A dental implant is designed to replace a natural root and further support the new “replacement tooth” that will be installed. Dental implants are a surgical procedure, connecting the so-called “replacement tooth” with the jaw. At the Mackenzie Dental Centre servicing patients in Vaughan Woodbridge and Maple, Dr. Lloyd Pedvis recommends this procedure as a viable option for many of the clinic’s patients - a treatment plan with excellent outcomes for most patients. Clearly, it’s a surgical procedure that requires a skilled professional.
With dental implants, the big benefit for a patient is the natural, comfortable feel once completed. Implants look exactly like all the other teeth, and it’s nearly impossible to detect any difference. While the aesthetics of a dental implant are important, there are other benefits. Dental implants serve to support the physical structure of the jawbone after a natural tooth is gone. In addition, implants also ensure the proper balance of “bite forces” (natural functioning of existing teeth).
Technically speaking, the dental implant is actually a “post” that is surgically imbedded in the jaw and designed to replace the root of a tooth. The finished dental implant will be the “anchor” for the new “replacement tooth”. In general, dental implants are performed on patients who are in good health, with healthy gums, and with sufficient bone mass to ensure a successful procedure. For the most part, this surgical operation is quite painless, and with excellent long-term results.
For patients who are committed to regular dental visits, it’s much easier to diagnose the need for a dental implant. Early diagnosis also makes it easier to establish an immediate treatment plan. The fact is, early diagnosis can often preclude the need for more serious surgical procedures. For the patient, it’s important to understand that surgical implants are a step-by-step procedure. The implant must be rooted to the jaw; gum tissue requires healing; and this process takes time.
As implant surgery proceeds, the dentist prepares to connect the artificial “replacement tooth” to the “post”. Once the artificial tooth is fastened to the “post”, the procedure is complete. With a finished dental implant, the patient’s teeth are both natural looking and natural feeling. For Dr. Pedvis, precision and skill is key to a successful dental implant – and to long-term success. As well, every patient can rest assured that the Mackenzie team is competent and professional.
When procedures become more complex, there’s clearly more work and time required. Full-mouth reconstruction, for example, may entail multiple implants in order to resolve a condition. At times, there may even be a need to incorporate bridges with implants. And for some patients, dentures may be connected to dental implants. Today, with advanced treatment procedures and high-tech instruments, Dr. Pedvis can correct a wide range of conditions with great success.
The Mackenzie team is highly qualified, and patient health is always at the forefront of treatment. Overall, the clinic promotes a preventive approach to oral care, and every effort is made at early, effective diagnosis. In addition, Dr. Pedvis believes that regular dental visits are essential to maintaining optimum oral health. It’s the best way to ensure consistent health, and it’s the best prevention to avoid any condition from getting worse.