Guelph Dental Implants

What is there to know about this premier restorative option?

Sadly, there are a number of common issues that can result from losing several or even one natural tooth.

When a person has missing teeth, normal everyday functions such as chewing and speaking become more challenging to do. And, on top of that, there’s the risk that surrounding teeth can shift toward the spaces where teeth once were, causing an improper bite issue. And, what’s more: over time, patients with missing teeth can expect to experience a gradual loss of bone mass in the areas teeth once were - leading to a “shrunken” facial structure and an overall decrease in self-esteem.

But fortunately, dental implants in Guelph can successfully prevent and resolve the common problems associated with lost teeth - so patients can feel truly confident and free again.

Dental Implants in Guelph

What exactly are dental implants?

A dental implant is a titanium-based screw or post that is implanted into the jaw bone in order to support an artificial replacement tooth, or crown. Together, the implant and crown will work to feel and function just like a natural tooth - making dental implants one of the best restorative options available in dentistry today.

With that being said, a patient can replace their missing tooth with a dental implant to avoid a number of problems associated with having a lost tooth. These problems include the shifting of neighbouring teeth to the area of the missing tooth, bite issues (malocclusion), decreased functionality, and the disintegration of supporting bone – contributing to an aged and shortened overall facial structure.

What's the procedure like?

During a typical dental implant procedure, the implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone during one visit. The patient will then go through a healing phase where the implant will gradually fuse with their natural bone (a process called "osseointegration"). This phase will usually take 3-4 months. After the implant has successfully merged with the jaw, the patient will be ready to have their crown or new tooth fixed to the post.

In many cases however, a person wont have enough bone volume present in order to provide sufficient support for the dental implant prior to the procedure. Fortunately, there’s a rather simple fix for that: bone grafting. Before the implant can be surgically placed in patients with insufficient bone, our Guelph dentist will need perform a bone grafting procedure to build up the foundation for the implant. Bone grafts are regularly performed today using a synthetic and biocompatible material, eliminating any need to harvest the patient’s own bone from another site.

Are dental implants successful?

Dental implants have an incredibly high success rate (up to 98%), and can often last a lifetime with proper oral care.

Furthermore, dental implants are considered by dentists and patients alike to be the most natural-tooth-resembling restoration available in dentistry. This is due to the fact that the implants closely resemble a tooth root in their properties and ability to permanently merge with the jaw bone, and together with the attached crown, they create a restoration that looks, feels and functions extremely similarly to a natural tooth.

Interestingly enough, most people with dental implants claim that it’s virtually impossible for them to tell apart the sensations of a dental implant and a healthy tooth (except for the fact that implants contain no nerves and therefor cannot experience hot or cold temperatures).

Book your free dental implants consultation in Guelph today

Speak to our friendly and experienced Dr. Dana Coman about whether a restoration with dental implants is right for you! Our team would be happy to help you get back your best smile, and live a confident life that’s smile complication-free.

Have a Dental Emergency?

Please call our Dental office in Guelph during regular hours on 519-824-8000, our staff will be happy to guide you through what to do in case of a dental emergency.