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North York, Ontario cosmetic dentist, Dr. Eli Shem-Tov, improves your smile with dental implants

August 10, 2015

The dentist drills a hole into the jaw bone.North York, Ontario teeth implants fill smile gaps with strong, natural-looking prosthetics designed to last a lifetime. Dr, Eli Shem-Tov, cosmetic dentist at North York Dental, provides this inventive service to individuals missing one or more teeth or who seek a better way to wear a full denture or bridge.

People distressed by missing or failing teeth can take hope in innovative teeth implants provided by North York, Ontario dentist, Dr. Eli Shem-Tov. This highly qualified cosmetic dentist evaluates patients for single or multiple dental implants and also for implant-supported dentures and bridgework.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is the ideal tooth replacement. Comprised of a titanium metal screw, post or abutment and porcelain crown, the single dental implant is surgically placed into an empty tooth socket. The in-office procedure takes 1 to 2 hours and normally requires nothing more than local anesthesia.

Known for its affinity for bone, the titanium device bonds extremely well to the jaw, creating a

secure artificial root which will support a life-like crown. Dental professionals call the bone bonding “osseointegration,” a natural process which occurs during post-operative healing.

After several weeks, Dr. Shem-Tov bonds the abutment or post to the implant, extending the device above the gum tissue to accept the custom-fabricated and fitted porcelain crown. The success rate for dental implants is very high–up to 98 percent. Patients say their North York, Ontario dental implants look, feel and function just as though they were natural teeth–without slippage and the hygiene problems of bridgework and traditional partial and full dentures.

Plus, while traditional bridgework and dentures last 10 years at best, dental implants remain beautiful and functional for decades. While they cost more at the outset, implants rarely need replacement.

Who can get a dental implant?

Most people who have lost teeth because of gum disease, accident or advanced decay are candidates for dental implants. Individuals should be in good general health. Diabetics and persons with other auto-immune disorders generally are not good candidates.

Also, individuals should be free of gum disease and decay and have sufficient bone in their jaws to accept implants. However, even when dental problems exist, or the jaw bone has deteriorated, Dr. Shem-Tov can treat the issues and has ways to augment a fragile jaw with donor tissue or other bone-building procedures.

In addition, patients who have lost several or even all of their teeth benefit from implants. Dr. Shem-Tov and his team work to create implant-supported bridgework to span large gaps and also fixed or removable dentures anchored by multiple implants.

Care for North York teeth Implants just like natural teeth

Implant recipients brush twice daily and floss once a day–a routine recommended by the American Dental Association for natural and prosthetic teeth alike. Dental exams and hygienic cleanings remain at 6-month intervals. While dental implants do not get cavities, they can develop peri-implantitis, an infection similar to gum disease which can surround and compromise real teeth if individuals allow plaque and tartar to accumulate and infect their gums. So, good dental habits are important.

Why not improve your smile?

You can by consulting Dr. Eli Shem-Tov at North York Dental. Great cosmetic, restorative and preventive dental services are his passion. He would be honored to discuss dental implants with you. Contact the office for a convenient appointment.

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