What is an implant?
- A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium
- They can be used to replace single or multiple teeth
- They can be used to support bridges which can replace partial dentures
- They can be used to support dentures improving their function and comfort
Why would someone choose to have implants?
- Dental implants can replace missing teeth without damaging the neighbouring teeth
- Dental implants don’t decay so people at high risk for decay don’t have to worry about cavities around their crowns.
- Dental implants can make dentures more stable which makes them feel like natural teeth.
- Partial dentures often spend more time in the sock drawer than in a patient’s mouth. Implant supported restorations look and feel more like natural teeth.
Can everyone have implants?
- The first step in determining if you are a candidate for dental implants is to have a 3D xray, called a CBCT scan, taken to evaluate the amount of bone available. With this information Dr. Pearce can create a personalized treatment plan designed for your particular situation.
- Dental implants need to have adequate bone for support. Some people may need to have some bone grafting procedures in order to have implants placed.
- If you have any serious medical conditions, Dr. Pearce will consult directly with your Primary Care Physician to confirm that you are a good candidate for undertaking the steps in acquiring dental implants.
Does it hurt?
- Discomfort is usually minimal
- Most of our patient’s find that they manage any discomfort with just the use of Advil and Tylenol!