What is a dental implant?

August 19, 2014 | Posted in Education

A dental implant is made of titanium and is used to replace missing teeth.  This artificial tooth root is placed into your jaw to anchor a replacement tooth or bridge.  This is a great option to replace a lost tooth due to periodontal disease, trauma, failed root canal or for any other reason.
For dental implants you need to be in good general health, have healthy gums and have enough bone in the jaw to have an implant.  If the jawbone has shrunk or isn’t developed properly, bone grafting can be done to build up the bone in your jawbone.
Dental implants are done by:
· First the dentist will examine your mouth and take x-rays to ensure dental implants are right for you.
· The first stage of surgery the titanium implant will be placed in the jawbone and left to heal for several months.
· The second stage of surgery is when the gum tissue is opened up to place an abutment.  An abutment is a post that attaches the replacement tooth to the implant.  In some cases, this abutment can be placed at the same time as the implant.
· Finally an artificial tooth or crown is made to fit the abutment. If multiple teeth are missing, a bridge can be placed with an implant on either side.
Are dental implants are the right choice for your mouth?  Call us at the Rideau Dental Centre at 613-230-7475.