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For most of us, the thought of los­ing our teeth con­jures up one sin­gle im­age: den­tures float­ing in a glass. It can be a trau­matic and de­bil­i­tat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Den­tal im­plants of­fer sim­ple and af­ford­able so­lu­tions for re­plac­ing your miss­ing teeth.

What are im­plants? In the early 1950s a Swedish sci­en­tist ob­served that ti­ta­nium could ac­tu­ally bond to bone – a process called os­seoin­te­gra­tion. This dis­cov­ery led to the use of im­plants. An im­plant is a per­ma­nent tooth re­place­ment, made from ti­ta­nium, that bonds to the jaw much like the root of the nat­u­ral tooth. Once in place, it looks, feels and func­tions like the tooth. For the first time, teeth could be re­placed per­ma­nently and com­fort­ably. Three decades af­ter the first den­tal im­plants were placed in pa­tients, they still func­tion per­fectly. And since then, hun­dreds of thou­sands of pa­tients have had miss­ing teeth re­placed by im­plants.

Im­plants of­fer an ex­cel­lent so­lu­tion for peo­ple who have loose, poorly fit­ting den­tures. With im­plants there is no longer a need for fix­adants and den­ture ad­he­sives. Foods like ap­ples and corn on the cob can be eaten with con­fi­dence. Im­plants are also an ex­cel­lent op­tion to con­sider when re­plac­ing a sin­gle tooth. They re­store func­tion and ap­pear­ance with­out com­pro­mis­ing the other healthy teeth in the pa­tient’s mouth. The vast ma­jor­ity of the pop­u­la­tion are good can­di­dates for im­plants. And age does not seem to be a fac­tor; in fact, im­plants of­fer a wel­come al­ter­na­tive for el­derly pa­tients who have suf­fered with ill-fit­ting den­tures for years.

Tra­di­tional per­ma­nent den­tal im­plant pro­ce­dures po­ten­tially can re­quire up to a year to com­plete, and of­ten in­volve nu­mer­ous vis­its to your den­tist or spe­cial­ist. To­day’s ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy al­lows most pa­tients to get den­tal im­plants quickly and pain­lessly. In some cases the tran­si­tion from miss­ing teeth to new per­ma­nent teeth can be ac­com­plished in one day; some­times in just 1 hour. New pro­ce­dures are less in­va­sive and there­fore less painful. These new pro­ce­dures have con­sid­er­ably shorter re­cov­ery times. Pa­tients are of­ten able to eat and smile soon af­ter com­plet­ing the pro­ce­dure with very lit­tle in­ter­rup­tion to their nor­mal lives.


Dr. Robert Eisen, Dr. Jerry Jesin and Dr. Jen­nie Zag­dan­ski | North York Smile Cen­tre 5 Park Home Ave., Suite 130 | 416-730-8223 | www.smile-by-de­sign.ca

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