Missing teeth give your smile more than just a gap; this seemingly simple issue can cause problems such as bone atrophy and shifting teeth. A dental implant boasts many benefits and can replace your missing tooth and its root to give you back your tooth’s functionality and fill in your gap. Read on to learn more about dental implants, and call Dr. Saeid Jafarpour, Dr. Kevin Kwong, and Dr. Azza Elhaddad at Ajax Dental Center in Ajax, ON, for personal treatment!
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are made up of three separate segments: the implant’s titanium screw-like fixture, the tooth-shaped prosthetic, and an abutment which connects the two main parts. Dental implants are unique in that the fixture is placed directly into the jawbone under a missing tooth, where it integrates during the healing process. The bone grows around the fixture and holds it securely in place, providing a solid foundation for the prosthetic.
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants have several forms which can work together depending on the needs of the patient:
- Single tooth replacement: A dental implant can replace a single tooth using one fixture.
- Multiple tooth replacement: Multiple tooth implant gives you the option to replace more than one tooth in one fell swoop. With this method, one fixture on either side of a gap holds a bridge-like porcelain restoration in place.
- Implant-supported denture: Patients missing all or most of the teeth on an arch can benefit from an implant-supported denture. Four or more implants throughout the arch hold a full or partial denture in place.
Dental Implants From Our Ajax Office
If you have a gap in your smile, you can benefit from dental implants. However, this treatment is not for everyone. Patients should have an adequate bone volume in the area of the implant. Additionally, they should have a strong at-home oral care routine with which to keep their teeth and gums healthy and free from decay or gum disease.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Saeid Jafarpour, Dr. Kevin Kwong, and Dr. Azza Elhaddad at Ajax Dental Center in Ajax, ON. Call (905) 426-8304 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!