Implants and Bridges

Implants and Bridges in Kitchener and Waterloo area

A bridge is a fixed dental appliance used to replace missing teeth. It consists of usually two crowns on the anchoring teeth (abutments) along with one or more artificial teeth attached (pontics), which will fill the gap created by your missing teeth. However the best option to replace a missing tooth is an implant; since that eliminates the need to modify healthy anchoring teeth to replace one tooth and it also stops your jaw bone from shrinking.

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A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth in place. The benefit of using implants is that they don’t rely on neighbouring teeth for support and they are permanent and stable. Above and beyond aesthetics that tooth’s purpose included acting as a chewing surface, holding its place with regards to adjacent teeth; maintain the bone structure where it was rooted along with many other structural and preventative roles. Without that tooth in place surrounding teeth can shift causing gaps and making decay more likely, bone loss and damage can occur, the area can become more apt to periodontal disease and the list goes on.

Implants are the best solution to tooth loss because they look and feel like your natural teeth.Implant material is made from different types of metallic and bone-like ceramic materials that are compatible with body tissue.

The dentist must perform surgery to anchor the “artificial root” into your jaw bone. The gum is then secured over the implant, which will remain covered until it fuses with the bone. The dentist then uncovers the implant and attaches an extension, or post, to the implant and finally a crown is attached to the implant post.

The process can take up to nine months to complete. Each patient heals differently, so times will vary.

Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene, proper care and regular dental appointments to ensure they last a long time.