Dental Implant Treatments
Ideal solution for missing teeth
Based right here in the Okanagan, Dr. Singleton has provided solutions for many people with missing teeth or poorly fitting dentures.
“I’m a big believer in dental implants as a long-term solution, in many cases. They're ideal for most people who come to see me with missing teeth, those who are frustrated with their dentures or are having health problems or in pain because of missing teeth or dentures.”
Dr. Alan Singleton, Penticton Dentist
What are the benefits of implants?
- Feel natural—you’ll look like yourself
- Improved confidence—no worries about slipping or sliding dentures
- Confidence—you can relax during conversation and eating
- Balanced diet – no need to give up certain foods.
- Look like natural teeth
- Increased preservation of bone
- Decreased gum tissue shrinkage
- Less food trapped under dentures
With proper care, implants can last a lifetime. Unlike bridges, implants don’t affect your neighbouring teeth, or the gums and bones surrounding them. An implant is also easier to keep clean than a bridge. Implants are also more aesthetically pleasing over time because the gums can recede around a bridge, exposing the metal base or collar of the bridge. Over time, the cement holding a bridge can wash-out, and bacteria may accumulate, causing decay in the teeth anchoring the bridge.
Deteriorating bone under bridges or removable partial dentures can result in your lower face looking like it’s collapsing in on itself—giving you an unattractive smile; not a look anyone wants.
What are dental implants?
Made from titanium, implants are artificial teeth roots that are placed in the upper or lower jaw to support restoration of one tooth or several teeth. They are the ideal solution for missing teeth because they are fixed in place and don’t move. Once they are set in the jaw, replacement teeth can be attached to them and unlike traditional dentures, they function closely to natural teeth.
What is implant treatment?
Dr. Singleton will also go over the procedure with you during your consultation, but below is an overview of how implants are placed in your jaw.
Initially, the implant, which is a like a small screw or cylinder, is placed in your jaw. For the next two to six months, your bone grows around the implant in your jaw to form a stable anchor for the artificial tooth. While this is happening, a temporary replacement tooth can be worn over the implant.
A second procedure may be necessary to uncover the implant and attach an extension, which is a small metal or zirconia (metal free) post called an abutment. This will be the foundation on which your new tooth will be placed. Before the next step, your gums will be allowed to heal for about two weeks.
Some types of implants do not require this second step and already have an extension attached. Dr. Singleton will discuss the best method for your situation with you.
Single tooth replacement
The last step is a replacement tooth or crown, which will be attached to the abutment. And then, you can relax!
Replacing Several Teeth
When several teeth are missing, an implant-supported bridge can be used. Implant-supported bridges are a better option than fixed bridges or removable partial dentures because they look and function like natural teeth. Dental implants have several advantages over other teeth replacement treatments.
Unlike other treatments, such as fixed bridges or removable partial dentures, implants don’t require support from adjacent natural teeth.
Implant-supported bridges replace some of your tooth roots, better preserving your bone, which when no root or implant is present, will begin to deteriorate. Dental implants bond with your jawbone, which helps keep the bone healthy and intact.
The final step is creating replacement teeth, or bridges, which are then attached to the abutments.
Within a short period of time, you can confidently smile, chew, talk and laugh!
Over the long term, implants are the ideal solution:
- Aesthetically pleasing
For more information on implants, go to IMPLANT FAQs.