At Amberwood Dental Centre our Newmarket dentists may use dental implants as part of the process to replace missing teeth and leave you with a natural-looking smile.
What is a Dental Implant Restoration?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that functions similarly to a natural tooth root. They are used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth.
The implant, once placed into the jaw bone, bonds with the natural bone to serve as an anchor for a tooth replacement, like a crown or bridge.
Dental implant restoration helps to prevent surrounding teeth from shifting, resolve bite issues or jaw joint pain, and restore facial tissues and appearance.
Why You Should Replace Missing Teeth
If a tooth is missing, the teeth surrounding that gap may begin to shift out of place and cause misalignment issues. The jaw bone around the area may also begin to deteriorate, resulting in facial collapse or negatively impacting your ability to properly eat and talk.
The Dental Implant Procedure
You will be referred to a surgeon to have the implant surgically placed into your jaw bone. As the tissue heals, the implant will bond with the bone and attach to the gum.
Once the healing is complete, generally 3 to 6 months post-surgery, patients return to our office to complete the procedure.
Your dentist will attach a tooth replacement, such as a dental crown, bridge or denture, to the implant to create the look and function of a natural tooth.
Implant Restoration FAQs
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about dental implants at Amberwood Dental Centre.
- How long does a dental implant last?
With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. This includes proper brushing and flossing at home, as well as attending regular hygiene cleanings and exams with your dentist.
The longevity of dental implants can also depend on other factors including nutrition, genetics, or the development of any dental diseases.
- How do I care for my dental implants?
You should care for your dental implant just like you care for your natural teeth.
Visiting your dentist for regular hygiene appointments and maintaining a proper brushing and flossing routine at home can help prevent decay or diseases from developing in your surrounding teeth and gums, which can negatively affect your dental implants.
- How long does the dental implant process take?
The entire dental implant procedure usually takes about two to nine months to complete, depending on the treatment plan.
Your dentist will provide you with a more specific timeline based on your particular case.
- Will my insurance cover dental implants?
Some insurances companies will cover the cost of a dental implant, while some will only pay for a portion of the cost, and others won't pay for any part of it.
To determine what part, if any, of your dental implant treatment will be covered by your insurance, you should consult your insurance provider.