Dental Implant Surgery
If you have one or more missing teeth, it can be difficult to talk, eat, and smile comfortably. Thankfully, there are dental treatments that can address this concern, including bridges, dentures, dental implants, and more.
At Oral Surgery on Merivale in Ottawa, ON, we specialize in providing dental implants for patients with missing teeth. Although there are other options available, dental implants are often a better choice because they look and feel like natural teeth. If you’re missing teeth, call our office today to set up a consultation.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are titanium metal root forms that are placed into the jawbone in the location of one or more missing teeth. They act as a replacement root, allowing your family dentist to install a crown on top of the implant that acts as your new tooth.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants tend to be the most comfortable and functional option for replacing missing teeth because they are rooted securely in your mouth. Removable dentures shift around in your mouth, causing problems while eating or speaking. In addition, removable dentures may be difficult for some people to use due to sore spots or a tendency to gag. Because your dental implants are fused directly into your jawbone, you’ll never have to worry about them slipping or shifting.
Dental implants look and feel more like real teeth than other options, and you don’t need to take them out at night or provide care beyond routine oral hygiene. They also help prevent jawbone deterioration that can occur when your natural teeth are missing.
The Tooth Replacement Solution You’ve Been Looking For
Whether you need a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth or you need a partial denture over implants to replace several teeth, our team at Oral Surgery on Merivale in Ottawa, ON, can discuss your options to come up with the best tooth replacement solution for you. Denture wearers may also consider implant-supported full dentures, which can eliminate the need to use adhesives to keep your dentures in place.
When you come in for a consultation, we’ll assess whether you’re a good candidate for dental implants and whether any reconstruction or bone grafting is necessary prior to the surgery. Generally, patients must have healthy gums and sufficient jawbone to hold an implant. In some cases, however, we can provide hard and soft tissue reconstruction to build up the necessary areas. These reconstructive treatments include:
- Bone grafting: This process adds new material to your jawbone, building up its structure and allowing our team to place a dental implant.
- Soft tissue grafting: Gum grafts are sometimes completed alongside your dental implant surgery to ensure you have enough soft tissue for comfort, aesthetics, and health of the dental implant.