Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that enable you to restore missing teeth and prevent jawbone loss. If you have lost any of your natural teeth, our dentists recommend this procedure for its durability and many esthetic and oral health benefits.
Replacing Missing tooth
Our teeth are anchored in place by roots. These roots reach into the gum and are supported by the bone and connective tissue. The whole network ensures that our teeth stay firmly fixed allowing us to bite and chew our food comfortably. Strong roots are important for healthy teeth, but sometimes due to infections or injuries, the root gets damaged.
Any problem with the root leads to loss of teeth which, in turn, leads to changes in the jaw that affect the remaining teeth. To prevent further loss of teeth, it is important to replace the missing tooth or teeth. Up until very recently, dental bridges and dentures were used to replace missing teeth. While these procedures are still in use, they have their limitations when it comes to preventing bone loss in the jaw. The procedure that can replace missing teeth and maintain the bone in the jaw is called dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small titanium rods that replace the root of the tooth. The rods are fixed into the jawbone to get a firm hold. The bone fuses around the implant and holds it in its place. The implant provides a base where an artificial tooth or crown can be fixed. Dental implants have changed the way missing teeth have been replaced resulting in stronger jaws and more comfortable replacement teeth. If you are missing a tooth or teeth, you might want to check if you are a good candidate for a dental implant.
What to expect during a dental implant?
If you are a good candidate for a dental implant procedure, the dentists will explain all the steps to you. Here is what you can expect:
During the first sitting, your gums will be numbed with an anaesthetic, and a small incision will be made where the tooth is missing.
Through the incision, the dentist will insert the titanium rod that gets fixed into your jawbone. The tip of the rod extends above the gum line.
The incision is sutured around the implant and is given time to heal.
A few weeks or months later when your gums have healed and the bone has fused around the implant, you will be called in for a second procedure.
During the second sitting, an abutment is attached to the top of the implant.
An impression of your jaw will be taken, and a replacement tooth will be made to match the size of the missing tooth and the colour of your other teeth.
The new tooth will then be securely attached to the abutment.
After the procedure, your gums will feel a little sore, but this will clear up in a few days. Your dentist will also prescribe painkillers for you so that you don’t feel any discomfort while you heal.
Your new tooth will be made to look exactly like one of your natural teeth. The prosthetic might feel a little uncomfortable at the start, but you will soon get used to it.
What is the aftercare for dental implants?
After the dental implants and new teeth have been fixed, it is important that you take good care of the structures. The dentists at Downey Dental Solutions will give you a set of aftercare instructions which you will need to follow carefully.
Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly, and using an antimicrobial mouthwash will help keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you play impact sports, make sure to wear a good mouthguard to protect your implants and new teeth from damage. Visit your dentist every six months for a follow-up.
Dr. Khalilinejad and his team at Downey Dental Solutions are seasoned professionals and have several years of experience in providing top-notch dental implants. We have been serving our community for a number of years with a high success rate.
Our clinic houses state-of-the-art equipment and we use the latest technology for our procedures. You can enjoy the calm and relaxed atmosphere of our clinic when you come in for a consultation.
All on. 4
At Downey Dental Solutions we use All-on-4 or All-on-6 dental implants to replace entire arches of missing teeth. This advanced solution for tooth replacement is very convenient and streamlined to completely restore your oral functions as well as your smile.
What Are All-on-4 and All-on-6 Implants?
All-on-4 uses four dental implants strategically placed into the jawbone for full-arch restoration. Most of the time, two implants are placed vertically in the front and two are placed at an angle in the back.
All-on-6 implants are based on the same principle. The only difference is the number of implants used to stabilize and keep the prosthetic dental arch in place.
Benefits of All-on-4 and All-on-6 Dental Implants
All-on-4 and All-on-6 dental implants have the following advantages:
They enable faster recovery
They eliminate the need for bone grafting
They are a permanent and fixed solution for tooth loss
They deliver long-term results
They enable you to eat all types of food
They increase your self-confidence by restoring your smile
They improve your oral health
All-on-4 and All-on-6 Dental Implant Procedure
Before placing the dental implants into the jawbone, the dentist will administer a local anaesthetic. Once the implants are placed, the implant sites are closed and allowed to heal. It will take a few months for the implants to fuse with the jawbone.
After the osseointegration process is complete, the dental restoration is attached to the dental implants and you can eat and smile just like you always have.
After an All-on-4 or All-on-6 dental implant procedure, you should avoid eating hard or chewy foods. Moreover, you should schedule regular dental checkups to ensure the implants are doing well and to maintain your oral health.