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Dental Implant

What is the difference between a bridge and an implant?

A bridge replaces a missing tooth or teeth and it uses the adjacent teeth for support and retention. A bridge is permanently cemented in place. An implant, is also a permanent solution to tooth replacement, but it does not rely on the adjacent teeth. It is like an individual natural tooth. Implant treatment is more conservative in nature and more lengthy but the final result is more natural. Bridge treatment is a lot faster, as there is no healing period involved, but it is more aggressive in nature. Both treatments depending on the individual indications can be very good, long-term treatment options.

How long does implant treatment take?

After implants are placed in the mouth they must be allowed to heal for a period between 10-20 weeks. Once the healing is completed then crowns, bridges or dentures can be placed onto the implants. In more complex cases treatment can take longer depending on the individual circumstances.

How can a dental implant help if I am missing all of my teeth and wear complete dentures?

Help is here! A large number of people have lost all of their teeth at a young age and have put up with a loose lower denture that just won’t stay in place even with the help of messy denture adhesives. A certain number of implants can be placed during a simple and short surgical procedure done under local anesthetic. The denture is then relined so that it can snap onto the implants. This will help you to regain the comfort and satisfaction of normal chewing.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants can be thought of as artificial tooth roots. Implants are small titanium posts that are inserted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. While they come in a large variety of designs all implants follow the same general principles. During a healing period, the bone attaches to the implants making new, permanent “roots”, and giving us sites to which crowns or dentures can be anchored.

How long does implant treatment take?

Learn more about how can a dental implant help if you are missing all of your teeth and wear complete dentures?

What is the difference between a bridge and an implant?


Why is it important to replace a missing tooth?

Spaces left by a missing tooth will affect the rest of your teeth. Adjacent teeth will shift out of place with will then change your bite. It will be harder to clean the teeth, increasing the potential for tooth decay and gum disease. The smile will also be less attractive. By replacing a tooth, your appearance, teeth, gums and jaws will be much healthier.