Missing teeth? At North Ajax Dental, we can help replace missing teeth with dental implants. Dental implants are the most natural looking and natural feeling replacement for missing teeth. Unlike other tooth replacement, dental implants don't slip or click when you talk or eat and they help keep your jawbone healthy, so that your facial structure stays intact.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is small post, usually made of titanium, that serves as a substitute for the root of the tooth. A connector, known as an abutment, is placed on or built into the top of the dental implant, which connects it to the replacement tooth. Finally, a crown, a replacement tooth, is custom fabricated to match your natural teeth, completing the dental implant.
Dental Implant Types
At North Ajax Dental, we offer dental implants in different sizes, heights and types. Our dentists can help you determine which is best for you, depending on your particular need.
There are two main types of implants:
- Endosteal: These dental implants are placed in the jawbone. Typically made of titanium and shaped like small screws, they are the most commonly used type of implant.
- Subperiosteal: These dental implants are placed under the gum but on, or above, the jawbone. This type of implant may be used in patients who do not have enough healthy natural jawbone and cannot, or do not want to, undergo a bone augmentation procedure to rebuild it.
If your jawbone is not able to support dental implants, several techniques can be used to rebuild bone, restore your natural jawline and provide a sturdy foundation for implant-supported teeth. These include:
- Bone augmentation: This involves restoring or regenerating bone in your jaw when it is not able to support implants otherwise. Research shows that using bone additives and growth factors to fortify the bone generally achieves the best results.
- Sinus lift: Also called sinus augmentation or sinus elevation, this involves adding bone below the sinus in cases where natural bone has deteriorated due to missing upper back teeth.
- Ridge expansion: If your jaw isn’t wide enough to support dental implants, bone graft material can be added to a small ridge, or space, created along the top of your jaw.
For more information about dental implants, contact us today to schedule your dental implant consultation appointment.