When you have a missing tooth, life and day-to-day tasks become more difficult and uncomfortable. From smiling to chewing, missing teeth affect everything from self-confidence to eating.
There are a number of remedies for a missing tooth for people in Abbotsford, including bridges and dentures. But bridges aren’t particularly helpful for when the root of the tooth is missing or damaged; perhaps you have a tooth that breaks off near the gum line but the root is still in tact. Plus they often require filing down nearby teeth so the bridge will fit.
Dentures can be awkward to get used to, and they require lots of maintenance, not least because partial dentures are removal.
A dental implant can be an ideal solution for many patients since it supports an artificial tooth that both feels and looks natural while also holding it firmly and permanently in place.
So what exactly is a dental implant, and is it right for you?
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root, usually constructed of titanium metal. An implant is used to safely fill in or replace missing or damaged natural roots and also to support the artificial tooth that will be attached to it above the gum line. Think of dental implants as the “anchor” of a permanent, artificial tooth.
Candidates for dental implants typically have healthy gums and enough bone in the part of the jaw near the affected area to support the implant. Once our Abbotsford dentists at Clayburn Dental insert an implant into your mouth below the gum line, your natural jaw bones will hold it into place, gradually adapting to it during a process called osseointegration.
After osseointegration is complete and the nearby tissue has healed, your dental surgeon will attach a small metal device known as an abutment to the top of the implant that connects the artificial tooth.
Types of Dental Implants
The Canadian Academy of Periodontology categorizes two main types of dental implants: endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants.
Endosteal dental implants are placed completely into the jawbone and typically resemble a small screw. They are conducive to healthy gums and a strong jawbone—think of them as “full implants.”
Subperiosteal implants are still placed below the gum line but do not go fully down into the jawbone. You might need or want a subperiosteal implant if your jawbone is too shallow or you don’t feel comfortable with a full endosteal implant. Always talk to your dentist for advice and feedback about what might be your best option and to help you determine what you’re most comfortable with.
Reasons for Getting Dental Implants
If you’re missing a tooth and the root of the tooth is also missing with it or is severely damaged, then a dental implant might be right for you.
There are many advantages to getting a dental implant. Because your jawbone will naturally fuse to it, implants stay securely in place in your mouth without moving around. They are permanent and don’t require additional maintenance or cleaning on top of how you clean your natural teeth, and they also prevent nearby natural teeth from shifting in place.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Dental implants have been proven to be a safe and effective remedy for missing teeth ever since their creation in their modern-day form over 30 years ago. On average, an estimated half-million implant procedures are performed every year in Canada alone.
And the titanium metal that most dental implants are made of is a fully biocompatible material, which means it is safe to be inserted into your jawbone and through your gum line.
Costs of Dental Implants
The cost of a dental implant in B.C. to a patient will often come down to insurance coverage. Dental implants often have different coverage levels than other remedies for missing teeth, such as bridges and dentures, but the addition of general health insurance might increase coverage amounts.
Your dental surgeons at Clayburn Dental can discuss your options with you so you can understand how your dental insurance will help mitigate costs.
Dental Implants at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford
The dental professionals at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford have performed countless dental implants to restore people’s smiles and give them back the confidence that they’ve had all along.
To learn more about dental implants and if receiving an implant procedure is right for you, call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online.