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Dr. Robert Axelrad, Brampton Dentist
Dental implants replace missing teeth….In doing so, they restore esthetics, support and shape the soft tissues (cheeks) of the face and ensure proper chewing. These in turn help to improve self-esteem.
Nowadays, dental implants are the way to go when replacing a single tooth or multiple teeth. They eliminate the day-to-day hassle of removing and cleaning dentures. Dental implants are minimally invasive. They really have no effect on the teeth on either side of them. For this reason, they have increasingly replaced the traditional fixed bridge which involves the grinding of teeth on either side of the edentulous space…Note: An edentulous space is an area in the jaw bone that is toothless E.g. lacking teeth.
The Dental Implant Process
Our office does the implant in two stages.
The first appointment is the implant placement. This is done with a routine local anaesthetic and with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) if desired. For more information on Nitrous Oxide, please see our blogs “Nitrous Oxide….Aka Laughing Gas,” the four part series posted on August 28th, September 10th , 24th and October 7th of 2014. The implant is placed into the site of the missing tooth and left there for six months to ‘integrate’ into the bone. The implants used are made of titanium. The titanium implant will form an irreversible bond with the bone and replaces the root of the missing tooth. Placing an implant also acts to prevent bone loss that may occur if a tooth is removed and not replaced.
After six months, the implants are fully anchored into the bone. At this time, it is possible to restore them. Restoring the implant involves attaching the crown (the visible ‘tooth’ that you can see in your mouth), to the titanium implant that was placed six months previously. For more information on dental implants, please see our blogs “Dental Implants…..A Great Solution for a Missing Tooth,” posted on October 9th, 2011 and “Planning for a Dental Implant,” posted on January 21st,2013. You may also want to check out an actual implant case done in our office, “Implants…A Case Study,” posted on November 18th, 2013.
Overall the advantages of dental implants are quite clear. Dental implants:
1) Have a very high success rate.
2) Are very compatible with the bone and as mentioned previously, form an irreversible bond with the bone.
3) Are minimally invasive as compared to traditional ‘fixed’ bridges which involve grinding the teeth on either side of the missing tooth.
4) Preserve the bone where the tooth has been removed.
5) Offer great esthetics.
Considering the above, dental implants are a great solution for a missing tooth.
Our dentists can help you rediscover your smile. Call Dr. Axelrad Dental Office in Brampton for your dental needs at (905) 791-3867 or e-mail us.
We are located in the heart of Brampton at 40 Finchgate Boulevard, Suite 121 at Bestgate Professional Centre. We welcome new patients, walk-ins and dental emergencies for all ages.
Based in Brampton, Ontario, Dr. Robert Axelrad has been practicing dentistry for three decades. During this time, he has helped to improve the dental health of countless satisfied patients in Peel Region, Brampton, Mississauga and beyond!