Dental Implants in North Vancouver
Esplanade Dental Centre is your Lonsdale Quay Dental Implant provider accepting new patients for dental implants. Dental implants are becoming increasingly common as a more permanent solution to replace missing teeth over other restorative methods such as bridges, crowns, and dentures.
What Is a Dental Implant?
The actual dental implant comprises a titanium metal screw fixed into the jawbone. The screw performs the function of the tooth root and is connected to a post called an abutment that holds the replacement tooth in place..
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are interested in dental implants, your Lonsdale Quay dental implant provider can assess if you may be a candidate for the procedure. Dental implants are ideal for patients who are in good physical health, have healthy gums, and have enough bone in their jawbone to effectively support an implant. Your dentist will examine your mouth and take x-rays of your teeth, gums, and jawbone to determine if the procedure will be beneficial for you.
Why Do I Need Bone Grafting?
Some patients may not have enough bone in their jawbone to successfully accept an implant; this may be due to the poor development of the jawbone or shrinkage due to aging. In these situations, your Lonsdale Quay dental implant provider may recommend a medical procedure called bone grafting to add new bone to your jaw. After the bone grafting process, it may take several months for the bone to fuse and heal successfully.
What Are the Steps in the Dental Implant Procedure?
Dental implants require more than one appointment to place in your mouth and ensure your bite is comfortable and effective. Here are the typical steps involved in the procedure.
Insert the Implant
Your oral surgeon will make an incision in your gum to expose the jawbone. They will then drill a hole into the jawbone and insert the titanium metal screw. The gum will be stitched back into place, and you will have to wait several months to allow the implant to fuse with the gum and the bone.
Attach The Abutment
Once the implant has bonded with the gums and bone, your dentist will attach the abutment. The abutment is a small post that connects the implant to the replacement tooth.
Connect The Replacement Tooth
Your dentist may connect the artificial tooth at the same time that they attach the abutment, or they may opt to connect the tooth during a separate appointment. It may take time to correctly place the tooth, so you may have to make several subsequent visits.
What To Expect After the Surgery
Placing a dental implant is a lengthy process that takes several months, with additional time for bone grafting. You may experience some pain during each stage of the process.
Possible Effects After Bone Grafting and Implant Procedure
Bone grafting and implant placement may result in the swelling of the gums and facial tissues. You may also experience bruising and minor bleeding. Your dentist will recommend pain medication and prescribe antibiotics to ward off infection.
What Are the Replacement Teeth Made From?
Your replacement teeth are dental crowns fabricated in the dental lab. Dental crowns are made from either porcelain or ceramic, which are ideal as the texture is similar to that of your natural teeth, and the material can be colour matched to your surrounding teeth.
How To Care For Your Dental Implant
Your Lonsdale Quay dental implant provider will advise you of any special precautions that should be taken once the implant is in place. We recommend maintaining your dental implants in the same way that you care for your natural teeth. It is best to brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly between the gums and teeth.
How To Care For Your Dental Implant
Your dentist will advise you of any special precautions that should be taken once the implant is in place. We recommend maintaining your dental implants in the same way that you care for your natural teeth. It is best to brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly between the gums and teeth.
Foods To Avoid When You Have a Dental Implant
Dental implants restore the natural look and function of your teeth. While they allow you to chew normally, it is important to be careful so that you don’t cause any damage to your crowns. Avoid hard foods like ice and candy as they may cause your crown to crack or break. Your Lonsdale Quay dental implant provider also recommends to avoid food and drinks such as tea, colas, curries, and berries that may cause discoloration to your crowns.
Schedule Regular Check-Ups at your Lonsdale Quay Dental Implant Provider to Maintain Optimal Oral Health
Maintaining your oral health is essential, so we recommend that our patients visit us for a dental check-up. This will allow your dentist to examine your natural teeth and identify any potential problems. Your dentist will also inspect the implant to ensure the crown remains intact.
Do You Have Any Questions For Your Lonsdale Quay Dental Implant Provider?
If you have any questions or concerns after your implant procedure or are interested in any of the restorative procedures we offer, please call our office. Our staff is happy to answer any questions so you can determine if dental implants may be a good solution for you.