At Quadra Dental Centre our Victoria dentists may place a dental implant as part of the process to replace a missing tooth and leave you with a natural-looking smile.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are small titanium screws that function similar to natural tooth roots. They can be used to replace either a single lost tooth or many missing teeth.
After the implant is surgically placed into your jaw bone, it will bond with the natural bone to serve as an anchor for a tooth replacement.
Dental implants can help to prevent surrounding teeth from shifting, resolve bite issues or jaw joint pain, and restore facial tissues and appearance.
Why Replace Missing Teeth
When a tooth is missing, teeth surrounding the gap may start to shift out of place and cause misalignment issues. The jaw bone around the area may also begin to deteriorate, leading to facial collapse or negatively impacting your ability to eat and talk.
The Dental Implant Procedure
To complete a dental implant procedure, your dentist will need a dental implant (titanium screw) and a tooth replacement.
To start, your dentist will surgically place the implant into your jaw bone below the gum tissue. As the tissue heals, the implant will bond with the bone and attach to the gum.
Once healing is complete, generally 3 to 6 months post-surgery, patients return to our office to have the procedure completed.
During this final appointment, your dentist will attach a tooth replacement, such as a dental bridge, crown or denture, to the implant to create the look and function of a natural tooth.
Dental Implant FAQs
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about dental implants at Quadra Dental Centre.
- How long does a dental implant last?
If cared for properly, your implant can last a lifetime. This includes proper brushing and flossing at home, as well as attending regular hygiene cleanings and exams at your dentist's office.
A dental implant's longevity may also depend on other factors including genetics, nutrition, or development of any dental diseases.
- How do I care for my dental implants?
Care for a dental implant just like you care for your natural teeth.
Visiting your dentist for regular hygiene appointments and maintaining a proper brushing and flossing routine at home can help prevent decay or diseases from developing in surrounding teeth and gums, which can negatively impact your dental implants.
- Does getting a dental implant hurt?
Your dentist will administer anesthesia during dental implant surgery to ensure you are comfortable, and so you won't feel any pain during the procedure.
After the procedure, patients do not usually feel much discomfort. Most pain can be managed with an over-the-counter pain medication for a few days following the procedure.
For the first couple of week after the implant procedure, you will also need to eat a soft diet to avoid any pain or irritation.
- How long does the dental implant process take?
The entire dental implant procedure usually takes between two and nine months to complete, depending on your treatment plan.
Your dentist can provide you with a more specific timeline based on your specific case.
- Will my insurance cover dental implants?
While some insurance providers will cover the cost of dental implants, others will only pay for part of the cost, while others won't pay for any portion of it.
To determine which percentage, if any, of your dental implant treatment will be covered by your insurance, speak to your insurance provider.