What are dental implants?

Titanium metal roots (or screws) are implanted into the jawbone to hold the artificial teeth in place. Many of our patients who have this procedure instantly realize how much more secure and worry-free this permanent solution is for them over their previous removable full or partial dentures.

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Why get Dental Implants?

Dental implants are safe, comfortable, and durable, and can replace more conventional dental treatments such as traditional crown and bridge work. Dental implants may be the best option if you are looking for a permanent, long-term, and lifetime treatment option for missing teeth.

By replacing missing teeth with teeth on dental implants, you enjoy many benefits, such as easier, more comfortable eating, improved speech, better appearance, and ultimately improved self-confidence.

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Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Adult patients who are in good general health are usually candidates for dental implants. In some cases, those who have deteriorated jawbones are able to have bone augmentation which makes it possible for them to get implants as well.

The only way to determine if you are candidate for treatment is to a book an initial consultation with your Smile Corp specialists.

How are Dental Implants Placed?

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If you are considering dental implants, make an arrangement to visit our clinic – no need for a referral from your regular dentist. One of our dental professionals will examine your mouth and take x-rays to determine if this procedure is right for you. If your jaw is healthy, there is a good chance that you are a candidate for dental implants and we will book an appointment for surgery. At least two surgical appointments will be necessary.
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In the first surgical appointment, the surgeon implants a metal root into your jawbone beneath the gum. The tissue must then be given time to heal. While the tissue heals, the artificial root will bond to the jawbone and attach to the gum.

Your natural teeth remain intact and do not need to be ground-down for this procedure.

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Once your gum tissue has completely healed, the dental professional will attach an abutment (also known as a post, or ball) to the implant. For some patients, the abutment can be attached in the first stage of the surgery.

We then make an artificial tooth or teeth which attach to the implant post or ball. If multiple teeth next to each other need to be replaced, we may also suggest a bridge which is securely anchored to implants.

What are Implants Made of?

All implants are made from titanium to provide your new teeth with the best strength and security.

One of the best types of dental implants available in the market today is made from Trabecular Metal, which is the next level of implant technology.

Depending on your requirements, Smile Corp may use the trabecular metal dental implant, or another titanium implant that will provide the best fit for you.

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