Missing a permanent tooth? A potential solution for you is to get a dental implant in Courtenay from Riverway Dental.
Dental implants are metal anchors that act as the root of a false tooth or crown. The implant is surgically placed into our jawbone and then attached to small posts that protrude through your gums. These posts will later attach to a replacement tooth.
Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants mimic natural teeth with the root that is fully integrated into the jawbone and the crown that can be coloured to match your existing teeth. Before your dental implant is placed you will get a scan of your jaw to ensure that it will not get damaged during the procedure.
The artificial root is made of a small titanium screw that is placed into your jawbone. You can restore anywhere from one to all of your teeth with dental implants. The time required for your surgery to place your dental implant will vary depending on how many implants you’re receiving, the location of the implants and other details of your specific situation.
Why Get Dental Implants?
Filling in gaps in your smile is important for more than cosmetic reasons. If you’re missing permanent teeth, your remaining teeth can move around and cause gum disease and decay. Your jawbone can also begin to shrink in order to close off gaps from missing roots. This deterioration will cause your face to age and can lead to other health problems.
Good Dental Implant Candidates
Because surgery is required during a dental implant procedure, only people with healthy gums and strong jawbones are considered good candidates for dental implants. The elderly often believe that their age will limit their ability to be a candidate for tooth implants, but this is not always the case. As long as you are in good health and have a strong jaw, you can undergo the surgery.
Maintaining Your Dental Implants
Dental hygiene is paramount for maintaining your dental implants. You will want to brush and floss daily to help maintain the health of your gums and the teeth surrounding your implant. Special toothbrushes and cleaners can be selected to prevent damage to the implant. Without good oral hygiene, the long-term success of your implant may be at risk.
Contact us today if you’re interested in setting up an evaluation to see if you’re able to get dental implants in Courtenay.