It can be quite uncomfortable when you have gaps between your teeth. Missing teeth can make eating and speaking difficult, and even cause you to hide your smile in public due to embarrassment.
Dental implants are a replacement option for natural teeth and roots. They are anchored in the jaw, so they seem and feel like your natural teeth. This offers several benefits, including:
- Restoring the normal function of your mouth, such as chewing and speech ability
- Restoring the natural appearance of your face and smile
- Permanent, long-lasting restoration
- Stimulate bone growth and prevent future bone loss
- Highly effective
Who can benefit from dental implants?
Generally, anyone who’s missing one or more teeth because of decay, periodontal disease, or injury is a candidate for dental implants. In cases where you’re missing three or more teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth, our dental team may combine implants with other procedures. It's more efficient to do implants together with bridgework or dentures to fill the gap in your mouth.
In addition, our dentists will evaluate your health to determine your healing ability following the surgical placement of the implant to reduce the risk of complications during wound healing.
Your Dental Evaluation
A careful evaluation of your medical and dental health history is necessary. The dentist must determine whether the dental implant procedure can be performed safely. The evaluation also covers a dental exam and imaging examinations to check your oral structure and health. This helps our dental team to understand the best placement for the implant.
What to Expect from a Dental Exam
The dental exam allows our dental team to study your oral structure, including the condition of your head, neck, jaws, and gums. During the exam, our dental team will:
- Measure the width and height of your jaws to ensure that there’s enough bone tissue to support an implant.
- Examine the gums for symptoms of periodontal disease (infection of gums and bone surrounding the implant site). Any infection should be investigated before implant placement.
- Check the gums for sufficient healthy tissue to cover the implant after placement.
What to Expect from a Dental and Medical History Review
Your medical and dental history is a vital part of the examining process, as it reveals your past and current overall health. This will include any past dental interventions or medical conditions and lifestyle choices that may affect your healing and recovery. Daily habits such as the use of particular medicines or smoking will be considered.
This helps to ensure that your medical condition is being well managed to avoid complications during the procedure. If you’re taking any medications, such as blood thinners (including aspirin), make sure to tell our dentist about it.
You also have an opportunity to discuss your expectations from the procedure. This is the best time to state what you want to achieve from your treatment. You can also discuss any additional treatments that may be necessary to give you the smile of your dreams.
What to Expect from Imaging Tests
Imaging tests are an important part of the evaluation. They allow your dental team to view parts of your mouth and head that are hard to physically examine. Imaging tests reveal the quality and quantity of the jawbone at the intended implant site.
Creating Your Custom Dental Implant Treatment Plan
After the evaluation, our dental implant team will each discuss your treatment options with you. This will include any special procedures or additional dental work needed before the implant placement process.
In most cases, you can proceed with the treatment if you have:
- Healthy gums.
- Enough jaw bone tissue to hold the implant.
- A commitment to following a proper daily oral hygiene plan to ensure the long-term success of your treatment: daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits.
Having a healthy mouth is critical for the successful placement of dental implants, like it is for your natural teeth. If you don’t have enough healthy gum or bone tissue, our dentist may recommend a graft procedure before implant placement. Bone grafting involves adding more bone tissue to create a strong foundation for the implant.
If you also have gum disease, it will need to be treated before implant placement. Any chronic conditions, such as diabetes, should also be properly managed before treatment commences to ensure proper healing and recovery.
You may need to adjust your lifestyle and habits before and after the implant procedure to improve the chances of success. Smoking, for instance, is one of the biggest reasons for dental implant failure because it reduces bone density and affects the healing process. As such, our dentist may recommend that you join a smoking cessation program for a minimum of three months before your implant surgery. If you have a problem with teeth grinding and clenching at night, perhaps due to stress and anxiety, it may cause complications. You may need to get it under control before your procedure to ensure that it doesn’t interfere with your implant treatment.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
The only way to really know whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants in Guelph is by booking your consultation with our dentist for a thorough evaluation of your case. You can discuss the best treatment options for your case, as well as how to improve the long-term success of your preferred tooth-replacement option.
Call us today at (888) 588-1691 to book a consultation.