How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are adhered by using artificial roots that actually graft with the jawbone. These false roots, shaped like small screws, are planted into the jawbone. The medical-grade titanium screws eventually merge with the jawbone over time, creating a solid structure upon which the dentist attaches the artificial teeth, referred to as crowns.
A small piece known as an abutment connects the crown to these small screws. The abutment is designed to be a permanent feature, although it can always be removed by your dentist if necessary. It can support a single tooth or a set of teeth, depending on how many teeth you may be missing.
Each crown is fitted to your mouth to match the natural teeth that surround it. To the untrained eye, these crowns are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. With properly fitted crowns, you can still eat your favourite foods and go about your day without thinking about your new smile. They look and feel completely natural.
Many people prefer dental implants over dentures because they function more like regular teeth. Dentures can sometimes slip and slide in the mouth but your crowns always stay firmly held in place.
Some people come to East Kildonan Dental because they are missing several adjoining teeth. It isn’t uncommon to find patients that are missing many teeth or perhaps have failing teeth. While you can do single dental implants to disguise just one missing tooth, our experienced team can also offer full-mouth treatments.
In this type of scenario, we would place four separate implants into the mouth. Each implant would attach an entire arch of teeth, minimizing the number of abutments and individual crowns in your mouth.
Benefits of Dental Implants Over Dentures
When you need to have several missing teeth replaced, dentists usually recommend getting dental implants or a set of dentures. Many patients are now choosing the new technology of dental implants over traditional dentures because implants require much less upkeep than dentures. Dental implants can be brushed and maintained in the same way as natural teeth, while dentures require the use of adhesives, creams, and cleansers to keep them in proper working order.
Dentures will often restrict the types of foods you can eat whereas dental implants do not. If you have dentures, eating hard foods puts too much strain on them and that can cause damage. For example, nuts and popcorn should not be eaten when you have dentures. Dental implants have no such restrictions and allow you to maintain true freedom when it comes to your meals.
Another reason why people opt for dental implants over dentures is due to their longevity. Dental implants are an investment that lasts for a lifetime while dentures will eventually wear out, needing to be relined or remade entirely, making them less effective over the long run. Dentures may cost less right now, but they simply won’t last.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you have missing teeth and would like to restore your smile, call East Kildonan Dental to set up a consultation for your dental implants in Winnipeg. We accept many different types of insurance and have flexible hours so we can conveniently schedule your procedure. Let us help you explore all of the options. Give us a phone call today or send us an email to book our services and get your smile back!