Dental implants may be necessary to replace missing teeth by replacing the tooth roots that may have been lost due to physical trauma, infection or simply a previous extraction. Implants can be placed in most areas of the mouth where an existing tooth is missing.
Dental implants are often thought of as a complete treatment in itself. However, the term implant should refer specifically to the "root form endosseous implant". It is the titanium device that replaces the missing roots.
In Victoria, many dentists and specialists can place the implant during a surgical visit to the office. Once the implant is placed it is typical to leave the implant for a healing period of a few months. This allows for bone to grow around the implant and secure it in place. In very specific circumstances the placement of the implant can be followed by an "immediate loading", which refers to the immediate placement of a crown or other dental device.
Once healed in the jaw, the implant can act as the foundation or support for a variety of dental devices and treatments. Most often implants are followed by a single crown, which replaces a single missing tooth. However, dental implants can also be used in tandem to support a longer dental bridge to replace multiple missing teeth. In patients without any teeth (edentulous) a pair or four implants can be very helpful in supporting and stabilizing full dentures.
When thinking about dental implants, to get the best results it is important to see a dentist who can help you form a complete treatment plan which may include implants. Dr. Huynh works with numerous specialist dentists right here in Victoria BC to give you the ultimate care and peace of mind. Please take the time find out the right option for you, and if you have any additional questions feel free to contact us by email, phone, fax or best of all: in person.