We, at Pine Street Dental, believe the best teeth are your own teeth. We will do all we can to ensure you keep your own teeth, but sometimes a tooth is damaged or lost and you have to look at alternatives. In cases like this, our Niagara based dentists have options, including implant dentistry, to restore your smile.
Dental implants are used to replace missing roots and support replacement teeth. The replacement teeth may be fixed to the implant(s), or you may be able to take them out yourself (depending upon the type used).
We know it is important to you to have a carefree and natural looking smile. Our implants allow you to go about your day without worrying wether your teeth are strong enough to eat what you like; they won’t move around in your mouth while speaking; and they eliminate the bulkiness and sore gums sometimes associated with dentures.
Do You Qualify for Dental Implants?
Please note that dental implants are not for everyone. To be a good candidate for dental implants, you must:
- be in good general health
- have healthy gums and
- have enough bone in your jaw to support the implant(s)
Bone tends to shrink when it does not have teeth to support, so if you have been missing teeth for some time it may be necessary to do a bone graft. Bone grafts build up your jaw bone so it can support an implant. So, if you have missing teeth, you will need to make an appointment to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure.
Getting implants will take several appointments, and you must be committed to coming to all of them until the work is complete. Plus, you must commit to caring for your implants to maintain them.
Caring for Your Dental Implants
Dental implants are not as strong as natural teeth. Brushing and flossing must be done daily. Be gentle and get all sides of your implants while brushing. You can get toothbrushes with longer bristles at the tip to help you accomplish this.
When flossing, pay particular attention to the area where the implant meets your gum. You may find a floss threader helpful when using floss.
An antiseptic rinse may also be prescribed.