How Dental Implants Improve Your Smile and Your Health

“You have a lovely smile!”

Isn’t that one of the nicest compliments?

A bright smile indicates good health and well being at any age.

But for 7 out of 10 Canadians adults (aged 20 – 79), dental problems, including tooth decay, periodontal disease or dental trauma have a negative impact on both oral health and appearance.

Consider these statistics from the Canadian Dental Association:

  • 24% of adults have damaged or missing teeth, (often front, or anterior, teeth)
  • In spite of advances in dental care and hygiene, 96% of adults have or have had dental caries (dental tooth decay).
  • 6% of all adults in Canada have no natural teeth.
  • 21% of adults with teeth have or have had moderate or severe periodontal (gum) problems.

Sometimes a badly decayed tooth can be replaced by a root canal and crown. Teeth that are lost due to trauma (sports, accidents), or bone loss as a result of periodontal disease and poor oral hygiene could, until recently, only be replaced with full or partial, dentures and bridges.

Today, dental implants are the best solution for replacing your missing teeth.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace the roots of your teeth. Implants are placed into the socket of a missing tooth.

Under local anaesthesia, the post is fixed into the bone where it is allowed to heal and bond to the jawbone for six to 12 weeks.

When the site has healed and the post bonded, the dentist then places an “abutment” (an attachment) to the implant. This abutment will hold the new tooth securely.

The dentist will take moulded impressions of your mouth (your bite) to help measure the size and placement of the new tooth (crown), which when crafted, will attach to the abutment and match the shape and shade of your other teeth.

If more individual teeth in the area need to be replaced or added, the dentist can create attachments to support a permanent bridge.

How do I know if dental implants are right for me?

The first step in any implant procedure is an individualized treatment plan. Moss Healthcare’s dentists and dental team are specially trained and experienced in restorative dentistry and oral surgery. They will assess your overall oral health and specific needs and set out a plan that includes a timeline for treatment, healing, and restoration.

Patients with advanced periodontal disease and bone loss may require additional treatment in advance of receiving dental implants. Those who are heavy smokers or have chronic diabetes or heart disease, or who are undergoing radiation therapy above the shoulders, will be assessed on an individual basis.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are immovably fixed in place. They look and function the way your natural teeth do. You do not have to remove them for cleaning, they improve your speech (no more slipping or slurring as with some dentures) and, they offer the ability to chew and bite any food without shifting or hurting your gums.

With dental implants, there is no longer any need for fixatives to hold a denture in place.

Not only are they durable, immovably fixed in place, and convenient, dental implants restore your smile, and in turn, your self-confidence. Patients report that they laugh more often and feel better about how they look.

Last, but not least, implants improve your oral health for the long – term. Your treatment plan will have addressed any underlying issues such as periodontal disease, bone loss, and spacing. Correctly spaced teeth will allow easier access for effective cleaning, brushing and flossing.

Is the procedure painful?

Your dental team will always ensure your comfort. Local anaesthesia or even deep sedation can be used during implant procedures preventing any discomfort. If the patient is sore after surgery, the pain is mild and most often alleviated with mild analgesics such as Tylenol.

Will my insurance cover dental implants?

Depending on your insurance plan, some parts of the procedure such as x-rays and sedation may be covered by insurance. When your dental team has prepared your evaluation and treatment plan, the insurance company will look it over and let you know what items are covered and what your deductibles are.

Some patients begin the work later in one calendar year and complete treatment early in the following year to take advantage of their insurance plan’s annual benefit maximums.

All restorative dental procedures qualify as a medical income tax deduction.

Next steps

To find out more about dental implants and restorative dentistry, and to learn if this procedure is right for you, make an appointment with Moss Healthcare’s Dental Clinic.

Our team of qualified dental specialists will answer all your questions and help design a restorative dental treatment plan that’s right for you.

Call now at: 778-406-1177

Or book an appointment online here.