Dental Implants in Sarnia

If you have missing teeth, the dentists at Dr. Karen Davis and Dr. John Milne Dentistry can help you! We perform dental implants in Sarnia so our patients can have the healthy, happy smiles they've been dreaming of. Dental implants are replacements for the roots of your missing teeth. They feature two parts: a titanium post that fills the empty socket and an artificial replacement tooth, or crown. Dental implants are ideal treatment options for people suffering tooth loss from tooth decay, gingivitis, or an injury. There are many advantages to dental implants, including:


Improved Speech – when you have missing teeth or removable dentures, you may slur your words or have other speech difficulties.

Improved Chewing – dental implants are very strong and function like natural teeth, allowing you to eat your favourite foods without worry.

Lasting Durability – with the proper care, dental implants can last for many years, maybe even a lifetime.

Improved Appearance – your self-esteem could be affected regardless of whether you're missing a single tooth or several teeth. Dental implants can help boost your confidence.

Better Tooth Alignment – when you have a missing tooth, your other teeth tend to shift into the vacant space and misalign your bite, causing you pain and chewing difficulties.

Convenience and Comfort – dental implants are permanent and don't require messy and costly adhesives like removable dentures do.


Who Can Get a Dental Implant?

Your dentist will determine if you're eligible for a dental implant. Implants perform the best when you have strong, supportive gums, healthy jawbones that can hold an implant, and the ability to recover quickly. A person with good overall health can recover very nicely from dental implantation. You also must maintain an excellent oral health care routine and visit your dentist regularly.


If you currently have dentures or dental bridges and are unhappy with them, dental implants could help improve your comfort. Additionally, if you're having difficultly eating and/or you're hiding your smile out of embarrassment, please talk to your dentist about dental implants.


What You Should Know Before the Procedure

You'll receive plenty of information before your implantation procedure, but here's some important information to know in the meantime!

  • Local anesthesia can be used, and the process is said to be less painful than a tooth extraction
  • Mild soreness can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication
  • Dental implants require regular care, including brushing, flossing and rinsing
  • The procedure may require several visits to your dentist
  • An implant may not be successful if it doesn't properly bond to your jawbone


The Dental Implant Procedure

During the first phase of the procedure, you dentist will place the dental implant into your jawbone beneath the gum tissue. The tissue will be stitched back into place and as it heals, the implant bonds with your jawbone and attaches to your gums. The healing process could take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks.


Once the implant is bonded to the jawbone, your dentist will attach an abutment – the post that your replacement tooth is mounted on – to the implant. Your artificial tooth will then be attached and fitted to the abutment, ensuring that it matches your other teeth's colouring and feels secure. If you require multiple teeth to be replaced, a fixed bridge will be used along with dental implants on each side of the missing tooth.


Dental implants look, feel and function like natural teeth! Schedule a consultation with us today for your dental implant in Sarnia.

DR. KAREN DAVIS' CEREC ACHIEVEMENTS

CEREC is not a readily available technology, but DR. Karen Davis not only is familiar with it, she has many great achievements surrounding it. She was a chief beta tester in the early technological phases of CEREC and a clinical CEREC mentor at the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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