A dental implant is a titanium screw that the dentist inserts in the jawbone to replace one or several missing teeth. It is recommended to replace these missing teeth to avoid bone atrophy, dental migration, chewing and digestion problems.
A dental implant has many benefits:
It bears a striking resemblance to a natural tooth root;
Contrarily to a fixed bridge that requires the neighbouring teeth to be polished, a dental implant doesn’t depend on adjacent teeth, so it is a more conservative treatment;
It allows the patient to regain a functional mastication, to preserve and stimulate the bone while avoiding migration of the adjacent teeth and antagonists;
It can be used in patients that have lost all their teeth to help to keep their prosthesis in place.
The Various Steps
During your first consultation in preparation for the installation of an implant, Dr. Costisella will assess your dental situation. She will then discuss the various treatments options with you.
If you have lost teeth several months ago, a three-dimensional radiography might be necessary to make sure you have sufficient bone volume to receive an implant. If this is not the case, Dr. Marie-Ève Costisella will indicate if a graft is recommended.
After local anesthesia of the targeted bone area, the dentist inserts a titanium implant in your bone.
Over time, this titanium screw will integrate itself in your jawbone.
The implant is then ready to receive one or several artificial teeth called crowns that are screwed onto the implant.
Maintenance of the Implant
As with a natural tooth, the implant must be cleaned regularly with a toothbrush and floss. Our team will explain to you how to proceed.
Are You a Good Candidate for Implantology?
Implants aren’t suited for everyone. Here are the prerequisites:
Good health in general;
Healthy gums and good dental health
Sufficiently elevated and large bone base of the jaw to support the implant, otherwise additional bone graft procedures will be necessary.
Graduate from the Canadian Implant Institute, Dr. Marie-Ève Costisella has developed vast knowledge in this area. She will gladly answer all your questions.
Contact us now for an evaluation.