If you have one or more missing teeth, there are several ways how to replace them. Using dental implants is an alternative to traditional methods of replacing missing teeth such as bridges, partial dentures or complete dentures. Contact your dentist in downtown Vancouver at Royal Centre Dental to learn more about options specific to your case.
Replacing missing teeth with dental implants
Dental implants are titanium posts or frames that are used to replace missing roots and support artificial replacement teeth. Dental implants are placed into the jawbone and replace the root of your natural tooth. A replacement tooth is then mounted to the implant which provides it a stable support so you do not feel any discomfort while eating, chewing, drinking and speaking. Crowns, bridges or dentures can be placed over implants.
If you want to get dental implants, you have to have healthy gums and enough bone which can fully support the implant. Implants are placed by the specialists called periodontists or oral surgeons. Having dental implants placed is usually a longer process that requires several visits to your Vancouver dentist. Find out what things you should consider while looking for a Vancouver dentist!
How does the whole process work?
- Your dental specialist will examine you first to find out if you are the right candidate for dental implants. This stage includes full examination of your mouth and x-rays of your teeth, jaw and head to ensure that implants are suitable for you.
- Placing the implants usually happens in two phases even though some newer implants can be places in only one step.
- During the first stage of surgery a periodontist/surgeon will make a small cut in your gums to expose the bone. Then he will drill a hole in your bone and place a dental implant there. The healing process can take several months. The x-ray will be taken to ensure that your implant was placed properly. You will see your dentist again in 6-10 days to have your stitches removed.
- During the second stage your periodontist/surgeon will attach an abutement that will connect your dental implant with tooth replacement.
- Then you will come to see your dentist again usually after two or three weeks to begin your restoration process. That means having your crown, bridge or denture made and attached to your new dental implant.
Is the procedure painful?
Most people describe the pain as mild and experience very little discomfort during the surgery. Local anesthesia is provided in order to reduce discomfort during the surgery.
Our downtown Vancouver dental implants specialists Dr. Ken Phillips and Dr. Ryan Bernhauser will be happy to schedule an appointment with you to discuss your missing teeth replacement.