If you have enquired about having dental implants in Ajax, you may have learned that treatment will take a while to complete and is lengthier than other tooth replacements, such as dental bridges or dentures. This is because each patient considering implants needs to be properly evaluated, and it’s necessary to take diagnostic images, including a cone beam CT scan. Every implant treatment must be properly planned to make sure the implant placement and positioning are absolutely accurate.
One of the first factors that need to be evaluated is whether there is enough bone volume for implant placement, which is critical for treatment success and ensuring patients receive natural-looking and properly functioning implant teeth. Each implant needs to be surrounded by a specific amount of bone to bond or fuse with this bone creating a strong anchorage point for a new implant tooth. Ensuring there is plenty of bone allows the implant to be placed optimally so that once restored, it provides excellent aesthetics and functions in a similar way to a real tooth.
A cone beam CT scan allows our implant dentists in Whitby to evaluate the quantity of bone available and assess if a bone graft is necessary. While a bone graft in Brooklin may sound like a dramatic procedure, it is very routine, and sometimes an implant dentist will place bone grafting materials when removing a failing tooth. Inserting the bone graft into the extraction site helps prevent bone resorption that occurs naturally after tooth loss. Sometimes the bone graft is enhanced by adding membranes that cover the graft and contain active molecules that promote healing.
Once it’s been established there is enough bone, our implant dentists in Pickering can plan exactly where to place each dental implant using the 3-D images provided by the cone beam CT scan. These images allow us to make sure we avoid all essential structures like nerves and sinus cavities. We can also evaluate each implant placement from different angles and even check the implant will function properly once restored so the implant teeth bite correctly with existing natural teeth and, of course, look good.
A great deal of preparatory work goes into planning every implant surgery, and once we are happy with the plan, we create surgical guides. These assist our dental implant dentist in Newcastle during surgery, ensuring the implant plan is replicated precisely. It’s a process that ensures the surgical procedure is quicker, smoother and more comfortable for our patients. The treatment plan means we only need to make minimal incisions, so healing is faster, and there is less chance of complications.
Once dental implants are placed, they still need time to heal and integrate with the bone around them, a process that takes around three months to complete. Not surprisingly, one major concern of patients is whether they will be left without teeth during this time. This certainly isn’t the case, and it’s sometimes possible to fit temporary implant teeth on the same day of surgery and remain in place until healing is complete. They are then replaced with permanent implant teeth in Clarington. Even if this isn’t possible, we can always provide some form of temporary restoration, making sure you can eat comfortably and talk and smile confidently at all times during your treatment.
When you choose Durham Dental Solutions, you can rest assured your dental health is in good hands. Our dental implant dentists in Oshawa have decades of experience between them and only use the latest and best technologies and materials.