Dental Implants in Toronto
A missing tooth impacts your life in a number of ways. For instance, your confidence may suffer because you feel self-conscious about talking or smiling in front of other people. Your nutrition and digestion may also suffer because you’re not able to properly chew and eat the healthy foods you were used to enjoying.
Did you know that your oral health also suffers when you’re missing a tooth?
When you’re missing a tooth's root, your jawbone will begin to deteriorate or lose density over time. This changes the appearance of your face and puts you at a higher risk for periodontal disease and tooth loss. When you’re missing a tooth, your remaining teeth begin to shift into the open space, causing your bite to misalign and putting you at a higher risk for fractures.
The good news is that dental implants are the optimal choice when it comes to replacing one or more missing teeth. At Toronto Lakeshore Dental, Dr. Joo can guide you through the entire implant process from start to finish so you’ll never have to go elsewhere to complete any of your implant treatment.
What Is a Dental Implant?
The secret of the success of dental implants lies in the fact that they replace both your tooth and your root, which no other replacement option offers. Your root is replaced with a titanium post that is biocompatible and integrates with your bone over time. Your tooth is replaced with a porcelain crown that Dr. Joo will custom design to complement your existing teeth.
Your dental implant is both durable and aesthetically appealing, so no one will ever know you were missing a tooth. Because your implant mimics your natural tooth, it’s easy to care for and you’ll be able to brush and floss just as you were used to doing. With regular dental check-ups and excellent home care, your dental implant can potentially last a lifetime.
Guided Implant Surgery
Dr. Joo utilizes 3D imaging and guided surgery planning when placing dental implants. He has found this to be the most effective and efficient method for his patients since it delivers excellent results, while also being minimally invasive.
Using the images from his CT scans, Dr. Joo is able to plan implant placement surgeries ahead of time, which makes placement more accurate and precise. Better accuracy results in a less invasive surgery for patients that doesn’t even require a suture. There is also less pain, and in some cases, a temporary tooth can be placed the same day.
Guided implant surgery is very efficient, and the procedure may only take 10 to 15 minutes from start to finish, giving patients plenty of recovery time.
Bone Grafting and Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)
Dental implants require two things to be successful. One is that the patient is in good overall health, and the other is that the patient has enough healthy bone structure to support the implant. For patients lacking healthy bone structure, bone grafting is an option.
Bone grafting uses a healthy bone material to build up your own bone structure enough to support a dental implant. The grafted bone will fuse with your existing bone to create a firm and stable foundation for your dental implant. There is a healing period to allow the bone to properly integrate. Dr. Joo can perform this dental procedure for you in the comfort of our own office.
During bone grafting, Dr. Joo uses a process called Platelet Rich Fibrin, or PRF, which extracts the stem cells from the patient’s own blood to help enrich and accelerate the healing process during and after bone grafting. This cutting-edge technique helps to ensure that your bone graft achieves optimum results.
At Toronto Lakeshore Dental, we’re proud to offer our patients the most advanced dental services available. Our goal is to take care of all your needs in the comfort of our office so the team you already know and trust surrounds you. Contact us today to learn more about dental implants and how we can help restore your smile.
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