Dental Implants

Restoring more than just your smile

Dental implants are one of the biggest innovations in modern dentistry. A dental implant is a fine titanium rod or screw that’s placed precisely into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure.

Once in place, the dental implant integrates with the bone and replicates a missing natural tooth root. Titanium has been used extensively and successfully in reconstructive surgery for many years.

Dental implants can replace one or several missing teeth. In some cases, an entire upper or lower (or both) arch of teeth can be supported by dental implants.

One of the many benefits of dental implants is they look, feel and function just like natural teeth. They also provide an alternative solution to crowns, bridges or uncomfortable and loose dentures.

In most cases, the procedure to receive a dental implant involves three separate stages:

  • Placement of the implant into the bone
  • Placement of the abutment (also called a connector) to the implant
  • Attachment of the artificial tooth/teeth (crown or bridge) to the abutment.

From surgical placement of the implant to attachment of the crown or bridge can take between three to six months or more. This depends on your general and dental health, your bone density, rate of healing, degree of integration between the implant and the bone, and the extent of any other dental or general health problems.

Like natural teeth, artificial teeth that are not regularly brushed and flossed can develop plaque and tartar, which can develop into dental problems such as gum disease. That’s why it’s important to maintain a regular and thorough at-home oral care routine and attend check-up appointments with the Glebe Dental team every six months.

If you’re missing one tooth or several teeth, schedule a consultation appointment with one of the Glebe Dental team to discuss if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants.