At Hazeldean Dental Group our Kanata dentists may place a dental implant as part of the process to replace a missing tooth and leave you with a natural-looking smile.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that replaces the root of a missing tooth. They can be used to replace a single missing tooth or a number of them.
The dentist will surgically place the implant into the jaw bone and then bond it with the natural bone to serve as an anchor for a tooth replacement.
Dental implants can help prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting, resolve bite issues or jaw joint pain, and restore facial tissues and appearance.
Why Replace Missing Teeth
When a tooth is lost, the teeth on either side of the gap may begin to shift out of place, causing misalignment problems. The jaw bone in the area may deteriorate as well, resulting in facial collapse or affecting your ability to eat and speak.
The Dental Implant Procedure
The dental implant procedure requires a dental implant (titanium screw) and a tooth replacement.
Your dentist will begin by surgically placing the implant into your jaw bone below the gum tissue. As the tissue heals, the implant will bond with the bone and attach to the gum.
Once the healing is complete — which takes about 3 to 6 months after the surgery — patients return to the dental office to complete the procedure.
At this final appointment, your dentist will attach a tooth replacement — such as a dental crown, bridge or denture — to the implant to create the look and function of a natural tooth.
Dental Implant FAQs
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about dental implants at Hazeldean Dental Group.
- How long does a dental implant last?
If you care for your implant properly — which includes proper brushing and flossing at home as well as attending regular hygiene cleanings and exams at your dental office — the implant can last a lifetime.
The longevity of a dental implant may also depend on other factors, including nutrition, genetics or the development of any dental diseases.
- How do I care for my dental implants?
You should care for a dental implant just like you care for your natural teeth.
Visiting your dentist for regular hygiene appointments and maintaining a proper brushing and flossing routine at home can help prevent decay or diseases — which can negatively affect your dental implants — from developing in the surrounding teeth and gums.
- Does getting a dental implant hurt?
During dental implant surgery, your dentist will administer anesthesia so you won't feel any pain during the procedure.
Following the procedure, there is not usually much discomfort. Most patients can manage any pain by using over-the-counter pain medication for a few days after the procedure.
You will also need to eat a soft diet for the first couple of weeks after the implant procedure to avoid any pain or irritation.
- How long does the dental implant process take?
The entire dental implant procedure usually takes about 2 to 9 months to complete, depending on your treatment plan.
Your dentist can provide you with a more specific timeline based on your particular case.
- Will my insurance cover dental implants?
Some insurances companies will cover the cost of dental implants while some will only pay for a portion of the cost; others won't pay for any part of it.
To determine what, if any, part of your dental implant treatment will be covered by your insurance, check with your insurance provider.
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