Bring Back Your Smile
Are you missing a tooth? Dental implants can be an effective solution to bring back your full smile if you have missing or damaged teeth that are beyond restoration. Upper Gage Dental Centre offers procedures in our office to obtain dental implants as well as crowns and bridges that can rectify the problem of missing teeth—please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about how dental implants can save your bite!
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial roots, typically made of titanium, that are inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of a natural tooth. These roots are then used to hold an artificial tooth in place. Dental implants and the accompanying artificial teeth are designed to look as natural as possible and feel comfortable in your mouth.
If you have to have several or all of your teeth replaced, you may need to get a fixed bridge to anchor all of your dental implants.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Before we consider dental implants, your dentist will have to examine your mouth and take some X-rays to determine if dental implants are an appropriate solution for you. If you and your dentist decide that implants will work as a solution, you can schedule an appointment for the first stage of the procedure.
Your first appointment will start with your dentist putting a dental implant into your jawbone beneath the gum tissue where the missing tooth is located. The gum tissue will then be stitched back into place, and as the tissue starts to heal, the implant will start to bond with your jawbone and attach itself to the tissue. This will complete the first section of the procedure, and you will typically need a couple of months to heal before visiting our office again for the second stage. In some cases, you will be able to do both stages of the procedure in 1 visit. You and your dentist will discuss what options work best for you at your first appointment.
The second stage of the procedure will begin with your dentist attaching an abutment (a post that connects the replacement tooth to the implant) to the implant. Next, an artificial tooth will be attached to the abutment by your dentist—this process may take multiple appointments to make sure that the artificial tooth is properly fit to your mouth, jawbone, and abutment.
Caring For Your New Implant
Artificial teeth must be taken care of the same way that natural teeth are. This means that you must continue brushing and flossing your teeth properly, even if you have had a majority of your teeth replaced by implants and artificial teeth. It is also important to continue receiving regular checkups so your dentist can monitor the effectiveness and quality of your replacement teeth.
- 1000 Upper Gage Ave, Unit 11
- Hamilton, ON L8V 4R5
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed