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What Are Dental Implants?

Looking for a way to replace missing teeth? Consider dental implants. Implants are metal frames that are surgically attached to your jawbone beneath the gums. Once in place, your dentist mounts replacement teeth onto the frame. Bridges and dentures fitted onto the implants will not shift in the mouth, which is important when you are speaking or eating. The secure fit helps your dentures, dental crowns or dental bridges feel and look more natural than their conventional counterparts. Eligible patients need to have adequate bone and healthy gums to support the implant and must commit to regular dental cleaning.

All-On-4 Implants

If you have missing teeth, there was a time when dentists would recommend dentures as a last resort, but these are no longer the only option. Dentures have often proven ill-fitting, and their instability makes chewing cumbersome. Today, patients have the option of All-On-4 implants. The revolutionary system offers high bite quality and functionality just as you would expect from natural teeth. Now, you don’t have to avoid certain foods just because your dental implants or dental bridges can’t handle the crunch.

All-On-4 makes it possible to replace a full set of teeth with a fast, efficient, and simple solution. The advanced method uses four specially designed and placed implants that serve as a sturdy anchor for your replacement teeth. The system provides complete rehabilitation for tooth loss with fully customizable and fixed dental bridges without the need for bone grafting. You are able to use your teeth immediately after surgery without a recovery time or pain.

All on 4 Before and After

Before the procedure, you will undergo dental exams along with a preoperative medical workup, such as an ECG and baseline bloods. “Before” molds and photographs will be taken of your jaws and teeth and, along with your dentist, you will design your ideal smile, tooth shape, and color. Surgery takes place under general or local anesthetic and involves removing diseased bone and tissue, and remaining teeth. Enough bone will be removed to allow space for the prosthetic dental bridges and ensure that the space between the bridges or dental crowns and your gum line is hidden. The implants are covered with protective white caps.

Surgery takes about 1 ½ hours for just the upper or lower jaw, and you can continue drinking and eating soft foods as soon as you are alert. After surgery, you will receive post-operative instructions and will need to keep a soft diet for 3 months. You will further be required to undergo dental exams and dental cleaning every 6 – 12 months.

Implant Supported Dentures

These types of dentures are overdentures that are attached to and supported by implants. If you no longer have teeth in your jaw but still have enough bone left in the jaw to support implants, this is a great solution. The implant supported dentures have a special attachment that snaps onto the implant’s attachments and remains firmly in place, however, you can remove your dentures daily to clean them or when sleeping.

There are two kinds of implant supported dentures: ball-retained and bar-retained. In both instances, the denture’s base is made of acrylic that looks similar to your gums and either porcelain or acrylic dental veneers are then attached to that base. The dental implants are placed in the jawbone at the front of the mouth since there is more bone in that section. This can be a one-stage procedure and is highly successful.

Benefits of Dental Implants

There are several benefits to having dental implants, including:

  • Increased comfort
  • Enhanced speech and appearance
  • Greater ability to chew and enjoy crunchier foods
  • Better overall oral health and cavity resistance
  • Dental implants protect your jawbone and teeth
  • The implants last a lifetime, making them good value for money
  • Implants reduce the risk of bone loss
  • They are just as easy to clean as natural teeth
  • Dental implants fit well with your remaining natural teeth
  • They hold dental bridges and dental crowns in place
  • They help to prevent further tooth loss

The Process

After booking a consultation and deciding that you need implants, there’s several steps before the process can begin. Dr. Tan, Dr. Crosby and Dr. Siu Ng will X-Ray your jaw and use computer technology to make sure that the implants will be placed exactly where they need to be.


With implants, you won’t have to worry about skewing your other teeth or damaging them—it’s very unobtrusive. After, you’ll be walked through the process of arranging your surgery. After your implants are placed and you’ve taken the time to heal in order for it to fuse with your jawbone, the crowns can be placed.

How it Works

Georgian Dental uses implants consists of either medical grade titanium or zirconium; this root is inserted and fused to your jawbone. As you heal over the course of a few months, the implant will fuse with your natural bone, creating a root for your replacement teeth. It’s a very sturdy foundation! After it is fully bonded, your replacement tooth can be placed.

This now needs to be taken care of just like a natural tooth. Flossing, brushing and regular checkups are still very important, even for your implant crowns. Since it’s connected with an abutment, your gums don’t connect to it the same as it does a natural tooth—and so it’s more susceptible to infection, since there’s a loose space where food like popcorn kernels and small seeds can sneak in.

No Cost, No Risk, Dental Implant Consultation

See how we can help with your dental implant needs, by booking your free, no-obligation consultation in Barrie, Ontario, with Dr. Adam Tan.