What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial titanium root. This metal is biocompatible, that is to say, unlike other metals, it is not rejected by the body. It is also very resistant and biologically inert.
The implant is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of a natural tooth. An artificial replacement tooth (crown) is then attached to the implant, which acts as a pillar to hold the tooth in place.
In some cases, a dental implant can support several artificial teeth. We then speak of bridges or prostheses on implants.
Why Replace Missing Teeth
If a tooth is missing, the teeth surrounding the gap may begin to shift out of place and cause misalignment issues. The jaw bone around the area may also begin to deteriorate, resulting in facial collapse or negatively impacting your ability to eat and talk.
The Dental Implant Procedure
First, the dentist will carry out a precise examination of your teeth and gums. Based on a panoramic x-ray and/or scans, he will study the structure and shape of your jaw, as well as the location of the nerves and sinuses.
After this analysis, he will make a diagnosis and submit a treatment plan to you. He will then proceed with the placement of the implant.
After 4 to 6 months, the time of osseointegration (integration of the implant to the bone), the dentist will place a healing abutment. The artificial tooth (crown) will be attached to the abutment after approximately two weeks of healing.
Dental Implant FAQs
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about dental implants at Carrefour Dentaire de Montréal.
- How long does a dental implant last?
If you care for your implant properly, it can last a lifetime. This includes proper brushing and flossing at home, as well as attending regular hygiene cleanings and exams at your dental office.
The longevity of a dental implant may also depend on other factors including nutrition, genetics, or the development of any dental diseases.
- How do I care for my dental implants?
You should care for a dental implant just like you care for your natural teeth.
In addition to specific daily cleaning (brushing with a toothbrush with soft bristles, interdental brushing, etc.), professional cleaning and visits to the dentist or hygienist 2-3 times a year are necessary.
- Does getting a dental implant hurt?
During dental implant surgery, your dentist will administer anesthesia to make you comfortable so you won't feel pain during the procedure.
Following the procedure, there is not usually much discomfort. Most patients can manage any pain with an over-the-counter pain medication for a few days after the procedure.
You will also need to eat a soft diet for the first couple of weeks after the implant procedure to avoid pain or irritation.
- How long does the dental implant process take?
The entire dental implant procedure usually takes about two to nine months to complete, depending on your treatment plan.
Your dentist can provide you with a more specific timeline based on your particular case.
- Will my insurance cover dental implants?
Some insurance companies will cover the cost of dental implants, while some will only pay for a portion of the cost, and others won't pay for any part of it.
To determine what part, if any, of your dental implant treatment will be covered by your insurance, check with your insurance provider.