Historically, to replace missing teeth meant to replace the crown structure that is needed for chewing. Since then, implant dentistry has become the new norm. It is not the implants themselves that replace the missing teeth of our Oakville, ON patients; these fixtures, however, are vital to long-term results.
Implants act as replacement roots, which sets the stage for stable chewing and speaking, comfortable speech, and aesthetic confidence. Statistics also demonstrate a high degree of success, which stems from several important benefits:
- While one aspect of smile restoration is to preserve natural appearance, there is an important functional factor tied to this. When we smile, we want to show healthy-looking teeth. Additionally, however, teeth are supportive to facial contours. Without them, the distance between the chin and the nose decreases, and the lips sink inward as underlying bone structure breaks down. Implants stimulate healthy bone regeneration, which supports lips and cheeks.
- Stable teeth across the upper and lower arches are necessary for chewing. If there is space from a missing tooth, it is likely that chewing will mostly occur on the opposite side of the mouth. Depending on the degree of tooth loss, chewing may actually become difficult, which can affect dietary choices. Lastly, bone loss occurs beneath the empty space, no matter how big or small it is. When optimal stability is reinstated with the appropriate number of implants, chewing is successfully restored.
By using implants strategically, we can help you replace multiple teeth, even all of your teeth, just as easily as we could help you replace one. Drs. Eisner and Gaines have both maintained their love for learning, and have expanded their skills into implant dentistry in order to help patients experience the greatest functionality after tooth loss.
Learn more about replacing missing teeth with implants. Schedule your visit at Sherwood Dental.
Dr. Stephen Gaines
Lead dentist Dr. Stephen Gaines is an authority on restorative, cosmetic, rehabilitative, and laser dentistry. Having graduated from the University of Toronto, he earned his dental degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry (1997). He follows continuing education courses to keep up with dentistry developments. He’s a lecturer, trainer and Fellow and Founding Member of the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry.
Dr. Arti Patel has extensive clinical experience in cosmetic/restorative dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, and pediatric dentistry.