Dental Implants and Bridges

If you have missing teeth then Implant Dentistry is the cosmetic breakthrough for you.

Dental implants offer the most advanced and effective solution for people who have teeth missing. This is a permanent solution, which will recapture the look and functional nature of your smile.

At Smiles at Waterloo we understand that the loss of a tooth can have a significant impact on how you feel about yourself and your smile. Dental Implants are surgically inserted directly into the jawbone, thereby acting as an anchor for replacement teeth such as crowns and bridges. The jawbone eventually attaches itself to the implant, resulting in the replacement teeth being permanently fastened into place.

The straightforward principles of dental implants are always followed no matter what the exact demand of the implant is.

Each implant has two stages: the fixture and the restoration.

  • The fixture, made of titanium, is fixed into the bone where the root of the missing tooth used to be.
  • The restoration gets attached to the fixture above the gum and takes the shape of a tooth.

What is a dental bridge?

The loss of a tooth due to decay, accident or injury is often very traumatic. Not only can it affect the way you speak and look, but also it can compromise your ability to chew.
In addition, further decay can be caused by the teeth on either side of the gap straining to lean into the gap and trapping food debris.

A dental bridge may sometimes be recommended to fill the gap and thereby improve function, appearance and prevent further damage.

A dental bridge is a permanent false tooth (called a pontic) that is used to fill the gap. It is anchored to the teeth either at both sides, or only one side. A dental bridge should last 10–15 years if it is looked after.