With the Oscars having been awarded over a week ago, most of the major awards have been handed out in the entertainment industry. We still have the Junos to look forward to in a couple of weeks, but somehow, that seems separated from the hoopla of the rest of the awards season.

 So for many, the time has come to start planning acceptance speeches and appropriate attire for next season’s awards! And it is never too early to start thinking about making ourselves look great!

Over the past couple of weeks, we have discussed some of the options to make sure you have a red carpet smile that dazzles! We would like to close off that thought with one of the major dental innovations of the last few years…implants!

For a great many of our patients here at Rideau Dental Centre, implants have taken the place of cumbersome, sometimes embarrassing, dentures! When time, combined with general wear and tear has taken its toll on your teeth, or you have sustained a traumatic accident that resulted in broken or lost teeth, implants can be one of the best options available.

So what is an implant and what is involved with installing them?

An implant is a metal post that is inserted into the jaw bone below the gum line. A crown is subsequently attached to that part of the post that protrudes above the gums, giving you a tooth that functions very much like a natural tooth.

The process of obtaining implants will require more than one trip to the dentist and also requires some time to allow the gums to heal after the posts have been put in place. Inserting the metal post into the jaw bone is done on one visit.

At a following visit when the gum and jaw have healed, usually a couple of months later, a permanent crown will be affixed to the post. One of the most exciting features is that today’s crowns can be matched to your natural teeth making them virtually impossible to tell apart.

While the end result can be spectacular, implants are not the best option for all people. Some people may not have sufficient bone mass or density in their jaw to support the implant. Bone grafting may solve this problem in some cases, but not necessarily all.

As you can see from the description, there is some time needed to complete the process. That is why, if you are planning on making your red carpet smile all the rage next awards season, now is a good time to talk to us at Rideau Dental Centre to see if implants might be the solution for you. If you are a candidate for implants, you will be thrilled with the results!

Perhaps even more important than the cosmetic results is the functionality. Unlike dentures, implants will work as your natural teeth. That means you will have no trouble eating some of those healthy foods your dental condition may have required you to give up, such as carrots and apples. Just imagine how much healthier that can help make you!

In other words, implants are not just a cosmetic treatment option. They can be an important option for your total health. Still, there is no denying the appeal of their beautiful appearance! So talk to us now if you want to plan for that spectacular smile next award season. Because planning that beautiful smile is a healthy habit…and healthier habits lead to healthier lives.

Dr. Pete Georgopoulos

Dental Surgeon