Dental Implants in Carleton Place

Costello Family Dentistry offers dental implants in Carleton Place. We use state-of-the-art technology to create natural looking and highly durable implant restorations for our clients who are looking for a long-term tooth replacement solution.

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Strengthening Your Smile With Dental Implants

Missing teeth can be uncomfortable, unsightly, and also lead to a number of oral and general health issues in the future. For many years, the only solution to replace missing teeth were dental bridges and dentures. Today, with advanced dentistry, one of the best ways to replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant. Costello Family Dentistry is proud to offer this treatment. We are experts at replacing teeth with dental implants in Carleton Place.

Dental implants are a permanent way to replace a missing tooth with an artificial one. The implant is embedded into the jaw, and then a specially designed crown is then attached to the implant. The implant effectively replaces the missing tooth’s root which helps to prevent jaw bone degradation which commonly occurs over time following the loss of a tooth. Unlike dental bridges and dentures, implants are entirely independent and do not require altering any healthy neighbouring teeth or tissues for support. In fact, they are designed to function just like a real, natural tooth. However, we may sometimes recommend other restoration methods as healthy jaw bone and gum tissue are required for a dental implant to be feasible. Be sure to discuss your options with us if you are interested in getting a dental implant.

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Dental Implants To Replace Missing Teeth

Dental implants aid you by preventing your surrounding teeth from shifting into the empty socket left over from your missing tooth. Shifting teeth will cause changes in your bite that can cause pain and discomfort while eating, and can contribute to further tooth loss over time. Dental implants also help to preserve your jawbone that exists under the missing tooth. Implants can also improve speech patterns, self-esteem, as well as overall oral health. Since surrounding teeth are not altered to support a dental implant, more teeth are left unaffected which improves their long-term health. Implants are also incredibly durable and can last a lifetime with proper oral care. They don’t need to be removed when sleeping or eating, making them incredibly convenient to live with.

With digital imaging, advanced ceramics, and state-of-the-art equipment, dental implants have become one of the most effective treatments used for gaps and missing teeth. If you’d like to repair your smile today, contact Costello Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment to learn more about your options.


Dental Implants Are Made To Last

One of the single greatest benefits of replacing a tooth with a dental implant is how long they last. With proper oral care including brushing and flossing daily, a dental implant can last up to 20 years or more before it needs to be replaced!

Compared to dental bridges and dentures, the amount of maintenance work needed for a dental implant is nearly non-existent! When considering your options, think about how often you would need to visit the dentist to have dentures relined, refitted or replaced. Also, think about how often you would have to visit the dentist to have a dental bridge adjusted and maintained or replaced. These are things that don't need to be considered when getting a dental implant.

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Dental Emergency?

Our Carleton Place location offers same-day appointments for your emergencies. If you need a dentist near you to help you in a crisis, please do not hesitate — call us right away!

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Trust Costello Family Dentistry For Your
Dental Implant Needs

At Costello Family Dentistry, we treat you like family. That means we give you the same attention and care that we would give to our loved ones. We love to see our patients with bright and beautiful smiles. It's why we do what we do.

If you are looking for a new dentist in Carleton Place, choose Costello Family Dentistry. We have a proven track record of providing quality care with your comfort in mind. If you or a family member is in need of dental work such as a dental implant, or even just teeth cleaning, you can be sure that you will receive expert care and will be on the way to having your best smile. We also have clinics available in Kanata & Kemptville! Contact us today to book an appointment and start the next chapter in your oral health journey with us!

What Is A Dental Implant

A dental implant has two components which work together to replace a missing tooth. A metal post which is usually made of titanium is surgically inserted into an empty socket where a tooth used to be. Once the post has had time to set and fuse to the underlying tissue and bone structures, then a tooth-shaped crown made out of porcelain is fastened to the post. A dental implant will look, feel and function like a real tooth and requires very little maintenance (aside from proper oral care) compared to other tooth replacement options like dental bridges or dentures.

How to Prepare for A Dental Implant Procedure

Getting a dental implant is a long process involving surgery and recovery time. This is why it is important for patients to consult with a dentist at Costello Family Dentistry to see if it is a good tooth replacement solution for them. They should ask any questions they may have about their case, and discuss their needs as well.

