If you’re dealing with tooth loss, consider dental implant surgery in Ottawa from Dr. William H. Wayne. Missing teeth can be dealt with in a number of ways including bridges, dentures, and other options. However, dental implants are often a better choice for replacing teeth because they look and feel like natural teeth. A dental implant consists of a titanium metal root form that is in placed into the jawbone. The crown is then attached to the dental implant. Because dental implants don’t move, they allow you to speak and eat as if they were your natural teeth. To learn more about dental implant surgery, contact Ottawa’s oral surgeon Dr. William H. Wayne today.
Tooth Replacement and Partial or Full Denture Replacement
Whether you need a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth or you need a bridge or partial denture over implants to replace several teeth, we can discuss your options to come up with the best tooth replacement solution for you. For denture wearers, you may also consider implant-supported full dentures, which can eliminate the need to use denture adhesives to keep your dentures in place.
Hard and Soft Tissue Reconstruction
Dental implant surgery generally requires that you be in good overall health, have healthy gums, and have sufficient jawbone to hold an implant. However, for those without the necessary gum and bone volume, hard and soft tissue reconstruction procedures such as bone grafting and gum grafting can sometimes provide a solution.
When your natural teeth are missing, your jawbone can begin to shrink over time. If you do not have enough bone in your jaw to hold an implant, bone grafting may be an option. A bone graft adds new material to your jawbone, allowing your oral surgeon to place the dental implant. The dental implants help to preserve your jawbone structure and prevent deterioration. Bone grafting is not for everyone, so speak with Dr. Wayne to find out what options may be best for your unique needs.
Soft Tissue Grafting
Gum grafts are sometimes done along with dental implant surgery to ensure you have enough soft tissue for comfort, aesthetics, and health of the dental implant.
When a tooth is extracted, the procedure leaves behind a hole (or socket). Socket preservation helps preserve the bone (called the alveolar ridge). For future dental implants, loss of the alveolar ridge can complicate matters if you decide to get dental implant surgery. Socket preservation involves placing a bone graft into the socket and covering it with a collagen membrane. The opening is then sutured to keep it closed. The main goals of socket preservation are to improve the alveolar ridge and to make the process of getting a dental implant less complicated.
To find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implant surgery in Ottawa, contact us!