At Image Smiles in Vancouver, our dentists use dental implants to help support tooth replacements for patients with one or more missing teeth.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small, titanium post that is surgically placed into the gums. It acts as the root of a missing tooth and holds a custom-fitted tooth replacement in place. Together, the implant and tooth replacement may look and feel like natural teeth, and implants can help restore your smile.
Uses for Implants
When used in combination with a dental restoration, an implant can help replace missing teeth, and may address a variety of oral health issues including:
- Resolving jaw joint pain or bite problems
- Improving chewing, speech and digestion
- Restoring or enhancing facial tissues
Why Replace Missing Teeth
It can be important to replace missing teeth to maintain your overall oral health.
Without a tooth replacement, teeth may begin to shift out of place and cause misalignment issues. A missing tooth may also lead to a number of serious issues including decay, gum disease, bone loss and eventual tooth loss.
If your jaw bone is not strong enough to support a dental implant, you may require a bone graft or sinus lift before it can be placed.