Your smile is usually the first part that people notice about you. At Oasis Family Dental, we want our patients to feel confident, speaking and eating as they please.
If you suffer from tooth loss and want to revitalize your smile, Dr. Chow can help. Dental implants are the gold standard treatment option for anyone with severely damaged, decayed, or missing teeth.
For your convenience, our Thunder Bay staff has created this educational page about dental implants. If you find that you still have questions, please feel free to give us a call at 807-700-1383. We have answers.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Unlike dentures, dental implants won’t slide around in your mouth, making everyday interactions a breeze. Beyond being a sturdier option, dental implants offer our patients an assortment of advantages that go unmatched by other tooth-replacement options, including:
- Improve appearance: Dental implants are the only tooth-replacement option that can reverse the adverse effects of tooth loss. When you’re missing a tooth, your body can sense it and will stop sending the necessary support to that area of your jawbone. Dental implants act as a placeholder, convincing your body to re-supply that area.
- Restore livelihood: Dental implants don’t require any of the restrictions that come with dentures, partial dentures, or bridges. They don’t need to be removed to eat, don’t use messy adhesives, and are metal-free. Renew your self-esteem and self-confidence in no time.
- Comfortability: Unlike dentures, dental implants are secured to your jaw and won’t move around in your mouth. You can brush, floss, eat, drink, and socialize immediately.
- Defense: Dental implants aren’t only attractive, but they protect your other teeth as well. When you’re missing a tooth, your natural teeth will begin to shift out of place. Dental implants combat this by securing them, keeping them straight.
The Breakdown of a Dental Implant
At Oasis Family Dental, we offer stunning dental implants that can restore how your smile looks, feels, and functions. The three parts of a dental implant are the fixture, the abutment, and the crown.
The fixture is the piece of the implant that anchors the dental implant in place. Because we craft our fixtures from a biocompatible titanium alloy, it has the extraordinary ability to bond with the jawbone in the same manner that the roots of your natural teeth do. This process is known as osseointegration, and it’s vital for securing your implant.
The abutment is the middle piece of the implant and secures the fixture to the crown. Dr. Chow will attach the abutment to the fixture as soon as the fixture is fully integrated with your jawbone.
The visible part of the implant is called the crown—a porcelain structure that fastens to the abutment. The crown is custom-designed to look and function just like one of your natural teeth.
Pairing Implants with Other Treatments
A dental implant is excellent on its own, but we can use them to strengthen a few other common tooth-replacement options as well. For example, a single missing tooth can be fixed with one of our beautiful porcelain crowns, fastened onto an implant.
If you’re missing two or more nonadjacent teeth, we can use multiple single dental implants to remedy your smile. If the gaps are adjacent, Dr. Chow might recommend a bridge or partial bridge. In this case, we’ll use your natural teeth as anchors, while we place dental implants in the gaps. Implant-supported bridges are stronger, meaning fewer dentist visits and cheaper upkeep.
Some of our patients are missing all of their teeth, or think their dentures are intolerable. At Oasis Family Dental, we offer implant-supported dentures. These dentures offer a full-arch solution, utilizing the benefits of dental implants to restore your smile.
Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Chow
Dental implants provide patients with a simple answer to their missing teeth. Their tooth-like appearance paired with the strength of titanium means you could spend the rest of your life with a smile that you love. The first step toward this revolutionary treatment is your consultation with Dr. Chow. During this time, she’ll discuss your lifestyle and examine your mouth to determine if they are right for you.