Dental Implants – Ottawa, ON
The Roots of a New Smile
Chances are that when you first realize that your teeth need to be replaced, you’ll immediately think of traditional solutions like bridges and dentures. But there’s another option to consider that offers all kinds of benefits: dental implants. By bonding with your jawbone, dental implants can mimic the feel and function of natural tooth roots. Ready to learn more about this modern solution for gaps in your smile? Call Smyth Dental Centre for an appointment today.
Why Choose Smyth Dental Centre for Dental Implants?
- Wide Range of Prosthetics for Implants
- Privately Owned Dental Practice
- Services Available in English and French
What are Dental Implants?
While a traditional bridge or denture can be used to replace the top parts of missing teeth, a dental implant is designed to function as an artificial tooth root. It can be surgically placed in the jaw and provide support for a restoration. Since dental implants need to form a strong bond with your jaw, they are normally made out of titanium – a durable material whose biocompatible properties allow it to fuse with the bone around it.
The 4-Step Dental Implant Process
Getting dental implants is not something that’s done in just one visit; the process involves multiple steps, as outlined below:
- First, an initial consultation is necessary to confirm that you can have implant surgery performed. (Some patients might be told that they need bone grafting or other preliminary procedures first.)
- We will refer you to an expert to have your dental implants surgically inserted. Each implant post will be carefully placed to ensure that it’s in just the right spot in your jaw.
- Osseointegration (the natural process of the implants and bone fusing) normally takes about three to six months. A connector piece called an abutment will be attached to each implant post after osseointegration is done.
- Our practice will handle the process of designing and placing the final restoration, which will be anchored to the implant(s) thanks to the abutment(s).
Benefits of Dental Implants
Oftentimes, people who have dental implants placed tend to feel more confident about their new smiles due to the way they look and feel. You will also likely find that enjoying all of your favorite foods and maintaining a varied diet is much easier with strong, stable implant posts. The stimulation from the implants can stimulate the jaw to stop bone loss from occurring, which is good for your oral health in the long run. Finally, it’s always worth remembering that dental implants have an impressive success rate of 95% even a decade after implant placement.
Who Dental Implants Can Help
Dental implants might be right for you if you have a healthy mouth and a jawbone that’s strong enough to give the posts the support they need. Your initial consultation is vital for determining whether you should move forward with the implant process or consider other tooth replacement options. Remember that you can potentially be a candidate for dental implants no matter how many teeth are missing; here’s how your treatment may be personalized based on the extent of your tooth loss.
Missing One Tooth
Even one missing tooth can cause serious issues if you choose not to have it replaced. But instead of getting a dental bridge that can only be placed after permanent alterations are made to two of your remaining teeth, you can instead get a single dental implant post topped with a crown.
Missing Multiple Teeth
In general, it’s best to use as few dental implants as possible to re-complete your smile. For example, if you have lost at least three teeth that were all right next to each other, they can typically be replaced with just two dental implant posts and a customized dental bridge.
Missing All of Your Teeth
If you have traditional dentures, you’re probably familiar with how they can slip or shift when you don’t want them to. With implant dentures, you won’t have to worry about this kind of problem again; your new teeth will be securely anchored to a strategic number of implant posts. In many cases, only four implant posts are necessary to replace all your teeth thanks to the All-On-4 procedure.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Dental implants have plenty of advantages to consider, but how much do they normally cost? To figure out how much you’ll need to pay, different factors like the number of implants and where they need to be placed in the jaw will have to be accounted for. It’s worth noting that dental implants can last for many decades and generally don’t need to be replaced, unlike teeth supported bridges and dentures; keep that in mind while you’re considering the cost of the available tooth replacement options.