Dental Implants in St. Catharines from Martindale Dental
Restore your smile and the confidence to show it off.
Dental Implants are the ideal solution to missing teeth.
So your smile is down a few teeth from a perfect smile. Dentures are uncomfortable and seem to never fit 100% and bridges can be a hassle. What do you do? We recommend getting in touch with our St. Catharines office for a consultation about how we can fix your smile and bring back your self-confidence with dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that are inserted into your jawbone to function as anchors that crowns (artificial teeth) can be attached to in order to restore the function of your teeth and smile. Essentially, dental implants mimic the function of the roots of your natural teeth when these have become damaged or are missing. A dental implant procedure can be performed by your dentist or an oral surgeon.
Are dental implants right for me?
If you’re considering dental implants you will need to be in good overall health, have healthy gums and the structure of your jaw must contain enough bone that an implant post can be securely held in place. Sometimes there are issues where, due to tooth loss or degradation, a patient does not have enough jawbone remaining for implants to fit securely and a bone graft is required. For these reasons, a consultation with your dentist or oral surgeon is required to ensure you are a candidate for dental implants.
BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS
Natural Look & Perfect Fit
Easy to Maintain & Clean
Better Oral Health & Improved Confidence
If you are suffering from the effects of missing teeth, dental implants may be the answer.
• Dental implants offer a solution that can properly support artificial teeth
• Dental implants can be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth without damaging adjacent teeth
• Dental implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss without slipping, wobbling or a generally unpleasant experience often associated with many forms of removeable dentures.
• Artificial teeth function just like your natural teeth would, except they are not susceptible to cavities or tooth sensitivity.
• Dental implants allow you to avoid damaging adjacent teeth commonly necessary with other forms of tooth replacement.
• Dental implants help you regain full functionality when chewing.
• Dental implants will restore natural speech function and undo facial sagging caused by missing teeth.
• Implants can provide you a new, perfect smile that will help boost your self confidence and willingness to laugh.
It’s easier than you think to get a perfect smile.
1. Securing the implant
The procedure for dental implants in our St. Catharines office begins with surgically inserting a dental implant(s) into your jawbone. This procedure often requires sedation dentistry to be used to keep our patients comfortable and pain-free during the treatment.
2. Allowing the jaw bone to heal
After the implant has been inserted into the jawbone, there is a healing period while osseointegration occurs. This process is where your jawbone heals around the dental implant and locks it into position in your jawbone like the root of a natural tooth. The healing time can be several months, after which you’ll have a solid anchor point for artificial teeth to be attached.
3. Placing an abutment
After the healing process, the implant will be securely embedded in your jawbone. Now, another minor surgical procedure is required so that an abutment to hold an artificial crown (tooth) can be attached to the implant. A small portion of your gums that covers the implant post will be removed, the abutment attached and your gums closed around it. Local anesthetic or sedation dentistry are required, as is another healing period afterward.
4. Placing the crown (artificial tooth)
When the healing process is complete, you’re ready for the final step. While you were healing, you will have had impressions of your teeth made and realistic looking, custom crowns created just for you. These custom crowns (artificial teeth) will now be attached to the exposed abutments so that you can realize your new ‘better-than-ever’ smile. Our St. Catharines clinic offers both removable and fixed implant options, so consult with your dentist about which option is preferred.