With more than five years of experience, Dr. Steven Zhao is proud to provide our Whitby, ON patients with state-of-the-art dental implants. Dental implants can give you back ideal aesthetics and function which may have been damaged because of missing teeth.
An implant is a titanium-threaded post that is placed in the jawbone to replace missing or lost teeth, or to help stabilize dentures. Affixed to the titanium post is a porcelain replacement tooth, which blends seamlessly with your surrounding teeth.
One of the best aspects of implants is their versatility:
- Single-Tooth Implants: If you are missing only one tooth, one implant plus a replacement tooth will return the ideal function of your teeth and improve your smile aesthetics.
- Multiple-Tooth Implants: If you are missing several teeth in a row, a few strategically placed implants can support a permanent bridge.
- Full-Mouth Implant Restoration: if you have lost all of your teeth, an implant-supported denture may be your best option.
Advantages of Implants over Removable Dentures or Bridges
- The instability of conventional bridges and dentures can make it difficult to eat or smile with confidence. Implants not only look more natural, but feel and act more like normal teeth, with a stronger biting force.
- Implants don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth since they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support. Dental implants are integrated (fused) to the jaw bone, whereas dentures rest on the soft tissue and remaining teeth and bridges affix to the adjacent teeth.
- Implants will typically last a lifetime if they’re cared for properly, while bridges usually only last ten years.
Caring for Your Dental Implant
Like your natural teeth, you dental implant needs the same level of preventive care and maintenance. Brushing and flossing is necessary to prevent further decay of your remaining natural teeth, and essential to the health of your gums. You’ll also still need to visit our Whitby dental office for twice-yearly checkups and cleanings with the DentalZen team. Remember: the better you take care of your implants, the longer they will last!
You deserve great customer service and a team dedicated to creating a positive dental experience, both of which you’ll find at DentalZen of Whitby. Schedule a free consultation appointment and find out for yourself!