When a patient decides to move forward with the dental implant procedure, then an appointment will be set for the surgery that will insert the implant post in the patient's mouth. The dentist will provide a very specific list of instructions to follow leading up to the date of the surgery. Most importantly, patients will need to fast for 12 hours before surgery, and only consume water for 4 to 6 hours beforehand. This is due to the type of sedation that will be used during the procedure. If the patient does not follow these instructions, the surgery appointment will be cancelled and need to be rescheduled.

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Post Surgery Care

Once the dental implant surgery is completed, patients will have to go through a long recovery period which typically lasts between 4 and 6 months. During this time, the implant post will fuse to the underlying bone structure. At that point, the post will be ready for the final crown to be fixed in place.

After the surgery, the dentist will provide instructions for caring for the implant post. This will cover detailed instructions on how to handle common post-surgery effects like bleeding, swelling and pain. It is incredibly important for these instructions to be followed carefully to ensure that the implant site heals properly. This will also reduce the chances of the implant being rejected by the patient.

During the recovery period, patients need to see they dentist at regular intervals. These appointments will allow the dentist to assess the progress of recovery and check for complications that will need to be addressed. Once the dentist has determined that the post has properly set in place, a porcelain crown will be made in a dental lab and attached to the post. Once the crown has been placed, the full implant procedure is complete. At this point, the only maintenance the dental implant needs is the same daily oral care that real teeth need.

What to consider before getting a dental implant

Before deciding to get a dental implant, patients need to consider a few factors to determine if it is a viable solution. The first and most important factor is cost. Dental implants are not cheap and a full procedure can costs thousands of dollars when looking at the appointments, surgery, anesthesia and materials used. In some cases, some or all of the costs can be covered by employment benefits or dental insurance if it included in the policy. In other cases, financing options are also available, and Costello Family Dentistry is happy to offer this options to patients.

Something else to consider before getting a dental implant is medical history and any medications which could interfere with the surgery or recovery process. One common example of this is how obese people are not good candidates to receive dental sedation. This could disqualify them from undergoing dental implant surgery. Patients who take blood thinning medications will have a harder time forming a blood clot in the implant site which is an important part of the recovery process. Women who are prescribed antibiotics need to be cautious when also taking birth control medication. Antiboitics can reduce the effectiveness of birth control.

These are a few examples of considerations that need to be discussed with a dentist before dental implant surgery can be approved. The dentist will be sure to cover all of the requirements for candidacy for the procedure before moving forward. If a patient is not deemed fit for dental implant surgery, they will offer suggestions for lifestyle changes to help them become a better candidate. They will also offer alternative dental solutions to replace any missing teeth so patients will have all of their options before making a decision.

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Why Dental Implants Are One Of the best solutions for tooth replacement

There are a number of reasons why dental implants are considered one of the best tooth replacement solution. The number one reason why this is the case is how long dental implants are made to last. With proper oral care, a dental implant can last up to 25 years or more before the post needs to be replaced. Alternative solutions like dentures, flippers, or dental bridges generally need to be replaced every 5 to 7 years, and need maintenance work done at least once in between replacements. This actually makes dental implants a more cost-effective solution despite the large upfront costs.

When considering the time and costs involved with checkups, adjustments, maintenance and replacement appliances, and comparing all of that to the upfront cost of a dental implant, there is a clear winner when it comes to cost-effectiveness. Alternative tooth replacement solutions tend to cost patients more money than the upfront cost of a dental implant over the lifetime of a single dental implant.

Aside from cost-effectiveness, dental implants also help to preserve oral health when a tooth is lost. When an adult tooth is lost, the underlying bone and gum structures slowly begin to deteriorate. Over a prolonged period of time, surrounding teeth lose critical support and eventually become lost as well. The jawbone structure will also become weaker which makes speaking and eating more difficult. As the titanium post fuses to the bone structure, it begins to provide those structures the same support the original tooth provided, keeping the gums and bones healthy for years to come. No other tooth replacement solutions available today provide this kind of support for a patient's oral health.