It used to be that if you were missing teeth, your options were limited. You would have to either live with the gap, wear a removable denture or have extensive work on neighbouring teeth to get a bridge. These are no longer the only options – having missing teeth is now a very fixable issue thanks to developments in modern dentistry.

Dental implants are the newest way that dental professionals are revolutionizing your smile. At Scarborough Smiles, we know that having missing teeth can result in loss of confidence, an avoidance of smiling, and even a change in dietary habits. We can now remedy all that with dental implants.

People might need dental implants for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Accidents
  • Being born without certain adult teeth
  • Age
  • Lack of dental care

What Do Dental Implants Look and Feel Like?

Dental implants work and look just like your original, natural teeth. They are the closest thing to having your natural tooth back. You can smile, chew, and bite just like you would normally and you won’t be able to tell the difference. (Neither will anybody else!)

How Do Dental Implants Work?

A post made out of titanium is surgically screwed into your jawbone. During a 4-6-month period, this post is allowed to osseointegrate (fuse) with your natural bone. During this time the dentist will create an artificial tooth matching your needs. Once the healing process has completed, an abutment (connector) will be placed on the implant post, and the artificial tooth or teeth will be attached. The final result will look like a natural tooth.

How Long Will My Dental Implants Last?

With good care, your implants can last you a lifetime. Like your original teeth, your implants need to be regularly monitored by a dentist and cleaned by a hygienist. You also need to ensure that you clean and floss them daily, like you would with natural teeth. If you treat them well, your new implants should last you a very long time.

If you have more questions about implants, or think that they might be the dentistry solution for you, give us a call!  Our team of knowledgeable professionals would be more than happy to help you learn more about your dentistry options.