Maintaining a natural, healthy smile requires regular at home oral hygiene. Daily brushing and flossing are important, as well as dental checkups.
However, tooth loss can still happen even with diligent oral healthcare. Iinjury or diseae are common causes of dooth loss. Missing a tooth impacts how your smile functions and looks
At Alba Dental Center in London, ON, we provide dental implants as a permanent solution for tooth loss. Our experienced dentists offer their expertise to patients in London, ON, as well as surrounding areas like Strathroy, St. Thomas, and Ingersoll. Read on to discover if dental implants are the right choice for you.
Dental implants are a durable tooth replacement option. The synthetic tooth roots, known as a post, is surgically placed into the jawbone. The post is often made of titanium, a material compatible with human bone. For that reason, the posts are similar to those used in hip and knee replacements. The dentist then attaches a porcelain crown to the post above the gum line as a replacement tooth. The replacement tooth can be permanent (like a crown) or removable.
Dental implants not only provide a natural appearance but also feel and function like real teeth. They offer stronger biting force and a range of options to suit different situations:
Dental implants are a restorative solution comes with numerous advantages, including:
During your consultation, we examine your oral health condition, review your medical history, and take X-rays and impressions of your mouth. We’ll also perform any necessary dental treatments to ensure you’re ready for an implant. You can use this visit to ask any questions and express any concerns you may have. Together, we determine if dental implants are the solution for you. From there, we create your customized treatment plan.
Before the procedure, your implant dentist thoroughly cleasn your mouth. Then, they use a local anesthetic to numb the surgical site. We also offer sedation dentistry options for you to choose from.
We start by making a small incision to your gums. Then we surgically place the implant post directly into your jawbone. You’ll be given a temporary cap to protect the implant site as you start your healing period. During this period, you’ll go through a process called osseointegration. For the next three to six months, the fixture will fuse with the bone to create a secure bond.
After you’re healed, you’ll come back to our London, ON office to complete your restoration. The dentist removes the temporary cap and attaches your permanent restoration. Your dental crown seamlessly blends with your natural teeth. You’ll leave our office with a brand new smile!
Once your dental implant restoration is complete, you must keep the area clean and infection-free. Dental implants can accumulate plaque and tartar just as teeth can. Biannual professional cleaning and checkups at our London, ON office help keep your implants healthy. We determine the frequency for these professional cleanings by your individual needs.
Dental implants are a permanent solution for patients who are missing any number of teeth. Your dental implant surgery’s success depends on your oral health, healing ability, and jawbone density. Therefore, to determine if you’re an ideal candidate for dental implants, your dentist looks for the following factors:
We offer supplemental procedures for patients who may not have an optimal oral condition to receive a dental implant. At Alba Dental Centre, we offer the following implant services to enhance your candidacy and ensure successful implant placement:
Loss of upper back teeth can cause the sinuses to enlarge. We may not be able to place the implants there, since implants require solid bone. A sinus lift augmentation/graft is a surgical procedure that restores the sinus cavity to its original size. It replaces the lost bone caused by sinus enlargement. The newly grafted bone typically takes nine to 12 months to heal before we can place a dental implant.
In some cases, the ideal areas for dental implants may lack sufficient bone quantity to support the implants. Bone grafting allows us to borrow bone from another area of your mouth, typically the chin or the back of the jaw, and graft it into the deficient area. This creates a suitable foundation for the implant.
When a tooth needs to be removed due to infection, it often results in bone loss around the infected tooth. In such situations, we can perform various types of bone grafting along with the extraction. Then, we can place a dental implant at later date.
At Alba Dental Centre, we use special software to evaluate your dental CT scan in 3D. This technology enables us to assess bone quality, bone quantity, and bone location accurately. By leveraging computer-enhanced treatment planning, we can ensure the optimal placement of your dental implants.
These supplemental procedures enhances the overall implant process, ensuring the best possible outcome for your dental implant treatment.
Maintain optimal oral function and aesthetics with All-on-4 same-day teeth replacement. Using state-of-the-art technology, All-on-4 treatment replaces traditional dentures, which can be uncomfortable, inconvenient, and poorly fitted. All-on-4 turns problematic chewing and speaking into relics of the past.
Using only four dental implants to attach a full dental restoration, your dentist can give you the stable, functional, and cosmetic solution you’ve been looking for. Best of all, your dentures can be placed on the same day as your implant, so you don’t have to wait to get the restored smile you deserve.
There are many benefits when you choose All-on-4, including:
Dental implants can last for a lifetime, while your dental crown can last for 15 years before needing replacement. To ensure its longevity, we recommend following the instructions:
It can be possible, but it’s vital to find an implant dentist that has expertise in implant dentistry. This restorative solution requires a high degree of skills and experience, our dentists have extensive training in placing dental implants.
Conventional bridges and dentures aren’t fixed to the bone, and can therefore be unstable. Making it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. On the other hand, implants look more natural and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force. Additionally, they don’t directly rely on neighbouring teeth for support, implants don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth. In fact, bridges are only expected to last seven to 10 years, even less with root canals, whereas implants will typically last a lifetime.
Most insurance companies should be able to cover a portion of the procedure cost. We encourage you to speak with your insurance provider beforehand to learn more about your coverage plan. If the coverage isn’t enough, we offer affordable financing options to ease your worries.
Replacing a missing tooth can restore your smile back to its optimal health, function, and appearance. To see if you qualify for dental implants, call our London, ON office at (519) 777-2020 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists. You can also request your appointment by clicking the “schedule now” button below.
We proudly offer services to patients in London, ON and the surrounding areas. We can’t wait to help you achieve your dream smile!