At Collingwood Dental Centre, our dentists have been placing dental implants for over 15 years. Dental implants are part of the process to replace a missing tooth and leave you with a natural-looking smile.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium root that can replace a single lost tooth or multiple missing teeth.
At Collingwood Dental Centre, the first step is a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health, your medical status, and in most cases, a dental CT scan is required to understand the anatomy of the area we are dealing with.
We use virtual reality software to plan your case and sit down with you to show you the proposed result. A surgical stent is created from this software so that the implants are placed precisely and in the ideal position.
Dental implants can help to prevent surrounding teeth from becoming misaligned, resolve bite issues or jaw joint pain, and restore facial appearance and tissues.
Contact us for a complimentary virtual demonstration of this software and the dental implant process.
Why Replace Missing Teeth
Teeth surrounding the space left by a missing tooth may begin to move 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 speak and chew.
The Dental Implant Procedure
This procedure requires a tooth replacement and dental implant (titanium screw). Your dentist will start by surgically placing the implant into your jaw bone, underneath the gum tissue. As the tissue heals, the implant will bond with the bone and attach to the gum.
Once healing has taken place, generally 3 to 6 months post-surgery, patients return to our office to have the procedure completed.
During this final appointment, your dentist will attach a tooth replacement, such as a dental crown, bridge or denture, to the implant to ensure it looks and functions like a natural tooth.
Dental Implant FAQs
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about dental implants at Collingwood Dental Centre.
- How long does a dental implant last?
If you use proper preventive hygiene to care for your implant, it can last a lifetime. This includes proper brushing and flossing at home, as well as visiting our dental office for regular hygiene cleanings and exams.
The longevity of a dental implant may also depend on other factors including genetics, nutrition, or the development of any dental diseases.
- How do I care for my dental implants?
Care for a dental implant just like you care for your natural teeth.
Seeing your dentist for routine hygiene appointments and maintaining a proper brushing and flossing regimen at home can help prevent the development of diseases or decay in the surrounding teeth and gums, which can negatively affect your dental implants.
- Does getting a dental implant hurt?
During dental implant surgery, your dentist will administer anesthesia to ensure you feel comfortable so you won't feel any pain during the procedure.
Following the procedure, patients do not usually experience much discomfort. Most can manage any pain with an over-the-counter pain medication for a few days following the procedure.
For the first couple of weeks after the implant procedure, you will also need to eat a soft diet to avoid any pain or irritation.
- How long does the dental implant process take?
Depending on your specific treatment plan, the entire dental implant procedure usually takes about two to nine months to complete.
Your dentist can provide you with a more specific timeline based on your particular circumstances.
- Will my insurance cover dental implants?
Some insurances companies will cover the cost of dental implants, while some will only pay part of the cost, and others won't pay for any portion of it.
Check with your insurance provider to find out what part, if any, of your dental implant treatment will be covered by your insurance.
At Collingwood Dental Centre, we're pleased to offer Nobel dental implants to patients. The Nobel All-on-4 procedure gives our Collingwood patients fully functional and natural-looking tooth restorations that aspire to last a lifetime.
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