Replicating the natural function and appearance of lost teeth can be difficult to accomplish. Historically, dentures or bridge restorations were used as replacements, but with limited results. Dental implants offer a long-term, natural-looking solution that provides the same function as your natural teeth.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a small, sturdy, titanium post that acts as the root structure would for a natural tooth. It helps preserve jawbone integrity while simultaneously supporting a dental crown, bridge, or denture. A dental implant is placed into your upper or lower jawbone. After the bone has grown around the implant, it can hold a crown, bridge, or over-denture just like roots hold natural teeth in place. Implants are very durable and can last a lifetime. They require the same maintenance as natural teeth; this includes brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups. With extensive training in dental implant surgery, Dr. Pite performs both placement and restoration in our Victoria office, eliminating the need to visit separate offices during treatment.
Why dental implants?
If you are missing one or more permanent teeth and wish to restore the beauty and function of your smile, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Additional reasons to consider dental implants include:
- To enhance chewing comfort
- To increase confidence while smiling, talking, and eating
- To improve your overall psychological health
- To improve esthetic appearance and regain overall confidence
- To provide support for a partial denture
- To increase the support and stability of a full upper or lower denture
Those who have lost all of their teeth on at least one dental arch and have worn dentures for a while may be familiar with the discomfort of ill-fitting dentures. Though designed to snugly fit onto the dental ridge, dentures can eventually become loose and slip as the jawbone and gum topography change shape. Dental implant-retained dentures offer more stability by snapping tight onto dental implant posts. With implant-supported dentures, you need never worry about your dentures shifting out of place.
Oak Bay Dental Clinic provides a professional, gentle implant procedure. If you would like to know more about dental implants, or would like to book an appointment to talk to our dentists, please contact us.