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Missing Teeth? How Dental Implants Will Change Your Life For The Better

Dental Implant

The Need To Replace Damaged Or Missing Teeth

Many people live with damaged, degraded or missing teeth. This situation is less then ideal and will lead to increasingly severe oral health problems if neglected for too long.

If tooth infection or erosion is caught early, much of the damage can be reversed, but most of the time the tooth is destroyed too much to be saved by the time you see your dentist.

Your Potential Situation With Missing Teeth

At the dentist you learn that the daily sensitivity and pain you have been experiencing are the result of a growing tooth infection. They can’t save the infected tooth, and the infection can spread to the rest of your mouth. You need to do something about it, you need to remove the tooth and get a replacement.

Deciding to remove the tooth was the easy part, deciding what to do with your missing teeth isn’t so simple.

After studying commonly used replacements for missing teeth, like dentures and bridges, you’re convinced the best option for you is getting a dental implant. You don’t want to go through with this situation again and you don’t want the dentist messing around with your remaining teeth.

Why Dental Implants?

Your research shows that dental implants, as oppose to dentures and bridges, are the best way to replace missing teeth.

Dentures, despite their affordability, are uncomfortable, prone to break and very noticeable when worn. In addition to having to remove the molding from your mouth every night for cleaning, dentures do nothing to maintain healthy gum and bone structure in your mouth. Even with wearing dentures everyday you will still experience several oral health issues related to missing teeth like jawbone breakdown and increased risk of gum disease.

Dentures provide a light cover over the missing teeth or tooth with a plastic crown, this solution doesn’t prevent most of the long-term issues related to missing teeth.

Bridges can cover large spaces of missing teeth in the mouth and look more natural then dentures. In order fix a bridge in place, the dentist must alter neighboring healthy teeth to anchor the bridge.

Bridges require excessive cleaning to prevent food and bacteria build-up underneath the crown and on the gum tissue. Since the crown over the missing teeth is not connected to the gum tissue, its very easy for food particles to become trapped underneath, this makes bridges harder to clean then other options for replacing missing teeth.

Failing to properly clean under the bridge’s crown can lead to gum disease and even weaken your bridge’s structure. The internet is filled with stories of people who paid thousands for bridges only to see then unexpectedly weaken and break after a few years of wear.

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How to Choose Dental Implants

The facts prove dental implants are the ideal option for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are made of titanium steel making them the strongest option for replacing missing teeth, and capable of withstanding extreme pressure and force unlike dentures and bridges.

While looking and feeling the most natural, dental implants are the only life-long replacement for missing teeth that can effectively maintain gum and jawbone structure. They also require no extra cleaning compared to the rest of your mouth.

Click the link below to watch a visual animation of how dental implants work and learn about how your missing teeth can be a thought of the past.

Dental Implant

Dentures and bridges simply hide missing teeth with a crown that rests above the spot in your mouth. Unlike these options, dental implants are fixed deep into the spot of your missing teeth. Dental implants act just like the root of your old tooth and securely holds the crown in place. The implant will maintain the strength and structure of your jaw and gums and tightly hold your implant just like any healthy tooth.

So now that you have chosen dental implants to fix your missing teeth, what should you expect after you get the implants put in?

What to Expect After Getting a Dental Implant?

Dental implants act, look, and feel, exactly like healthy teeth should. However, right after getting your dental implant put in, you will feel some sensitivity and soreness around that area of your mouth.

Your mouth and implant are now healing together and becoming stronger. The open wound of your missing teeth has disappeared.

Despite some small swelling you’re able to return to your routine after a day.

What To Expect 7 Days After Your Dental Implant?

It starts to feel normal to eat on both sides of your mouth. Most of all the sensitivity and soreness is gone.

After 1 Month After Your Dental Implant

All traces of sensitivity have subsided by now, the mouth is still healing but now feels normal and doesn’t require special attention. You can now eat hard foods.

After 3 Months After Your Dental Implant

The healing of the gums and jawbone should be complete by three months for lower jaw dental implants.

After 6 Months After Your Dental Implant

The healing of the gums and jawbone should finish after six months for the upper jaw.

Once all healing is complete, the dentist fits a custom-made crown to your dental implant. The crown will look and feel like any normal tooth, while being just as strong. The crown will permanently sit there and act as your old tooth did (when it was healthy).

You walk out of the Etobicoke dentist with a full smile that looks natural and is stronger then ever. Everyone you meet after this moment will never even know you had missing teeth.

Your Lifetime Without Missing Teeth

It has now been 5 years since the constant throbbing of pain from your mouth made you remove a damaged tooth and consider getting a dental implant. Now, having lived with a dental implant, you can hardly remember what it was like to have missing teeth.

You may even forget that you had missing teeth and had to go an get a replacement tooth because your dental implant looks and feels exactly like a healthy tooth should.

Getting a dental implant requires more up-front time and money then the other options for replacing missing teeth like bridges and dentures.

However, thousands of people choose dental implants because they offer permanent, reliable, one-time solutions for replacing missing teeth. Missing teeth can have severe mental and physical health effects that get progress over time. Talk to a dentist immediately if you or something you know has missing teeth.

If you have any questions about missing teeth and dental implants, please contact the Dental Health Clinic by email:, or phone: +1 (416) 742-2300.

Dr. Priya Chaudhry

Dr. Priya Chaudhry

Dr. Priya Chaudhry, a talented dentist. She loves making smiles better by combining her knowledge with a caring approach. Dr. Chaudhry's blog is full of helpful dental tips, helping readers feel confident about their oral health and sporting a bright, happy smile.