Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are quickly becoming an industry-wide standard of care for replacement of missing teeth. White Rock South Surrey Dentist, Dr. Michael Layton, has trained specifically to evaluate, place and restore dental implants. Dr. Layton regularly attends continuing education courses focused on providing dental implant placement and beautifully customized restorations. Dental implants are tooth replacements that permanently stay in place. They look, feel and function just like regular teeth. They are easy to place and even easier to use and maintain. Although we recommend you work to keep your own natural teeth, dental implants are the next best thing. Call our office at (778) 803-1615 to schedule an evaluation appointment now! We will sit down with you, answer all of your questions, and give you all of the options you will have for dental treatment. Below are a list of questions and answers regarding dental implants.

Dental Implants for Tooth Replacement

Your teeth were designed to last a lifetime, but sometimes they don’t! Replacing missing teeth is important to your general health and to the health of your other teeth. Not only do you lose chewing ability when a tooth is lost, but missing teeth can cause other teeth to be lost, tipped or crowded and create subsequent problems.

Before - This patient was missing upper left front tooth and had a removable denture to replace it. He did not like the look and feel of the denture.

Before – This patient was missing upper left front tooth and had a removable denture to replace it. He did not like the look and feel of the denture.

Also, there are the obvious problems of poor appearance and loss of self-esteem caused by one or more missing teeth. Dental implants should always be considered as an option to replace a failing or missing tooth. Replacement of lost teeth with dental implants has been used for treating missing teeth for more than 50 years and is recognized as an effective treatment choice. Treatment is considered more predictable than bridgework, removable dentures and root canal treatment.

As a patient, you face a difficult decision to undergo surgery to insert dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth. White Rock, British Columbia dental implant dentist, Dr. Michael Layton is well qualified to perform implant surgeries, based on his experience and training.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are substitutes for the roots of missing teeth. They act as an anchor for a replacement tooth or crown or a set of replacement teeth.

Am I a candidate for implants?

healing abutment

Healing abutment – The implant was placed in the site of the missing tooth.

Implant patients are of all ages and implants may be the right choice for anyone missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or decay. They are especially practical for patients who can no longer wear removable dentures. Dr. Layton can determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical history.

Are there different kinds of implants?

There are many shapes, sizes and brands of implants available. Dr. Layton will know which implant is the right one for you.

Do I have enough bone?

It is important for a patient to have enough bone to support the implant. If you do not have enough bone, there are many safe and effective ways to correct bone deficiency. Dr. Layton will assess this and advise you if additional bone material is needed. A specialized x-ray called a CT, is sometimes required to evaluate the three dimensional bone structure. Dr. Layton is highly qualified to utilize this equipment in the most efficient and safest way possible.

Implant radiograph - This is the radiograph of the final implant and crown.

Implant radiograph – This is the radiograph of the final implant and crown.

Why is 3D position of implants Important?

Accuracy in dental implant placement is paramount because of the vital structures located throughout the head and neck. Dr. Layton has invested in the newest technology that gives us the exclusive ability to accurately diagnose and treatment plan dental implants. The combination of our Sirona Cerec AC with Omnicam and Sirona XG5 scanner allows us to virtually scan and design a dental implant before ever beginning the actual procedure. This assures the highest level of safety for our patients. This plan can even be made into a guided surgical template to ensure a dental implant can be placed into the precisely position easily and quickly. Click here for technical information on this incredible technology.

Will this take a long time?

Final implant crown - After a healing period of about 5 months his final crown was placed. Notice the level of the gums is consistent on both of the front teeth.

Final implant crown – After a healing period of about 5 months his final crown was placed. Notice the level of the gums is consistent on both of the front teeth.

Treatment time can vary greatly depending on your needs. Most dental implant treatment can be completed between 4-12 months but some can be even faster. If the implant is stable enough from the outset, some dental implants can be restored immediately. Each situation needs a separate evaluation and Dr. Layton will be able to give you an approximate timetable.

What’s next?

That is up to you. If you feel like you would like to discuss your options please feel free to fill out our appointment request form or call our office at (778) 803-1615. We look forward to helping you smile!