that treatment has failed. This is when a patient as an adult has to come to terms with losing that front tooth.
Luckily a dental implant can be placed to appear as if you never lost your tooth and give you back your confidence and smile.
Benefits of a Dental Implant
A dental implant has several benefits. Like the roots of natural teeth, it stimulates the jawbone when you chew. This preserves the jawbone and keeps it healthy. An implant is strong, comfortable, and secure. When the restoration is in place, the implant looks and feels much like natural teeth.
With careful homecare and regular checkups and cleanings here in our Kitsilano dental implant studio, an implant can be an excellent long-term solution for missing teeth.
How is an Implant Used?
An implant can support a variety of restorations, such as a single crown, multi-unit bridges, and full arch dentures. Some restorations, like a single crown and most bridges, are not removable. Others, like many full-arch dentures, can be removed for sleeping and cleaning.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Depending on the situation, placing an implant involves several phases, and treatment times can widely vary. First we determine if an implant is right for you. We discuss your health history and treatment goals and perform a comprehensive examination to check the health of your gums and jawbone. We determine if you need any additional procedures, such as bone grafting or gum surgery.
To begin the procedure, a channel is shaped in the jawbone, and then the dental implant is placed into the prepared space. At this point, it may be possible to place a temporary restoration. Over the course of the next few months, the dental implant will become securely fused to the bone. The last step is to attach your beautiful final restoration to the implant.