Treatment for missing teeth in Vancouver, BC
If you have missing teeth, it can understandably be stressful. You may be experiencing difficulty with eating or speaking, and may have lost confidence in your smile. You may be pleased to know that with modern dentistry, there are options available to correct missing teeth .
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances. Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone by a dentist or Periodontist – a specialist of the gums and supporting bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile! Dental implants are very strong, stable, and durable and will last many years, but on occasion, they will have to be re-tightened or replaced due to normal wear.
The process of dental implants usually takes place in 2-3 appointments over the span of a couple of months. The first step is to insert the titanium post into the jawbone where the root of the natural tooth used to be. During the healing process, the tissues will fuse to the titanium post and the implant will be firmly anchored into the jawbone. While the patient is healing, an artificial tooth will be custom created in a dental lab. The technician will use impressions of the remaining teeth to create the new tooth, and will ensure that it blends in seamlessly with all of the patient’s teeth.
Dental implants can be used even if you have multiple teeth missing. The implants can be used to anchor a fixed bridge into place or to support dentures, making them more secure and comfortable than traditional removable dentures.
At our Vancouver dental clinic we have seen many smiles be completely transformed using implant dentistry. The benefits of dental implants go beyond aesthetics. If missing teeth go untreated, it can cause the other teeth to shift, and eventually the jawbone can permanently shrink. If you have missing teeth, it’s best to get them replaced with implants as soon as possible, before complications arise.