Dental Implants

Experience A Permanent Solution To Tooth Loss

Regaining a confident, radiant smile is within reach with dental implants from Bertie Dental Office in Fort Erie, ON, and Ridgeway Dentistry in Ridgeway, led by skilled Fort Erie dentist Dr. John Inigo. Discover a permanent, natural-looking solution to missing teeth that restores your ability to eat, speak, and smile without reservations. This revolutionary tooth replacement solution offers a secure, long-lasting alternative to traditional dentures or bridges

Schedule a consultation today at our dental offices in Fort Erie and Ridgeway to explore your options for dental implants. Call 905-871-2903 to reach Bertie Dental Office and 905-894-5555 to reach Ridgeway Dentistry.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots, typically crafted from titanium, that are surgically placed into the jawbone, where they fuse with the bone over time through a process called osseointegration. Once integrated, dental implants provide a sturdy foundation for attaching replacement teeth, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures.

A dental implant system comprises three components:

  • The Implant Fixture: The titanium screw or cylinder that serves as the artificial root, anchoring the restoration in the jawbone.
  • The Abutment: The connector piece that securely links the implant fixture to the replacement tooth.
  • The Dental Prosthetic: A customized dental crown, bridge, or denture designed to match your natural teeth’s shape, size, and color.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants offer numerous advantages over traditional tooth replacement options:

  • Improved Function: Implants restore near-natural chewing and speaking abilities, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods without discomfort.
  • Enhanced Appearance: Implant-supported restorations look and feel like natural teeth, blending seamlessly with your smile.
  • Durability: With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime, eliminating the need for frequent replacements.
  • Bone Preservation: Implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing the bone loss often associated with missing teeth.
  • Improved Self-Confidence: Regain your smile’s radiance and boost your self-esteem with a complete, natural-looking set of teeth.

Candidates for Dental Implants

Ideal candidates for dental implants possess the following: 

  • Good oral health 
  • Sufficient jawbone density to support the implants
  • A commitment to the healing process
  • One or more missing teeth

However, even patients with jawbone deterioration may be eligible for implants after undergoing supplemental bone grafting procedures. During your consultation, Dr. Inigo will thoroughly evaluate your oral health and discuss your candidacy for dental implants.

The Dental Implant Process at Bertie Dental Office and Ridgeway Dentistry

At Bertie Dental Office and Ridgeway Dentistry, the dental implant process typically involves the following steps:

  • Initial Consultation and Evaluation: One of our Ridgeway or Fort Erie dentists will assess your oral health, take X-rays, and discuss your treatment goals.
  • Surgical Implant Placement: The titanium implant fixture is carefully positioned into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure.
  • Osseointegration: Over the next few months, the implant will fuse with the surrounding bone, creating a secure foundation.
  • Abutment Placement: Once the implant has integrated with your jawbone, an abutment will be attached to connect the implant to the replacement tooth.
  • Crafting Your Restoration: Your custom crown, bridge, or denture will be fabricated to match your natural teeth and bite.
  • Final Restoration Placement: The completed restoration will be securely attached to the implant, completing your smile transformation.

Dental Implant Placement Aftercare

Proper aftercare is essential for a successful recovery and long-term implant health. Dr. Inigo and his team will provide detailed instructions, but general guidelines include:

  • Avoiding strenuous activities for the first few days
  • Maintaining a soft food diet initially
  • Practicing excellent oral hygiene and gently cleaning around the implant site
  • Attending follow-up appointments at Bertie Dental Office or Ridgeway Dentistry for monitoring and adjustments

Oral Health Care For Dental Implants

Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial for the longevity of your dental implants. Dr. Inigo recommends:

  • Brushing twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Flossing daily to remove plaque and food debris
  • Using an antimicrobial mouthwash as directed

Scheduling regular professional cleanings and check-ups with our Fort Erie and Ridgeway dentists

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. The implant fixture integrates with the jawbone, providing a sturdy, long-lasting foundation. The dental prosthetic (crown, bridge, or denture) may need replacement after several years due to normal wear and tear.

Is the dental implant procedure painful?

While some discomfort is expected, the procedure is typically performed with the patient under local anesthesia or IV sedation to minimize pain. Patients may experience mild soreness or swelling after the surgery, which is manageable with over-the-counter pain medication and cold compresses.

How do I care for dental implants?

Caring for dental implants is similar to caring for natural teeth. It involves brushing twice daily, flossing regularly, and scheduling routine dental check-ups and cleanings. Avoiding hard or sticky foods and using a soft-bristled toothbrush can help prolong the life of your dental implant restoration.

Does insurance cover dental implants?

Coverage for dental implants varies depending on your insurance provider and plan. Some plans may cover a portion of the cost, while others may not cover implants at all. Check with your insurance company and your dentist’s financial team for more information.

Regain Your Confident Smile at Inigo Dentistry of Fort Erie and Ridgeway, ON

Embrace a newfound confidence in your smile with dental implants from Bertie Dental Office and Ridgeway Dentistry. Under the guidance of our Ontario dentists, you can restore your ability to eat, speak, and laugh without worry. 

Schedule your consultation today by calling 905-871-2903 for our Fort Erie, ON, dental clinic and 905-894-5555 for our Ridgeway office, and take the first step towards reclaiming a beautiful, functional, and long-lasting smile. We look forward to helping new and returning patients from the Fort Erie area, including Port Colborne, Stevensville, and Oakhill Forest, ON.