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What are dental implants?

According to the Canadian Dental Association, a dental implant is an artificial root made by titanium metal. It is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth. An artificial replacement tooth is attached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place.

If you have one or more teeth that are broken or missing, dental implants might be a good fit for you. Surgically placed in your jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth, dental implants provide solid support, won’t slip, make noise or cause any bone damage.

In general terms, the treatment will take into consideration how many teeth you are going to replace, the condition of your jawbone as well as your remaining teeth. For a better diagnosis, your medical records and some exams will be necessary during the process of the treatment. Our goal is to ensure you feel comfortable with what we are doing for you and to make sure you are completely satisfied with your results!

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Dental Implant Process

Dental implant surgery, typically done by maxillofacial surgeons, is a procedure that varies depending on your bone structure and type of dental implants you require. First and foremost, a careful examination of your mouth is necessary to determine if dental implants are the right fit for you. This is typically done by taking x-rays of your head, jaw and teeth, discussing your oral history and reviewing your medical records.

Once the test results are ready and the dentist recommends dental implantation, we will book a time for you to come in to begin the surgery. The specialist will put a dental implant into your jawbone beneath the gum tissue, then stitch the area back into place. As the tissue heals, the implant will bond with the bone and mend to the gum.

After the healing process, which typically takes a couple of months, the dentist will attach a post, called an abutment, which connects the replacement tooth to the implant. Once the dental team creates an artificial replacement tooth, it will be attached to the abutment. A fixed bridge is then anchored to your dental implants.

Reasons For Dental Implants

There are many reasons why people get dental implants. They may get dental implants for cosmetic purposes to improve their appearance or to improve their speech and oral comfort. Other treatments for broken teeth such as crown and bridges may not be suitable for them.

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Why Choose Us?

At Maxwell Heights Dental Clinic, our specialized dentists will provide all the information you need to get started. Our clinic has a convenient location in Oshawa and Durham, so feel free to visit or call us at (905) 434 6222! Our specialists will schedule an appointment for you or your loved ones. Are you ready to smile again?

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