DENTAL IMPLANT TREATMENT
AT GUNITSKIY FAMILY DENTISTRY
Restore a lost tooth without preparing healthy adjacent teeth, as is done when installing a bridge
Create additional support and install a fixed prosthesis in cases where only a removable denture can be installed without an implant
Create support to improve the retention and stability of a removable denture
Why is the absence of teeth can be damaging?
Imagine a scissor has one blade. Without the second blade, it will never work. The same thing applies to teeth. If, for example, a chewing tooth is missing, then the opposite tooth is also not involved during chewing. Next: the teeth that are opposite the empty space have nothing to rest against. Therefore, they may move or twist, trying to fill the void. Therefore, a person's smile is might lose its charm.
Of course, such changes occur gradually over the years after the tooth loss. If the patient is not worried about pain and decides to leave a space without treatment, then as rule multiple other dental problems will arise.
Also, the absence of teeth and untimely treatment may result in:
Inflammation of the gums, accumulation of infection, and bad breath
Uneven load on existing teeth, which leads to their rapid abrasion
The onset of asymmetry in the face due to the collapse of the cheeks or lips
Digestive problems due to poor chewing
The appearance of premature facial wrinkles
Our mission at Gunitskiy Family Dentistry is to help you save you from all of the above consequences.
Who is the dental implant suitable for?
Dental implants are suitable for people who want to replace a tooth or multiple teeth without prepping the neighbouring teeth for a dental bridge. Dental implants can also help people who are wearing full dentures but found that they come off easily and don't hold as well. This can be corrected with a titanium dental implant. Which the root canal will help to hold the denture more tightly People who do not like wearing removable dentures. People who do not want to have teeth for dental bridges fixed.
How is the dental implant done?
Dr. Gunitskiy will perform a thorough oral examination, x-ray or, if necessary, a CT scan to assess the thickness of the jawbone and tissue on the gum ridge. Oral impressions may be performed for a treatment plan. To determine the optimal position of the implant placement. Dr. Gunitskiy will then apply some local anesthetic on the area. The titanium dental implant is then screwed into the bone and and sutures will be placed to close off the wound. We will then ask the patient come come back for a follow-up appointment 7-14 days following the implant placement just to make sure everything is healing properly and to remove the sutures if non-dissolvable sutures were placed. We will then again wait about 3-6 months for the implants to adhere (integrate) to the jawbone. Dr. Gunitskiy and his team will then take an impression of the mouth and the implant and send it off to a lab to manufacture the crown. The delivery of the crown will take place about 2 weeks after the impression appointment. This crown will look as beautiful and function almost identical to a natural tooth.
What causes tooth loss?
Root canal failure
Congenital missing teeth
Periodontitis (implants can also be lost due to implantitis (infection of the gums surrounding the implant)
People who have lost teeth might feel self-conscious to smile or talk. Additionally, biting irregularities caused by tooth loss can have a negative effect on eating habits and oral health. Regardless of the nature of the problem related to tooth loss, dental implants may provide a simple solution with proven results.
Dental Restoration Comparison
Dental implant should be indistinguishable from your surrounding natural teeth. Dentures can come loose and look un-natural if they do not blend with your gums and some bridges and dentures have unsightly metal clasps to hold them in place. Dental implants provide a much better cosmetic and functional end result.
Once dental implants are fully integrated into you jaw they function just as well as your own natural teeth and you can eat the foods you want and speak with complete confidence. With dentures, eating hard foods such as an apple can be a problem, either the dentures come loose or patients cannot withstand the hard biting forces as they cause pain in the gums. Irritation and inflammation of the gums is a common problem amongst denture patients. Dentures can be supported by implants or mini-implants which will improve function greatly enabling patients to eat the foods they want with complete confidence and not having to worry about bone loss and loose dentures falling out.
