Dental implants serve an important purpose and are becoming increasingly popular. After you lose a tooth, the teeth on either side of the gap eventually shift in position due to the pressures exerted as you chew. In some cases, these teeth can start pushing out of their sockets – a sure sign that you’ll lose those teeth too. Implants can prevent these problems and improve your smile at the same time.
Every tooth has two main parts: the root and the crown. The root exists below the gum line and serves as a stable anchor for the visible portion of the tooth – the crown.
A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder which is surgically inserted into your jaw to act as the “root” of an artificial tooth, anchoring it into the jawbone. Don’t worry about pain, because the experts at our Surrey Dental Clinic perform the implant procedure after you’ve been given a general dental anesthetic. By attaching a replacement tooth to your implant, we avoid the need to use a dental bridge.
Your dentist in Surrey is an expert in this procedure. When the work is completed, your implant and crown assembly will fit and function so well you’ll hardly be able to tell it’s not one of your natural teeth. With a dental implant, you’ll speak and eat normally, preserve the integrity of your jawbone and healthy teeth, improve your self-esteem, and feel more comfortable with yourself and others. Your facial structure will remain the same, and you’ll regain your beautiful smile!
The implant procedure requires several steps and at least three visits to our dental clinic in Surrey. The first step is the surgical implantation of the implant into your jaw. You won’t feel any significant discomfort as this is being done because you’ll be under anesthesia. This step takes an hour or two, depending on how many implants you’re receiving.
The next step is actually a four-to-six-month waiting period, during which the bone of your jaw will grow around the implant. Because of the lengthy wait, your Surrey dentist will probably recommend that you have a temporary crown put into place during your first visit.
After the waiting period and during your second visit, we’ll expose the top of the implant and attach an abutment to support your permanent crown. We’ll then take an impression and send it to the dental lab where your permanent crown will be fabricated.
Once we receive your permanent crown from the lab, you’ll come back for your third visit to our Surrey Dental Office. We’ll place and fit your permanent crown so it’s comfortable and gives you a great smile. After it’s in place you’ll be able to eat and talk normally once again.