Your smile is usually one of the first aspects that people notice about you, so here at Oasis Family Dental we want our patients to feel confident about the appearance and functionality of their teeth.
Unlike traditional tooth replacement options like dentures, dental implants are integrated with your jaw. This gives you the freedom to eat your favorite foods and speak clearly as well. Discover our different dental implant options.
A dental implant is a natural-looking restoration designed to look exactly like your existing teeth. Its strong materials allow it to function like a tooth, improve your oral health, and generate bone growth.
A single implant is made of a titanium implant fixture, a connecting piece known as an abutment, and a porcelain crown. If you have one missing tooth or non-adjacent single teeth, Dr. Chow will use this restoration. If needed, he’ll extract the damaged tooth and then place the implant.
Sometimes patients are missing multiple teeth and want to receive one connected restoration instead of multiple. In this case, we’ll use a dental bridge to restore all of them at once. To do this, we’ll place a crown on each side of the missing tooth to support the dental implant in the middle. We offer full and partial bridges depending on your needs.
If you’re missing one or both arches of teeth, we can use dental implants to fully restore them, leaving you with a beautiful and functional smile. Dr. Chow will use at least four implants to support a full arch of teeth. The amount of implant fixtures you receive is based on your jaw bone density.
We also offer supplemental procedures such as bone grafting to ensure everyone has the chance to experience the positive benefits of dental implants.
Implant Supported Dentures
Over time, ill-fitting dentures can make the skin around your cheeks and mouth sag. This can alter the shape of your face and add years to your appearance. To make your dentures more stable, we’ll use dental implants to secure them to your jaw. You’ll still be able to remove them, but you won’t have to worry about the denture coming loose.
If you don’t yet have dentures, we can provide you with customized dentures to fit on your dental implants.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is made up of three components: the fixture, the abutment, and the crown. The implant fixture—usually made of titanium—secures the implant in place by performing the same function as the roots of your natural teeth. The abutment acts as the link between
the fixture and the porcelain crown. The crown is set on top of the abutment, finishing your dental implant. The crown is custom-made to blend seamlessly with your smile.
Can any dentist perform implant surgery?
Dental implants call for precise placement to decrease complications and prevent dental implant failure. For the best results, it’s vital that you find an implant dentist with the necessary education, training, and experience.
Fortunately, Dr. Chow has the essential skills needed to safely and effectively place your dental implants. She received her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the renowned University of Manitoba.
Why do people prefer them over the alternatives?
More people than ever are choosing dental implants because they have the most natural appearance and feel of any of the replacement options. Dentures and other tooth replacement options move around in your mouth when you eat, drink, and socialize—but dental implants won’t. Another major benefit of dental implants over dentures is that they reverse some of the negative effects of tooth loss, like jawbone depletion and gum disease.
Can dentures be made into implants?
It isn’t possible to convert dentures into dental implants because a denture does not have a titanium fixture that can bond with your jawbone through osseointegration. However, it may be possible for Dr. Chow to replace your current dentures with implant-supported overdentures. This solution provides the durability of dental implants with the restoration ability of dentures.
Do dental implants hurt?
Following your procedure, you should expect some discomfort, swelling, or bruising. The use of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen, can mitigate these effects. One helpful tip is to remember to ice the affected area. You can significantly decrease the swelling and inflammation by placing ice on the sore area on and off in 20-minute intervals.
How long does the procedure take?
Surgery time varies depending on the number of dental implants you need. Usually, one implant takes around an hour and a half. If you’re having multiple dental implants placed, it will take about three hours to complete.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants last longer than the two most common tooth-replacement alternatives: dentures and dental bridges. If you care for them properly by brushing, flossing, and maintaining good oral health, your dental implants could last for many years.
Experience the Benefits of Dental Implants
Are you ready to boost your confidence and gain a stunning new smile? Dental implants will allow you to live freely while improving your oral health.
Contact us at (807) 700-1383 or fill out our contact form to learn more about dental implants and find out which solution is best for you.