Dr. Sol Weiss performs dental implant surgery at the Art of Dentistry in Toronto, ON. It involves placing small titanium posts in the jawbone to replace lost tooth roots and provide the ultimate foundation for dental crowns, bridges, and dentures. It usually requires two surgeries with four to six months of healing time in between, but can provide a lifetime of comfort and confidence. If you are missing teeth, contact our practice today to learn how dental implants can benefit you.
Preparing for Surgery
The Art of Dentistry is proud to make accommodations for patients with a variety of health issues who are seeking dental implant surgery. Be sure to provide a thorough health history as well as a current list of medications so Dr. Weiss can plan a safe procedure that provides you with maximum long-term benefits.
Local anesthesia is administered before surgery to maintain your comfort. Dr. Weiss also offers sedation
to patients who have trouble sitting for long periods of time, and those who experience anxiety in the dentist’s chair. Once you are comfortable and relaxed, Dr. Weiss will create precise incisions in the area where the dental implant
will be placed. These incisions provide access to the jawbone.
Next, a special drill is used to create a pilot hole for the dental implant. Once the hole has been thoroughly evaluated to ensure proper size, depth, and orientation, the dental implant is carefully inserted and tightened. Finally, the gums are sutured closed over the implant to facilitate healing. Over the next four to six months, the implant will fuse to the bone in a process called osseointegration.
When healing is complete, patients undergo a second surgery in which an incision is placed in the gums, exposing the implant. An abutment piece is attached to the implant, and it will serve as the point of connection with the restoration. Finally, the gums are sutured closed around the abutment to leave it exposed above the gum-line. Once the gums have healed, Dr. Weiss will take impressions of the implant abutments and any surrounding teeth. These impressions will guide technicians in creating your permanent restorations. We can provide temporary restorations in the meantime to help you chew and speak properly.
In some cases, dental implant surgery will require adjunctive procedures. For example, any tooth decay or gum disease must be addressed before moving ahead with dental implants. In some cases, preliminary bone augmentation is necessary. If you have delayed treatment for a lost tooth, you have probably experienced some degree of bone atrophy, or shrinkage. To restore lost bone tissue and create a viable base for your implant, Dr. Weiss can place donor tissue at the treatment site. Bone augmentation and implant placement are often performed as separate treatments, but in some cases, they can be performed at the same time.
Following each stage of surgery, some minor bleeding and swelling can be expected, but will subside in the days following treatment. After each surgery, you should plan to eat only soft foods for about a week. Dr. Weiss will monitor your recovery during follow-up visits.
If you have been suffering with a compromised smile, Dr. Weiss can determine a treatment plan to meet your needs. To find out if dental implant surgery is right for you, contact us today
and schedule a consultation with Dr. Weiss.