At Centre dentaire Dr Martin Turcotte in Trois-Rivières our dentists may place a dental implant as part of the process to replace a missing tooth and leave you with a natural-looking smile.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw used to replace a natural tooth root. Implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth, many teeth, or to secure a denture in place.
The dental implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone, then bonds with the natural bone to serve as an anchor for an artificial tooth.
Dental implants can help to prevent surrounding teeth from shifting, resolve bite issues or jaw joint pain, and restore facial structure and appearance.
Why Replace Missing Teeth
When a tooth is missing, the teeth surrounding the gap can gradually begin to shift out of place and cause misalignment issues. The jaw bone around the area of the missing tooth may also begin to deteriorate, resulting in facial collapse or negatively impacting your ability to speak clearly and chew properly.
The Dental Implant Process
The dental implant procedure requires both a dental implant (titanium screw) and a tooth replacement.
To begin, your dentist will surgically place the implant into your jaw bone below the gum tissue. As the tissue heals surrounding the implant heals, the implant will bond with the bone and attach to the gum.
Once the healing is complete, generally 3 to 6 months following surgery, patients return to our office to complete the procedure.
At the final appointment, your dentist will attach a tooth replacement, such as a dental crown, bridge or denture, to the implant to create the look and function of a natural tooth.
Dental Implant FAQs
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about dental implants at Centre dentaire Dr Martin Turcotte.
- How long does a dental implant last?
With proper care dental implants can last a lifetime. This includes proper brushing and flossing at home, as well as attending regular hygiene cleanings and exams at your dental office.
The longevity of a dental implant may also depend on other factors that can affect your oral health such as nutrition, genetics, or the development of any dental diseases.
- How do I care for my dental implants?
Care for a dental implant just like you care for your natural teeth.
Visiting your dentist for regular hygiene appointments and maintaining a proper brushing and flossing routine at home can help prevent decay or diseases from developing in the surrounding teeth and gums, which could negatively affect your dental implants.
- Does getting a dental implant hurt?
During dental implant surgery, your dentist will administer anesthesia to make you comfortable so you won't feel any pain during the procedure.
Following the procedure, there is not typically much discomfort. Many patients can manage their pain with an over-the-counter pain medication for a few days after the procedure.
You will need to eat a soft diet for the first couple of weeks after the implant procedure to avoid any pain or irritation.
- How long does the dental implant process take?
The complete dental implant process usually takes about two to nine months, depending on your treatment plan.
Your dentist can provide you with a more specific timeline based on your particular case.
- Will my insurance cover dental implants?
Some insurances companies will cover the cost of dental implants, while some will only pay for a portion of the cost, and others won't pay for any part of it.
To determine what part, if any, of your dental implant treatment will be covered by your insurance, check with your insurance provider.