Avoid Removing Healthy Teeth Structure
Unlike dental bridge, the teeth adjacent to the gap need to be prepared and healthy tooth structure is removed to accommodate a crown or bridge abutment to fit over the top of the tooth. In the future if one of the supporting teeth is damaged the entire bridge restoration will also be compromised whereas with an implant the restoration is independent of any of your other teeth. By replacing lost teeth with an implant, no support is required of the adjacent teeth, and hence your natural teeth do not need to be prepared or altered in any way
Reduced bone loss
Normally, the bone tissue surrounding the root of your tooth is maintained by your bodys natural renewal process. However, if you loose a tooth, you will be left with a hole where your tooth root used to be and the bone around this area will slowly begin to disappear (atrophy) and may change the shape of your jaw. A dental implant placed in that area can actually stimulate bone growth and production, preventing loss of valuable bone structure. In some patients where bone loss is substantial a bone graft may be required before placing a dental implant. Bone loss is a problem for people who have dentures and as the shape of the jaw slowly changes the dentures need to be adjusted or re-made to fit the new shape of the jaw. Bone loss can also make a person look older since the area around the mouth can sag as bone is lost
Implant Dentistry FAQs
Are dental Implants expensive?
Dental Implants are an investment in your quality of life, appearance and health. Many patients feel that implant treatment is expensive when compared to other dental procedures. However, dental Implants represent a more permanent and natural solution than other treatments so therefore are a greater initial investment and should last for years if properly cared for. In terms of cost, each case is different and it is determined upon your individual needs. After your consultation with Dr. Gunitskiy at Gunitskiy Family Dentistry in London ON, we will provide you with the best and most cost effective treatment options available for you.
How soon can I have my new teeth?
Your dental Implants need to bond (integrate) with the bone after they have been put in. This takes at least 3 months in the lower jaw and 4 months in the upper jaw. In certain circumstances artificial teeth may be able to be attached much sooner than this.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
The surgery itself isn't painful. We use a proven technique to freeze the area and provide profound anaesthesia and a pain-free appointment every time. However, some discomfort is normal post the surgery. To help with post surgery pain Dr. Gunitskiy may recommend and prescribe pain medication that will help alleviate your discomfort.
What will happen if I do not get dental Implants?
After you have lost your tooth, gradually you will lose the bone that supported it. As the bone disappears, you may start to experience problems with other teeth nearby. As the bone continues to deteriorate, it can also affect stability of the adjacent healthy teeth. This can eventually cause further tooth loss.
Who is best suited to dental Implant treatment?
Almost anyone who has lost one or several of their teeth may benefit from a dental implant. Of course, there are certain situations where implants simply cannot be considered as a treatment. Such situation may include if there is insufficient bone, allergies, young age, and compromised immune system. On the same spectrum, some for some patients dental implants might not be recommended however, can still be placed as long as the individual understands the risks of early implant failure. Such situations may include individuals who severely grind their teeth, smoke, have uncontrolled diabetes or other periodontal disease. This list is not inclusive, and before you decide whether an implant treatment is right for you our recommendation is that you talk to an implant certified dentist such as Dr. Gunitskiy.
How to care for implants?
Once an implant was placed successful, the patient must carefully follow the postoperative recommendations given. Each dental implant, bone level, tissue level or otherwise, requires a scheduled examination within the specified time frame. After 1, 3, 6 months, the state of the oral cavity is checked and it is necessary to continue to do a bi-annual examinations. If all the recommendations are followed, the functionality and stability of your dental implant could potentially exceeds twenty years!
Can I get an implant if I don't have enough bone?
For complex cases that require extensive surgery such large amount of bone grafting, soft tissue grafting or sinus lifts Dr. Gunitskiy will usually refer these patients to a local specialist in dental implants who he believes is the best in their field. Dr. Gunitskiy will liaise with the specialist and ensure that the treatment goes smoothly and will colour match and fit the final crown, bridge or denture. It is a seamless way to ensure his patients have the very best care.