Dental Implants in Winnipeg

If you’ve lost one or two or more teeth and are tired of the unsightly gaps in your smile, you should consider getting dental implants. Winnipeg residents can rely on Southwood Dental Centre for quality dental implants that look, feel and function very much like natural teeth. 

Teeth can fall out for many reasons, and once they’re gone they can cause a great deal of problems in your mouth. Not only may chewing and speaking be more difficult than before, if you are missing teeth it can affect your jawbone and your remaining teeth.

To avoid these problems and have that full smile once more, we recommend getting dental implants in Winnipeg. Call Southwood Dental Centre today to set up a consultation for your own dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial roots made of titanium metal that are attached to your jawbone through a surgical procedure. Eventually, the implants fuse with your jawbone and replacement teeth are attached to them. The implants replace natural tooth roots and essentially act as anchors to hold your replacement teeth in place. 

Fusing dental implants to the jawbone is the closest way to mimic a natural tooth because they have great stability and allow the replacement teeth to stand on their own without affecting your remaining teeth. This fusing process is called “osseointegration” and it has a success rate of close to 98%.

Placing Dental Implants

Anyone who is missing teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay can be a candidate for dental implants; however, there are several determining factors as to whether or not you can get them, including the amount of available jawbone, the location of missing teeth and your health.

To determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants, your Winnipeg dentist will provide a consultation during which he or she will examine the site in your mouth where the dental implant is to be placed, as well as look at dental imaging studies. At this time, your jawbone is assessed for quality and quantity.

When it’s clear you can receive dental implants, your surgical procedure appointments will be scheduled. During these procedures you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area. If your tooth is intact in your mouth, the first stage is to remove the tooth or teeth in order to prepare for placement of a dental implant. Sometimes a bone graft will be required to ensure a solid base for your dental implants. Keep in mind that every situation is different.

At your implant placement appointment, a titanium post is placed into the bone using special drills and tools. What’s call a healing cap is placed over the implant, your gum is stitched up and the healing process begins. Your healing time will vary, but it can take anywhere from 2-6 months. You will have follow-up appointments to ensure the area is healing properly.

Once your mouth is healed, the dental implant is tested to determine if the osseointegration process was successful. It if was, a custom-fit abutment is connected to the dental implant via a screw. Then a dental crown, the part that looks like a tooth, is placed on top of the abutment.

Reasons to Get Dental Implants in Winnipeg

Dental implants are versatile, as they can be used to replace one or more teeth, or even all of your teeth. They can be used as stand-alone replacements for single teeth, or they can be the sturdy structure supporting a set of dentures. Dental implants are a great way to replace teeth in many conditions, including:

  • Severely cracked or broken teeth
  • Teeth that have fallen out
  • Infected teeth that cause severe pain

Other reasons to get dental implants in Winnipeg include:

  • Bone loss in your jaw – a deteriorating jawbone can give you a sunken-in appearance. This, in turn, can lead to a lack of confidence. The osseointegration process promotes jawbone growth. 
  • Loose-fitting partials or dentures – removable dentures allow for jawbone movement that can cause dentures to fit improperly. Because dental implants fuse to your jaw, this isn’t a problem. 
  • Difficulties while eating – missing teeth often cause uneven stress on the remaining teeth which can hurt while chewing. Root surfaces are also exposed which causes increased sensitivity to hold and cold foods and drinks.

The goal of replacing your teeth is to restore function as well as aesthetics. With dental implants, you’ll have natural looking artificial teeth that will:

  • Improve your oral health, ability to eat and appearance
  • Increase denture comfort and stability
  • Help prevent bone loss

As you can see, getting dental implants in Winnipeg can greatly improve your life. Call Southwood Dental Centre to schedule your consultation today!

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