Do you have missing teeth? Do you find it difficult to chew comfortably or speak clearly? Both of these problems are common with tooth loss, along with a loss of confidence in your appearance.
We offer several modern tooth replacement options at Meadow Ridge Dental Centre in Maple Ridge, BC, including dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants. Out of all of these, dental implants are the prosthetics that look, function, and feel the most like a natural tooth.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
A dental implant is a titanium post that our experienced dentist places in your jawbone. Over about 3-6 months, the implant post heals, integrates fully with the jawbone, and becomes a new replacement tooth root.
Our experienced dentists can use implants to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth to complete your smile. And if you care for your teeth and gums properly, your dental implant could last a lifetime.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
When you lose a natural tooth, and its root, the bone that once held it in place gradually starts to break down. As bone is lost, so is support for your facial features, and your cheeks can take on a sunken or hollow appearance.
Without a replacement root to hold them in place, surrounding teeth also start to drift and tilt into the gap created by the missing tooth. These teeth can also loosen over time to the point that we need to remove them altogether.
With a dental implant securely in place, you have an artificial tooth root that helps keep the bone around it strong and healthy and supports neighbouring teeth to prevent movement.
What’s the Process for Getting a Dental Implant?
The first step is a thorough evaluation with Dr. Jason Liu, our experienced dental implant dentist. He will review your oral and medical history and take x-rays to determine if you are a good dental implant candidate.
Dental Implant Placement
If you are, we will schedule you for implant placement at our Maple Ridge, BC dental office. Placing a dental implant is a straightforward procedure that takes about an hour and is more comfortable than you might think.
As always, we will numb the area we are treating so you don’t feel any pain. We also offer IV sedation dentistry for your complete comfort.
Implant Healing and Tooth Restoration
It takes 3–6 months for the implant post to heal and integrate with the jawbone around it. Once healing is complete, we attach a crown, bridge, or denture to the implant to restore chewing function and complete your smile.
If you have multiple missing teeth and are interested in dental implants, you may be a good candidate for implant-supported dentures. Dr. Liu places as few as 4–6 implants at points along your jawbone, then designs your dentures with attachments that snap onto the implants.
The result is a beautiful customized denture that stays reliably in place without the shifting or movement common with removable dentures.
We Offer Bone Grafting for Dental Implants
Sometimes a patient wants a dental implant but may not have enough strong, healthy bone available in the area we need to place the titanium post. In this case, Dr. Liu may recommend bone grafting, a procedure that builds up the bone and makes it possible to get a dental implant in the future.
Are Dental Implants Right for You?
If you are struggling with tooth loss and would like to learn more about dental implants, we invite you to call Meadow Ridge Dental Centre to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Jason Liu is an experienced dental implant dentist in Maple Ridge, BC who enjoys helping his patients rediscover the joy of eating their favourite foods comfortably and smiling confidently.
We welcome you to call us at (604) 467-5944, and we will be happy to help you schedule an appointment at your convenience.