DENTAL IMPLANTS & BONE GRAFTING
Restore Your Smile & Chewing Function with Implants
Today it is usually possible to replace a missing tooth with an implant supported crown. Dental implants can also be used to support a fixed prosthesis (permanent bridge) or to stabilize a removable prosthesis (implant supported denture).
Dental implants are made from medical grade, sterile titanium which is well tolerated by our body tissues. More importantly, titanium possesses a unique attraction to bone which allows for a predictable molecular fusion of surrounding bone to the implant surface. This creates a very stable foundation for the dental restoration. In effect, the implant becomes a synthetic root.
A successful implant will have healthy, surrounding bone to support it. Bone preservation techniques, which may include grafting of bone shavings or chips, are often performed at the time of the tooth extraction to optimize healing for a future implant. The extraction socket will then re–ossify with new bone and will usually be allowed to heal for a period of 3 to 4 months. In some situations, an implant can be placed at the same time of the extraction.
The implant site is carefully prepared with cooling irrigation to minimize thermal injury to the surrounding bone and bone cells. Most implants will be allowed to heal for a period of 8 to 10 weeks prior to having the final restoration performed. During this time, a temporary crown or partial denture may be worn to provide function and aesthetics for the patient.
Each implant procedure is carefully planned. Some implant surgeries will be done as a single procedure with attachment of an abutment component which extends slightly through the gum tissues. In front teeth areas or where grafting is required, the implant is usually covered over and allowed to heal undisturbed. After a suitable healing period a minor exposure procedure is performed to remove the overlying gum tissue and attach the abutment. When we are satisfied that the implant has healed properly with fusion to the surrounding bone we will inform the restorative dentist so that the prosthetic phase of the implant treatment can proceed.
For details on dental implants, do not hesitate to contact our office in Kanata for details