Munroe Dental Centre's dentists may use dental implants as part of our treatment process for providing restorations to our patients to replace and restore missing teeth.
What is a Dental Implant Restoration?
Dental implants are small titanium screws that simulate a tooth's root in order to replace a single lost tooth or a number of missing teeth.
Implants, once places in your jaw bone, bond with your natural bone structures in order to anchor tooth replacements such as crowns or bridges.
Dental implant restoration helps to prevent surrounding teeth from shifting, resolve bite issues or jaw joint pain, and restore facial tissues and appearance.
Why Replace Missing Teeth
If one or more of your teeth are missing, the teeth surrounding the gap in your smile may shift our of place and cause issues with misalignment. The jaw bone around that area may also start deteriorate, causing the collapse of your facial structures.
The Dental Implant Procedure
We will refer you to a surgeon in order to have an implant placed in your jaw bone. They will monitor you as the tissues and bone heal and bone with the implant, attaching it to your gums.
Once the healing is complete, generally 3 to 6 months post-surgery, patients then come in to our office to have restorations affixed to their dental implant.
Your dentist will attach a tooth replacement, such as a dental crown, bridge or denture, to the implant to create the look and function of a natural tooth.
Implant Restoration FAQs
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about restorations using dental implants at Munroe Dental Centre.
- How long does a dental implant last?
If your care for your implant and the restoration affixed to it, they can last a lifetime. Care includes: brushing and flossing at home, attending routine oral hygiene cleanings as well as exams at your dentist's office.
The longevity of a dental implant may also depend on other factors including nutrition, genetics, or the development of any dental diseases.
- How do I care for my dental implants?
You should care for a dental implant just like you care for your natural teeth.
Visiting your dentist for regular hygiene appointments and maintaining a proper brushing and flossing routine at home can help prevent decay or diseases from developing in the surrounding teeth and gums, which can negatively affect your dental implants.
- Does getting a dental implant hurt?
When you receive the dental implant surgery from an oral surgeon that we refer our patients to, they will administer anesthesia so you likely won't feel pain during the procedure.
Following the procedure, there is not usually much discomfort. Many patients can manage any pain with an over-the-counter pain medication for a few days after the procedure.
When having a restoration affixed to your implant by our dentists, you won't feel any pain since the implant doesn't have any pain receptors in it. The process will be quick and cause minimal discomfort.
- How long does the dental implant process take?
The entire dental implant procedure usually takes about two to nine months to complete, depending on your treatment plan.
Our dentists and your oral surgeon will be able to provide you with a more specific timeline based on your particular case.
- Will my insurance cover dental implants?
Some insurances companies will cover the cost of dental implants, while some will only pay for a portion of the cost, and others won't pay for any part of it.
To determine what part, if any, of your dental implant treatment will be covered by your insurance, check with your insurance provider.