Missing teeth should be replaced as soon as possible, not only for the sake of your appearance – although that is certainly a primary concern for most people—but also to maintain better oral and general health.

Of all the tooth replacement options available today, dental implants are the most lifelike, the most secure and the most comfortable. Whether you need to replace one tooth, several teeth or an entire arch of teeth, White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Scarborough, ON, can restore your complete and secure smile.

Dental Implant Procedure

The concept of a dental implant, also called a tooth implant, is really quite simple: replace the root and crown of a missing tooth. And the procedure is straightforward, too. Dr. Samantha Amaro works closely with oral surgeons, some of whom have offices conveniently located in our building. Depending on your degree of tooth loss, the surgeon will place the correct number of implants; one for a single missing tooth, two for several teeth and usually between two to five if you are missing an entire arch and need implant retained dentures to restore your smile.

Each implant is a small, biocompatible screw or cylinder that is placed into your jawbone. As you heal over the following two to six months, the implant and surrounding bone bond together, creating an anchor that is similar to a natural tooth root. This anchor not only provides a secure footing for your eventual tooth restoration, but also preserves your jawbone thereby helping you avoid the sunken facial appearance that often affects people who are missing teeth. During the healing process, you’ll be fitted with a temporary teeth replacement option.

Once you’ve healed, you’ll return to White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry where Dr. Amaro, the implant specialist, will attach your customized tooth restoration. For a single implant, she will place a natural-looking porcelain crown. If you have several consecutive missing teeth, then you may receive a dental bridge or a partial denture to restore your healthy smile. And for people who are missing one or both arches of teeth, implant supported dentures are the ideal solution.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Your dental implants will give you the confidence to smile and speak. You’ll also be able to eat a well-balanced diet, including fresh fruits and vegetables—foods that you may not have been able to enjoy with tooth loss. Finally, dental implants will help maintain your natural face contours, giving you a more youthful appearance for years to come.

Find Out if Dental Implants Are Right for You

If you would like to learn more about how dental implants can give you back your complete and healthy smile, then call White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Amaro and her all-female staff will be glad to answer all of your questions and work with you to create a plan to restore your oral health.

Dental Implant FAQs

Dental implants in Scarborough are the most reliable option to replace one or more missing teeth. The unique treatment closely mimics the structure of your tooth, allowing you to enjoy a solution that looks and feels natural. Although you’ve heard about their extensive benefits, we know you still have several concerns that need to be addressed before you’re ready to commit to it. Here are the answers to a few of the most common questions about dental implants to help you make the best choice for your smile.

Can I get dental implants if I have gum disease?

Dental implants are proven to last for several decades with the right foundation and aftercare. Their long-term success relies on your jawbone’s ability to support the posts and remaining infection-free. Therefore, you cannot get dental implants if you have active gum disease. You will need periodontal therapy before you can undergo the placement surgery. You may also need additional procedures to repair any damage caused by the infection, like bone grafting.

Am I too old for dental implants?

Age is not a determining factor for dental implants. They are suitable for any patient who has finished growing and has minimal risk factors for complications. Your candidacy depends on your oral and general health, as well as your lifestyle habits. We perform an extensive examination to assess your dental and general health to ensure they are right for you. We’ll also use a CT scan to look for any potential concerns that may be lingering below the surface, like an infection or low bone density. With a complete picture, we can create a customized treatment plan to rebuild your smile—no matter your age.

How much do dental implants cost?

There’s no specific amount you can expect to pay for dental implants without first having a consultation. The cost is determined by your individual treatment plan, such as the number of teeth you’re replacing, if you need additional procedures, and your dental insurance. We’ll provide you with a personalized estimate and discuss your payment options during your initial consultation. We’ll work with your insurance company to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. We accept several forms of payment for any remaining balance, including third-party financing with CareCredit.

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When will my dental implants need to be replaced?

Dental implants are proven to last for several decades with the right aftercare, so you should never need to worry about having them replaced. This makes them cost-effective for a true investment in your smile.

Although the posts can last forever, your restorations undergo daily wear and tear. On average, they will need to be replaced about every 10 years. To ensure your new smile lasts, be sure to practice proper oral hygiene habits at home and visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. If a complication arises, like pain or swelling, don’t wait to see your dentist. They can get to the root of the problem to prevent implant failure.