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Photography of our practice and staff by Red Berry Photography

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DENTAL IMPLANTS

Natural teeth have two parts, a crown and a root. The crown is the visible part of the tooth. The root is under the gum attached to the jawbone and supports the crown.

 

A dental implant replaces the root.

 

Endosteal implants are the most commonly used type of implant. They are placed in the jawbone.

Please note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. We always discuss these with you before conducting any procedures.

Dental implants are typically made out of titanium. They are fitted into small "sockets" created in your jaw, replacing the root of your natural tooth. Once in place, the surrounding bone bonds tightly to the implant surface. The healing process, known as osseointegration, can take several months and depends, in part, upon the quantity and quality of your remaining jawbone.

 

Dental implants can replace one or several missing teeth, and in some cases, they support a whole set of artificial dentition.

 

At Vincentia Dental Care we are flexible in our approach and will provide the best treatment modality for your situation.​

Single Tooth Implants

In most cases, single tooth dental implants involve two minor surgical procedures performed in the office, and then an impression is taken and the artificial crown is prepared and cemented. There are four steps to the procedure:

Step 1

The implant hole is prepared and the implant (a small titanium screw) is placed into the bone and covered with a protective healing cap while it is allowed to heal. 

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Step 2

After 6-8 weeks of healing, the implant is uncovered and a temporary crown, or a healing abutment, is connected to the implant.

image courtesy Dr K Kourshounian

Step 3

An appropriate size of “definitive abutment” is connected to the implant and an impression is taken to design the “definitive crown.”

image courtesy Dr K Kourshounian

Step 4

The “definitive crown” ​ is cemented into place. The crown mimics the look and the function of the missing natural tooth.

images courtesy Dr K Kourshounian

Implants for Dentures

Even if you have lost all your teeth you do not need to settle for a conventional full denture. As with single teeth, dental implants can be used to restore multiple teeth or a whole dentition.

 

In time, wearing a denture causes loss of the basal jawbone on which the denture sits, and eventually, the denture starts to get loose. In these cases, patients can experience difficulty eating a simple meal or even talking. Adhesives or mechanical aids do not solve such problems permanently or satisfactorily.

 

Implants often present a better solution, depending on your circumstances and your desires.

 

Vincentia Dental Care can offer you multiple options with dental implants—a fixed or a removable reconstruction in the upper and/or lower jaw. Wearing comfort can considerably increase with the number of implants used to support the overdenture.

 

If you are missing all of your teeth in either your upper or lower jaw, or both jaws, dental implants can support two solutions:

Solution 1:  A full bridge attached to several dental implants 

Example 1: A bridge supported by 4 implants for lower and upper dentures

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Example 2: A ceramic bridge supported by 6 implants for lower and upper dentures

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Solution 2:  A removable prosthesis can be attached to two or more dental implants – the prosthesis stays securely in place, but can be easily removed for cleaning  

Example 1: Implant bar supported lower denture

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Example 2: Lower denture supported by two implants

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What are the benefits of having a dental implant?
  • Unlike bridges, implants do not require cutting and reshaping of the adjacent healthy teeth

  • Prevents bone loss in the jaw. This may reduce the risk of adjacent natural teeth becoming loose

  • Prevents the formation of hollowed or collapsed cheeks that may occur after tooth extraction

  • Are firmly secured in the jaw

  • Long-term predictable result

  • More comfortable than dentures

  • Usually do not require separate care routine or special cleaning procedures, as with dentures or bridges​

What are the treatment steps? 

Dental implants generally require 4 visits and involve the following steps:

 

  1. Thorough examination - your clinical situation is examined and an image of your jawbone is taken to determine the placement of the dental implant(s). An impression could be taken that serves as “guide” for the entire treatment. The dentist evaluates your general health and addresses any of your questions and concerns.

  2. Inserting the dental implant(s)  - the dental implant(s) and a temporary tooth or prosthesis are put in place. In some cases, the dental implant can be loaded immediately although this depends on your bone condition.

  3. Healing period - following the surgical procedure, there is a period of healing before your final new teeth are attached. This period allows the dental implant(s) to fully integrate into your jawbone.

  4. Attaching the abutment(s) - following the appropriate healing period, you return to your dentist and receive your final abutment(s), to which your new tooth/teeth are attached. A new impression is made.

  5. Producing your new teeth  - a dental technician uses the new impression to craft your new tooth/teeth, matching the colour and shape of your natural teeth.

  6. Fitting and follow-up - the dentist attaches your new tooth/teeth to the abutment(s) followed by functionality and aesthetics checks to make sure you are completely satisfied.

Bone Grafts

Sometimes you might need bone augmentation to insert the implant in the best possible place and achieve the required aesthetic result.

 

We use different bone substitutes, harvested and prepared from animal or human cadavers. If your religion doesn’t allow you to have foreign grafts we can use synthetic grafts or alternatively harvest bone from different parts of your jaw if needed and use your own bone tissue for a possible graft.

 

There are numerous treatment approaches and products in Implant Dentistry. At Vincentia Dental Care, our solution will be according to your current concern, desires and your budget.​

Are you a candidate for dental implants?

Almost any person who is missing one or more teeth is a candidate for dental implants. Whether you have lost teeth in an accident, had one or more teeth extracted, or were born without all of your teeth (congenitally missing teeth), it is likely dental implants can be used to replace those teeth.

 

There are important considerations which may preclude a patient from having implants:

 

  • the patient’s general health, including the ability to heal after surgery

  • the patient’s commitment to oral hygiene

  • some diseases (eg. osteoporosis) and the medication associated with them (eg. bisphosphonates)

At Vincentia Dental Care, Dr Chris Kourshounian is competent in using most of the implant systems in the market (eg. AstraTech, Straumann, 3i, Zimmer, Noble Biocare, Neoss), so be assured that you will get a customized treatment plan that will best suit your needs and your budget.
 

Call us today and make an appointment for a consultation to learn about the risk, benefits and limitations of this treatment and how suitable it may be for you.