Most of us were born with a beautiful smile, but things can happen that affect our natural smile as time progresses. Dental neglect, trauma, and injuries can all lead to issues that can cause tooth loss. When this happens, it’s time to start exploring your options for tooth replacement. At Smile Horizons Dental Arts, we offer several innovative solutions for Mississauga, Ontario, area residents interested in their options for dental implants. Although dental implants are increasingly common, many people have questions about what’s involved in the implant procedure.
When you lose one or more teeth, it doesn’t just affect your smile. The negative effects of losing a tooth are more far-reaching than many people realize. Tooth loss can result in any of the following troublesome issues:
Additionally, if you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be self-conscious and embarrassed about your smile. This may cause you to limit your social interactions. When you’re not around people, it can lead to loneliness, depression, and more and can negatively affect your existing relationships.
What follows next are some frequently asked questions about dental implants from our patients.
You can replace as many teeth as you need to. If you replace one tooth, you will need a dental implant and a specially-designed crown. For replacing several teeth, your dentist may design an implant-supported bridge, either full or partial, depending on how many teeth you need to replace.
The first step is a consultation and planning session with your dentist. Intraoral cameras will be used to examine your teeth, and digital x-rays will be taken to ensure you receive the best results. Your dental implant procedure will then be planned out — it’s important to note that the entire procedure may take up to six months or more for completion. However, patients find that this is well worth the wait because you will have a tooth replacement that lasts for life!
While the dental implant procedure is comfortable, we do offer various sedation options.
For the first two days following your dental implant procedure, you will need to consume soft foods and drink liquids, such as any of those listed below:
On the third day, you can add soft foods that require minimal chewing. Foods such as cooked noodles, scrambled eggs, and soft sandwiches are ideal.
You need to take care of your dental implants the way you take care of your natural teeth. This means you should brush and floss your teeth daily, plus attend regular dental checkups and professional cleanings.
With solid dental care and hygiene practices, your dental implants can last up to 25 years or more.
To learn more about your options for dental implants, get in touch with Dr. Hytham Elwi and his team at Smile Horizons Dental Arts in Mississauga, Ontario. We are here to answer all of your questions. Call us at (905) 607-8778 or contact us online today.
A smile is a curve that sets everything straight!
Our mission at Smile Horizons Dental Arts is to provide beautiful, healthy smiles to our patients of all ages in Mississauga, ON, and the GTA and make them look and feel their personal best. We use state-of-the-art technologies and a comprehensive range of preventive, cosmetic, restorative, and therapeutic oral care and dental services to achieve this goal.
Dr. Hytham Elwi and his skilled multilingual team are proficient in English, Polish, and Arabic.
Dr. Elwi obtained his DDS degree in 1993 from the Faculty of Oral and Dental Medicine in Damascus, Syria, and his MSc degree in Prosthodontic Dentistry from Jordan University (Jordan).
Dr. Elwi is a registered member with the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO), Ontario Dental Association (ODA), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), Former member of American Association of Implant Dentistry (AAID), Jordanian Implant Dentistry Commission (JIDC), former Assistant Professor in Prosthodontic Dentistry and an active member in other overseas study groups and associations.