Dental Implants in Etobicoke

Whether you have one missing tooth or several, having gaps between your teeth can negatively affect your oral health. In order to prevent negative changes, we offer patients permanent, durable, and natural-looking tooth replacement options, including dental implant surgery. Rather than dentures, dental implants are non-removable and can provide a stronger bite/chew, improved speech, and enhance the appearance of your smile.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are made from a titanium screw that is surgically attached to your jawbone to act as the new root of your missing tooth. The dental implant surgery procedure (if bone grafts are not required) is generally minimally invasive. Your dentist will make a small slit in your gums and secure to your jawbone. The next step is osseointegration; the process in which your bone will naturally accept the dental implant just as it would a root of a tooth. Fully healing will take anywhere from three to six months, however, this will vary per patient.

Once healed and fully supportive, a dental crown will be attached to the abutment (the connective element).

What Are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown will act as your new tooth. While you heal, you’ll be given a temporary crown in order to continue to let your bone heal so food debris doesn’t sit on your gums, surrounding teeth don’t shift, and to help strengthen your bone, however, you won’t be able to bite or chew as you normally would for a while as this can dislodge the dental implant. After you heal (three to six months) you can have a permanent dental crown attached that is completely customized to match the shape and colour of the rest of your natural teeth.

During one of your checkup appointments, our Etobicoke dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab so your personalized crown can be created. While materials for a dental crown may vary, one of the most popular is porcelain. Not every patient will be a good candidate for porcelain, however, it’s most popular due to its natural-looking appearance, stain-resistance, and durability. Your dentist will discuss the best material for your particular treatment plan.

Dental Implants Vs. Dentures

If you’re looking for ways to replace your missing teeth, you have a couple of different options. Do you opt for dental implants or dentures in Etobicoke?

Every patient’s case is different, but one thing remains steady: our dedication to their oral health. During your appointment, we’ll gladly go into more detail about the differences between the two options and what would work best for you.

Advantages of Dental Implants

There are many advantages patients can experience even with just a single dental implant, or multiple dental implants, including:

  • An implant is permanent so you don’t have to worry about accidental slippage
  • They look and feel like natural teeth
  • Your whole tooth is replaced with an implant, including the root
  • They help prevent bone loss caused by missing teeth
  • Restores bite and chew
  • Reverses speech impediments caused by gaps
  • They help to prevent facial changes
  • They have a success rate of 98%
  • Can drastically improve one’s self-confidence

Disadvantages of Dental Implants

Just like with any other surgery, there are still disadvantages when it comes to dental implants, some of which include:

  • Requires oral surgery
  • You may require a bone graft procedure first depending on the state of your jawbone in order to fully support the implant
  • They are more expensive than other options, but we strive to ensure our patients have an affordable dental implant payment plan that works best with their particular budget
  • If you’re not in good oral health, complications can arise around the dental implant
  • Comes with more of a lengthy healing process

Advantages of Dentures

Not all patients may be good candidates for dental implants and that’s okay. Dentures are still an option and hold many of their own benefits as well, like:

  • They’re aesthetically pleasing and look and feel completely natural
  • Can still be a great option if your gums have experienced issues, whereas dental implants require a strong and healthy gum
  • They’re easy to remove and clean
  • There are full and partial options depending on what your particular teeth require
  • They fit comfortably against your gums
  • They restore bite force
  • Restore speech

Disadvantages of Dentures

But, just like with dental implants, there are disadvantages to dentures too:

  • Sneezing, coughing or laughing can cause slippage
  • Surgery may be required beforehand to remove teeth and reshape gums
  • Facial changes may occur over time
  • It may take a while to get used to them at first
  • Must be removed every time to be cleaned
  • Need to be replaced more frequently than dental implants
  • Can lead to bone loss over time

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In Etobicoke Today

Curious about the dental implant procedure and if it’s the right choice for you? Wondering how affordable dental implants are and how we can adjust your payment plan accordingly? Then contact us today. We’ll answer any of your questions both over the phone and in person. Located in Etobicoke on Brown’s Line, we strive to be a convenient dental practice for all and have even extended our hours in the evening.