Need to replace a missing tooth? Our dentists at Cor-Dent Dental Centre in Winnipeg can place a dental implant to prevent misalignment issues and leave you with a natural-looking smile.
What is a Dental Implant?
Similar to a natural tooth root, a dental implant is a small titanium screw that can be used to replace either a single lost tooth or multiple missing teeth.
Your dentist will surgically place the plant into the jaw bone, where it will bond with the natural bone to act as an anchor for a tooth replacement such as a bridge or crown.
Dental implants can help to resolve bite issues or jaw joint pain, prevent surrounding teeth from shifting, and restore facial tissues and appearance.
Why Replace Missing Teeth
Teeth surrounding the gap left by a missing tooth may start to shift out of place and cause misalignment issues. The jaw bone around this area may also begin to deteriorate, negatively impacting your ability to speak or chew and can even cause facial collapse.
The Dental Implant Procedure
To perform a dental implant procedure, your dentist will use a dental implant (titanium screw) and a tooth replacement.
The implant will be surgically placed into your jaw bone below the gum tissue. As the tissue heals, the implant bonds with the bone and attaches to the gum.
Healing will typically take 3 to 6 months post-surgery. At this time, patients return to the office, so the dentist can check your progress and complete the procedure.
During this final appointment, your dentist will attach a tooth replacement, such as a dental bridge, crown or denture, to the implant to replicate the look and function of a natural tooth.
Dental Implant FAQs
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about dental implants at Cor-Dent Dental Centre.
- How long does a dental implant last?
Provided the dental implant is properly cared for and maintained, it can last a lifetime. This will include proper brushing and flossing at home, in addition to attending regularly scheduled hygiene cleanings and exams with your dentist.
A dental implant's longevity may also depend on other factors such as genetics, nutrition or the development of any dental diseases.
- How do I care for my dental implants?
Just like you care for your natural teeth, your dental implant will need to be maintained with proper brushing and flossing.
You should also visit the dentist for professional cleanings to help prevent diseases or decay from developing in the surrounding teeth and gums, since this may have a negative impact on your dental implants.
- Does getting a dental implant hurt?
During dental implant surgery, the dentist will administer anesthesia to help you feel comfortable so you won't experience pain during the procedure.
After the procedure, patients do not typically feel much discomfort. Most patients are able to manage any pain with an over-the-counter pain medication for a few days following the procedure.
For the first couple of weeks after your implant procedure, you'll also need to eat a soft diet to prevent any irritation or pain.
- How long does the dental implant process take?
Depending on your treatment plan, the entire dental implant procedure can take between two and nine months to complete.
Your dentist will be able to provide you with a more specific timeline based on your specific case.
- Will my insurance cover dental implants?
While some insurance companies will cover the cost of dental implants, others will only pay a portion of the cost and others won't pay for any of it.
Check with your insurance provider to determine which percentage, if any, of your dental implant treatment will be covered by your insurance.